Studio Housekeeping Reminders
A few housekeeping items:
-Studio Phone Number 315-514-7242
-We do have studio WiFi…please see the front of the office desk to get the network name and password.
-There are ASBOLUTELY NO STREET SHOES ALLOWED IN THE STUDIO ROOMS…our studio rooms have state of the art foam floors and marley (professional dance) flooring. Approved dance shoes, barefeet, or socks only allowed inside the studios on the professional flooring!
-We have a student lounge available to students to hang out before/after class, to do homework while waiting at the studio, to store dance bags, and just to have a space their own! This space is open to all dancers, NO PARENTS ALLOWED. The students will earn the space by picking up after themselves, keeping the space clean and tidy, and being responsible for their behavior while hanging out in the student lounge. If any student does not abide by the student lounge rules for use they will be banned from the area. If the area as a whole is not kept in good working order we will close the student lounge until we feel students have earned their space back. We are SO EXCITED to have this dedicated space for students only, we hope everyone enjoys the space and gets great use out of it!
-We have boot trays and coat racks immediately to the left of the front entrance of the building. This space is for shoes and coats only. If a student does not leave their dance bag in the student lounge, they will bring their bag in the studio room with them, we ask that there be NO DANCE BAGS/PERSONAL BELONGINGS in the waiting area.
-Our waiting area is available for those waiting for dancers to use at their convenience! We hope you enjoy the comfy, bright, and plush seating we have chosen for you!
-There is a coffee bar available to our TTSD family as well, free of charge! We simply ask that you pick up after yourselves and keep the space clean and tidy!
-There are restrooms available in the rear of the building.
-There is one entrance to the building and that is through the double glass doors at the front of the building, the other doors are fire exits only.
-PLEASE TAKE CARE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE PARKING MAP HANDED OUT AT REGISTRATION. In order to allow the flow of traffic on 420 to continue on smoothly (as well as for the safety of our dancers/families) we ask that when you drop off a student you either park in a space and allow them to exit your vehicle, or you drive in to the parking lot, turn around, and drop them off at the front of the building so you are facing towards the road and ready to safely exit. There is handicap parking located at the front of the building, if you are looking at the building it is to the left of the front entrance. There is to be NO PARKING OR STANDING in front of the building to the right of the front entrance. Please feel free to park along the tree line as far as necessary and against the building starting at the storage part of the building. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS WE IRON OUT PARKING/FLOW OF TRAFFIC!!!
-Be sure to add email@example.com to your email contacts so we don’t get bounced to junk mail! We will be communicating important information through this address!
-SIGN UP TO RECEIVE OUR REMIND TEXTS!!! A quick and easy way for us to reach out to our dancers and their family members. Text the message: @411a0 to the number 81010 to start receiving our texts!
WELCOME Tap to Toe students and parents! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! Myself, all the teachers and staff, are so eager to begin the dance year with all of you! Thank You for your patience, support, and loyalty during this exciting time of change!!! We are bringing you a lot of thrilling things to look forward to here at the studio throughout the dance year! Here are some happenings at TTSD that you can look forward to:
The Birthday Board and Celebration…”this month we say Happy Birthday to ________” and when it is a student’s birthday week they will get a crown and button to wear for class as well as a special treat!
Bring a Friend to Class Week…show your friends what dance is all about by bringing them to dance along side you in both September and January!
Halloween Week…all the ghouls and boys get to wear their costumes to dance, play some fun games, and do a little pre-trick or treating in the studio!
Christmas Pajama Party Fun Week…wear your PJs to class as we celebrate the Christmas season with games, dancing, and treats!
Winter Workshop with Dustin Phillips and special guests...bringing world-class choreographers right to you! This is a dance opportunity that you do not want to miss…hip hop, jazz, contemporary taught in an energetic, enthusiastic atmosphere by passionate, world-class teachers! Mark your calendars for December 6, 7, and 8!
In Studio Workshop Week…from a Princess Party to a Disney Jr Dance Party, from Introduction to Irish Step and Jumping In To Jazz, we will take a week in January to give students an opportunity to check out different classes and possibly even find a style of dance they didn’t know they would enjoy!
