Tap To Toe Studio of Dance/Potsdam Dance Comany

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Februar Newsletter

-I would like to say “Thank You” to all my wonderful students and parents for your continued support, understanding, and encouragement in my endeavors both in and out of the studio.  Your grace means more to me that you know! What an exciting and rewarding first “semester” and now onward to preparing for the BIG SHOW! I hope that dance can bring as much joy to your life as teaching brings to mine!

-There will be NO classes from Monday, February 18th-Sunday, February 24th for Mid Winter Break.  Classes resume as regularly scheduled on Monday, February 25th.  Have a safe and relaxing break!!!

-The week of Monday February 25th through Saturday March 2nd will be our Family Fun Week!  Family Fun Week is a new interactive class week we are incorporating this year and we are so excited about it!  During Family Fun Week, ONE family member (Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, Grandma, Grandpa, Brother, Sister, Cousin…the possibilities are endless!) are invited to join their dancer to “participate” (as much as comfortable) in their class!  We thought this would be a great opportunity to really get in to the thick of your dancer’s class (not just observe) and see what we do on a week to week basis…see all the hard work your dancer puts in to their education…and see how fun (and sometimes challenging) dance can be!  We hope you have a family member that will consider participating with your dancer the week of Monday February 25th through Saturday March 2nd!  

-Please remember that February’s tuition is now due.  This is also a reminder that our studio software automatically adds a $5.00 late fee after the 10th of the month, if you pay after the 10th please be sure to include the $5.00 late fee in order to avoid billing later, we appreciate your attention to having your tuition submitted in a timely manner. If you have any questions about your bill please stop in to the office, call us at (315)514-7242 or email us at ttsdmassena@gmail.com.  You can alleviate any headaches in remembering to pay your tuition at the beginning of the month by signing up for our Square invoice system!  Please stop in to the office or call us during office hours to register to be billed monthly for your tuition and to pay via a link from our secure, protected Square program!   

-As winter is now upon us I would like to remind everyone of the Snow Day Policy for the studio.  The policy states that a Snow Day is called at the director’s discretion. If there is inclement weather that prohibits our teachers and students traveling safely to and from the studio then a Snow Day may be called.  All decisions will be made by 3pm and you will be informed via email, the studio Facebook page, and the studio text reminder (check on our website how to sign up to receive up-to-the-minute text message reminders from the studio).  Thank You for your understanding and support as making these decisions is never easy. We have handed out a memo with “Snow Day Make Up Options” for the week of February 11th, if the studio was closed on a day your dancer had class they are invited to do one of two things: 1. Attend that same class in a different age group (Diva Hip Hop can attend Pre Teen Hip Hop for example) OR 2. Attend a class in the same age group, different genre (Diva Hip Hop can attend Diva Jazz for example).  I will post the memo the week of February 11th with all the available make up options!  Thank You for supporting us in trying something different for our Snow Day Make Up so everyone gets the most out of their tuition and their time at the studio!

-With cold and flu season upon us we have had several students out, some for an extended period of time.  Yes, we have an attendance policy, but I do NOT want you to risk your health or the health of your classmates and teachers by attending class when you are ill.  Please stay home if you show symptoms of the flu or have been diagnosed with any sort of illness. Stay healthy everyone!

-It has been cold outside and that means it can be chilly inside as well.  Please take care to wear extra layers to class in order to stay comfortably warm.  Also, please wipe your feet on the way into the studio. When the dirt and salt track into the studio room, it makes for a lot of dirty (and slippery!) tights, shoes, and kids!  

-There is still time to sign up for classes!  Did you see a class at the Christmas Demo that you enjoyed?  Did you take a workshop we offered and fall in love with a new style of dance?  You can join those classes and see what all the rage is about! Irish Step Dancing, Pointe, Musical Theatre, Acro…they are all waiting for you to join!  Inquire in the office about enrolling in an additional class today! Registration closes Saturday March 2nd so don’t delay!

-Our Kinder Dance (3 year old) Class Spring Session begins Saturday March 2nd for an 11 week session.  Our Pre Kinder Dance (2 year old) Class Spring Session begins Saturday April 13th for a 6 week session.  And our Training for Tumbling (our Acro class for ages 5-9 years) Spring Session begins *Saturday March 30th* (revised date!) for an 8 week session.  Please share with any tiny dancers/tumblers that you think may be interested in playing, socializing, and learning some fun dance/acro moves along the way!

-ALL Company Students there is a mandatory meeting on Thursday February 14th at 6:00pm for ALL *new and returning* company students and parents in order to discuss all of the “need to know” things leading up to competition such as hair styles, makeup, etc. Can’t wait to share all the fun and exciting stuff to expect at competition and beyond!  First Competition Entry Fees are due 2/14!

-I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some new and exciting things we are integrating in to the fabric of the studio!  We are hoping these new opportunities are wildly successful and become a staple at the studio! Here are some of the new things happening at TTSD:

1.  TEACHER FEATURE-each month we will feature one teacher and tell you all about them!  We will do a little bio as well as a question and answer session with them…possibly on Facebook Live ;) and Instagram Stories to allow you to get to know your faculty a little better!

