Newsletter #1- September 2008 by nph20057


									                                 Newsletter #1- September 2009

                              Dance Alliance
Welcome to Dance Season 2009-2010!

Welcome to our new and returning students and families. We are looking forward to another
season of learning and development – and friendship and fun. In response to demand we have
added some new classes this year, including a pre-ballet for 2-3 years olds, an all-boys hip hop
class as well as contemporary and lyrical classes for dancers 10 and older.

We are delighted to welcome back several of our talented instructors: Christina Caminiti;
Danika Carkner; Rebecca McLane; Kellee Selleck and Anik Resendes. Two of our fabulous
former instructors – Ashley Carkner and Kelly Anne Gauthier - are also back this year.

We are pleased to welcome our new and returning assistants: Paige Brown, Sarah Brown,
Cara Caminiti, Allessandra Direnzo, Samantha Grigsby and Cassy Poulin. We also welcome
our new and returning volunteers: Genny Carter, Kate Donovan, Meagan Muldoon, Mandy
Parent and Isabella Zupo.

Together our instructors, assistants and volunteer teachers bring years of recreational and
competitive experience, enthusiasm and commitment to the Dance Alliance program!

Our Philosophy

Dance Alliance was created to offer a community-based dance program to youth of all ages.
Our objective is to provide each student with the opportunity to learn and to perform to his/her
maximum potential in a supportive and fun environment.

We also strive to keep costs to a minimum and therefore count on the continuing volunteer
efforts of Dance Alliance families.

Dress Code

Female dancers are required to wear a body suit, tank top or T-shirt with tights or dance pants.
Boys must wear appropriate clothing - no bulky clothes! Proper footwear is also required:
ballet, jazz or gymnastic slippers are required for all classes except for tap class where tap
shoes must be worn. Running shoes may be acceptable for hip-hop classes, provided the
instructor agrees.

Important Ground Rules

To help ensure the enjoyment and safety of dancers, we ask everyone to observe a few simple,
but important, ground rules:

   Students should come to class on time, equipped with the proper dance wear and shoes.
   Parents should be on time to pick up dancers at the end of class. This is particularly
    important for the younger set, as instructors and parent volunteers are not responsible for
    the supervision of dancers outside classroom time or between classes.

   Individuals not registered for a class are not permitted in the studio room without the
    express consent of the instructor. This includes parents/guardians.
   The use of cell phones or other electronic devices is not permitted during instruction time.

Saturday Office Hours

Members of the Dance Alliance Executive will be available to answer any questions at the
Alexander Community Centre on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you have
questions outside of office hours, please Jennifer Bougie (for registration and class lists) at; Tracy Speers at (for financial
questions) and Carolina DiRienzo at or Dana Donovan at for all other matters.


Dance Alliance provides canteen services for dancers and their families each Saturday. The
canteen is open from 9:30 to 2:00 and provides healthy food options for our dancers. We are
pleased to be able to offer the same prices as in previous years.

Class Fees
A reminder that all fees for recreational classes are now due on September 26 , the first day of
classes. If you would like to make alternate payment arrangements, please advise our Dance
Alliance Treasurer, Tracy Speers.

Please note that tax receipts for dance instruction covering the 2009-2010 season will be issued
in the new year for payments made between January 1 and December 31, 2009.

Class Changes

Should you wish to change your child’s class/classes, please do so no later than October 17th
by advising a member of the Dance Alliance Executive during our Saturday office hours. Every
effort will be made to accommodate your request, bearing in mind class sizes and age

No refunds will be issued for withdrawals after October 24, 2009.

Competitive Program

All dancers interested in our competitive program must register in a technique class. Try-outs
for all competitive classes will be held on September 26, October 3 and October 17 , when final
decisions will be made, including level of competition and type of dance, by our competitive
dance instructors. Interested dancers must attend all try-outs. Dancers not invited to join this
year’s team are encouraged to continue to dance recreationally and to take technique classes.

