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Feb 27
2017

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Hello Dance Families!

We hope everyone is enjoying this week’s break… snow and all! As we have settled back into the swing of things and the second half of our dance season, here is the newsletter capturing the remainder of the important dates, some details, reminders and refreshers.

Now… let’s get set up for this… ready?! Let me help ya out…. clear the kitchen table, grab the calendar off the fridge, pull out your day planner (or open your phone calendar), borrow the kids pencil case, pour a cup of joe, HERE WE GO!

And, as always, it’s really great if the students read through this with you too.

 

Classes resume TOMORROW, Saturday, February 25th … coming back from the Reading/Family Week break!  

We hope everyone is getting some nice rest, having some fun and for the students… taking advantage to get lots of practising in!!! Yay!!!

 

Photographs for purchase ~~> Photographs taken by the talented Randy of RJF Productions has the galleries up for Spring Fever 2016 and Christmas Extravaganza 2016. To view and purchase, please follow this link, https://rjfproductions.smugmug.com/Dance. You will be asked for a password right off the hop – please email Miss Whitney (mhspa.office@gmail.com) for the magic wordEach gallery is labelled with the date the photographs were taken and a reference to which show they are of. Please read his instructions at the top of the page… he has included a generous coupon code until July 17, 2017. Any questions regarding these photos, please contact him directly at info@RJFproductions.ca.

 

Rotary Music Festival ~~> Sunday, March 5th to Sunday, March 19th, 2017

The Rotary Music Festival will be taking place at The Medicine Hat College Theatre. This involves all of our Musical Theatre classes and students who signed up to do a solo or duet for the Festival. Further details regarding this event was sent out to all Musical Theatre families, separately, on February 1st, 2017. If you have the chance to come out and support your fellow performers, the MHSPA students and groups will be performing Thursday, March 9th & Saturday, March 11th, 2017.

 

Easter Break ~~> Friday, April 14th to Thursday, April 20th, 2017

The studio will be closed for the Easter Break! Have some super hoppin’ fun!

 

~*~*~ COMPETITION INFORMATION ~*~*~

Competitive Dress Rehearsal ~~> Friday, March 31st, 2017

This rehearsal will be held in the CHHS theatre from approximately 4 pm to 10 pm. This is a VERY important rehearsal for all students competing in the Dance Extreme Festival (Banff) and Shy-Ann Dance Festival (Medicine Hat). A separate email will be sent out to all competition families containing the schedule and more details in the first half of March.

Dance Extreme Festival, Banff, AB ~~> Tuesday, April 25th to Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The festival venue is the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity located at 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, AB. This competition involves ALL competitive classes and solos/duet/trios that requested entry to attend. Competitive classes were established upon registration. If you are still not sure if this applies to your child, we will gladly sort you out. :)

If you have not already, we suggest booking your hotel room for the above dates at a place that has a free cancellation policy. The competition website has made mention of a discount at the Banff Aspen Lodge. Here is the link… https://showtimedancepromotions.com/events/banff-ab/Accommodations and travel arrangements for this festival are your responsibility.

Also, Parks Canada is issuing FREE Discovery Passes for 2017!!! The passes are sent via Canada Post. I have now received mine and they took at least a few weeks to arrive. It’s a quick easy process… here is the link:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.commandesparcs-2Dparksorders.ca_webapp_wcs_stores_servlet_CategoryDisplay-3FstoreId-3D22953-26urlLangId-3D-2D1-26beginIndex-3D0-26urlRequestType-3DBase-26categoryId-3D216870-26pageView-3Dgrid-26langId-3D-2D1-26catalogId-3D53407&d=DgMFaQ&c=xJPf3uN2gg7foA7dEwyrhg&r=AVieJPuZGh5qwjnCfXa4UW-7VRstiUwQ2g6oA79NsrE&m=b5lgC9luOfhoNM2WT_UNWADL3xZhp_2l2tlb3JoZ5sk&s=hg8WskWopg1Iv6oZsOOIuLDTHWZnZeaLxbKYgeT5Gpw&e=

Shy-Ann Dance Festival, Medicine Hat, AB ~~> Sunday, May 7th to Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

The Esplanade, here in Medicine Hat, is where this all will be taking place. This competition, as well, involves all solos/duet/trios that requested entry to attend and ALL competitive classes.

