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September News and Reminders

The first week of classes went very well...even with all of the congestion and confusion of registration.  The second week has already been much calmer and less hectic.  The children are becoming used to their new teachers, and we have all been learning new things and enjoying each other.  We have finally made progress with the new studio and have broken ground.  We anticipate a move around the holidays...please cross your fingers for good weather and good luck with the building!  The children are all very excited about having a new studio...and they deserve it!


First pizza party next week!
Next Friday (September 27th) will be our first "Parents Night Out" pizza party for children 5-12 years old.  Parents can drop their kids off (boys or girls) at 6:00 for pizza and organized activities.  Enjoy an evening out without having to drive a babysitter to and from your house...and without completely depleting your food supply.  Reservations are required at least 3 days in advance, and space will be limited.  The fee for the pizza night will be $25 per child (including pizza) and the pick up time is 10:00.  You may call or email me for reservations.  Payment is due to reserve a spot.


Sign in!!!!!
Most of you are getting used to signing in at the door.  This is to keep the teachers focused on teaching and not having to take attendance.  This also gives us a good record of your attendance and we can check for makeup lessons very easily.  Please remember to sign in as soon as you walk in the door.



Fundraiser Due September 26th

Please turn in your fundraiser sheets to the front desk by September 26th.  Delivery is scheduled for October 26th between 8am and noon.  Money does not need to be collected until the items are delivered.  Please have your customers make checks payable to Springfield Dance and double check cash and keep each custumer’s cash separated with their name on it so that we can track the money.  All money is due November 2nd.  Credits will be reported by the following week so that Recital money can be turned in.  The approximate percentage for fundraiser profits is 25%.  Some items are more and some are less…they will give me the break down.  Please call with questions.


Office Assistant Needed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you or anyone you know is interested in part time employment, I am looking for a part time office assistant.  The hours would be 4-9 Monday through Thursday and possibly for a couple of hours during the day on Monday and Tuesday.  Please call or email for serious inquiries.


Payment Procedures
Payments are due by the 15th of the preceding month.  Payments not received by the 1st of the month are subject to a $10 late fee.  Any cancellations must be reported before the 1st of the month to avoid billing charges.  Gymnastics classes will be charged separately from the dance classes, and will not be included in dance class hourly rate or unlimited dance classes.  Gymnastics classes will follow the same fee schedule as the dance classes and a $5 monthly discount will be given to students signed up for both dance and gymnastics.


Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures
Since we had planned on being in the new building by September 1st, we have had to make some small renovations in our current location, and therefore there is no longer a dressing room.  Please bring your children to class wearing their dance attire and keep shoes in a small bag that will be taken into the dance room with them.  Please do not drop your children off more than 5 minutes prior to the start of their class, since we no longer have a place for them to sit and wait.  They will be brought into the danceroom 5 minutes before the start of class to keep the hallway clear.  When dropping off your child, please come in the East drive and then drive around the building and exit the West drive.  This will avoid parking lot congestion.   Parents may bring small children into the studio and get them to their class, but again, please do not arrive more than 5 minutes prior to the start of class. When picking up your child please arrive on time.  If a parent is excessively late to pick up their child (more than 2 times), a $15 fee will be charged for each instance after the 3rd offense.  If you are late, your child will be waiting in the office.


This year, we had 42 of the 63 children successfully audition for the Springfield Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker!  Over 100 children tried out, and many were dissappointed.  Some children made it last year, and didn't this year, and others didn't make it last year and did this year.  I had to audition dancers for my Rockballet piece this year, and it was very hard to choose 9 out of 15!  I can't even imagine how hard it would be to choose 63 out of 150!  For those of you who made it, congradulations!  Those of you who did not make it this year, try again.  Sometimes it takes several times to get in...but you are all beautiful dancers!  We also secured the lead roles this year:  Allison Hebron will again dance Clara, Elizabeth Chapman will dance Sugar Plum Fairy, Courtney Vorachek will dance Snow Queen, and Caitlin Helton will dance Dew Drop.  Many of our other dancers are dancing in variations.  Good luck to all of you!

You can contact me by email or by website or phone 698-8344.

Ronda Brinkman
Owner, Springfield Dance