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Happy Spring, Excel Families!!!

Even though it doesn't really feel like spring here in Mi, we are pushing forward with some great plans for the spring and summer and hoping that Mr. sun decides to warm us up real soon!! There is a LOT of great info in this newsletter so please take the time to read the information and know we are here to answer any questions. As we head towards recital season I can't tell you how excited I am for this year!! The staff has been working so hard to prepare the kids and blow you away! I don't know how they get better every year but they do!! We are so excited to enter this recital season with you all!!

Hugs, Ms. Katie

JOIN US!! Ways to get involved at the studio outside your dance class

  • April 21st - Mac Bake off! from 2-4
    Excel will be sponsoring the bounce house for the Texas Corners Mac and Cheese bake off!!! Its a fun way to taste some great food and entertain your family!! We hope you get a chance to check it out.
  • April 28th - Annual Showcase of Talent!
    This is my 8th year putting on our fundraiser showcase and I love every minute of it!! Our Company dancers perform and share their dances as well as several other studios in Southwest Mi that are invited and able to join us. This not only gives our Company dancers a way to give back by sharing their talents but they are adjudicated for personal growth as well as they make new dance friends from other studios which I feel is extremely important for our profession. It is a come and go when you can event and is for such a great cause! Every year I find a young kiddo that is fighting against cancer or something health related and the family is in need of help financially. This year we are sponsoring Zoe, a 9 year old girl from the area that is fighting brain cancer. She will be there to watch and support the dancers as well. They will start dancing at 11:30 and look to go into the afternoon around 4pm. The donation/entrance fee is $8 for adults and $5 for children 3 and under. All proceeds go directly to Zoe's family! We also sell cookies and water for an organization called Cookies for Kids Cancer and lemonade for our local Make a Wish chapter here in Kalamazoo! The event is so fun to come watch and pop in at anytime!!! We hope you can come support our dancers and help make a difference for Zoe and her family.
  • May 12 - Excel will be Hosting our First Ever Family Fun Movie Night! at 6:30pm
    Bring a chair or blanket and your favorite drinks and come spend some fun time with your Excel family. We will be watching Despicable Me 3 on the big screen in the blue room and have some activities planned for the little ones if they get restless. Only $5 a person (max $15/family) and it includes pizza!!!! We will have popcorn, snacks and water available for purchase too. All proceeds will help our staff that will be traveling with us to Disney in 2019! Please sign up at the front desk by May 4 so we can prepare. I hope you can join us! I think this will be such a fun way for families to meet each other, even the parents!
  • May 21-26th - Parent/Caregiver Appreciation Week!
    Come join us the last 20 minutes of each class for a fun learning experience with your dancer that they will love just as much as you!! They will help teach you some moves they are working on and you will have the opportunity to dance with them in class!!! We will also have some fun goodies prepared for you as well. We LOVE our families!

Disney Trip 2019!

I am beyond excited to share with you the information for the upcoming Disney trip that includes dancing in the Mainstreet Holiday Parade as well as a performance at Disney Springs! My favorite things all bundled up! My dancers, Disney and Christmas.....can it get any better??? Students must be on Company starting the fall of 2018 as we will fund-raise early this summer and start learning choreography early in the fall as well. They also require that dancers are 10 years of age by Nov.1st 2019. This is their requirement, let me know if your student is close in age and I will see what we can do. We will be holding a quick meeting for parents only as finances will be discussed on Friday, May 11th at 7pm at the studio. Come with all the questions you have and I will have lots of info for you!

Calling all Parents!!!!!

Parent dance 2018 will be one for the books!!!  Keep your eyes open for a flyer coming home soon to sign up. This is such a fun way to participate in recital with your dancer too!  We hope you can join us this year.

Summer Camps are Filling Up Quickly!  

But don't worry, we have started wait lists with some of our most popular themes in hopes to create another section for this summer.  We are so excited to spend the summer dancing and creating with your kiddos!  Special April offer!!!  Have a new friend to Excel sign up and mention you as a referral and you get $10 off your own camp!  Offer good the entire month of April!

Opening Number!

Sign ups are going so well and we still have a few spots in some shows!! We would LOVE to have your dancer be a part in this fun tradition!! If you have any questions please pop over to the desk and Karly or Ginger will be able to look and see what shows are still available as well as answer any questions you have. Its going to be epic!!

Picture Day Reminders!

Picture day is approaching on May 5th and costumes are coming in like crazy!! Its like Christmas for dancers lol!!! We are so excited to be holding our picture day again at SouthRidge this year! Please remember to reference your black folder with any costuming or hair questions and let us know if you still need help. Coming prepared is the way to keep things running smooth and on time for sure! Having forms filled out and arriving in your costume is key:) This is also the day our awesome t shirts go on sale as well as you will be able to turn in flower and DVD pre-orders!

Fall Surveys!

I know it sounds crazy to think fall but the dance season never ends hahaha! Planning ahead is so important to us being able to create schedules that work for our families. It also helps us predict how many classes of each genre may be needed. As surveys come out (paper this year, we hope to get online next year) please keep these important things in mind- You are only telling us the styles/genres your dancer would like to take next year, we will place them in the appropriate level. Please remember what you mark down should be the actual amount of classes your dancer wants to commit to, this helps us ensure we have enough spaces for the classes. If your dancer is torn between 3 styles and you know for sure you will only allow them to take 2 next year have them narrow down to 2, we can always make changes later which is much easier and more accurate for our end. Turning your form in early not only helps me be able to get the schedule done before crazy recital week, it will be attached to a fun incentive!!! You will receive 10% off your total Excel gear/recital attire order for this year!

If you have any questions or concerns about the styles or what your dancer should take please email Ms. Katie or find me and I will be happy to help you figure out what will work best for your dancer and family. Thank you so much for taking the time to get them back to us quickly! Thank you:)

Ticket Sales

Please remember that ticket sales go on sale April 21st! We will be spacing them by half hour so that families with kids in multiple shows will have the same opportunity to purchase tickets as everyone else. There will be a link on Excel's website or you can go directly to If you have any questions, Dance Recital Ticketing is so great to work with and extremely helpful!! You can also refer to the instruction sheet in your black folder.  BONUS GOLDEN TICKETS!  New and fun this year, there will be a few golden tickets in each show.  Who knows what you will win?!?!  If you pick the golden ticket seat a ticket will show up in your cart and you will be able to redeem your prize at the studio! You will love the features of this new company! Here are the times:
  • Twinkle Toes - 10:00am
  • Fri 6pm show - 10:30am
  • Sat 10am show - 11:00am
  • Sat 2pm show - 11:30am
  • Sat 6pm - 12:00pm

Volunteers Needed!

If you are interested in helping us with this years rehearsals and recitals we would LOVE to have you!! Volunteers help ensure a smooth and on time show and we can't do it without you:). Please see Ms Karly or Ms Ginger at the front desk to see what rehearsals and shows we are still in need of help for. If you are able to volunteer we ask you to fill out a quick background check and join us for a quick 20 minute meeting on Fri. June 1 at 7pm.
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