May Newsletter 2017

May 2017
All ballet slippers that need to be painted will be collected the week of May 8th – 13th and returned the following week. Make sure that your child’s name is written inside their dance shoes and that they have a pair of shoes to wear home. (Not all classes are having their shoes painted; that is up to each teacher, but names should still be placed in all shoes). If your shoes are not being painted, PLEASE CLEAN THEM with a magic eraser before picture day.
Picture Day is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, 2017. Photos will again be taken by Photography by Skip Stowers. (Schedules are attached.) Order forms are available at the desk. Having these filled out in advance will make your day move faster. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your child’s picture time. They should arrive ready to go, costume, hair, make-up. DONNA-THE FLOWER LADY will again be set up outside taking orders for bouquets for those who wish to order flowers for their children. NOTE: THERE ARE 6 CHURCHES IN OUR PLAZA! On Sundays, the place is packed! There is parking available behind our building and behind the buildings in the back. The churches are usually empty by 2pm.
April 30th is the last day that we will accept checks for anything pertaining to the 2016/17 dance season. Checks will be accepted for Summer & Fall Registration. (Checks are not accepted for Recital Tickets at any time).
We will have a MANDATORY meeting for all Backstage Volunteers on Saturday, May 20th, at 2:15pm at the studio. You will receive lots of information regarding the rehearsal and your duties during the recital. This will help reduce the confusion at the rehearsal and recital. Please be on time.
Please DO NOT be absent from now through recital. There are only a few weeks left and there is still much to learn. Valuable time is wasted going over steps there were taught the previous week. NOTE TO PARENTS: If you were in your child’s shoes, would you want to get on stage and dance in front of 1200 people if you didn’t know what you were doing? That’s what you are asking your child to do when you don’t bring them to class regularly.
When we line up for finale, do not get on the main stage with the rest of the students. Please line up on stage right in alphabetical order. We will introduce assistant teachers first. You will walk across the stage all together as I announce your name. You will walk and wave and leave the stage on stage left. Do not stop. Graduating seniors will walk on together, but you will stop on stage. I will introduce each of you and tell a little about your future plans.
I am going to say this here, and also in the Recital Packet that you will receive when you get your costumes. ANY STUDENTS FOUND BACKSTAGE OR IN THE BALCONY WITH A CELL PHONE WILL HAVE THAT PHONE CONFISCATED! Please do not bring your cell phones with you to the recital.
Please let Mrs. Seiter know if you want to assist again next year. Also, we need assistants for summer, so please sign up! We have many new students who would like to assist, and we would like to give them a chance if there are openings. If you don’t tell us that you want to assist, we will assume that you don’t. For those who want to be new assistants, please put in your request with Mrs. Seiter at the front desk. Make sure that you give us your email address. We will be contacting you via email. In order to be an assistant teacher, you must be in Ballet 3 or above and you must sign up to assist classes for the summer. This is when you will receive your training.
Recital DVDs are still available to be ordered and may also be ordered at the recital. They are $35 ($45 for Blu-ray), and may be ordered by calling 1-877-234-2266 or go to Diacom video will also have a table set up in the theatre lobby.
In the upcoming weeks, we will not only be working on recital dances, but we will be teaching your children about the proper way to behave in a theatre. In accordance with that, we are hoping that you will help us out by not trying to come backstage to collect your child during the show. As I am sure you already know, it is terribly rude to leave in the middle of a performance, and I know that you would not want to teach your child to do this. All of our students work very hard and each one of them deserves to perform before a full audience. I thank you in advance for helping us to teach your children this valuable lesson. Also, if you must get up during the show, please do so in between numbers so that the people behind you don’t miss any part of the show. Families must refrain from shouting out a student’s name during the show. We have instructed the students not to do this while they watch the show from the balcony. This is not a sporting event and shouting the students name is distracting and dangerous to the students and audience members alike. Also, please be respectful of other audience members by not standing during your child’s number. You do not know if the person behind you has a child in that number and would like to see it also. Thank you.
