June 2017 Newsletter


This is the FINAL monthly newsletter you will receive before the recitals.

The next piece of information you will receive is our Backstage & Recital Preparation Information 2017 note, which will be emailed to all families no later than Monday, May 22nd. If you have not been receiving emails from us lately, please update your email at the front desk.

Dear Parents and Dancers:                                                                                                                                                               

Congratulations to Chloe Laskaskie, winner of the 10 free recital tickets from our May tuition drawing! Remember, there is no tuition payment due for June!

•  NO classes will be held Friday, May 26th, Saturday, May 27th and Monday, May 29th for the Memorial weekend holiday.

•  NO classes will be held on Friday, June 2nd. Dress rehearsals are being held at Greendale High School.

•  There WILL be classes held at the studio on Saturday, JUNE 3rd. Dress Rehearsals begin on Saturday, June 3rd at 1:30pm.

•  no classes will be held at the studio Monday, June 5th – SATURDAy, June 17th, 2017.

•  Summer classes begin Monday, June 19th, 2017.

REMEMBER…all dancers are expected to attend ALL OF their scheduled dress rehearsalS & recital performances at Greendale High School Friday, june 2nd – Saturday, June 17th, 2017.

By now you should have ALREADY:

❑    Purchased your recital tickets. If you missed purchasing your tickets on Ticket Day, Saturday, May 13th, please purchase your tickets NOW at the studio during our regular hours of operation. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning MONDAY, May 22nd.

❑    Reviewed the Dress Rehearsal Schedule – Dress rehearsals are held at Greendale High School – 6801 Southway in Greendale. All dancers must arrive 30 minutes prior to their stage time and plan to stay 30 minutes after their stage time.  All rehearsals are in full costume with proper hairstyle & make-up!

❑    Purchased the correct tights and put final touches on your costuming so you are prepared for your recital pictures on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21st, 23rd and 24th.

❑    Signed-up to help backstage for at least one of the shows. We need MANY more volunteers! Please volunteer on one of the evenings that you will not be in the audience. We truly appreciate all of our backstage volunteers!!! We are anticipating that parents of the boys in the show will volunteer to be in the boy’s dressing room for at least one of the performances. As always, we truly appreciate your help!

RECITAL DVD & BLU-RAY ORDERS – Order information and forms will be available during recital week at Greendale High School. Order your recital DVD and Blu-ray at the shows or through the mail by SATURDAY, JUNE 24th.

No video cameras of any kind WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE


You will be required to return your video camera to your car.  You may videotape DRESS REHEARSALS only.


You may take photos at DRESS REHEARSALS only.

Camera flashes are extremely distracting and dangerous for the dancers on stage. Guests moving about the auditorium to take pictures even without a flash is also very distracting, not only to the dancers on stage, but to the rest of the audience as well. Please remind your guests of these rules and to remain in their seats to enjoy the performances. Your dancer and all the other dancers have practiced for months to perform 2-3 minutes on stage. PLEASE take your flash pictures at dress rehearsal ONLY instead of during their short time on stage during performances. Please remain in your seats during the show and keep the aisles clear. Please inform your guests of this courtesy before they attend any of our 7 performances.

Please remember to limit movement in the auditorium during the performances. Do NOT get up in the middle of an Act to change your dancer. Make sure your dancer is on our costume change list so we are able to assign them a backstage changer.


Please meet with the backstage coordinators during dress rehearsal week Friday, June 2nd through Thursday, June 8th

at Greendale High School to receive your assignment(s). A Backstage and Recital Preparation sheet and list of volunteers

will be emailed to all YDA families no later than Monday, May 22nd. May we please add your name to our backstage volunteer list?

BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEER/DANCER ARRIVAL TIMES – Showtime is 7:00 p.m. for all performances.  Each show is divided into two Acts with a 15-minute intermission in between. Each show including intermission runs approximately 2½ hours. Auditorium doors will open at 6:30 p.m. All non-volunteering parents should be out of the backstage area by 6:30 p.m.


Specific arrival times are listed below:

◇       All backstage volunteers should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. on each of their designated show dates.

◇       All DANCERS should arrive in the backstage area in costume with make-up and hairstyle complete by 6:15 p.m. each evening.

