Back to Dance 2016-17
Hello, and welcome (back) to GYDA!
The teachers and I are so excited for this new dance season. So far this summer we’ve launched our new online registration system (including auto-pay with credit cards! Yay!), started our 2016-17 competitive dance season with Grace Dance Company members, added to our More Than Just Great DancingTM curriculum, and spent countless hours working on a fabulous new dance season at GYDA. We are excited and eager to bring you your best year with us yet! And—we’re happy you’re with us! Below is a summary and a glance ahead for this upcoming year. I will be in touch soon with more details/reminders!
Happy Dancing, Ms. Abby
More Than Just Great DancingTM: In 2015 our studio joined a licensed group called More Than Just Great DancingTM. A friend of mine had joined the group earlier that year and I LOVED what I was seeing. After I did my research I realized I had found a group of dance studio and gymnastic school owners who have a heart for family, wholesome values, giving back to the community, and children.
These people really valued excellent customer service and running successful businesses. I had seen enough—I knew that their values aligned with ours and I couldn’t wait to join. After a phone interview with owner Misty Lown, a background check, and a few emails, we were accepted! It has now been almost a full year since joining and this has been one of my best decisions I’ve made this far in the business world as it keeps me constantly learning, in the know, and surrounds me with a wonderful support system. Throughout this year you will see us doing things to give back to our community (like our annual Nutcracker), really celebrating our dance family (our annual Christmas Bash), and more!
We want to be a dance studio that really DOES offer you more than just great dancing! This is why we teach your children about respect, loving others, fairness, and many other life skills. We only want the BEST for you and your family.
New Staff: At this moment we are happy to welcome Ms. Leah to our staff! Ms. Leah is our very own GYDA alumni and many of you have seen her subbing in the past two years at our studio. We are finalizing a new hip hop teacher and a new office admin person and will announce those when everything is final!
Nutcracker 2016: Each year our studio does a variation of the Nutcracker ballet. We raise food, toys, hygiene items, and paper items for the Collinsville Food Pantry. This is a smaller performance held in Collinsville. Most dancers who participate will come to an extra weekly practice to learn their routine.
The cost per Nutcracker group practice is $5 (main character solos are $10). There is also a performance fee which covers a costume rental. Unlike recital where you purchase and keep your performance costume, we rent out Nutcracker costumes to keep down the cost. Dancers in 7th-12th grade are invited to audition for a main character role. Main character practices are $10 each. For more information on our upcoming Nutcracker show, please attend a parent informational meeting at the studio on September 1 at 5:30pm
Sunshine Committee: This year we are introducing our first ever Sunshine Committee. This is a group of dancers ages 6+ who LOVE to dance but aren’t interested or ready for the competition world. These girls will learn three (perhaps more) routines to perform at various places throughout the school year (including Italian Fest, Nutcracker, etc) particularly focusing on places where CHEER and SUNSHINE is needed (nursing homes, children’s hospitals, etc.). We are asking the HAPPIEST and BIGGEST SMILING dancers to sign up because we want to bring the joy of dance to our community. We may also be doing other things for the community as needs or opportunities arise to really instill the gift of giving back. This is a non-competitive group with an extra commitment above normal dance classes but with costs kept as low as possible. This group will have choreography camps in August so they can be ready for their first performance in September. For more information, email the studio! If there are enough 4-5 year old dancers interested I am open to making a second, less demanding branch of the Sunshine Committee as well!
Grace Dance Company: Our 2016-17 GDC season has begun! Our competitive dance team this year has added new members and already started diving in to learning combinations that will be put into their competitive numbers. We will be auditioning for new members for GDC next spring and welcome any interested dancers ages 7+ who have been dancing for a minimum of 3 years! We would love to see you at our competitions and other performances this year!
Recital 2017: Last year’s performances of Annie and A Mickey Mouse Showcase were AWESOME! Our dancers put in a lot of hard work throughout the year and it showed. We have listened to the requests to move our show from a Thursday night to a Saturday and are working with the Belleville Township School District to make that happen! Stay tuned for an approximate date!
Christmas Bash 2016: Our 2016 Christmas Bash (studio-wide Christmas Party/2017 Recital Theme announcement) date will be announced SOON!
Costume Fee Due Date: NEW this year—instead of your $65 costume fee per class fee having a due date of January 10, we are moving this up to November 10 to ensure earlier costume arrival dates.
Because this is before Christmas, families may pay ahead for these fees if they would like so they won’t have to pay them all at one time in November. The remaining balance per costume of $15 will still be due in May. Ballet/Tap/Jazz classes all wear the same costume for all routines, however hip hop, acro, lyrical, pointe, poms all require additional costumes if you are enrolled in those classes.
Policies/Reminders: Be sure to check out this year’s FAQ and Financial Guide to be in the “know” about dress code, tuition due dates, and more!