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April/May News - Lots of Important Info!


Picture Day!

Picture day is coming soon! May 4th and will be held at ReCAST church in Mattawan. Please make sure to check your folder for your dancer's time and which costume to wear. The info sheets also have all the details of hair, tights, and shoes, too. Remember, you can get tights shipped right to your door by going to Curtain Call for Class on our website. They have the exact styles and colors needed for recital. We will have a few extra for sale at the studio as well but cannot guarantee they will be in stock so take a quick minute to jump on and grab what you need from Curtain Call for Class. Also please make sure you take time to fill out your picture day form before arriving so that you are all set to go when you get there. It helps the process move much quicker and helps us stay on time. This form is also in your black folder.


Ticket Sales

Tickets go on sale April 27th!!! Check your black folders for the times and for the link to get on to the Dance Recital Ticketing site.
 

Recital Gear

We are LOVING the recital gear this year!!! So many fun choices and colors! We have order forms that went home with the kids as well as forms at the desk. Samples in the front lobby are also available for sizes and colors. Please note the due date to get yours in time for recital!
 

Parents Dance

Calling all parents and grandparents!! Come get your groove on for our 15th recital's parent dance!! We have so much fun and no experience is necessary. The kids love to see their parents on stage and they even get to join you at the end. Practices will be Friday nights at Excel. May 17th, May 31st and June 7th from 8-9pm. We ask you to attend at least 2 out of the 3. The date with our dancers we are still working on to ensure that it's not too late at night. Fliers will be coming home soon with the exact dates and times but you are able to start signing up on Monday, April 22nd.
 

Opening Number

Some shows only have a few spots left!!! This is one of the most fun and exciting numbers yet to open our show and you won't want to miss it! Sign up at the desk with Ms. Karly
 

Summer Camps and Workshops

We are having a great turn out for our summer themed camps and workshops this summer!! Some camps have filled but we are working to create some new dates for those popular ones so don't worry!! Check out our camps online at our website and join us for some summer fun!! We also will be holding our drop-in classes for dancers ages 8 and up to keep them moving in the summer as well!
 

Community Focus

For our Community focus in April and May we are doing a few different things:
  • Our Disney dancers are doing a shoe drive called funds 2 org and will start taking donations soon of gently used shoes of any kind and style. There will be boxes at the front and back of the studio for donations. Every shoe gets cleaned up and sent to areas that have been hit by natural disasters. To date, this company has supplied over 20 million shoes to people in need.

    We are asking for any style of gently used shoes, sandals, dance shoes etc. They can take any style. Please, no holes in the soles. For each bag filled with 25 pairs of shoes, our dancers will receive $10 towards their performance trip. The coolest part is every pair of shoes gets sent to a person in need. We love fundraisers with a cause!
     
  • On April 27th our Company dancers and pre-professional programs will be performing at our 8th annual Showcase of Talent!! Ms. Katie is so excited to be entering her 8th year running this program with a record 7 studios in attendance! The dancers will be performing from 11:30am - 6:30pm and you are welcome to pop in at any time during the day. The donation fee is $8 for adults and $5 for children. All the funds raised will go to our sponsor this year, Dancers against Cancer. This organization works with dancers all across the country who are fighting cancer and are in need of support.

    We also sell cookies that day for Cookies for Kids with Cancer, we sell water and lemonade for our local Make-a-Wish foundation and we will be selling some super cool headbands for Headbands for Hope. For each one sold they donate a headband to a child with cancer. :) We hope you can make it to support the dancers in this amazing way they are giving of themselves for others.
     
  • Our National Honor Society for Dance Arts students are doing one more Traveling Tutus donation. The week of May 20-24 which is also our Parent appreciation and last peek week of the year, we will be taking donations of gently used dance costumes. These costumes are sent with missionaries to third world countries for kids that love to dance!! There are some amazing programs around the world that are spreading the joy of dance and the kids would love some costumes to dress up in. During that week we will have boxes available for donations. We will be sending out reminders as well.

Surveys for our 2019-20 Dance Season

We are so excited to hear how easy the surveys have been this year and we have had the best turn out and response ever!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to get these to us. If you haven't had a chance yet, we will be re-sending the survey again this week to ensure we can see your dancers choices for next year. I am working on getting our registration online this year which requires us to finish the schedules sooner than usual. Having your dancers choices not only ensures their placement before spots open to the public, it also helps us see how many classes of each section need to be offered based on interest and availability. Thank you again for taking the time to send that our way!

Hugs,
Ms. Katie

 
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