Happy February!

Winter break

We will be closed for Winter Break from February 23rd to March 1st.

We will be open for President’s Day February 18th!

Annual Membership

What is annual membership?

The annual membership is a new offering this year designed to help make the enrollment process as easy as possible for our dance families.  In the past, classes have filled up quickly when registration opens, some as quickly as 2 hours after registration opens! If we knew ahead of time of the interest in that class, we could have opened up another option in order to accommodate all the dancers in that level. To find out more info about the membership, please refer to the email sent out to all families on January 26th!

The annual membership fee is $40 per dancer and $75 per family and will be charged April 1st to current families.  The fee includes priority registration, the Recital Digital Download, easy enrollment, and special discounts for birthday parties, workshops and summer camps/classes. Reminders will be sent via email in February and March.  Families wishing to opt out of membership must provide written notification (email) no later than March 15th.

Share Week and Practice Videos

The last week of classes is a fun week at the studio! We take the time to share dances with our parents and with the other classes being held at the same time.  This helps the dancers get used to having an audience and to get excited about the progress they’ve made so far with their Recital pieces.  All the teachers also videotape this week in order to send out for practicing over break and beyond.  This means parents can sit back and enjoy the performances the dancers are putting on for them! To view choreography videos, download the Band App in the App store.  After, you can use this Choreography Link to connect to our profile.  Dances will be placed in albums according to the day of the week they meet. Download Recital Music 2019 here.

Important Message About Posting Dances to Social Media 

We LOVE to see pictures of our dancers having fun both inside outside of class, so please tag us when posting on FaceBook(@joyofdancenh) or Instagram(joyofdancenh).  However, we respectfully ask you not to post any full videos of choreography you take during class or at any performances until after Recital takes place.  This is because rehearsal videos are meant for practice purposes only and are not performance ready for the public to see.  We also want people to be surprised at Recital!  After Recital, we are happy to see any videos you have taken of dances posted to social media.  In fact, we encourage it!  We just ask that you please tag us in your posts so people know where you dance and how to find us.  Thank you for your understanding on this!

Receiving Costumes & Tights

We are getting so excited for Recital now that costumes are starting to be delivered. Please note that we will be handing them out once we receive ALL for each class but some costumes will be shipping at a later date due to warehouse stocking. No need to worry if your costume hasn’t arrived in the near future. We promise all costumes have been ordered and have shipping dates.

As stated in our new Recital costume fee policy, one pair of tights per style per dancer is included in the costume fee. Tights will be passed out in March.

Bathroom breaks

We want to make sure our dancers are getting the most out of their time while at Joy of Dance, so please remind them to use the bathroom before leaving home or when arriving at the studio.

Events

Did you know that under the Events page on the website, you can click on one of our events(studio closings/openings, vacations, performances, etc.) and it will import all the information right into your Google Calendar or iCal on your phone??  This makes it easy to keep up with happenings at the studio! Make sure you check it out if you haven’t already.

Speaking of Events…

We would love to see some of our Joy of Dance family come out to support our dancers in their upcoming performances.  It’s a great time cheering on your fellow dancers, supporting a good cause and also getting to see many other talented dancers from surrounding studios perform.  There are two opportunities next month, Dance Northeast on March 23rd and Dancing to Make A Difference on March 30th. The Events page has more detailed information for you.

Recital is June 8th and 9th!!!

Our Recital theme is… *drumroll*… “BE INCREDIBLE”! Our Production dancers have been hard at work on their Incredibles choreography and can’t wait to share the opening number at Recital. Mark your calendars for June 8th & 9th if you haven’t already! We will be sending out information on tights, shoes, hair, and accessories in the near future.

Student Choreography Showcase

Any dancer ages 8 and older are invited on Saturday, March 16th at 2:00 pm to audition for the Student Choreography Showcase.  Choreography for the Showcase is a great responsibility!  We audition dancers to make sure they are taking it seriously and are prepared with all the steps completed on or before the audition date. There is a $10 audition fee per dancer and a sign-up sheet is on Miss Lindsey’s desk at the studio. Choreography pieces MUST be fully completed at the time of the audition in order to be considered for the Showcase.  More information on this can be found on the Recital tab on our website.  If the dancer has completed all steps on or before March 16th and makes it into the Showcase, there is a performance fee of $20 per dancer per dance to cover the cost of running the Showcase.  Audience members do not need to buy tickets for the Showcase. We look forward to a wonderful show!

Illness Policy

As winter season has started, we are seeing more and more kids coming in with illnesses of varying degrees and types. We would like to take a moment and go over our policy for illness with you so we can help keep our studio and dancers as healthy as possible this school year.

Please make sure anyone coming to the studio either to attend classes or sit in the reception area, are free of the following symptoms for at least 24 hours WITHOUT medications before returning to class:
*Vomiting
*Diarrhea
*Fever
*Green Mucous
*Productive Cough

Remember that any class missed due to illness is able to be made up by attending either the same level or a level below for your child’s age range in any style they choose.

Thank you for helping to keep our dancers healthy!

Checking Dancer’s Absences

We wanted to remind you that you can check your dancer’s absences in your online portal! This feature is especially helpful if your dancer is working toward getting perfect attendance for the year, and to clarify if there are any classes to make up.  Occasionally a teacher might miss taking attendance, so if you know your dancer has a class to make up that isn’t showing up in the portal, you are still, of course, welcome to make that class up. Dancers in Pre-Dance classes and higher are eligible for Perfect Attendance.  We have found that is a great age for dancers to start to take responsibility in attending class each week to get the most out of their dance education.

To view your dancer’s absences, log into your online portal, click on “My Account”, “My Students”, and choose the “Absences” tab. To schedule a make up class, please email Nicole at info@joyofdancenh.com

Happy New Year Joy of Dancers! Classes resume today 1/2!

Costume Remainders

The remaining $35 of costume fees are due January 1st and must be paid by the 1oth.  Costumes are ordered on January 11th for up-to-date accounts only.  This includes tuition as well as all costume fees.  Accounts must be current (January tuition and costumes paid in full) by January 10th. Costumes will not be ordered for accounts that are not up-to-date.  Accounts that are not current prior to costume ordering (by end of day January 10th) will incur a $10.00 shipping charge per costume for late costume orders and run the risk of not receiving the costume(s) in time for Picture Day and possibly even Recital due to back ordered dates.

Costume Measurements

Costume companies do not accept returns.  Therefore, once the costume is ordered in January, it can not be canceled or returned for a refund if the need should arise.  We know our younger dancers can grow quite a bit between when we measure in December and when recital comes along in June.  To account for this, we add 2 inches to the girth (the leotard size) and always size up.  Better to take in some straps than to have it be too small!  If the costume seems a little small,  most costumes come with extra room in the straps, so they can be taken out if needed.  We are happy to discuss sizing for your dancer’s costumes if you feel this could be an issue.

Recital Date Reminder

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Recital weekend at Dover High School  June 8th & 9th, with tech rehearsals during the week.  It feels far away now, but it will be here before we know it!

Speaking of Recital, we will be starting choreography for our recital dances this month!  At this time, we ask that our dance parents speak to their dancers about the importance of making a commitment to their classmates to finish out the dance year.  Formations are specific to each number of dancers in the piece and can be hard to re-do if a dancer decides not to continue.  Dance is a team sport and everyone depends on each other in order to put on a great show! Thanks so much for your understanding and help on this!

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We are excited to announce that we will be using the Band App this year to upload videos of Recital choreography! This is helpful for dancers to practice at home and practice makes perfect! Please download the Band App in the app store first. After, you can use the attached link below to connect to our profile.  Dances will be placed in albums according to the dance of the week they meet.

Connect to JoD Teams and Troupes HERE

Summer Dance Survey

With the cold weather outside, it’s hard to think ahead to the warm summer months, but we like to plan ahead! We know that many families already have vacations planned, and want to offer summer programs that fit your needs. There will be a survey sent out in the next couple of weeks that we are asking families to fill out.  We greatly appreciate your time and help with offering programs your dancers are excited to take.

NEW Birthday Party Packages

Have your child’s next birthday part with us at Joy of Dance! Our dance instructor will serve as your personal hostess for the entire party. The instructor will lead an exciting dance warm-up, dance games, and teach a fun follow-along routine that will match one of our made-for-you themes. NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Cake, presents and more birthday fun will follow. Parents are welcome to join us for the last five minutes to see the routine learned. We have some exciting themes that we offer, however, if your dancer has his or her heart on another theme, we can certainly accommodate that.

Available Themes

  • Selfie Celebration
  • Underwater Mermaids
  • Twirltopia Royal Fairytale
  • Tropical Luau

Miss Nicole has been hard at work creating these fun new birthday party themes and packages! Check it all out on our website here: https://joyofdancenh.com/birthday-parties/

*Upcoming Events*

Joy of Dance Open House

Invite those friends you think would love Joy of Dance!

Spread the Joy of Dance!

Invite your friends to join us at our FREE OPEN HOUSE for fun, food and a free trial class for ages 3-7 at 1:00 pm. Meet our faculty, tour the studio, get fitted for shoes and find out why dancers at Joy of Dance are considered family! We will be happy to talk about classes with you. Please enjoy a welcome gift from Joy of Dance when registering that day!

