IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
- Mon. May 19 – Closed for Victoria Day
- Sat. May 31 & Sun. June 1 – Recital Costume Photos at the Studio
- Mon. June 9 – Last day of regular classes at the Studio
- Fri. June 13 – Recital Stage Rehearsals at the Wolf Performance Hall
- Sat. June 14 – Recital Stage Rehearsals & Shows at the Wolf Performance Hall
- June 16-21 – Early Registration Week for Fall 2014 classes
- Tues. July 1 – Closed for Canada Day
- Thurs. July 3 – July Mini-Session Ballet Classes Begin
- July 21-25 – Junior Dance Camp Week
- Mon. August 4 – Closed for Civic Holiday
- August 25 – September 6 – Fall Registration Weeks
- Mon. September 1 – Closed for Labour Day
- Mon. September 8 – First Day of Fall Classes!
Robert Desrosiers Master Classes
We had an amazing day of workshops earlier this month with Canadian, modern dance icon, Mr. Robert Desrosiers. Congratulations to the 14 dancers who took the opportunity to dance with this brilliant dancer, choreographer & director.
Hyde Park Road Work
As I’m sure everyone has noticed, construction has started on Hyde Park Road. Please keep this in mind as you head to the studio and try to allow a few extra minutes for your trip. This is a multi-year project to widen Hyde Park Road from Oxford Street North to South Carriage Road.
June Recital – Around the World
Our year-end recital is only ONE month away, so you will notice that the video feeds from the studio have been turned off to allow the dancers to keep their recital dances a SURPRISE for you at the shows. The theme for this year’s June Recital is Around the World. Almost all of our classes have received their costumes in class at this point, and we have only a few more left to hand out! Please don’t allow your dancers to wear their costumes around the house for play. We want to keep them all in tip-top shape for the recital. We also emailed out a list indicating what tights each class needs to wear with their costume. If you need to purchase a pair, we have a very limited supply available at the front desk, or alternatively, you can pick them up at any of the dancewear stores in town.
Backstage space is at a premium during the shows. Please send only those items absolutely necessary with your dancer on show day. The little ones should ARRIVE wearing their costume, and not bring extra layers (including jackets & outdoor shows) backstage. A bottle of WATER with your dancer’s name clearly marked is a great idea, and if they are bringing food, please ensure it is peanut-free and not messy! We don’t want any accidents happening to anyone’s costume before going on stage. Please do not send any ‘extra’ makeup with your child for the same reason.
The recital rehearsal schedule for Friday, June 13 & Saturday, June 14 has been emailed out to all dancers, along with the list of which classes are performing in which show. If you need a printed copy, there are hardcopies in the waiting room at the studio. Both the dress rehearsals and the recitals will once again take place at The Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library.
Dress Rehearsal – Attendance at dress rehearsal is very important for both the dancer’s own benefit (in terms of orienting themselves on stage) but also for their classmates’ benefit who otherwise have to ‘imagine’ them in their spots on stage. Please ensure your dancers arrive at the theatre at their designated drop off time, and that you are present to pick them up at their listed pick up time.
For all rehearsals and shows, dancers should arrive with their hair in a dancer’s bun. Don’t know how to make one? Here’s a video!
Please note that all of our rehearsals are CLOSED rehearsals, which means that parents are not permitted to stay in the theatre to watch. We have our faculty and parent volunteers onsite to supervise all of the dancers while inside the theatre.
Show Day – We divide our school into two separate shows to keep the shows at a reasonable length for both the audience and the children backstage. Please ensure that you know which class your dancer is performing in; some are only in one or the other, and some are in both. Extra copies are in the waiting room at the studio showing who performs in which show. The actual show order will be set closer to the recital. Dancers in the 12:30 pm showcase need to arrive at 11:55 am, and dancers in the 4:30 pm showcase need to arrive at 3:45 pm.
Parking – There is underground parking available at Citi Plaza, and the parking entrance that will bring you closest to the theatre is the one directly off of King Street, just east of Clarence Street. If you bring your parking stub into the service desk at the Central Library, they will validate it for 2 free hours of free parking if you present a library card. The service desk is only open until 6 pm on Fridays, and 5 pm on Saturdays, so be sure to validate before they close!
DVD Order Forms – We will hand out recital DVD order forms in all classes closer to the end May.
Recital Tickets Now On Sale
Don’t forget that recital tickets are NOW on sale. They are already 40% sold out after only two days! Tickets are sold via the Grand Theatre Box Office in person, by phone at 519-672-8800, or online at www.grandtheatre.com.We highly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance.
We will be taking photos of all classes performing in the recital at the studio on Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1. If you need another copy of the blue photo order form, they are available in the waiting room at the studio. If you haven’t already, please drop off the order form and payment in a sealed envelope at the front desk no later than THIS Saturday, May 17th. Please note that cheques need to be made out directly to Dale Yoshida. Purchasing photos is completely optional; however, PLEASE attend for the class photo either way.
Summer Ballet Classes
Registration is NOW OPEN for our summer ballet classes! There are extra brochures available in the waiting room or online. As always, programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Don’t be disappointed & register early!
Know any 3&4 year olds looking to take ballet class this summer? Tuesdays 5:15-6:00 pm in July & August. Register for 2 months and save 5%. Our limit of 12 children per class ensures plenty of individual attention is provided to each dancer.
Adult Open Ballet classes are running twice a week again this summer! Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm in July & August. Save 5% when you register for multiple classes.
Summer Junior Dance Camp
Junior Dance Camp 2014 – July 21-25 for children ages 5-9 with or without previous dance experience, and is taught only by our professional faculty: Luis, Ms. Megan & Ms. Tracy. This action-packed week features a variety of classes including: ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, free movement, stretch & strength & MORE! Half & full days available. Register today! This popular camp is already 53% full.
2014-2015 Class Schedule
The schedule for next year’s classes is now available Next year we are continuing our EXTRA discount program for our families whose student(s) enrol in 5 classes: your 6th class is FREE!
Early registration for all Fall classes will be held at the studio the week following recital, June 16-21, 5-8 pm weeknights and 10 am – 2 pm on the Saturday. All dancers who register during our early registration week in June will be entered into a draw to win a $50 gift certificate for North London Dance Centre.
Thinking of a graduation gift for your dancer? We have NLDC sweatpants in stock in both Youth Large & X-Large and Adult Small $34, as well as Pink Dance Bags $16 & Long Sleeve Tops in Adult Small & Medium $28. (All prices include HST.)
Royal Academy of Dance Exam Dates
Congratulations to the 25 dancers who took their Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations at the studio today! We are so proud of your efforts.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email or speak to me at the front desk. I know there is a lot to remember and keep track of over the next month, but I assure you that once you see your dancer’s smiling face on stage, it is all worth it!
Kelly Hajar, Director