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. It’s always a good idea to add those dates to your phone calendar as well! Weather-related closings will be sent out through an e-mail, posted to our Facebook page, as well as on the “Cancellations” page under the About tab.

Winter Wonderland Workshop

Come one come all to a special Winter Wonderland Workshop at Joy of Dance. Participants ages 5-10 will spend the afternoon crafting ornaments and dancing in a magical wonderland themed class. This is the perfect way for kids to get in the holiday spirit and a wonderful way for parents to have some free time to holiday shop or relax! Register Here

Date: Sunday, December 16th
Time: 1:00-2:30
Ages: 5-10
Cost: $22 or $20 cash or check

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 and place them on a shoe rack, not just the matt (we don’t want anyone to trip!). We understand feet get cold in the winter and bringing slippers with you to the studio might be a good solution to keep your toes toasty while you wait in the reception area during your dancer’s class.

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 at that time, there will be an extra $10 per costume 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 Nicole at with any questions or concerns.

This week we will be measuring all dancers for costumes. We will add 2 inches to all girth measurements(the leotard measurement), as we know these kids can grow fast! 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 us know and we can look at it together to avoid needing to make alterations.

$5 Fill A Class Special

Throughout the month of December (1st-18th), current and new students may try out any open class for just $5! This is the perfect time to check out that class you’ve always been interested in trying or to get some extra technique training in. Register on our website here: or through your parent portal for any class that has available room. When registering, just add code: SPECIAL5 in the comment section! New and existing students may take advantage of this offer. Per our trial class policy, dancers will automatically be enrolled in the class 48 hours after the last class (December 20th) unless the office is notified of your student dropping. It’s that easy to get into a new class for the new year!

December Wingman Activities

In our December dance classes, we are discussing what it means to go above and beyond for others and to be grateful. Their Wingman activity this month involves an “act of service” which enhances the understanding of gratitude and humility, and provides you with a surprise gift! We hope the dancers are willing to share the discussions they have taken part in this month around this activity. How you can help: Discussions at home that include the idea that going above and beyond for others can happen at any time of the year, not just during holidays, will help enforce positive behavior and gratitude all year round. Questions like, “what are you grateful for?” and “how did you show you were grateful today?” will help your dancer learn the importance of expressing appreciation and developing humility and gratitude. Next April our studio will be investing in our community with give-back events, and over the coming months, we would like to start collecting ideas for ways the dancers can be of service. These two websites are just an example that contains activities children can get involved within the community to spark discussion with your dancer:

List of volunteering opportunities for teens by city

List of volunteering opportunities for kids

List of ways kids from toddlers to teens can volunteer

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 Wednesday, January 2nd. The last week of classes, December 12th-18th, before the break is PJ 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.

French Lollipop Test

Also from December 12th- 18th, Ballet dancers age 5 and up will have their French Lollipop test.  The French Lollipop test is designed to test the ballet knowledge they have been working towards all year so far.  Even though Ballet originated in Italy in the 15th century, it was developed further in France, where it adopted French terminology. Dancers are tested on both the technique and terminology of what they have learned in ballet so far.  This is a really fun test and nothing to stress over! If a dancer forgets a step, they can always ask a friend(or a teacher!) to help.

2019 Annual Sleepover

The Joy of Dance Sleepover will be 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 5:15-5: 30 pm and pick up 7:45-8: 00 am. Any dancer ages 8 and older can sign up. The cost is $30 per dancer and $15 for each additional dancer in the family. Space is limited and the fee must be paid when you sign up. Register Here!

Need a gift for the Holidays?

Have family & friends give the gift of dance this holiday season! Giving the gift of dance is a wonderful present from grandparents, aunts or uncles, or even family friends! Dance gift certificates are perfect for new OR already enrolled Joy of Dance students and we would be happy to make one for you. Email us at

Student Choreography Showcase

For dancers 8 years old and up, the signup sheet for our Student Choreography Showcase 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 will be listed on the Recital page of our website soon.

Recital at Dover High School June 8th & 9th

Please mark your calendars for Recital that will be held at the NEW Dover High School Auditorium on June 8th and 9th! The Student Choreography Showcase will take place on Sunday as well. Tech rehearsals will be held the Tuesday and Wednesday before the show on the 4th and 5th. Classes will get about 8-10 minutes on stage to block spacing and run each dance 1-2 times. Dancers should be in full hair, makeup, and costume for all tech rehearsals. We encourage dancers to stay and watch other dancers practice as they won’t get a chance to do so at Recital.

More information and the order for the Recital and Tech Rehearsals will be available in the Spring.

Have a fabulous holiday season!!!

JoD Staff


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