Happy New Year Joy of Dancers!
Table of Contents:
- Recital Info coming soon!
- Open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Fairytale Storytime event on 1/17!
- Mask Policy Reminder
- Inclement Weather Policy Reminder
- Winter Boots & Slippers
- Student Choreography Showcase
- Important Message about posting Dances to Social Media
- Our JoD App!
- Virtual Studio Handbook
1. Recital is coming!! EEK!
Start getting excited, because Recital is only 5 months away!
The Recital is a time for our dancers to show off the hard work they put in all year long. The dancers look forward to putting on their fabulous costumes, performing on stage, and having a blast! It helps them to gain confidence by working towards hitting a big goal they set at the beginning of the year. It also inspires dancers to do their best and helps them understand what it takes to be a part of a team. It is a special day that will hold special memories for everyone involved!
Did you miss our Recital FAQ email? Check it out here!
Recital Choreography begins this month!
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 leaves class before the end of the year. Dance is a team sport and everyone depends on each other in order to put on a great show! Of course, we know things happen, so please reach out if you have any concerns. We are often able to problem solve and figure out a solution to any issues!
2. Open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
We are open for regular classes on Monday, January 17th!
3. Fairytale Storytime- A Fun Activity for a Day Off From School!
Guests will enjoy a morning full of Fairytale Wonder! Stories, dance instructions, and movement games will keep your little one active and having fun all while you enjoy a worry-free holiday morning! Both Joy of Dance students (and siblings!) and new families are all welcome to attend!
- Date: Monday, January 17th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
- Ages: 3-8
- Guests are welcome to wear gowns and dress-up clothes on top of loose, comfortable clothing.
- Time: 9:30am-11:30am
- Cost: $25
- Register HERE!
4. Mask Policy Reminder
As a reminder, all parents, students, and staff are required to wear a mask while in the studio. While we do have masks available as a back up, it’s important for dancers to keep masks in their dance bag so it becomes a part of their routine, just like making sure they have the correct shoes for classes!
5. Inclement Weather Policy
The snow season has started, and we want to remind everyone how to know about any inclement weather cancellations. Generally, if schools are closed, the studio will be closed as well.
In the case of closure, we will:
*Make a decision 2 hours before classes start (in case of condition changes) or by 7:30 am on a Saturday
*Post on Facebook/Instagram
*Send out an e-mail
*Send a push notification on our app
If it’s more than 2 hours before classes begin, please wait to get in touch with us. Sometimes condition change throughout the day so we like to make sure we have the most up-to-date information before making a call. We promise we will reach out!
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! Simply send us an email or text to preschedule the makeup so we don’t have too many makeups on the same night.
6. Winter 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 mat (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 if you are waiting in the reception area during your dancer’s class.
7. Student Choreography Showcase
Any dancers ages 8 and older are invited to audition for the Showcase on March 19th at 3:30 pm. 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 approval of your song. AFTER you get approval, you must fill out this Form!
The approval Deadline is 2/1/2022.
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.
8. Important Message About Posting Dances to Social Media
Parents, please note that we share dances during 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 few notes about posting to social media. When posting a video from class on social media, please make sure it’s only your child, or you have permission if any other child is in the video. We LOVE to see pictures of our dancers having fun both inside and outside of class, so please tag us when posting on Facebook and/or Instagram (@joyofdancenh). However, we respectfully ask you do not post any FULL videos of choreography you take during class or at any performances(partial clips are great!). 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!
9. We Have An App!
Did you know that you can log into your parent portal right from your phone! This is a super-easy way to register for classes, events. You can also easily view your account and gain access to the links if you are dancing virtually. We know that your email inbox can get a bit overwhelming, so now you can subscribe to push notifications to get reminders and important information conveniently sent through the app!
Find the Joy of Dance app by clicking the links below!
10. Virtual Studio Handbook
Looking for Zoom links to attend class virtually? Wanting a refresher on our Covid-19 Guidelines? Look no further! This Handbook is a one-stop-shop for all our policies and zoom links. Virtual Studio Handbook
Happy New Year!
The JoD Staff