Master Todd Miller of Jin Mu Hapkido – Martial Arts – Lee, New Hampshire will have a Taekwondo and Hapkido demonstration at 12:45 pm! All ages are welcome to join.

Join Lindsay G. of The Crafting spot, LLC anytime during our open house to try tissue paper transfer painting! Registration for Paper Mache and Printmaking 4-week sessions are available that day as well.

Stop by to check us out on:
Saturday, January 5th 12:30-2: 00 pm

Princess Ballerina Storytime- Fun Activity for a Day Off From School!

REGISTER HERE

Guests will enjoy a morning full of ballerina stories, dance instructions, and movement games while mom & dad enjoy a worry-free holiday morning! Joy of Dance students(and siblings!) and new families are both welcome to attend!

Date: Monday, January 21st– Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Ages: 3-8 (must be potty-trained)
Guests are welcome to wear gowns on top of loose, comfortable clothing.
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

8th Annual Sleepover!

REGISTER HERE

The Joy of Dance Sleepover will be Saturday, January 26th!  Dancers will learn a combo, share recital pieces, play dance games and have lots of fun!  We provide pizza, snacks, and drinks.  Drop off will be between 5:15pm- 5:30pm and pick up between 7:45am- 8:00am.  All dancers in classes for ages 8 and older can sign up.  Space is limited so register today! Dancers wishing to attend the sleepover, but not stay the night must leave by 11:00 pm when we lock the doors. The cost for all dancers (either staying over or leaving at 11:00 pm) is $30 per dancer and $15 for each additional dancer in the family.

 

Upcoming New Classes and Workshops

6-Week Session: Barre Fitness

Is your New Year’s resolution to get fit, try something new, or just continue to live your best life?! Joy of Dance has you covered! We are offering a 6-week Barre Fitness class with Miss Kim Hamer! Barre is a ballet-inspired workout that sculpts your muscles using a combination of dance, Pilates, and yoga-inspired exercises choreographed to motivating music!

Thursdays 7:00-8:00 pm starting January 17th for ages 13+!
$60 for the session OR $15 cash drop-in.
Space is limited, so we do recommend registering as soon as possible! To guarantee a spot every week, sign up through your parent portal. If choosing drop-in, you must email or call the office by 4:00 pm the day of in order to reserve your spot. Please note, we cannot guarantee an open spot for drop-ins without a call ahead. No dance experience is needed! You can wear ballet shoes, yoga socks, or even go barefoot. Mini bands, felt gliders and chairs are provided for participants. Feel free to bring a yoga mat if desired!

*Please note, earlier messages had the session starting on 1/10, however, the start date has been pushed back a week to 1/17.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Kyle Tanguay Workshops

Join us Saturday, January 12th for three wonderful workshops by local dancer Kyle Tanguay! Classes are $17 per student per class OR $15 cash/check. Kyle Tanguay has been dancing since the age of 10 and is extremely enthusiastic, and passionate for what he does. Growing up in Rochester, NH. Kyle started his training at a local studio by the name of Fusion Dance Academy in Dover, NH. Upon graduating from Spaulding High School, he was fortunate enough to join the team of nationally touring dance competition, Dancers Inc. Currently, Kyle is pursuing a BFA at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield and has been featured in works under the direction of directors such as Jesse Zaritt, Kaneza Schaal, Kyle & Dinita Clark, and Sidra Bell. Some of Kyle’s notable performance credits include 303030 (Dixon Place – New York City), The Dizzy Feet Gala (The Novo – Los Angeles), and Dance Across The USA (Franconia Ridge – New Hampshire). Kyle is also excited to currently be working as a member of Long2 Dance Company.

11am-12pm Hip Hop Workshop for ages 10+
REGISTER HERE

12:15-1: 15 pm Modern Workshop for ages 12+
REGISTER HERE

1:30-2:00pm Tap for Tap Classes 3, 4, & 5
REGISTER HERE

 

6-Week Session: Hip Hop Grooves

We are happy to announce a Spring Hip Hop session class! Six weeks of an introductory course including breaking, locking, and popping. Hip-hop provides the recreational dancer with an athletic, fun, and creative workout.

The session starts on January 15th and is for 8 to 11-year-olds. Cost for the class is just $75 for the session. This class is a wonderful way to try dance without the commitment of a recital or costume fees or to try out a new style. We’re sure your kiddo will love it so much that they will want to join us for more! We are also offering FREE registration! This amazing offer ends January 13th, so don’t miss out. Register through your parent portal.

6-Week Session: Pre-Ballet/Tap 

We are also holding a Spring Pre-Ballet/Tap, non-Recital session class! Six weeks of an introductory course into the world of dance, learning basic ballet technique and basic tap steps in a fun, creative environment. Dancers will build on their ballet and tap technique using creative role play, costumes, and props, and will thrive from positive reinforcement.

The session starts on January 17th and is for 5 to 7-year-olds. Cost for the class is just $85 for the session. We are also offering FREE registration! This amazing offer ends January 15th. Register through your parent portal.

Student Choreography Showcase

Any dancer ages 8 and older are invited on Saturday, March 16th at 2:00 pm to audition for the Showcase.  Choreography for the Showcase is a great responsibility!  We audition dancers to make sure they are taking it seriously and are prepared with all the steps completed on or before the audition date.  There is a $10 audition fee per dancer and a sign-up sheet is on Miss Lindsey’s desk at the studio.  Choreography pieces MUST be fully completed at the time of the audition in order to be considered for the Showcase.  More information on this can be found on the Recital tab on our website.  If the dancer has completed all steps on or before March 16th and makes it into the Showcase, there is a performance fee of $20 per dancer per dance to cover the cost of running the Showcase.  Audience members do not need to buy tickets for the Showcase.

Important Message About Posting Dances to Social Media

Parents, please note that we share dances at the last class of each month. Dancers love to perform and we urge you to come into the studio to watch! As we start to work on our recital pieces, we wanted to send a note about posting to social media.  We LOVE to see pictures of our dancers having fun both inside outside of class, so please tag us when posting on Facebook and/or Instagram (@joyofdancenh).  However, we respectfully ask you not to post any videos of choreography you take during class or at any performances.  This is because rehearsal videos are meant for practice purposes only and are not performance ready for the public to see.  We also want people to be surprised at Recital! We will be sharing small snippets of pieces on our FaceBook page and encourage you to shares those with friends and family. After Recital, we are happy to see videos you have taken of dances posted to social media.  In fact, we encourage it!  We just ask that you please tag us in your posts so people know where you dance and how to find us.  Thank you for your understanding on this!

Don’t forget, we will be open on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21st.

 

Inclement Weather

As we are approaching snow season, we want to remind everyone how to know about any inclement weather cancellations. Most of the time if school is closed, the studio will be closed as well. In case of closure, we will post to the website (please hover over the home tab to see the Cancellation tab), Facebook and send out an e-mail roughly 2 hours before the start of class. We will not be in the studio to answer phone calls so please check these three places first. Please note, per our policies, Joy of Dance is not responsible for cancellations due to bad weather, however, students are always welcome to make up any missed classes at another time.  Just send us an email so we don’t have too many makeups on the same night.

Boots & Slippers

Cold and bitter weather is on the horizon whether we like it or not. Please remember to take off your mucky boots when entering the studio. We understand feet get cold in the winter. We have had some parents/siblings bring slippers into the studio to wear while they wait in the reception area.

Halloween Party Pictures!

We had a super fun week of Halloween party games. Head to our Facebook & Instagram pages to check out all the great pictures!

 

Costume Deposits

As previously mentioned, costume deposits have been posted on your account.  If you haven’t done so already, please log in to see the fees and make sure they are correct.

 

Recital

We are excited to announce that Recital will be held at Dover High School this year!  After some great feedback from last year’s recital, we are changing up the format this year. We will have our younger dancers in classes for 18 months to 7 years performance on Saturday, June 9th as well as our team/troupe dancers and some of our advanced classes.  Dancers in classes for ages 8 and up will perform on Sunday.  The Student Choreography Showcase will take place on Sunday as well.  The list of classes in which show on Saturday can be found on the website at the bottom of the Schedule tab.

We will be holding Tech Rehearsals this year instead of a Dress Rehearsal for each show.  Every class will get 10 minutes on stage.  This will allow more time to stage the dances for spacing before they run them.  If there is time, they should be able to run each dance twice.  This new format will help dancers be better prepared for the Recital! Tech rehearsals will full hair, makeup, and costume rehearsals and will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5th and 6th.  I will have the list in order by May 1st if not sooner.

Dancers do not pay a recital fee, only the costume fee.  Audience members are required to buy a ticket in order to watch the recital. Younger siblings(ages 2 and under) who will be sitting on parents’ laps do not need a ticket, but if you are using a seat, then you will need a ticket, due to fire code safety.   Ticket fees pay for the rental of the recital space and school employees along with other fees associated with putting together our fabulous annual recital!

Joy of Dance Clothing Order 

We are putting together a clothing order that will be sent by the end of the week and due by November 10th.  The order will be ready in December before we go on break for the holidays.  All orders are placed online through a link that we will send out in the email.

