NOVEMBER NEWS

November News Letter

Happy November! We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween

REMINDERS AND IMPORTANT DATES:

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Costume Payments are now due for our Holiday Show! 

Please make sure that you order whatever you need for the Holiday show ASAP some things could run out. – If there is no website and item number in your email then we will be ordering the costume for you and all you have to do is pay the specified amount.

 

Holiday Show

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December 20th 7PM Stiefel Theater in Salina – Tickets go on sale November 20th at 8AM and they will be $10

 

Parade of Lights

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Princess Ballerinas

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Congrats to last months Princess Ballerinas graduates as they completed their October skills in the Pumpkin patch. This month we move onto Novembers theme of “Thankful Harvest”.

 

RIBBONS

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A quick tip for your princess ballerina ribbons- some rhinestones have been falling off while the ribbons on in their dance bags. Lots of families have found that a good way to prevent this is to keep you attendance ribbon in a ziplock bag to keep it protected while it rolls around with tap shoes and jackets and everything else we put in our dance bags.

 

Competition Fundraiser

The competition teams have an awesome fundraiser going on right now called Mixed Bag. Your purchase options are virtually endless from jewelry, bags, kitchen supplies, and even wrapping paper for the holidays. – Be sure you get connected with a competition dancer to see all the great stuff this fundraiser offers and place an order before time runs out!

We WILL be having a dress rehearsal for our Holiday Show. Details will be emailed to you soon.

 

 

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October Newsletter

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HAPPY OCTOBER!

We are so excited for a NEW Month of dance at Prestige! Here is a list of everything that is happening at the studio this month.

 

Upcoming Events:

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Carnival Palooza! Do you have a little one interested in dance, but you’d like to try a class to see if it’s a great fit first? Come to our FREE dance event on October 6th

Step right up – we’ve got your ticket to ride (and dance) with our latest and greatest themed dance class: The CarnivalPalooza fun fair! This is no average fair! Your dancers will have a twisty – twirling time on this thrilling ride, and we are not clowning around! These FREE dance classes will incorporate tap, ballet, and even touch on some jazz! And for a limited time only, participants can enroll in any Prestige classes at a discounted price!

3-4 year olds- 11-12pm
5-7 year olds- 12-1pm.

Don’t have shoes? No problem! Come in anything movable and comfortable for this event. We encourage dancers to dress in their favorite carnival – themed attire… Bright colors, stripes and even clown accessories!

 

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HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY! 

Friday October 26th. 10AM-NOON. MCPHERSON ONLY

Saturday October 27th. SALINA
10am-Noon

Cost is $40 or 2 for 1 BFF discount. Bring a friend and you both will receive 50% off. 

This mini day camp is full of dancing, crafts, face painting, snacks, story time, a complimentary gift and so much more! There will be a small performance for parents and loved ones to attend at the end of this camp. 

Bonus: Every camp participant will receive a SPOOK-TACULAR gift. 

Don’t forget to wear your FAVORITE costume!

 

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH:

1st- Tuition is now due! Late after the 10th.

6th- Butter Braid orders are DUE. Delivery is scheduled for the 13th at PSD.

22nd-26th- PINK WEEK. Wear pink to classes this week in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Costume Week- Week of Halloween. Students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to class, and each class will also celebrate with spooky treats, crafts, dance to Halloween music, etc. This is also parent watch week for our Ballerina Princess Classes!

31st- Safe trick or treating. Mall-O-Ween. 5-7 PM. McPherson studio is closed on Halloween. Company classes will still take place in Salina.

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

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Consider us when planning your child’s next birthday party. We offer 90 minute themed party package that include 45 minutes of instructor led dance activities, and 45 minutes in the big party room. All packages include invitations, decorations, as well as paper products. You bring the cake, the kiddos, and we supply the FUN! Call us today to schedule your next event. 785-823-2627.

 

 

 

 

September Newsletter

 

WELCOME BACK!

We hope everyone’s first week is off to a smooth and fun start. Teachers are excited to fill their classes with dancers again after a long summer. Both studios have photo opportunities set up so make sure you snap a pic of your dancer before class and tag us with the hashtag “ I dance at Prestige.”

 

THEME

This month our Studio Theme is that we are OVER THE RAINBOW FOR DANCE you’ll notice we put this theme into out photo booth in Salina and we will be adding the theme into our lesson plans for classes at both locations.

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TUITION

As we get into the swing of things we would like to remind you tuition is due at the 1st of each month. Each location is equipped with lock boxes where you can drop off your payment in an envelope or the option to pay online through your Studio Director account always applies. After the 10th a late fee will start to appear on you account.

