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Stacey’s Studio of Dance Education

819 North 18th Ave E.

Duluth, Minnesota 55812

218-728-6080

www.staceysstudioofdance.com

2017-2018 Season

Welcome to the 32nd season of dance. I know this studio would not exist without you. Therefore, should you ever have any questions, comments, suggestions, or complaints; I am always willing to listen. You can contact me by calling 728-6080, emailing me at staceysstudioinfo@gmail.com, or by setting up an appointment with the receptionist. I hope this will be a very happy, rewarding and educational year for us all! The following information should help you to understand the operational procedures for the 2017-2018 seasons. Classes begin Monday September 11th.

Location: Our studio is located in the Stacey's Studio of Dance Education building at 819 North 18th Ave East. Free parking is available in the lot directly attached to the studio, and in the lot across the street on 18th Avenue. The entrance to the studio is up the front stairs and through the red doors.

Studio Description:  We have four dance studios, an office, waiting room, three washrooms, homework area, kitchen, and a small dance boutique. Studio colors are Red and Black.

Class Info:  Most classes are one hour long and usually run on time so please be prompt. If for any reason a student is late, they will still be permitted into class. Classes run from September –June with some limited summer lessons available. The Duluth Public School calendar will be followed (some breaks differ). Payments are by the month.

Dress: Students must be in proper dance attire to be permitted into class. Examples of proper attire for Combination, Jazz, and Tap classes are leotards and tights, Jazz pants, sweaters, and dance skirts. Any colors allowed. Hip hop, dance pants, shorts, t-shirts. Ballet, must wear leotards and tights. Hair must be secured away from the face.  Dance skirts are permitted. Most students arrive dressed for class. However, changing space is provided. In all classes, t-shirts and sweatshirts are permitted for warm up only.

Shoes - proper dance shoes are required in all classes. Pink Ballet and Black taps are preferred. Jazz shoes may be any color.

            Combination Classes - pink ballets and black patent taps

Jazz Classes - ballet shoes, jazz shoes, jazz booties, jazz sneakers, or foot undeez

Tap - split sole Giordano Jazz taps

            Hip-Hop- clean tennis shoes

            Competition Classes - may require special shoes.

All students must have dance shoes of the same style and color for the recital. All required shoes are sold at the Happy Feet Shop at the Studio.

To protect the life of our hardwood floors, we ask that no street shoes be worn into the studio with the exception of Observation days.

Shoe and Dance Wear Sales: Shoes and tights can be purchased at the Happy Feet Dance shop in the studio. We offer quality brands at reasonable prices. We are willing to take special requests and special orders. All special orders must be paid for before ordering, and postage will be charged.  Please make checks for dance supplies payable to Happy Feet.

Studio Shoe Exchange: We do have a basket of used shoes for sale at all times at the studio. Simply bring in your old shoes in a zip lock bag with your name and a selling price on them. When they are sold, we will give you the money. Shoes tend to sell best in Sept., Jan., and May. Make sure you check the box for a great way to save money. Placing shoes in this box is done at your own risk.

Observation: Parents are always welcome to wait in the waiting room. Parents are allowed into the studio to observe classes in November. Please feel free to take pictures and record on observation days. During regular classes siblings must be supervised in the waiting room while classes are in progress. We do not offer baby-sitting for students or siblings.

Holiday Program: Each December, we hold a holiday performance, which consists of both food and dance. The performance is not mandatory; it is simply a holiday celebration. The main goal is for the students to have a trial run before the recital. They also have the benefit of watching other students perform and have a good time!  Some simple inexpensive costumes may be required and your food must be purchased. December 17 is the tentative date. More info will be sent home later.

June Recital: Our studio puts on a June production. Recital participation is not mandatory; however, we do try to put on a good performance without a lot of extra work. You will be asked to decide by December 7th whether you will be participating as a $40.00 costume deposit per class and a $75 recital fee (explanation below) will be due at that time. Please note that recital participation does involve some added expense. The following list of what you will need should be helpful. Costumes $45-$125, tights $6-$10, shoe ribbon $1-$3, and practice CD approx. $7. Each student is charged a $75 recital fee which is the prepayment of 4 tickets.  (If you have more than one dancer an additional $25 per dancer, one additional ticket, is charged.) The following things are offered for the recital but are not required: recital t-shirts approx. $18.00, picture packages start at around $25.00, and DVD’s approx. $30.00. One parent from each class is expected to volunteer to work backstage at the recital. The day before the recital, a dress rehearsal is mandatory. Although the recital is an added cost, it usually turns out to be a special event and highlight of the year. The benefits received from performing on the stage and family participation far outweigh the costs.  Note: December is a terrible time to have to make a costume deposit. If you would prefer to make earlier payments, we will set you up with a costume account. All balances are due by January 26th.  Recital weekend is June 8-9.

Bad Weather: In case of bad weather, call the studio answering machine after 1:30. In most cases, if school or after school activities are cancelled in the Duluth School District, dance is also cancelled. When classes are cancelled you will be informed of rescheduled classes at your next lesson. If school has a delayed start, after school dance will run as scheduled.

Misc. Suggestions: Always check dance bags for notes. Please put names on shoes, bags, etc. Check the lost and found box.  Check the website at www.staceysstudioofdance.com .  If you have any concerns, please come to me before they become problems. A happy atmosphere makes for a good learning environment.

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