Acts of Kindness: Food Drive

Next time you go grocery shopping, why not pick up a couple items for those in need this holiday season? We will have a food drive drop off in the studio for the month of Novmeber that will be going directly to the Lee Church Congregational & The Barrington Food Pantry. Items needed include (but not limited to): baked beans, snack crackers, canned fruit and vegetables, stuffing, pie crust mix, instant oatmeal, etc. For every item brought in, you can enter to win a Joy of Dance reusable grocery tote! Please see the front desk receptionist to fill out your tickets. Drawing will be held 12/1!

You’re invited to Princess Ballerina Storytime!

Guests will enjoy a morning full of ballerina stories, dance instructions, and movement games while mom & dad enjoy a worry-free holiday morning! Joy of Dance students and new families are both welcome to attend!

When: Monday, November 12th- Veteran’s Day (Observed)

Ages: 3-8 (must be potty-trained)

Guests are welcome to wear gowns on top of loose, comfortable clothing.

Time:10:30am-12:00pm

Cost:$10 per child

Sounds fun! How do I register?

Register Here!

Open for Veteran’s Day

Please note, we will be open 11/12 for Veterans Day (Observed).

 

Thanksgiving Break 

The studio will be closed for normal classes during our Thanksgiving Break from Monday, November 19th to Sunday, November 25th. We hope everyone is able to enjoy time with their families and loved ones!

*Remember, holidays and breaks are listed in the Parents and Students Handbook as well as on the website under the Events page.*

December Fill a Class Special

Throughout the month of December, current and new students may try out a class for $10 for the ENTIRE MONTH! Add more here!

Manchester Monarchs Dance Clinic

The Manchester Monarchs will be hosting their first dance clinic run by the SNHU Dance Team! The SNHU Dance Team will provide dance instruction and a fun learning experience on Saturday, December 1st for ages 8-18This clinic is open to all dancers and will be a great opportunity to learn from the SNHU Dance Team dancers, and experience dancing for a college dance team. The routine that is learned during this clinic will be performed during the Monarchs game that night!

The Clinic will run from 12 pm – 5pm.

12:00-12:30 – Check-in and T-shirt pick-up

12:30-1:00 – Welcome and Team Chat

1:00-1:30 – Warm-Up

1:30-2:30 – Choreography

2:30-3:30 – Lunch

3:30-5:00 – Choreography and Performance Preparation!

Tickets for the participating dancers will be $30.

This ticket price includes:

Participation in the Dance Clinic

Performance T-Shirt

Lunch during the Clinic- they will provide pizza and water

Your ticket to the Monarchs Game!

Family/Friends will need to purchase a $10 ticketto attend the Monarchs game for the performance.

The SNHU Dance Clinic is open to all dancers ages 8 to 18, and will be separated in two age groups:

·         8 to 12

·         13 to 18

*Dancers should wear black dance pants. Also please wear dance shoes or dance sneakers. They will be wearing the provided t-shirt to perform.

For Family and Friends, the doors to the arena open at 5pm and puck-drop is at 6pm. Depending on the dancer’s age will determine their performance time. First Intermission; age group 8-12, Second Intermission; age group 13-18.

The link to our ticket purchasing page is: monarchsgroups.com/danceclinic. This is where you will purchase performer tickets, as well as friends and family. The site allows you to choose your seat, and see where other are sitting.

Makeup Classes:

As stated in our attendance policies, if a dancer misses a class for any reason, he or she is welcome to make up that class at a different time. It is much easier to make up classes in the fall as we have not started our Recital pieces yet. Classes for ages 3- to 7-year-olds have an opposite class on a different day that you may attend. If there is not an opposite class, another class offered closest to your age group can be taken instead. Please check with the studio manager via email before making up any classes. Email is the best way to reach her at info@joyofdancenh.com.


The Nutcracker

We will be doing our annual trip to see the Nutcracker at the Rochester Opera House on Sunday, December 10th at 2:00pm.  Tickets are $26 for Adults and $22 for Students/Seniors, however, we usually have enough people to get a group discount.  Please let me know by November 19th. Once I hear from everyone, I will let you know the final price.  We have several dancers performing this year and I would love to get a big group together to cheer them on!

Thank you!

Miss Lindsey, Owner & Director at Joy of Dance

Nicole buck, Studio Manager

 

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Hello, & Happy Fall!

11.jpgDance with us at Disney World!

We still have space to open for our Disney Performance Trip scheduled for April 2019! Remember, dancers ages 7 (by August 2019) through Adult are eligible for the trip, and of course, anyone is welcome to join us! Email us at info@joyofdancenh.com if you would like more information. We also have a wonderful fundraising team that has many event opportunities for dancers to participate in. We are so excited to enjoy this trip with our Joy of Dance family!

3.jpgImportant Credit Card Notice

To better help serve our dance family, we will be switching over credit card processors starting on October 2nd. For safety purposes, all of the currently saved credit card information will be erased. Payments will get taken out on October 1st as usual. After that time, you will need to sign into your accounts and re-enter your credit card information for the new secure server. We will send out reminder emails, but please try to complete this by October 14th. We greatly appreciate your help with this transition!

4.jpgParking at the Studio

We have noticed that there is some confusion about using our parking lot. When entering, please veer to the right. You can park in front of the building, on the side near the trees, and around back. When leaving, please follow the arrows and make a loop around the building. This will help with the flow of traffic, especially during high volume hours.

10.jpgWater Bottle Graveyard Is Overflowing!

We are so happy that our dancers are staying hydrated but our water bottle graveyard is too full! Please have your child check it out next time they are at the studio.

Newsletter Graphics-3.jpgDress Code

A dancer’s dress code is extremely important to the discipline of the sport. We have had many students coming to class with the wrong attire and/or their hair down. It is imperative that you talk to your dancer about this and help them encourage this discipline.

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Monday-Thursday 10:30am-6:00pm

Friday 10:30am-2:00pm

Saturday 9:00-11:00am

*Please note that we are out of office at 11 am on Saturday to 10:30 am on Monday mornings.

19.jpgJin Mu Hapkido Academy

Did you know we offer martial arts at our studio?!

Jin Mu Hapkido LLC offers classes at Joy of Dance multiple times per week for both adults and children. Why not try it? Master Todd Miller is offering this limited time special of 2 people for the price of $99 for the first month and includes a free uniform for both students! This saves you $110!! What a deal! Space is limited so contact Master Todd today. Offer ends 10/31.

(603)557-7180

hkdtodd@gmail.com

jinmuhapkido.com

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20.jpgAdult Hip Hop- FREE Class 10/4

New to the schedule: Adult Hip Hop!

Thursdays 7:30-8: 15 pm

Adults will learn upbeat and fun dance moves to energetic music all the way from the 90’s to today! We are so excited to see you work it! All ages (18+) welcome.

Sounds great! How do I get into this class?

Log in to your parent portal to register. Once you are enrolled, your free trial will be scheduled!

Questions? We’d love to help! Email us at info@joyofdancenh.com.

21.jpgYou’re invited to Princess Ballerina Storytime!

Guests will enjoy a morning full of ballerina stories, dance instructions, and movement games while mom & dad enjoy a worry-free holiday morning! Joy of Dance students and new families are both welcome to attend!

When:Monday, October 8th- Columbus Day

Ages: 3-8 (must be potty-trained)

Guests are welcome to wear gowns on top of loose, comfortable clothing.

Time:10:30am-12:00pm

Cost:$10 per child

Sounds fun! How do I register?

Register Here

 3.jpgOpen Columbus Day Monday, October 8th

We will be holding classes as usual on Columbus Day.  Don’t forget to attend that day!!

3.jpgTuition reminder

Just a reminder that tuition is due the 1st of the month. Monthly tuition will be posted before the 1st so that you may view the fees posted to your account. Late fees will be posted after the 10th of the month and accounts not paid by the 20th of each month will have their backup card charged.  Also, when paying by check, please remember to write the month on the memo line of your check, along with anything else that might be included (costumes, t-shirt orders, ballet shoes, etc).

Untitled design.pngWingman For Dance

The Wingman for Dance program inspires empathy, compassion, kindness and most importantly, acceptance of all children regardless of any perceived differences. This month, our Wingman Leaders implemented activities in classes that centered around getting to know our peers. We are so humbled by how well these activities went. We look forward to seeing how #wingman4dance continues to impact our studio and brings us closer together.

2.jpgFREE Trial week!

From Monday, October 8th to Saturday, October 13th, new and current dancers can try a new class.  This is the perfect time to check out a new class such as Musical Theatre, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop or Modern, all for free this week! Bring a friend with you to class too and share the JOY of dance with them.  All open classes are eligible for a free trial class for new or current students. Please check out the registration page to see what classes still have space. Classes that say Register next to them are open to trying this week.

22.jpgHalloween!

Halloween parties will go from Thursday, October 25th to Wednesday, October 31st. Everyone should come in costume with his or her dance clothes underneath.  We will be doing fun dance games during class and also handing out candy.  If you or your child have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know so we can have options for everyone. Candy made in a peanut/tree nut free facility will be available.  IMPORTANT-All dancers must wait until after they leave the studio before opening any candy.  If there is a conflict with trick or treating and our Halloween parties, let us know ASAP so we can adjust for our party.

Birthday Parties!

Joy of Dance offers fun, energetic and creative birthday parties! Everyone will have a great time at your child’s party and the best part is that you won’t have to lift a finger.  You can find more information on birthday parties on our website.

