2021 January Newsletter


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Happy New Year! 

Wishing you and your family the very best in 2021! As I was gathering my thoughts about what a ride this year has been, my first thought was to make a giant list of all we’ve endured and the many ways we’ve added value to our programs with every challenge thrown at us. Instead, I’d like to speak honestly straight from the heart…

This year has been the hardest year I have ever walked through as a leader. This year bent us, stretched us, and sometimes pinned us to the ground by the throat it seemed. But it did not break us. Instead, it did what all trials do:  It made us stronger and shine brighter.  After all, the same geologic pressure that makes dust also makes diamonds.

I truly feel like we have been able to shine in this time- a light in a darkness that gave our students and families hope in a tumultuous time.  And, although I never would’ve chosen the journey that 2020 took us on, neither would I trade it. Because THIS….this is what we were made for. Learning to solve problems and survive the challenges of life is what we prepare our students for. Helping others out is what we were made for as a community. 

Thank you to each of you for believing in us, I am EAGER to enter 2021 with you all. See you back next week!


PAJAMA SUCCESS! Thank you to everyone that participated in our annual pajama drive and Benefit Concert, what a success!!  All the participating studios did an amazing job of turning a few heads by collecting a total of 1701 pajamas and 1479 books…WOW!What a great experience we shared together.  We were able to donate to: Safe Harbor in Kaysville, Utah Foster Care Foundation from Ogden to Southern Utah, and Secretly Santas in Bountiful, UT. Great job! 

Congratulations to the following students for meeting the requirements to join our Service Society! Zoey Johnson, Stella Lum, Ruby VanDyke, Aspen Wagner, Aliyah Brunisholz, Sophia Brunisholz, Elexis Grass, Ruby Hurst, Olivia Jensen, Madison Kennedy, Lilly Moore, Emma Nelson, Jessi Nelson, Alyssa Oshiro, Alysia Shaffer, Aubrey Stillman, Lillie Swenson, Lillian VanDyke, Tahlula Warner, Dakota Olsen, Adilynn Short, Carina Brown, Marlie Castagno, Kalli Grayson, Hazel Sirois


Who has a kiddo that loves Frozen? Register to attend our Frozen Friends Camp and we will give you an elegantly wrapped box with an ice blue tutu and special invitation! Only a few spots left!

  • When: January 18th
  • Where: Studio 56 Dance Center, West Murray location
  • CLICK HERE to register
  • We’ll be following current Covid-19 guidelines for businesses and Safer Studio practices for this fun event


While we can’t stop the snow from falling, we can help our dancers beat the winter blues by warming them up with dance. The winter months are the best time to be attending dance lessons since seasonal depression kicks in and there is not as much outdoor time to be had. Dance lessons get you moving, laughing, and make you forget about those icicles outside for just a little while! If your dancer is struggling to push through and come to class, it’s worth the encouragement! If you can just get them in the door, they are going to have a great time and leave happier!


We are now accepting registration for Fall 2021 preschool!  The benefit to our preschool is that it INCLUDES our dance and tumbling classes!  Get it all done in one!  We offer it all and have the BEST TEACHERS around!  Space is limited! LEARN MORE


We would like to give a warm welcome to all the new faces.  It is open enrollment time.  Spots are going fast.  If you know of an aspiring dancer send them our way! Pick up a “Care Enough to Share” referral card in the waiting room and get $ off!! Help us spread the word about our amazing program!


When we welcome you into the studio next week, we’ll have a new check-in process. Each student will receive a membership card.  This card needs to be attached to the bag your child brings to class each week. Upon arrival to class or an event they will scan their card to check-in.  This enhanced system will improve our attendance tracking and leave more time for learning in class. If you forget your card, the office can help you sign in. Replacement cards are $5.


We are excited to continue our fun incentive to help our preschoolers master their SKIPS! When dancers pass off skipping at dance, they will be invited to earn their wings at a “Fairy and Prince Party!” on January 29th.  Start practicing skips at home so they can EARN YOUR WINGS!


Winter is here! Please carry your hip hop shoes into the studio and change into them before you enter the classroom.  You will be asked to dance with no shoes if you don’t have a dry pair! Thank you! 

If you haven’t had a chance to give us a positive review yet, we would love you take one minute to share with others why you love being part of our Studio 56 Dance Center Family. We really appreciate all your support! If you can’t give us a 5-Star rating, please email us your reason so that we can improve. We are continually striving to improve ourselves! Thanks in advance!