2.  SOLO STUDY-Miss Brettany will offer solo study classes each month on a designated day…Solo Study is a one-on-one class that can be used for ANYTHING you are looking to improve, polish, learn, etc.  This is a great alternative to doing weekly private lessons for choreography…Solo Study is different because we will go in to depth not on learning choreography but improving YOU as a dancer from the ground up!  Want to work on your technique in a private setting…Solo Study is where that happens! Want to work on a new genre of dance “just for fun” because you aren’t comfortable performing in that style yet…Solo Study allows for that freedom!  Want personalized lessons, made just for you to improve your flexibility, strength, endurance…you will leave with a program designed JUST FOR YOU from Solo Study! I am SO SO SO excited to finally be able to offer something like this to ALL of our dancers…not just dancers who wish to perform a solo piece of choreography, but dancers who really want to dive deeper in to their training and get individual attention and feedback!  The first Solo Study date will be Sunday February 17th…classes are in 30 increments for $25 and each class is pay as you go…you will not be billed for these classes and payment is due at the time of lesson.  I will post on Facebook how to arrange a Solo Study lesson with me!

3.  BIRTHDAY PARTIES!-Tap to Toe finally feels properly equipped to open up our space to dancers/friends to offer birthday parties!  There are different levels of birthday parties that can be held at the studio! It can be as simple as wanting a small gathering of friends to have a short dance class and birthday party activities.  It can be as elaborate as big as having princesses attend your party for your big day! We have different birthday packages available…please inquire via email at ttsdmassena@gmail.com or ask our office staff for more information!

4.  THEME PARTIES!-we are excited to announce that we will be holding theme parties throughout the dance season AND in the summer that will be open to ALL children, not just students at the studio!  The theme parties will be varied in age level, length, cost to attend, etc. Some of the theme party ideas we are excited to offer are “Disney Junior Dance Party,” “JoJo with the Bow Bow Party,” “Princess Tea Party,” “SuperHero Swagga Party,” “Pixar Play Day Party,” and many more!  We will be holding our first Theme Party during February break! Tuesday February 19th from 5:00-6:30pm we will hold our “Disney Junior Dance Party!”  If you love Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, The Muppet Babies, Puppy Dog Pals, and Vampirina this is the party for you!  This party will be for boys and girls ages 2 and up…the cost for the experience will be $15 per attendee…this will include the party, a Pizza and Juice dinner, as well as a souvenir!  You must register by Friday February 15th for this party so we know how many children to account for for dinner and the souvenir!  You can register by emailing ttsdmassena@gmail.com with the name of your attendee, age, and whether you wish to pay at the time of the party or be invoiced via our Square system!  We can’t wait share these parties with everyone!!!


-There are a few TENTATIVE dates we wanted to pass along to our dancers and families so they can begin to prepare for the rest of our dance season:

Mid Winter Break: Monday February 18th through Saturday February 23rd (Studio Closed)

Registration for the 2018-2019 Dance Season CLOSED: Saturday March 2nd (except for our “session” classes)

FAMILY FUN WEEK: Monday February 25th through Saturday March 2nd

DANCE IN MOVIES TREAT WEEK (will explain more in Mar newsletter): Monday March 25th through Saturday March 30th

Spring Break: Monday April 15th through Saturday April 20th (Studio Closed)

Company Meeting for 2019-2020 Season: Thursday May 9th

Visitors Week to Discuss Year End Recital: Monday May 13th through Saturday May 18th

Company Auditions for 2019-2020 Season: Monday May 20th through Thursday May 23rd

Memorial Day Break: Friday May 24th through Monday May 27th (Studio Closed)

Rehearsals for Year End Recital : Monday June 10th, Tuesday June 11th, and Thursday June 13th

Solo Ball: Friday June 14th

Year End Recital: Saturday June 15th

Wrap Up Week Classes: Monday June 17th through Friday June 21st  

-I wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU for all of your continued support and understanding.  This year has been one of change (an AMAZING change) but along with changes comes growing pains and learning curves…we are so thankful for your grace and loyalty through it all.  Our NUMBER ONE MISSION is to provide our students with an up-to-date, well rounded dance education that nourishes their mind, body, and soul. Our goal is for each student who leaves our doors to stand a little taller, walker a little stronger, and to have confidence in themselves…to be the leaders who shape the future with compassion, creativity, passion, and lots of heart.  So thank you for trusting us with your most precious gifts…we cherish them so much!

-Our February Incentive is all about the LOVE!  TTSD <3’s our students and we hope you <3 us too!  Email us at ttsdmassena@gmail.com and tell us why you love Tap to Toe and we will share your stories via our social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Whomever emails us your “love stories” will be entered in a drawing to receive a studio gift card as well as a special gift!

-I would like to announce our STUDENT OF THE MONTH for January!

Our Student of the Month for January is Lylah Collins!

Lylah is eager, enthusiastic, fun loving, kind hearted, and joyful.  She brings a warm, welcoming energy to the classroom with her tender-hearted personality.  Lylah is a good listener and a hard worker. She is kind to her classmates and respectful to her teachers.   Lylah is full of life and embodies such a gentle, caring personality. Everyone truly enjoys working with Lylah, as she is sure to put a smile on your face and make you feel at ease when you are around her!  Congratulations Lylah on being named our January Student of the Month!

Dancingly Yours-

Miss Brettany