WELCOME! A very special welcome to all our “new” dancing faces! We are so excited to have you be a part of our dancing family. We have a number of fun things coming up and can't wait to have you join us. We look forward to developing great friendships and memories with all of you. Please read all our monthly newsletters carefully so you can stay up to date on announcements and activities. DON’T FORGET: ALL NEWSLETTERS ARE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE!
View the special welcome video from the Director, Amy Simkins, HERE!
NEW WELCOME FOLDERS AND RELEASE FORM: Every Fall we have everyone sign a new release form. This helps us update our records and also reminds you of our policies. Dancers will be bringing their welcome folders home from class this month. Please bring the release form back to your next class. It can also be found HERE. We need your form turned in to have your dancer participate in classes. Thanks for your help!
SEPT 13TH | PARENTS NIGHT OUT! Centerville Studio- 6:00-10:00pm “Minions Party!”
Need a date night? Our Parent’s Night Out allows you to hit the town…with ADULTS ONLY! While you get some much-needed “adult time,” your kids will get some “kid time!" The best part is that they are in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Our instructors will jam the night full of fun activities, crafts, games and more. We will wear them out just in time for bed! Cost is $15 per child and will include pizza for dinner! Our new extended night allows time to go to dinner AND a movie! Ages 3+ and must be potty trained. You do not need to be a current student to come! Register on our online sign up form.
SEPT 23-26th | BRING A FRIEND TO DANCE WEEK! We love bring a friend to dance week! Invite one friend to attend a class with you so they can see how much fun you have at dance! Friends will need to have a guardian sign the trial class waiver. This can be filled out at the studio.
FUNDRAISER- FAT BOY ICE CREAM! We want to give you the opportunity to help earn some money towards performances and class expenses by providing you with a few fundraisers during the year. Our first fundraiser opportunity of the year will be selling FatBoy treats! Get a head start by looking over all the info on the calendar page of the website HERE!
CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE! Our first performance of the year will be December 14th. We will be showcasing our dancers in 30-minute shows at “Dance For Life!” This is a benefit concert that supports our annual pajama drive! YOU NEED TO SUBMIT YOUR CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE! The consent is included on your policies waiver, or can be filled out online soon. Performance times will be emailed by October 10th. (Not for Diaper Dancers, Tiny Tots, Barely Threes, or tumbling classes)
PAJAMA DRIVE, BENEFIT CONCERT: Every year we reach out and touch someone's life by doing a group community service project. We are going to join up again with our sister studios for a Pajama Drive. It’s time for our dancers and their families to get a head start on collecting pajamas and books for those in need. All pajamas and books will be donated locally during the Holidays. Start watching for those deals TODAY!! We will need all sizes from infant to adult.
PARENT OBSERVATION DAY: Parent observation day is the last 10 minutes of your child's LAST class of the month. On this day please be courteous by keeping the noise level down and do not bring other young children. We would like to minimize distractions as much as possible to allow for maximum progress in our classes.
ONLINE PARENT PORTAL: The account you created online can be updated at any time. From the home page on our website, www.dancetoexpress.com, click “parent portal” in the navigation, and then log in to update contact and billing information, see an itemized statement of charges and payments, register for new classes, view your schedule, and make payments. You can also reset your password any time.
FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOL DANCERS: Hello Preschool Dance Parents! We are excited to have a section each month in the newsletter just for preschool dancers! This month our theme is “a need for speed.” We are going to learn about all the different ways we can move. We encourage you to get involved and have them practice their skills at home! This month we are focusing on: walks, jumps- using levels, plie and releve, curtsey/bow, arm placement, and smiling.
PRESCHOOLERS- ADD A PERFORMANCE CLASS TO YOUR SCHEDULE! Does your little dancer love to be onstage? Then our LEAP Program is perfect! This class is taken in addition to any Preschool Dance class or the Academic Preschool Program and is held once a week for an additional $25/month.
Dancers will perform (about) monthly at local events and be required to purchase one costume ($65) for the entire year! No audition required. Performance classes will start in September. Register online or email the office for more information.
Dancing Dolls Performance Group – ages 3-4. Mondays 6:15-7pm @ Btfl
Little Leapers Performance Group – ages 4-5. Mondays 5:30-6:15pm at Bntl, Fridays 2:30-3:15pm at Ctvl
Attire – Girls: Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, hair pulled back into a ponytail or bun. Skirt is optional.
STARS CLASS UNIFORMS AND DRESS CODE: We will be sizing dancers and handing out Stars uniforms as soon as they arrive (sometime mid-September!). Until then, any leotard is acceptable for class. Make sure to send your STARS dancer in pink tights and pink ballet shoes with HAIR IN A BUN! Please let us know if you have any questions! Our bun tutorial can be found HERE.
FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOL AGED TUMBLING/ACRO STUDENTS
Stretch of the Month Challenge: Lunge | Strength Challenge: Push Ups
We are so excited this year to have a “stretch of the month” and a “strength challenge” in our acrobatic classes! Encourage your child to work on these skills at home to help them improve even faster! Be more involved by printing off the at home practice tracker HERE.
ADD AN EXTRA TECHNIQUE CLASS TO YOUR SCHEDULE! Join a Fast Track Class!
Is your dancer ready for more? Taken in addition to a weekly stars or acro class, Fast Track classes will focus on technique and progress at an accelerated pace.
Fast Track Jazz (Kinder-2nd grade) Fridays, 2:30-3:30pm @ Bntl
Fast Track Acrobatic (Kinder-2nd grade) Fridays, 3:30-4:30pm @ Bntl
We have a calendar on the website! Please refer to it for Holiday closures and studio events. If you use Google Calendar you can copy studio events directly into your calendar by clicking on the "add Google calendar" in the bottom right corner of the calendar.