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February 2024 Parent Letter

Dear Parents and Students,


Can you believe it’s already February? We’ve got a lot going on this month so please read this email all the way through and save it for your records.


Contents

Tuition & Performance Fee

Movie Night

Observation Weeks

Summer Classes

Concert Volunteers


February tuition is due today. On February 20, you will see the charge for the performance fee ($50 per student) added to your account; that is due March 1 along with March tuition.


Movie night for Ballet 1 and younger students is coming up this Saturday from 5:30-7:30 and we will be watching Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses! To sign up, go to the Events tab in the SportsEngine Motion app and RSVP for the movie night. I will also put a paper sign up in the studio, or you can just email me to let me know you’re coming. Siblings and friends are invited as well. Admission is $10 which includes popcorn and a craft. Feel free to come in pajamas or other comfy clothes and to bring pillows, blankets, or whatever other cozy items you like. The next movie night for older dancers who want to watch a complete ballet will be March 2, from 5:30-8:00, and we will be watching one of my favorite ballets, Coppelia, featuring an Australian Ballet performance from 1990 – but trust me, it holds up!


Our next Observation Week is also for our younger dancers (Creative Movement, Elementary, and Ballet 1), and will be February 5-10. If you’re wondering why we have more observation days for younger dancers than older dancers this year, that’s because we wanted our older dancers to be able to learn and refine some longer or more “performancey” combinations, in order to incentivize more parental attendance (the younger classes already have great attendance for observation weeks!). The next observation week for all classes will be March 11-15.


As early as it seems, it’s time to start thinking about summer classes. Students in Ballet 3-5 are required to take a minimum number of hours during the summer (12 for Ballet 3, 16 for Ballet 4, 20 for Ballet 5). You don’t have to complete all those hours at our studio, but we will be offering plenty of classes and we encourage you to take as many as possible. More details will be coming later; for now, please take note of these dates:


Mini Intensive (recommended for Elementary 2 Accelerated and Ballet 1 who haven’t attended a summer intensive yet): July 8-12, 10:00-1:00

Beginning Intensive (recommended for Ballet 1-2): July 29-August 2, 9:45-2:30

Intermediate Intensive (recommended for Ballet 3): July 15-19 and July 22-26, 10:00-3:15

Advanced Intensive (recommended for Ballet 4-5): July 8-12 and July 15-19, 9:30-3:30

Fairytale Ballet (a fun workshop for children aged 3-8): June 24-28, July 29-August 2, and August 12-16


We are in need of several volunteers to help us with the concert. This year, we will be returning to the gorgeous Fox Theater in downtown Spokane. There are pros and cons to this venue, but one of the pros is that we do not have to manage our own box office or front of house operations. If you initially volunteered to do that, I’ll be reaching out to see what other area you can help with. Please click this link [https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E44A9A82AAAFDC52-47658437-summer] to see a list of jobs we need volunteers for. Please note that since we will be at the Fox, we will only be having one performance; however, dressing room helpers will be able to watch their dancers perform from the side of the stage. Thank you in advance for your help!


Have a great February – I’m hoping for an early spring!

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