Monthly Newsletters

MAY NEWSLETTER
May 2017

Costumes: will start to be handed out the week of May 1, 2018. All balances need to be paid in full before your dancer will be able to take their costume home. Inside the costume bags you will find some very important information that you need to hang on to until the recital. Information consists of: picture schedule, rehearsal and recital schedules and the summer schedule. All headpieces for the dancers’ costumes will be available on picture day to use for the photos, but will have to be turned back in on picture day for us to hold until the recital so they will not get misplaced.

Picture Day – May 11th & May 12th: Friday, May 11th, is picture day for Creative I & II, Pre-Ballet/Tap w/Becky, Ballet IV/V, Jazz IV/V, Hip-Hop IV/V, and Tap IV/V. Saturday, May 12th, is picture day for Pre-Ballet/Tap w/Bonnie, Intro. I & II, Level I & II (Ballet/Tap/Jazz), Hip-Hop I/II/III, Tap III, and Jazz III. Pictures will be taken at Klamath Dance, by Vallejo’s Photography. Schedules and order forms will be passed out prior to picture day. Dancers need to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled photo session, and dressed in their complete costume. Payment for pictures are due on picture day.

Tights: one pair of tights will be included with your dancer’s costume packet. Any additional tights are not included with the cost of the costume and need to be purchased from KD&E so that all of the dancers look alike.

Helpers Backstage: If you are interested in helping, please sign-up on the sheet on the counter in the lobby. Keep in mind that if you sign up to help during the rehearsals, you are required to help during the recital too. Helpers are also needed to work in the lobby during the day of the recital. Ask Becky or Michelle if you have questions.

Rehearsal Week: is May 29th, May 30th and May 31st. Rehearsals are held at the Ross Ragland Theater. Rehearsal times vary according to which class your dancer is in. Thursday, May 31st is dress rehearsal. Please refer to the rehearsal schedule included in the costume packet for times and dress code.

Rehearsal Absences: if you know your dancer is going to miss one of the rehearsals, please send a note or leave a message.

Recital Ticket Sales: Tickets for the Spring Recital are available to purchase at RRT on May 1st.

Recital DVD’s: the Spring Recital will be professionally video-taped and will be available for purchase on DVD for $28.00 for one show and $45.00 for both shows. Orders can be placed before, during intermission and after both recitals. Mail in orders need to be received no later than June 22nd. Payment is required at the time orders are placed and cannot be charged to a dancer’s account.

50/50 Raffle: purchase your ticket before and during intermission at each spring recital performance for $1.00 each or six for $5.00. Try your luck and be the winner of half of the money received. Proceeds go toward the “Dedication to Dance” team fund!

Raffle: support the “Dedication to Dance” team by purchasing a raffle ticket before and during intermission at each spring recital performance. Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. You could be the lucky winner of a wonderful gift basket!

Flower Sales: the “Dedication to Dance” team will, once again, be selling flowers before and during intermission at both spring recital performances at the Ross Ragland Theater. Stop by in the lobby on your way to your seat and surprise your favorite dancer on their special day on stage. Make a memory that they will always remember!

Program Advertising: if you, or someone you know, owns a business and is interested in purchasing a business card size ad to be included in the recital program, we accept print ready artwork for a donation of $10.00 per advertisement. A Quarter page (half page) advertisement is $25.00. Parents can also add a note to their dancer to let them know how proud you are of them for all to see!

Summer Classes: registration for summer classes are being accepted. Please sign up now with Michelle in the office. Schedules will be included in the recital costume packets. Summer classes begin June 26th.

Lost & Found: please do not forget to check the lost and found box for any clothing or dancewear that your dancer may have lost. Contents will be donated to the Goodwill at the end of May.

Parent’s Observation Week: there will be NO parent’s observation in May. All of the class time is needed so that the dancers will have time to perfect their dances for the spring recital. Thank you for understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

May 10, 2018: account balances are due. Please do not let any unpaid balances continue throughout the summer.

Attendance: Spring Fever is in the air and dancers want to be somewhere other than dance class. Everyone has been working hard for the chance to dance on the Ross Ragland stage, and that time is almost here. Attendance is very important to everyone, and we understand the desire not to attend. Only four classes remain and soon all dancers will be awarded for their hard work and dedication on June 3rd. If you drop class now, you will be responsible for May tuition, payment for the costume and a $20.00 drop fee. Please hang in there and let your instructors know if you are having a hard time getting motivated to attend class. Trust us, we know what you are going through, and you will be glad that you have seen your goal through to the end! Keep on Dancing!

Aerial Classes: sign up for aerial silks or lyra classes for summer! Classes are $75.00 per month. We will be having special summer classes too so look for schedules!

Memorial Day: classes will not be held on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day. Recital rehearsals will begin Tuesday, May 29th at the Ross Ragland Theater.

Aerial Showcase: on Friday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $14.00 (not including RRT surcharges) sold at the RRT box office beginning May 1st. The performance will be held at the RRT. The theme for the Aerial Showcase is “Invinite”.

Aerial Picture Day: class pictures for the aerial students will be May 19th, and will be held at the aerial location.

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MARCH NEWSLETTER
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March 2018

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Spring Break: classes WILL NOT be held during the week of Spring Break, March 26th-30th. Classes will resume as usual on Monday, April 2, 2018. A make up class will not be needed since classes are based on a three to five week month.
Costume Balances: The costume balances have been posted to the dancer’s accounts and are due by March 10th.
Cell Phones: no cell phones are allowed in the classroom! All phones need to be turned OFF during class. Phone calls & texting have been going on in the classrooms. If a student is caught using his or her phone, it will be taken by the instructor and kept until the end of class. Please be courteous to your instructor.

Did You Know?! The first Swan Lake Ballet was performed at the Bolshoi on March 4, 1877, and was a complete failure. It took eighteen years before it was performed as a success!

What A Smile Can Do! A smile lends beauty to the face and a sparkle to the eye that age and time cannot erase as all the years slip by. Smiles of friendliness and love are always a delight and have the capacity of making spirits light. A smile can chase the blues away and also dry a tear when soothing words are hard to say to someone we hold dear. God wants us to be happy and when we wear a smile it makes life far more pleasant and also more worthwhile.

Dancers & Nutrition: Calories! Calories are a way of measuring energy in food. Just like inches and feet are ways of measuring height. So, why do so many people count calories? Unlike inches and feet, more are not necessarily good. Energy comes from different sources in food such as protein, carbohydrates and fat. The problem comes when too many of your calories come from fat. Most people that are counting calories are just measuring how much fat they take in. Luckily, the majority of people who do physical activities after school, like dance or sports, do not need to count calories. In fact, no one should ever change or start a diet without talking to a doctor, dietitian and parents. All you need to do is eat a balanced diet!

Attendance: There are approximately 13 more weeks of class left before the recital. It is very important to attend all of the remaining classes left before the recital to assure that your dancer learns the dance to perform in the recital. If you know that your dancer will not be present for any of the classes, please let their instructor know so we do not worry about their attendance. If a student is missing classes regularly, a phone call will be made to check on their whereabouts. Only 3 class absences (with prior notice) are allowed. If a dancer misses 6 classes they will not be allowed to dance in the recital. Please communicate with your instructor!

Parent’s Observation Week: there is NO parent’s observation for March since we have a short month due to spring break. We apologize for any inconvenience.

March Tuition: March tuition is due by March 10, 2018.

Recital Tickets: will go on sale May 1st. Ticket costs for both shows will be $14.00 per person and will be available at the Ross Ragland Theater. Please note that the Ross Ragland charges a $2.00 surcharge per ticket in addition to our price.

Recital: the date for the Spring Recital is Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Ross Ragland Theater.

Circus Recital: for the first time the Aerial and Lyra students will be performing in their own recital at the Ross Ragland Theater on Friday, June 1st at 7:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale May 1st at the RRT box office for $14.00. Please allow for the additional surcharges that the Ross Ragland charges.

Picture Day: picture day is Friday, May 11th for the upper level classes, and Saturday, May 12th for the lower level classes. Vallejos Photography will be taking the photos and they will be held at Klamath Dance. Each class will have a specific time to attend and the schedule will be sent out shortly.

Costumes: if you would like to see what your dancer’s spring recital costume looks like, thumb through the blue binder in the front office. While you are looking at the costumes, please double check to see if we spelled your dancer’s name correctly. Feel free to change the names if they are spelled wrong. These are the spellings that will be used in the spring recital program and we do not want to make an error.

New Aerial Location: we are happy to announce that Miss Cheyenne and Miss April have a new home to hold their aerial silks classes! You can find them at 1320 Oak Avenue, Unit B. Stop by and check out the new space!


 

January 2018

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Welcome to all returning students and new students to the Spring Session of dance classes at Klamath Dance!  We hope you had a great vacation and are ready to get back to dance and have fun!

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January 10th:  All class costume deposits are due by January 10, 2018.  Costumes will be ordered January 19, 2018.   A $30.00 deposit is required for each dance class your dancer attends.  The balance of the costumes will be due by March 10, 2017.

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January Tuition:  is due by the 10th of January.  A $5.00 late fee will be charged if payments are made after the 10th of January.

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Statements:  monthly statements are not mailed and can be picked up at the front counter to pay tuition promptly by the 10th.

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January Parents Observation:  Studio policy for parent observation states that parents or guardians may watch classes the first full week of class each month.  Please be courteous to your dancer and their teacher while in the classroom.  We kindly ask you not to talk or allow other children to disrupt the class.  There will be NO Parent’s Observation Week for the month of January.  New dancers will be introduced into classes and the month is such a busy one. 

Thank you for understanding.

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Costume Measurements:  are due by January 10th.  Please check in at the office to see if your dancer has been measured yet.

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January 15th:  classes will NOT be held on Monday, January 16, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Web-site: klamathdance.com log in to review dance schedule and monthly newsletters.

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June 2, 2018:  Spring Recital at the RRT, 3:00 & 7:00 pm shows.

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Dancewear Tip!  Please write the dancer’s name in their shoes and dancewear. Items are often left behind after each class and we have no way of locating an owner. 

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Newsletter:  A monthly newsletter will be printed each month.  To get your copy, grab one on the stand located by the front door.  Important information and dates are included in these newsletters.

Dress Code:  Students must be in dress code when they come to class.  When all students follow the dress code it helps to set the atmosphere for the class, and keeps the attention focused on dancing and not on fashion.  This is an important requirement each dancer needs to be committed to!

Dance is not meant to be a fashion event and the pink tights and black leotard uniform is necessary for your dancer to focus on the task at hand. If football players do not wear their pads just because they do not feel like it, they cannot play up to their potential. The same is for dance!  Hair up in a bun and proper footwear is a must!  These dress codes are established for dancer safety.

Remember to cover up when going to and from the studio in the cold.  Proper dress shows respect for the instructors and other dancers and boosts self-esteem.

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Lost & Found:  Do not forget to look through the lost & found box.  Contents are donated to Goodwill at the end of the month.

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Dropping off Dancers:  it is handy to have your dance clothes on under your street clothes to ensure speedy entry to your class. Just a reminder, that we are not a baby-sitting service and are not liable for injury or lost articles while dancers are waiting outside of the classroom.   If you need to drop off your dancer 1/2-1 hour early make sure you let Michelle know so they can stay in the office and complete homework.                    

Attendance:  remember that there is an attendance policy in effect!  If your dancer is not attending classes on a regular basis, it is possible that they will be placed back into a lower level.  It is a fact that students struggle when they do not attend class regularly.  Just because dance is an extra activity for your child, and that it does not progress as traditional sit-down classrooms.  We still like to see and teach your child on a regular basis to make this experience the best that they have and we cannot provide that if they do not attend class when scheduled.

Automatic Bill Pay:  sign up now for automatic bill pay!  Ask Becky or Michelle for a form and have your payment made for you every month to avoid late fees!

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Aerial Silks & Lyra Classes: sign up now for aerial Silks and Lyra classes with Miss April or Miss Cheyenne!

November Newsletter
November 2017
Stocking Stuffer’s: We have a variety of small stocking stuffers and other great gift ideas! Check out the display cases in the lobby.
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Snow Days: very rarely do we have a snow day and have to cancel classes. In the event that we have to cancel classes due to weather, a message will be placed on the answering machine so that you can call to see if there have been any cancellations. The message will be available at 2:00 p.m., and a note will be placed on the studio door.
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Darkness Rule: once the time changes, darkness falls early in the Klamath Basin, and it is very important to escort your dancers to and from the studio. Dancers are NOT allowed to wait on the sidewalk for their parents to pick them up. This rule is in effect to keep your dancer safe! We appreciate your willingness to comply with our policy.
Reminder: being on time for class is very important, especially when the dancers are learning new dances for the up and coming Winter Showcase performance. It is a good idea to arrive at the studio with hair already pulled up and dance clothes on under your street clothes.
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Thanksgiving Break: classes will not be held Wednesday, November 22nd & Thursday, November 23rd, 2017.
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Nov. Parent Observation: will be held during the week of November 6~9, 2017.
November 10th : November tuition is due. A $5.00 late fee will be posted to all accounts on the 11th.
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Veterans Day: falls on Nov. 10th which is a Friday so it will not affect classes. All classes will be held all week.
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Costume Measurements: taking measurement of dancers for Spring Recital costumes will begin on November 13th. An inch will be added to all youth and toddler measurements to ensure proper fit by recital.
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December NO Parent Observation: there will be NO Parent Observation during the month of December. The dancers are hard at work learning and practicing their dances for the Winter Showcase. Thank you for your understanding.
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Winter Showcase: the Winter Showcase will be held on Friday, December 15th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Mill’s School Auditorium. All ages and classes will be performing. Tickets will be sold at the studio and the night of the performance for a $3.00 donation per ticket. Tickets will be available November 13th. Seating is limited. Rehearsal and arrival schedules will be handed out the first week of December.
Winter Showcase Helpers: a sign-up sheet asking for volunteer helpers to help backstage will be available by Nov. 13th.

