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May 2021 Parent Letter



Dear Parents and Students,

Is it me, or did April just fly by? We have just over a month until our concert, so this letter contains very important information! Please save it for your records.


Attendance. With the concert approaching, attendance is very important! We do not want dancers to come to class if you are sick, but if they have an injury they should still come to class so they can observe rehearsal. As always, please contact us if your child will be absent for any reason.


May tuition is now due if you are paying monthly. I will be posting June tuition (which will be adjusted to account for the shorter month) on May 11 if you want to pay that early. Make sure you have also paid your performance fee and costume fee if you are performing in the concert.


Class pictures! We are planning to take class pictures on Tuesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 20. Please review the following times and let me know ASAP if your dancer will be unable to attend the time listed (and indicate if they could come at an earlier or later time).

Creative Movement: Tuesday, May 18, 4:45-5:20

Elementary 1 Tuesday class: Tuesday, May 18, 4:15-5:00 (regular class time)

Elementary 1 Thursday & Friday classes: 5:00-5:45 (regular class time for Thursday class)

Elementary 2: Thursday, May 20, 5:20-6:00

Ballet A: Thursday, May 20, 4:45-5:20 (if you attend class on Thursday come at the regular time and plan to stay until 5:20)

Ballet B: Tuesday, May 18, 4:00-4:40 (regular class will follow)

Ballet C: Thursday, May 20, 5:45-6:20 (regular class will follow)

Ballet D/E/F, soloists: Tuesday, May 18, 5:00-6:00

I will be sending a pre-order form from our photographer so you can order individual and group prints in advance if you choose. We do want all dancers to be present for photos even if you don’t plan to purchase photos because I would like a group shot of each class.


Last week of regular class schedule. May 22 is our last day of regular classes. Starting the 24th, if your child is not performing, they will be on summer break! For everyone else, please refer to the rehearsal schedule at the end of this email (also sent in the April parent letter). The D/E/F schedule went out last week.


Help needed! We are looking for a few costume items for SYB, specifically a men’s bomber jacket, aviator hat and/or goggles (think Chris Pine’s character in Wonder Woman), and white onesie pajamas or sweatpants and sweatshirt that can fit a child size 8/10. We are also in need of a few backstage volunteers. These can be moms or older sisters who can help younger students get ready and escort them to and from the stage. Backstage volunteers will be able to watch the class they are monitoring from backstage and do not pay admission. If you are interested in helping backstage, please contact Katie Frederick, our SYB Guild president, at kpatfrederick@gmail.com.


Two-Week Rehearsal period. As stated in the April parent letter, on May 24, we will replace our regular class schedule with rehearsals for the concert. You can see that schedule again at the bottom of this email.


Concert update - tickets. We are still planning to hold our concert at the Fox theater; however, due to the pandemic, we can’t sell tickets very far in advance as we won’t know how many seats we can actually fill until May 24. Plan on each family being able to purchase two in-person seats. We will also be selling digital tickets to view a livestream of the performance. I know it’s a bummer to have to do things this way, but at this point I’m just glad we’re able to have a performance at all after the disappointment of canceling last year.


Concert packet. I will be sending home a packet of information for the concert weekend, including arrival times and locateons, makeup information, what to expect, and more. Expect to receive this packet by May 22.


Summer Classes! Can’t wait until the fall to come back to class? We are offering summer workshops for all levels. You can find out more at spokaneacademyofdance.com/summer-programs and go to Dance Studio-Pro to enroll. Unfortunately we don’t have exact times for the Ballet A-F workshops yet, but we should by June 1 (possibly 9-2 or 10-3 for A/B and 9-3 or 10-4 for C-F).


Rehearsal Schedule May 24-June 3

Creative Movement: Monday, 5/24 4:00-6:00; Thursday, 5/27, 4:00-5:30; Tuesday, 6/1, 4:00-5:00; Thursday, 6/3, 5:30-7:00 Elementary 1 and 2: Wednesday, 5/26, 4:00-6:00; Thursday, 5/27, 4:00-5:30; Wednesday, 6/2, 5:00-6:30; Thursday, 6/3, 6:00-7:00 Ballet A & B: Wednesday, 5/26, 4:00-6:00; Thursday, 5/27, 5:30-7:00; Wednesday, 6/2, 5:00-6:30; Thursday, 6/3, 6:00-7:00 Ballet C: Tuesday, 5/25, 4:00-7:00; Thursday, 5/27, 5:30-7:00; Tuesday, 6/1, 5:00-7:00; Thursday, 6/3, 4:00-7:00

The following times are for Ballet D/E/F:

Monday, 5/24

4:00-6:00 Ballet D/E/F including Ally (no Tristan or Tia) (no Ben)

Tuesday, 5/25

Before 4 pm Wheat Dance pas de deux: Ally & Ben

4:00-5:00 Class

5:00-7:00 Village scene: Ballet D/E/F including Ally, Tia, Tristan; Ben, Brooke, Anastacia

Wednesday, 5/26

Before 4 pm Village & Workshop scenes: Ally, Ben, Dr. Coppelius only

4:00-6:00 Wedding scene (partial): Aubrey, Brooke, Bella only

Thursday, 5/27

Before 4 pm Grand pas de deux: Ally & Ben

4:00-5:30 Finale part 1: Aubrey, Brooke, Bella, Anastacia

5:30-7:00 Finale part 2: ALL Ballet D/E/F, Sara, Brooke

Friday, 5/28

4:00-5:30 D/E/F Class

5:30-6:30 Dance of the Hours: Ballet D/E/F, Sara (no Tia, Tristan, or Ally)

6:30-7:30 Pas de Deux: Ben & Ally

Saturday, 5/29

10:00-11:30 D/E/F Class

Monday, 5/31 (Memorial Day)

4:00-6:00 Ben, Ally, Brooke, Tristan (maybe), Bella, Aubrey, Anastacia

Tuesday, 6/1

4:00-5:00 Workshop Scene: Ballet D/E/F (no Tia or Tristan); Ally, Ben, Anastacia

5:00-6:00 D/E/F Class

6:00-7:00 Village Scene: Ballet D/E/F including Tia, Tristan, Ally; Ben, Anastacia

Wednesday, 6/2

4:00-5:00 D/E/F Class

5:00-6:30 Wedding Scene – Ballet D/E/F including Ally (no Tristan or Tia), Sara, Ben

Thursday, 6/3

4:00-5:00 D/E/F Class

5:00-7:00 Coppelia full run-through: FULL CAST


We are getting close to the end of the school year! Let’s finish strong!

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