For all Polar Express scheduling and information, please visit our Recital Info Page of this site: www.eastdancestudios.com/recital-info
Monty Tech is open and after reviewing the latest forecast, we will be holding this afternoon's rehearsal as planned. For schedules and additional info please visit: http://www.eastdancestudios.com/recital-info/ As always, we encourage you to use your discretion with your area's road conditions. Friendly reminders: there are no studio classes today, there are regular classes tomorrow/Wednesday and Thursday. Today is the last day to order discounted tickets on-line via info@eastdancestudios.com . After today, all ticket sales will be at the door the day of the show ($15.00 cash/exact change appreciated). Dream~Dance~Achieve & Believe!
 
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NEW! Coming this spring: The magic of a Princess Plié Session! 
This session will run during March and April on Saturdays, for 8 weeks, in Winchendon from 2:00-2:45 and/or 3:00-3:45 for preschoolers and minis.  Princess Plié is a magical princess that comes alive right out of her story book. (There's even some fun, hip-hopping frogs in the story to add to the fun!)

This is a great opportunity for all of our preschoolers (ages 2.5 to 4) and minis (ages 5-7).  The regular session price is $120.00.  Our Black Friday and early registration discount price, valid until December 16th 2017, is $99.00.  To join this session and receive a gift certificate to print off and wrap please email: info@eastdancestudios.com
             
Happy Holidays
and looking forward to a Happy New Year!  
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Toys for Tots Drive:
Our Toys for Tots drive is running through December 9th.
Toy donations can be dropped off at either studio location! 
Costume Ordering by December 15th: Parents ~ It's time to order costumes for the May recital. Our "girth and go" measurements and instructions will soon be going home with your dancers.
 
December 1st-7th: BAF/Bring a Friend and TAC/Try a Class Week Share the gift of dance with a friend! This program is an opportunity for students to bring a friend to class with them, and it is also an opportunity for our students to take as many classes as they'd like within their age group at either of our locations.  This has proven to be a great "bang for your buck" tuition and experience value perk, especially during the holidays and winter months. 
Polar Express Rehearsals:The Clark/YMCA is donating space and providing additional rehearsal opportunities for all of our students for our Polar Express performance. In collaboration and with great thanks to the Clark/YMCA, on Saturday December 2nd and 9th, all regular Saturday classes will be held at the Clark YMCA from 2:00-3:45.   
*In addition, we are inviting all of our students to come and rehearse and have some fun with us!
Inclement Weather: 
If the weather outside is frightful, please be sure to check our website or fb page one hour before heading out to the studio.  If public school was canceled, we may still be able to open, and visa versa depending on the conditions.  We will post our status at least one hour before your scheduled class.
Annual Holiday Break: 
The Dance Studios and CBO/Central Business Office will be closed beginning December 18th (right after the Polar Express Performance) through Monday January 1st. The Dance Studios and CBO re-open on Tuesday, January 2nd.  We wish you and your family a joyous Holiday Season!
Polar Express Tickets are on Sale!

Three easy ways to purchase:

Option 1: Via e-mail (exclusively for our students and families). Simply email info@eastdancestudios.com with the number of tickets you'd like to purchase and we'll charge/invoice your account. Your order number/receipt will serve as your ticket.  Orders can be placed by email now through December 12th! 
Please order carefully; tickets are not exchangeable or returnable.  Please remember the December show is OPEN SEATING (whereas the May show is reserved seating).  The Polar Express discounted ticket price is $12.00 with a Toys for Tots donation, or one million dollars each without a donation ;)
 
Option 2:  Purchase in person at our Polar Express Clark/YMCA Rehearsals ($12.00 each/cash) on December 2nd and 9th from 2:00-3:45 or at a ticket station at Dress Rehearsal at Monty Tech during dress rehearsal hours from 3:30-8:00 on Tuesday, December 12th.
 
Option 3: Tickets will also be sold at the door the day of the performance for $15.00 each. Cash only; exact change appreciated!  
 
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Look at how our community is supporting our mission and this opportunity for our students to perform in the Polar Express:

*The Clark/YMCA is donating space and providing additional rehearsal opportunities for all of our students: 
In collaboration and with great thanks to the Clark/YMCA, on Saturday December 2nd and 9th, all regular Saturday classes will be held at the Clark YMCA from 2:00-3:45.   In addition, we are inviting all of our students to come to rehearse and have some fun with us!

