AED Dance Attire
Dance wear does make a difference while taking classes whether for safety reasons or to help students recognize the difference between recess and dance class! For ballet especially there is a very helpful change of mindset when a dancer dons a leotard and tights or a tunic and leggings….thus we have these policies.
Ballet Class Leotards: If you have not purchased your class leotard yet please do not fret! We allow a few weeks for students to settle into their classes. As you read below you will get a larger picture of how we offer leotards for sale :)
Returning Dancers: If you wish to sell your gently used clean leotards, please drop them through the mail slot in the studio front door, with an envelope attached. The envelope should have your name and the price you wish to sell the leotard for. We will have the rack containing leotards available for sale starting September 6.
We do sell new leotards and tights at a reduced price at this link:
AED Leotard Order Form
We will be sending out a first leotard/tights order September 9, and a second September 16. You may order via email or on paper. Dancers who dance on Mondays may come in during the first opening week to order their leotards outside of class should they choose.
We have a large stock of tights ready for sale. Should you wish to buy Body Wrapper Tights, (more expensive but longer lasting) we can order them for a discounted price! It's a personal choice…Body Wrapper tights last longer but if your child is prone to staining clothing, it's better to buy the less expensive Weissman ones. To be sure, no dance tights are built to withstand tree climbing :)
Correct Footwear: is essential!
Please pull off the face. Ballerinas must be in buns if the hair is long enough. (we have kits and can do it for the dancers if they come off the bus.)
Dancewear for classes other than Ballet:
Happy beginning of school! We'll catch you after Labor Day Weekend!
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2019 Nutcracker Rehearsal Times
Nutcracker 2019 Rehearsal Times
Dress Rehearsal: Friday Dec 20th at Elley-Long Center at Saint Michael's College
(costumes, with hair done, no make up, dancers arrive by 3:30-4pm)
NOTE: please warm up before your dances.These times are approximate. We may run more quickly than anticipated…please be ready! Reminder: NO FOOD while in costume :) and PLEASE BE QUIET in rehearsal hall :)
2:00 Sets, Costumes, Tea supplies arrive
3:30-4:00 Students arrive and sit in organized seating
PLEASE ALL CAST BE READY TO RUN BOWS AT 4:00 PM
* Snow, Angels, Sugar Plum, Mini Clara, Clara and Nut must change into costumes first. Please go to dressing rooms. Other dancers will be called into the dressing rooms by groups once those above dancers are changed. You may be getting changed after bows.
4:30 begin run through in order of show:
****Each dance has 7 min to space and run 3 min for pics if possible
4:30 Ballet Snow (spacing)
4:50 Divertissements Opening
5:00 Sugar Plum
5:20 Non Pareils
5:30 Thin Mints
5:40 Waltz of the Flowers (spacing)
5:50 Kisses and a Hug
6:10 Candy Canes
6:30 Chinese Tea
6:40 Sleigh Bells
--- intermission will be here during actual show ----
6:50 Set up Mother Ginger/Polichinelles
7:20 Strawberry Tarts
7:30 Spice Drops
7:50 Berry Sorbet
8:20 Jazzy Snow
8:30 Cherries Jubilee
8:40 run Snow and Flowers as needed
9:00 leave building
Saturday Dec 21 Shows at Elley-Long Music Center
223 Ethan Allen Ave, Colchester, VT >> directions
9:00 Building opens for staff only
10:00 adv dancers arrive
10:30 Pointe, prepointe, Adv HH, Jr High HH arrive
11:00 Barre: Adv, Pointe, Pre-pointe Ballet, Int 2
11:30 rest of dancers arrive
11:30 run adv dances as needed
12:00 angels run dance
12:15 clear stage for tea/open doors
1 PM Show
REST TIME in between shows (bring pillows and head phones)
3:50 clear stage for tea/open doors
4:00 Ballet Barre in hall
4:30 PM Show at Elley Long
Hug, Kiss and Clean up!
Welcome to AED's 2019/2020 Season!
Here are some helpful notes:
(If you just registered and missed the first set of notes please email me at email@example.com so we can forward them to you!)