January Stretch of the Month- V sit hold  |  Strength Challenge- Hips

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.


In January our theme is “I need a hero.”  Each class will be focused on heroes in our community.  This month we are focusing on:  moving hips from side to side, following directions, echappe, step touch with jump, angry face. We hope you can find time to review these elements with your dancer at home.  It is a great way to get EVERYONE moving!! 

STUDIO FACEBOOK GROUP: Join our studio Facebook group and be a part of our community HERE!  Stay up to date on current events and connect with us!

TEXT REMINDERS: We send text reminders to the first phone number listed on your account.  You can update this anytime in your parent portal.

THANK YOU! A BIG thank you from all our teachers for all the thoughtful Christmas gifts! As always, we want to thank you for your support and appreciate you trusting your children with us! We love working them and look forward to what 2021 has in store!  


    • 4th Classes Resume
    • 18th NO CLASSES- MLK
  • MAY
  • JUNE
    • 9th Tumble Exhibition
    • 18-19th Concert Day

2020 December Newsletter


Thank you for continuing to follow the guidelines and helping us to remain a Safer Studio! Parents, thank you for symptom checking, keeping kids home if they are not well, and for your enhanced efforts to practice good hygiene. We appreciate everyone for doing their best to keep everyone healthy!

Salt County remains in HIGH transmission status. This requires us to wear masks in classes. Kids are doing very well with this and we continue to be impressed with how resilient our students are. Please remind your dancer to leave their masks on so we can keep coming to learn in person. We recommend sending dancers with a lanyard to wear around their neck so they can keep their mask clean when they need to remove it for mask breaks and high-activity times when we are physically distanced.


Who has a kiddo that loves Frozen? Register to attend our Frozen Friends Camp and we will give you an elegantly wrapped box with an ice blue tutu and special invitation to put under the tree this Christmas


  • When: January 18th, 10:30-12noon
  • Where: Studio 56 Dance Center, West Murray⁠ location
  • To purchase tickets: Visit our online events by clicking here
  • *Space is limited; availability will be a 1st come 1st serve, no refunds or exchanges. 
  • Gift boxes will be available for pick up Dec 7-18 @ West Murray

CLICK HERE to register your dancer for our Frozen Camp!


Check our ONLINE STORE!  Tights, ballet shoes, and Studio Swag make GREAT stocking stuffers!

Shop online and pick it up at the studio the next time you are in!


Dance classes will perform their Holiday routines at our first-ever virtual parent program! We’re looking forward to showing off what we’ve been working on in class during the last 15 minutes of class time. We will be sending a separate email with login details for your childs class. 

Practice for the Holiday Peek-In Performances! We are super excited to give these kids take a chance to show off their hard work!



Wear your Studio 56 Swag ALL DAY on Friday, December 11th to show your Studio 56 SPIRIT!! When your friends ask why you are wearing them, invite them to make a last minute donation to our pajama drive.

Take pictures and share them with us on Facebook or Instagram! 

#studio56dance #Studio56SpiritDay


Our annual pajama and book drive is going on now! Our project will help support Utah Foster Care and several other local Utah charities.  We are collecting new pajamas and books at both studios until December 11th. We hope you will join us in this cause!

So many of us have grown up with the tradition of opening up a new pair of pajamas every Christmas Eve.  Kids love pajamas! We felt like giving pajamas to other children was a way to help even our youngest dancers grasp the concept of giving.  We have been collecting pajamas and books for the Utah Foster Care Foundation and several other local charities every year since.  They are always so excited to see us and so grateful for new jammies right in time for the holidays!  This event has been a wonderful way to create more holiday spirit in our students and share a little dancing joy at the same time! 


  • Donate new books and pajamas size preemie to adult. Drop donations off at the studio. Items can be handed to any teacher at pick up or drop off next time you are at the studio.
  • We are also collecting monetary donations which will go towards more jammies and books! Bring in cash or Venmo donations to @danceforlife and include the dancers name so the amount can go toward their service society recognition!
  • Invite others to donate! We want to involve as many people in our community as we can. Share this letter with families and friends this holiday.


We want you to join us in our monthly strength and stretch challenge!  Each month we have a new challenge we are working on.  You can print it out and track your progress at home.  In the last week of the month, we will “test” our students in class and see if they can meet the goals for their age!    