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PARADE

We are so excited to invite ALL Prestige dancers Salina and McPherson alike to join us on the Prestige float in the Salina Parade Saturday September 22nd. All McPherson and Salina Dancers under the age of 10 are welcome to sit on the float and ride along in the parade. All dancers 10 and up are invited to walk along the float and pass out candy. All Company members will be dancing behind the float during the parade. We ask everyone besides company members to wear Prestige tank tops, t shirts, or studio colors. Our colors are black and teal. Feel free to make any signs you wish. Many in years past have went followed the “Fall theme” such as “Fall in love with dance at Prestige,” etc. You can buy a Prestige tank top here in Salina at the boutique in the front lobby or if you dance in McPherson you can make an order with your dance teacher and we will be sure to get you your tank top for the parade. Tank tops are $15.

The parade starts at 10:30AM, and we are #20 in the lineup. The parade route has been moved from Santa fe this year to 7th street. Find us around 10 am, and we will get everyone ready. Pick up is at the Masonic Temple. We will only release dancers to parents or grandparents.

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PRINCESS BALLERINA

If you have a dancer under the age of 7 you may have noticed a new, fun curriculum this year. This program is called Princess Ballerina. What this program offers Prestige a fun and exciting new way to approach ballet for your dancers. Each month the Princess Ballerina classes will begin a new theme. This months theme is TOY STORE! With this theme we learn important ballet technique and skills while also using our imagination to explore different adventures we might run into in a toy store. The dancers watch their progress by filling up personal sticker charts that they will get to take home at the end of the month. We will also invite families into the studio at the end of each month for a graduation ceremony where they will receive their certificate of completion and show you all that they have been working on for this month.

 

 

CAR DECALS

Last but not least, as I’m sure you have noticed our new and improved logo this year! With this new logo comes these fun new Car Decals. Car decals are a great way to support your child and what they love. Plus they’re super cute. If you would like to order one for your family you can put in an order through the front desk in Salina or McPherson, OR you can email Kristal at kristal@prestigeschoolofdance.com

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That’s all for this month. Thank you so much for tuning in and staying caught up on everything that’s going on at Prestige School of Dance. We hope you all enjoy your first month back to class!

 

 

Studio Policies

Welcome to the Prestige School of Dance! Since 2008, I have worked hard to provide the best dance instruction to area students. It is my sincere desire to provide my students with a high quality facility, outstanding instruction, and challenging dance classes all within a nurturing and professional environment. I aim to ensure the safest and most positive dance experience for you and your children, while instilling the core fundamentals of dance as an art form. We want to thank you for choosing Prestige for your child’s dance education. My staff and I have all received college educations in dance, theatre, and performing arts! Please read through the following policies. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you. Kristal Venters- Owner/Director

 

Parking and drop-off policy: For our Salina studio, we have TWO main options: You may park out front (or back) of the ROSS entrance in the Central Mall. Please be prompt in picking up. McPherson please utilize the front parking lot in the Coronado Mall. 

 

E-mail Communication: In an ongoing effort to keep administrative costs down, the main form of communication between the studio and its families will be through e-mail. Please provide your current e-mail address on the last page. I ask that you PLEASE check your e-mail on a regular basis to keep informed on updated studio information. We also have a monthly newsletter via our website for you to print, as well as a LIVE FB video that we will post monthly. This will include everything that is happening around the studio. Please friend us on Facebook at Prestige School of Dance Salina, or Prestige School of Dance McPherson! For a quick response, email us at info@prestigeschoolofdance.com or call 785-823-2627

 

Important Note: Each student must be covered by their family’s insurance policy. If an injury occurs, it is understood that the student’s own policy is your only source of coverage/reimbursement.

 

Tuition: Tuition is paid on a monthly basis, due on the 1st of the month and past due after the 10th. A $10.00 late fee will be automatically assessed for tuition received after the 10th. All tuition is based on four weeks per month; therefore, there will be no extra charge for the “fifth week” lessons as these “free” lessons are used to offset the days when the studio is closed (see below.) If paying by check, please make checks payable to Prestige School of Dance. For your convenience, we do accept online tuition payments either month by month or through an automatic payment option via our studio director website. Any check returned to the studio for insufficient funds will be charged a $35.00 service fee – no exceptions. 

Tuition is not refundable for any reason. Make up times are available for all students should an instructor need to cancel due to illness or family emergency, and there is no sub available. 

 

Pre-Scheduled Studio Holidays & Tuition:  Labor Day, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break and Memorial Day. Tuition is not pro-rated for holidays, family vacations, illnesses or classes missed for other activities. If a class needs to be canceled for any reason, you will be notified via email, Facebook and the studio’s website: www.prestigeschoolofdance.com.

