Hello, Joy of Dancers and families,

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Happy December!

Closings

If you are ever unsure when we are open/closed for holidays and breaks, please make sure to check in the Parents and Students handbook and also on the events page of our website.  Weather-related closings will be sent out through an e-mail and posted to our Facebook page as well as on the Cancelations page under the Home tab.

Important Costume Information

Most families have paid their costume deposits and we thank you for being on top of that! The remaining balance will be posted at the end of the month and due January 1st.  Please note, costumes will only be purchased for those dancers with up-to-date accounts on January 10th.  If your account is not up-to-date act that time, there will be an extra $10 per dance fee to cover the extra cost of placing the dancer’s order separately. Ordering late will also run the risk of not receiving the costume in time for Picture Day.  Please e-mail Tara at office@joyofdancenh.com with any questions or concerns.

Starting Monday, we will be measuring all dancers for costumes.  We will add 1 inch to all girth measurements(the leotard measurement), as we know these kids can grow fast! We will not be able to make costumes for size exchanges, so if you are concerned about the size we will be ordering for your dancer(for example, if you think he or she will be going through a growth spurt), please let me know and we can look at it together.

MOVING DATE!

January 2nd is the official date of the first class at the new studio! We will start moving over to the new studio starting Monday, December 18th from 7:00pm- 9:00pm and also Thursday, December 21st from 4:00pm-8:00pm. If you have a truck, we’d love to have you join us either or both days! We definitely need one truck on the 21st to help us move some of the bigger items, so please let us know if you are available.  We will also be working the next couple of weekends to get the new space finished in time.  If you are interested/available to lend a hand, join the group below to stay up-to-date on days/times we will be working!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/292979947844040/

Grand Opening Celebration!

Come join us for our GRAND OPENING at our new location of 29 Calef Highway in Lee, NH conveniently located 1 minute north of the Lee Traffic Circle. We are welcoming current and new families for fun, food and free registration for new students! Meet our faculty, tour the NEW studio, and try free dance demo classes. You’ll see why dancers at Joy of Dance are considered family!

Stop by to check us out on:
Saturday, January 6th from 1pm-5pm
Frozen Wonderland class- 2:00pm-2:45pm ages 3-7
Intro to Ballet 3:00pm-3:30pm ages 11 & up
Intro to Jazz 3:30pm-4:00pm ages 11 & up

Want the chance to win a custom Joy of Dance water bottle?

I’m guessing your answer is yes! For your chance to win, head over to our Facebook page and follow the directions below.

1. “Like” our page
2. Share the post on your page
3. Comment “Shared” on the original post
4. For an extra chance to win, in a separate comment just tag a friend (or two or more!) who might be interested in joining our dance family!

The winner of the water bottle will be announced at the Grand Opening, so make sure to share before then to be entered to win!

Referral Credits Applied

Thanks so much to those who have referred new families to join our dance family! The first round of the $25 referral credit has been applied to both the new family’s and current family’s account.  We greatly appreciate you sharing your love of dance with your family and friends!

*Credits are applied after both families have been dancing with us for three months

Reception Area note

If you need to drop off your dancer or pick them up more than 15 minutes before/after their scheduled class time, please let us know ahead of time if it is a weekly occurrence or a one-time thing.  We completely understand this is necessary sometimes in order to juggle schedules. However, please be aware that the teachers cannot be responsible for the dancers outside of their class time.  Dancers should also be mindful that they are expected to be courteous of others in the waiting room and have homework or another activity to stay occupied while waiting.  We appreciate your help in this matter!

Holiday Break and PJ Week!

As a reminder, the studio will be closed for the holiday break from December 19th to January 1st.  We are open Tuesday, January 2nd.  The last week of classes before break will be the French Lollipop test for ballet dancers ages 5 and up as well as wear your PJ’s to class week!  Dancers are welcome to wear their favorite pair of PJs to class all this week.  Please make sure you are able to dance in your PJs or wear your dance clothes underneath.

Need a gift for the Holidays?

We offer gift certificates for dance classes.   Dance can be a great gift from Grandparents or other relatives! 

Student Choreography Showcase

For dancers 8 years old and up, the sign up sheet is at the studio.  There are only 3 months left until the audition, so it’s best to get started soon! The information sheet on the Showcase is listed on the Recital page of our website.

Recital at Oyster River High School on June 9th and 10th

Mark your calendars if you haven’t already! Remember Tech Rehearsal is the Tuesday and Wednesday (June 5th, and 6th) before Recital.  We will have more details on this on or before May 1st.

Have a fabulous holiday season!!!

Miss Lindsey

Hello Joy of Dancers and families!

I hope you’re having a great fall so far!  Everyone has been working so hard in class.  We are impressed!

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Bad Weather

As we are approaching snow season(and have already hit a bad storm this week!), I want to remind everyone how to know about any cancellations. Most of the time if school is closed, the studio will be closed as well but not always.  In case of closure, we will post to the website(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.  Do not call the studio as I will not be in to check messages. 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.

Halloween Party Pictures!

We had a super fun week of Halloween party games. Head to our Facebook page 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

Recital will be held again this year at Oyster River High School in Durham on June 9th and 10th. 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.

Open for Veteran’s Day

Please note, we will be open 11/10(Observed) & 11/11 for Veterans Day.

Thanksgiving Break 

The studio will be closed for Thanksgiving Break from Monday, November 20t to Sunday, November 26th. 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.*

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

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Hello Joy of Dancers and families!

