Hey Dance Family!
We had a GREAT Back To Dance Week!
Our dancers returned like they never left!
WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOUR DANCER BACK IN THE STUDIO!
Thank you parents for coming out to our parents meetings!
If you were not able to attend
We can provide all the “need to knows” right here! And on the website too!
Below is the attached version of the updated calendar
Attachment: Calendar Template To Print (1).pdf (242.6kB)
A few updates to the calendar are:
It’s Not an Accident. No Picture Day Is On The Schedule.
Last year’s 3rd party picture vendor impacted everyone. As you know we take lots of time vetting our 3rd party vendors and H’Art Speakx came highly recommended. Upon looking at their portfolio we loved their artistic quality and image quality. We thought we found a perfect fit. However looking back there were several mistakes we made.
H’Art Speakx did come highly recommended, but the three recommendations were all from studios that are smaller in size than ours. As a small business we know 1st hand the need to handle scale looking back, we think this was the biggest factor in the breakdowns.
Since it was hit or miss miss, with little consistency between picture quality (some peoples pictures were great while others were not), and poor to no response from us as a vendor client and you as their customer, we believe they simply did not have proper systems in place to adequately handle a studio of our size.
If you loved your pics, great…there were a lot of people whose pics turned out amazing. If you didn’t fall in love with your pics or still haven’t gotten them we truly apologize.
We encourage you to do everything you would do when you pay a business and receive poor service — call your bank and dispute the charges, file a claim with the better business bureau. etc.
Most of you have been with us for years and you know 1st hand, in all our years we’ve never encountered such problems with a picture vendor. At this time, since we don’t know if we’re going to offer pictures this year the date is not on the master calendar. If we do offer a picture day, the company will be overly vetted to ensure quality service and will have to be a nationally known company, have recommendations from studios our size or larger, and offer the ability for you to see and purchase your pictures online after they are taken.
We’ll keep you posted on if pictures day is going to added to the schedule!!
Performance Selection Sheet!
Due by Saturday, September 16th
Attachment: Performance Selection Sheet (4).pdf (125.0kB)
Although we’re uncertain about picture day, we have some amazing performance opportunities lined up for the 2017 – 2018 year. The performance opportunities packet list out everything you need to know. Major upgrades and details include:
In one fell swoop, you have the option to select which performances your dancer will participate. This means eliminating the need for you to sign up or to turn in something different on a month-to-month basis.
Once you make your selections, total them up and indicate if you want to pay in full or in 4 payments collected on 10/1, 11/15, 1/15 & 2/15.
This year there will be no stage moms!!! Hooorary – each and every parent will be able to watch their dancers achievements from the stage as an audience member. We heart our stage moms, but we’ve found a way to have auxiliary staff who will be covered under our insurance, have undergone background checks, and be Dance Dynamix trained. This means no pesky stage mom sign up and seamless show!!
This year we will have a designation between dress rehearsal and tech rehearsal.
Dress rehearsal will happen in studio during the dancers regular class time. During dress rehearsal the kids will perform in their costume. This will give you the dancers the ability to practice in their costume before tech rehearsal – we’ll give any costume notes i.e. the bow should be on the right – the hair piece should be in the center etc. etc.
Tech rehearsal will be at the theater, the purpose of tech rehearsal is for the dancers to get acclimated to the stage and to have lights set on their costume. Having a dress rehearsal in studio should cause the tech rehearsal in the theater to run much smoother cause everyone will come fully prepared based on their experience at dress rehearsal.
Performance Opportunities Packet
Attached is the performance opportunities packet with all the details and information for all of our performances for the 2017-2018 dance year.
Attachment: Performance Opportunities Packet (1).pdf (566.5kB)
That’s all for now!
Can’t wait to see you all back here in the studio this week!