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Dear Parents and Dancers:
MONTHLY TUITION – March tuition is due by Saturday, March 7th. Payments are considered late and subject to a $5.00 per week late fee if made after March 7th. Caroline Waller was our $50 YDA Gift Certificate raffle winner for the month of February. Congratulations, Caroline! Payments must be made by March 7th in order to participate in this month’s drawing for a $50 YDA Gift Certificate.
EASTER VACATION – The studio will be closed for Easter vacation from MONDAY, APRIL 6th – SATURDAY, APRIL 11th. Easter is Sunday, April 12th. Classes resume Monday, April 13th. Remember to mark your calendars now!
PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK REMINDER – Parent Observation Week is THIS MONTH, Monday, March 23rd – Saturday, March 28th. Make a note on your calendar if you haven’t already.
MAY 2020 RECITAL DATES – Below is a reminder of our confirmed recital dates for 2020.
The recital dates are as follows:
- Friday, May 1st at 7:00pm
- Saturday, May 2nd at 2:00pm
- Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00pm
- Friday, May 15th at 7:00pm
- Saturday, May 16th at 2:00pm
- Saturday, May 16th at 7:00pm
DRESS REHEARSAL DATES – Below is a reminder of our 6 confirmed June dress rehearsal dates for 2020. All dress rehearsals are on stage in the Greendale High School auditorium. The dress rehearsal dates are as follows:
- Friday, April 17th (late afternoon & evening)
- Saturday, April 18th (afternoon & evening)
- Sunday, April 19th (afternoon & evening)
- Sunday, April 26th (tentative date)
A specific schedule will be available in mid-March. Rehearsals are in full costume and make-up with proper required hairstyle.
RECITAL CONFLICTS – Please remember to let your teacher and the front desk staff know NOW if you will be unable to perform in one or more of your required recital performances so we are able to plan for your absence. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
RECITAL SHOES – Did you order your recital shoes yet? April is a busy time for shoe suppliers. Please have orders placed by the end of March. If you decide to wait we cannot guarantee you will have your shoes for your recital pictures in April. Check the shoe bulletin board in the hallway if you’d like to purchase or sell any used shoes.
RECITAL MUSIC – Everyone should have received a Dropbox link with all of the 2020 Recital music. If for some reason you did not, please stop at the front desk or send an email to the studio.
“ALL BOYS” RECITAL DANCE – Our first “All Boys Dance” Rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th from 2:00 – 3:00pm at Young Dance Academy. Please let us know in advance if you will not be in attendance.
RECITAL TICKET SALES – Recital tickets will go on sale on Saturday, March 28th at a limit of 10 per family during our first week of ticket sales. We use a lottery system for ticket sales, which will be explained in a separate email. Everyone seated in our audience requires a ticket. Children 3 and under do not need a ticket if seated on the lap of a parent. All seating is reserved and tickets are $15.00 each for all 6 performances. OUR TICKET LOTTERY SALE DAY IS SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH. If you do not participate in the ticket lottery you will have through Saturday, April 4th to purchase your 10-ticket limit or fewer. On Monday, April 6th any remaining recital tickets will go on sale first come – first serve at 4:30pm at the studio.
RECITAL PICTURE DATES – Class and individual pictures of your dancer in full costume are taken here at Young Dance in May. This year pictures will be taken on THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd, FRIDAY, APRIL 24th and SATURDAY, APRIL 25th. Schedules and picture package information will be available in April.
2020-2021 TECHNIQUE INTENSIVE (TI) PROGRAM AUDITIONS
Auditions for the 2020- 2021 Technique Intensive Program for dancers ages 7-12 years will be held
Friday, May 29th, 2020
(Times to be announced at a later date.)
Dancers Ages 13 and Older interested in auditioning for the 2020-2021 TI Program must submit an application and video if they were not involved in the 2020-2021 YDA TI Program. Please inquire for details.
Information packets will be available Monday, March 30th. This season’s TI Program information packet is currently being revised for the 2020-2021 season. Once the information packets are available, please read it over carefully so you are well informed of the requirements prior to the audition.
CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulations to the Technique Intensive Program dancers who competed in February at the New York City Dance Alliance convention/competition in Chicago, IL and the Hollywood Vibe dance convention in Chicago, IL! Check out our website for the detailed results. Our dancers will be attending the Tribute National Talent competition in Oswego, IL and the NUVO Dance convention/competition this month. Good luck, dancers!
SUMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION – A variety of classes will be held over the summer in our 8-week program from June 8th – July 30th, 2020. Summer classes at Young Dance Academy are offered during both daytime and evening hours Monday through Thursday, as well as Saturday mornings. We also offer 2-Day Themed Mini Dance Camps that are perfect for dancers ages 3-5. Mini Dance Camp classes are held Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the summer from 5:00 – 6:00pm beginning Tuesday, June 9th. Each week is a different themed class. Both of our summer programs schedules will be available and emailed to you on Monday, March 16th.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS HALF-TIME PERFORMANCE – The competitive dancers of the TI Program will be performing at half-time on Friday, March 27th, 2020 at the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Washington Wizards game at the Fiserv Forum. Make plans to attend the game with your family and cheer us on at halftime!