Please enter the school through the back doors where our backstage staff will be set up. 

It is most important that parents and dancers adhere to the specific arrival times listed. The backstage staff needs to arrive by 6:00 p.m. and be in place before dancers arrive at 6:15 p.m. Dancers need to arrive by 6:15 p.m. in order for the staff to coordinate costume changes and to avoid any last minute changes. It is extremely difficult for the backstage staff to line dancers up to perform and it also causes unneeded stress to other dancers when members of their group are not on time. For more information about show preparations, etc. please refer to the Backstage & Recital Preparation sheet that will be emailed to you on Tuesday, May 30th.

PICKING UP YOUR DANCER AFTER A PERFORMANCE – Please be on time!!! dancers should be picked up by 9:30 p.m. after each of the performances. Parents of younger dancers may choose to pick up their dancer backstage before the end of the show to take them home.  You must inform someone from our backstage crew that you are taking your dancer early! Dancers cannot however, be brought into the audience in costume to watch the remainder of the show. No dancers in costume will be allowed in the audience at any time during any of the performances. They will NOT be allowed to participate in the final bows during the FINALE.

Dancers & INTERMISSION – Refreshments will be available before the show, during intermission and at the end of each of the performances. Dancers are allowed to purchase refreshments prior to, during and after the show ONLY, not during intermission. DUE TO THE LARGE CROWDS, DANCERS MUST REMAIN BACKSTAGE DURING INTERMISSION!  Do not ask dancers to meet you or your guests in the hallway during intermission.

Dancers must have a cover-up on over their costume at all times! Dancers age 11 & younger are not allowed to leave the backstage area without an adult. All dancers are required to ask permission from the backstage crew to get refreshments or to use the restroom – NO EXCEPTIONS!!! All dancers must stay in the backstage area unless they are purchasing refreshments or using the restrooms ONLY!  If the “refreshment privilege” is abused, we will not allow anyone out of the backstage area unless accompanied by an adult. In other words, no hanging out in the hallways!

At All Seven of our Recitals:

◇     Concessions for Sale! Refreshments and bottled water will be sold in the lobby of Greendale High School during all 7 shows. In addition, water flavor packets will be sold to add to your water bottles if desired. We will have lots of main dish items such as hot dogs, nachos, pizza, veggie and fruit cups and many, many homemade salads, treats and goodies at our concessions tables! Refreshment prices vary as to what will be sold at each of the performances. Profits from our concessions benefit the dancers in the Technique Intensive Program and those attending Dance Excellence.  In addition, a portion of our profits will be donated to the NYC Dance Alliance Scholarship Foundation.

◇     Create Your Own Flower Bouquet! Pick and choose what you would like to include in a bouquet for your dancer. (Cost determined on the number of items selected). All profits from our flower sales benefit the above as well.

◇     YDA-4-MDA Giveaway Baskets! Take a look at our fun-themed baskets filled with gift certificates to many area restaurants and attractions to help benefit our annual MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) fundraiser! We have been fundraising each year for MDA since 2005!

WHAT TO EXPECT BACKSTAGE – Please keep in mind that there will be hundreds of dancers backstage. This may tend to be a bit overwhelming to the younger dancers, but rest assured, we have been prepping them for the backstage experience. We continue to inform them of what will be happening backstage right up to recital week. Every person is encouraged to ask for help and is introduced to a familiar face backstage. We ask that children bring books and small games to help keep them entertained. They may also bring non-staining snacks and drinks in spill-proof containers only. This will help to avoid accidents. They may also bring a blanket or pillow to sit on. Parents not assigned to help or baby-sit backstage can help a great deal by bringing your child backstage, locating his/her dressing room and reacquaint your child to his/her fellow classmates. After your child is comfortable with their surroundings, please find your seat in the auditorium. Parents may go backstage during intermission.

In some rare cases one or two of the very young dancers (age 3 – 4) may not be comfortable backstage. Mom, you are welcome to stay backstage with them, but at this point in their preparation for the show, we are telling them that all moms go into the audience to watch the show unless you are a backstage helper. Each group is assigned a helper who is in charge of keeping their group “entertained.” 

