IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
- March 9-15 – Closed for March Break
- Sun. March 23 – Mock RAD Exams for Grades 1-7
- March 24-29 – Parent Viewing Week
- Tues. April 1 – RAD Advanced 1 Exams
- Fri. Apr. 18 – Closed for Good Friday
- Sat. Apr. 19 – Regular Classes
- Mon. Apr. 21 – Closed for Easter Monday
- Tues. May 13 – Recital Tickets on Sale Today
- Mon. May 19 – Closed for Victoria Day
- Sat. May 31 & Sun. Jun. 1 – Recital Costume Photos at the Studio
- Mon. Jun. 9 – Last day of regular classes at the Studio
- Fri. Jun. 13 – Recital Stage Rehearsals at the Wolf Performance Hall (no regular classes at the studio)
- Sat. Jun. 14 – Recital Stage Rehearsals & Shows at the Wolf Performance Hall (no regular classes at the studio)
- June 16-21 – Early Registration Week for Fall 2014 classes
- Tues. July 1 – Closed for Canada Day
- Thurs. Jul. 3rd – July Mini-Session Ballet Classes Begin
- July 21-25 – Junior Dance Camp Week
Matt Alfano Workshops
We had an amazing day of workshops in February with special guest artist Matt Alfano. Congratulations to all of our students who took part in jazz, tap, lyrical & hip hop classes. How did the dancers describe the experience? “Awesome. Bestest ever. Amazing. Fun.”
Kids First Day
Our first year participating in KIDS FIRST DAY in London was a huge success! On Friday, March 14th we had 23 pre-teens ages 9-12 from throughout our community take a Hip Hop class with Luis Espinoza! KIDS FIRST DAY is a city-wide event where children can enjoy free or low-cost activities at more than 50 locations throughout London.
Social Media Contest
We are currently running a contest on our Facebook page where you have the chance to win 2 LONDON KNIGHTS PLAYOFF HOCKEY TICKETS! How? Easy! 1) Like our page & then comment in that section with what your favourite style of dance is. Contest ends March 31, 2014. Please consider liking and following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Links to all of our accounts are available in the header of our website, on the right hand side: http://www.northlondondancecentre.ca
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Parent Viewing Week
We invite parents to attend their dancer’s class (or classes) during the week of March 24-29th. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe your dancer from within the studio. We request that you limit attendees to two per dancer please.
Thinking of an Easter gift for your dancer? We now have our NLDC sweatpants back in stock in both Youth 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.)
Income Tax Receipts
2013 Summary Income Tax Receipts were handed out in all classes at the end of February. If you didn’t see yours in your dancer’s bag, and you made tuition payments in 2013, please check with your teacher or at the front desk. You can claim to a maximum of $500 per child (age 16 and under) of the tuition fees you have paid in 2013 for your child’s classes.
Modern Dance Workshop
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 4TH – We have a very exciting workshop announcement coming up next week – stay tuned for more information! A Canadian, modern dance icon will be coming to North London Dance Centre & running a technique class for Grade 4+ level dance students. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to dance with this brilliant dancer, choreographer & director.
8-Week Toddler Time
WANTED: 2 year olds who LOVE to move for our next 8-wk Toddler Time (parent & tot) session March 22-May 10 on Saturdays at 9:15 am. $75, HST included. This parent-and-tot, movement-based class offers numerous benefits to both you and your little mover and groover! Not only is the class a great bonding activity for you and your child, it can also help your child to further develop cognitive, social, and gross motor skills. Introduce your little one to the wonderful world of movement through song, dance, and games!
8-Week Adult Hip Hop & Adult Tap
We are now accepting registration for the next 8-week terms of Adult Tap & Adult Hip Hop:
ADULT HIP HOP with Nancy Tsai: March 31-June 2nd. $138, HST included. An upbeat and fun cardio workout, inspired by the latest hip-hop moves! There is no previous experience required for this open level class.
ADULT TAP with Megan Alfano: April 7-June 9 $138, HST included. This class is a wonderful opportunity for adults of all ages, with zero to limited previous experience with tap to give the style a try. It is a challenging, fun, and non-competitive class.
June Recital – Around the World
The theme for our year’s June Recital is Around the World. The show will have lots of variety in music and costumes, while showcasing our students in multiple genres of dance. Costumes have already started arriving at the studio! Students will try their costumes on in their classes leading up to the show and we will send them home before our photo days May 31 & June 1. Please don’t allow your dancers to wear their costumes (once we send them home) around the house for play. We want to keep them all in tip-top shape for the recital.
The recital rehearsal schedule will be emailed out to all dancers over the next month, along with the list of which classes are performing in which show. In the meantime, please continue to keep Friday, June 13 & Saturday, June 14 open for your dancer’s rehearsals & performance(s). Both the dress rehearsals and the recitals will once again take place at The Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library. Tickets will go on sale on May 13th 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.
Summer Ballet Classes
Registration is NOW OPEN for our summer ballet classes! All students should have received a summer brochure in class last month, but if you missed one, there are extras 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 adequate 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 30% full.
Royal Academy of Dance Exam Dates
We have not yet received notice from the Royal Academy of Dance to let us know when our studio’s Grade 1-7 examinations will be held. We will send out this information as soon as it is received to those particular dancers.
High School Credit for RAD Training
Did you know that all eligible Ontario students can apply for two credits, one in Grade 10 and again in Grade 12 for their RAD training they receive at North London Dance Centre? There are no blanket exemptions in Ontario, where a student receives a credit for passing a certain dance level. Students should enquire with their guidance counsellor for the proper form in use in their school board to apply for the credit(s). The procedure is called PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition). Each school board has its own interpretation of the guidelines and their own PLAR form. It is also important to know that if a student attends a High School for the Arts and is in a dance program there, they cannot apply for PLAR.
Since our last newsletter, Ms. Tracy welcomed a new baby girl, Jolie Rose, and also returned from maternity leave. (Now that’s a dedicated teacher!) We send out big hugs & welcome back wishes to her, as well as big thanks to all of the teachers who taught her classes in her (very brief) absence. Thank you Miss Stephanie, Miss Kelsey & Miss Shannon. I know I enjoyed having the opportunity myself to teach her Monday night ballet & modern students!
Kelly Hajar, Director