 

***THE SCHEDULES… We are in the midst of creating and compiling the schedules for these three events: Competitive Dress Rehearsal, Dance Extreme Festival and Shy-Ann Dance Festival. We are waiting on the final schedule for the Dance Extreme Festival. Once these are organized and ready, all will be captured in a single email and sent out.

 

Open Studio Rehearsals ~~> The schedule for Open Studio Rehearsals has been posted on the studio’s big red board. This is another perfect opportunity to rehearse solos/duets/trios. The expectations surrounding these rehearsals are few and respectable. Time slots are for 30 minutes, please respect your time and the time of others. Please initial by your name when you have arrived/completed your open space time. If your schedule changes and you are unable to make it, please have the schedule updated ASAP. If you cannot make it to the studio or get it done, communicate this to Miss Whitney at mhspa.office@gmail.com to have the schedule updated for someone else to use that time. If any are missed; the 1st is a warning and after the 2nd miss, this will not be an option for the student for the remainder of this season. Everyone’s time is precious.

Practise, practise, practise ~~> Choreography is nearing completion and before we know it, the routines will be hitting the stages. The entire MHSPA team cannot emphasize enough how important practising is all along the way. If there are struggles to be worked through and/or clarity needed, let us know! We are here for you.

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Spring Fever 2017 ~~> Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The dress rehearsal and year-end recital, Spring Fever, will all be held at The Esplanade.

Dress Rehearsal – Friday, May 12th, from approximately 4 pm to 10 pm.  The schedule and more details regarding this will be communicated closer to.

MHSPA Spring Fever 2017 – Saturday, May 13th & Sunday, May 14th. There will be 3 separate shows (2 on Saturday, 1 on Sunday) and they are all different…make sure to purchase tickets for the show(s) your child is performing in! We will announce when tickets go on sale. All of this information will be sent out as we get closer to the show. As always, be sure to keep your eyes on your emails, the studio’s big red information board the website www.mhspa.ca to stay in the loop!

 

Picture Week ~~> Monday, May 15th to Thursday, May 18th, 2017

This is our final week of the season and we will be striking poses at the studio! An email containing the schedule and further details will be sent at a later date.

 

REMINDERS & REFRESHERS:

Be Ready — 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 with respect to the discipline… attire, footwear and hair.

Attendance — Attendance of students is of the utmost importance. 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 or parents inform us on behalf of another is not a practice we want to become the norm. Plus, it leaves out any middle person and miscommunications.

OH… and practise! Just thought I’d toss that in here once more. :)

 

And that’s a wrap! We look forward to the continued growth of our students and cannot wait to see all of the performances come together!

Please mark your calendars! These dates are also posted on the red information board at the studio and on our website calendar –  just click the tab at the top of this page.

Communication is key to us, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask and we will help as best we can.

The easiest way to reach us is through email:

- Miss Genevieve mhspa.dance@gmail.com

- Miss Whitney mhspa.office@gmail.com

 

Thank you for the ongoing support!

Miss Whitney & MHSPA

 

Nov 21
2016

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

Happy Day MHSPA families!!!

Only 39 more sleeps until Christmas! Oh the excitement, eeeeek! But before we get down to business, how about this incredible autumn weather we are having the pleasure of living in?!?! Such a delight.

Now as you’ve noticed, our newsletters are jammed pack with announcements, important dates (including deadlines) and many details. In our efforts to keep you all informed we would appreciate your efforts in return, by reading through our emails in their entirety to meet deadlines and ensure no students or parents miss out on any exciting MHSPA happenings.

 

Let’s get to it…

FUNDRAISER: Steeped Tea

Saturday, November 26th — ORDER DUE DATE

The price is right, the teas are a delight, and your contribution helps keep the studio’s future bright!!!