Competitive classes begin the week of October 19 . All competitive classes will be held on
Monday night from 6:00 to 9:30, except for technique classes and the large production number,
which will be held on Saturdays.

If your child is obliged to withdraw from a recreational class to join a competitive group, then a
full refund will be provided. Likewise, a refund will be issued in circumstances where a child is
not selected for the competitive stream and wishes to withdraw from technique class. We urge
dancers not invited to join the competitive team this year to remain in technique as this is where
competitive skills are practiced.

The level of commitment to dance expected from competitive dancers and their parents
increases substantially from that required for the recreational program. Dancers are expected to
attend all classes, ready to learn and practice hard as a team. Our team will participate in 3
competitions this year, to be held in Ottawa from March 26-29, April 30 to May 3 and May 27 to
31. Dancers must commit to participating in all 3 competitions.

The costs for competitive dancing are higher than recreational classes and include instruction
fees, competition entry fees, shoes and costume fees, which can range from 60-120 per
costume. All competitive dancers and their parents are expected to sign a competitive dance
contract. If you are unable to honour this contract, you will not be considered for competitive
dance the following season.

Help Santa Toy Parade
In 2009, the Help Santa Toy Parade will be held on December 5 beginning at 6:00 pm. Please
note the change in time! The route has also changed, and will begin at the Canadian War
Museum and end at Ottawa City Hall. Given the evening start time, we will be unable to have
twirlers in this year’s parade. More details will be provided in the October newsletter on how to
join the parade squad. Dancers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome!

The uniform for the parade is black pants and shoes, white turtleneck and a Dance Alliance
jacket. We are always looking to borrow Dance Alliance jackets for our dancers to wear during
the parade. Please let us know if you are able to lend one.

Volunteers – the Heart of Dance Alliance

We are grateful for all of our volunteers and encourage all Dance Alliance families to become
involved. If you have not had the opportunity to get directly involved in Dance Alliance, please
consider becoming involved this year. Dance Alliance is able to offer great dance instruction at
very minimal cost because all organizational and administrative functions are done on a
volunteer basis – this includes the duties performed by our Executive Committee and
Webmaster. The only paid positions at Dance Alliance are our teachers and assistants.

There are plenty of opportunities ranging from Saturday opening duties, chocolate bar sales,
newsletters, costumes, canteen, Tim Horton’s runs (yes – really!), year end recital, competitive
coordination, to name a few.

How to Keep in Touch

Be sure to read the Dance Alliance monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on Dance Alliance
news. Beginning in October, newsletters will be distributed to the email addresses that were
provided at registration and will also be posted on our web site: Please
forward the September issue on to others in our Dance Alliance community. In order to save
costs and the environment, only a limited number of hard copies will be available for pick-up at
the Centre for those families who do not have easy access to the Internet. Thanks again to
Chris Carter - our volunteer Webmaster.

         IMPORTANT - There will be a list of all dancers and their emails available on September 26
         and October 3. Please check this list to make sure we have your correct email. A test
         email will be sent the week of October 5 – if you do not receive this email, please contact the

         Recycling at the Alexander Community Centre

         Please make sure you use the recycling bins located at the front door of the Centre and in the
         Canteen. We had some difficulty in this area last year and found many recyclable materials in
         the garbage each Saturday. Do your part for the environment!

Dates To Note on Your Calendar

             October 17rd– Withdrawal Deadline
             October 19th – Launch of Competitive Program
             October 24th – Last day for refunds
             December 5th – Help Santa Claus Toy Parade
             April 25, 2010 – Year End Recital
             March 25 – 28, April 29 - May 2, and May 27-30 – Competition Weekends

There will be NO classes on the following Saturdays:

             October 10th - Thanksgiving Holiday
             December 26 and January 2 - Christmas Holidays
             March 13 – March Break
             April 3 – Easter (competitive program will run)

         Alexander Community Association: Executive Members

         President: Carolina DiRienzo,

         Vice President: Jennifer Bougie

         Treasurer: Tracy Speers

         Secretary and Teacher Representative: Dana Donovan


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