Hello Dance Families!
We hope everyone is enjoying this week’s break… snow and all! As we have settled back into the swing of things and the second half of our dance season, here is the newsletter capturing the remainder of the important dates, some details, reminders and refreshers.
Now… let’s get set up for this… ready?! Let me help ya out…. clear the kitchen table, grab the calendar off the fridge, pull out your day planner (or open your phone calendar), borrow the kids pencil case, pour a cup of joe, HERE WE GO!
And, as always, it’s really great if the students read through this with you too.
Classes resume TOMORROW, Saturday, February 25th … coming back from the Reading/Family Week break!
We hope everyone is getting some nice rest, having some fun and for the students… taking advantage to get lots of practising in!!! Yay!!!
Photographs for purchase ~~> Photographs taken by the talented Randy of RJF Productions has the galleries up for Spring Fever 2016 and Christmas Extravaganza 2016. To view and purchase, please follow this link, https://rjfproductions.smugmug.com/Dance. You will be asked for a password right off the hop – please email Miss Whitney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the magic word. Each gallery is labelled with the date the photographs were taken and a reference to which show they are of. Please read his instructions at the top of the page… he has included a generous coupon code until July 17, 2017. Any questions regarding these photos, please contact him directly at info@RJFproductions.ca.
Rotary Music Festival ~~> Sunday, March 5th to Sunday, March 19th, 2017
The Rotary Music Festival will be taking place at The Medicine Hat College Theatre. This involves all of our Musical Theatre classes and students who signed up to do a solo or duet for the Festival. Further details regarding this event was sent out to all Musical Theatre families, separately, on February 1st, 2017. If you have the chance to come out and support your fellow performers, the MHSPA students and groups will be performing Thursday, March 9th & Saturday, March 11th, 2017.
Easter Break ~~> Friday, April 14th to Thursday, April 20th, 2017
The studio will be closed for the Easter Break! Have some super hoppin’ fun!
~*~*~ COMPETITION INFORMATION ~*~*~
Competitive Dress Rehearsal ~~> Friday, March 31st, 2017
This rehearsal will be held in the CHHS theatre from approximately 4 pm to 10 pm. This is a VERY important rehearsal for all students competing in the Dance Extreme Festival (Banff) and Shy-Ann Dance Festival (Medicine Hat). A separate email will be sent out to all competition families containing the schedule and more details in the first half of March.
Dance Extreme Festival, Banff, AB ~~> Tuesday, April 25th to Saturday, April 29th, 2017
The festival venue is the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity located at 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, AB. This competition involves ALL competitive classes and solos/duet/trios that requested entry to attend. Competitive classes were established upon registration. If you are still not sure if this applies to your child, we will gladly sort you out.
If you have not already, we suggest booking your hotel room for the above dates at a place that has a free cancellation policy. The competition website has made mention of a discount at the Banff Aspen Lodge. Here is the link… https://showtimedancepromotions.com/events/banff-ab/. Accommodations and travel arrangements for this festival are your responsibility.
Also, Parks Canada is issuing FREE Discovery Passes for 2017!!! The passes are sent via Canada Post. I have now received mine and they took at least a few weeks to arrive. It’s a quick easy process… here is the link:
Shy-Ann Dance Festival, Medicine Hat, AB ~~> Sunday, May 7th to Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
The Esplanade, here in Medicine Hat, is where this all will be taking place. This competition, as well, involves all solos/duet/trios that requested entry to attend and ALL competitive classes.
***THE SCHEDULES… We are in the midst of creating and compiling the schedules for these three events: Competitive Dress Rehearsal, Dance Extreme Festival and Shy-Ann Dance Festival. We are waiting on the final schedule for the Dance Extreme Festival. Once these are organized and ready, all will be captured in a single email and sent out.
Open Studio Rehearsals ~~> The schedule for Open Studio Rehearsals has been posted on the studio’s big red board. This is another perfect opportunity to rehearse solos/duets/trios. The expectations surrounding these rehearsals are few and respectable. Time slots are for 30 minutes, please respect your time and the time of others. Please initial by your name when you have arrived/completed your open space time. If your schedule changes and you are unable to make it, please have the schedule updated ASAP. If you cannot make it to the studio or get it done, communicate this to Miss Whitney at email@example.com to have the schedule updated for someone else to use that time. If any are missed; the 1st is a warning and after the 2nd miss, this will not be an option for the student for the remainder of this season. Everyone’s time is precious.
Practise, practise, practise ~~> Choreography is nearing completion and before we know it, the routines will be hitting the stages. The entire MHSPA team cannot emphasize enough how important practising is all along the way. If there are struggles to be worked through and/or clarity needed, let us know! We are here for you.
Spring Fever 2017 ~~> Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th, 2017
The dress rehearsal and year-end recital, Spring Fever, will all be held at The Esplanade.
Dress Rehearsal – Friday, May 12th, from approximately 4 pm to 10 pm. The schedule and more details regarding this will be communicated closer to.