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – For those of you making weekend plans in advance, the studio will be closed for Memorial weekend Friday, May 22nd – Monday, May 25th.
Our last day of classes of our 2019-2020 regular season is Saturday, May 30th.
Thank you and think spring!
Sandy and Staff
Dear Parents and Dancers,
February is already here, and recital dances are well under way in all of the classes performing in the recital. Recital music Dropbox links were emailed in mid-December. If you are having trouble with this link, please email the studio. Remind your dancers to practice using the music we have provided. It is more fun and much easier to practice as you go, rather than waiting until the last minute to try and practice the entire dance as it gets close to the recital!
TUITION REMINDER – February tuition must be paid by Friday, February 7th (also any other past due tuition payments) to be eligible for the $50 gift certificate drawing. Late payments will incur a $5.00 per week late fee. Congratulations to Caroline Waller, winner of last month’s gift certificate drawing!
“ALL BOYS” RECITAL DANCE – As many of you know, each year all of the boys enrolled at Young Dance Academy are eligible to participate in our “all boys” number in the May recitals. All families with a boy enrolled at the studio have received an email with further details. Our first rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th from 2:00 – 3:00pm.
RECITAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE – The recital performance schedule will be emailed to you and available on our website Monday, February 3rd. My most important goal is to make sure that dancers in the same family perform all of their dances in at least one show together. This process is done so families do not have to purchase tickets for more than one performance if they do not desire to do so. Once the schedule is finished, NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE! Changing it would affect too many people so once it is done it is final. Please note that the majority of classes will perform in 2-3 shows.
I have done my best to work around dancers who had submitted recital conflicts, however it was impossible to accommodate everyone. If you find after reviewing the recital performance schedule that your dancer is unable to perform in a particular show, regardless of whether or not you submitted a conflict, you must let your teacher and the front desk staff know immediately. If a dancer is unable to perform in a particular show, we will find a replacement for that dancer for that specific performance.
RECITAL COSTUMES – Most dancers will receive their May recital costumes during the last week of February. The only exception would be if a particular costume or costumes are on back order.
RECITAL SHOES – Many people have recently asked questions about dyeing dance shoes for the recital. Please do not dye any shoes until just before recital pictures. Dye can be purchased at most cobbler or shoe repair shops. The elastic straps on ballet slippers cannot be dyed, so the elastic must be changed to match the shoe color. Laces on jazz shoes cannot be dyed and must also be replaced. When dying ballet slippers pink; choose a light pastel pink to match the pink ballet slippers sold at the studio. Test the color on scrap material before applying to dance shoes! Do not forget to check our bulletin board in the hallway in between the boys’ and girls’ dressing rooms. Even if you do not need shoes yourself, there are many people looking for shoes that you may have at home and can get rid of usefully. If you have put a note on the board and have sold shoes, remember to remove your note to make room for new notes. Also, the board in the hallway is for shoes and dancewear ONLY and not for any other advertising.
RECITAL DANCE PICTURES – Recital dance pictures will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 23rd, 24th and 25th at the dance studio. More information including an exact schedule will be available as we get closer to the month of April.
DRESS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE – The dress rehearsal schedule will be available no later than mid-March.
SNOW CLOSINGS – As a general rule, the studio is closed when Oak Creek Public schools close due to inclement weather. If you are unsure if we will be closed, please call the studio, check our website/social media and check on FOX 6 (Channel 6) or at www.myfoxmilwaukee.com. You may request a make up class if you so desire. As it states in our fall brochure, no refunds are given for classes canceled due to weather conditions. PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT CLOSE FOR PREDICTED STORMS.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!
Sandy & Staff
Dear Parents and Dancers,
We hope you are enjoying your holiday vacations and will be ready to return to classes in full swing beginning Saturday, January 4th!
MONTHLY TUITION – January tuition is due this week Saturday, January 4th through Friday, January 10th, 2020. Any payment made after Friday, January 10th is considered late and will require a $5.00 per week late fee. The winner of the $50 YDA Gift Certificate for December is Ryan Laskaskie! Congratulations, Ryan! Don’t forget to get your tuition payment in by January 10th to be eligible for our $50 Gift Certificate drawing for February!
RECITAL TIGHTS & SHOES – Please note the shoes and tights pictured in the recital costume book are not necessarily the style and/or color chosen for your dancer’s class. Please refer to the Complete Tights, Shoe & Hairstyle Sheet for the required tights and shoe style and color of your dancer’s class which was sent out on Monday, December 16th. PLEASE ORDER ALL SHOES BY EARLYMARCH! We encounter problems with shoes on backorder every year for those who wait too long to place their recital shoe order.