CLICK HERE for this Month’s Challenge


We are excited to have a new theme each month just for preschool dancers!  This month our theme is “From My Heart to Yours“ We will be singing and dancing to holiday tunes while working on our routine for the holiday show. We encourage you to get involved and have them practice their skills at home!  This month we are focusing on gallops, head isolations, 6th position, shoulder isolations, toe touches, and sharing.  


Please pay close attention to the calendar.  We will be closed Dec 21 –Jan 3 for Winter Break.  Classes will resume on January 4th. Our schedule stays the same when we return in January.  The classes you are currently registered in continue through June 2021.  We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday; we will see you in 2021.


We want to remind you that time is running out to submit your concert consent forms before the early bird deadline on dec 15th! A consent must be turned in to participate in this year’s concert.

We realize there is alot unknown about events with large groups right now. Last year’s Red Carpet Recitals were a wonderful alternative to our big theatre performance and might be one of the most memorable experiences we’ve ever provided for our dancers! No matter what our Concert ends up looking like in 2021, we promise to make it a wonderful event for your family.

Concert costumes must be ordered months in advance, so we’re moving forward to continue using the end-of-year performance as a tool to build confidence and provide a sense accomplishment to our students- even if that still has to look a little differently than we would like it to. We hope you’ll join us in this celebration of a successful year of hard work!

The performance package can be broken into a payment plan or paid all at once. The all-inclusive package adds to the overall experience for the dancer and makes it that much more “magical” and memorable!  

Not sure if you have registered for the concert?  You can see your concert registration by logging into your online account.

  1. Click account login
  2. Hamburger icon in the top left corner
  3. View all my classes
    1. There you will see the enrollment for pay in full or 7 installments
    2. Company members are automatically enrolled in the show and will not appear here
  4. Need to register? CLICK HERE for the participation form.

First installment payments for the concert process December 1st

Why Concert? Click here to see what the big show is all about!

2020 November Newsletter


Thank you for continuing to follow the guidelines and helping us to remain a Safer Studio! Parent, thank you for symptom checking, keeping kids home if they are not well, and for your enhanced efforts to practice good hygiene. We appreciate everyone for doing their best to keep everyone healthy!

Salt County is currently in HIGH transmission status. This requires us to wear masks in classes. Kids are doing very well with this and we continue to be impressed with how resilient our students are. We will NOT be requiring students to keep their mask on during high-activity times when we are physically distanced. Please remind your dancer to leave their masks on so we can keep coming to learn in person. We recommend sending dancers with a lanyard to wear around their neck so they can keep their mask clean when they need to remove it for mask breaks and high-activity times when we are physically distanced.


  • Potty before class, especially preschoolers!
  • No underwear under your leotard. Tights are dancer’s underwear!
  • LATE! We have had a lot of latecomers and late pick-ups. It is very disruptive to our classes when you walk in late, not to mention unsafe for dancers to miss warming up.  Late pick-ups are preventing our next classes from starting on time. Thanks for your attention to this manner!


This month we are opening up our trial program to our currently enrolled students to offer you the option to try another style of class with us.  Have you been thinking about trying Hip Hop or Tumbling?  We would love to see you in the class!  CLICK HERE to join us for a complimentary class in a different style this month!


Fun bun week is Nov 2-6th!!!  Come to class with a fun bun or crazy hair (boys)!!!  Turn that bun into a masterpiece… Maybe it’s a spider or a one-eyed monster!!  We can’t wait to see your creations!


This year’s Christmas Charity Project is going to be even bigger than last year! We are gathering new pajamas and books to donate to those in need locally.  We will be sending out an email that can be forwarded to family and friends about our project.  Start bringing in your donations this month! Look for the donation box in our front lobbies.  Help us beat last year’s total of 1523 pajamas, 1631 books, and $8000!

We are going to open up our Scholastic book program to ALL of our dance families just in time to order books for the benefit concert.  Scholastic is an amazing resource with GREAT books at a GREAT price!!  You can order $1 books for our book drive and they will be shipped right to the studio.  Visit Scholastic Books HERE and take advantage of this convenient way to donate to our book drive.  Online orders are due by Friday, November 13th. 


Dance classes have begun learning their Holiday dance to show off at our first-ever virtual parent program! We’re looking forward to showing off what we’ve been working on in class during the last 15 minutes of class time. Watch for more details when this gets closer!


