February Newsletter 2018

02 - CupidHappy February!

Winter break

We will be closed for Winter Break from February 24th to March 2nd.

We will be open for President’s Day February 19th!


We want to say thank you for following the new courtesy of taking your shoes off when entering the studio.  On occasion, it can get a little crowded during the time in between classes when people are coming and going and we appreciate your patience each week!  We like to make sure all dancers and parents are utilizing the shoe racks to their fullest extent.  There are plenty of spaces for boots and shoes either on the shoe racks or on a may in front of the shoe racks.  It is hard for people coming into the studio to navigate through a maze of shoes when they are on the rug and not placed out of the way.  Thank you for your attention to this!

Share Week and Practice Videos

The last week of classes is a fun week at the studio! We take the time to share dances with our parents and with the other classes being held at the same time.  This helps the dancers get used to having an audience and to get excited about the progress they’ve made so far with their Recital pieces.  All the teachers also videotape this week in order to send out for practicing over break and beyond.  This means parents can sit back and enjoy the performances the dancers are putting on for them!

Bathroom breaks

We want to make sure our dancers are getting the most out of their time while at Joy of Dance, so please remind them to use the bathroom before leaving home or when arriving at the studio.

Important Message About Posting Dances to Social Media 

We LOVE to see pictures of our dancers having fun both inside outside of class, so please tag us when posting on FaceBook(@joyofdancenh) or Instagram(joyofdancenh).  However, we respectfully ask you not to post any videos of choreography you take during class or at any performances until after Recital takes place.  This is because rehearsal videos are meant for practice purposes only and are not performance ready for the public to see.  We also want people to be surprised at Recital!  After Recital, we are happy to see any videos you have taken of dances posted to social media.  In fact, we encourage it!  We just ask that you please tag us in your posts so people know where you dance and how to find us.  Thank you for your understanding on this!

Speaking of Social Media… Welcome to Miss Nicole as our new Social Media Coordinator!

If you haven’t checked out our Facebook or Instagram pages, head on over and check out the awesome posts Miss Nicole has been sharing! We are so excited about the creative and informative posts she’s been sharing with our dance family.  If you have any pictures of your dancer you’d love to share with us, send them on over and he or she may be included in our next exciting post!


Did you know that under the Events page on the website, you can click on one of our events(studio closings/openings, vacations, performances, etc.)and it will import all the information right into your Google Calendar or iCal on your phone??  This makes it easy to keep up with happenings at the studio! Make sure you check it out if you haven’t already.

Speaking of Events…

We would love to see some of our Joy of Dance family come out to support our dancers in their upcoming performances.  It’s a great time cheering on your fellow dancers, supporting a good cause and also getting to see many other talented dancers from surrounding studios perform.  There are two opportunities next month, Dancing to Make A Difference on March 3rd and Dance Northeast on March 10th.  We will also be performing at Barrington’s Creative Arts Festival on March 24th.  The Events page has more detailed information for you.

Sleeping Beauty Ballet Variations class

Miss Crystal will be holding a special variations class for dancers ages 10 & up. This is a great opportunity to test your ballet skills in a fun and challenging way!

For who: Dancers ages 10 & up who are registered in a ballet class.  Pointe dancers may take the class in their Pointe shoes if they wish, but it not required.

Date/Time: Saturday February 17th from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm.

Cost: $22 or $20 cash or check discount.

Registration– Register online through your portal.  Please note if you would like to pay with cash or check instead of the card on file.


Boston Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Trip!

On Saturday, May 12th at 1:30pm, we would like to take a group of dancers to go see the Boston Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty in Boston. Tickets are going fast, so we would need to purchase tickets ASAP.  The tickets are $110 plus a $6 processing fee.   I will need to know by 2/9 if you would like to attend.  If there are enough people interested, we can look into taking a bus down together as a group! Please email me to let me know of your interest.

Lost and Found

Later this month I will be heading to goodwill, so make sure to check out the lost and found next time you are in the studio.  Water bottles, clothes, and shoes are located in the top right cube in the cubbies.  If any of the teachers find shoes after class, we do try out best to set them aside behind my desk until we can find their owner.

Recital is June 9th and 10th!!!

Mark your calendars if you haven’t already! We will be sending out information on tights, shoes, hair, and accessories in the next few days.

Student Choreography Showcase

Any dancer ages 8 and older are invited on March 17th at 1:00 pm to audition for the Showcase.   Performing choreography for the Showcase is a great responsibility! We are auditioning dancers to make sure they are taking it seriously and are prepared with all the steps completed on or before the audition date.  There is a $5 audition fee per dancer.  Dancers must sign up for song approval before they start choreographing. Choreography pieces should be 2 minutes in length or less and MUST be fully completed at the time of the addition in order to be considered for the Showcase.  More information on this can be found on the Recital tab on our website. If the dancer has completed all steps on or before March 18th and makes it into the Showcase, there is a performance fee of $20 per dancer to cover the cost of running the Showcase. Audience members do not need to buy tickets for the Showcase.

Studio Keurig

In case you haven’t noticed, a couple of dance families got together and donated a Keurig to the studio! This is for everyone’s use.  There are currently some Dunkin’ Donuts cups and a refill cup that are free to use.  You may also bring your own favorite brew to use.  In the interest of saving trees, we ask that you bring a mug from home to use, as well as sugar and cream if you enjoy those in your coffee.

Illness Policy

As winter season has started, we are seeing more and more kids coming in with illnesses of varying degrees and types. We would like to take a moment and go over our policy for illness with you so we can help keep our studio and dancers as healthy as possible this school year.

Please make sure anyone coming to the studio either to attend classes or sit in the reception area, are free of the following symptoms for at least 24 hours WITHOUT medications before returning to class:
*Green Mucous
*Productive Cough

Remember that any class missed due to illness is able to be made up by attending either the same level or a level below for your child’s age range in any style they choose.

Thank you for helping to keep our dancers healthy!


Checking Dancer’s Absences

We wanted to remind you that you can check your dancer’s absences in your online portal! This feature is especially helpful if your dancer is working toward getting perfect attendance for the year, and to clarify if there are any classes to make up.  Occasionally a teacher might miss taking attendance, so if you know your dancer has a class to make up that isn’t showing up in the portal, you are still, of course, welcome to make that class up. Dancers in Pre-Dance classes and higher are eligible for Perfect Attendance.  We have found that is a great age for dancers to start to take responsibility in attending class each week to get the most out of their dance education.

To view your dancer’s absences, log into your online portal, click on “My students”, and choose the “Absences” tab (under Miscellaneous) toward the bottom of the screen. This will show any absences recorded for each student. I have included a screenshot below for a visual.














Thank you!

Miss Lindsey

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