2019/20 AED POLICIES are available in the Lobby: please avail yourself of them so we are all on the same page :)
IF YOU REGISTERED ONLINE: we will need your John Hancock! Papers just for you are in the studio and should be filled out by the second class please.
REMINDER: If your child skips a day of class, we need to know it please! You can call or text: 802-383-8468. Especially if they take the bus. We will stop all activity until we locate your child and know they are safe. This is tricky to do while giving out snacks, changing into dance clothing and having quiet time before lessons :)
WHAT TO BRING TO DANCE CLASS: Appropriate clothing (see below,) a snack (or money for a snack,) and a water bottle.
WHAT ARE SNACK CARDS? We provide each child with a snack card. We have assorted granola bars 50c, and fruit gummies 25c for sale. At the end of each quarter we add up the cards and bill. PLEASE tell your child if they are not allowed to buy a snack...hungry, grumpy dancers do not enjoy classes!
PLEASE NO PEANUTS! Open peanuts can trigger allergic reactions...peanut butter is just fine :)
CLASS ATTIRE: We understand how busy the beginning of the year is, and that dancers sometimes move from one class to another, so we are less strict in the beginning of the year. If a hip hop dancer does not have indoor sneakers yet, please wash the soles of a regular pair of sneakers for the first week. Rocks are really frustrating to land on in ballet flats or bare feet. We absolutely cannot have them in the studio for safety reasons :) Ballerinas- if you do not have your class leotard yet, please wear any leotard and tights, or leggings and a cami. Thank-you!
ORDERS FOR NEW DANCE WEAR: Go out Sept 15 and Oct 15. Download the order form here. Leotard colors can be found under class attire.
CLASS COLORS: Where do I find them? Under Class Attire, which is in the last column of the website (Policies & Info):
GENTLY USED DANCE WEAR SALE: Ongoing at the studio....Drop off your clean leotards with an envelope attached. Written on the envelope should be your name and the price you are asking. When you leotard sells we will notify you and you can pick up the $.
IMPORTANT DATES: Where are those? Important Dates > Under Policies & Info (the last column of the website)
NUTCRACKER NEWSFLASH: Dates: Dec 21: 1 PM and 4:30 PM at the Elley Long Center (20 minute drive from AED via the circumferential highway.) This venue seats 300, so we are having fewer shows and a dessert/tea buffet. Start the holiday break off with a bang! (and fly to Grandma's on Sunday if you travel...) NOTE: the Nutcracker is not a studio-wide event...no pressure...only do it if you want. We have a fantastic time!
I think that is enough information for now! Looking forward to our new school year:) Website will be updating with our introductions to our new ballet and hip hop teachers asap!
Best, Martina and the staff
Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal Schedule
Hello Nutcracker Cast!
Here is the Dress Rehearsal Schedule for Dec 1 at AED! Snow date is Sunday Dec 2 (in case of weather related cancellations).
PLEASE be ready for your call time (arrive 20 min early to dress.) We know that some of you have a wait in between pieces....you are welcome to leave the building or stay and watch...just do not miss your call time! We cannot wait for someone who is somewhere in town :) We are excited!
Chinese Tea, Sleigh Bells, Snowflakes, Spice Drops all need JAZZ SHOES. We have some you can borrow, first come first serve. You can order on line at Discount Dance, or Dance Distributers or go to Lines for the Body in Williston.
Berry Sorbet, Sleigh Bells, Thin Mints, Cherries Jubilee, Arbian Coffee, and Soice Drops all need NUDE TIGHTS. I have some in stock and can order more but please email me your size!
Shoes and tights must be clean , and non ripped (obviously.)
Nutcracker Updates 11/15
Hello Nutcracker Dancers!
It's always amazing to see how quickly the Nutcracker sneaks up on you! Yet here we are again :) Some reminders and new info for you:
And most importantly, thank you for who you are. We are looking forward to a wonderful show! Happy Thanksgiving!
Somehow it feels like with all the cold weather, we have already been in November! Thank you for all those who stopped by in costume on Halloween! We LOVE to see you all decked out :) Awesome creativity!!!
