Parents - Thank you for sending us a wonderful group of dancers. Thank you to all Dancers and Parents for Proper Dance Attire and hair pulled back. We are looking forward to a great year!
Next PARENT viewing ~ October 1 -7
During the week of October 1-7 please join us for your child's class(es). We look forward to having an audience! Parent Viewing coming up: Feb 1-7 2020.
ALLERGIES ~ ANAPHYLACTIC
Thank you to everyone for taking care and making our studio NUT FREE. This includes all food that contains nuts too!
Thursday, October 31 ~ The Dance Studio is closed.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
MANAGING YOUR KCDS ACCOUNT ON-LINE
You can update your contact/account/payment information, check class times, on-line. Please go to our web site home page - click on the ‘Manage Your Account On-Line’ Log in with your e-mail address. Forgot your password – hit the ‘forgot your password’ button and away you go!
In the office this year is Miss. Mary Lou, aka: Mumsie, (Karen and Richelle's Mom), along with Miss Nicole, Miss Debbie, Miss Sue, Miss Terri and Miss Pat. Normally there is some one in the office Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 9:00pm and Saturday from 9:00-3:00pm. To reach the studio office the phone number is 250-658-0445.
We are so thankful to our 2019/20 TeamSTEP ~ Student Teacher Education Program ~ Nicole B, Cassie D, Ella D, Marley E, Tori Farkas, Sarah Mc, Madisen P, Abby S, Faith S, Gabrielle V, Sierra W
NEWSLETTER ON OUR WEB SITE
Our newsletters are posted on our web site on the 1st of each month. If you do not have Internet access please call the studio office and we will arrange a hard copy for you. Newsletters are very important to keep updated with studio information. Newsletters will also be posted on studio bulletin boards. Newsletters will not be sent to you – we ask that you go on line and read them.
We are thankful for all our Studio Families!
Karen Clark Dance Studio Est 1988
Withdrawal for KCDS COMPETITION TEAM DANCERS: September 30, 2019
Withdrawal for KCDS DANCERS: October 31, 2019
KCDS Competition Team Dancers: Written notice (e-mail is acceptable) is required for withdrawal from class (es) and will be accepted until, September 30, 2019. Please submit your written notice to us by the 30th of the month. This will result in you not being charged on the 1st of the next month. After September 30, 2019 it is expected that dancers will remain with the studio Competition Team for the dance year, Sept 2019 to May 2020. Performance Fee Costume deposit(s) $87.00 class charged on October 2, 2019 and RAD Exam deposit(s) $80.00/grade are charged on November 3, 2019 class ~ are due after September 30, 2019 and are non-refundable.
KCDS Dancers: Written notice (e-mail is acceptable) is required for withdrawal from class(es) and will be accepted until, Oct. 31, 2019. Please submit your written notice to us by the 30th of the month. This will result in you not being charged on the 1st of the next month. After October 31, 2019 it is expected that dancers will remain with the studio for the dance year, Sept 2019 to May 2020, RAD Ballet until June 2020. Performance Fee Costume deposit(s) $87.00 class charged on November 2, 2019 and RAD Exam deposit(s) $80.00/grade are charged on November 3, 2019 class ~ are due after October 31, 2019 and are non-refundable.
2020 RECITAL AND DRESS REHEARSAL DATES :
Please mark these dates down and keep these dates open. All classes will perform in one rehearsal and one recital.
RECITALS: May 8, 9, (2 shows on the 9th.) DRESS REHEARSALS: April 28, 29, 30 ~ Dress Rehearsals and Recitals take place at the University Farquhar Auditorium and UVIC. The Recital Breakdown of what class performs in which show will be available in early 2020.
If you have more than one child dancing or a child taking more than one class a week, please be aware that you could be involved in more than one show. This would mean purchasing tickets for all shows you plan on attending.
Save the 2020 Recital dates, May 8 and 9. All Dancers perform in 1 rehearsal and 1 recital
Dress Rehearsal Dates are April 28, 29, 30. Dress Rehearsals and Recitals are held at the UVIC - University Farquhar Auditorium
STUDIO CLOTHING including JACKETS
Studio Clothing including Studio jackets will be available to order on-line starting Oct 10 - 20. All Competition Team Members require a KCDS jacket. Please visit karenclarkdancestudio.com, log into your KCDS account and select “Search On-line Store.” Click in - Check out - October 10! Jacket, to try on for sizing, are available to try on in the studio office.
Monday November 11, 2019
'Lest We Forget'
CLICKING ON A PHOTO WILL MAKE IT LARGER
DANCE ... LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING
We are interested a dancer's age, but we are excited when we know their ability. Everyone learns at a different rate. There is no passing or failing in dance, it is common to have classes with mixed ages so that dancer's abilities match. In the Junior, Intermediate and Senior, levels dancers may expect to spend more than one year completing each designated syllabus level. This is not uncommon. Regular attendance is very important. Studio Faculty meet regularly to discuss dancer's progress and/or placement. It is our policy to offer appropriate opportunities to every child. Placement decisions are derived from many years of teaching experience. Often a child is placed in a particular group or class where he or she will feel confident, in order to promote the development of self-esteem. Some dancers who are placed in a higher level become discouraged, only to lose their passion for dance. Others respond to the challenge of being in a class with dancers who are more proficient by pushing themselves to work harder. Placement is highly individual and the factors that go into the decision are complex.
In every class level, there will be dancers at the top, middle and bottom of the ladder. EVERY POSITION ON THAT LADDER IS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR DANCER’S GROWTH. Dancers will spend considerable time on each rung.
THE BOTTOM RUNG:
When a dancer is new to a group, the adrenaline is pumping and the heart is racing. New information is being received at lightning speed. A Dancer is inspired by those around them and they struggle to keep up. When he/she tells you about their class, in the car ride home, he/she likely says: "It was hard." or "I felt challenged." That's all fine and good, we remember his/her body is not strong enough yet to execute the skills properly, so while our Dancer thinks he/she is working at an advanced level, he/she is really just skimming the surface. There is nothing wrong this that - it is how learning takes place.
THE MIDDLE RUNG:
In time, the syllabus begins to look and sound familiar. The shiny newness of the class is starting to fade. Repetition sets in. This is where we see work ethic play a big part. Successful dancers will dig their teeth in and work to master the skills through repetition. Mature dancers will understand that it's not enough to skim the surface. Dancers need to execute the skills correctly and that means doing them over and over again, taking their corrections, week after week. It means understanding the mechanics, not just going through the motions. This can be very hard for dancers. We encourage our Dancers while watching then carefully. If we feel they are ready for the next level we are quick to make the move.
THE TOP RUNG:
This is where we expect dancers to refine the details of the skills they are learning. By now they should have the strength, flexibility and muscle memory to execute skills in a safe and correct manner. Time to stand in the front! Time to be the leader! Time for the teacher to have you demonstrate! The unfortunate reality is that many dancers and parents are in a rush to skip over this rung. They want the immediate gratification of a "promotion" to a new level. This is a mistake! Imagine how Dancers are cheated if they are promoted too soon! Not only do they miss the chance to refine their movements but they miss the confidence building experience of being a leader in their class and the successful feeling when the syllabus feels comfortable. We never want to put our Dancers in a place where they are unable to give us what is expected - the successful feeling of accomplishment is our goal.
COBS BREAD Dough-Raiser
Our neighbours in the Royal Oak Shopping Centre are lending us a hand to raise funds for "Studio Life” – a program that helps under privileged dancers in our community. When you shop at COBS Bread, simply mention to the sales assistant that you are a parent, teacher, dancer from Karen Clark Dance Studio. 5% of the total sales will be donated back to the Studio ... yipeee! So if you are in COBS making a purchase please mention our name ~ Thank you very much!
Every week - it gets darker sooner!
Please take care when parking, be mindful of vehicles on each side, don't bend down behind cars, keep your eyes up, stay to the middle of the parking lot when walking and look both ways before you cross the street. Thank you!
Calendar Of Closures
The Studio will be closed during these dates.
Calendar Of Closures
The Studio will be closed during these dates.
Monday, October 14
Thursday, October 31
Monday, November 11
Closed Tuesday, December 17 - Friday, January 3. Last class Monday, December 16. First class back Saturday, January 4
Monday, February 17 2019
March 16 - 21 - 1 week only
April 10, 11 and Monday, April 13
Thank you for choosing Karen Clark Dance Studio