We want you to join us in our monthly strength and stretch challenge!  Each month we have a new challenge we are working on.  You can print it out and track your progress at home.  In the last week of the month, we will “test” our students in class and see if they can meet the goals for their age!    

CLICK HERE for this Month’s Challenge


We are excited to have a new section each month just for preschool dancers!  This month our theme is “E I E I O“.  We will be singing and dancing to fun barn animal songs while working on our routine for the holiday show. We encourage you to get involved and have them practice their skills at home!  This month we are focusing on marching and port de bra arms! 


With winter weather approaching, we need to remind you that we CANNOT have wet, salty, muddy shoes stepping onto our dance floor. Please carry your hip hop shoes into the studio and change into them before you enter the classroom.  You will be asked to dance with no shoes if you don’t have a dry pair! Thank you!


We have a calendar on the website!  Please refer to it for Holiday closures and studio events. If you use Google Calendar you can copy studio events directly into your calendar by clicking on the “add google calendar” in the bottom right corner of the calendar. https://studio56dance.com/portal/


Stay up to date on current events! Reminder texts are sent out for closures and special events.  Please make sure the primary phone number listed on your account is one that can receive texts.


The account you created online can be updated at any time. Log in on the website to update contact and billing information, register for new classes, and make payments. You can also reset your password at any time. https://studio56dance.com/portal/

Healthy Classrooms, Happy Kids

Today’s learning environments are more important than ever before, and dance is no exception! Whether your child is dancing in-person or online, the community they’re building and the connections they’re making are fulfilling important needs. Every child wants to feel like they belong and that they can accomplish great things—and dance helps bring this to life. 

In our classrooms at Studio 56 Dance Center we’re going the extra mile to create a safe environment that minimizes risk and maximizes joy! We’ve made changes to our in-person class structure, for example, to limit personal contact and keep more distance between students. Additionally, through our investment in technology, we’ve made it possible for any child to participate in class virtually if their family would prefer at-home learning.

The physical and mental well-being of our dancers is our top priority, and we are committed to providing an experience that supports both. While we can’t predict the future, we can provide a safe outlet of activity and self-expression—a way for our children to cope with their stresses and build their resilience muscles. We believe their health will be better for it!

Living in this new world means our dancers are already adapting to many changes in their lives, from wearing masks to limiting close contact with others. We want to remind them these changes are welcome and appreciated, so that we can all move forward in the safest way possible. We want them to know their efforts matter! This sense of teamwork among peers is just one example of how dance helps our kids make sense of our circumstances.

Not only that, our dancers are learning valuable lessons in how to express their emotions through movement. It can be complicated for a child to verbalize their feelings, and yet through dance, they have the opportunity to say with their body what can be challenging to articulate otherwise. We dance from our hearts first, and we believe every child deserves the chance to express themselves in this way.

We hope you’ll continue to see what a positive impact dance has on your child’s life throughout this year. At Studio 56 Dance Center, healthy classrooms—both in-person and online—equal happy kids. And we couldn’t be prouder to bring dance into our students’ lives during this important time.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what age do you start dance and tumbling classes?

Our Tiny Tots program is a parent and tot dance class that starts at age 18mo.  It’s an introduction to music and movement using creativity, imagination, role-playing and props. At age 3, students can transition into a Preschool Dance and/or a Preschool Tumbling class.  Our Little Learners Preschool Program for ages 3-5 offers a unique opportunity for preschoolers to reach important learning targets through an arts infused curriculum two or three days a week. Students ages 5 and up can take ballet class, jazz class, hip hop class, acro class, or even audition for our performing company. Our teen dancers can participate in our advanced performing companies, Pointe/Pre-pointe curriculum, and more.

How much do your dance and tumbling classes cost?

We believe in offering a quality program that capitalizes on the intrinsic benefits of a fine arts education. Our pricing structure is designed so that students can pursue multiple interests with discounts for additional classes, and instructors are intentional about infusing important core values and life skills into each student’s dance education. 

Since we work within a network of approximately 300 other studio owners affiliated with the More Than Just Great Dancing, we are aware of the varied prices of dance education programs.  Many cost variables do exist in the core goals and priorities of each studio. Our goal is to be leaders in the industry for the standards we see as critical to training and nurturing dance students.  Our owner has chosen to make several areas of our program a priority including, providing professional development including Dance Teacher Summit trainings in California, Progressive Ballet Technique Certification, Acrobatic Arts Certification, Safer Studios Certification,  STAR Leadership Certification, CPR Certification as well as holding our staff to the highest standards of emotional and physical safety of our students, as well as More than Just Great Dancing Affiliated License for ongoing industry training and quite a bit more.

