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Welcome back to a new year and celebrating Howe Sound Dance Academy’s 20th year.  I hope that everyone is settling into the new season.  Howe Sound Dance Academy’s administrator Mrs Ofelia Blanchard will be at the studio Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00-9:00pm.

 

CANCELLED CLASSES AND MAKE UP CLASSES WITH MISS B
The following days of classes are cancelled with Miss B only Saturday Dec 9 & 16 all classes.
Inter Foundation make up classes are Saturdays Jan 13, 20, 27 & Feb 3 10:30-11am
Intermediate make up classes are Sundays Jan 14 12:15am-1:30pm
Advanced Foundation Friday Dec 29 & Tuesday Jan 2 11am-12:15pm
Advanced 1 Saturday Dec 30 & Monday Jan 1 11am-12:15pm
Gr 8 Ballet Sunday Jan 14 5:45-7pm
Tap make up classes are Saturdays 5:45-6pm Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 17 & 24

 

CANCELLED CLASSES AND MAKE UP CLASSES WITH MISS JESSIE
Miss Jessie’s Saturday Dec 9 Jazz Comp RED class is cancelled due to Nutcracker and will be made up Saturday Dec 16 2-2:45pm. Miss Jessie’s Monday January 8 classes are cancelled and will be made up on Monday December 18 at their regular class time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

EXAM COACHING CLASSES WITH MISS B
Inter Foundation ballet Saturdays Feb 10 10:30-11am until exams if required
Gr 2 Ballet Saturdays 6-7pm starting Sat Jan 13 until exams if required excluding Sat Feb 10.
Intermediate Sundays Jan 28 12:15am-1:30pm until exams if required
Gr 3 Ballet Saturdays Jan 13 7:00pm-8:00pm until exams if required
Gr 4 Ballet Sundays Jan 14 2:30pm-3:30pm until exams if required
Advanced 1 Ballet Sundays Jan 14 3:30-4:45pm until exams if required
Advanced 2 Boys Sundays Jan 14 4:45-5:45 until exams if required
Gr 8 Ballet Sundays Jan 28 5:45-6:45pm until exams if required

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES FOR SQUAMISH YOUTH BALLET MEMBERS
Hilltop House - Monday, December 4th at 6pm. (Space same as previous years)
Shannon Falls Retirement Residence (38225 Third Avenue) - Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm. (Students can dance on 10ft X 10ft dance floor or carpeted area like in the past) Please remember the space is small!
Arrival time: 5pm Hilltop House, 5:30pm Shannon Falls
Show time: 6pm Hilltop House, 6:30pm Shannon Falls
Run time approx. 30 mins

Hilltop House has a few concerns from the past couple of years. ALL students/parents should arrive at 5pm to avoid the front area/foyer from being congested and the door not opening and closing constantly. Both Hilltop House & Shannon Falls Retirement Residence have asked that ALL students/parents entering the building WASH their hands upon arrival. If any students/parents are sick or have a cold they are asked to not perform/watch. Everyone needs to understand that many of the seniors are not well (some terminal) and their immune systems are very week especially at this time of the year. These procedures need to be followed in ordered to perform here in the future.
Don Ross Middle School - Wednesday Dec 13
Floor set up: 10:40am – help is required for floor set up and tear down, please let Miss B know if you are available.
Dancer Arrival time: 11:20am
Performance time: 12:20pm
Run time approx. 50mins

Thank you again for your involvement in these community performances!
Please return all cleaned Nutcrackette costumes the week of Jan 8 – 13. The only costume that can be put in a washer/dryer is “Welcome Christmas”, please hand wash/spot clean hang to dry your costumes. Thank you in advance.


YEAR END SHOW
This year’s show theme is the 20th anniversary of Howe Sound Dance Academy. Casting, costume measuring, ordering and production has already begun. Please note that every effort is made to accommodate students in multiple classes and siblings!!! Below is NOT the running order of the shows!!!!

CAST A

CAST B

Grade 2 Ballet

Monday Creative Dance 3 & 4 years

Primary Ballet Tuesday

Performance Lyrical 1

Gr 2 Jazz

Acro 1

Ballet Comp YELLOW

Performance Hip Hop 1

Jazz Prelim

Modern Comp GREEN

Thursday Creative Dance 5 years

Jazz Prelim Junior

Pre Primary Ballet

Gr 6 Ballet

Gr 7 Ballet

Primary Ballet Friday

Gr 3 Ballet

Gr 1 Ballet

Gr 3 Jazz

Gr 1 Jazz

Performance Modern 1

Saturday Creative Dance 3 & 4 years

Performance Jazz 2

Saturday Creative Dance 5 years

Performance Lyrical 2

Gr 4 Ballet

Acro 2

Gr 4 Jazz

Performance Modern 3

Performance Jazz 1

Intermediate Foundation Ballet

Performance Modern 2

Advanced 1 Ballet

Performance Modern 4

Performance Hip Hop 3

Performance Lyrical 3

Hip Hop Comp PINK

Performance Hip Hop 2

Lyrical Comp INDIGO

Lyrical Comp ORANGE

Ballet Comp VIOLET

Gr 8 Ballet

Jazz Comp RED

Ballet Comp MAUVE

Stepping Stones Jazz

Intermediate Ballet

Performance Jazz 3

Advanced Foundation Ballet

Jazz Comp BLUE

Acro 3

Modern Comp PURPLE

Jazz Comp BROWN

Primary Jazz

Jazz Elementary

Modern Comp Gray

Tap

 