MHSPA Spring Fever 2017 – Saturday, May 13th & Sunday, May 14th. There will be 3 separate shows (2 on Saturday, 1 on Sunday) and they are all different…make sure to purchase tickets for the show(s) your child is performing in! We will announce when tickets go on sale. All of this information will be sent out as we get closer to the show. As always, be sure to keep your eyes on your emails, the studio’s big red information board the website www.mhspa.ca to stay in the loop!
Picture Week ~~> Monday, May 15th to Thursday, May 18th, 2017
This is our final week of the season and we will be striking poses at the studio! An email containing the schedule and further details will be sent at a later date.
REMINDERS & REFRESHERS:
Be Ready — everyone is quite familiar with the class start times and what is expected of them. To keep the nice flow and transitions happening, students should be ready to walk in to their class with an appropriate dance appearance with respect to the discipline… attire, footwear and hair.
Attendance — Attendance of students is of the utmost importance. Should a student not be able to make it to class(es), parents need to be the one to call or email us along with the reason. Having other students or parents inform us on behalf of another is not a practice we want to become the norm. Plus, it leaves out any middle person and miscommunications.
OH… and practise! Just thought I’d toss that in here once more.
And that’s a wrap! We look forward to the continued growth of our students and cannot wait to see all of the performances come together!
Please mark your calendars! These dates are also posted on the red information board at the studio and on our website calendar – just click the tab at the top of this page.
Communication is key to us, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask and we will help as best we can.
The easiest way to reach us is through email:
- Miss Genevieve firstname.lastname@example.org
- Miss Whitney email@example.com
Thank you for the ongoing support!
Miss Whitney & MHSPA
Happy Day MHSPA families!!!
Only 39 more sleeps until Christmas! Oh the excitement, eeeeek! But before we get down to business, how about this incredible autumn weather we are having the pleasure of living in?!?! Such a delight.
Now as you’ve noticed, our newsletters are jammed pack with announcements, important dates (including deadlines) and many details. In our efforts to keep you all informed we would appreciate your efforts in return, by reading through our emails in their entirety to meet deadlines and ensure no students or parents miss out on any exciting MHSPA happenings.
Let’s get to it…
FUNDRAISER: Steeped Tea
Saturday, November 26th — ORDER DUE DATE
The price is right, the teas are a delight, and your contribution helps keep the studio’s future bright!!!
Packages have been sent home this past week, so check those dance bags. More are available at the front desk! The tea will be in before Christmas. What a perfect stocking stuffer!
We have seen full orders forms being handed in already! One detail we missed mentioning was to accept ONLY CASH. This is very important, as cheques will greatly compromise the arrival of the tea due to the time consuming processes that accompany cheques.
CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA 2016
- Monday, November 21st to Saturday, December 10th
Tickets will be available online at www.tixx.ca and at the Esplanade box office.
- Friday, December 9th, approx. 4 pm to 8 pm
DRESS REHEARSAL will take place at the Esplanade, as well. All Tini & Mini Bopper students are required to attend BOTH, the Dress Rehearsal and the Saturday performance, as they are the stars of the show! Hair, make-up (if you wish) and costumes are required for the dress rehearsal and the performance.
If your child attends any of the following classes, they are required at dress rehearsal and are in the show:
4 – 4:45 pm 4/5 yrs Ballet & Tap
3:30 – 4pm 3 yrs Intro to Dance
4 – 4:45 pm 4/5 yrs Jazz & MT
5 – 5:45 pm 4/5 yrs Ballet & Tap
3:30 – 4pm 4/5 yrs Intro to Groove
4 – 4:45 pm 6/7 yrs Ballet & Tap
5 – 5:45 pm 6/7 yrs Jazz & MT
10 – 10:45 am 4/5 yrs Ballet & Tap
11 – 11:45 am 4/5 yrs Jazz & MT
12 – 12:45 pm 6/7 yrs Jazz & MT
1 – 1:45 pm 6/7 yrs Ballet & Tap
- Saturday, December 10th at 2 pm
Every December we put together a Christmas performance showcasing our Tini and Mini Boppers. This will take place at the wonderful Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. We invite everyone to come enjoy the show, even if your child is no longer a Bopper, come support!
Students are to arrive between 1-1:30pm before the show and will be escorted into the backstage area to their assigned dressing room. Parents are not allowed in the backstage area, so make sure they are dressed and ready to go when you drop them off and we will take care of the rest. Even if your child is in more than 1 dance, we have them taken care of. A running order for the show will be emailed out and posted in the studio, so you will know which costume to come dressed in first. Be sure to label everything! We will have plenty of parent and student volunteers with activities and games to keep them busy. All of the students are expected to stay backstage for the duration of the show… think of it as a day at daycare or school, except in fancy costumes! Please send them with a snack and water bottles. The only exception is for our 3 year olds, after they have performed those parents are allowed to have your child sit on your lap for the rest of the show. Make sure they come backstage 3 dances before the end so they don’t miss their bow!
Again, parents are not allowed backstage. Once the show is complete and each performer has been gathered along with their things, they will be escorted out to the same place they were dropped off at earlier and matched up with whomever is to collect them.
