2022 May Newsletter

COMMUNITY CONNECTION UPDATE:

This month we “egged” our friends at The Abbington Senior Center. Some of our students helped create a fun Easter basket for our friends at The Abbington Senior Center. They decorated paper eggs for the residents to hang in their rooms! We were able to deliver to some happy seniors during their Easter celebration! 

Also, our Performing Company students are wrapping up their competition season this weekend.  We’ve had some amazing wins that were not just based on scores.  We are so grateful we had the opportunity to shine on stage this season. 

MAY 2-6 TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK – DONATIONS DUE BY APRIL 29TH!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Aren’t Our teachers at Studio 56 Dance Center and Little Learners Preschool AMAZING?!? We are excited to have a week to show our teachers how much we appreciate them! We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to make this week special for our teachers who do so much for our kids!

Each of our great teachers will be spotlighted next month on Instagram & Facebook. Watch for our posts and get to know a little bit more about our talented faculty! Let’s show them some love!

Here are some things we are putting together for our teachers in the next couple of weeks.

A little note for their teacher. This small act is something that makes a big difference! They love getting special notes from their students! This time of year is very busy for teachers, so a sweet note can give them the extra boost of energy they need! We have a basket at both locations that you can drop your letters in.

Our Parent PALS Committee (“Parents Are Life Savers”) is organizing a group gift for each of our amazing teachers. We hope to collect enough to get each teacher a goodie basket with their favorite things and a gift card! If you would like to contribute to the group teacher gifts, your name will be included on the card! You can contribute in one of three ways: All group gift contributions are due by Friday, April 29th at noon.

  1. Email an amount you would like to contribute and the office can add it to your account.
  2. Venmo funds to @st56dance and include “teacher gift” in the memo.
  3. You can leave an envelope in the tuition box with cash labeled “teacher gift” with your name on it!

We hope you’ll join us in making this week special by participating in our group efforts or by coming up with your own idea! We are looking forward to showering our teachers with kind words and love from all of their students.

SPRING SERVICE PROJECT – DONATIONS TO THE ABBINGTON SENIOR LIVING CENTER

For our spring service project, we invite all of our students to help collect and donate items for our friends at The Abbington Assisted Living and Memory Care Community. They are in need of small prizes for Bingo and other competitive games they play. They also enjoy any pictures or letters you would like to create for them. 

Some ideas for donations: 

  • Travel size lotions
  • Notebooks 
  • Crosswords
  • Word searches
  • Fabric scarves
  • Chapstick
  • Coasters
  • Dollar store seasonal decor
  • Single serving treats (ex. Wrapped Cookies, granola bars, crackers, chips, mints, gum, small bags of candy, little Debbie treats, nuts, pretzels)

We will be collecting donations until May 18th. Thank you for helping spread our Good Vibes from Studio 56 Dance Center to our community! 

JUNE 3 | ANTI BULLYING AND SELF DEFENSE CLASS

We are teaming up with WestWind Karate to provide our families with a Bully-Free Seminar (5-9yrs) and Self Defense Class (10+) on Friday, June 3rd. 

For more information on the classes and to sign up please use this FORM. You must complete this WAIVER before class to participate. 

A one-time installment of $20 per participant is due upon signing up. If parents would like to attend the Self Defense Class with their students, they will need to pay a separate installment. 

We are excited to be able to provide our students with this opportunity! Please reach out to the office with any questions. We hope to see you there!

DANCING B SCHOLARSHIP

Now accepting applications for the Dancing B Scholarship. Studio 56 will be offering a $500 Scholarship to a student for tuition for the 2022/23 season. This Scholarship will be in honor of one of our dancers that passed away named Brooklyn Holladay. The scholarship is available to students 4 years and older.  Application and scholarship details can be found on the WEBSITE PORTAL by clicking on Dancing B Scholarship. 