3.jpgCostume Deposits

A reminder that a $35 deposit per dancer per dance will be due November 1st, and the remainder of $35 due on January 1st.  Please note that one pair of tights per color required per dancer is included in the costume fee.

3.jpgCompetition Classes

Competition fees of $60 per dancer per dance for teams and troupes are due October 1st.  All technique classes that will be participating in the spring competition along iwth specialty teams(Ballet Team, Tap Team, and Production) will have the fee due on December 1st.

8.jpgShoe Racks

We have done a little rearranging in our entrance area to allow for a better flow of traffic during busy times. We ask that everyone remove their shoes in the studio. Dancers transferring between studios can easily pick up debris on their dance shoes that can cause damage to our floors and their shoes. Please remind anyone entering to use the shoe racks so we don’t have any obstacles in this area!

 24.jpgManchester Monarchs Dance Clinic

The Manchester Monarchs will be hosting their first dance clinic run by the SNHU Dance Team! The SNHU Dance Team will provide dance instruction and a fun learning experience on Saturday, December 1st for ages 8-18This clinic is open to all dancers and will be a great opportunity to learn from the SNHU Dance Team dancers, and experience dancing for a college dance team. The routine that is learned during this clinic will be performed during the Monarchs game that night!

The Clinic will run from 12 pm – 5pm.

12:00-12:30 – Check-in and T-shirt pick-up

12:30-1:00 – Welcome and Team Chat

1:00-1:30 – Warm-Up

1:30-2:30 – Choreography

2:30-3:30 – Lunch

3:30-5:00 – Choreography and Performance Preparation!

Tickets for the participating dancers will be $30.

This ticket price includes:

Participation in the Dance Clinic

Performance T-Shirt

Lunch during the Clinic- they will provide pizza and water

Your ticket to the Monarchs Game!

Family/Friends will need to purchase a $10 ticketto attend the Monarchs game for the performance.

The SNHU Dance Clinic is open to all dancers ages 8 to 18, and will be separated in two age groups:

·         8 to 12

·         13 to 18

*Dancers should wear black dance pants. Also please wear dance shoes or dance sneakers. They will be wearing the provided t-shirt to perform.

For Family and Friends, the doors to the arena open at 5pm and puck-drop is at 6pm. Depending on the dancer’s age will determine their performance time. First Intermission; age group 8-12, Second Intermission; age group 13-18.

The link to our ticket purchasing page is: monarchsgroups.com/danceclinic. This is where you will purchase performer tickets, as well as friends and family. The site allows you to choose your seat, and see where other are sitting.

23.jpgStudent Choreography Showcase

Any student in a class for ages 8 and up can start signing up for their showcase piece! Showcase pieces allow dance students to choreograph themselves or with other dancers for Recital.  This is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to showcase their creative side along with their love of dance.  Interested dancers must have song approval before starting his or her choreography.  The checklist is listed below. Copied below is a list of FAQ’s regarding the Showcase. Student Choreography pieces will have their own showcase before the Sunday Recital. In order to make this show free for audience members to attend, there will be a small performance fee for the dancers.   Auditions will take place in March.  If you are unable to make the audition day, we will figure out another arrangement before the audition date.  We will be sending out more information on the Student Choreography Showcase within the next couple of weeks, but you can view some FAQs listed below.

  

FAQ’s for our Student Choreography Showcase

What is the Student Choreography Showcase?  Dancers in a class for ages 8 and up can put together a piece by themselves or with a friend to be performed in the showcase.

When are pieces performed? The Student Choreography Showcase will take place before the Sunday Recital.

Do I have to purchase tickets to attend the Showcase? No, we want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to attend the Showcase!

Why is there a Performance fee?  Because we are not requiring audience members to purchase tickets to the showcase, there is a performance fee of $20 per dancer.  This fee will cover the cost of hiring the staff at the school and our staff from Joy of Dance to put on the show as well as the rental fee without requiring audience members to purchase tickets for the showcase.

How can my dancer sign up? Miss Lindsey needs to approve of all songs before dancers start choreographing.  There is a signup sheet on her desk.

Can I do more than one piece?  All dancers are only allowed one solo.  They may also join one other group or duo piece.  The performance fee is per dancer, per dance

Why does my dancer have to audition?  The reason we are holding auditions is to make sure all choreography, music and costume ideas are completed at the time of the audition.  Before holding the auditions, we were constantly chasing dancers to complete all steps by the deadline, which isn’t fun for anyone! By holding an audition, dancers must show responsibility by being required to have everything completed by that date or they will not have their piece in the Showcase.  This will help them to take the Showcase seriously and abide by all deadlines.  As long as the dancer auditions with cut music, choreography written down, a costume idea and a polished piece(it’s ok if you forget a few steps!), he or she will have a spot in the showcase.  Dances thrown together carelessly, last minute or missing any requirements will not make it into the Showcase.

Checklist

1. The song needs to be approved by Miss Lindsey.

2. The dance MUST be under 2 minutes.

3. The written choreography is to be handed in.

4. The completed piece is to be performed at the audition.

5. Costumes need to planned out, but not purchased until April.

NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE

 

Best,

JoD Staff

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Hello to both our new and returning families! We look forward to welcoming all the new students into the Joy of Dance family and reuniting with our returning students when classes start on Saturday, September 8th.

A couple of important notes as classes start:

Important.jpgParents’ and Students’ Handbook

Our handbook is a great tool to help keep information easy to find, all in one place. If you haven’t already read through it, please do so at your earliest convenience. You can find it under the About tab on our website or a hard copy can be available upon request. This is the best reference for any questions you might have.  If you are unable to find the answer to your question after looking through the Handbook, feel free to contact us at info@joyofdancenh.com and we would be happy to assist you.

Newsletter Graphics.jpgEmail

Email is how we communicate all of our important messages to you.  To ensure you are receiving our emails, please add jackrabbittech.com to your safe list. You can also view all our sent messages through your portal when you log in. We recommend checking there if you find you haven’t been receiving monthly emails from us.

Important.jpgNEW Beginning in 2019: An annual membership fee of $40 per student or $75 per family will be charged April 1st to current families. The annual membership fee includes priority registration and the Recital video digital download, as well as birthday party discounts. We want to make your life easier when it comes to enrolling in classes! Once class recommendations for the following year are made, you will have two weeks to make any tweaks and adjustments. After that, we will take care of enrolling your student in the recommended classes. Reminders will be sent via email in February and March, and any family wishing to opt out must provide written notification (email) no later than March 15th.  For those opting out, a $15 Recital Digital Download fee is due on April 1st.

Newsletter Graphics-7.jpgDo I Need To Wait In The Reception Area?

We ask parents/guardians of students under the age of 6 to please wait in the reception area during their child’s class. This is to ensure if any accident or problem arises, the student will have a caretaker there immediately.  Parents of children ages 6-9 should let their child know if they will be leaving the studio during class time to make sure he or she is comfortable with that.

Important.jpgALL Parents Need To Enter The Studio The First Week Of Classes

Please review a provided hardcopy of our Agreement Policies that you signed off on when you registered and take a copy for your records. After you have read them, print and sign your name on the provided spreadsheets in the studio located on the office desk wall. This is to ensure all families have acknowledged our policies and will abide by them. They can also be found any time on our website!

Newsletter Graphics-8.jpgAre You Paying Tuition By Check?

If you are paying September’s tuition by check, please send it via mail this week or call us to find out when we will be at the studio this week! As payments are collected by the 10th of the month, we want to make sure everyone is accounted for since we won’t see many of you until after that due date.

Calendar.jpgMissed Classes and Makeups

If you know ahead of time that you are going to be absent from class, we would love an e-mail so we won’t worry. Missed classes can be made up with office permission anytime until the end of May, and even proactively when there is advance notice. You can keep track of absences through your parent portal. Keeping up with attendance from the beginning is a great way to stay on track for perfect attendance, too!

Newsletter Graphics-9.jpgPerfect Attendance

At the end of the year, dancers who have not missed any classes, or attended all makeup classes, will receive a Perfect Attendance award the last week of classes as well as being recognized at Recital.  Dancers in classes for ages 5 and up are eligible to receive a Perfect Attendance Award. Working towards earning their awards helps instill a sense of accomplishment, as well as teaching dancers the importance of hard work and dedication.  You may view absences by signing into your account on our website, click on the Students tab then the Absence tab under the miscellaneous section.

Newsletter Graphics-3.jpgDress Code

For questions about appropriate/required class attire, please refer to the Dress Code section of the Handbook. Please refer to this guide frequently.

Newsletter Graphics-4.jpgWater Bottles

Water bottles should be considered part of your dancer’s dress code to ensure hydration throughout the class. Please make sure students come to class prepared!


Newsletter Graphics-2.jpgNew Adult Hip Hop Class
 

We are excited to add an Adult Hip Hop class this fall Thursdays 7:30-8: 15 pm. Adults 18 & up will enjoy an upbeat class to express your sassy side while learning fun Hip Hop combinations. The class will include technique and across the floor exercises along with dance routines to your favorite Hip Hop music. We challenge you to leave the class without an extra confident strut! Registration can be done through our website or your portal!

Newsletter Graphics-5.jpgDancing In Disney

Have you heard that we will be performing in Disney World this upcoming spring?! If you are interested in joining us on this magical trip, let us know at info@joyofdancenh.com. We would love to send over the information packets.