One of the investments that is most important to us is our investment into our studio culture and providing the attention, nurturing and intentionality that a positive studio culture requires.  We have found that our priorities align with our families’ goals as well and that they agree with and recognize the value of our investments.

Since the years of childhood are short, our goal is to use dance as a method of developing core values and important life skills so that the benefits of dance go well beyond the classroom and prepare our students to be happy, healthy, successful adults.  These goals, among others, do require resources that we have continued to invest in our students, staff and programs.

You can view our class pricing in our Studio Info Kit: https://online.pubhtml5.com/fcfu/uwzq/

Do you offer sibling discounts?

Yes. Siblings have the opportunity to participate in our dance and tumbling classes at a discounted rate. We offer $5 off monthly tuition in addition to discounts for registration and performance costs.

What are the other costs associated with dance classes?

Class Attire/Shoes can be purchased at the studio or on your own. There are also costume costs, performance costs, and ticketing associated with our December Benefit Concert and May Recital. 

What credentials do your instructors have?

The dance industry is completely unregulated, which means that anyone can call themselves a dance teacher regardless of their level of training, education or certifications. Most people wouldn’t hire an unlicensed contractor to work in their home or be satisfied with an unlicensed teacher at their child’s school, and we would advise against trusting an unlicensed dance teacher with your child’s training. The Studio 56 Dance Center staff consists of highly trained and Certified dance education professionals with a variety of credentials including college degrees in dance, child development, and education, along with teaching certifications through the State of Utah, Progressing Ballet Technique, Adaptive Dance Techniques, Acrobatic Arts, just to name a few. All of our staff members are CPR certified and have passed a national background check.

What can I expect from my child’s first dance class?

We invite you to read our blog post about what to expect! https://studio56dance.com/what-to-expect-from-my-childs-first-dance-class/

Do you have performing teams?

Yes. The Goal of the Studio 56 Dance Center performing company is to expand the dancer’s world beyond weekly classes by offering a variety of experiences including performances, conventions, workshops, community events and competitions. Our performing company curriculum and standards train dancers to emerge as leaders among their peers. We are incredibly proud of our award-winning performance teams. Here is a quick overview:

  • Lower Elementary Performing Company – ages 5 to 7 intermediate dancers, 2-4 hour/week required commitment 
  • Upper Elementary Performing Company – ages 8 to 12 intermediate dancers, 4-6 hour/week required commitment 
  • Junior High and High School Performing Company – ages 13 to 18 intermediate/advanced dancers,, 6-12 hour/week required commitment 

Can my child try a dance or tumbling class before we commit?

Yes! We understand the need to determine if our classes and studio culture are the right fit for your family before making an investment, so there are always opportunities to see if our programs are a good fit for your family and your child: 

  1. Trial classes:  Complementary trial classes are offered in classes where space is available.
  2. One Day Camps:  One day camps are offered throughout the year and provide a great way for families to try the studio prior to enrolling for a weekly class. 

Do you have boys at your studio?

Yes. We have boys of all ages at our studio. Our most popular beginner classes for boys is our Boys Club and the Little Learners Preschool program, however we have boys who participate in ballet, jazz, hip hop and Performing Company. We welcome boys and enjoy sharing our love of the arts with them!

What measures do you take to keep my child safe? 

The safety of our dance families is our number one priority and we have numerous safety policies that we enforce to keep our studio an emotionally and physically safe place for families.  In May 2020, Studio 56 Dance Center earned a Safer Studios Certification through More Than Just Great Dancing. Safety protocols include wellness checks for staff, enhanced studio cleaning and hand cleaning procedures, specific curricular and facility adjustments and continual parent communication.
When attending performances, rehearsals, public appearances or recitals / concerts, Studio 56 Dance Center staff members, dancers and family members are expected to represent the studio in a responsible, ethical, enthusiastic and courteous manner. 

For the physical and emotional safety of our dancers, their families, our staff and their families, all Studio 56 Dance Center staff and enrolled families are held to a high ethical and moral standard regarding Internet profiles. Studio 56 Dance Center does not permit families or staff to post negative comments about staff members, dancers, dance parents, dance families, or any other individual associated with Studio 56 Dance Center. Posts that are abusive in nature, harassment, inappropriate posts, comments or photographs, any post threatening or damaging to another person, or illegal, are immediate grounds for dismissal from our programs. 

