I hope all of you had a fabulous break & got some much needed rest after our Nutcracker performance. Now that we are back in the swing of things I want to take time to fill you in on what to expect for January!
Welcoming New Dancers!
First, I want to welcome all of our new families to Ballet with Miss Rachel. We had a great turn-out at our Spring Registration on Monday- it was so fun meeting new dancers who spanned in age from 3 years old to 25! We hope that in no time at all, you will come to feel like part of our (quickly expanding!) dance family. :)
If you know someone who missed registration, there is still time to register. They simply need to contact us by phone or email to reserve their space in class.
Calendar & Inclement Weather
A couple of reminders:
Ballet with Miss Rachel does not follow local school schedules for days off or for snow days. Be sure to check our calendar (which can also be found in your welcome packet) to find out when Ballet with Miss Rachel will be closed or open during the year.
Also, in case of snow, check the website here or the school's facebook page for weather related closings. Closings will be announced by 1pm on weekdays and 7am on Saturdays.
Wrapping up Nutcracker
DVD's - There is still time to order your DVD. They are $20 each and payment is made to Ballet with Miss Rachel. Asta Productions filmed our performance and will deliver DVD's to the studio when they are completed. I will let you know as soon as they arrive!
Pictures- A big thank you to Rebecca Dunn for taking pictures of our performance! If your sponsor was a Gold or Platinum level sponsor they will receive a 5x7 picture of the dancer they sponsored in the mail during the month of January. You can see all of the pictures Rebecca took of our performance here. You can also order copies for yourself directly from the website.
Congratulations to all of our wonderful students on a job well done in the Nutcracker! And thank you all for my very sweet wreath and flowers! Because of your hard work we enjoyed two sold-out performances and have received so much positive feedback- not just on pretty costumes and an enjoyable show, but also on the quality of your dancing. I truly cherish every performance with my dancers. Thank you for helping to make this performance so special.
Youth Company & Competition Team Information Meeting
Did you know that Ballet with Miss Rachel students have the opportunity to perform in extra performances throughout the year as well as attend competitions? Last summer, I began letting students know how to become part of our Youth Company & Competition team and had a deadline of Oct. 5th to sign up to participate. However, considering the amount of growth we have had throughout this year, I am re-opening the window of time you can enroll your child in Youth Company and Competition.
Students ages 4 & up can be part of our performance team (Youth Company) and students participating in Beginning Ballet I & up can participate in Youth Company and Competition Team. You can read more about what Youth Company & Competition Team entail here. We will have an interest meeting Friday, January 13th 6:00 - 7:00pm for any interested students who wish to join us for the remainder of the year in these performance groups. There are minimum class requirements to be a part of these groups and all participants must attend a weekly rehearsal as well as pay a one time $75 fee (this covers a costume, that you will get to keep after the last spring performance.) However, January 16th will be the absolute last day that students can sign up to participate.
Youth Company - Performance Date Change
Please note that our Dancer Strong Performance which was tentatively set for February 25th has been tentatively moved to Friday, March 3rd pending venue availability. More details about this performance will be announced as soon as possible.
Ballet with Miss Rachel "impressions" T-shirts Ordering
Our 2016-2017 season is called "impressions" since our spring performances by Youth Company & Upper School dancers will feature dances inspired by Impressionist Era art. Order one as a momento of your child's year at Ballet with Miss Rachel! Orders will be taken now through January 31st after which t-shirts for the 2016-2017 year will no longer be available.
T-Shirts (short sleeve, lavender) - $16.50
T-Shirts (long sleeve, burgundy) - $20.00
Sweatshirts (hooded, dark purple-child sizes, dark brown-adult sizes) $35
I am humbled and grateful to see so many students finding their dance home at Ballet with Miss Rachel. We are going to have a fantastic spring together! Please feel free to contact me with any questions as we get the new year underway.
I will see you next week back in class. Enjoy your snow day! And until I see you again, keep dancing!
Rachel offers updates & insights to her ballet students and parents concerning all things dance related!