Private lessons are available to any student who would like extra work outside of regular classes. Please contact info@joyofdancenh.com with any questions.

Newsletter Graphics-6.jpgLet’s Get Social!

Check out our Facebook and Instagram! We often post pictures of classes, important studio information, as well as contests where you can win free stuff!

Facebook- Joy of Dance

Instagram- joyofdancenh

Newsletter Graphics-8.jpgTuition

Please make sure you have thoroughly read the Tuition page on the handbook. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about tuition, office@joyofdancenh.com.

Calendar.jpgTeam and Troupe Competition Fees Due

Competition fees of $60 per dancer per dance for teams and troupes are due October 1st.  Those interested in Ballet Team, Tap Team and Production will have those fees due December 1st along with other competition classes.

Calendar.jpgPerforming at the Lee Town Fair

Our 2017-2018 performance teams and hip hop troupes will be performing at the Lee Town Fair this Saturday 9/8 at 1:30 pm at the soccer field of Little River Park. We would LOVE to see some familiar faces out in the crowd cheering us on. Dancers should meet at the pavilion at 1:00 pm.

 

Car.jpgParking

Our parking lot can be a little tricky to maneuver. When entering, please veer to the right. You can park in front of the building, on the side near the trees, and around back. When leaving, please follow the arrows and make a loop around the building. This will help with the flow of traffic, especially during high volume hours.

 

Studio Tour Video

If you are new to Joy of Dance, it might be helpful to sit down with your dancer and check out our Studio Tour video located on the “About” tab of our website. Click here: https://joyofdancenh.com/contact/about/.

This will help new students understand how to navigate our studio.

 

Newsletter Graphics.jpgNEW Office Hours

We understand September can be a crazy month for all families. To ease the chaos of questions you may have, we will be providing office hours during the week. Office hours will continue throughout the year but may be subject to change.

Monday: 10:30am-6:00pm

Tuesday: 10:30am-6:00pm

Wednesday: 10:30am-6:00pm

Thursday: 10:30am-6:00pm

Friday: 10:30am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am-11:00am

Sunday: Closed

 

Photography

Our favorite photographer, Jessica Torosian of Jessica Torosian Photography will be taking pictures of our students in class on Saturday 9/15, Monday 9/17, Wednesday 9/19, Thursday 9/20, and Tuesday 9/25. Please make sure your dancer is in strict dress code these days. It is important for our branding.

 

Creative Movement Parents

We are all so excited for the start of another amazing year at Joy of Dance!  We wanted to send along a helpful article if you have a dancer who might be a little nervous to start their first day of dance.  As always, please let us know if you have any comments or concerns as we would love to help!

 

The Dance of Independence

Dance class may be the first time your child is separated from you.

New places and people can be frightening at first. Until your child becomes comfortable in the class, he/she may take the first few classes to watch or participate minimally. Some children may take several weeks to settle in and fully engage.

Though your child may feel safer with you in the room, remember that other children may be shy in your presence. It is best for you to wait outside the dance studio while class is in session.

What do I do if my child is crying or having a hard time going into the studio?

There’s no one magical method of helping your child through separation anxiety. The best thing to know is that we are ok with the tears if you are! Usually, once class gets started, he/she is off running. Let her know it’s ok to sit and watch for awhile too with no pressure to join unless she is ready. Each dancer is different, but if a shy dancer is participating even a little bit, then she is gaining from the experience!

Below are some things you can do to help ease the anxiety:

  • Come early to look quietly around the school and transition into the studio (let us know ahead of time if you’d like to do this so we can make sure to chose a time that is actually quiet!)
  • No need to sneak away, even when there are tears. Your positive enthusiasm and confident goodbye is reassuring.
  • Set a time for hugs, smiles, and kisses before and after class.
  • Encourage your child to teach YOU after taking the class.
  • Let your child tell you what will make the class feel safer – a teddy to stand in for you, or a

    special outfit to make them feel stronger, for example.

  • Mention beforehand that you will not be properly dressed for class, so you will not be

    allowed inside the studio

  • If all else fails, and he or she will not enter the room without you, you may bring your child

    into the room and sit by the door.

As important as you are to the development and learning of your dancer, as he/she grows, your child also benefits from this time apart from you.

Your son or daughter gains confidence in his ability to make choices, learn new things, form ideas all on his own, and then proudly share them.

As you witness these developments, enjoy! Watch as they learn to appreciate dancing with and without you, and value this dance of independence.

Resource- DANCEADVANTAGE.NET

 

We are looking forward to another great year and hope you had a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

-The Joy of Dance Staff

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Hello!

We would like to give a warm 2018-2019 welcome to our new and returning families. We are so very excited to start our dance year on Saturday, September 8th. To kick off our year, please enjoy our first monthly newsletter.

Car.jpgParking: We will be putting up a one-way sign, but in the meantime please enter through the front, veer right and go around back to exit the other side of the driveway. This will help with the flow of traffic during hectic studio hours and keep everyone safe. Please, no parking on the grass! There are sprinkler heads in the ground that we do not wish to be run over. Also, smoking is not permitted on studio grounds. Thank you for your cooperation.

Because barefoot feet touch our floor, please leave your shoes at the door! Our dancers are often grabbing a drink in between classes or entering the Reception area to change their shoes before heading back into the dance studio.  Any gravel or sand then gets carried into the room with them, which is no fun to dance on! As dancers, family, and friends enter the studio, there is plenty of space for shoes on the benches with shoe racks to the left and on the shoe racks to the right.  Please direct your dancer to use the shoe racks as we need to keep the mats clear for people to enter and exit.  We’d hate for someone to trip! Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Download.jpg2018 Recital Digital Download: Check your inboxes for a PDF on how to view and download the video on VIMEO. It’s best to download and save the attachment for future reference, or you view it on the website under the drop down Digital Video on the Recital tab.  Please note that for privacy purposes, the password is listed on the PDF, but not on the website. For those who ordered physical DVDs, they will be available at our Open House on Saturday, August 18th from 9-11am.

 

Open House.jpgOPEN HOUSE: YOU’RE INVITED! Come join us at our OPEN HOUSE for fun, food and FREE trial classes! Check out our bounce house, meet our faculty, tour the studio, and find out why dancers at Joy of Dance are considered family! We will be happy to talk about fall classes with you. New and returning families are welcome to attend!!

When: Saturday, August 18th 9:00-11: 00 am, free Trolls demo class starting at 9:30 am for ages 3-7 as well as a Ninja Tumbling Workshop for ages 8-12.
Calendar.jpgCar Wash Fundraiser: CALLING ALL DIRTY CARS! We want YOU to stop by our car wash this Saturday to benefit the Joy of Dance Disney squad! These are hard-working dancers who can help make your vehicle squeaky clean! Car washes are by donation and will help get these kiddos to reach their goal of dancing in Disney in 2019.
When: Saturday, August 4th from 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Joy of Dance- 29 Calef Highway Lee, NH

Calendar.jpgSummer Dance Performance: Come check out how hard our summer dancers have worked this season at our annual Summer Dance Showcase!  This year we are holding it at the studio. This is not a required performance, but we encourage all our summer dancers to invite friends and family to come see what they’ve been working so hard at all summer.

When: Saturday, August 18th from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Where: Outback at the studio- parking might be limited so please try to carpool if possible. If the parking lot is full, people can park on Pinkham Road, but please do not park along Rt. 125.

Calendar.jpgTeam Intensives: Please check your inboxes for our team intensives August 27-29th. These intensives are mandatory for all Team/Troupe members and will provide students with a 1-hour master class and a head start on choreography for the year.  It will help dancers feel more confident in their choreography by showtime as well as allow more time in class to work on technique.


Calendar.jpgLee Town Fair:
We are pleased to be offering another performance opportunity for our 2017-2018 Team dancers on Saturday, September 8th. We encourage all other Joy of Dance families to support us while enjoying the fair!

Performance Time: 1:30 PM

Call Time: 1:00 PM at fair

2017-2018 Performers and Rehearsal Times for 9/8

Mini Team- 10:30-11:00

Petite Team- 11:00-11:30

Junior Team-11:30-12:00

Junior Troupe- 11:00-11:30

Senior Team-12:15-12:30

Senior Team-12:15-12:30

Senior Troupe- 11:30-11:45

Tap Team-11:45-12:00

Ballet Team- 12:00-12:15

Costumes: black leotard with black shorts(or leggings if it’s chilly) and your JoD jacket. Rehearsal: We will have one short rehearsal the morning of, but dancers should make sure to refresh choreography in the days leading up to the event.

 

Lastly, for our news families or a brush up for our returning families:

Important.jpg2018-2019 Tuition:

Payment is due in full on the first of every month. Payments not received by the 10th of the month will be assessed a $10 late fee. A credit card is required to be on file for all accounts. If you would like to pay by cash or check, please choose the E-payment schedule option “Do Not Bill- backup card“, otherwise your card will be charged on the 1st of each month. All unpaid accounts will get their cards charged on the 20th of the month for the outstanding balance plus $10 late fee. Cash or check is accepted during class hours only via the tuition box on the office half wall, or check payments may be mailed to 29 Calef Hwy, Lee. Credit cards accepted online only. There is a $35.00 returned check charge for any checks returned by the bank.

 

We can’t wait to see you soon!

-JoD Staff

Hello, Joy of Dancers and families!

