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 8th.
A couple of important notes as classes start:
Parents’ and Students’ Handbook
Our handbook is a great tool 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
NEW Beginning in 2019: An annual membership fee of $40 per student or $75 per family will be charged April 1st to current families. The annual membership fee includes priority registration and the Recital video digital download, as well as birthday party discounts. We want to make your life easier when it comes to enrolling in classes! Once class recommendations for the following year are made, you will have two weeks to make any tweaks and adjustments. After that, we will take care of enrolling your student in the recommended classes. Reminders will be sent via email in February and March, and any family wishing to opt out must provide written notification (email) no later than March 15th. For those opting out, a $15 Recital Digital Download fee is due on April 1st.
Do I Need To Wait In The Reception Area?
We ask parents/guardians of students under the age of 6 to please wait in the reception area during their child’s class. This is to ensure if any accident or problem arises, the student will have a caretaker there immediately. Parents of children ages 6-9 should let their child know if they will be leaving the studio during class time to make sure he or she is comfortable with that.
ALL Parents Need To Enter The Studio The First Week Of Classes
Please review a provided hardcopy of our Agreement Policies that you signed off on when you registered and take a copy for your records. After you have read them, print and sign your name on the provided spreadsheets in the studio located on the office desk wall. This is to ensure all families have acknowledged our policies and will abide by them. They can also be found any time on our website!
Are You Paying Tuition By Check?
If you are paying September’s tuition by check, please send it via mail this week or call us to find out when we will be at the studio this week! As payments are collected by the 10th of the month, we want to make sure everyone is accounted for since we won’t see many of you until after that due date.
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 office permission anytime until the end of May, and even proactively when there is advance notice. You can keep track of absences through your parent portal. Keeping up with attendance from the beginning is a great way to stay on track for perfect attendance, too!
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.
For questions about appropriate/required class attire, please refer to the Dress Code section of the Handbook. Please refer to this guide frequently.
Water bottles should be considered part of your dancer’s dress code to ensure hydration throughout the class. Please make sure students come to class prepared!
New Adult Hip Hop Class
We are excited to add an Adult Hip Hop class this fall Thursdays 7:30-8: 15 pm. Adults 18 & up will enjoy an upbeat class to express your sassy side while learning fun Hip Hop combinations. The class will include technique and across the floor exercises along with dance routines to your favorite Hip Hop music. We challenge you to leave the class without an extra confident strut! Registration can be done through our website or your portal!
Dancing In Disney
Have you heard that we will be performing in Disney World this upcoming spring?! If you are interested in joining us on this magical trip, let us know at email@example.com. We would love to send over the information packets.
Private lessons are available to any student who would like extra work outside of regular classes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Let’s Get Social!
Check out our Facebook and Instagram! We often post pictures of classes, important studio information, as well as contests where you can win free stuff!
Facebook- Joy of Dance
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, email@example.com.
Team and Troupe Competition Fees Due
Competition fees of $60 per dancer per dance for teams and troupes are due October 1st. Those interested in Ballet Team, Tap Team and Production will have those fees due December 1st along with other competition classes.
Performing at the Lee Town Fair
Our 2017-2018 performance teams and hip hop troupes will be performing at the Lee Town Fair this Saturday 9/8 at 1:30 pm at the soccer field of Little River Park. We would LOVE to see some familiar faces out in the crowd cheering us on. Dancers should meet at the pavilion at 1:00 pm.
Our parking lot can be a little tricky to maneuver. When entering, please veer to the right. You can park in front of the building, on the side near the trees, and around back. When leaving, please follow the arrows and make a loop around the building. This will help with the flow of traffic, especially during high volume hours.
Studio Tour Video
If you are new to Joy of Dance, it might be helpful to sit down with your dancer and check out our Studio Tour video located on the “About” tab of our website. Click here: https://joyofdancenh.
This will help new students understand how to navigate our studio.
NEW Office Hours
We understand September can be a crazy month for all families. To ease the chaos of questions you may have, we will be providing office hours during the week. Office hours will continue throughout the year but may be subject to change.
Friday: 10:30am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Our favorite photographer, Jessica Torosian of Jessica Torosian Photography will be taking pictures of our students in class on Saturday 9/15, Monday 9/17, Wednesday 9/19, Thursday 9/20, and Tuesday 9/25. Please make sure your dancer is in strict dress code these days. It is important for our branding.
Creative Movement Parents
We are all so excited for the start of another amazing year at Joy of Dance! We wanted to send along a helpful article if you have a dancer who might be a little nervous to start their first day of dance. As always, please let us know if you have any comments or concerns as we would love to help!
The Dance of Independence
Dance class may be the first time your child is separated from you.
New places and people can be frightening at first. Until your child becomes comfortable in the class, he/she may take the first few classes to watch or participate minimally. Some children may take several weeks to settle in and fully engage.
Though your child may feel safer with you in the room, remember that other children may be shy in your presence. It is best for you to wait outside the dance studio while class is in session.
What do I do if my child is crying or having a hard time going into the studio?
There’s no one magical method of helping your child through separation anxiety. The best thing to know is that we are ok with the tears if you are! Usually, once class gets started, he/she is off running. Let her know it’s ok to sit and watch for awhile too with no pressure to join unless she is ready. Each dancer is different, but if a shy dancer is participating even a little bit, then she is gaining from the experience!
Below are some things you can do to help ease the anxiety:
- Come early to look quietly around the school and transition into the studio (let us know ahead of time if you’d like to do this so we can make sure to chose a time that is actually quiet!)
- No need to sneak away, even when there are tears. Your positive enthusiasm and confident goodbye is reassuring.
- Set a time for hugs, smiles, and kisses before and after class.
- Encourage your child to teach YOU after taking the class.
- Let your child tell you what will make the class feel safer – a teddy to stand in for you, or a
special outfit to make them feel stronger, for example.
- Mention beforehand that you will not be properly dressed for class, so you will not be
allowed inside the studio
- If all else fails, and he or she will not enter the room without you, you may bring your child
into the room and sit by the door.
As important as you are to the development and learning of your dancer, as he/she grows, your child also benefits from this time apart from you.
Your son or daughter gains confidence in his ability to make choices, learn new things, form ideas all on his own, and then proudly share them.
As you witness these developments, enjoy! Watch as they learn to appreciate dancing with and without you, and value this dance of independence.
We are looking forward to another great year and hope you had a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!
-The Joy of Dance Staff