If you only need to change your dancer’s shoe color, most can be dyed (wait until just before recital pictures in April). If you need a completely different style of shoe than what your dancer already has and you do not wish to order a brand-new pair, you may post a shoe request on the bulletin board in between the boys and girls dressing rooms. State the shoe style, color and approximate size you need. Be sure to include your name and telephone number on the card as well. You may also post if you have used shoes as well. Do not wait until the last minute! Now is the time to try to sell or buy used shoes! Note: Please avoid putting your dancer in a position where they have the incorrect shoes. Please follow the shoe requirements to achieve a uniform look for the recital dance.
RECITAL MUSIC – All Young Dance families received an email with their dancer’s recital music on Monday, December 9th. You are able to listen to the music via Dropbox. Parents, please encourage your dancers to practice their recital dance with the music as often as possible!
IMPORTANT INFO CONCERNING BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR MAY RECITALS – We are so thankful and extremely appreciative of all of our parent volunteers who generously donate their time recital week each dance season. As you can imagine, we need to have backstage dressing rooms adequately staffed to take great care of all of the dancers, especially those youngest dancers who need lots of help with trips to the bathroom, costume changing and general attention. We hope you will consider volunteering for our May recitals!
INDIVIDUAL CLASS RECITAL PERFORMANCES – In early March, you will receive a schedule of when each class will perform in the recitals, May 1st (7pm) & 2nd (2pm and 7pm) and May 15th (7pm) & 16th (2pm and 7pm). Classes may perform in anywhere between 2 and 6 of the shows. Our audiences are getting larger every year and in order for your guests to see all of your children together during one performance, it is necessary that your dancer’s classes perform in at least two shows.
You do not need to attend more than one show as parents in the audience. You may drop your dancer off backstage with their assigned dance-sitter or stay backstage and be a volunteer. We will be asking for volunteers to help out backstage at a later date. ALL DANCERSARE EXPECTED TO PERFORM IN ALL PERFORMANCES FOR WHICH THEY ARE SCHEDULED so you need to reserve ALL show dates until the list is complete in the middle of March.
RECITAL TICKETS – This year we are again planning a ticket lottery to avoid any lines for purchasing recital tickets. Recital ticket sales will be held on Saturday, March 28th. More details will follow in the upcoming Newsletters. Recital ticket cost is $15.00 per ticketfor all shows. For more ticket information, please refer to our studio brochure.
SNOW CLOSINGS – Just a reminder… As it states in our studio policies, Young Dance will be closed and no classes will be held when the Oak Creek public schools close due to the weather. It is by judgment of the owner to close the studio due to inclement weather on Saturdays or during after school hours. If you are in doubt as to whether classes are being held, please call the studio for a recorded message or check on our website, www.youngdance.biz. No refunds will be given for classes canceled due to the weather. Dancers may attend a make-up class upon request. In addition, we are registered with Fox 6 and their Storm Team, so watch for our possible closing on TVs Channel 6 or www.fox6now.com.
UPCOMING DANCE CONVENTION – If you are interested in attending the New York City Dance Alliance dance convention in Rosemont, IL on February 15th & 16th, you must register at the front desk by Friday, January 10th. Conventions are open to all YDA students age 7 & older. There is also an opportunity for 5-7 year olds to attend convention classes in a program through NYCDA called “Ready, Set, Dance”. Dance conventions are a great way to provide our dancers with a chance to take classes with professionals from all over the country. It is also a way for parents to observe their young dancers in a competitive dance environment and therefore help to assess their level of interest in the “sport” of dance. Please see our front desk staff for pricing and registration details if interested!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Our spring Parent Observation Week is Monday, March 23rd through Saturday, March 28th. We are looking forward to having you all in the classrooms in March!
AS A REMINDER…Dancers may eat in the lobby area ONLY, not the dressing rooms or hallways. Thank you for helping to keep the studio clean and pest free!
Thank you & Happy New Year!
Sandy and Staff
Dear Parents and Dancers,
Thank you to everyone who attended classes during parent observation week last month! It was great to see so many of you! We hope you noticed as much progress and enthusiasm in your dancer as we do! If you have any questions or concerns please call or email the studio and your dancer’s teacher will get back to you promptly. All dancers should be confirmed in all classes at this time as recital costumes have been ordered. It will be difficult to make changes at this time.
CHRISTMAS VACATION – THE STUDIO WILL BE CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS VACATION FROM MONDAY, DECEMBER 23rd– FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd. CLASSES RESUME SATURDAY, JANUARY 4TH, 2020.