Studio Spirit Weeks…show your Tap to Toe pride in both January and June with two different Spirit Weeks! There will be themed days and class competitions! We will be participating in activities that show your love of Tap to Toe and your appreciation for your fellow studio members!
Family Fun Week...one adult member of each of our students is invited to class to participate with their student and see just what your student does on a week-to-week basis in dance class!
Dance in Movies Week…we want our students to know that dance is all around them! We will show clips from some popular (and some lesser known) movies and shows to see that dance is one of the heartbeats of performing!
Student Take Over Week…the students become the teachers and the teachers become the students! Students will lead class from warm up to choreography run through and everything in between, let’s switch roles to see what the other half lives like!
Visitors Weeks…we invite family members of our students in to class once a season to observe what their students are doing and to receive information about our Christmas Demonstrations and Year End Recitals.
House Production Number…our house students ages Combo and up will be invited to join our Production Number starting in January. This is a number that will be multi-age, multi-level, multi-genre, and TONS OF FUN! For just $10/month add this fun choreography class to your schedule and be a part of our closing number of every show we will have in our Year-End Recitals.
Student of the Month…one student will be chosen each month to be exceptional, extraordinary student of the month! This student will have a biography printed up about them and be posted in the newsletter for all to see and inspire to be like! This student will receive a TTSD gift certificate to be used at their discretion! So be sure you exemplify a kind, helpful, courtesy, respectful, polite, enthusiastic, energetic, vivacious, courageous leader in and out of the classroom and you could be chosen as our very special, very honored “Tap to Toe Student of the Month!”
And our Monthly Incentives!...be sure to check out our “announcement wall” outside of studio B for our monthly incentive, do as the incentive states and rewards will follow! Incentives will be announced in monthly newsletters as well. We appreciate your loyalty and we want you to know how thankful we are for you!
There is still time to register for classes! Check out our classes in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, our ALL BOYS Swagga Crew, Irish Step Dancing, Cheer and Chant, Training for Tumbling for ages 5-9, Acro/Tumbling for ages 10 and up, ADULT CLASS, and our Music and Movement (formerly know as Mommy and Me) classes for ages 8 months to 5 years! Perhaps you are interested in doing a duet with one of your fellow dancers or perfecting your dance skills in a one-on-one setting in a solo lesson. If you know someone with a toddler, let them know about our Creative Movement program! Head to the office for more information or to register for classes!
As a reminder…
There MUST be four or more registrants per class in order to sustain the class for the year and we will strictly adhere to this due to the number of classes offered this year. If the registered number of students falls below four students will be presented with various options for alternate classes.
We will sustain each class through the month of September, after that adjustments will be made accordingly.
*NEW* Divisional Breakdown of Classes:
Pre Creative Movement - 2 year olds
Creative Movement - 3 year olds
Minis – Grades 1-4
Juniors – Grades 5-8
Senior – Grades 9-12
*Based on grade/age as of September 1st
Please know that we have trained extensively to be able to understand where students will thrive and grow and that is reflected in the new age guidelines for classes. When registering we will be asking your students grade and age as of the beginning of the school year to properly place them in a class. IF WE BELIEVE ADJUSTMENTS NEED TO BE MADE IN YOUR DANCERS SCHEDULE (as in moving to a different level after evaluation) WE WILL DO SO WITHOUT HESITATION, BUT PLEASE TRUST OUR TRAINING AND JUDGEMENT in starting out your student at their grade level.
*IMPORTANT CALENDAR NOTICES*
The studio will be CLOSED on the following dates:
Halloween: Thursday October 31
Thanksgiving: Wednesday, November 27 - Saturday, November 30
Christmas: Monday December 23 - Saturday January 4
Winter Break: Follow the Massena Central School District Calendar break
Spring Break: Follow the Massena Central School District Calendar break
Memorial Day: Friday, May 22 - Monday May 25
The studio will be OPEN and classes will be held on the following dates:
Martin Luther King Day
And any one-day holidays or school staff days
If the studio needs to close due to inclement weather, or any other emergency, the closing will be posted on the studio website, sent out in a studio email, and recorded as a message on the studio answering machine. Just because school is cancelled DOES NOT necessarily mean the studio will be closed.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE DATES ARE ANTICIPATED AND ARE NOT YET CONFIRMED,
AS SOON AS WE CONFIRM THE DATES WE WILL PUT THEM IN THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Christmas Demonstrations: December 12, 13, or 14
Year-End Recital: Saturday June 13
Visitors Day One: Monday December 2 - Saturday December 7
Visitors Day Two: Monday May 11-Saturday May 16
*Students will perform at the instructor and director’s discretion.