 

Class placements: Students are placed in classes according to their technical abilities, not necessarily their age. All student placement is based on Instructor/director approval. Class size is generally limited to between 9-14 students, although some classes are smaller and some larger. Should a class not contain a suitable enough number of students, it is subject to cancellation or adjustment in schedule. Each month we follow FUN and engaging themes, in addition to curriculum based learning at our studio. 

 

Dropping Classes: Prestige School of Dance respectfully asks that if you are withdrawing yourself or your student, that you please notify the director IN WRITING 2-4 weeks prior to the withdraw date. Please note that text messages are not an acceptable form of notice of withdrawal. If no written notice is given, tuition will be charged in full and will be due and payable until such notice is received by the Director. 

 

Absences: There are no refunds or adjustments made for missed classes. Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance. As a courtesy, make-up lessons are available to students for two full months following the month in which the classes were missed, as long as tuition is paid for the current month. Note that make up classes cannot be carried over into the next semester, especially summer. Make-up periods may be extended (at the Director’s discretion) for unusual circumstances. We ask that parents please notify the director if your child will be missing class so we can inform their Instructor.

 

Student & Parent Code of Conduct: Students are expected to act respectfully to their instructors (including student assistants) and their fellow students at all times while on studio premises. Cell phones are NOT allowed to be used inside the studio classroom by either student or parent. Lack of respect, by students or parents, in or out of the classroom will not be tolerated. Students who disrupt class will be asked to sit out of class and a parent will be notified of the student’s conduct. Should a parent desire to discuss their children’s progress, an appointment should be set up with the instructor and / or director of the studio. 

 

Class Observation: Prestige School of Dance respectfully asks that only students and instructors are allowed inside the studio areas if the door to the lobby is closed. If you need to excuse your child early, the student or parent must inform the instructor prior to class and respectfully dismiss themselves from class. Not only is it distracting to the students and instructors to have a parent inside the studio (especially for the younger ages) it also maintains the professional integrity of our studio. If the studio door is open, please feel free to watch classes. Teachers will host parent watch week at the end of every month. 

 

Tardiness: Students who are more than 10 minutes late for class will only be allowed in at the discretion of the Instructor. Students who are tardy on a chronic basis may be changed to another class that is at a more convenient time. 

 

Substitute Teachers: Qualified substitute teachers are used when the Prestige instructors are ill, on vacation or have other professional commitments. Substitute teachers are mainly instructors already studying / working at the Prestige School of Dance.  Assistant teachers are occasionally utilized to teach classes, but they are always older students who have trained for many years and who are proficient at handling classes by themselves. ALL Prestige Dance faculty members are certified in first aid/CPR. 

 

Class Cancellation / Combined Classes: It is the Prestige School of Dance’s policy that in the event that a teacher is out sick, classes may be combined with another class taking place at the same time if suitable substitute cannot be obtained. Again, if a class needs to be canceled, make up classes will be offered. 

 

Dress Code: Please refer to the dress code that is outlined on the Prestige of Dance website. Please do not send your student to any dance class in street clothes (no exceptions).  Hair must be up and out of the face in a pony tail or bun at all times. We are always doing a turning step of some nature and spotting of the head is much easier to teach and execute with a bun instead of just a ponytail. 

 

Parent Meeting Information

Company and Future Star Expenses:

  • Monthly Tuition: $95-$130.00
  • Costume Expenses: $95-110/per costume
  • Competition Expenses: $43-47.00 per routine (2-3 routine average)

 

FUTURE STARS

Future Stars: Our newest company for any dancer ages 4-8. An exciting program to jump start your child into performing with poise and confidence.

Monthly tuition- The monthly tuition includes an hour combo class, an hour ballet technique class, and hour leaps and turns class (required for ages 6 and up) and 60-90 minutes rehearsal session. The combo and technique classes would be weekday evening classes and the rehearsal would be on an additional evening. Looking at 2 nights per week.

Costume Costs- $95-110.00 per costume is an estimate. When we costume for competition we have extra details we address. Gloves, hats, or hair pieces, hand props, etc. Any funds collected that we do not use will be credited to competition fees. A final analysis of your financial status will be sent to you before the last payment date.

Competition Costs– Fees for competing are approximately $43-47 per dance per competition. Anything extra will be applied to the last competition and a final analysis of your financial status will be sent to you before the last payment date.

Performance Opportunities– Not only will they be performing at the three competitions, and recital, we will try to take them to any performing opportunities that come available throughout the season within our community and surrounding areas.

