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 :)
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:
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!
Due to the requests we have been having we are opening up an Intro to Jazz class for Jr High and High Schoolers!
Please note the schedule changes that have taken place:
Intro to Jazz: Wed 4:30-5:30
Ballet for Contemporary Thurs 4:30-5:30
Contemp 3 Friday 5:00-6:00
Looking forward to the new year!
As you know, at AED we endorse students participating in other activities! Youth is a precious time with oodles of opportunities....and we have dancers participating in crazy fun activities all over Chittenden County and beyond. Some children focus on only one thing, some do a gazillion...the point is to be realistic as to the consequences of choices. As a dance studio who takes training seriously, we want all of our dancer's experiences with us to be successful and joyful.
So what to do? How can we maintain a studio where classes make continual progress and do not have to back track (in order to catch students up to speed because they were involved in another opportunity?) It is unfair to those who come consistently to dance class to have to stop their momentum.
Here are several things we recommend.
I am sending out the class recommendations today. So exciting to see so much interest in the fall!!! If you still have questions after today by all means please give me a shout out.
We have increased our Hip Hop classes to include a new beginning level of Bunheads ( a class for accomplished ballerinas who want to learn hip hop.) This underlines the philosophy of our studio...if you take ballet, all other styles of dance will come easier. (Thus our name....Arabesque Etc. :)
We have also increased our Contemporary line, and added in new levels of Ballet.
The summer class participants are blossoming at an exponential rate!!!!! It is amazing to watch these dancers grow! If you have time in your schedule, it is not too late to catch the wave of excitement that is going on (in the air conditioning) at the studio!
We still have openings in the American History Doll Camp, the Int Hip Hop Camp, the Contemporary/Jazz/Ballet Camp, and the Fairy Tale/Tiny Tot B camp. (As well as Beg HH and Beg ballet next week.)
Already planning the Nutcracker and the Spring Show.....hmmmmm. any guesses? Our Seniors this year are already having fun discussing the songs!!!!
Happy end of July to all!
We are celebrating our 5th Birthday with a float on the Richmond 4th of July parade!!!!!
We would love anyone to participate. We are looking for a flatbed to showcase dancers and sets from each of our 5 big shows. It should be super fun to celebrate all of the stories we have put out there.
Contact Martina if you are interested or can help!
The 2018 Nutcracker Tea will be performed December 7 - 9, 2018 at the Richmond Free Library, Richmond, VT. Save the date!
Here we are! It's gong to be a lot of fun :) For those of you new to productions, they may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but rest assured, the rest of have all been there, and are here to help!
"HELP ME!!!! I've never done a bun!"
If this is you, no worries, a gazillion of us have and we can help! See below for instructions.
"Do I wear make up for the Dress rehearsal?" No! (whew!!!)
"How in the world do I do stage make-up? I don't even wear make up myself!!!!" See below for ideas...and we can help!
****REMINDER: ALL SHOES MUST BE CLEAN ON THE MARLEY DANCE FLOOR***********
Dress Rehearsal: Friday June 1, 3:45 PM at Colchester High School
Enter through Main entrance, take a Right, the auditorium will be on your right.
Find a picture of your child's costume for their first dance on the ends of the seat rows. That is where they and you should park.
Get dressed in your first costume, do your hair if it is not done, and wait with your classmates!
Larissa will call you for Bows at 4:15
After bows, wait for your dance to be called by a runner who will take you back stage at the proper time for your dance.
If you only have one dance you are free to go!
If not, change into your next costume and sit with the next picture
Note: if you have back-to-back dances you are considered a quick change. Please see below:
Quick Change Details:
the runner will have details as to which side to lay your quick change costume. Place it there before your first dance so that when you exit we can assist you to change into your next costume. Remember your nude leotard!!!
All tights and nude leotards have come in...Aimee Dessaint will have the box of merchandise in the back of the auditorium during the first hour of dress rehearsal.
Ticket Sales at dress rehearsal during the first hour: see Aimee Dessaint
For already Bought Tickets at Dress rehearsal: See Maggie VanDuyn
Online ticket sales STOP on June 1: don't panic, just buy at the door...get there early!
And to make life even easier, We sell flowers (inexpensively) at the show for your favorite dancer!
Remember: no snacks in costume!
Please Be Quiet in the Auditorium!
BUNS need slightly dirty hair , hair ties, hair pins (like the hairpin turn...not the same as bobby pins), bobby pins, and hair nets...hair spray, mousse or gel.
Set the ponytail at the crown of the head. Separate the pony tail, and twirl one piece, lay it flat around the base of the pony tail like a cinnamon bun and pin in place. Repeat with the other pieces until you have a flat cinnamon bun of hair. Wrap the net around the bun, pin in place with the hairpins. Spray, mousse or gel the rest of the head. Bobby pin whispies....and you are set to go!
STAGE MAKE-UP is necessary because the lights can make you look like you are about to pass out, or worse, have already done so!
Wear: red lipstick, pink cheeks (more than your mamma let you wear ever!) and eye liner. PP1 and up should have ballet wings at the eyes. Becky and Emmy do awesome ballet wings ...they will help you at the show if you need it. Eye shadow should be in the brown/gold family NOT the blue family please!
Looking forward to an awesome show!
Tickets are officially on sale for our spring show, "A Very Peculiar Nanny".
Shows are Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM & 4:30 PM at Colchester High School (131 Laker Lane, Colchester, VT)
TICKETS prices are: Adult: $13, Child 11 and under & Seniors $9
You can BUY your tickets at AED by putting a check and your show time request, number and type of tickets in the black tuition mailbox.
OR you can BUY tickets online (online ticket prices: Adult $14, Child and Senior $10 to cover credit card and ticket vendor fees)
All ticket sales are nonrefundable.