January Newsletter 2018

Yellow Sparkly New Year Card
Happy New Year Joy of Dancers!

I hope your holidays were filled with happiness, good food and great company as mine was!  Classes resume Tuesday, January 2nd at the NEW STUDIO, located at 29 Calef Highway in Lee.  We can’t wait for you to see it!

A Couple of Important Notes About The New Studio

Parking- We have been working with the DOT for several months on making a better flow for the driveway and parking lot.  However, we did not receive approval for a final plan in time before it snowed and the ground froze.  Becuase of the delay, the parking lot might be a little confusing without a clear path to follow.  Below is the link to what the plan will look like when we add a landscaped island to the driveway.  Please try to follow this flow from the beginning to make the parking lot as safe as possible.

Parking Layout_InterimStudio

Speaking of safe- The parking lot has been sanded several times, but with the frigid weather we’ve been having there is a lot of icy patches.  Please take care when walking in the parking lot and using the stairs to the side.

Bathrooms- There are two bathrooms in the reception area, a small one in the front and a handicap/family one with a changing table to the right of it. There is also a bathroom in Studio Teal for dancers to use while in class.

Studio Names- The three studios will be Studio Teal, Studio Yellow, and Studio Purple.  Please refer to the schedule on our website to know which studio your class is in.

Viewing Class- In the reception area there are three monitors on the wall that will be linked to cameras in each room for parents to view while their dancers are in class.  We’ve had a few technical issues with the cameras we’ve ordered, so they will not all be up and running the first week.  It is our goal to have it up an running by the second week of classes.

Tuition box- This will be located on the L-shaped office wall facing the bathroom.

Welcome, Miss Abby!- We are so excited to announce that Miss Abby will be joining the Joy of Dance Staff this year! She is teaching Combo 1 on Mondays.

Miss Abby has been dancing at Joy of Dance for 15 years, training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and most recently Tap. She continues to be a part of JoD’s Adult dance classes and Alegria Dance Company, and even had the opportunity to take classes in England! She has worked with children of all ages through Joy of Dance’s Apprenticeship program, assisting both Miss Lindsey and Miss Linda.  At the tender age of eight, Miss Abby began choreographing and performing her pieces on stage. Most recently she choreographed, “The Sound of Silence,” for Alegria Dance Company.
Miss Abby is currently studying Business Administration at the New Hampshire Technical Institute and has always dreamed of teaching dance. She is thrilled to be joining the Joy of Dance team and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance and passion for performing with every student she teaches!

Grand Opening Celebration Saturday, January 6th

We are so excited to finally celebrate moving into our new home at 29 Calef Highway in Lee!  Current and new families are welcome to come enjoy fun, food and check out the new space.  In the spirit of celebration, new families will have their registration fee waived!  Stop by to check us out on Saturday, January 6th from 1pm-5pm, and bring a friend to try out one of our free trial classes:
Frozen Wonderland class- 2:00pm-2:45pm ages 3-7
Intro to Ballet 3:00pm-3:30pm ages 11 & up
Intro to Jazz 3:30pm-4:00pm ages 11 & up

New Classes and Dance with Me are still open for registration!

We are still accepting registrations for our new classes starting January 2nd!  We are starting several new classes in the new studio – some are existing classes being offered at new times, and others are brand new to expand opportunities for dancers.  Please visit our website www.joyofdancenh.com and choose Schedule 2017-2018 under the classes tab to see a list of all the new class sessions.  Registration for our new classes will close Sunday, January 14th, and Dance with Me registration will remain open until March 1, 2018.

Costume Remainders

The remaining $30 of costume fees are due January 1st and must be paid by the 1oth.  Costumes are ordered on January 11th for up-to-date accounts only.  This includes tuition as well as all costume fees.  Accounts must be current (January tuition and costumes paid in full) by January 10th. Costumes will not be ordered for accounts that are not up-to-date.  Accounts that are not current prior to costume ordering (by end of day January 10th) will incur a $10.00 shipping charge per costume for late costume orders and run the risk of not receiving the costume(s) in time for Picture Day and possibly even Recital.

**Costume Measurements**

Costume companies do not accept returns.  Therefore, once the costume is ordered in January, it can not be canceled or returned for a refund if the need should arise.  We know our younger dancers can grow quite a bit between when we measure in December and when recital comes along in June.  To account for this, we add 2 inches to the girth (the leotard size) and always size up.  Better to take in some straps than to have it be too small!  If the costume seems a little small,  most costumes come with extra room in the straps, so they can be taken out if needed.  We are happy to discuss sizing for your dancer’s costumes if you feel this could be an issue.

Recital Date Reminder

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Recital weekend at Oyster River High School in Durham June 9-10th, with tech rehearsals June 5th and 6th.  It feels far away now, but it will be here before we know it!

Speaking of Recital, we will be starting choreography for our recital dances this month!  We ask that our dance parents speak to their dancers about the importance of making a commitment to their classmates to finish out the dance year.  Formations are specific to each number of dancers in the piece and can be hard to re-do if a dancer decides not to continue.  Dance is a team sport and everyone depends on each other in order to put on a great show! Thanks so much for your understanding and help on this!

7th Annual Sleepover!

The Joy of Dance Sleepover will be Saturday, January 27th!  Dancers will learn a combo, share recital pieces, play dance games and have lots of fun!  We provide pizza, snacks, and drinks.  Drop off will be between 5:15pm- 5:30pm and pick up between 7:45am- 8:00am.  All dancers in classes for ages 8 and older can sign up.  Space is limited and the fee must be paid(cash or check) when you sign up.  There will be a sign-up sheet and permission slips at the studio front desk.  Dancers wishing to attend the sleepover, but not stay the night must leave by 11:00pm when we lock the doors.   The cost for all dancers(either staying over or leaving at 11:00pm) is $25 per dancer and $15 for each additional dancer in the family.

Student Choreography Showcase

Any dancer ages 8 and older are invited on Saturday, March 17th at 1:30pm to audition for the Showcase.  Choreography for the Showcase is a great responsibility!  We audition 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 and a sign-up sheet is on Miss Lindsey’s desk at the studio.  Choreography pieces 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 17th 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.

Important Message About Posting Dances to Social Media

As we start to work on our recital pieces, I want to send a note about posting 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 and/or Instagram (@joyofdancenh).  However, we respectfully ask you not to post any videos of choreography you take during class or at any performances.  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!

Leaps and Turns Workshop

On Saturday, January 13th, we will be holding a Turns and Leaps Workshop.  Any dancer enrolled in a ballet class for ages 8 and up is invited to attend the workshop where they will work to improve their technique, as well as learning new technique!  The cost is $20 per dancer. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up through your portal today.

11:00-12:30 ages 8-11

12:30-2:00 ages 12 & up

Spring Events on our Website 

We will be updating all upcoming events on our website, so please make sure to check back often.  If you have a google calendar or an iPhone, you can import the event directly into your calendar and not have to worry about missing a thing!

Mark your calendars!- We will be open on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15th.


Happy New Year!

Miss Lindsey

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