Additional Expenses include– Recital ticket fees, Ballet costume for recital, future stars apparel, necklace, earrings, makeup, and dance bags.

 

WHY PDC?

Faculty– Experienced and trained dance educators wanting to build professional artists to carry their passion for dance out into the world. Many have had collegiate/professional experience. Multiple years of teaching experience. (Well-rounded)

Facility-State of the art floating marley floors. Benefits our students by reducing muscle
fatigue and preventing injury.

Family– We want to promote a sense of family at PDC.

Values– We believe strong technique training begins in your first class. Technique comes first, then choreography time. Choreography is improved by what they achieve in their technique classes.

We know not everyone wants to be a professional dancer in life, but we still want to provide the best training possible. Company is a big commitment physically, emotionally, and financially so we believe in getting the most out of it.

If working in the industry is what your dancer is wanting, we will provide opportunities and mentoring to help achieve their goals. (preparing for college auditions/professional
auditions/ambassador programs/summer intensives/training programs/professional
work/etc.)

 

PDC COMPANY FAQ

Can my dancer still be on company while on other teams? (dance team, cheer, sports, etc.)– YES!

Does my dancer have to take every class, every night?—Depends what your level of involvement/intentions are. Every dancer is different.

What are the class requirements?–Ballet, Jazz, Strength & Stretch, Tap. (PDC is proud to be well-rounded!)

How many REQUIRED competitions during the season?– 3 + Nationals

How many REQUIRED conventions during the season?– 1

Will my Dancer be competing at the conventions?- Dances will be selected to compete per Director’s discretion.

Are there any other opportunities for my dancer?—MANY options throughout season and performance opportunities.

Do you choreograph ‘in house’ or bring outside choreographers in?- BOTH!

Will there be ‘choreography fee’s’?– If it is an outside choreographer, then yes!

Are there weekend rehearsals?—Sometimes we have to meet on a weekend (to learn choreography, before certain events, if needing extra time, Solos/Duets/Trios, etc.)

How are groups placed together for choreography?- Aesthetics/Chemistry/Age.

How does my dancer get selected for a solo/duet/trio?– On the audition form you will
request what you would like to be considered for. Director and instructors will look at
audition, past behavior/work ethic, and performance quality.

Can my Dancer have more than 1 solo?– Possibly. We look at all factors.

Can my dancer choose their solo/duet/trio music?—Suggestions are always welcome ☺

Solos/Duets/Trios are EXTRA. Groups are priority.

Solos/Duets/Trios must meet at least 2x a month to stay in ‘good standing’.

Not everyone is a soloist. (and that’s okay!)

Will my dancer have “time off”?- YES!

“A dancer performs on the stage how they work in class.” –Kristal’s philosophy

 

AUDITION DAY

Saturday May 19th- Returning Members @ PRESTIGE School of dance 1PM

Saturday June 2nd 2018- All future stars and potential new member @ PRESTIGE School of Dance. 1PM

Please arrive 30 min early to register, pay, and warm-up.

Closed Audition. No Parents please.

Remember your number ☺

Results will be listed on website that evening.

Choreography placements will be announced at a later date. (Invitational Email will be sent out)

Wear all black attire. Hair secured out of face. Please look “audition ready”. Have ALL shoes with you.

Bring water/protein snack.

Do NOT approach any instructor about audition or “How Did I do?” during this day.

No emails, phone calls, or texts for 24-hours after posting of results/email invites.

 

“DANCE TRAINING IS LIFE TRAINING” – JOE TREMAINE

 

 

 

Videography/Photography

Legleiter Video will be capturing our show for us again this year. Since we do have a professional hired to record our show, we have a very strong policy against the use of cell phones or cameras. Absolutely NO cell phone or cameras are permitted during our shows. Not only does this interfere with our videographer, but flashes can blind a dancer on stage.

To order a copy of our show, or any previous years show, please see the legleiter booth in the front lobby of the theatre.

Recital Ticket Sales

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 26th at 8:00 AM.

To purchase tickets please use the following website:

http://www.tututix.com/PrestigeSchoolOfDance

IMPORTANT: Please note, due to excessive schedule conflicts on this date, we will only have ONE recital showcase. This will take place at 4:00 PM. All students will perform at 4:00 PM ONLY. There will not be an 11 AM showcase.

If your student chooses to sit with you or your family, a ticket must be purchased if they wish to have their own seat. Otherwise, dancers can lap sit, but it is HEAVILY encouraged to please remain quiet at ALL times, as we do not wish to disrupt any of our audience members or dancers on stage. We ask all dancers to be lined up and ready to go backstage AT LEAST 6-10 numbers in advance. We will have volunteers backstage in our dressing rooms.