CONFIRMED RECITAL DATES!!! – Please make sure you received the October newsletter confirming our 2020 recital and dress rehearsal dates at Greendale High School. You are also able to download our monthly newsletters from our website as they become available at www.youngdance.biz. As it states in our studio brochure, dancers do not perform in every show. A performance schedule will be available in March. The performance schedule will list the recital dates in which your dancer’s class will participate.
DECEMBER MONTHLY TUITION – Don’t forget your December tuition is due beginning Monday, December 2nd. Any payment made after Saturday, December 7th is considered late and you will be charged a $5.00 per week late fee. Be sure to pay your tuition on time so that you are automatically entered into the raffle for our $50 Gift Certificate drawing. The winner of the $50 YDA Gift Certificate for November was Paisley Larson. Congratulations, Paisley!
DANCEWEAR ORDERS – Any items that were ordered by Saturday, November 16th will be in before Christmas vacation. Any embroidered or screen-printed items that are ordered after November 16th cannot be guaranteed for Christmas. However, you may still place an order and we will do our best to get it in by Christmas. Don’t forget to check out our apparel on the racks in the lobby!These items can be purchased off the rack and do not need to be ordered.
YOUNG DANCE ACADEMY GIFT CERTIFICATES – YDA gift certificates are available (any dollar amount) year-round. They make great Christmas gifts and are good for any purchases made at the studio, including monthly tuition!
SNOW CLOSINGS – As it states in our brochure, the studio will be closed and no classes will be held when the Oak Creek schools call a “snow day.” It is the judgment of the owner as to whether the studio will be closed due to bad weather on a Saturday or during after school hours. If you are in doubt as to whether classes are being held, please call the studio for a recorded message or take a look at our website at www.youngdance.biz. You may also log on to www.fox6now.com to confirm our snow closings. No refunds are given for classes missed due to a “snow day.” Your child may attend a make-up class upon request.
THIS MONTH – Most teachers will begin working on their classes recital dances this month since our recitals begin approximately six weeks earlier than they have in past years. Please make every effort to have your dancers in their classes on a regular basis. Watch for the “Tights & Shoe Style and Color” information sheet that will list each class and the shoes and tights that will be required for the May recitals.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Sandy and Staff
Dear Parents and Dancers,
MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS and ANNOUNCEMENTS – Please make sure that you are receiving our monthly newsletters, which are emailed to you once per month. Hard copies of the newsletters are also available in the studio lobby. If you did not receive the September or October newsletter(s), copies are available at the front desk or you can download newsletters from our website at www.youngdance.biz.
MONTHLY TUITION – Just a reminder, November tuition is due Friday, November 1st through Thursday, November 7th! Any payment made after Thursday, November 7th is considered late and requires a $5.00 per week late fee. The winner of the $50 YDA Gift Certificate in October was Aniyah Sanabria! Congratulations, Aniyah! Don’t forget to pay your November tuition by the 7th to be eligible for our $50 YDA Gift Certificate drawing for December!
PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK – PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd.
This is primarily for parents ONLY, as we do not have room to accommodate additional relatives and friends. The only seating available is the floor. You may bring a folding chair with you for your comfort. Please remember to be considerate of dancers, teachers and other parents and take crying and/or noisy children out of the room. Siblings are not permitted to wait outside the classrooms unsupervised. PLEASE TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND REFRAIN FROM CONVERSATIONS DURING YOUR DANCER’S CLASS AS A COURTESY TO BOTH THE DANCERS AND TEACHERS. Thank you for your cooperation in helping make observation week run smoothly!
PARKING LOT REGULATIONS – There will be an especially large volume of dancers and parents in the parking lot and on the street during Parent Observation Week. Please think of safety as your priority and not convenience each time you enter and exit our parking lot. Please strictly follow the guidelines below to ensure the safety of all:
* Please do not stop your car anywhere in the parking lot unless it is in an actual parking space!
* Do not sit in your vehicle waiting for your dancer unless it is in an actual parking space!
* Do not block the driveway or any part of the parking lot as it disrupts the flow of traffic! Keep your car moving unless it is in a space.
* Please always take young dancers by the hand and walk them in and out of the building. Watch for children at all times as they are often darting in between cars.
* Drive slowly at all times.
Remember that parking on the south side of Marquette Ave. is prohibited on Saturdays during open studio hours. Please remember to park only the north side of Marquette Ave. on Saturdays.
RECITAL COSTUMES – Dancers were measured for June recital costumes during the week of Monday, September 16th. Costume orders were placed the second week of October. Please make certain you are content with the classes in which you are enrolled. Changing classes will be difficult once the costume orders are placed.
Since we now order costumes 7-8 months before they are worn for our May recitals, we do allow for growth. In most cases, costumes are ordered an entire size larger than the measurements indicate. Costumes are ordered early as some companies take approximately 4-6 months to ship.