DANCER FUNDRAISER – SEEKING SPONSORS 

We are looking for Sponsors!  All students and parents have the opportunity to purchase and sell ads, and 40% of all ads sold will be credited back to the student’s account in June. Participation is not required.  All ad space forms are due June 4th. CLICK HERE for pricing, details, and ad submission.

SUMMER DANCE! Keep your kids moving this summer and join us for classes! Space is limited. View the summer guide HERE. Register for classes in your Parent Portal today!

As the season progresses additional concert information or updates will b posted on the website, in monthly newsletters, and on the school bulletin board. Make it your responsibility to keep abreast of this important information. Our goal is to make the concert an organized, exciting experience for everyone involved. The success of the show is a team effort of students, their parents, the teachers, and the director.

IMPORTANT CONCERT DATES:

  • June 4: Concert Pictures & Dress Rehearsal @ West Murray
  • June 8: Tumbling Exhibition
  • June 18: Concert

START PRACTICING AT HOME

Our teachers have loaded their choreography and music to dropbox for you to rehearse at home.  You can also access this link on our website under, the portal, Concert Info, Practice Videos.

Finale:

This year’s Finale for the Concert will be performed by all STAR and COMPANY students.  You will be learning this routine in your Choreography classes this month.  We are going to be wearing our Concert shirts over our costume. Preschoolers will also make a final bow!

WHAT SHOW AM I PERFORMING IN?

Showtimes were emailed out a couple of weeks ago.  They have also been posted to your family account. Please visit our WEBSITE PORTAL and log in to your PARENT PORTAL. Click the navigator on the top left and select “view my performances”  

We have 2 days of shows.  Some of you may be performing in more than one show.  Please check your account and make sure you find ALL of your routines. 

  • Wednesday, June 8 Tumbling Exhibition
  • Friday, June 17 Company Showcase
  • Saturday, June 18 Concert 10am Show, 11:45am Show, 1:30pm Show

TICKETS TO THE SHOW GO ON SALE MAY 1 AT 8AM

Tickets go on sale on May 1st at 8 am, online ONLY.  

Tickets purchased in advance are $12 Silver, $14 Gold, $16 Premium. 

Tickets purchased the day of the show will be $16 at the door for any available seats. 

Seating is reserved; doors will remain closed until 30min before showtime. No one ages 3 and older is admitted to the show without a ticket. Infants and children who may have a hard time remaining seated during the entire performance should not attend. 

If your family is performing in multiple shows on performance day we will contact you in advance with special accommodations for your tickets. 

DRESS REHEARSAL AND CLASS PICTURES – TIME TO REGISTER FOR PICTURES

(ONLY FOR THOSE PERFORMING IN JUNE 18 CONCERT, included in your performance package)

We are holding dress rehearsal and class pictures on June 4th.  This event will take place at our Studio 56 West Murray location, 170 W Winchester St. Picture times have been posted to your family account. Please visit our WEBSITE PORTAL and log in to your PARENT PORTAL. Click the navigator on the top left and select “view my performances”

Several of you are in more than one routine.  Please pay close attention to the times.  A packing list and online order link will follow prior to pictures.

Can dads and dancers have their pictures taken?  YES, when registering your dancer, you will add on the dad dance picture option.  They will get their picture taken when they are there for group pictures. Remember to bring your concert shirt and black bottoms for your dancer.  Dads will wear their concert shirt and Levi pants with tennis shoes. 

CONCERT GIFTS FOR YOUR STUDENT

We are excited to offer some concert gifts for your dancers.  Use this form to order FLOWERS, BACKPACKS, CANDY BOUQUETS, ROSES, and LOVE NOTES. Payment is due at the time your order is placed. Orders are due by June 4th and will be available for pick up at the recital.

DAD’S DANCE REHEARSALS START IN MAY

How amazing are our dance families!  We are honored to have so many wonderful dads signed up for this year’s Dad Dance! Thank you for being a part of these wonderful memories.  We want this to be a wonderful experience for everyone.  So, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email.