*The Emily M. Hilow trust is supporting our mission and the Polar Express Performance.
The Emily M. Hilow Trust has made a donation in support of the East Dance Studios' community outreach programming and the studios' performance of the Polar Express. We will be using the donation to help provide all of our superstars with costuming, accessories, and a special little keepsake to commemorate the magic of this event.

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The magic of the Polar Express is just about upon us. All of our students star in and are a part of this fun, family tradition which is visiting us for the 3rd time in 27 years!

Polar Express Rehearsal and Show Schedule at Monty Tech:
 
One Dress Rehearsal for the entire cast: 
Tuesday, December 12th 
(After school, same drop off and early dismissal schedule as our recital rehearsals which is listed below.)

The Dress Rehearsals and 
The Polar Express Performance are held at:
 
The Monty Tech Performing Arts Auditorium
1050 Westminster St. Fitchburg, MA 01420
 
More Polar Express Information:

No costume has to be purchased for the winter show.  We use every day dance and clothing items and provide accessories.  We ask that dancers provide their own "base" consisting of a black tank top or tank-style leotard and black ankle-length leggings. Through generous community support, most accessories and props will be provided. 

Still welcoming Santa's Helpers! Santa's Helpers are moms who would like to chaperone backstage. Please contact us at: info@eastdancestudios.com 

The Dress Rehearsals and 
The Polar Express Performance are held at:
 
The Monty Tech Performing Arts Auditorium
1050 Westminster St. Fitchburg, MA 01420
 
Dress Rehearsal Drop off time is  3:30 p.m. 
 
Dress Rehearsal Dismissal times are:
 
Preschool classes (ages 3-4): 6:00/6:15
 
Minis (ages 5-7): 6:45/7:00

Youth (8-10) Classes: 7:45/8:00
 
Juniors (11 & up) & Teens: 8:30/8:45
 
I/A Classes, I.T. Students, & Character Roles: 9:00  
 
Information can also be viewed online at: 
JANUARY FUN TO LOOK FORWARD TO & OTHER EVENTS:
 
Happy New Year! Bring a Friend & Try a Class Week:  Welcome back! Celebrate the  new year with a friend from January 2nd through 8th at BAF and TAC week! Remember, this program is not only an opportunity for students to bring a friend to class with them, but it is also an opportunity for our students to take as many classes as they'd like within their age group at either of our locations.  This has proven to be a great "bang for your buck" tuition and experience value perk, especially during the holidays and winter months. Come join the fun! 
 
Pajamas Week:  January 8th-12th
Students may wear their jammies to dance class.  Come be comfy and cozy as you Dream~Dance~Achieve! 

Crazy or Lazy Hair Week: January 16th through 22nd 
To [hair] do, or not to [hair] do? It's up to you!  Hair up, down, or all around...this week is a tried and true student favorite!
Monday Students Please Note:  Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15th: 
The Studios and Central Business Office will be closed in observance of the MLK Federal Holiday. Please be sure to take advantage of our Bring a Friend & Try a Class Week for some extra dance and acro fun! Also remember, your Crazy or Lazy Hair Monday will be January 22nd.  Enjoy!
Class Make-ups:  
Friendly reminder, tuition remains the same whether there are 3, 4, or 5 scheduled classes or rehearsal events in a calendar month. We offer make-ups for missed classes due to illness or having to miss a dance class for a school function or your area's road conditions (our most common missed class reasons, especially in December & winter months).  A list of the classes (that are running for your child's age group) to choose from is on our Schedules Page of the website.  Make-ups are optional and offered as a courtesy all the way through the month of March. We are proactively building in bonus classes and make-up opportunities to manage how May dates and the annual recital fall in 2018:  http://www.eastdancestudios.com/recital-info/ 

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and in the New Year! Thank you for having your child study the art of dance with us. We look forward to continuing sharing our love for Dance Arts and their education in the coming year.
All the best to you and your family for a joyous season!
Dream~Dance~Achieve! 
East Dance Studios


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More Detailed Information on Costume Ordering:
By December 15th: Important & Time Sensitive!  Parents: It's Time to Order Costumes (if you haven't already). 
Our new, simplified "Girth & Go!" approach of supplying measurements keeps our parents' experience convenient and easy. 