Recital costumes do NOT come custom fit! Sizing is “general” and most costume styles are available in child and adult sizes small, medium and large only. If someone appears to be in between sizes, we generally order the larger size. If costumes need to be adjusted in any way, it is the dancers’ responsibility to have alterations done. We cannot judge how much or how little each child will grow within 7-8 months. We are also dealing with many costume companies with different size charts and different manufacturers.
PLEASE, DO NOT EXPECT A CUSTOM FIT COSTUME and realize that you are responsible for having the costume altered. Also, please note that oftentimes costumes have to be ordered in a larger size for those with long legs to ensure a long enough leg for costumes that include a pant.
IMPORTANT – Dancers will receive more information about costuming including required shoe style and color during the first week of December.
UPCOMING STUDIO VACATIONS…
The studio will be closed MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 for Thanksgiving vacation.
The studio will be closed for Christmas vacation FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 . Classes resume on Saturday,
January 4 . I will remind you of these dates again in the December newsletter.
You will notice that December is a “short” month with vacation days for Christmas and New Years. As it states in our brochure, full tuition is paid every month no matter how many vacation days are in that month. Vacation days, etc. are figured into our yearly schedule so that each class receives the same number of classes per year no matter which day your dancer attends class.
TI PROGRAM NEWS – Thank you to all the dancers and their friends who attended our Spook-tacular Halloween-themed Dance Party on Saturday, October 19 . Everyone had so much fun! A portion of the profits will be donated to our Ari Harper Price fund which supports our Saturday morning Super Kids program.
TI dancers are taking orders for Poinsettia Plants NOW through Thursday, November 15 . Plants will be available for pick-up on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 . The plants come in a variety of sizes and range in price from $17.00 & up and are available in a variety of gorgeous colors.
We have been told that our prices are the most inexpensive people have seen! They are truly beautiful plants! Place your orders for poinsettia plants at the front desk or with any TI dancer TODAY!
MILWAUKEE BUCKS HALF-TIME PERFORMANCE – The competitive dancers of the TI Program will be performing at half-time on Friday, March 27th at the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Washington Wizards game at the Fiserv Forum. Come see our dancers perform to a mash-up of Prince music!
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS – Young Dance gift certificates in any monetary amount are available for purchase and make great holiday gifts! We have many YDA items on our dancewear racks including stylish leotards, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more! ALL CUSTOM ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH IN ORDER TO ENSURE THEY WILL BE IN BEFORE CHRISTMAS VACATION.
Hope to see you during Parent Observation Week!
Happy Thanksgiving! Sandy and Staff
OCTOBER TUITION – October is here and just a reminder, monthly tuition payments are due within the first 7 days of each month. Payments made after MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH are considered late and will require a $5.00 PER WEEK LATE FEE regardless of whether or not your dancer is absent during the first week of any given month. Please mail your tuition check to the studio if your dancer misses their class during the 1st-7th of the month.
Reminders: All 1st of the Month-Auto Pay payments will be debited from checking accounts/credit cards on the first of each month. If you have selected “Self-Pay by the 7th” and your tuition remains unpaid, your credit card on file will be charged and include a $5 late fee.
MONTHLY GIFT CERTIFICATE RAFFLE – Dancers whose monthly tuition is paid by the 7th of each month are eligible for our $50 gift certificate raffle. Our drawing is held on the 8th of each month. Gift certificates can be used for monthly tuition, recital tickets or dancewear including shoes and tights, and recital tickets.
IMPORTANT REMINDER – Our recitals will be held in May this season and recital costumes are being ordered NOW! Please be sure your dancers are enrolled in the correct classes at this time. It will be difficult to make changes after the next few weeks.
CLASS SCHEDULES – We hope that everyone is happy with their class schedules and enjoying the beginning of the dance season. Please remember to let us know of any questions or concerns you have throughout the year so we may address them right away. Please make sure you have read our agreements thoroughly so there are no surprises. Be aware, for example, that there is a limit on recital tickets and that you may not videotape our recitals as they are professionally videotaped. Please be informed! If you have questions, please refer to our Parent Portal or ask one of our front desk staff!
DON’T FORGET WHAT’S COMING IN OCTOBER! – Our Halloween Dance Party!
We are hosting our annual Halloween Dance Party on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cost is $20.00 per dancer. If you bring a friend not currently enrolled at Young Dance, you will receive a $10 credit to your account at Young Dance!Students age 4 & older only please (no parent supervision required). Costumes are encouraged… prize giveaways for the best costumes! Snacks and juice are provided along with crafts, games, treats, dancing, a haunted house and MUCH MORE! Sign up TODAY at the front desk!
REMINDER TO PARENTS and DANCERS – We would like to remind parents and dancers to please keep the hallways clear. Do not sit or stand in front of classroom doorways. Hallway conversation disturbs ongoing classes and makes it necessary for teachers to close their doors. Sitting in the hallways also interrupts traffic flow to and from the lavatories and locker rooms. Please enjoy our lobby! In addition, the lavatories are NOT to be used for changing clothes please! Use the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms only. Thank you for your consideration.
HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY AT YOUNG DANCE! – Just a reminder that Young Dance Academy offers birthday party packages! Birthday parties are available on Sundays between 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. OR 2:00–4:00 p.m. Book your party today as dates are filling up quickly! Cost is only $15.00 per party attendee and includes the following: set-up and clean-up, decorations in your choice of favorite colors, paper goods and utensils, snacks and juice, games, face painting, activities, and dancing!
PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK – Please make note that our first Parent Observation Week will be held next month Monday, November 18th through Saturday, November 23rd. This is primarily for parents ONLY, as we do not have room to accommodate additional relatives and friends. The only seating available is the floor. You may bring a folding chair with you for your comfort. Please remember to be considerate of dancers, teachers and other parents and take crying and/or noisy children out of the room. Siblings are not permitted to wait outside the classrooms unsupervised. PLEASE TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND REFRAIN FROM CONVERSATIONS DURING YOUR DANCER’S CLASS AS A COURTESY TO BOTH THE DANCERS AND TEACHERS. Thank you for your cooperation in helping make observation week run smoothly!
STUDIO DRESS CODE – Please make sure your dancer is coming to class with the proper dance attire. Street and school clothes are not acceptable. Dance clothes make you feel like a dancer and therefore the atmosphere is that of a dance class. I know we occasionally forget if we are coming right from school, but please be conscientious about being prepared for class. This includes proper hairstyle and dance shoes please! Students who continuously come to class without proper dance attire will be instructed to sit out of class and observe. Feel free to ask your child’s teacher if you have a question if a specific item they have is acceptable. PLEASE REVIEW THE DRESS CODE ON THE PARENT PORTAL!
REMINDER for OUR PRESCHOOL AGE DANCERS – Skirts and tutus are not to be worn to class as it states in our agreements under our dress code policy. It can be difficult for our youngest dancers to understand the “no skirt or tutu” rules if other dancers are wearing them. The purpose of this rule is for the dancer to focus on the activity of dance. Thank you for your help in this matter!
DANCERS IN COMBO CLASSES – Please make sure that your dancer has the proper regulation ballet shoes – ALL LEATHER OR CANVAS, NO-SLIP SUEDE OR CANVAS SOLE WITH ELASTIC STRAPS. Please have the proper shoes by the end of October. Orders placed here at the studio take approximately 2 weeks to come in if we do not have the shoes you desire in stock.
TAP DANCERS – Please make sure your dancer is able to walk on the balls of their feet without the heel of their shoe sliding off of their foot. It is difficult to tap dance properly on the balls of your feet if your shoes are too big.
NEW DANCEWEAR – New dancewear items are available for you to purchase off of our racks in the studio lobby at this time! More new items, colors and designs will be added throughout the season. You may special order items on our racks in the size you need if the size you desire is “sold out”. However, there will be an additional $5.00 per item “special order fee”.
MAY 2019 RECITAL DATES – The following recital dates are confirmed performance dates at the GREENDALE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. These dates are also listed in the studio brochure and on our website.
Friday, May 1st at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 2nd at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00pm
Friday, May 15th at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 16th at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 16th at 7:00pm
Ticket prices are $15.00 per reserved seat for all of our recital performances. Make careful note of the above listed show dates on your May 2020 calendar. Mark your calendars TODAY!
APRIL 2020 DRESS REHEARSAL DATES – In late March, you will receive a dress rehearsal schedule with exact dates and times that each specific class will rehearse on stage, in costume at the Greendale High School Auditorium. Each class will rehearse approximately 15-20 minutes onstage and spend approximately 35 – 40 minutes off stage for warm-up and off-stage rehearsing. The dates below are confirmed rehearsal dates. Remember you will not receive a specific rehearsal date and time for each particular class until March. Please put all rehearsal dates on your calendar until you receive an exact schedule.
Friday, April 17th
Saturday, April 18th
Sunday, April 19th
Tentative Additional Date: Sunday, April 26th
MORE 2020 RECITAL INFORMATION – Each dance class will perform in 2-3 of our 6 recitals. Please let us know immediately of any conflicts such as First Communions which often occur on Saturdays in May. We may be able to schedule around your conflict if we are notified early enough in the dance season. If a dancer is unable to participate in a schedule performance, we will have an understudy perform in your dancer’s place. It is important to know of any conflicts at least one month prior to a recital date so an understudy is able to adequately prepare to take a dancer’s place. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE TURNED IN CONFLICT NOTES.
OUR ANNUAL DECEMBER HOLIDAY SHOWCASE – We are taking a year off this season after 11 years of Young Dance Holiday Showcases. We felt having our holiday shows on Saturday, December 21st would be too close to the Christmas holiday and would therefore conflict with our YDA families’ own holiday celebration plans. We will resume our annual holiday showcase tradition in December 2020 with our performances to be held on Saturday, December 19th, 2020. Enjoy your holiday 2019 celebrations!