This is a long but very important newsletter filled with recital and registration information for next the dance season. Please make sure to read through thoroughly!

Important: Recital Tab on Website

We are working on providing a mobile-friendly version of the website, hopefully, this summer.  However, until then it is easiest to get to the Recital page from a desktop or tablet.  If you are on a smartphone, you will need to turn your phone horizontal in order click on the Recital tab.  Once there, you can find the link to the REcital Handbook at the top with other important links listed further down the page.

May/June Tuition

As stated in our policies, tuition is calculated by taking the number of weeks in the dance year for an annual rate, then dividing that into equal monthly payments September-April with a one and a half payment for May/June.  All accounts must be up to date before May 20th in order to start purchasing Recital Tickets. The Recital video download is new this year.  In previous years, we were unable to provide the DVD quality we’d like to and a digital download will provide the high quality we are striving towards while also making the video more accessible and affordable.  The fee for the digital download is just $8 and a link for all 4 shows will be emailed to you that you can view and download to your computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.  You can still purchase a physical copy of the DVD if you’d like for $22 (discounted $8 for the digital fee already paid) for one show and $5 per each additional show.

Recital Info

Recital is closing in very fast. You can find all the recital information currently available on the website under the recital tab. It would be greatly appreciated if you read through all information before e-mailing us with any questions.  I also recommend printing the sheets out and highlighting the parts that pertain to you.  I know it is a lot of information!

Closed for Memorial Day weekend!

We will NOT be holding classes on Memorial Day weekend this year, Saturday 5/26 and Monday(Memorial Day) 5/28. We WILL be holding class on Friday 5/25

Picture Day

Picture Day is May 19th. The schedule of the day will be posted to the recital tab soon. There you will also find pricing information along with the order form on the website. You may print the form from the website, or pick one up at the studio to fill out beforehand to bring with you on Picture Day. Forms will be on my desk when they become available.

Recital Tickets

On May 23rd at 12:00 pm, you will be able to purchase recital tickets from the comfort of our own home or office through Dance Recital Ticketing! Please see the ticket info sheet on the website for more information.

Back Stage Moms

The sign-up sheets for backstage moms will be up at the studio this week. Sorry Dads, but no boys are allowed in the band room! BSM will get to watch their dancer perform from the audience in a reserved section set aside for them. Please read through the Back Stage Mom advice to get a clear understanding of what is required when signing up.

Volunteer Opportunities 

I’m working on a list of volunteers that I will need for Recital that I will be sending out later this week.  Please let me know if you are available to help! Remember, volunteers do not need to purchase tickets to Recital, but will get to see their dancer perform.

Makeup classes

There are only a couple more weeks to get in make-up classes in if you want the perfect attendance award. Makeup classes are allowed until Friday, May 25th. No makeups will be allowed the last week of classes or on May 19th for Picture Day. You will need to log into your portal to see how many classes your dancer needs to make up.

Dad/Sweetheart Dance

Registration for our on-stage performance closes May 10th. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to share the spotlight with your dancer. Please see our website for more details!

 

Performance Team and Hip Hop Troupe Placement Auditions (Has been updated)

The goal of our Performance Teams and Hip Hop Troupes is to provide outside performance opportunities for dancers in order to further their dance education and performance skills, as well as supporting our community.  It also allows students to spend more time in the studio working on technique and performance quality. All Team members must be enrolled in a ballet and jazz class(Workshop classes for ages 10 and up) and all Troupe members must be enrolled in a hip hop class.

On Thursday, June 7th, we are holding placement auditions for all dancers wanting to join Team and/or Troupe next year.  This will help us to place dancers on the team that will allow them the most growth.  Dancers will be critiqued on performance skills and proper technique, as well as their dance etiquette throughout the year. This includes but is not limited to- listening skills, behavior, response to constructive criticism, and work ethic.  It is recommended (but not required) dancers have at least two years experience in ballet for Team (except Minis and Squirts) and at least two years of hip hop for Troupe to be considered for placement.

*If you can not attend this audition, you must let us know ASAP so we can schedule an alternative time for your audition.

Audition times are listed below by age group.  Dancers should attend the age group they will be by September.  Minis who are 5 by January are still invited to attend the meeting.  If your dance is at the top of his/her age group, be prepared that he/she may be asked to stay and audition with the next age group up.  Please note that audition groups are split into smaller age groups than Teams/Troupes and therefore the group you audition with does not mean that is the group you will be on Team/Troupe with. Dancers will receive placements in the few days following Recital.

Auditions

Date: Thursday, June 7th.

Ages 5-6- 4:30-5:00- This time is a stress-free meeting for our youngest dancers and parents, not an audition.

Ages 7-8- 5:00-5:30

Ages 9-10: 5:30-6:15

Ages 10 & up for Hip Hop Troupe- 6:15-7:00

Ages 11-13: 7:00-7:45

Ages 14 & up- 7:45-8:30

For more information, please click on the link below

Team:Troupe Commitment Letter 2018-2019

Summer Dance

Can’t go 3 months without dance? Neither can we! Registration for Summer Dance is now open through our website. We are offering new classes this summer for beginners through advanced dancers for ages 3 to Adult in the following disciplines-  Dance With Me, Princess Ballerinas, Day at the Beach, Circus Jazz, At the Zoo Ballet/Tap, Hip Hop Grooves, Fit for the Summer, Barre Fitness Contemporary Modern, Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pointe, and Adult classes in Ballet/Jazz, Tap, Modern and Hip Hop.

There is no registration fee for Summer Dance classes. Tuition is due upon registration in order to hold your spot in the class. You may choose to pay a non-refundable $25 deposit to hold your spot. Please indicate in the comments section if this is your choice. If no comment is left, you will be charged the full tuition amount at the time of registration.

Dress Code Update-

Next year the dress code for all jazz classes will be tan, slip-on(no tie) leather jazz shoes.  If you currently have black ones, you do not need to replace them just yet.  Once you grow out of them or when Recital 2019 comes around, you will need to have tan jazz shoes.

All Pre-Ballet/Tap dancers will need velcro shoes instead of ones that tie. Same as the jazz shoes, you can replace these as your dancer grows out of them.

Registration for the 2018-2019 dance year 

Just a reminder that registration for next year open Tuesday, May 8th! Classes can fill up fast, so don’t miss your chance to get in your favorite classes. Annual registration is $25 per student before July 1st($50 for a family) and $35 after July 1st($70 for a family).

Referral Program

We offer a referral program!  We love to hear when you recommend our studio to friends and family members.  It is greatly appreciated and we want to reward you for it! Make sure to let your friend or family know to write your name in the referral box upon registration.  Once the dancer has been in class for three months, we will apply the $25 credit to BOTH accounts as a thank you.  Credits will be applied for new family accounts, not for individual dancers.

Open House May 12th

Come join us at our FREE OPEN HOUSE for fun, food and a free trial class for ages 3-7! Meet our faculty, tour the studio, and find out why dancers at Joy of Dance are considered family! We will be happy to talk about summer and fall classes with you.

 
Stop by to check us out on:
Saturday, May 12th 1:00-3:00pm, free demo class starting at 1:30pm for ages 3-7.
 
For more information about Summer and Fall classes, visit joyofdancenh.com or send us a message!
 
For a chance to win a FREE Joy of Dance water bottle,
1: Like our page
2: Share this event on your wall
3: Comment “shared” in this original post and you could win!
4: For extra chances to win, in a separate comment just tag a friend (or two or more!) who might be interested in joining our dance family!
 
The contest will end at 08:00pm on May 11th.

Crazy Hair Week!

This year we are doing a fun week of crazy hair styles the last week of classes from May 29th through June 4th.  Please make sure hair is still properly secured and pulled out of the dancer’s face.  I’m excited to see what our dancers will come up with!

 

Don’t forget to practice!
Miss Lindsey, Owner & Director of Joy of Dance

Hello Joy of Dancers and families,

Recital 2019 Handbook

Recital

April means that recital is just over 2 months away! We know everyone is getting excited. So are we! Posted above is the link to our Recital Handbook. All information can be found on the “Recital” tab of our website!

Recital is June 8th and 9th with a full tech/dress rehearsal (full hair and makeup) the Tuesday (6/4) and Wednesday (6/5) before. 

All of the information below can be found in the handbook, but we wanted to pull out some things to note now in case it takes a few days to get to reading the Recital Handbook

Volunteers Opportunities

We have a sign-up sheet for backstage mom help (sorry dads, but there will be girls changing backstage!). Most of the younger kids will need two moms per class. Backstage moms will be able to sit in the audience to watch their dancer(s) perform and then meet them backstage afterward. They will not need to buy a ticket to the show. Backstage moms are the glue that holds the show together and running smoothly! We appreciate all those who sign up to help. Please see section 11 of the handbook for more information on this and other volunteer opportunities. If you are interested, please email us at info@joyofdancenh.com!

Recital Video

Videotaping is welcome during dress rehearsal only.  Just as in a professional Theatre production, videotaping during a performance is not allowed, both as a courtesy to other members of the audience as well as the dancers.  Our dancers do not want to look out into the audience and see screens instead of their loved ones’ faces, nor do audience members want their view to be blocked by the bright screens of cameras, iPhones, iPads, etc. It can also be distracting and dangerous to the dancers, not to mention watching through a screen will inhibit your experience of the performance. Dance is meant to be enjoyed live!

