September Newsletter 2017

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Hello to both our new and returning families! We look forward to welcoming all the new students into the Joy of Dance family and reuniting with our returning students when classes start on Saturday, September 9th.

A couple of important notes as classes start:

New Location Coming Soon!

In case you haven’t heard yet, Joy of Dance has found a new home less than 4 minutes down the road at 29 Calef Hwy in Lee! Our new home is currently being renovated and will be open for classes starting January 1st, 2018.  It will have three spacious studios, a large reception area(yay!), dressing rooms and plenty of parking. If you are interested in helping out at all, please check out our FaceBook group where we will be posting updates and opportunities to volunteer- https://www.facebook.com/groups/292979947844040/?source=create_flow.   We are beyond excited for the new studio and to share in this journey with you all!

Parents’ and Students’ Handbook

This year we put together a handbook to help keep information easy to find, all in one place.   If you haven’t already read through it, please do so at your earliest convenience. You can find it under the About tab on our website or a hard copy can be available upon request. This is the best reference for any questions you might have.  If you are unable to find the answer to your question after looking through the Handbook, feel free to contact us at office@joyofdancenh.com and we would be happy to assist you.

Email is how we communicate all of our important messages to you.  To ensure you are receiving our emails, please add jackrabbittech.com to your safe list.  You can also view all our sent messages through your portal when you log in. We recommend checking there if you find you haven’t been receiving monthly emails from us.

Reception Room and Outdoor Area 

Joy of Dance is a place where our staff and many dancers(and some parents too!) think of as their home away from home, we ask that you and your guests treat the space accordingly.  Please return any moved furniture to their original places, clean up any spilled food or drinks, empty drinks before placing them into the trash, etc.  Last year we had a big problem with spilled coffees.  I totally understand spills happen, but please let one of the staff know as soon as possible so we can address it.   If you have a moment to take care of it yourself, there are paper towels and carpet cleaner on the shelf to the left inside the closet behind the desk.

This courtesy should also be extended when using the space outside.  The chairs should remain around the fireplace, and trash should be picked up and brought with you, not placed inside the fire pit.  Parents, please make sure your dancers and siblings know that the teether ball is off limits for swinging on.  It is dangerous and breaks often due to kids swinging on it.

Thank you so much for your attention on this matter.  We want to make sure we start the area off great!

For those who plan to wait in their car while their child dances- The owner of the Adagio and Dante’s would like us to be respectful of those needing to park for the salon and/or restaurant.  Please drop your child off then park at the far end of the parking lot until your child is ready to be picked up again at the end of his or her class.  Thank you!

Recital DVDs are (finally!)available for pickup at the studio. We truly appreciate your patience for waiting a few extra weeks.

Water Bottles- We do have tap water in the mini fridge, but we ask dancers to bring water bottles into the studio for class. Dancers ages 8 and up should consider a water bottle part of their dress code.  It’s important to stay hydrated and not interrupt class by having to leave to get water from the mini fridge.

Missed classes and makeups- If you know ahead of time that you are going to be absent from class, we would love an e-mail so we won’t worry. Missed classes can be made up with teacher permission anytime until the end of May, and even proactively when there is advance notice. Keeping up with attendance from the beginning is a great way to stay on track for perfect attendance, too!

Perfect Attendance- At the end of the year, dancers who have not missed any classes, or attended all makeup classes, will receive a Perfect Attendance award the last week of classes as well as being recognized at Recital.  Dancers in classes for ages 5 and up are eligible to receive a Perfect Attendance Award.  Working towards earning their awards helps instill a sense of accomplishment, as well as teaching dancers the importance of hard work and dedication.  You may view absences by signing into your account on our website, click on the Students tab then the Absence tab under the miscellaneous section.

Dress code- For questions about appropriate/required class attire, please refer to the Dress Code section of the Handbook. If you placed an order at one of the Open Houses, they will be available on your first day of class for pickup. I will leave the items out on my desk with your name on it in case I am in class when you arrive.

 

Private lessons are available to any student who would like extra work outside of regular classes. Please contact info@joyofdancenh.com with any questions.

FaceBook Page- If you haven’t liked our page yet, head on over and do so! Once you do, make sure you go to the More tab and check the get notifications button so you don’t miss our posts. We often post pictures of classes, important studio information, as well as contests where you can win free stuff! Starting September 1st, we are highlighting our amazing staff by posting some fun facts about them each day leading up to the start of classes. We encourage you to share each post so your friends and family can get to know us as well and have the chance to win a free t-shirt! You can also find us on Instagram- @joyofdancenh.

Tuition- Please make sure you have thoroughly read the Tuition page on the handbook.  Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about tuition, office@joyofdancenh.com.

Team andTroupe Competition Fees Due

Competiton fees of $45 per dancer per dance for teams and troupes are due October 1st.

 

We are looking forward to another great year and hope you have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

-The Joy of Dance Staff

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