THANKSGIVING WEEK – Please note that the studio will be closed and no regular classes will be held the week of Thanksgiving, Monday, November 25th through Saturday, November 30th.
Sandy & Staff
We Are Young Dance – Creating Challenge to Inspire Success
WELCOME & WELCOME BACK!– We are so happy you are here with us this season as we begin our 37th year of dance education! Please let us know immediately of any problems or concerns so we can help to make this year’s dance experience memorable for all. Please leave a message at the front desk or on our studio voicemail if you have any concerns so we can address any situation immediately. Many student placement changes are made within the first few weeks of classes to properly place students within classes that suit them best. We make it our priority to accommodate every dancer as best we can. We want everyone to have a great dance year, so please feel free to call with any issues you feel need to be addressed.
IMPORTANT 2020 RECITAL DATES– Many of you who participated in our 2018-2019 dance season may recall me mentioning that our usual June recitals will be held in the month of May 2020. Greendale High School is remodeling their music wing immediately following Memorial Day weekend so we will be unable to utilize the auditorium in June 2020 for our end of season recitals. Listed below are our confirmed 2020 recital dates:
Friday, May 1st at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 2nd at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00pm
Friday, May 15th at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 16th at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 16th at 7:00pm
All YDA recital participants will perform on both weekends. In addition, classes will be held through the entire month of May. Mark your calendars now and watch for more dates to be announced regarding both dress rehearsals and recital picture days.
RECITAL COSTUME MEASURING– Since our recitals will be held so much earlier than in past years, we must order our recital costumes in October. Dancers will be measured for costumes beginning Monday, September 16th. It is imperative that dancers be settled into their appropriate classes by the end of September in order to have the correct costume ordered for each and every dancer.
MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS VIA EMAIL– Monthly newsletters are emailedto registered dancers whose current email addresses are on file at the studio. Newsletters will not be handed out to dancers in class. If you do not have access to email, your dancer can pick up a hard copy at the front desk beginning the first class of the month. Newsletters contain important information and notify you of important dates, upcoming events and activities. Monthly newsletters may also be downloaded from our studio website at www.youngdance.biz. Visit the website for important announcements and upcoming events at YDA along with news about our alumni!
In addition to monthly newsletters, emails are sent from our studio email, firstname.lastname@example.org. These emails are reminders concerning upcoming events, studio closings, etc. Please remember to provide us with a current email address to stay updated on studio announcements.
YOUNG DANCE ACADEMY APP–Young Dance Academy has an app! Keep updated with all the latest information all in one convenient place! Simply search for Young Dance Academyin the Google Play or App store to get started. All of our monthly newsletters will be available within the app as well.
SUMMER DANCE PROGRAM– Thank you to all of the dancers who took advantage of our 8-week summer dance program! Dancers were able to take class from many different teachers and try all genres of dance. Taking classes using our punch card system is a great way to enjoy your summer vacation and still continue to dance when it works into your schedule.
SUMMER INTENSIVE 2019 –Thank you to all who enjoyed classes in our 7th annual summer dance intensive! Master class teachers came from all over the country to teach our students for 2 weeks at the end of August. Plan to participate in the summer of 2020 during our 8th annual end of summer dance event!
DANCEWEAR AND SHOE SALE– On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th, we will be having a new and used dancewear and shoe sale from8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Stop in to see if you can fulfill shoe and dancewear needs for your dancer instead of purchasing new shoes, etc. for fall classes. You will definitely find some great deals! In addition, we will have many new dancewear items for you to purchase off the racks including Young Dance logo items! Stop in to take a look! Please note: The dancewear sale continues through the first week of classes, Monday, September 9th through Thursday, September 12thfrom 4:30 – 8:30pm.
SHOE ORDERS–At this time, we have many shoes in stock for you to purchase. Any shoes that need to be ordered take 1 – 2 weeks to arrive. If your dancer does not have proper dance shoes for the first few weeks of class, they may wear socks over their tights or go barefoot until their dance shoes arrive.
Please remember the shoes you order for class may not be the shoes you will need for the May recitals. You will be notified in January of the specific style and color shoe(s) your dancer(s) will need for the June recitals. Make sure your dancer is with you when you are ordering / purchasing shoes, as they need to be fitted for a size. If you choose to purchase ballet slippers somewhere other than the studio, please note that some retail stores market a mock “ballet slipper” that have slippery soles and no elastic straps. Please make sure you are purchasing a regulation ballet shoe, leather or canvas, with a suede sole and elastic straps.