Once your child/ren's class is casted and the costume(s) selected, we will be sending your child/ren's girth measurement home with them with an easy "how to" document.  When ordering costumes on-line, the girth measurement is the most important and best way to size.  For those parents who wish to do their own child's girth measurement or want to factor additional measurements, we will be sending home a tape measure, compliments of East Dance Studios, and as always we are here at the studio to assist anyone who needs it.
How to order costumes on-line at costumemanager.com: Once on Costume Manager's home page, 1. Click "DANCER" 2. Key in "East Dance Studios" under "Search by studio name" where you'll see your child/ren's class(es) 3. Click on the class(es). You can additionally "View Student Worksheet" & "Instructor Notes" once you're in the class page. The program is very intuitive and easy to navigate.
*Friendly reminder: If you are a returning family from last year, please remember to update the measurements in your account as last year's measurements will auto-populate what you entered last year. Each account is password protected and we cannot enter accounts to update the measurements for you. 

For additional info from our handbook and for up-to-date info at your fingertips, please visit: 
What is Costume Manager?
  • CostumeManager.com is an innovative approach for parents to order their child's costumes.
  • Get your dancer's costumes, tights, even shoes all in one place!
The costume process timeline is follows:
    September/October: East Dance Studios casts the show and begins the costume selection process.  We will also be measuring students at the studios and supplying you with the most important costume measurement.
    November: Students and parents will be notified that it is time to go online (to Costume Manager) and order costumes.  Costume Manager's website is so easy to navigate.  In addition, our office team and Costume Manager's office team are here to help you!
    December: Order deadline for parents is December 15th.
    Spring: Costumes begin arriving at the studios and begin to be distributed.  *Accounts must be current in order to receive costumes.

    May: Annual Picture Day, Dress Rehearsals, & Recital 
  • Additional Information: Once the costumes start arriving, Costume Manger's customer service team receives the shipment, makes sure it's accurate then delivers the costumes to our studio ready for distribution.
    • The Costume Manager service meets the growing request that parents have been sharing with us to be a part of the costume sizing process and it also helps keep costume costs stable (last year, many enjoyed lower costs) while providing more administrative, sizing assistance, and ordering options for our families. 
    • Parents order and pay for costumes online through a separate, password-protected online shopping tool.
    • How much are recital costumes?  Depending on ages and sizes, and what you order for extras, costs range between 50.00+ to 90.00+ per class. Every effort is made to select lovely, appropriate styles that are under 100.00 from quality vendors. 
    • Customers will no longer have to worry about making the three payment deadlines (that were due to East Dance Studios) we've used in the past. Instead, parents can follow a plan that works for them by purchasing items one at a time to fit their budgets.  You just need to have completed your purchases by the order deadline in December to guarantee your costume(s) by the required-by date.
    • Don't have a credit card?  No problem!  After finding your total balance, you can use Visa Check Cards or Costume Manager Gift Cards with that amount on them as payment options.
  • Payments
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November Flashdance E-Newsletter
 
 


Gobble, Gobble! Happy November!

Upcoming November Dates & Events
 
Wednesday, Nov. 1st - Tuesday, Nov. 7th: "Bring A Friend/Try a Class" Week: Come share in the joy of dance! "Bring a Friend/Try a Class" Week is an opportunity for our students to bring a friend to their dance class/es. In addition, it's the opportunity for our students to be our guest and take any class we offer for their age group at either one of our studio locations! For a list of classes please visit: 
Enjoy, and Dream~Dance~Achieve!
Saturday, Nov. 11th: Veterans' Day. The studios and Central Business Office will be CLOSED. A special thank you to all who serve and have served!  
 
Wednesday, Nov. 22nd - Saturday, Nov. 25th:  Our annual Thanksgiving holiday break. The dance studios and Central Business Office will be CLOSED. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Save The Date
The Polar Express is coming to town! East Dance Studios is proud to present this family-favorite holiday classic once again. 
All East Dance Studio students will be part of this exciting winter production whether you attend regular classes during the week or are part of our Saturday Polar Express Community Program classes. The main differences of the annual Spring performance and the special winter shows are:
1.  A costume doesn't have to be ordered/purchased in advance (we use everyday clothing items and/or reuse costumes the students already have).
2. Every student (not every class) is cast in the show. 
3. The performance is open seating/general admission and offers a discounted ticket.  
More info to follow on this fun, special event!
Please save the following dates: 
  • Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, December 12th 3:30 at Monty Tech (*Snow Date: Wednesday, December 13th). Please see our recital information page for early dismissal times for young students.
  • Show Day: Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 PM at Monty Tech (*Snow Date:  Monday evening December 18th)
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Attention all parents of Dancing Stars:
Annual Recital Costume Ordering Information and Timeline

It's that time of year to start saving and preparing to order costumes for the upcoming May recital; Costume Manager requests costume orders to placed by December 15th. 