Click HERE to read our Covid-19 precautions, procedures and protocols.

Can I watch my child in their dance class?

In an effort to maximize both instructional time and observational time, parent observation will be permitted for the entire class twice per year. Dates are noted on the event calendar. Other observations are at the teacher’s discretion. We ask that you observe quietly, that cell phones be turned off, and that siblings are monitored and quiet during observations.

What is your cancellation policy?

To withdraw from classes, you must notify Studio 56 Dance Center by the 15th of the month to discontinue payment for the next month. To withdraw from class a parent must: 1) Email the studio, and 2) complete the official withdrawal form we email you. Automatic bank debiting or credit card charges will stop after the 15-day notice period. Tuition will not be refunded for classes dropped outside the 15-day window.

Do you follow a dress code?

Yes. Our class attire is simple and cost-effective for parents and allows for uniformity and a clean, professional classroom look. You can view our class attire HERE

Check out our blog post about Why a Dress Code? https://studio56dance.com/why-is-the-dress-code-important/

What performance opportunities do you offer your students?

We believe that performance experience is one of the foundational pillars of a well-rounded dance education. As a result of our many positive relationships within our community, our students have the opportunity to participate in community performance opportunities throughout the year. For example, our students perform at Spooktacular at the Davis County Rec Center, at Dance For Life Benefit Concert in December for the Utah Foster Care Foundation, community showcases for local high schools and more. We host two annual recital stage productions that include our entire studio: Holiday Concert (December) and Recital (May).  We also have performing companies who represent Studio 56 Dance Center at dance competitions and conventions throughout the state. 

In what ways do you communicate important information to parents? 

We keep our website updated and accurate so that parents can always find answers there. We also communicate often via email, text messages, and reminder signs throughout the studio. 

How do I register? Enrolling online is easy!

1. Go to https://studio56dance.com/enroll/ 

2. Click “Enroll Now” 

3. Create and account or recover your password if you have already inquired in our program.  

Can I tour the studio before signing up? 

Yes! We love to show prospective parents our “home.”  It’s best to make an appointment via email or over the phone so that we can give you a proper tour without distraction and get all your questions answered with minimal interruption. Please call or text 801-261-3182 or email [email protected] to schedule a tour and trial dance class.

What to Expect from my Child’s First Dance Class?

What to wear:

For the first class, any comfortable athletic attire and athletic shoes work fine. Tops should be fitted enough so that the dancer can bend over comfortably (no loose t-shirts).  Hair should be pulled back into a bun or ponytail to avoid falling into the dancer’s face. Our class dress code can be found in our Studio Info Kit here if you want to get an idea of the dress code for each weekly class.

What to expect:

The studio manager will show you around the studio if you have not already had a tour and answer any additional questions you have before your trial. Students wait in the lobby until class time, and their teacher will come to get the class so that they can walk together into the classroom.  For younger kids, it’s best for separation to occur in the lobby. There are observation windows outside each classroom that may be utilized once the students have acclimated.

It is not unusual for new dancers to be reserved and observant rather than participating fully in their first class.  It is a new experience with new people, and this can make even the most outgoing student more hesitant and reserved.  Other new students will jump right in with full participation right away.  Parents can typically tell by observing the teacher and other students whether the class will be a good fit, even if their dancer is not yet warmed up. The “perfectionist” personality often holds back until they feel they can confidently execute the movements. Also, since many children utilize “observation” as the first step in their learning, teachers respect this learning style and will gently invite them to engage each time the class moves to a new activity, but they do understand that in the observer’s mind, they actually are involved even though they may not be physically participating.  Typically by the 3rd class even the most hesitant dancers will be fully acclimated, and the “observation first” learners have moved to the phase of full participation as well.  

Next Steps:

If your first class was a trial class and was a good fit for your dancer, the studio manager can assist you in finding the class time for that particular class that works best for your family’s schedule, or help you identify a class that would be a better option for your dancer.  You can also find out if there are any other class offerings available in your dancer’s age group that you want to consider for a second weekly class.  Depending on where we are in the dance year, your child may have the opportunity to participate in our Holiday Concert and/or Annual Recital, so you can get the information regarding next steps for having a costume ordered for them as well.

