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Well here we are, our final newsletter of the 2017-2018 dance year.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this year.  We’ve had a wonderful time learning and growing together.  I know the kids are excited to get on the stage and show you what they’ve been working so hard on all year long.  I know these newsletters can get lengthy, but please read through to the end, as there is a lot of information you’ll need to know for showcase.  If you have questions about anything not covered here please don’t hesitate to ask.  
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!  Please make note of the following important dates!
Mon 5/7 – Thur 5/10            Last week of regular schedule classes                                                                                                    Friday, May 18th                 Dress Rehearsal , 5:30-9                            @    Linmar High School Auditorium                                        Saturday, May 19th            Spring Showcase, 7 pm                               @    Linmar High School Auditorium                                           Sunday, May 20th              Spring Showcase, 2 pm                               @    Linmar High School Auditorium                                             Monday, June 4th               Summer Classes Start
Thursday, June 28th           ’18-’19 Comp Team Auditions                     @    EDA                                                     
CLASSES:  Next week, (May 7-10) will be our last week of regular classes.  The following week we will run on an adjusted schedule.  These classes are just as important and we ask that you make every effort to get your dancer to their class. This will be the last time they run their routines before they dance on the stage.
SHOWCASE TICKETS:  Tickets are now available at the front desk.  Your account must be paid in full to receive your tickets.  Additional tickets can be purchased at the front desk and will also be sold at the door for $5 each.  Volunteering tickets will be available for pickup at dress rehearsal.
COSTUMES/SHOES/TIGHTS:  Please be sure to make any necessary adjustments to your dancers costumes.  Any costumes that came with loose straps need to be pinned or sewn over the shoulder like bra straps.  Headpieces & hats need to be anchored into the hair either with barrettes, pins or clear elastic. Please check with other mothers in the class if you have any questions.  Remember to label all costume pieces and accessories with your dancers name in case they get misplaced.  We had several kids with the incorrect color and/or style of tights and shoes at pictures.  Please be sure to get the correct color and style before rehearsal and the show.  Kids with the incorrect color/style of tights and or shoes will be unable to perform.  All tights are Revolution brand, either pink or dark tan.  Please refer to the picture schedule if unsure which color/style tights and or shoes you need.  The girls participating in Daddy Daughter need the dark tan tights and Capezio showstopper jazz shoes in caramel.  We encourage you to take  a wet rag to your shoes and get them cleaned up for the stage.  BE SURE to cut ballet strings in a knot and cut them or duct tape them to the inside top of the shoe so they are not sticking out.  Jr tyette tap shoes should have the ties removed and only use the elastic.  No underwear can be worn under tights for the performances.  No visible bra straps.
HAIR & MAKEUP:  Hair and makeup will be the same as picture day.  Please make sure your dancer has a CLEAN, PERFORMANCE bun and/or ponytail.  This means use gel and hairspray to slick back hair on the sides and use a hair net to keep all hair contained in the bun.  Any questions please feel free to ask other moms or the front desk.
DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE:  We have our regular Tues/Thur practices next week and then the following week we have two practices.  We would like to see everyone at the last two practices so we can continue to get the formations worked out.  If you’re no longer planning on participating please let us know so we can adjust the formations. 
CLASS MOMS:  We still need class moms for the following classes.  Mon 4:30 Combo, Mon 6:00 Combo, Mon Teen HH & Lyrical, Tues 5 Combo, Tues 6 Combo, Tues Int HH & Lyrical, Boys HH, Wed 4:30 Combo, Thur 7 Combo.  Please sign up in the lobby if you are willing to help out.  Parents are responsible for changing their own children, class moms are responsible for getting the kids lined up correctly and delivered back stage.  If possible, we would like class moms to stop in to your childs classes during the next two weeks so we can explain the line up sheets and you can practice lining them up. 
END OF THE YEAR AWARDS:  We will be awarding dancers who have reached a milestone year of training following the Saturday night showcase.  Please sign up in the lobby if your dancer has reached a milestone year.  We award dancers at 5,10 & 15 years. 
SHOWCASE & REHEARSAL TIMES:  Friday, May 18th we will have a mandatory dress rehearsal on the stage at Linmar, starting around 5:30 pm.  Doors will open at 5:00.  This will be in costume with complete hair & makeup.  The Saturday show will start at 7 pm and the Sunday matinee will start at 2 pm.  Dancers are not required to stay for the entire show, however there will be end of the year awards presented after each show. 
SUMMER BROCHURES are available at the front desk:  EDA is again offering a fun variety of activities to keep your children active and inspired this summer.  Options include themed dance camps, 4 week intensive, 6 weeks of regular weekly classes, workshops and master classes as well as summer conditioning, technique and choreography for our competition teams.  Registration is now open for all.  You can register via our website, via our parent portal or at the front desk.  Class sizes are limited.
COMPETITION TEAM TRYOUTS:  This years intensive will again be Monday and Wednesday evenings in June, followed by auditions for the 2018-2019 team on Thursday the 28th.  Please ask at the front desk for information if your dancer is  interested in auditioning.
If you made it all the way to the end Congratulations!  I know its a lot of info. 🙂  Never be afraid to ask questions, we want this experience to be a great one for you and your dancer/s.  Thanks for another great year!!
   Thanks for reading!
           -Jen & the EDA Staff