I hope everyone is enjoying fall so far! Hooray for the weather is finally feeling like fall too!

Hair Ties & Water Bottles

Many of our dancers are showing up to class without their hair tied back and no hair tie for us to help them with.  If this happens, dancers may borrow one from a friend, purchase a set of 4 hair elastics for $1 or they will need to sit out for class.  Remember, this is part of your uniform and is an important part of dance training! Water bottles are also important for our older dancers especially to have each week.   This way they can stay hydrated throughout dance and not disrupt class by having to get water from the refrigerator.  Of course, it will still be available in case anyone forgets, but this will allow for a more productive class for everyone.  Forgotten water bottles will be stored on top of the microwave for a few weeks before they are discarded.

Events and holiday/vacation closures

Remember to check out the Parent and Student Handbook or the website for when the studio is open/closed during vacations and holidays and for performance events as well.

Open Columbus Day Monday, October 9th

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

Tuition 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 in the check(costumes, t-shirt orders, ballet shoes, etc).

Student Choreography Showcase

Any student in a class for ages 8 and up can start signing up for their showcase piece! Showcase Pieces are a dance students can 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 as well as posted in the studio as a reference.  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. We will accept up to 15 pieces for the showcase.  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.  I will be sending out more information on the Student Choreography Showcase within the next couple of weeks.

FREE Trial week!

From Monday, October 9th to Saturday, October 14th, currents dancers can try a new class, such as Musical Theatre, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop or Modern for free all this week! Friends are also welcome to come try the class 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 are still open. Classes that say Register next to them are open to try this week.

Halloween!

Halloween parties will go from Tuesday, October 25th to Monday, 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 me 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 under the classes tab.

 

Costume Deposits

Costume Deposits of $30 per dance are due November 1st.  More detailed information on this will be sent later in the month.

Competition Classes

Competiton fees of $45 per dancer per dance for teams and troupes are due October 15th.  All regular classes that will be participating in the spring competition will have the fee due on December 1st.

 

Have a great fall!

Miss Lindsey

 

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.

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 a 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

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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 9th.

A couple of important notes as classes start:

New Location Coming Soon!

In case you haven’t heard yet, Joy of Dance has found a new home less than 4 minutes down the road at 29 Calef Hwy in Lee! Our new home is currently being renovated and will be open for classes starting January 1st, 2018.  It will have three spacious studios, a large reception area(yay!), dressing rooms and plenty of parking. If you are interested in helping out at all, please check out our FaceBook group where we will be posting updates and opportunities to volunteer- https://www.facebook.com/groups/292979947844040/?source=create_flow.   We are beyond excited for the new studio and to share in this journey with you all!

Parents’ and Students’ Handbook

This year we put together a handbook 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 office@joyofdancenh.com and we would be happy to assist you.

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.

Reception Room and Outdoor Area 

Joy of Dance is a place where our staff and many dancers(and some parents too!) think of as their home away from home, we ask that you and your guests treat the space accordingly.  Please return any moved furniture to their original places, clean up any spilled food or drinks, empty drinks before placing them into the trash, etc.  Last year we had a big problem with spilled coffees.  I totally understand spills happen, but please let one of the staff know as soon as possible so we can address it.   If you have a moment to take care of it yourself, there are paper towels and carpet cleaner on the shelf to the left inside the closet behind the desk.

This courtesy should also be extended when using the space outside.  The chairs should remain around the fireplace, and trash should be picked up and brought with you, not placed inside the fire pit.  Parents, please make sure your dancers and siblings know that the teether ball is off limits for swinging on.  It is dangerous and breaks often due to kids swinging on it.

Thank you so much for your attention on this matter.  We want to make sure we start the area off great!

For those who plan to wait in their car while their child dances- The owner of the Adagio and Dante’s would like us to be respectful of those needing to park for the salon and/or restaurant.  Please drop your child off then park at the far end of the parking lot until your child is ready to be picked up again at the end of his or her class.  Thank you!

Recital DVDs are (finally!)available for pickup at the studio. We truly appreciate your patience for waiting a few extra weeks.

Water Bottles- We do have tap water in the mini fridge, but we ask dancers to bring water bottles into the studio for class. Dancers ages 8 and up should consider a water bottle part of their dress code.  It’s important to stay hydrated and not interrupt class by having to leave to get water from the mini fridge.

Missed 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 teacher permission anytime until the end of May, and even proactively when there is advance notice. Keeping up with attendance from the beginning is a great way to stay on track for perfect attendance, too!

Perfect 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.

Dress code- For questions about appropriate/required class attire, please refer to the Dress Code section of the Handbook. If you placed an order at one of the Open Houses, they will be available on your first day of class for pickup. I will leave the items out on my desk with your name on it in case I am in class when you arrive.

 

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

FaceBook Page- If you haven’t liked our page yet, head on over and do so! Once you do, make sure you go to the More tab and check the get notifications button so you don’t miss our posts. We often post pictures of classes, important studio information, as well as contests where you can win free stuff! Starting September 1st, we are highlighting our amazing staff by posting some fun facts about them each day leading up to the start of classes. We encourage you to share each post so your friends and family can get to know us as well and have the chance to win a free t-shirt! You can also find us on Instagram- @joyofdancenh.

Tuition- 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.

Team andTroupe Competition Fees Due

Competiton fees of $45 per dancer per dance for teams and troupes are due October 1st.

 

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

-The Joy of Dance Staff