OUR FLOWER SHOP will be providing flowers for purchase, conveniently in the lobby of the Esplanade, to help make this day extra special for your little performer! You can also pre-order bouquets by calling Cheryl at the shop 403-580-4030, and they will be brought to the Esplanade the day of.
VOLUNTEERS: Christmas Extravaganza & Spring Fever
As always, our volunteers are the reason why our shows are so successful. Without them, the show simply cannot happen. Volunteers are needed for the Friday dress rehearsal and Saturday performance. Though your child may not be a Bopper anymore, it gives the parents of those that are an opportunity to see their little stars perform their hearts out on stage… your volunteering means the world! We also encourage our older students to sign up with you as well.
- Tuesday, November 15th – Sign up sheets posted
Volunteer sign up sheets are posted on the front desk.
Dress Rehearsal – This schedule is broken down into time slots considering the run of the show and quick changes for the students. If you’d prefer to volunteer for the time(s) when your child is to rehearse, please make sure you triple check which class your child is in and the time slots. Volunteer sign up is first come first serve. We are looking for 2 parents per class to help out. This is a closed rehearsal, which means only the students, parent volunteers and teachers are permitted into the theatre.
The Show – We will need volunteers in the dressing rooms, to escort the performers to their dressing rooms and to help back stage. Specific details on how we run this all will be sent via email to all volunteers the week of the dress rehearsal and show.
DVDs of Christmas Extravaganza 2016
Monday, November 21st — Pre-Ordering Available
Forms to pre-order a DVD of the show will be available on the top of the studio’s front desk. They can be purchased by cheque, made payable to RJF Productions, or in cash for $25. These will also be available to order at the show.
SANTA CLAUS FUND
Now until Thursday, December 15th
We invite you all to help brighten the holidays for other families in our community by bringing in unwrapped gifts for newborns to 17 year-old kids. We will have a box set up in the studio for these items that are sure to bring some big smiles over the holidays this year. We all at MHSPA thank you in advance for your donations.
TINI-BOPPER Winter Session 2017 Registration
*** This is for Intro to Dance and Intro to Groove classes ONLY***
- Now until Saturday, December 3rd — registration open to existing Tini-Bopper’s
Registration is now open for all currently enrolled Tiny-Bopper’s who wish to continue with us for the remainder of the season. This session runs from January to May and includes our year end recital, when the entire school performs their routines they have all put so much time and hard work in to! Not to worry though… we do split them all up over a few shows. J Existing tiny-bopper’s spots will be held until Saturday, December 3rd, after this date registration opens up to our wait lists and the public. There is no re-registration fee, if you are continuing in to the winter session, in which the invoice will include the tuition fee(s) for the class (es) and the costume fee(s). To complete registration, please visit the front desk during our office hours, which are posted on the studio’s front door and front desk or on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am to 12:30 pm. If you have already signed up for the entire season, there is no need to worry about any of this… unless your little one maybe has a friend that would like to join their dance class?!?! Feel free to pass on Miss Whitney’s email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, for any registration inquiries.
- Monday, December 5th to Saturday, January 21st, 2017 — registration is open to our wait lists and the public
Again, please pass on Miss Whitney’s email address to any families interested in joining us. We’d love to meet them!
TINI & MINI BOPPER PICTURE DAY
Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to approx. 2 pm
All Tini & Mini Bopper’s will have their group and individual photo(s) taken. Please mark this day off on your calendars to ensure attendance. We will be sending an email out to the Bopper families in the next couple weeks with further instruction and the photo shoot schedule.
Regular Mini-Bopper classes will still be happening this day and remember it’s the beginning of our PAJAMA WEEK so bring your PJs to change in to after your pictures have been taken!
Saturday, December 17th, 2016, to Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Dress in your cozy PJs for dance class(es) this week!
CHRISTMAS BREAK (Friday, December 23rd, 2016, to Friday, January 6th, 2017)
- Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 — final day of classes
- Saturday, January 7th, 2017 — classes begin
COMPETITION DATES & INFO
We have received some inquiries for competition details and at this point we only have the dates of the competitions. Once we receive the specifics from the competitions personnel and organize the information as it pertains to our dance school, we will email it all and post it in the studio. Typically, we receive this information closer to March.
- Dance Extreme Festival in Banff, AB, from Wednesday, April 26th to Friday, April 28th, 2017.
For those travelling to Banff and looking for accommodations, the competition website has made mention of a discount at the Banff Aspen Lodge. Here is the link… https://showtimedancepromotions.com/events/banff-ab/. Accommodations and travel arrangements for this festival are your responsibility.
- Shy-Ann Dance Festival in Medicine Hat, AB, from Sunday, May 7th to Wednesday, May 10th 2017.
Students and instructors have been working hard to put this all together! For some students this will be their first time on stage, for others it’s so amazing to see how they have grown and how the moves seem to get a little easier. Thanks you for all your support, and with your co-operation we look forward to having another fabulous Christmas Extravaganza for everyone to enjoy!
Thank you for your precious time!
Miss Whitney & MHSPA