All student levels for next year should be in by May 15th. In order to maintain the student’s privacy, upon your request, I will email your child’s levels to you. You can email your request to me starting May 16th, to If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to the teacher. She can tell you how your child is doing and what skills they need to work on. All students develop at a different rate and therefore do not automatically move to the next level each year. Some students who are not quite ready for the next level can sometimes make great improvements just by taking summer classes. Others may need more strength or maturity, and that just takes time. We all work hard to bring out the best in each child!
In order to make our FAMOUS 50/50 RECITAL RAFFLE even better, we are selling tickets now! Each year at the recital we give away over $200 to a lucky winner. Since this is our 29th year, let’s see if we can double that pot! Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20. Your chances of winning are much better than any lottery!
If you are going into Ballet 4 or above next year, and would like to try out for Pointe class, please let Mrs. Wheeler know. She will be evaluating all the students soon.

April Newsletter 2017

April 2017
We only have approximately 7 more classes until the recital. Many students are frequently absent and this holds up the rest of the class while the absent child tries to catch up. This is frustrating for everyone. We have a recital ABSENTEE POLICY. If your child misses a total of 4 classes during the months of March, April and May, we have THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO LET YOUR CHILD PERFORM IN THE RECITAL. It is not fair to have a child dance in front of 1200 people when they don’t know what they are doing. Also, it takes away from the rest of the class because the dance does not look as good as it could. So, if you want your child to perform,,,DON’T LET HER/HIM BE ABSENT!
We still need volunteers for the recital. Without your help “the show can not go on”. The dancers are counting on your to help make this recital a success. We must have approximately 50 volunteers to make the show run smoothly. We could also use a few dads to help with props and/or security the night of the show. NOTE: Most volunteers will get to watch half of the show, and of course, you can always watch from the side of the stage when your child is performing. We would like to ask that you volunteer by May 1st so that we can list your name in our recital program. Also, I need someone to decorate the lobby during the rehearsal and also take it apart after intermission.
Don’t forget to submit your ads for our wonderful souvenir recital program! These ads are due April 22nd. What a wonderful way to promote your business or tell your child how much you appreciate all the hard work they put into their dancing!! Last year’s program is available for viewing to get ideas.
Tickets for the recital will be going on sale April 17th. The cost per ticket is $25.00. Everyone sitting in a seat needs a ticket regardless of age. (2 and under can sit on a lap.) Please refer to your ticket sheets for ticket sale procedure. We will only accept cash or credit cards when purchasing tickets.
Photos will be taken of the students in their recital costumes on Sunday, May 21, 2017 (schedule will follow). The photos will be taken by Photography by Skip Stowers. More information will be given as the date gets closer.
Please make sure that your children come prepared and READY TO DANCE. Precious time is being wasted fixing hair and removing jewelry. Ballet students MUST have their hair in a bun or similiar style that doesn’t allow the hair to move. ALL STUDENTS must have their hair up & held securely so that it doesn’t fall apart during class. Scrunchies DO NOT hold hair in place! Please make sure that they have all of their supplies when they come to class or they will be asked to sit and observe the class.
Don’t forget to order your Recital T-shirt! Orders are due by April 15th.
This year we have reserved 75 rooms, at the Rosen Centre Hotel, which is attached to the Orange County Convention Center. If you have more than one child in the recital, or your child is in many numbers, it is much more convenient to stay at the hotel rather than drive back and forth to the theater. We have reserved 25 rooms for Sunday and 50 rooms for Monday. The group rate is only $109 a night if you reserve by 5:00pm, Friday, April 28th. Reservations requests received after 5:00pm local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted at Hotel’s prevailing rate, based on room type availability. You can make reservations by calling 1-800-204-7234 and request the group rate for Leggz Dance Recital.
Recital DVDs are $35.00, $45 for Blu-ray and may be ordered directly through Diacom Productions. Their number is 1-877-234-2266 or you may order them online at If you prefer to mail in your order, order forms are also available at the desk. Don’t miss out on preserving your child’s wonderful performance! Get your professional DVD , you won’t want to miss a minute of it!
Dates have been set for our specialty number rehearsals. Students must attend ALL practices.