Our new, simplified "Girth & Go!" approach of supplying measurements keeps our parents' experience convenient and easy.
Throughout November, the exciting behind the scenes planning continues for our annual May recital. Once your child/ren's class is casted and the costume(s) selected, we will be sending your child/ren's girth measurement home with them with an easy "how to" document.  When ordering costumes on-line, the girth measurement is the most important and best way to size.  For those parents who wish to do their own child's girth measurement or want to factor additional measurements, we will be sending home a tape measure, compliments of East Dance Studios, and as always we are here at the studio to assist anyone who needs it.
How to order costumes on-line at costumemanager.com: Once on Costume Manager's home page, 1. Click "DANCER" 2. Key in "East Dance Studios" under "Search by studio name" where you'll see your child/ren's class(es) 3. Click on the class(es). You can additionally "View Student Worksheet" & "Instructor Notes" once you're in the class page. The program is very intuitive and easy to navigate.

For up-to-date info at your fingertips, please visit:  
http://www.eastdancestudios.com/recital-info/
Below is information from your Student & Parent Policy Handbook:
We improved our costume ordering process and your costume costs by leaps and bounds! Our recital costuming service for our 2017-2018 season returns by popular demand and is: Costume Manager!

What is Costume Manager?
  • CostumeManager.com is an innovative approach for parents to order their child/ren's costumes.
  • Get costumes, tights, and even shoes all in one place!
It's as easy as A.B.C.!
 
A. Access: Go to CostumeManager.com, key in East Dance Studios, find your Class/Class ID, and Access your info. Costume Manager also offers fantastic search tools!
 
B. Build your Order: Remember, when in doubt...size by GIRTH. A fantastic feature of the system is that it will show you where your size falls (the most important measurement is the girth/torso measurement).
 
C. Check Out: Cross check against the Costume Worksheets on the Costume Manager website and check out.
 
Follow this link for how-to-videos and more information about ordering costumes with this popular service: CostumeManager.com
 
  • Costume Process Timeline:
    September/October: East Dance Studios continues with production planning behind the scenes including the casting of the show and the costume selection process. We will also begin measuring students at the studios and supplying you with the most important costume measurements via email.
     
    November: Students and parents will be notified that it is time to go online (to Costume Manager) and order costumes. Costume Manager's website is intuitive and easy to navigate. In addition, our office team and Costume Manager's office team are here to help you!
     
    December: Order deadline for the parents (Costume Manager has requested December 15th to mirror our traditional system and the dates required by costume companies).

    Spring: Costumes will begin arriving at the studios and will be distributed. All accounts must be current in order to receive costumes.

    May: Annual Picture Day, Dress Rehearsals, and Recital 

  • Additional Information:
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    • Once the costume orders start arriving, Costume Manager's customer service team receives the shipment, makes sure it's accurate, then delivers the costumes to our studio for distribution.
    • The Costume Manager service meets the growing request that parents have been sharing with us to be a part of the costume sizing process, and it also helps keep costume costs stable (last year, many enjoyed lower costs) while providing more administrative, sizing assistance, and ordering options for our families.
  • Payments:
  • Parents pay for costumes online through a separate, password-protected online shopping tool.
  • Customers will no longer have to worry about making the three payment deadlines (due to East Dance Studios) we've used in the past. Instead, parents can follow a plan that works for them by purchasing items one at a time to fit their budgets. You just need to have completed your purchases by the order deadline in December to guarantee your costume(s) by the required-by date.
  • Don't have a credit card? No problem! After finding your total balance, you can use Visa debit cards or Costume Manager gift cards with that amount on them as payment options.
  • Costume Measurement Weeks:
  • There will be a two week period in which all students'  girth measurements are taken by East Dance Studios' Staff, and then given to the parents to use when ordering costumes. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of the measurement process. Let us know how we can assist you!
 