Packages have been sent home this past week, so check those dance bags.  More are available at the front desk! The tea will be in before Christmas. What a perfect stocking stuffer!

We have seen full orders forms being handed in already! One detail we missed mentioning was to accept ONLY CASH. This is very important, as cheques will greatly compromise the arrival of the tea due to the time consuming processes that accompany cheques.

 

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA 2016

  • Monday, November 21st to Saturday, December 10th

Tickets will be available online at www.tixx.ca and at the Esplanade box office.

  • Friday, December 9thapprox. 4 pm to 8 pm

DRESS REHEARSAL will take place at the Esplanade, as well. 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! Hair, make-up (if you wish) and costumes are required for the dress rehearsal and the performance.

If your child attends any of the following classes, they are required at dress rehearsal and are in the show:

  • Tuesday’s

4 – 4:45 pm 4/5 yrs Ballet & Tap

  • Wednesday’s

3:30 – 4pm        3 yrs Intro to Dance

4 – 4:45 pm       4/5 yrs Jazz & MT

5 – 5:45 pm       4/5 yrs Ballet & Tap

  • Thursday’s

3:30 – 4pm        4/5 yrs Intro to Groove

4 – 4:45 pm       6/7 yrs Ballet & Tap

5 – 5:45 pm       6/7 yrs Jazz & MT

  • Saturday’s

10 – 10:45 am  4/5 yrs Ballet & Tap

11 – 11:45 am  4/5 yrs Jazz & MT

12 – 12:45 pm  6/7 yrs Jazz & MT

1 – 1:45 pm       6/7 yrs Ballet & Tap

 

  • Saturday, December 10th at 2 pm

Every December we put together a Christmas performance showcasing our Tini and Mini Boppers. This will take place at the wonderful Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. We invite everyone to come enjoy the show, even if your child is no longer a Bopper, come support!

Students are to arrive between 1-1:30pm before the show and will be escorted into the backstage area to their assigned dressing room. Parents are not allowed in the backstage area, so make sure they are dressed and ready to go when you drop them off and we will take care of the rest. Even if your child is in more than 1 dance, we have them taken care of. A running order for the show will be emailed out and posted in the studio, so you will know which costume to come dressed in first. Be sure to label everything! We will have plenty of parent and student volunteers with activities and games to keep them busy. All of the students are expected to stay backstage for the duration of the show… think of it as a day at daycare or school, except in fancy costumes! Please send them with a snack and water bottles. The only exception is for our 3 year olds, after they have performed those parents are allowed to have your child sit on your lap for the rest of the show. Make sure they come backstage 3 dances before the end so they don’t miss their bow!

Again, parents are not allowed backstage. Once the show is complete and each performer has been gathered along with their things, they will be escorted out to the same place they were dropped off at earlier and matched up with whomever is to collect them.

OUR FLOWER SHOP will be providing flowers for purchase, conveniently in the lobby of the Esplanade, to help make this day extra special for your little performer! You can also pre-order bouquets by calling Cheryl at the shop 403-580-4030, and they will be brought to the Esplanade the day of.

 

VOLUNTEERS: Christmas Extravaganza & Spring Fever

As always, our volunteers are the reason why our shows are so successful. Without them, the show simply cannot happen. Volunteers are needed for the Friday dress rehearsal and Saturday performance. 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. :)

  • Tuesday, November 15th – Sign up sheets posted

Volunteer sign up sheets are posted on the front desk.

Dress Rehearsal – This schedule is broken down into time slots considering the run of the show and quick changes for the students. If you’d prefer to volunteer for the time(s) when your child is to rehearse, please make sure you triple check which class your child is in and the time slots. Volunteer sign up is first come first serve. We are looking for 2 parents per class to help out.  This is a closed rehearsal, which means only the students, parent volunteers and teachers are permitted into the theatre.

The Show – We will need volunteers in the dressing rooms, to escort the performers to their dressing rooms and to help back stage. Specific details on how we run this all will be sent via email to all volunteers the week of the dress rehearsal and show.

