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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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:
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!