More Exciting News:

 
Disney 2018!

Come be a part of our 8th Disney Trip!  A follow up email and survey to our 10.13 Disney Q&A was sent out on 10.20.17. Here is a link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZVX95PV
Need more info?  Contact:  info@eastdancestudios.com.  We are happy to help!

 
Wishing you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving!
Dream~Dance~Achieve! 
East Dance Studios
East Dance Studios
 
October e-newsletter
 


Come Join Us for Our "Bring A Friend/Try a Class" Week, the first week in October: 
Monday, October 2nd through Thursday, October 5th!
We invite you to the first "Bring a Friend/Try a Class" week of the season! "Bring a Friend/Try a Class" week is the opportunity for our students to bring a friend to class with them.* In addition, it is the opportunity for our students to take any class we offer within their age group at either one of our studios' locations! Enjoy, and Dream~Dance~Achieve! 
(*Guests and students must be within the age range of the class(es) they are attending.)
 
Columbus Day Weekend Schedule: The dance studios and Central Business Office will be closedon Saturday, October 7th and Monday, October 9th. Annually (and learning from historical attendance data), we honor and close for two Monday holidays: Columbus Day and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We invite you to utilize our "Bring a Friend/Try a Class" weeks to enjoy additional class options! Please visit the Calendar and Events page on our website for more information.

Elective Performance Team Meeting (Disney 2018 & Local Convention/Competitions). Friday, October 13th at our Ashburnham studio from 6:00-7:30.  

We will be holding an informal Q&A meeting for students and families to learn more about our next and 8th Performance Tour to Walt Disney World next October (open to all families who wish to combine the event with a family vacation).  In addition, we'll be providing information on the completely separate program of this season's local convention and competition opportunities.  So many opportunities to explore!

 
 

Annual Halloween Dress Up Week: We invite you to come and have a spooktacular time by dressing up for your dance classes beginning Tuesday, October 24th through Monday, October 30th. Please make sure dancers have costumes that are safe for movement and do not restrict sight to ensure safety and fun!
Halloween: The dance studios and Central Business Office will be closed on Tuesday, October 31st. Over 26 years, historical data has shown us that Halloween attendance is scary! We've learned that our families need Halloween off, so we invite our Tuesday dancers to enjoy an extra class or two during our "Bring a Friend/Try A Class" weeks. There will be a "Bring a Friend/Try a Class" week the first weeks of October and November. We wish everyone happy and safe trick-or-treating adventures and activities! 
Save The Date: The Polar Express is coming to town! East Dance Studios is proud to present this family-favorite holiday classic once again. 
All East Dance Studio students will be part of this exciting winter production whether you attend regular classes during the week or are part of our Saturday Polar Express Community Program classes. The main differences of the annual Spring performance and the special winter shows are:
1.  A costume doesn't have to be ordered/purchased in advance (we use everyday clothing items and/or reuse costumes the students already have).
2. Every student (not every class) is cast in the show. 
3. The performance is open seating/general admission and offers a discounted ticket.  
More info to follow on this fun, special event!

Please save the following dates: 
  • Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, December 12th 3:30 at Monty Tech (*Snow Date: Wednesday, December 13th).  Please see our recital information page for early dismissal times for young students.
  • Show Day: Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 PM at Monty Tech (*Snow Date:  Monday evening December 18th).

Our Spring Recital Theme Reveal! We are so excited to announce D360
will be our 27th Annual Recital Theme. The concept is Full Circle Disney...the Magic of the Parks & Beyond!  This fun theme provides the opportunity for each and every student to experience and dance the magic of Disney here in our communities while our Dance Studios' families prepare to take the world stage at our October 2018 tour next year! Recital and Rehearsal Dates are on our Recital Information Page and much more info will follow. Dream~Dance the Magic & Achieve! 
 

Stay in the know by checking in on our Calendar & Events and Recital Info pages of our website:
http://www.eastdancestudios.com/calendar-events/
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Dream~Dance~Achieve! 
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 Disney 2018!
East Dance Studios will once again be making Disney Dance Dreams come true in 2018!

This opportunity is open to all East Dance Studios' Families and Dancers!  Dancers ages 7 & up can also perform for The World and take dance classes at the Happiest Place on Earth during a magical family vacation. 
Surveys, details, and fundraising options to follow!
DREAM ~ DANCE ~ ACHIEVE! 
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