ROCK AND ROLL” Rehearsal Dates
April 1, 8, 22, 29 May 13, 20 – All Rehearsals are 2:00-4:00pm
JACKSON 5 MEDLEY” Rehearsal Dates
April 22, 29 May 6, 13. All Rehearsals are 2:00-4:00pm
May 22 during the Jazz 4/5 class, Monday 8pm.
We are now in full recital mode. If your child needs to make up an absence in another class, please try to bring her/him to another class that is taught by the same teacher. Or, if the class is combined with another, please bring your child to that class. This will make it easier for the teacher to go over what your child missed and it will help them to catch up.
Take a look at the adorable PERSONALIZED Teddy Bear on the desk in the lobby. You can order one for your child for only $28.95. (Personalization is extra). There are eight different styles and colors to choose from. Or, if you got one last year, update it by just ordering a new outfit. This year, you may also order them with matching necklaces and bracelets! Deadline for ordering Recital Bears is May 1st. Your may order at the studio, online or by phone. (Please let us know when ordering if it is a surprise for your child, as we wouldn’t want to spoil it.) What a wonderful recital keepsake!
I would like to invite all of our Kindergarten students, and their parents, to attend and observe one or more of our classes during the week of April 3rd-8th. Any child who is going into 1st grade next year is now eligible to take Ballet, Tap and/or Jazz. Deciding which to study is sometimes a difficult decision for both children and parents. By watching a class in April, it will help you make a decision for Summer and/or Fall classes.
Any student who is in a class that is combined with another class should check with their instructor as to when to start attending the other class. Most students should be attending their combined classes as often as they can by now. There is no extra charge for the extra class, but it is important to attend in order to get used to working with the other students in the class.
Just a reminder of our studio policy. If your child is currently in Hip Hop 1 and is recommended for Hip Hop 2 next year then she/he will have to take a 2nd class in either Ballet, Jazz or Modern. Hip Hop derives a lot of its steps from those classes, and having a knowledge of them will help them to succeed in Hip Hop 2. If your child is currently in Jazz 2 is selected to move up to level 3, then they must also take Ballet. It is impossible to succeed in the upper Jazz levels without Ballet training. Not every student moves up a level each year because all children learn and develop at the different pace, but if your child is chosen for Hip Hop 2 or Jazz 3 please start thinking about their additional class for the fall.
We will be open on April 14th and 15th, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Summertime is a great time to improve your dance education. Students who are having difficulty keeping up can improve their skills and those who want to get ahead can sometimes “skip” a level because they took class during the summer. Intermediate and Advanced level students should definitely take summer classes so they don’t regress. Every month you don’t dance takes two months to regain your strength, stretch, stamina, balance and technique. So, by not taking summer classes, it will take you until December 2017 to get back to the same level you are at now.
The summer schedule is available now, and unlike during the year, we will prorate the tuition if you know you will miss a class or two due to vacation.
All students in Ballet 4 and above are required to take Ballet Tech 1 in addition to your grade class. The requirements that need to be fulfilled to progress can not be done taking only 1 Ballet class a week. (It is requested that students in Ballet 3 also take Tech 1 to increase their progress.) If you are not already in Pointe class, are in Ballet 3 and above, and are interested in taking Pointe for the 2017/18 Dance Season, then Mrs. Wheeler will test you during the Ballet 3 class. If you are chosen for the Pointe class, you will be notified in writing during the summer. Please keep in mind that when you take Pointe, you must also take your regular Ballet class and a Ballet Tech class. In addition, your parents must be prepared to purchase at least 2 pairs of Pointe shoes each year at a cost of approximately $85.00.
*April 3-8– Kindergarten students observation week
*April 15 – Recital T-shirt Orders are Due
*April 17 –22- Recital Tickets go on Sale
*April 22 – Recital Program Ads are Due
*April 22 – Orders for Tights and Props are Due
*April 28 – Last day to reserve a room at the Rosen Centre Hotel
*May 1 – Deadline to order Recital Dance Bears
*May 1-6 – Recital Costumes are Distributed
*May 1-6 – Ballet Slippers that need painting are collected
*May 10-13 – Recital Tickets are Distributed
*May 20 – Backstage Volunteer Meeting 2:15pm
*May 21 – Picture Day
*May 29 – Rehearsal & Recital!