Welcome Letter from Mrs. McLeod Fall 2016

Welcome Letter from Mrs. McLeod Fall 2016

Dear Dancers and Parents:

Welcome and thank you for registering for dance class at the Darien School of Dance. I am excited to share my passion and commitment to the art of dance with all of you. To make the dance experience more enjoyable, please review the following schedule and policies.

Schedule:
A complete Calendar of Events for 2016/2017 can be viewed on our website: http://darienschoolofdance.com
Fall/Winter Session I runs from September 12, 2016 to December 23, 2016.

Highlights of the schedule – Special Events:

Week of September 19th (presch): Bring your favorite Teddy Bear/Furry Friend to class
Oct 1 Nutcracker Rehearsals Begin
Oct 8th NYCBallet Field Trip with performance and master classes at Lincoln Center
October 25- 31 (mom&me, presch, kinder) Wear your Halloween costume to class
November 24 & 25 Thanksgiving and Fri after closed (Open Sat, 26th)
December 11 Nutcracker Performance at Darien High (tentative location)
Week of December 19th: Parent Drop in/Photo Opportunity – last 10 minutes of class

Winter/Spring Session II runs from January 9 to May 27, 2017. A recital is planned for May 21 (tentative date) with mandatory dress rehearsal prior to. There are additional costs related to the recital such as costumes and tickets. More details to follow and please see Policies on our website.

Darien School of Dance follows the same winter & spring breaks (Feb 16-22 and week of April 10) as the Darien Public Schools. If there is a snow day and the schools are closed, we are also closed. If there is a school delay or early release we may cancel or not depending on the circumstances. I will issue an email blast as to cancellations/delays/early release and post on our Facebook page (please like us) or you may email me at dariendance@optimum.net.

Studio/Classroom Policies:
Dance Attire for Mom & Me, Pre-Ballet, Ballet: pink tights, pink leotard with attached skirt and pink leather ballet slippers with strings tucked inside. Please no tutus, multi tier skirts or leg warmers. Ages 8 yrs and up may wear any color leotard. Tap combo class will also need black patent leather tap shoes (no tyettes and velcro closures required for ages 4 and 5 ). Hip hop jazz class will need beige pull on jazz shoes. No jewelry is allowed and hair must be pulled away from face and secured in a bun or ponytail. As requested our school is now selling dance clothing and ballet slippers (no tap shoes) for your convenience. Please let me know if you would like an order form, photos and further information on purchasing shoes and clothing.

Attendance and Make up: It is very important to have dancers arrive on time for class. Children should not be left unattended in the lobby, restroom or hallway. Street clothes and shoes should be left in the dressing area. Please remind dancers to use the restroom before class. Sickness: If your child is sick and will miss class, please send me an email to let me know. If class is missed due to illness, please speak to me about making up in another class.

Communication:
Please add dariendance@optimum.net to your email address book so that there are no problems with missed emails. I try to use less paper/hard copies and communicate with email throughout the year with reminders, updates, etc. We have a FACEBOOK page so please LIKE us and you will have access to updates, photos, and reminders. All updates and complete information will be on our website: http://darienschoolofdance.com. Please take a few minutes to review the site where we go into more detail regarding the schedule, policies and notices. Notices and monthly goals will always be posted on the DSOD bulletin board just outside the studio. Please do not hesitate to call me at 203-912-4804 if you have any questions or concerns.

We love our new car magnets showing our school spirit free to anyone for your car bumper. Please help us spread the love of dance!

Brigita McLeod, Director