Studio Office Hours: Mon – Thur, 4:15 – 8 pm                               EDA Office # (319) 826-6581

For those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful day with your families, despite the cold weather.   I feel like the past 2 or 3 newsletters I’ve been saying spring is coming, but I’m starting to wonder if it ever will.  Well Spring, we will carry on with our springtime activities with or without you. 🙂  Be sure to check out the important dates below so you don’t miss any of those activities.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!  Please make note of the following important dates!
Tuesday, April 3rd             Daddy/Daughter starts              @    EDA, Room 3 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 28th            Picture Day                              @    EDA
Friday, May 18th                 Dress Rehearsal                      @    Linmar High School Auditorium
May 19th & 20th                 Spring Showcase                     @    Linmar High School Auditorium
Thursday, June 28th           ’18-’19 Comp Team Auditions  @    EDA
Congratulations to MAYA KELSO, the winner of our Jelly Bean Contest!!  Maya’s guess of 300 was the closest to the actual number of beans, which was 288.
RECITAL FEE: Anyone who hasn’t yet paid the recital fee, please stop by the front desk to take care of that this week.
COSTUMES:  Most costumes have been sent home with the kids.  If your child ordered late their costume may not be in yet but we will send it home as soon as it comes in.  Upon receiving your costumes, please hang them right away so the wrinkles will have a chance to fall out.  Also, be sure to have your child try the costumes asap so you have ample time to fix any issues in the fit of the costume before picture day.  If your costumes have any loose shoulder straps they should be pinned or tacked over the shoulder like bra straps. Please label all costumes and accessory pieces with your dancers name in case they get left behind or stuck in someone else’s bag.
DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE:  The dads will start attending class on Tuesdays at 7:30 in room 3, beginning April 3rd.  The men will need a pair of black dress pants and shoes and a white button up shirt for the performance. Their tie will be handed out with the girls’ costumes.   In trying to get all of our girls in without have them miss any of their regular classes, and keeping in mind bedtimes of little ones, the girls have an option to attend the Tues 7:30 time or Thurs. 4:30 during the month of April.  
PICTURE DAY:  Read Photography will be taking individual and class pictures at the studio on Saturday, April 28th.  Please make every attempt to be there.  There is no cost to you for your child to be in the group pictures, the only cost would be if you decide to purchase pictures.  Picture sheets will be sent home the week before pictures.  More picture day information including the schedule will be available in early April.   Included with the schedule will be picture day hairstyles, tights & shoe requirements.  Please make sure to purchase the required tights & shoes before picture day.
END OF THE YEAR AWARDS:  We will again be awarding our very prestigious Star Student Award Scholarships at our Spring Showcase.  There will be several methods that we will use to narrow down all of our amazing students to just a hand-full that will receive this special honor.  Some of the criteria considered while choosing our initial candidates include, attendance, punctuality, work ethic, respect, technique, performance quality, a willingness to learn and try new things as well as a desire to do things correctly.  All dancers chosen during the first round of the process will be notified by letter after April 1st.
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.
SHOWCASE & REHEARSAL TIMES:  Friday, May 18th we will have a mandatory dress rehearsal on the stage at Linmar, starting around 5 pm.  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. More show & rehearsal info coming soon.
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.
   Thanks for reading!
           -Jen & the EDA Staff