December 2015 Newsletter
Nutracker 2015: Our Nutcracker is set for December 12 and we now have TWO shows—a 2pm and a 6pm show! Our show is held at St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ’s Faith Hall (307 West Clay in Collinsville). Admission is a new toy (geared towards children ages 8+), a boxed pasta item (mac n’ cheese, hamburger helper, etc.), paper item, or hygiene item per person. All donations will be given to the Collinsville Food Pantry.
Christmas Break: Our studio will be closed December 22-January 3 for Christmas Break. Classes will resume January 4.
Christmas Bash: Our 2nd annual Christmas Bash will be held on Saturday December 5 from 10am-12pm. It will be a pajama party with breakfast/brunch snacks, a DJ, craft, games, and more. This is a FREE event for current dancers. Parents are welcome to join us at 11:45am when we make our 2016 recital theme announcement — this is the first time we have ever announced our June recital before January!
January Payment & Costume Fee: January’s regular monthly payment and a $65 costume fee/dancer for ballet/tap or ballet/tap/jazz classes. Acro students will need an additional $65 costume fee as well. There will be a $20 late fee for paying the costume fee after January 10.
Christmas Parties: Monday ballet/tap/jazz dancers will have their Christmas parties on December 21st. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ballet/tap/jazz (even ballet/tap only or pre-dance only) will have their parties December 15-17 in class. All ballet/tap/jazz dancers except for Monday 6-8:30 should bring a wrapped $5 gift exchange with no name in the “To” portion of the name tag and their own name in the “From” portion. Dancers are invited to bring treats to share with the class. Acro classes will not have a gift exchange, but are welcome to bring treats for a party. Grace Dance Company, and Mon. 6-8:30pm dancers will have a $10 Secret Santa exchange on the above dates and will NOT do the regular $5 gift exchange.
Christmas Parties Dress Code: We invite dancers to wear holiday shirts or ugly Christmas sweaters to your dance class party! These should be worn on top of regular dance clothes. Other festive wear is welcome.
Variety Show Sign-Up: Dancers interested in performing a solo, duet, trio, or small group in our 2016 Variety Show (the “pre-show” before our recital) should sign up for a practice slot this week. Practices begin in January. Dancers will need to bring a copy of their music to leave at the studio and a $65 costume deposit for this special routine, and they will pick out their costume at their first practice. Most practices meet for a half hour every other week from January-May. The cost per half hour is $30 for a solo, $15 per dancer for a duet, $10 per dancer for a trio, or $7 per dancer for a small group of 4 or more. Some dancers prefer to meet every week for a half hour, or every other week for an hour—please occupy these slots on the correct pages when signing up. Participation in our Variety Show is completely OPTIONAL!! Performing a routine in a show like this is a great way to showcase your dancer’s hard work and talent! Also, this gives the dancers the chance to have a say in their costume, song choice, and even choreography preferences. Practice slot sign-up will be on the counter in the kitchen area.
Poms: If your dancer is currently in an hour and a half dance class (ballet, tap, jazz) and is interested in adding a pom class to their schedule, please sign up in the hallway. This sign up is to generate interest only, and we are looking at having the class run 5-5:30 on Tuesdays. Pom classes are a half hour in length and will add to your monthly rate accordingly (making it only $3-4/class!). Pom classes will begin either in January or February and the class will require an additional costume fee (TBD—price will include a costume and poms).