October / November Newsletter


Thank you to all parents for choosing The Dance Connection as the studio of choice to train their children in the
Art of Dance. This is our 31st year of dance instruction in the Battlefords and we look forward to teaching all of
our enthused new students, as well as, our wonderful returning students. We are grateful for your ongoing
support and know it is going to be a fun and rewarding dance season for all !!

This newsletter is intended to keep all parents and dancers informed of important dates to remember and a
few reminders regarding studio policies, festival and recital information. Please make sure to mark these dates
on your calendar that are listed throughout this newsletter as attendance is mandatory. We recently emailed
these important dates as well on a separate sheet for quick reference. Please review the Welcome Newsletter
and other studio policies on our website along with photo gallery of past years dance classes at: danceconnectionnb.com

Class attendance: illness is unforeseen, however missing more than 2 classes in a row (two weeks) may
results in removal from dance. Please keep us informed of missing classes by texting us at 306-481-6224 or
emailing us – dance.connection@sasktel.net

Staff Parking: Teachers do not have set working hours and any parking at the back of the studio is for teacher
parking only. You may use the back lane as a drop-off or pick-up spot but do not park or leave vehicle in the
back lane unattended. Please make sure your child is safely in the building before driving away.
Lost and Found: Please make sure to check out the lost and found. It is always full of shoes, boots and
clothing. Make sure your name is clearly marked on all dance wear and shoes. Any left overs at the end of the
dance year will be donated. This year we donated several bags of clothing!

Kitchen: Students using the kitchen and refrigerator are expected to clean up after themselves. Food items
should be labeled with dancer’s name. Dancers should please bring their own water bottle to the studio with
your name clearly marked on the bottle. We are happy to provide water from the water cooler however, it is
more environmentally friendly to not be using so many little cups. If you need to use the paper cups please be
sure the cup is thrown in the garbage when done – not crushed on the front steps or in the studio yard.
Other festivals and workshops: Information regarding festivals, workshops and other news of interest are
posted on the bulletin board. Those wishing to attend workshops must make sure it does not conflict with Dance
Connection studio dates booked.

Tap Exams: Students taking part in the CDTA tap exam classes are required to purchase set practice CD and
notes. The CD’s are $15.00 and the notes are $5.00 GST included. The notes include all information for every
grade. Please see teacher to purchase these items. Information regarding tap exams and mock tap exams will
be in a separate newsletter and you will be informed which exam your child will be able to take. This tap exam
newsletter will be coming out soon by email and will list the exam fees and other exam information.
The entry deadline is Tues, Nov 15, 2018 – the exam dates will be held between January 31 and February14,
2019. The newsletter will also list the exam fees which are also due by November 15, 2018. If you have
questions regarding tap exams please see Virginia. Weekly attendance is important for dancers taking their
exam. Missed classes may result in removal from taking the exam. You will however, still be responsible for the
exam fees after entry has been sent in.
Please remember to dress correctly – For Tap Exam Classes proper “Exam” dance attire is required. All girls
must wear bodysuit (any colour), tights and tap shoes. Hair must be in a bun.
Ballet Exams: Miss Cassandra and Mrs. McCaffrey have been preparing dancers for those taking their ballet
exam and mock exams. Mock exams will be held Sunday Nov 4 and Monday Nov 5, exact times to follow. The
ballet exam dates are Nov 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 and Nov 30 from 9am to 4:05pm. Good luck to those who will be
participating. Information on regular classes starting at 3:45 to follow as the studio will be busy with exams.
Ballet examination students are required to purchase the app for their grade level, home study and practice is
required. Absence from classes may result in the student being pulled from the examination, without refund.
Set uniform will be posted on the bulletin board.
Ballet students are reminded that they are required to wear a proper classical bun to class, as well as, bodysuit
and salmon coloured tights.

 

Changes in addresses/phone numbers: Please inform us by email of any address or phone number changes
as we may need to contact you.

Payment of dance fees and costume deposits – Parents recently received an email to set up a password on
the parent portal in the new Jackrabbit program to view your fees owing and payments and other information.
There are still outstanding accounts due for September. Fees must be kept current. Interest will be charged on
overdue accounts. For those that did not pay a costume deposit please note they are due no later than
November 1, please make sure your deposit is at the studio before that date. All returned cheques from the bank
will be charged a service fee of 20.00 please make sure your funds are in your bank the first working day of each
month for those that have paid by postdated cheques. More than two returned cheques will result in withdrawal
from class. Please contact us if you have questions. Non-payment of dance fees, festival fees, costumes etc.
could result in your child not dancing in the festivals or recital.