Here are some updates:
NUTCRACKER TICKETS ARE ON SALE! Purchase here, or you can also purchase tickets at the studio through the black box in the kitchen. Please provide the number of ticket requested, the specific show, and a check (written to Arabesque) or cash. No Credit Card or Paypal done through the black box (you can do that online.) NOTE: we do sell out every year...don't wait! All sales are final. We will have your tickets ready for you a week after the purchase week.
NEW SHOW THIS YEAR FOR TOTS!
Sunday 11 AM show will be a specific show just for children ages 1-5 and their parents! Sit on the floor with a gingerbread cookie, watch a shorter show, and be able to dance and take pictures afterwards with your favorite dancers! If you have a family 4 or larger we have a discount for you. Email the studio directly please, our ticket software is not set up to handle family discounts! Adult tickets $7, Child ages 1-5, $5.
NUTCRACKER SHOW CASTING will be out shortly for leads (who does which show.)
CHECKS: Please make them out for one purpose only! With dancewear, tuition, fudge and tickets all on sale here...checks can get pretty complicated. Please only one purpose for check! Thank you!!
LAST WEEK OF FUDGE FUNDRAISING! Forms are due this Friday November 9. All proceeds will go towards costumes for the spring show!
NUTCRACKER SHOWTIMES: (all shows at the Richmond Library)
FRI Dec 7 6 PM Dessert Show $12
SAT Dec 8 1PM, 4:30 PM Tea Shows $16
SUN Dec 9 11AM Tot Show $5/$7
SUN Dec 9 3 PM Tea Show $16
CLASS OPENINGS will be closing in January. If you are thinking of adding a class, or have a friend who is, let us know soon! Thank you!
As always, so glad to have you as a part of the AED Family!
Wasn't today gorgeous! And we are supposed to get snow in the mountains tomorrow night? Gotta love Vermont!
The classes are running smoothly, the Nutcracker is well under way, and the dancers have sugared out to the classes they will take! It is nice to see a routine taking place. As usual, some updates help the studio run just a bit more efficiently :)
Welcome to 2018/2019
We are so very excited to greet you this week and kick off our 6th Season!
Here are some updates for you at this busy time of year:
Fall 2018 updates
I hope you are grabbing the last bits of summer sunshine! How quickly is speeds by....
For those of you returning this will be old news, but a reminder now and then is helpful. For those of you new to AED, please feel free to ask questions!
CLASSES START: the 5th of September
REGISTRATION: we need a hard copy for your "John Hancock," thanks!
BUSES: please make sure you have posted on registration that you need your child picked up from the bus if that is the case! We pick up the Richmond bus daily but Smiley and Huntington buses are not a daily pick up. Please let us know!
SNACK CARDS: are available. If your child gets a snack, we will mark it on their card. .50 for granola bar, .25 for fruit gummies. If you do not want your child to have this option please let us know. Hungry children do not usually dance well so we tend towards giving them a snack ;)
AFTER CLASS CARE: is not a given. It is easily arranged but we need to ask a teen to be there for your child. Please do make sure we know that you will need the care. After we have set up the babysitting, please pay the teens directly :)
LEOTARD COLORS: We are not strict about leotard colors the first few weeks of dance as we are still sorting out children's classes. Inevitably one or two children switch, and to have already bought a leotard make it frustrating! Note the LEOTARD RESALE and LEOTARD ORDERING Dates are below.
HAIR:We would like ALL dancers to have their hair neatly pulled back while dancing. Please pack a brush and hair tie should your child have long hair :)
HIP HOP SNEAKERS: Clean please. NO ROCKS. It is painful to step on them in ballet flats and dangerous in pointe shoes.
CONTEMPORARY: IS harder than it looks...even accomplished ballerinas have to start at the beginning :) So excited we can finally offer a real program for you!
Just to keep us together on all of the updates:
*Spring Show and Nutcracker dates are always made after many hours of thought and conversation with our facilities. These are the dates that work for our venues and for the complexity of our high school students' schedules. We have not set specific times due to the probability of snow days!
Looking forward to another phenomenal year!