2020 September Newsletter


A very special welcome to all the “returning” and “new” faces here at the Studio.  We are so excited to have you be a part of our studio family.  We have a number of fun things coming up and can’t wait to have you join us.  






Plan ahead and stay up to date with our online Google calendar by clicking here


Accept the online waiver in the parent portal before the first day of dance. If you’ve never logged in to the parent portal before, use this email address and select “forgot my password” to set up your account. When you log in for the first time this season, it will ask you to accept the waiver. If it takes you straight into your upcoming classes you’ve already accepted and are good to go! 

All students with missing waivers will be asked to observe class.  This is a huge liability for the studio and we need all waivers updated in order to have your student participate.  Thanks for your help!!



Just a friendly reminder that your tuition processes on the 1st of the month.  Those that prefer to pay cash will need to drop off a payment by the 25th of the month. A late fee of $25 is applied to all declined cards the next business day.


We will be sizing and handing out class outfits all month. In the meantime it is “freestyle” until your class outfit arrives.  Please let us know if you have any questions!


Each participant in our preschool dance and tiny tot program will be receiving a complementary prop bag. Have your dancer bring this bag to class each week. We will be using these items within our lesson plan.  You child should have 5 items in their bag shaker egg, wand, wrist ribbon, scarf and a STAR card. If at any time you need to transition to your home stage, you will have your props right there at home to join in on the fun! 


We will be streaming our classes on Zoom! It’s easy! Clear out space at home to allow for movement, have your device set up, access the Zoom link provided in your upcoming classes on the Parent Portal and we’ll do the rest! 


Congratulations! You’re Officially a Dance Parent…

Welcome to the club, dance moms and dads!  Now that you’ve formally signed your child up for lessons and you’ve gotten all the pertinent information about the season, you are officially a dance parent at Studio 56 Dance Center!

Being a dance parent here is a little bit like being in a secret society; there’s this new lingo to learn and a whole culture that you are now a part of.  Here’s the inside scoop on what you need to know for your new status as an Studio 56 Dance Center mom or dad:

  • Study up on your dancewear vocab.  A leotard is a form-fitting bodysuit that dancers wear to class, and tights are worn underneath (kinda like pantyhose). Tights and leotards take the place of underwear, make sure to take those off before putting on their tights!  Ballet shoes are usually pink and should fit snugly on your child’s feet; don’t buy them with room to grow!  Tap shoes are the noisy ones, and jazz shoes look a little like slip-on ballet shoes, except with a small heel.
  • Practice how to do a bun.  A bun is a hairstyle we recommend for most classes, as it allows students to move freely without getting hair in their face.  Our favorite method can be found in our tutorial video HERE. A quick Google or YouTube search will give you oodles of tutorials to choose from—or just ask us!  We can give you a demo right here in the lobby.
  • Pack a dance bag.  Dance shoes, a water bottle, extra dancewear, and hair supplies … all of these things belong in your child’s dance bag.  (Avoid allowing your child to wear their dance shoes outside; it’s damaging.)  Be sure to label everything with your child’s name or initials! 
  • Learn about the recital.  At Studio 56 Dance Center, we offer an opportunity every year for our students to perform.  The recital, as it’s commonly known, is when each class performs a routine onstage and in costume, and family and friends watch the show from the audience.  Stay tuned all year to our emails and handouts for all the need-to-know recital info!
  •  Introduce yourself to the other parents.  We love building a community of like-minded moms and dads who understand our culture and enjoy having their children involved in dance.  Our super-friendly dance parents are some of the best people we know, so we encourage you to introduce yourself in the lobby.  Share stories, find carpools, plan playdates, or ask about their personal experiences at Studio 56 Dance Center! 

 Being a dance parent is pretty awesome but being a dance parent at Studio 56 Dance Center is even better!  We hope this primer serves you well and helps you feel welcome at the studio.  We’re glad you’re here!


We are excited to offer our students a chance to join us from their home stage for a LIVE online class in a format that will allow students to get direct feedback from instructors! We are so glad we can continue learning together in an interactive setting. 

We will be streaming our classes on Zoom! It’s easy! Clear out space at home to allow for movement, have your device set up, access the Zoom link provided in your upcoming classes on the Parent Portal and we’ll do the rest! 