Tap to Toe is social! You can find us, as always, at our website “taptotoestudioofdance.com” as well as on Facebook (Tap to Toe Studio of Dance), Instagram (taptotoe), and now Snapchat (taptotoe)…search us, find us, follow us and keep up to date with all the happenings at the studio! As always, the best way to reach us is to stop by the office during office hours, call the studio, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do NOT accept studio conversations on our personal Facebook pages, emails, or phone numbers. If you have a studio question please direct it to one of the avenues listed above for a quick and thorough response! Thank You!
We are currently accepting orders for shoes and dancewear, Hip Hop sneakers, to Gore Boots, Ballet Shoes, to Tap Shoes. If you are in need of shoes, leotards, tights, etc…head down to the office and we can fit your needs! We will be placing orders throughout the month of September to get everyone in to their dancing shoes! Stop by the office to see the unique and fashionable apparel we have for your special dancer as well as to place your shoe order!
Our first Tap to Toe Apparel Order is available! We will be debuting new Tap to Toe APPAREL that will only be available once! Represent TTSD in style with a Tap to Toe t-shirt, sweatshirt, and jacket. Dance Moms we didn’t forget you! We have a Dance Mom t-shirt and jacket available for you as well! Grab an order form from the office desk and return with payment by Monday September 30th to get your TTSD apparel! Be on the lookout for samples hitting the studio soon!
Our first “Bring a Friend to Class” week will be Monday September 23rd thru Saturday September 28th. Tap to Toe students are invited to bring a friend to class to dance right along side them. Be sure to tell your friends to wear something comfortable and bring a pair of socks to dance in. Share your love of dance with your friends and encourage them to “give your inner self a chance…join our family at Tap to Toe Studio of Dance.”
Did you know we offer birthday parties at Tap to Toe! Let us be your venue AND take care of the work of entertaining your guests by holding a birthday party at TTSD! We do themed parties such as Princess Party, Fancy Nancy Party, Paw Patrol Party, Superhero Party, or we can do a “Class” Party where we do a dance class for your attendees! These parties can be as involved as letting us do ALL the work for you including decorating, set-up, tear-down, party favors, and everything in between or as low-key as you set-up in our space, provide all the bells and whistles and we can take care of the entertainment for you by providing a class. Feel free to grab an informational brochure on our party offerings from our office staff! Email email@example.com to get your party on the calendar!
Tap to Toe accepts credit and debit cards as well as check or cash! September tuition is now due! Please be sure to pay prompt attention to your account throughout the year so we can stay up-to-date and avoid disruptions in your student’s class. There will NOT be a late fee added to September tuition IF PAID IN THE MONTH OF SEPT. However from October through June, after the 10th of the month, there is a $5.00 late fee automatically added to any outstanding accounts. Please feel free to visit the office at any time to check on the status of your account. If you have any questions about your account please email firstname.lastname@example.org! We will be sending out monthly statements on your account via Square, this may take a few weeks to get right as students are adding or adjusting classes so we want to be sure tuition is up-to-date in your invoices. The statements may not immediately reflect adjustments to your account. If you ever believe that your account is not in balance please feel free to email us at the address listed above or stop in to the office to review your account!
Our first monthly incentive is…If you bring a friend (or 2) with you during Bring a Friend Week your name will be entered in a raffle to win a new Tap to Toe apparel item! The more friends you bring, the more times your name will be entered in to the raffle. And if your friend registers for class then you will receive a special thank you gift!
On behalf of all the teachers and staff at Tap to Toe we say WELCOME TO THE FAMILY! I would like to leave you with our mission statement…”to provide our students with a quality, well rounded, up-to-date dance education in an encouraging, nurturing, and rewarding environment to foster self-esteem, self-respect, confidence and positive interaction with peers.” Happy Dancing!
***You will receive all newsletters via the email you provided to the studio and hard copies of the monthly newsletter will be available on the announcement table down by the office.