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October 2019 Parent Letter



Dear Parents and Students,


Happy October!


It’s been a great first month of dance here at AOD. We had our first Dance Buddy week, our older students are journaling away, and our elementary classes are growing. Here is an overview of what’s coming up this month:


Bring a friend day. Creative Movement, all Elementary levels, and Ballet A will have the opportunity to bring a friend to ballet class with them next week! If you didn’t get a flyer and permission slip, let me know and I’ll be happy to email you one. Speaking of bringing a friend, did you know that if you refer a friend to the Academy of Dance (any level), you get a $50 credit on your next tuition statement when they enroll? Referring students is a great way to help grow the studio so we can continue to produce the some of the best-trained dancers and dance performances in the Spokane area.


Costume Fee Due October 20. All students are encouraged to participate in our annual summer concert, which this year will be the excellent ballet Coppélia. The costume fee is $55 per student, which covers the cost of your costume so you can take it home after the concert. Soloists may opt to purchase their solo costume for an additional fee. We will be ordering costumes in November, so it is important to turn in your costume fee on time. Please note that the costume fee is different from the performance fee, which is $50 per student and will be due in March. The performance fee covers the studio’s share of costs for the concert, which this year will include at least one backdrop as well as sets.


Halloween and Dance Buddy week. Our next Dance Buddy week will be the week of Halloween! However, since Halloween itself will be on a Thursday, the Dance Buddy day for Elementary 1A, 1B, and 2A will be the previous Thursday, October 24.


From October 28-31, students will be allowed to wear costumes in class! The rules are: you still have to wear your ballet shoes and tights (unless your costume includes tights), your hair must be in a bun, and you must be able to move freely and safely through all class work (please don’t wear capes, scarves, necklaces, or anything else that wraps around the neck).

We will not be holding Elementary classes on Halloween (Thursday, October 31). Students in these classes may attend an additional class earlier in the week or the following week at the times below:


Elementary 2A may attend Elementary 1B (directly after Elementary 2A, 5:00-5:45)

Elementary 1B may attend Elementary 1A (directly after Elementary 1B, 5:45-6:30) or Elementary 1 (Tuesdays, 4:15-5:00)

Elementary 1A may attend Elementary 1 (Tuesdays, 4:15-5:00) or Creative Movement (Mondays, 4:00-4:30


Ballet C, D, E, and F will have classes on Halloween as normal. If you do miss class, please make up your absence. Level C students may attend Level B (Mondays, 5:30-7:15 or Wednesdays, 4:00-5:15). Level Ds may attend Level C (Wednesdays, 5:00-6:15) or an extra Level D/E/F class. Level Es and Fs may attend Level C/D (Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30) or an extra Level D/E/F or E/F class.


Peter and the Wolf rehearsals will start October 2. If you auditioned for Peter and the Wolf, expect a cast list and rehearsal schedule this week. Please email me to let me know of any dates you will be unavailable to rehearse between now and January 11.

Have a great month! Let's hope that snow last weekend was a fluke!

~Naomi <><

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The academy of Dance

14214 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216 • (509)922-3023

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