Rehearsals are held by age. Preschool Dancers (dancers 2y-5years NOT in KND). School-Aged Dancers. If you have dancers in both age ranges, please look for your name on the list twice. Your first rehearsal will be dads only! We will be teaching the bulk of the choreography to you before bringing in your kiddos. 

To create ample space and allow for as many dads as possible to participate we will be offering dad dance rehearsals in timeslots by your dancers last name. We also have two ways for learning!

1. In-Person: You need to attend a minimum of 2 in-person rehearsals. 

2. Pre-Recorded: We have choreography pre-recorded and loaded to Dropbox. Please practice at home.

When: Click HERE for Schedule by dancer’s last name

  • May 7 – Dads ONLY – Studio 56 Dance Center, West Murray Location, 170 W Winchester St.
    • 9:00-9:45am Preschool Age Dads by Dancers Last Name A-L
    • 9:15-10:00am Grade School Age Dads by Dancers Last Name M-Z
    • 10:00-10:45am Preschool Age Dads by Dancers Last Name M-Z
    • 10:15-11:00am Grade School Age Dads by Dancers Last Name A-L
  • May 14, 21 – Dads & Dancers – Studio 56 Dance Center, West Murray Location, 170 W Winchester St.
    • 9:00-9:45am Preschool Age Dads by Dancers Last Name A-L
    • 9:15-10:00am Grade School Age Dads by Dancers Last Name M-Z
    • 10:00-10:45am Preschool Age Dads by Dancers Last Name M-Z
    • 10:15-11:00am Grade School Age Dads by Dancers Last Name A-L
  • June 11 – Rehearsal by Cast, Dads & Dancers – Studio 56 Dance Center, West Murray Location
    • 8:00- 8:45am Company Showcase
    • 9:00-9:45am Concert #1
    • 10:00-10:45am Concert #2
    • 11:00-11:45am Concert #3
  • June 17 Company Showcase – Company Dads and Dancers – Olympus High School
    • On stage Rehearsal 30min before showtime 
    • This rehearsal is MANDATORY if you are not in attendance, you will NOT perform.
  • June 18 – Concerts 1,2,3 – All Development Program Dads & Dancers – Olympus High School
    • On stage Rehearsal 30min before showtime 
    • This rehearsal is MANDATORY if you are not in attendance, you will NOT perform.

You can also view this schedule in your parent portal under “View all my classes”

CONCERT COSTUME PICK UP DETAILS

Costume details for each class are posted in the FINAL CONCERT INFORMATION: https://studio56dance.com/portal/, click the concert info button.

Costumes pick up will take place May 24, 26 & 27 @ West Murray. Students with account balances will NOT receive costumes until they have been paid. 

  • Tuesday, May 24th, 6:30-8:30 pm 
  • Thursday, May 26th, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Friday, May 27th, 9:30-11:30 am

COMPANY AUDITIONS & SUMMER SCHEDULE

Mark your calendars with the 2022-2023 Studio 56 Dance Center Company summer dates! Auditions will be June 20-22. Learn more about our Performing Company HERE

FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGED TUMBLING/ACRO STUDENTS

May Stretch of the Month- Back/bridge | Strength Challenge- Burpees 

We are so excited this year to have a “stretch of the month” and a “strength challenge” in our acro/tumbling classes! Encourage your child to work on these skills at home to help them improve even faster!  Be more involved by printing off the at-home practice tracker HERE.

FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOL DANCERS- MAY THEME

In MAY our theme is “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.”  As April showers bring May flowers we will leap over rain puddles, while we dance in the rain! This month we are focusing on:  skips, leaps, 3-step turns, developing memory, paying attention, arabesque, 3rd position, self-confidence and contractions. We hope you can find time to review these elements with your dancer at home.  It is a great way to get EVERYONE moving!! 

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