MONTHLY TUITION PAYMENTS– OCTOBERTUITION IS DUE THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER. All payments made after MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th are considered late and are subject to a $5.00 per week late fee charge. Please note, if you fail to pay your $5.00 per week late fee, it is recorded, and you will be billed for any unpaid fees in March. Dancers do not receive costumes in March unless all unpaid fees are paid in full. A $20.00 service fee is charged on all returned checks. Please note: We do NOTsend out reminders for monthly tuition payments. YOU ARE NOT SENT A MONTHLY BILL.Please visit our Parent Portal and select “Auto-Pay on the 1st” to avoid any late fees.
MONTHLY GIFT CERTIFICATE RAFFLE– Dancers whose monthly tuition is paid by the 7th of each month are eligible for our $50 gift certificate raffle. Our computer-generated raffle feature will choose a winner randomly from those who are paid by the 7th of each month. Our drawing is held on the 8th of each month. Gift certificates can be used for recital tickets or dance wear including shoes and tights.Gift certificates may also be used towards your monthly tuition payment.
IMPORTANT –Monthly tuition payments are the same each month regardless of how many days/weeks of classes are held during any particular month. Vacation days are figured into our yearly calendar and each dancer receives the same number of classes per dance season regardless of which day of the week a class is held.
- NOeating or drinking allowed beyond the lobby, including hallways, locker rooms and classrooms! Make sure all aluminum cans/plastic bottles are emptied before placing them in the recycling receptacle located in the lobby. PLEASE DO NOT THROW GARBAGE INTO THE RECYCLING RECEPTACLE.
- Dancers must adhere to the studio dress code including proper shoes and hairstyle. Please review the studio dress code printed in the studio brochure or on our website. NO “street” clothes of any kind!
- Parents of preschool dancers – Please remember no leotards with skirts or tutus attached. Preschool dancers tend to “play” with their skirts and not focus as well on the activity of dance.
HALLWAY TRAFFIC– Please keep out of the hallways as much as possible and conversations to a bare minimum. Talking and other noises disturb ongoing classes. Parents need to remain in the lobby while classes are in session to keep hallways free of congestion. Do not sit in the hallway or classroom doorways at any time. Please do not be offended if a teacher closes their classroom door as students are easily distracted by hallway activity. We do appreciate your cooperation in this matter!
DRESSING ROOMS– There is no food or drink allowed in the dressing rooms at any time! All food and open drinks are to be consumed in the lobby only! We like to keep our facility pest free! Lockers are provided for the Technique Intensive Program dancers as they spend between 12–20 hours per week at the studio. NOTE: ONLY FEMALES ARE ALLOWED IN THE GIRL’S DRESSING ROOM. NO DADS PLEASE! MALES ARE ONLY ALLOWED IN THE BOYS’ DRESSING ROOM.
Please hang jackets and sweaters on the hooks provided. Keep shoes and dance bags under the benches or next to the walls so dancers can move about the locker room without tripping over others’ belongings. MAKE SURE ALL SHOES (DANCE and STREET SHOES) AS WELL AS JACKETS AND COATS ARE MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME! Countless numbers of coats and shoes have been mistakenly taken home and never seen again. If you plan to bring money for refreshments, please bring it in a small coin purse and bring it into class with you. Teachers will keep it for you until after class. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ITEMS OF VALUE TO THE STUDIO AND LEAVE THEM UNATTENDED IN THE LOCKER ROOMS.
THANKSGIVING VACATION– The studio will be closed for the entire week of Thanksgiving, Monday, November 25th through Saturday, November 30th. I wanted to get this information to you as early as possible for those planning vacations. Classes will resume Monday, December 2nd.
BEVERAGES & SNACKS– A beverage machine is located in our lobby with Pepsi products: Prices range from 75¢ to $1.50. We also have an array of snacks available for $1.00 each. Kraft Easy Mac is available as well for those who need a quick & easy dinner or snack for $1.50 each.
YDA’s Annual Halloween Dance Party 2019 – Our annual Halloween Dance Party will be held on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost is $20.00 per dancer OR bring a friend not currently enrolled at Young Dance and you and your friend pay a discounted price of only $15.00 per person! Students age 4 & older only please (no parent supervision required.) Costumes are encouraged… prize giveaways for the best costumes! Snacks and juice provided along with crafts, games, dancing and MUCH MORE! Sign up TODAY at the front desk! ALL profits from this event will benefit the dancers attending Dance Excellence 2020 in Los Angeles! Come dance the night away with your friends… we know you’ll have a SPOOK-taculartime!
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask any one of our front desk staff and they would be happy to assist you in finding the answers you need!
Happy Dancing to All!
- Boogie 80% 80%
- Groove 30% 30%
- shake 40% 40%
Young Dance Academy, Inc.
181 W Marquette Ave
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Monday: 4:30 - 9:30pm
Tuesday: 4:30 - 9:30pm
Wednesday: 5:30 - 9:30pm
Thursday: 4:30 - 9:30pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed