Welcome Letter 2019
Dear Dance Families and Friends,
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2019-2020 dance season at Longmeadow Dance School. Here you will find our class offerings for beginner to advanced dancers, ages 3 to adult. There is something for everyone! We would love to have you join in the fun! Classes begin the week of September 16th. Note: Thursdsay Musical Theater & Ensemble classes will begin the year on Fridays only for the first 2 weeks of class. This is due to 2 Thursday Longmeadow Public Schools Back to School Nights. See highlighted class notes for details. All other classes meet as scheduled. Please e-mail us if the schedule does not work for you. We often add additional sessions of classes to the schedule.
Registration is open! There are many ways to register for classes at Longmeadow Dance School. You can log on to http://www.lprd.net and register for classes in a few easy steps. If you would like to register in person, the Parks and Recreation office is in the Community House at 735 Longmeadow Street. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. A 5- month payment plan is available to all by registering through the office with a credit or debit card.
Saturdays- Aug. 24th, Aug. 31st, Sept. 7th, or Sept. 14th 10am-12pm.
At Open House your dancer may come get sized, order your dance shoes, meet the dance instructors and/or register for classes. Once you are sized you can order dance shoes through Ms. April at Open House to save on shipping or log on to our ONLINE STORE FRONT anytime all year:
This is an easy way to order all your dance supplies. We also have a nice selection of leotards, tights skirts, dance bags, dance sweaters and more, all available online sizes toddler- adult. You may also get sized for shoes during the first weeks of lessons.
Please look over the dance information and let us know if you have any questions at all. We are more than happy to help you with class options for your dancer or any other questions you may have about our programs! April Bergeron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail is the best way to have dance program questions answered.
We welcome you to another fun and exciting year of dance!
April Bergeron & Dance Staff
Welcome! Here are some of the most helpful and important things we think new and returning dance
families need to know.
The Waiting Areas: Families may relax in the large waiting areas at Community House and Greenwood Dance Studios during class or they may drop off their dancer and return for pick up at the end of the lesson. Preschool parents/caregivers are encouraged to wait in the waiting areas during class. If your preschooler needs to use the restroom during dance, preschool parents will be called in to help the little ones. This ensures that the instructor can continue teaching the rest of the class during bathroom breaks. Greenwood Daycare dancers are picked up from class by the dance teacher, walked to the dance studio and walked back to class after dance. If it is a dance day send your dancer to Greenwood in dance clothes. Greenwood teachers will help your dancer change out of their dance clothes after class.
Dress Code: All dancers must enter the studio dressed and ready for dance: Hair up tight and off the face, leotard, tights and proper dance shoes. Warm ups are welcome! A thin cardigan style sweater, legwarmers, dance skirts or dance shorts are all fine to wear over your leotard. As your dancer warms up they take them off and if they need to be warm to stretch they put them on. Please be sure to label the inside of all shoes with your child’s name to avoid mix ups!
Ordering Shoes and Open House: You are encouraged to order all dance shoes during Open House Dates. Open House Shoe & Dancewear sizing at the Community House Dance Studio: Saturdays- Aug. 24th, Aug. 31st, Sept. 7th, or Sept. 14th 10am-12pm. or at our online store front: https://www.shopnimbly.com/Longmeadowdanceschool Shoes ordered at the studio during Open House Dates Ship FREE! We have all sizes 2- adult in leotards, skirts, tight and dance shoes. The dance shoes are fantastic quality slip on no tie shoes. They are less expensive that the shoes in the dance stores and better quality. We will size your dancer during dance and let you know their size, then you may place an order at the online store front. Prices: Pink Ballet -$22, Black Tap $35 and Black Jazz $40. Orders using Nimbly ship in one week to your home. If you need Pointe Shoes the closest dance store is Fancy Feet in Ludlow MA. They have our Longmeadow Dance School Pointe Shoe suggestions and requirements and are great to work with www.fancyfeetplus.com
Dance Bags: All dancers will need a small bag that they will bring into class containing their shoes and warm ups only. Leave large backpacks, coats and street shoes in the dance waiting room. Water bottles: Please bring a water bottle to class every week unless your dancer is a preschooler. Preschoolers may drink before or after class with their parents or caregivers. This avoids spills in class and allows preschoolers to focus on dance not water breaks.
Attendance Policy: Maintaining good attendance will lead to a more successful dance experience for your child and her class. If your child is ill they may stay home and rest, or if you are on vacation enjoy! If you choose to miss a dance class, no makeup lesson is offered. Keep in mind, dance is a team sport and it’s important for the whole team to be present.
Late at Drop Off: We do understand that things happen, and your dancer may occasionally be late. If this happens, please send your child quietly into class 100% ready to go with dance shoes on, dance bag in hand and hair up. This will ensure the class keeps on schedule and late arrivals are not a disruption to the learning.
Late at Pick up: If you have an emergency causing parents/caregivers to be late at pick up dancers are instructed to wait with the teacher inside the dance room while the next class begins their lesson.
No Dance Dates: No dance class dates are listed under your dance class description in the LPRD Brochure, in our dance class document or at www.lprd.net .
Class Cancellations/Snow Policy: If Longmeadow Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, dance classes are cancelled. If school is delayed, morning classes will be cancelled; however, afternoon classes may still meet. Please refer to the LPRD hotline at 565-2255 for updates. If an instructor cancels class due to instructor illness or class is cancelled due to inclement weather, make up lessons will happily be offered in the Spring.
Success in Dance: One of the ways that parents can be most helpful to this process is by allowing us the time to teach your child. Dance is so much fun, but it does require that your child pays attention to the instructor and the music. If a student arrives late, a parent opens the door to peek, or someone enters the class to ask a question, we lose your child’s focus. The instructors and their students truly thank you for your cooperation. As you will see Ms. April loves to have the doors open to class allowing you a glimpse of all the excitement and hard work. We will open the door it as much as possible when the dancers are comfortable, so you may see your children shine! You will also get a great look at their dancing during our Family Watch Weeks.
Family Watch Weeks: On these special weeks, our students will have the opportunity to perform and showcase their progress for family and friends inside the dance studios. All other days, families relax in the waiting room during class. Family Watch Weeks: *December 9th-12th, March 9nd- 12th and May 4th-7th.
Safety: We often talk to our students about staying safe while at the dance studios. We need your help following our studio safety rules as well. Community House & Greenwood are busy town buildings. We have multiple adult and child activities going on throughout the buildings. LPRD has asked that children do not play in other areas of the buildings before, after, or during class. (especially in the main auditorium or gym). Thank you for respecting all staff and areas of the building by waiting quietly in the waiting areas.
Children wait for their instructor to call them into class. Many fun books are available to read while you wait or feel free to get a head start on your homework at our dance tables. Classes are taught back to back. We find the best way to answer your questions or address any concerns is via email. We love to hear from you! If you have any questions, comment, concerns or suggestions, please email April Bergeron at: email@example.com
Longmeadow Dance School