East Dance Studios
February's Flashdance e-newsletter: 

Happy February and Valentine's Day to all who love to dance and love a dancer!
 
Inclement weather?  Like us on Like us on Facebook and stay in the know before you go (plus there are lots of fun posts and info to enjoy on FB too!). Or, please remember to check our website's homepage  before heading out to the studio on days that the weather is, or is forecast to be, inclement.  Make-ups for any missed classes are available through March. For a list of running classes to choose from, please visit the schedules page of our website. 
  
The first week of the month (Thursday, February 1st - Wednesday, February 7th) is "Try a Class" week for our students. Come join the fun!
We encourage dancers to try any class within their age group at either of our locations. This opportunity is a great extra tuition value, experience, and perk of being a student at East Dance Studios. In addition, special "Invitation to Dance Class" certificates for current students' friends or family members are also available by request for guests to come and watch or participate. Contact us at info@eastdancestudios.com or 978.297.4440 for more information! 
 
5, 10, 15, 20, & 25 year awards:  PARENTS, It's time to sign up your child/ren to receive their Anniversary Awards for the end of the season.  Please do so by e-mailing the office at
info@eastdancestudios.com by March 1st with how you want your child's name to appear on their trophy, as well as what anniversary year they are celebrating with us. Parents must sign their children up for this complementary service in order for their children to receive their award. This is especially important since Identity Protection Measures have been put in place in our office. All e-registrations are automatically erased at the end of each season, and hard copy documents are shredded, resulting in us implementing this honor system of trophy sign up.
Seniors & 10, 15, 20, & 25 year students:
Please contact the office via email at info@eastdancestudios.com with your name and which milestone/s you're celebrating with us so that we may plan accordingly.
Ordering annual recital t-shirts:  It's time to place orders (to be delivered in April/May)
To order this year's recital shirt, please send in a check with your child's name and size in the memo by March 15th. Shirts will be $28.00 each and are available in Child S-M-L & Adult S-M-L (and 1X or 2X for $2.00 more/$30.00).  Due to shirt order minimums, there will be only one order.  Every year we have parents who say: "Oh I wish I ordered one!" ... so don't delay! Order today!  :)
Please also consider ordering if you are are looking to join us in October for our Disney Performance. We would like to incorporate these t-shirts as our Disney team wear. 

Polling East Dance Studio Dancers: We usually only order dance warm-up jackets every other year because of the set up for the rhinestone design but since they will be part of the t-shirts if we have a minimum of 6 people interested, we can place an order this year. The cost is usually $75.00. Please email us at info@eastdancestudios.com if interested by early March. 
 
Signing up to chaperone at the recital:  VIPs (Very Important People: moms, aunties, grandmothers) are needed to chaperone our dancing stars of all ages back stage. If you are interested in becoming a chaperone (requirements are attendance at the dress rehearsal/s and the recital), or if you are concerned about leaving your child at the rehearsal(s)/recital, please sign up today via e-mail at info@eastdancestudios.com. Individual chaperone meetings will be arranged with parents at our studios closer to the show.
MA February Vacation Week:  The studios will be closed Monday, Feb. 19th through Saturday, Feb. 24th 
This is the perfect week to reach out to your friends and family to find out how many recital tickets you'll need to order. Remember, all seats are "Reserved Seating" and our standard online ticket ordering will go live Monday, April 2nd. Our recital ticket ordering system is by far one of our most popular services, and a recital ticket e-newsletter to provide you information about it will follow.
 
Videoing dance class material:
Recital choreography may be recorded in dance class as an educational practicing tool for our students (typically youth age and up). Parents, please reiterate our polices with your child that no public, internet/social media site posting is allowed for the material whatsoever. Students who wish not to be recorded within the dance class may of course excuse themselves during the brief periods of class when recording is allowed. It is up to the parent to give permission to their children to bring in a recording device or not. Please factor in that we cannot be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items when making your decision. 
The public event of our annual dance recital is professionally recorded, and DVDs will be available for purchase by (our very popular video production co.
) Pixelle-Media.  
Contact information can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PixelleMedia/?fref=ts and clips may be posted on our website under "recital rewind" for all to enjoy! 
     
 
Please Be Sure to Save the Dates for these Special Annual Events:
All the info is always one click away at: http://www.eastdancestudios.com/recital-info/
  
Annual Picture Day is Friday, May 11th (4:30-8:00)
Please be on the look out for forms from our professional photographer as well as the professionally videoed annual recital DVD order forms, which the companies traditionally supply to us in early Spring.
Our 27th anniversary annual Spring recital is Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Monty Tech in Fitchburg! Drop off for students the day of the recital is 11:30 AM. 


 

Dress Rehearsals are the Tuesday (5/15) and/or Thursday (5/17) the week of the show.
 

  • The Preschoolers and Minis who take dance classes in Ashburnham attend the Tuesday Dress Rehearsal, and the Preschoolers and Minis who take dance classes in Winchendon attend the Thursday Dress Rehearsal. Youth, Jr., & Teen dancers attend both. 
  • Drop off time at Dress Rehearsal/s is 3:30 p.m. 
  • Dress Rehearsal Dismissal times are: 
  1. Preschool classes (ages 3-4): 6:00/6:15
  2. Minis (ages 5-7): 6:45/7:00
  3. Youth (8-10) Classes: 7:45/8:00
  4. Juniors (11 & up) & Teens: 8:30/8:45
  5. I/A Classes, I.T. Students, & Character Roles: 9:00  
  • Please refer to your handbook, e-newsletters, and our website's recital info page at: http://www.eastdancestudios.com/recital-info/ for more information, or feel free to contact us with any questions. Step by step, details will follow as well to help keep students and their families informed.
Looking Ahead to Summer Fun: 
East Dance Studios' programming runs all year long at our studios. In addition, please save the dates for annual Summer Dance Camp at the Clark Memorial YMCA!  There are programs for students of all ages and stages, and the programming for dancers ages 5 & up also features swim time! The fun starts the week of July 23rd. Parents register their children directly with the Clark Memorial YMCAhttp://www.theclarkymca.org/ 

 
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We hope you're staying warm while enjoying family and fun during the holiday break.  A friendly reminder that dance classes resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.  Happy New Year!

Some January Fun To Look Forward To:
 
Let's Dance! Celebrate the  new year with a friend from January 2nd through 8th at BAF/Bring a Friend and TAC/Try a Class week! 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 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!

Our Optional Class Make-Up Service:
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 our website.  Make-ups are optional and offered as a courtesy all the way through the month of March. Enjoy!
 We look forward to continuing sharing our love for Dance Arts and their education in 2018!

Dream~Dance~Achieve!
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!) Session Tuition:  $120.00
             

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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.
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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:
  •  
    • 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
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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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 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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