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Oct 20


Good day MHSPA families !!!

With a tremendous beginning to the season, your team at MHSPA wants to start off this newsletter with a huge THANK YOU!!! We appreciate the ongoing support and commitment from the students to parents to siblings to extended family and friends and to all of the volunteers that make the season such a success. Thank you for being a very big part in it all!

As classes have settled and everyone is getting in to the groove, we have some very important information for everyone! Again, though not everything in this newsletter may apply to your family, please give it a good read. If any questions and such arise by the end of it, please email Miss Whitney at

There is a decent portion of this newsletter that the students are responsible for. Having them read this over OR.. to you.. may just be a darn good idea too!!

Shall we… :)

Be Ready –> At this point, everyone is quite familiar with the class start times and what is expected of them. To keep the nice flow and transitions happening, students should be ready to walk in to their class with an appropriate dance appearance — attire, footwear and hair. Tappers… please take extra caution of the common area floor as it serves to be rather slick with the Tap shoes. The alternative is to put your shoes on during attendance once in the studio.

Attendance –> Attendance of students is of the utmost importance. If this is ever foreseen as becoming an issue, please contact us immediately. Also, should a student not be able to make it to class(es), parents need to be the one to call or email us along with the reason. Having other students inform us on behalf of another is not a practice we want to become the norm.

DVDs –> If you didn’t have a chance to pick your DVD orders of past performances, you can do so by asking at the front desk. They are just so much fun to watch over and over and over again!!!

MHSPA Clothing –> Clothing order forms will be available at the front desk, on the top right corner, Monday, October 17th, 2016. This announcement will be made to the students in class, as well. We have the same line up as last season with a couple additions… that I am CRAZY excited about! Sample sizes will be available in nearly every item so please make sure they are tried on before the final decisions are made. All orders are DUE Thursday, October 27th, 2016, to the front desk. Payment must be made in full with cash or EFT. If choosing EFT, an attachment to your existing EFT Agreement will require completion, please visit the front desk during our office hours.

Temporarily Extended Office Hours –>
We will be extending our office hours, temporarily, for everyone to make Competition Fee payment arrangements. This is required for ALL competitive students. Your invoice will arrive in your inbox by the end of this weekend, if it hasn’t already. If you can make any of the day time hours, this will help ease traffic influx during class times and would be super appreciated! These payment
arrangements must be completed by Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, at 7 pm,
if not — late fees will apply.

You will need to visit the studio during these office hours:

Mon. Oct. 17th     9 am to 11 am & 3:30 pm to 7 pm
Tues. Oct. 18th     9 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 5 pm
Wed. Oct. 19th     9 am to 11 am & 3 pm to 7 pm
Thurs. Oct. 20th   9 am to 11 am & 5 pm to 7 pm
Mon. Oct. 24th     3:30 pm to 7 pm
Tues. Oct. 25th     9 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 5 pm
Wed. Oct. 26th     8:30 am to 10:30 am & 3 pm to 7 pm

Halloween Dress-Up Week –> Monday, October 24th to Saturday, October 29th, 2016. Students are welcome to come dressed up in a costume! We will be doing some dancing so make sure they can be mobile. We’re looking forward to seeing all the costumes and to take a little break from working hard on our dancing to have some extra fun!

The Eve of HALLOWEEN –> As many inquiries and thoughts from parents, students, and the MHSPA team have arose, we have decided to NOT have classes on Monday, October 31st. These classes will be made up that Friday, November 4th, 2016Classes will run at the same times they do regularly on Monday’s. 

Christmas Extravaganza 2016 –> Our annual Christmas Extravaganza showcasing our Tini and Mini Bopper students, only, will be held at the wonderful Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre on Saturday, December 10th, 2016, at 2 pm. Dress Rehearsal will take place at the Esplanade, as well, on Friday, December 9th, 2016, from approx. 4 pm to 8 pm. All Tini & Mini Bopper students are required to attend BOTH, the Dress Rehearsal and the Saturday performance, as they are the stars of the show! Tickets will be available online and at the Esplanade box office on Monday, November 21st right throughto Saturday, December 10th, 2016.

Volunteers for our Christmas Extravaganza’s & Spring Fever’s –> As always, we will need volunteers for dress rehearsals and performances. Sign up sheets for the Extravaganza will be posted at the studio in November and more details will be sent in the next newsletter. Without volunteers, the shows simply cannot happen. Though your child may not be a Bopper anymore, it gives the parents of those that are an opportunity to see their little stars perform their hearts out on stage… your volunteering means the world! We also encourage our older students to sign up with you as well. :)

Solo/Duet/Trio Rehearsals –> For those students who have requested to do a solo/duet/trio, your consultation with your choreographer should now be complete. Over this coming week, the choreographers rehearsal schedules will be posted on the big RED board. We asked that you book a minimum of three rehearsals by the time we break for the Christmas holidays.

Competition Dates –> This season we will be attending the Dance Extreme Festival in Banff, AB, from Wednesday, April 26th to Friday, April 28th, 2017, and the Shy-Ann Dance Festival, here in Medicine Hat, from Sunday, May 7th to Wednesday, May 10th 2017. More details regarding arrivals, expectations and schedules will be emailed out once we receive the information from the competition organizers. Accommodations in Banff for the Dance Extreme Festival are your responsibility. We will communicate any accommodation specials, etc. we are made aware of, if any.

