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.)
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 :)
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!