Winter Showcase Snacks: sign-up to bring cookies, sweet treats, punch, juice, paper cups, napkins, ice, or paper plates. The sign-up sheet will be available November 13th.
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Dance Team Meeting: A mandatory Dance Team Parent meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 am. Fundraising will be a major topic.
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Aerial & Lyra: register now for Aerial & Lyra (hoop) classes are held Monday thru Friday. Classes are held at the Flying Lotus Circus Arts, located at 1320 B Oak Street. Register now!! This would make a great gift for Christmas!!

October 2017
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DARKNESS RULE: now that the days are gradually getting shorter and darkness falls upon us all a lot earlier, we request that parents, baby-sitters, or family members escort your dancer to and from the studio. This policy is instituted for your child’s safety. If you are sending someone else to pick your child up and we are not familiar with them, please send a note or notify us so that we are not alarmed. Thanks
HANDY HINT: to reduce the chance for lost dancewear or shoes, please mark the dancer’s name in each shoe or piece of clothing. Sometimes dancers will mistake somebody’s shoes for their own because they look alike. Dance bags are a good idea also, that way any loose clothing or jackets can be put in the same bag. Using the shelves in the classrooms is another good way to keep track of belongings. Klamath Dance is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced items.
LOST & FOUND: if you are missing any clothing, dancewear or shoes, do not forget to look in the “Lost & Found” box in the lobby. Unclaimed items will be donated to the Goodwill at the end of each month.
Aerial Silks & Lyra Classes: held Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:15 p.m., and 5:30-6:45 p.m. Cheyenne Windish will be teaching Aerial Silks and April Wietlisbach will be teaching Aerial Silks, Lyra and Trapeze. Classes will be held at our satellite studio at 1320 B Oak Avenue.
Aerial Circus Performance: Saturday, October 14th, at 6:30 pm will be an adult Aerial Circus Performance held at the Flying Lotus Aerial Gym. This is our satellite studio located at 1320 B Oak Avenue. Tickets are limited and are on sale now at both studios for $12.00. Art, food and wine will be served during our first annual event.
PARENTS OBSERVATION: the first full week of classes each month is designated as “Parent Observation Week”. Parents or Grandparents are welcome to come watch classes during this week. Please keep the number of guests to a minimum, and keep your voices down while watching. Young children watching must remain in their seats during the entire class. We feel that parent participation is very important to your child’s development and is encouraged at Klamath Dance. Observation for October is the 2nd-5th
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: please observe the following basic studio rules of classroom conduct:
*Be on time to class
*Follow the dress code
*Pull your hair back
*Be courteous to other students
*No talking in class
*Put your shoes on before class starts * No gum, food or un-capped drinks
allowed in the classroom
*Use the restroom before class starts *Address your instructor as:
Miss April Miss Cheyenne
Miss Athena Miss Ciara
Miss Becky Miss Michelle
Miss Bonnie Miss Shanna
Miss Callie Miss Suzan
October 10, 2017: October tuition is due by October 10, 2017. Please mail in your payments, or deposit them in the “Blue Box” on the counter in the lobby. If payments are received after October 10th, a $5.00 late fee will be posted to the dancer’s account. If you cannot make a payment by the 10th of the month, please contact Becky.
Automatic Bill Pay: sign up now for automatic bill pay. Avoid the late fees and sign up today in the lobby. Ask Becky or Michelle for an application.
Attendance: Attendance is a big part of the commitment to dance! If you feel your dancer cannot attend at least 90% of the classes during the September to December session, please let the instructor know. Your class space is very important and if you depart, we cannot fill that space again. Parents are required to fill out a “Drop Slip” along with a $20.00 drop fee in the event of early withdrawal. Please refer to the attendance contract, which was signed when registering for class.
Halloween: classes will not be held Tuesday, October 31st, to allow for the young dancers to Trick-or-Treat.
Winter Showcase: Winter Showcase will be held Friday, December 15, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at Mill’s School Auditorium. The Schedule for arrival times will be announced in November.
Birthday Party Rental: are you out of ideas for places to host your little princess or princes’ birthday party?? Well we at Klamath Dance have the solution! Parents can rent one of the studios for two hours for only $75.00! If you would like a princess party, just provide a donation to the “Dedication to Dance” team and you will have all the princesses you can handle! Check for available dates with Becky or Michelle.
Nutcracker: this year Klamath Dance will be the host studio for the Nutcracker auditions and rehearsals. Nutcracker auditions will be held Sunday, October 8th. Please review the list of parts available and the audition times for each part. In the past, an audition fee of $5.00 has been required on the day of auditions. Auditions will be held at Klamath Dance. Dancers please arrive dressed in pink tights, black leotard, ballet shoes, and hair pulled back in a bun. Waltz of the Flowers: 1:00-2:00 (3 years of pointe experience required) Party Children: 2:00-3:30–Ages 11-15 Bon Bons: 3:30-4:30 – Ages 9-11 Angels: 4:30-5:00 – Ages 7-9 Baby Mice: 5:00-5:30 – Ages 5-7