  1. Log in to the parent portal, first time logging in?  No problem, select “Forgot my password” to finish setting up your account. 
  2. Click the drop-down navigation in top left corner, select “request a trial/drop-in class.” 
  3. Select the virtual season for your program (dance, preschool, or company)
  4. Select the class and choose the date you’ll need to attend at home
  5. REPEAT if you’re in multiple classes 


  1. Download the Zoom app on a tablet or computer that allows for video and audio.
    1. Tablet- Download Zoom from App Store or Google Play  
    2. Computer- Click on your class access link in the parent portal and then click “launch zoom” (If this is your first time using Zoom, you’ll be prompted to download a small executable file.)
  2. Space to dance- large enough to move around a little, but not much is required.
  3. An open mind! This is a new experience for all involved! Let’s encourage our students to look for the positives and opportunities for growth.


  1. Make sure you have an internet connection and are using a device that allows for both video and audio.
  2. Login into the parent portal, first time logging in?  No problem, select forgot my password to finish setting up your account. 
  3. Scroll down to “upcoming classes” and select the hyperlink under location. Then click “launch zoom” (If this is your first time using Zoom, you’ll be prompted to download a small executable file).
  4. When joining us check that your CAMERA IS ON and your MICROPHONE IS MUTED. Having multiple mics open created feedback noise making it hard to hear instruction.
  5. When the class is over, click “Leave” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then click “Leave Meeting” and you’ll exit out of the classroom. 


  1. Three minutes before your scheduled class, click the link and join the group. Arriving early will give you time to troubleshoot any issues you may come across.
  2. Please keep your video-enabled so your teacher can interact with you.
  3. Clear the space you are dancing in. Remove any household items, obstacles or hazards that could potentially harm you or those around you. Avoid slippery surfaces.
  4. Wear your dance clothing!


  1. Can’t see yourself? Make sure you enable your video by clicking the video icon so there is no slash through it.
  2. If your technology isn’t working, try closing all media players because they can interfere (iTunes, GooglePlay, etc) and then restart your computer.
  3. Calls often get dropped but don’t worry- just click on the same link and rejoin.

We can’t wait to see you and experience this new way of learning!  Your continued dedication to our mission to provide your child with invaluable life skills through dance ensures we can continue doing the work we do. 

If you have any questions, please reach out. We are here and ready to help!


Ms. Amy

The Benefits of Competition – Teamwork

Learning how to be a part of a team—how to lead, how to follow, how to support, how to communicate—is at the heart of everything our competition dancers do.  At Studio 56 Dance Center, we know that teamwork is a skill our competition students will benefit from for their whole lives, whether they choose to pursue dance long-term or not.

While all of our Studio 56 Dance Center students develop their teamwork skills in class, it is our competition dancers who “level up” that experience with their extra commitments to dance.  Within the group’s rehearsals and additional performances, the effects of teamwork become ingrained in each dancer, a part of their pulse.

Teamwork starts with bonding, something we encourage in our students with icebreaker games and team-building exercises.  These activities can seem silly on the outside, but their purpose is much deeper on the inside.  The dancers begin to develop a human connection with each other and feel more comfortable sharing words of advice and encouragement.  

As the season progresses, our competition dancers put their teamwork skills to the test while learning choreography and during practices.  Some dancers will be asked to lead; others will follow.  Each person’s role will depend on someone else’s, so everyone has to be willing to put in their full energy behind the movement.  A common goal now drives the team forward: to put forth their highest group effort for the best possible result!  

The teamwork skills that have been growing all season unfold at competition time, revealing the group’s strengths and support for each other.  By this time the dancers are well-synced, but if a conflict arises, we want to teach them how to navigate through it gracefully.  Teamwork isn’t always a smooth process—sometimes there are big emotions, disagreements, and occasionally tears.  Our students learn that this is normal and part of the process of building their teamwork muscles.  They’ll be even stronger teammates once they’ve worked through their problems.

In our experience at Studio 56 Dance Center, there is a point each season where our competition dancers, after working together for some time, unite together with a new understanding.  They discover that they can only go so far alone.  To achieve their goal and put forth their personal best, they must work together to lift each other up and fuel the team with positivity.  They realize that by raising everyone’s spirits, they also raise everyone’s potential for greatness.  (And it’s pretty amazing to see this happen!)

Working as a member of a team is something every person has to do in their life—over and over again, with different personalities and ideas.  Whether it’s a group project at school, a presentation at work, a family effort to pull together, or yes, a professional dance performance, teamwork skills benefit everyone in all walks of life.  We love that we have the opportunity to instill this knowledge in our competition dancers in a profound way.