Happy New Year Joy of Dancers! Classes resume today 1/2!
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 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!
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.
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.
- 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/
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!
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.
8th Annual Sleepover!
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+
12:15-1: 15 pm Modern Workshop for ages 12+
1:30-2:00pm Tap for Tap Classes 3, 4, & 5
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.