September Newsletter
2017
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WELCOME! To all of our returning and new students to Klamath Dance for another fun filled year of dance with classes beginning Monday, Sept. 11th.
Newsletter: This newsletter is published monthly and is packed with information such as up-coming events, workshop information, important dates, and other various items of interest to students and parents. This newsletter is a way to communicate with everyone. Please read your newsletter thoroughly each month. Newsletters can be found on the black metal stand located in the lobby.
Facebook: become facebook friends with Klamath Dance and receive first-hand information, reminders, notices and special offers!
Tuition: Tuition is due by the 10th of each month. A $5.00 late fee will be charged on all past due accounts.
Automatic Visa Payments: parents have the opportunity to pay tuition via Visa, Master Card or debit card automatically. If you are interested in this feature, and have not yet signed up, please pick up a form in the lobby. Automatic payments will begin October 1st.
Aerial Silks, Lyra & Trapeze Class: sign up for aerial silks class! Cost per month is $75.00. Classs are held at our satellite location at 1320 B Oak Avenue.
Parent Observation Week: Studio policy for observation states that parents and guardians may watch classes during the first full week of class each month, unless otherwise posted. Please be courteous to your child and instructor while in the classroom. We kindly ask that you not talk or allow other children to disrupt the classroom. NO parent observation will be held for September due to the influx of new students into classes and the children are getting acquainted with instructors.
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Dress Code: Students must be in dress code when they attend class. Dress code applies to all dancers in all classes. No Bare Midriffs! Dress code is not only a studio policy, but it is a part of the discipline of dance. When all students follow dress code, it helps set the atmosphere for the class and keeps attention focused on dancing and not on fashion. Students not following dress code, two classes in a row, will sit out the next class. Clothing is available to borrow if needed.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Please be aware of these rules of conduct in class.
-Be on time to class
-Follow dress code
-Pull your hair back (in bun)
-Be courteous to fellow students
-No talking when the teacher is talking
-Dance as a team with classmates
-Be ready to dance and ready to learn
-Put your shoes on before class
-No gum or food inside the class
-Water bottles only are allowed in class
Pointe: Pointe is the goal of many ballet students. It is usually preceded by many years of hard work. All pre-pointe/pointe students must take two ballet classes per week for two years and are encouraged to study other disciplines. Students must be strong, flexible and dedicated. Depending on different body types, most dancers are allowed to try pre-pointe when they are 12-14 years of age, and only after completing the two ballet classes for two years requirement. However, pointe is not for every dancer. Many dancers do not have the right shape of foot, have knee or back problems, weak ankles….the list goes on. A big factor in most dancers’ lives is the lack of time and to be able to commit to attending classes two or more times per week, plus all the home practice and stretching, shoe maintenance and homework from school. All dancers must have good technique on soft shoe in order to have good technique on pointe. Exceptional attendance is a must!
Wireless Internet: Parents can surf the net, retrieve e-mails, update face book accounts, or work on personal business while waiting for your dancer. Dancers can also complete their homework while they wait between classes.
Dance Team: The “Dedication to Dance” dance team is a non-profit extension of Klamath Dance and was established to further develop the mind, body and spirit of a dancer through the discipline and dedication through the art of dance. Dancers learn good sportsmanship, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence and responsibility. As a result, lifelong essential characteristics, such as, positive self-esteem, confidence, poise, leadership and social skills are gained.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the “Dedication to Dance” team, you can attend a meeting on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., at the studio.
Attendance: Attendance is a BIG part of the commitment to dance. If you feel your dancer cannot attend at least 90% of the classes during the September-December session, please let the instructor know. Class space is very important and if you depart we cannot fill that space again. Beginning October 1st, a $20.00 drop fee will be charged to any dancer who cannot complete the session.

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