EFTs –>We hope everyone is enjoying our new payment option of the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) as much as we are! Along with it came a relatively minimal learning curve (wahoo!) and I wanted to send my appreciation of your patience with any hiccups that may have occurred. More streamlining ideas are brewing in conjunction with this for next season. If you need to make changes, including banking information, be sure to contact Miss Whitney at, asap.

Emails from MHSPA –> All important information will be sent through our operating system, Jack Rabbit. If you choose to opt out of our mass email list you will miss out on important information.  You can still check the website,, or postings on the information board in the front entrance of the studio. However, I would strongly suggest using this option to stay informed. Please notify us if you would like to change the email address we have linked to your account.


This is shaping up to be another great season and we look forward to the ongoing growth of our students and MHSPA family! To all our new and returning students…..Welcome!!!

Thank you kindly,

Miss Whitney & MHSPA

Sep 14


Welcome Everyone!!!

We hope you all had an amazing summer and are as excited as we are about this season!!!

As classes start and we all get in to the swing of things, there are a few important points and dates to touch base on. Though not all of this information applies to everyone, majority of it does. Please read through it’s entirety and if any questions arise please email us. Here we go… happy reading:

  1. Make sure you are labelling all dance shoes. This way we avoid losing or accidentally swapping shoes with another student.
  2. The studio space is for everyone. Please respect it by putting garbage away, cleaning up after spills, washing cups used in the kitchen etc. and being conscientious and considerate of all others visiting the studio.
  3. Competition forms for those students interested in doing a solo/duet/trio or small group will be going out next week, September 19th to 22nd. They will also be available at the front desk; set on the top right corner in a red folder. They are due no later than FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2016. There is a mail slot on the front door if the studio is closed.  This option is meant for those ready to go competitive, if you have any questions regarding this, please email Miss Genevieve, schedules for these students will be posted in the beginning of October.
  4. Measuring for costumes is being done through the lovely staff at Applause Dance & Activewear on Kingsway Ave SE. Be sure to stop in with your dancer(s) to get measured and get any last minute shopping done by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2016.
  5. All Competition Fees will be invoiced in the beginning of October. These fees includes; competition registration, entry/entries, costume(s) and, for those entering in the above option for solos/duets/trios/small group, a choreography fee.
  6. All regular class fees have been/are to be arranged through our Electronic Funds Transfer Agreement. Any outstanding details need to be fulfilled no later than FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2016, or your account will start to accumulate late payment fees. As per the Registration Policies, signed upon registration, all over due accounts are subject to $25/month. Fees owing were made clear upon registration and broken down, if needed. We do not send out an invoices for these fees, only receipts and correspondence regarding payment required, NSFs, etc. If you are unsure, please email our office manager, Miss Whitney, at       Please note – the EFT Agreement must be complete, in full, even if it is only for the Commitment Fee Policy.
  7. Receipts for dance fees are being processed and will be emailed out over the next few weeks, to the address(es) you provided us.
  8. MHSPA Clothing orders — information will be released over the next couple weeks.
  9. MONDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016, no classes — fill up on turkey and quality time with family and friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
  10. Halloween Week will be from Monday, October 24th, 2016 to Saturday, October 29th, 2016. This is always an exciting and fun week!
  11. Get cozy in your PJs for Pajama Week starting Saturday, December 17th, 2016, through to Thursday, December 22nd, 2016.


Christmas Break dates have changed. The final day of classes will be THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22ND, 2016, and classes will begin again in the new year on SATURDAY, JANUARY 7TH, 2017. Please be sure to make note of these dates.

Save our website as a one of your favourites,! It is always a great resource for important dates, our newsletter emails (like this one :) , the current schedule, reading about our instructors and other fun things!

Reminder - All important information will be sent through our operating system. If you choose to opt out of our mass email list you will miss out on important information.  You can still check the website,, or postings on the information board in the front entrance of the studio.  However, I would strongly suggest using this option to stay informed. Please notify us if you would like to change the email address we have linked to your account.


This is shaping up to be another great dance year and we look forward to the ongoing growth of our students! To all our new and returning students…..Welcome!!!



Miss Whitney & MHSPA

Jun 04


After tapping into some crazy organizational, puzzle piecing skills, breathing through many trials and tribulations, we have reached the first draft of our 2016-17 dance schedule with success!  Throughout the course of the summer, this will be subject to change depending on enrolment, but our goal is to keep things as close to this current schedule as possible.

This year we decided to change up the format on how we label our classes.  Instead of separating things by JR/INT/SR and further splitting those classes, we have simplified it to the discipline and a number.  Example – Jazz 1, Jazz 2, Jazz 3 etc…

Students who have submitted pre-registration forms will be receiving an email by Monday, June 6th to list which classes you should be registering for to help you map things out before coming to register.


June 7th & 8th 4-7pm ~ Tiny/Mini Bopper Students Only

June 9th 4-7pm ~ Classes in a discipline labelled 1 or 2  Only

June 14th 4-7pm ~ Classes in a discipline labelled 1 – 2 – 3 – 4  Only

June 15th 4-7pm ~ Classes in a discipline labelled 3-4-5-6-7  Only

June 16th 4-7pm ~ Open Registration for new students

After pre-registration is complete, if you have not officially registered, your spot will no longer be held and we will open it up for new students.  If you are unable to make it during our pre-registration dates, please email Miss Whitney at to make arrangements.

Pictures – The gallery is up and ready for viewing and ordering.  An email will be sent asap with detail on how to gain access, if you did not receive that email by June 10th please let us know.

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and we look forward to seeing you at registration!

MHSPA Brochure 2016:17