 

DVDs of Christmas Extravaganza 2016

Monday, November 21st — Pre-Ordering Available

Forms to pre-order a DVD of the show will be available on the top of the studio’s front desk.  They can be purchased by cheque, made payable to RJF Productions, or in cash for $25. These will also be available to order at the show.

 

SANTA CLAUS FUND

Now until Thursday, December 15th

We invite you all to help brighten the holidays for other families in our community by bringing in unwrapped gifts for newborns to 17 year-old kids. We will have a box set up in the studio for these items that are sure to bring some big smiles over the holidays this year. We all at MHSPA thank you in advance for your donations.

 

TINI-BOPPER Winter Session 2017 Registration

*** This is for Intro to Dance and Intro to Groove classes ONLY***

  • Now until Saturday, December 3rd — registration open to existing Tini-Bopper’s

Registration is now open for all currently enrolled Tiny-Bopper’s who wish to continue with us for the remainder of the season. This session runs from January to May and includes our year end recital, when the entire school performs their routines they have all put so much time and hard work in to! Not to worry though… we do split them all up over a few shows. J Existing tiny-bopper’s spots will be held until Saturday, December 3rd, after this date registration opens up to our wait lists and the public.  There is no re-registration fee, if you are continuing in to the winter session, in which the invoice will include the tuition fee(s) for the class (es) and the costume fee(s). To complete registration, please visit the front desk during our office hours, which are posted on the studio’s front door and front desk or on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am to 12:30 pm. If you have already signed up for the entire season, there is no need to worry about any of this… unless your little one maybe has a friend that would like to join their dance class?!?! Feel free to pass on Miss Whitney’s email address, mhspa.office@gmail.com, for any registration inquiries.

  • Monday, December 5th to Saturday, January 21st, 2017 — registration is open to our wait lists and the public

Again, please pass on Miss Whitney’s email address to any families interested in joining us. We’d love to meet them!

 

 

TINI & MINI BOPPER PICTURE DAY

Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to approx. 2 pm

All Tini & Mini Bopper’s will have their group and individual photo(s) taken. Please mark this day off on your calendars to ensure attendance. We will be sending an email out to the Bopper families in the next couple weeks with further instruction and the photo shoot schedule.

Regular Mini-Bopper classes will still be happening this day and remember it’s the beginning of our PAJAMA WEEK so bring your PJs to change in to after your pictures have been taken!

 

PAJAMA WEEK

Saturday, December 17th, 2016, to Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Dress in your cozy PJs for dance class(es) this week!

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK (Friday, December 23rd, 2016, to Friday, January 6th, 2017)

  • Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 — final day of classes
  • Saturday, January 7th, 2017 — classes begin

 

COMPETITION DATES & INFO

We have received some inquiries for competition details and at this point we only have the dates of the competitions. Once we receive the specifics from the competitions personnel and organize the information as it pertains to our dance school, we will email it all and post it in the studio. Typically, we receive this information closer to March.

  • Dance Extreme Festival in Banff, AB, from Wednesday, April 26th to Friday, April 28th, 2017.

For those travelling to Banff and looking for accommodations, the competition website has made mention of a discount at the Banff Aspen Lodge. Here is the link… https://showtimedancepromotions.com/events/banff-ab/. Accommodations and travel arrangements for this festival are your responsibility.

  • Shy-Ann Dance Festival in Medicine Hat, AB, from Sunday, May 7th to Wednesday, May 10th 2017.

Students and instructors have been working hard to put this all together! For some students this will be their first time on stage, for others it’s so amazing to see how they have grown and how the moves seem to get a little easier. Thanks you for all your support, and with your co-operation we look forward to having another fabulous Christmas Extravaganza for everyone to enjoy!

 

Thank you for your precious time!

Miss Whitney & MHSPA


Oct 20
2016

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

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 mhspa.office@gmail.com.

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 mhspa.office@gmail.com, 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, www.mhspa.ca, 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