I always ask myself how time flies so fast but this year I am focusing on just enjoying every blessed day one at a time while also knowing that this job calls to be prepared way ahead lol!! Balance.... yeah it's in there somewhere, lol!! I am excited to share with you all the things going on at the studio - not only ways for your dancer to get involved, but also things our staff is doing to work on continuing the importance of building character in our dancers while growing their self-confidence too. As we are also now in full recital mode, please do not hesitate to ask us any questions. We are here to make this recital as smooth, enjoyable, fun and stress free as possible. Please let us know if we can help in any way!!!
Hugs, Ms. Katie
Thank you to Ms. Stefanie!
We knew the time was coming and had prepared since the fall that our beloved Ms. Stefanie was going to be headed to Ann Arbor to take an offer of an amazing internship as she finishes her degree for Child Life Specialist. She is working so hard in this internship and loves it but misses us all so much! She is excited to come and visit soon and check back in on her classes and see everyone this recital season. Stefanie is family to many of us! To me she is a sister, friend, teacher and so much more. I have been so blessed to do life with this amazing human! Stefanie started as a student of mine when she was 14 and of course, how can you not fall in love with her!! It's so hard for me to realize she will be soon looking for a permanent job in her field and I won't be able to see her peek her face around the yellow room and sneak up on me with her huge hugs but I know she will be a part of our Excel family and my life forever!!! She loves all her Excel family connections and relationships she has made and is eager to visit as much as she can. Ms. Stefanie, we are so proud of you for following your dreams and can't wait to hear about all your adventures as a Child Life Specialist. We love you so much!
Peek week is Feb. 5-10 - Join us for the last 5-10 minutes of class to see what your dancers have been working on. Several of our classes are getting pretty far in dances, they have been working so hard!
February 12th - Show placements posted!!!!! This is a big day for us and as you can imagine the puzzle that goes into ensuring the best recital for your families is not an easy task. We do our best to try and keep families together and dancers in multiple classes not spread as much as possible but as you can imagine with 500 kiddos it's impossible to make it work for everyone. We sure do try though!!! Please remember if your dancer or family is split we do offer complimentary tickets based off the number of shows you are split and number of dancers. We know several other studios don't offer this but we feel it's the least we can do for your commitment and dedication to Excel. We know you all appreciate it too as something is definitely better than nothing. :) Please keep in mind if you are split shows that you won't want to show any concern in front of your dancer. Unlike other sports that have games every week, this may be your kiddos only time to shine on stage and she/he has worked so hard all year to show you what they have learned. Yes, it is a long week but boy is it fun!!!! The kids love being there and I hear several parents tell me how fun it is to see different dances since every show is different with a few features in there. It may be the one week out the year they get to shine so we want to encourage them in every way!!! I promise that smile and self-confidence will be worth every minute!
February 18th - Our first Tumbling clinic from 4:00-5:15 focusing on the skills needed to get your aerial or add to your skills and different ways to advance your aerial.
February 24th at Excel - Industry Xperience dance convention open to all dancers 8 and up that would like to experience a convention here at home!! If you would like more information please come visit us at the front desk.
March 4th - Joffrey auditions and classes held at Excel for dancers ages 8 and up!! Joffrey NYC brings in the most amazing teachers to work with our kids and bring them not only new skills and critiques but a great way to build the confidence for an audition. Several of our dancers have earned scholarships through this program and attended the summer workshops that were amazing experiences! You can visit the website for information and to sign up for the auditions at Excel at www.joffreyballetschool.com They will be offering genres of jazz, ballet, tap and musical theater. Please let us know if you have any questions.
March 5th - Company audition and Nutcracker audition sign ups!! Information will be coming home the week of Feb.19th on our audition process and age requirements as well as commitments and any answers to questions you may have. Please remember Nutcracker has no limit on the number of students able to audition however, Company we do limit the number of students we take in order to keep quality first! We do our best to help the kids on wait lists get on teams so it is very important to remember even if you get on a wait-list to come to auditions!!! Things happen, families move and spots open and we go on a first come first serve basis. It is so exciting to see our Company grow each year and are here to answer any questions you have!
March 10th - XLR8 Experience!! This tradition of our XLR8 dancers finding a way to productively raise money for their team as well as offer something for our dancers at Excel that helps them grow is a wonderful partnership! Information will be coming home soon on all the details of the day, times and cost. The girls have been working hard on promoting and planning the day all by themselves. It is wonderful to see them work as a team to produce this day as well as give them the opportunity to know what it feels like to be the teacher, prepare notes, choreography and more. This is also a great way for your dancer if they are interested in Company to test the waters of a convention type experience taught by their mentors here at the studio. Every year the participation grows and more kids join us for this wonderful event, we hope your dancer will be able to come!
March 26th - XLR8 dancers perform at the Detroit Pistons vs. LA Lakers!!! We are able to pass on our special pricing to ALL our dance family and friends and would love for you to join us to support the dancers and also attend the game at a discounted rate with your family! There are order forms posted on Excel's Facebook page as well as available at the front desk! Hope you can join us.
March 30 - April 8 - Spring break - No dance classes.
Whats new at Excel:
Adult Fitness Frenzy!!! Have you heard about our Saturday adult classes??? We are having a blast and would love for you to join us!! The classes are $10 drop in and rotate between Zumba fitness and tap!!!! Let us know if you are interested and we would love to help you sign up!!!
Character Counts Cards!! It is so important to us that we are building strong dancers but more importantly kind, compassionate, hard working people. I have made little cards for our dancers and the teachers are having so much fun handing them out!! We are looking to praise the kids for their character skills. Helping others, saying thank you, holding the door for someone, finding a friend that needs help and more. More than dance is who we are and I am so excited to acknowledge them doing the right things even when they think no one is watching. But we are!! And we love it!
Banana Splits Club!!! The wall is growing like crazy!! The kids are able to show us their splits from now until June in order to earn free ice cream coupons and $5 in Excel gear! It is our hope that they learn the rewards that come from practice and setting goals for themselves. We are also using this as a great way to teach them proper stretching. :)
Tumbling Clinics! We handed out information to our tumbling classes last week on some amazing clinics to build strength for our tumblers as well as work on any goals for kids that may want to audition for Nutcracker parts as well. If your student is a tumbler but maybe not taking tumbling with us this year we would still LOVE them to participate. Each clinic will be a focused clinic on skills that they can learn how to build on. We have some awesome new equipment to help them as well as new curriculum through Tumbling Effect that our staff was trained on to help them reach these goals. If your student is interested we have detailed information on clinics offered and dates, times and cost listed on our website as well as at the front desk!