Festival information: The Dance Connection will be participating in the “To the Beat” competition in
Lloydminster April 4-7, 2019 – Grade 1 and up, The Performer Dance Competition in Saskatoon April 10-14,
2019 – Grade 1 and up and the North Battleford Dance Festival to be held during Easter week April 23rd to April
26, 2019 for all competitive groups (marked with * on dance schedule and listed below)
A complete dress rehearsal for competitive groups with picture taking will take place at the Dekker Centre on
Friday, March 29, 2019 from 3:30 to 9:30pm and Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 12 noon to 6pm. Attendance is
MANDATORY for group dress rehearsal and pictures for all competitive classes. If you do not attend you will
have to withdraw from the competitions. You will however, still be responsible for the entry fees. The dress
rehearsal times for each group and more information regarding this will be sent out later. NOTE: we are only
renting the stage area and dressing rooms back stage. Please enter the facility and go directly back stage, no
running, no loud talking, no food or drink is allowed. If for any reason you are unable to attend the festivals we
must know NOW, please let us know by email ONLY no later than October 14, 2018 if you are not able to attend
the festivals booked as we may need to make a class change.
The following regular dance classes will be entered in the three festivals.
Advanced Ballet – Mon 8:45-10 and Wed 4:45-5:45 Inter/Adv Pointe – Wed 7:45-8:30
Inter Ballet – Mon 6:30-7:45 and Wed 6:30-7:45 Grade 7 Ballet – Tues 6:45-7:45 and Wed 8:30-9:30
Grade 4 Ballet – Mon 5:30-6:30 and Thurs 4:15-5:15 Grade 3 Ballet – Mon 7:45-8:45 and Wed 3:45-4:45
Grade 2 Ballet – Mon 3:45-4:45, Tues 7:45-8:45 Grade 1 Ballet – Mon 4:45-5:30 and Wed 5:45-6:30
Primary X Ballet – Thurs 6:45-7:30 – NB only
Advanced Contemporary Thurs 5:45-6:45 Grade4/Inter Contemporary Tues 5:45-6:45
Grade 3 Contemporary Tues 4:45-5:45
Musical Theatre (Song & Dance) – All Thursday classes
Grade 1 Jazz – Thurs 6:30-7:30 Grade 2 Jazz – Thurs 3:45-4:45
Grade 3 Jazz – Mon 3:45-4:45 Grade 4 Jazz Tues 6:45-7:45
Inter Jazz – Tues 8:45-9:45 Adv Jazz – Thurs 7:30-8:30
Primary X Jazz – Thurs 7:30-8:30 – NB only
Grade 1 Tap – Wed 6:30-7:30 Grade 2 Tap – Mon 5:45-6:45
Grade 3 Tap – Mon 4:45-5:45 Grade 4 Tap – Mon 8:30-9:30
Inter Tap – Tues 4:45-5:45 Adv Tap – Mon 7:30-8:30
Primary X Tap – Mon 6:45-7:30 – NB only
Grade 2 Lyrical – Tues 5:45-6:45 Grade 3 Lyrical – Wed 7:30-8:30
Grade 4 Lyrical – Thurs 8:30-9:30 Inter Lyrical – Wed 5:30-6:30
Adv Lyrical – Wed 8:30-9:30
Grade 1 Hip Hop – Wed 4:00-4:45 Grade 2 Hip Hop – Thurs 4:45-5:45
Grade 3 Hip Hop – Tues 3:45-5:45 Grade 4 Hip Hop – Tues 7:45-8:45
Inter Hip Hop – Tues 3:45-4:45 Adv Hip Hop – Thurs 8:30-9:30
Prim X Hip Hop – Wed 5:45:6:30 – NB only

Festival Fees: At registration we collected a nominal deposit for festival fees for the competitive groups. At the time
we did not collect for the Lloydminster competition nor did we have the rates for the other competition. Your balance
owing can be calculated by adding the fees listed below for the groups you are in and subtracting the deposit you paid and
making payment to the Dance Connection at your earliest as the studio must pay in advance.
Festival Fees are as follows:
Lloydminster Saskatoon North Battleford
Solos 51.45 49.35 25.00
Duets per dancer 38.85 38.85 per dancer 20.00 per dancer
Trios per dancer 38.85 38.85 per dancer 20.00 per dancer
All Groups per dancer 30.45 33.60 per dancer 20.00 per dancer
Choreography on your own N/A N/A 25.00 per dancer
(By approval only)
***Showcase for solos, duets and trios*** the showcase for solos and duets is booked for Sunday, March
24, 2019 at the Dekker Centre from 12 noon to 6pm. This showcase will give the dancers a chance to practice
on stage and show their performance at the Dekker Centre on stage before the 3 dance competitions. The exact
times, costs and further details to follow.

Important dates to remember:

Thanksgiving – October 8, 2018 – no classes will be held.
Halloween – Oct 31, 2018 – no classes will be held
Christmas Break – last day of dance before Christmas will be Friday, December 21, 2018 Classes will
resume Monday, January 7, 2019.
February 18-22, 2019 – no classes (February break)
March 24, 2019 – date for Showcase for solos and duets – details to follow.
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 29, 2019 – 3:3-9:30pm and Saturday March 30, 2019 from 12 noon to
6pm. All competitive dance groups must participate. Schedule to follow in March.
Good Friday – no classes on Good Friday April 19, 2019
Lloydminster – “To The Beat” April 4-7, 2019 all competitive dance groups (except Primary X) and all
“extras” attend. Details to follow.
Saskatoon – “The Performer” – April 10-14, 2019 all competitive dance groups (except Primary X) and all
“extras” attend. Details to follow.
NB Festival – Easter Week April 23-26, 2019 all competitive dance groups and all “extras” attend.
Details to follow. No regular dance classes will be held during Easter week.
Victoria Day – May 20, 2019 – no classes
Year End Recital and dress rehearsal – ALL DANCE CONNECTION STUDENTS PARTICIPATE – Venue

location will be the Dekker Centre. Thursday May 23, 2019 from 3:30-9:30pm dress rehearsal for non-
competitive groups with picture taking. Recital Friday, May 24, 2019 – 7pm, Saturday May 25, 2019 Noon and 3pm matinees for the younger students. Saturday May 25 – 7pm show.

Details & schedule to follow – please keep these dates available.