New this year, we will be offering a high-quality digital download of the recital! The fee for this was included in our Annual Membership. If you opted of of the membership, your account has already been charged for the download. You will be able to put the download onto a USB drive, burn a copy to a DVD, or send a link, so your family and friends will be able to enjoy the Recital even if they are not able to physically be there.  Physical copies of the Recital will also be available for purchase.  The cost to purchase one performance is $22 (in addition to the $8 fee) and $5 each to add additional shows.

Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Program Ads and Shout-outs

Advertising space for the program is available for purchase! If you have a business and wish to advertise, we will have the information for that out soon. Shout Out space will also be available for personal messages to your dancer or friend for $10. Dancers love seeing a fun positive message with their name on it before their big performance!  Please hand in all ads and shout-outs by Wednesday, May 1st.

 

Picture Day
Picture day is May 18th, so mark your calendars! There will be times set aside throughout the day for each dance in recital. Younger dancers will be photographed in the morning and older dancers in the afternoon with some of our oldest dancers attending on Friday night. Dancers are requested to attend Picture Day even if you are not planning on purchasing a picture for that class. The ones who are purchasing want to remember all their friends who danced with them that year!

Dancers should arrive at the studio at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time in full hair and stage makeup, but change at the studio. Please do not wear your costumes outside! If you are late for your time, you will miss being in the group photo but can take an individual photo. 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED RECITAL QUESTIONS

All of this information can be found in the Recital Handbook, but we gathered the most frequently asked questions below for you in one place.

Why do we pay extra tuition in May?

* Tuition is a yearly amount broken into 9.5 installments for your convenience. The last installment is 1.5 in order for accounts to be up-to-date before tickets go on sale in late May.

Why do we have to pay for recital tickets?

* There are a lot of expenses associated with putting on a recital, such as the auditorium and music room rental, scenery and props, overtime custodial fees, insurance, program printing and more.  Without charging admission to the show, the studio would not be able to put on an end of year show to showcase all the amazing things our dancers have learned throughout the year.

Why are the dancers required to wear make-up on stage?

* Dancers wear makeup on stage to enhance their facial features, which can be washed out under the harsh stage lights. Makeup makes their fantastic facial expressions!

Why are only backstage volunteers allowed backstage?

* It is for the safety of the dancers. It would be too difficult to track whether each child is going home with the proper adult if everyone’s parents were backstage.

Can I videotape my child on stage?

* Videotaping is welcome during dress rehearsal only.  Just as in a professional Theatre production, videotaping during a performance is not allowed, both as a courtesy to other members of the audience as well as the dancers.  Audience members do not want their view to be blocked by the bright screens of cameras, iPhones, iPads, etc nor do your dancers want to look out into the audience.  This year the $8 DVD fee covers a digital version of Recital sent to you roughly 6-8 weeks following Recital. This way you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Can I take photos of my child on stage?

* We ask that audience members do not use devices with bright screens to take pictures while the dancer is on stage.  If you have a camera, both the flash and the screen must be turned off.  Flash photography can be very harmful to our dancers!

Does my child have to stay for the entire show?

* Yes, all dancers return to the stage for a final bow. Children will be released to their parents at the end of the show. Backstage moms will have activities to keep them occupied, but packing books and games will help backstage.  The recital will also be playing on a screen for them to watch.  Besides, ALL of the dancers have worked very hard and equally deserve to have a full audience to watch their performances!

What do I do if my children are in different shows?

* We try as much as possible to get siblings in the same show, however, it is not always possible.  Dancers who have a sibling performing in a different show can get a special ticket code for a free ticket to their sibling’s show.  If this applies to your family, you will need to email us by May 5th and let us know what show each sibling will be attending.  We will email your code out before tickets go on sale.

If I volunteer backstage, will I still see my child dance?

* Yes! Volunteers help dancers get ready in the dressing rooms and then escort the class to the backstage area a few numbers before their dance.  One the class is released to the backstage area, you can then go to the audience to watch them on stage.  After they exit the stage, volunteers return to the backstage area to escort them back to their dressing area.

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Happy April Joy of Dancers!

 

I hope you all have been enjoying warmer weather now.  Fingers crossed it stays!

We have some fun and exciting events happening this month!  We are also looking ahead to some events and happenings coming up soon.

Spring Break

The studio will be closed from April 21st- April 27th for Spring Break.  Classes will resume Saturday, April 28th.

Recital Details Coming Soon!

In order to accommodate seating for all our friends and families for the Sunday show, we will be now be holding two shows on Sunday.  As of now, you can expect both shows to be the same, therefore blocking off the entire day.

Within the next week or so, there will be a lot of Recital details coming your way (including show times).  It is a lot of information to read through, but don’t feel overwhelmed!  Not all of it relates to every dancer and it is clearly labeled for you to follow.  Everything Recital related will also be posted to the Recital tab on the website.  I recommend putting all dates in your calendar/planner as soon as it is released.  This way you won’t miss anything!

 

Slider_ Confidence ClassAll new – Confidence Workshop Classes!

Confidence: a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.

Join us to celebrate yourself and leave feeling great! Miss Kelsey will start the class off with a quick warm-up, some fun across the floor, then a sassy combo to top it off.

Ages 8-12: Saturday, April 14th 12:35 pm-1:20 pm

Ages 13 through Adult: Monday, April 16th 8:00 pm-8:45 pm

*Cost: $15 or $13 cash or check

To register, sign into your online portal. Once in the portal, go to the “Event Registration” tab. Select “Event Calendar” to open the calendar, and from there select the event of your choice! 

*If you wish to pay by cash/check, please be sure to note so in your registration and submit payment within one week.  If not noted otherwise at the time of registration, the card on file will be charged within 24-48 hours.

Facebook_Ad__Parent_s_Night_OutWe will be hosting another Parents’ Night Out Saturday, April 14th!

Dancers ages 3 and up are invited to join us for a fun evening of crafts, dancing, games, movies and more!  Older dancers can use this time to practice Recital dances and work on technique.  Siblings of dancers are welcome to attend as well!  Please note, all children attending must be potty trained.

We will have snacks available, but dancers should eat dinner before arriving.  If you wish to bring your own snacks/drinks/cups, please label everything with the dancer’s name and leave any peanut/tree nut products at home.

When: Saturday, April 14th

Drop off: 5:50pm-6:00pm.  Please do not arrive before 5:50 pm as we will need to make sure everything is ready for our evening of fun.

Pick up: 9:30 pm-9:45 pm
 Younger dancers are welcome to be picked up earlier if needed.  There will be a $10 late pickup fee for any parents arriving past 9:45 pm.

*Cost: $22 charged to the card on file or $20 if paid by cash/check. $15 card or $12 cash/check respectively for each additional sibling.  

*If you wish to pay by cash/check, please be sure to note so in your registration and submit payment within one week.  If not noted otherwise at the time of registration, the card on file will be charged within 24-48 hours.

Register: To register, sign into your online portal. Once in the portal, go to the “Event Registration” tab. Select “Event Calendar” to open the calendar, and from there select the event of your choice!  If you have a non-dancer sibling attending, please make a note of that when registering and we will save him/her a spot for the night. You will also need to hand in a permission slip for your non-dancer that will be emailed out to you after registration.

 

Share Week and Practice Videos

The last week of classes before the break is a fun week at the studio!  We take the time to share dances with our parents and with the other classes being held at the same time.  This helps the dancers get used to having an audience and to get excited about the progress they’ve made so far with their Recital pieces.  All teachers also videotape dances this week in order to send out videos for practicing over break and beyond.  This means parents can sit back and enjoy the performances the dancers are putting on for them!

 

May/June Tuition

Just a reminder that yearly tuition is calculated per the average number of weeks in the year then divided into 9.5 payments.  This makes paying monthly easier than calculating a different amount each month as “one month” isn’t always 4 weeks of classes. To ensure all accounts are up to date before recital tickets go on sale, the last payment is combined into 1 and 1/2 payments due on May 1st.  All accounts must be paid in full by May 20th in order to purchase recital tickets.

 

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Daddy/Sweetheart Daughter Dance

This year we are doing something BIG!  Dads/Sweethearts will dance WITH their daughters on stage at Recital!

We will be meeting a couple times starting in May to prepare for our on-stage performance at Recital.  Practices will be with Miss Nicole and will run approx. 90 minutes long.  Each show date will also have an on-stage rehearsal 35 minutes before the start of their show.  We need dads and daughters to commit to each practice time in order for this to be the best dad dance yet!

Ages: Dancers must be ages 5 and up

Cost: $50/family to include t-shirts
for dad & daughter

Rehearsal Dates/Times:

Shows 1 & 2 Performers

Sunday, May 6th 10:00 am

Show 3 & 4 Performers

Sunday, May 6th 11:30 am

Show 1 Performers

Sunday, May 20th 10:00 am

Show 2 Performers

Sunday, May 20th 11:30

Show 3 Performers

Sunday, June 3rd 10:00 am

Show 4 Performers

Sunday, June 3rd 11:30 am

Facebook Ad_ Summer Dance Registration

Summer Dance Registration starts April 15th!

Can’t go 3 months without dance?  Neither can we!  Registration for 6-week Summer Dance program opens April 15th through our website.  Taking summer classes is a great way to keep in shape, advance your training, try a new style, meet new friends and see familiar faces!

