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Feb 27


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, You will be asked for a password right off the hop – please email Miss Whitney ([email protected]) for the magic wordEach 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 [email protected].


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!



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… 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 protected] 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 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.



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 [email protected]com

- Miss Whitney [email protected]


Thank you for the ongoing support!

Miss Whitney & MHSPA