DanceStation: April 2023 Newsletter
Attendance. Now that recital time is here, it is very important to have excellent attendance. Please try your best to attend every class these next 9 weeks. As stated earlier in the year, the week before the recital has several mandatory rehearsals that need to be attended, so mark your calendars now to be around the week before the performances!!!!
April is Broadway month! Broadway for ballet 6 will start Mon, April 3rd from 4:30-5:15pm. Due to spring break, Broadway Int and Broadway Jr will not start until after the break. Broadway Junior will start on Tues. April 11th from 4-5pm. Bway Int will start on Wed April 12th from 7:30-8:30pm.
Spring Break is Tues April 4th – Mon April 10th. The studio calendar is located on the app if you are ever unsure.
A Costume deposit of $55 was due in February, and the remaining balance owed was just added to the parent portal last night, as well as April tuition and Broadway fees for April. To view your costume balances, just access your account through the Parent Portal on our DanceStation App. If you forgot your password, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will re-send you the link to view your account. Even if you always pay by check or cash, it is important to log in to view your account. Once you are in your Parent Portal account, just click on account settings and then payment history. It will show you what you owe for each costume. We try very hard to be creative and keep costume prices down, especially for the students involved in multiple classes. Many of these classes will show a costume rental fee to avoid having to pay full price for multiple costumes, or a combined tap/jazz costume they can wear for both dances. We will be selling recital tights again in May at the studio (pink, black, and tan) – I can usually get them cheaper than the local dance supply stores. Most ballet costumes will need pink tights, but some of the circus classes may need tan this year. And most tap and jazz classes will need tan tights. We will circle which kind you need on your order form in May. If you owe for missed tuition, please pay as soon as possible – recital costumes are not sent home if there is a significant balance due. If your records indicate differently, please contact us ASAP.
Recital Picture Day is always the Sunday before the recital. This year that is Sunday, May 28th. Times for each class will be posted in early May, so please tell us of any huge conflicts before then (after the times are posted the schedule cannot change). It is Memorial Day weekend, so please tell your teacher if you cannot attend.
The week leading up to the performance (Mon. May 29th – Wed May 31st) will have extra rehearsals/dress rehearsals here at the studio. There are no regular classes that week, just the larger full-cast rehearsals in the evenings in the big studio. Because we put together 2 different story ballets, we require a larger rehearsal in the big studio to put the ballet in order before we head to the Hett (the auditorium we perform in). It makes things much easier when we get to the Dress Rehearsals on stage. Exact days/times will be in the May newsletter.
Dress Rehearsals at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts are Thur. June 1st and Fri. June 2nd and the recitals are all on Saturday, June 3rd.
Thur. June 1st is the Dress Rehearsal for all Tap/Jazz/Modern/B-way classes dancing in the older Sleeping Beauty shows. The afternoon show has a Y2K theme and the evening show’s theme is It’s Party Time.
Fri. June 2nd Dress Rehearsal is for dancers in Under the Big Top/When I Grow Up, and all ballet/pointe classes in Sleeping Beauty. Saturday, June 3rd is recital day for all three shows. Recital times are tentative and may be adjusted in the May newsletter (but only by ½ hour or so – it depends on run times for each show and breaks in between).
Sat. June 3rd 11am When I Grow Up/Under the Big Top
Sat. June 3rd 2:30pm Sleeping Beauty (Ballet 2 and up)/Y2K Theme
Sat. June 3rd 6:30pm Sleeping Beauty (only Ballet 6 and up)/It’s Party Time
There is no limit on purchasing tickets. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets will go on sale on Picture Day, Sunday May 28th – and can be purchased after your final tuition installment is paid. Why are you paying a June installment (10th installment for the year)? Because tuition in calculated by the semester and broken up into monthly installments for your convenience. 2nd semester has the same number of weeks as first semester.
The May newsletter will contain more detailed information about picture day, extra rehearsals the week of the recital, mandatory dress rehearsals, recital times, plus ordering tights, tickets, flowers, DVD’s, costumes, makeup, etc. It’s a lot of info!!!
State Street Dance Company auditions. The 2023-24 SSDC auditions will be on Friday, May 26th, from 5-6:30pm. Students in Ballet 6 and up are eligible, or with permission from Elizabeth. Please wear a black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in a bun, and be prepared to do a ballet barre, ballet center, and contemporary floor combinations. SSDC members meet on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons from August – December, until next year’s Nutcracker performance. If you would like more information about our student pre-professional company, please ask Elizabeth or any of the current SSDC members. It is hard work, but so much fun! We have many SSDC alumni dancers that go on to have successful professional careers in dancing! It is truly a wonderful pre-professional group to be a part of.
Parent Volunteers: I will need many parent volunteers to make the recitals run smoothly. We have a lot of dancers, and we are always in need of extra hands on recital day!!!
I will have a sign-up sheet available closer to the recital asking for help with sewing/adjusting costumes, concessions/bake sale (yay!), tickets, ushers, gathering rental costumes after the shows, etc. It takes a village, and we will definitely need help!