IMPORTANT – NO MEN OR BOYS ARE ALLOWED IN ANY OF THE GIRLS’ DRESSING ROOM AREAS! MEN & BOYS ARE ONLY ALLOWED IN THE BOYS’ DRESSING ROOM AREA. Dads, if you are coming to pick up your female dancer, please talk with the backstage crew posted by the dressing room doors and they will get your dancer for you. Dads, we ESPECIALLY need more of you… if you are able, please volunteer to help backstage in the boys’ dressing room.

NO DANCERs ARE EVER allowed in the audience (whether in costume, cover-up or regular clothes) if they are participating in that evening’s performance!!! dancers must remain backstage!

RECITAL PICTURES – Pictures taken on May 21st, 23rd & 24th will be mailed directly to your home. Any problems with missing photos etc. should be reported directly to ON POINTE PHOTOGRAPHY, a division of SPORT PICS at 262-780-2902.

Perfect attendance and other awards – Perfect attendance awards will be given during the dancers’ last day of regular classes this year: Friday, May 19th; Monday, Monday 22nd; Tuesday, May 30th; Wednesday, May 31st; Thursday, June 1st and Saturday, June 3rd. Awards are given to those dancers who attended all of their regularly scheduled classes this year. If your dancer attends more than one class per week they need to satisfy the requirement in only one class. You will only receive ONE award, even if you have perfect attendance in more than one class. It is not considered perfect attendance if you missed a class and came to a make up class. If you missed a rescheduled class, you will still have a perfect attendance record. 

We will also be giving out awards to dancers celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th recitals during the last week of classes. A list of these dancers is posted in the hallways of the studio. Please verify that you are included on this list if you should be if you have not done so already. 

Exciting happenings this summer!!! Young Dance Academy is hosting its 5th annual summer dance intensive from Saturday, August 12th through Friday, August 25th! Faculty will include master teachers from Broadway, TV and feature films plus our own fantastic faculty.  Look for details online mid-summer!!! 

LOST & FOUND – Please check the lost and found TODAY! All items not claimed by Friday, May 19th will be taken to Goodwill.

HAIR STYLING & COSMETIC APPLICATION SERVICES – Please feel free to set up an appointment with one of our hair and cosmetic staff if you need help during rehearsal week. Refer to the May newsletter for specific services available and pricing. We will take your name and phone number and your stylist will get in touch with you immediately! Remember to bring your own make-up and hair supplies as they are not provided.

2017 Commemorative Recital T-Shirts – Recital T-shirts are SOLD OUT! You should have received an email on 5/16 advising you of the opportunity to special order our 2017 Recital T-Shirts at a cost of $20 per t-shirt. (No discount given for multiple shirts ordered.) Special orders must be place no later than Sunday, May 21st and will be available for pick-up at Greendale High School during dress rehearsal week beginning Monday, June 5th.  Add a shiny Swarovski crystal next to your name for only $2.00!

REGISTRATION FOR our 2017 – 2018 dance season – All current students will receive registration information for the 2017-2018 dance season during dress rehearsal week, Friday June 2nd through Thursday June 8th. Registration for fall classes will be held beginning Monday, JuNE 19th & TUESDAY, JUNE 20th for returning students. New student registration begins Wednesday, June 21st. Registration continues throughout the months of July and August during our summer program hours.

*Hours for the First Week of Registration

Monday June 19th: 4:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday, June 20th: 9:30am – 9:00pm

Wednesday, June 21st: 9:30am – 9:00pm

Thursday, June 22nd: 9:30am – 9:00pm

Regular Summer Business Hours

Mondays: 4:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesdays: 9:30am – 2:00pm; 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Wednesdays: 9:30am – 2:00pm; 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Thursdays: 9:30am – 1:00pm; 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Saturdays: 9:00am – 12:30pm

*Please make note: For the first week of registration, hours are extended longer than our regular summer business hours.

EARLY REGISTRATION INCENTIVE - Any students registering for our 2017-2018 dance season during our first week of registration, Monday June 19th through Thursday, June 22nd, will receive a credit for 2 free recital tickets for our 2018 dance recital!

This newsletter should answer most of your questions. If not, feel free to give us a call at (414) 768-9876!         

Looking forward to exciting rehearsal and recital weeks!                                                              

Sandy & Staff