Happy February Joy of Dancers!
1. Winter break
We will be closed for Winter Break from February 20th to February 26th. Classes will resume on February 27th.
2. We will be open for President’s Day February 15th!
What is annual membership?
The annual membership is your membership fee for the next dance season. It is 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 opened, some as quickly as 2 hours after registration opens! Having the knowledge of how many dancers are wishing to continue with their training helps us to accommodate enough space in the levels for all of our dancers.
4. 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 connect to our profile using our Band App link. Dances will be placed in albums according to the day of the week they meet.
5. 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!
6. 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.
Remember, one pair of tights per style per dancer is included in the costume fee. Important– tights are sized differently than costumes. WE have guessed on tight sizes, so you will need to check the size chart for the height and the weight of the dancer to determine the correct size. Please do this BEFORE you open the tights. We are unable to exchange an open pair of tights for a different size.
7. 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!
8. Recital is June 12th!!!
Last year brought many challenges, but we knew we needed to give our dancers the opportunity for a celebration and closure to an unconventional dance year. Everyone loved being able to be with their friends, share their accomplishments with friends and family, and to simply spend a day having FUN again.
As always, safety is our priority. As current guidelines stand, audience members will be wearing masks (everyone was a Rockstar with this last year!) and will assess as we get closer if dancers will be able to remove them during their 2-3 minute performance on stage (all dancers will be required to wear masks when not on stage or the next up to perform either way).
Make sure to mark your calendars for June 12th, and June 13th (our rain date). Please note- if you schedule something on the rain date, we will not be able to accommodate any schedule changes for you. You will need to block off the entire weekend to ensure that you will be able to participate.
9. Student Choreography Showcase
Any dancer ages 8 and older are invited to audition for the Showcase (Date TBD). 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 $30 fee per person per dance that covers the audition and performance fees.
You must email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the song and the lyrics in order to get an approval of your song. AFTER you get approval, you must fill out this Google Form.
Choreography pieces MUST be fully completed at the time of the audition in order to be considered for the Showcase. If you are not able to attend the auditions, you will have to schedule a time BEFORE that date to audition separately. More information on this can be found on the Recital tab on our website.
10. Illness Policy
As winter season is in full swing, and Covid-19 levels still on the rise, 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.
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:
*Any Covid-19 Symptoms (loss of taste/smell, body aches, persistent headache, etc.)
*Fever (99 degrees or higher)
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 and safe!
Please reach out with any questions you may have!