 

We are offering new classes this summer for beginners through advanced dancers for ages 18 months to Adult in the following disciplines- Princess Ballerinas (3&4), Day at the Beach (3&4), At The Zoo Ballet/Tap (5-7), Circus Jazz (5-7), Hip Hop Grooves, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, Pointe, and Adult classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Hip Hop.

 

Facebook Ad_ Trolls CampTuition for our summer classes is based on a 5-week rate in order to accommodate traveling families and there is no registration fee for Summer Dance.  Tuition is due upon registration in order to hold your spot in the class, though you may choose to pay a non-refundable $25 deposit to hold your spot instead.  Please indicate in the comments section if this is your choice.  If no comment is left, you will be charged the full tuition amount at the time of registration.  If you choose to pay the deposit only at the time of registration, the tuition remainder will be due two weeks prior to the start of class (by June 24th).

We hope to see many of your smiling faces during the 6-week dance program or in our week-long Trolls Camp!

 

Registration for the 2018-2019 dance year

Since many of our classes fill up quickly, we are offering 2-day priority registration for current Joy of Dance students starting May 8th and opening it up to the public starting May 10th. A rough schedule will be posted to the website by May 2nd.  Changes in the schedule are unlikely to occur but are possible from now until August 1st.  After August 1st the schedule will remain permanent, contingent only upon class registrations.  Annual registration is $25 per student before July 1st ($50 max per family) and $35 after July 1st ($70 max per family).

Class Placements

Class placements are done online, right through your customer portal!  Once all class placements have been entered into our system, you will be able to view them under a skills tab when logging in to your account.  This will make the process much simpler for everyone to figure out which level to place your dancer in.  Our teachers have made recommendations for levels for dancer’s current classes and also sometimes for new classes we think they may enjoy.  These are only suggestions – if a dancer would like to try a different style than recommended then he or she is more than welcome to!  Recommendations will be completed on or before May 2nd.  Please wait until after viewing your dancer’s recommendations before emailing with any registration questions for the 2018-2019 dance year.

Class placements do roughly follow the age of the dancer, but experience and other factors do affect placements as well.  All of our teachers have put a lot of thought into the best placements for our students to grow the best.  Please discourage any negative discussions you may hear from your dancers about where other dancers have been placed.  There is no place for such negativity at Joy of Dance!  There are a lot of factors that go into class placements, and our teachers have years of training and education to determine the best placements for all our dancers.  As our dancers are constantly changing and growing, we are also constantly reassessing our dancers, and therefore will let you know if recommendations change by the end of the year.  Thank you for your help and understanding on this matter!

2018-2019 Dance Year Registration and Tuition Policies

All registration fees and any outstanding account balances must be paid in full at time of registration to hold your spot in the class.  A credit card is required for registration and to keep on file.  This policy allows us to spend more time with our students and less time writing e-mails.  You may still choose to pay monthly tuition with cash or check by choosing the Do Not Bill-backup card under the e-payment schedule and your card will only be charged the registration fee(s).  Any cash or check payments not received by the 20th of the month will get charged to your card.  Any accounts not up to date on the 10th of the month will have a late fee applied to their account.

 

 

Happy Spring!

Miss Lindsey

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I hope all our dancers are enjoying vacation, while also getting in a lot of practicing! The link for practicing videos is below.  Any videos with a .mov at the end were taken with iPhones.  If you have an android, you will need to download an app on your phone that will play QuickTime movies.  You can also try viewing them on your computer.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rgdae4o7kurgjq3/AACSrTwkFRrIYdWdmGJRMD-_a?dl=0

Parents’ Night Out! March 16th.

This month we will be hosting Parents’ Night Out! Dancer’s ages 3 and up are invited to join us for a fun evening of crafts, dancing, games, movies and more!  Older dancers can use this time to practice Recital dances and work on technique.  Siblings of dancers are welcome to attend as well!  Please note, all children attending must be potty trained.

We will have snacks available, but dancers should eat dinner before arriving.  If you wish to bring your own snacks/drinks/cups, please label everything with the dancer’s name and leave any peanut/tree nut products at home.

When: March 16th

Drop off: 6:00pm-6:15pm.  Please do not arrive before 6:00 pm as we will need to clear the waiting room from the earlier classes before you arrive.

Pick up: 9:45 pm-10:00pm.  Younger dancers are welcome to be picked up earlier if needed.  There will be a $10 late pickup fee for any parents arriving past 10:05 pm.

Cost: $22 charged to the card on file or $20 if paid by cash/check. $15 card or $12 cash/check respectively for each additional sibling. Dancers in Lyrical or Workshop 1 on Fridays may stay after their class is finished for $12. 

*If you wish to pay by cash/check, please be sure to note so in your registration and submit payment within one week.  If not noted otherwise at the time of registration, the card on file will be charged within 24-48 hours.

Register: Online through your portal.  If you have a non-dancer sibling attending, please make a note of that when registering and we will save him/her a spot for the night. You will also need to hand in a permission slip for your non-dancer that will be emailed out to you after registration.

 

FREE Woman’s Self Defense & Empowerment Seminar- Hosted at Joy of Dance by Jin Mu Hapkido on March 31st from 11:15-12:30.

Just us for this multifaceted workshop featuring multiple tools to stay safe in this crazy world and to use your voice as a deterrent.  We will learn hands-on practices, hear from a local police officer and finish with several confidence building exercises.  Space is limited to 25 participants ages 12 and up, so sign up today!

To register, please email Todd Miller at hkdtodd@gmail.com

UNH Dance Company

The UNH Dance Company show is performing at the Johnson Theatre in Durham from March 28th-March 31st.  This is always a fabulous production with amazing dancers.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Seniors and $8 for youth(17 and under) in case you are interested in attending!

Joy of Dance Social Media Bingo contest!

All this month we are doing a Social Media Bingo Contest! The contest will be posted today, March 1st at 3:00 pm.  Play along for your chance to win a JoD pop socket or even a custom water bottle! How to play along is posted on the bottom of the Bingo sheet.  Don’t forget to make your post public so we can keep track of your squares.  Happy Posting!

Barre Fitness class- New session registration soon!

Since everyone is having a blast with the barre fitness class with Miss Kim, we will be adding another 6-week session once this session ends.  Look out for an email next week for more information.

Important Recital Notes

Recital prep in full swing!!

There are A LOT of moving parts that go along with putting on a recital.  I will be sending a ton of information your way in the next couple of weeks and months.  I suggest making a folder in your email just for recital/end of year information.  This way it is all in one place if you don’t have time to read it right away or need to refer to it later on.  I ask that you please read through all emails before emailing with questions.  Often times you can quickly find the answer to your question in a previous e-mail.  Remember, all Recital information sheets will be posted to the recital tab on the website as soon as it becomes available as well as information for all events.

Costume Item list is now available 

The Costume Item list for Recital is now posted under the Recital tab on the website. This is where you will find how the dancers need to wear their hair, what kind of tights and shoes they need and anything else related to costumes for Recital.  Generally, dancers are only responsible for purchasing tights and shoes, however, it will be listed under the costume tab if there is another item they must provide for their costume.  Make sure to read through carefully so you are fully prepared for all performances!

You can purchase shoes, tights, and undergarments from Twinkle Toes in Hampton or Brixham Dancewear in Berwick or online at Discount Dance Supply or Dancewear Solutions.

Costumes are still arriving until the end of April, so if you haven’t received yours yet, not too worry!

Show Order Draft

The first draft of the Show Order will be posted to the Recital tab on the website soon.  When it is sent out, please look through the order right away in case of any issues.  We will be unable to accommodate any changes once the final order is posted.

Student Choreography Showcase: Auditions March 17th!!

Dancers who are 8 by the time of the recital can audition for the showcase. There is an information sheet posted under the recital tab on the website you can read through for answers to any questions.  Auditions will begin at 1:00 pm.

 

March Performances

We have been working so hard on our upcoming performance pieces and we would LOVE to see some familiar faces in the audience. Showcases like these help younger dancers understand the values of dancing on stage, the promotion of community and the importance of supporting one another!

Dancing to Make a Difference- March 3rd

Where: Noble High School in South Berwick, ME

When: 1:00 pm Show- Petite Team, Junior Hip Hop Troupe, Production Number

7:00 pm- Junior Team, Senior Team, Senior Hip Hop Troupe, Alegria Dance Company

Cost: Tickets for audience members are $10 for all seats.

Dance Northeast- March 10th

Where: Rochester Opera House

When: 2:00 pm- Petite Team, Junior Team, Junior Hip Hop Troupe

7:00 pm- Senior Team, Senior Hip Hop Troupe

Cost: Tickets to the 2:00 pm show are $8 all seats and to the 7:00 pm they are $14 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

There are also Master classes offered the next day on the 11th at Sole City Dance.

Barrington Creative Arts Festival at BES (Barrington Elementary School), March 24th

This is a free event open to the community.  There will be a lot of fun activities and showcases including performances from some of our competition dances.  Arrival time for dancers is at 10:30am for a 11:00am-11:30am performance.

Performances from- Mini Team, Petite Team, Junior Team, Senior Team, Junior Troupe, Senior Troupe, Production,

 

 

 

Happy March!

Miss Lindsey