Please mark your calendars now for the following rehearsal and performance dates:
May 28 Dress Rehearsal @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast A
May 29 Dress Rehearsal @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast B
June 7 Evening Performance 7:30pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast A
June 8 Evening Performance 7:30pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast B
June 9 Matinee Performance 2:00pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast B
June 9 Evening Performance 7:30pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast A
June 10 Matinee Performance 2:00pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast A
June 10 Evening Performance 7:30pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast B

COMPETTITIVE GROUP PHOTOS

In further celebrations of HSDA’s 20th anniversary, for our competitive groups I have arranged for professional photographer Nick Dubeau to take some group photos Monday Nov 13. Please let Miss B know if you are unable to attend at howesounddance@gmail.com.

For these group photos students are requested to have 2 outfits:
1. blue jeans and a black top, barefoot
2. The color theme is black, either in fancy dress or skirt or pants and top with dress shoes.
** Hair and make up as the student wishes. Please bring your photo shoot outfits to class the week of November 6 to make sure all outfits will work.

The schedule for that day is as follows:

9:00-9:10 Ballet Yellow outfit 1
9:10-9:20 Modern Green outfit 1
9:20-9:30 Jazz Red outfit 1
9:30-9:40 Teacher 1
9:40-9:50 Ballet Yellow outfit 2
9:50-10:00 Modern Green outfit 2
10:00-10:10 Jazz Red outfit 2
10:10-10:20 Ballet Violet outfit 1
10:20-10:30 Modern Purple outfit 1
10:30-10:40 Jazz Blue outfit 1
10:40-10:50 Lyrical Orange outfit 1
10:50-11:00 Teacher 2
11:00-11:10 Ballet Violet outfit 2
11:10-11:20 Modern Purple outfit 2
11:20-11:30 Jazz Blue outfit 2
11:30-11:40 Lyrical Orange outfit 2
11:40-11:50 Hip Hop Pink outfit 1
11:50-12:00 Ballet Mauve outfit 1
12:10-12:20 Modern Gray outfit 1
12:20-12:30 Jazz Brown outfit 1
12:30-12:40 Lyrical Indigo outfit 1
12:40-1:00 Teacher Group & Teacher 3
1:00-1:10 Hip Hop Pink 2
1:10-1:20 Ballet Mauve outfit 2
1:20-1:30 Modern Gray outfit 2
1:30-1:40 Jazz Brown outfit 2
1:40-1:50 Lyrical Indigo outfit 2
1:50-2:00 Teacher 4
Mr Dubeau’s website is nbubeauphotography.com if you would like to see some of his work. If you are interested in your own copies of these group shots, the cost would be $ 21/1, $45/3.
Images would be edited and delivered via a download through a password protected client section of his website. If you are interested further arrangements can also be made for on location lifestyle portraits/dance shoots/head shoots for an additional costs. Please contact Mr Dubeau directly at ndubeau@me.com

YEAR END SHOW

This year’s show will be a celebration of the past 20 seasons, with an influence from past themes.  Casting, costume measuring, ordering and production has already begun.  Please note that every effort is made to accommodate students in multiple classes and siblings!!!  Cast list will be ready to go out Dec 1.

 

Please mark your calendars now for the following rehearsal and performance dates:

May 28 Dress Rehearsal @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast A

May 29 Dress Rehearsal @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast B

June 7 Evening Performance 7:30pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast A

June 8 Evening Performance 7:30pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast B

June 9 Matinee Performance 2:00pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast B

June 9 Evening Performance 7:30pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast A  

June 10 Matinee Performance 2:00pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast A

June 10 Evening Performance 7:30pm @ Eagle Eye Theatre Cast B

 

 

THANKSGIVING MONDAY OCTOBER 9 & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11 REMEMBERANCE DAY

There are no regular classes on Thanksgiving Monday and Remembrance Day.

 

COSTUME SALE SATURDAY OCTOBER 14 12-5PM

HSDA will be having a costume sale in time for Halloween of new & gently used costumes from season’s passed.  And for those so inclined, there will be a small selection of performance fabrics as well.  It is at the studio, costumes will be $5 - $20 – cash only.

 

CONTEMPORARY INTENSIVE

Continuing to celebrate HSDA's 20th anniversary, we invite students ages 11+ and at Gr 4 ballet level+ to audition for a Contemporary Intensive with Rachael Anne Farquharson. 
The audition will be Sunday October 15 11-12:30pm at HSDA's studio, we have spots for approx. 8 dancers. The Contemporary Intensive will continue on Sundays Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19 & 26 11-12:30pm and Sundays Jan 14, 21, 28 & Feb 4 11-1pm with a final performance at the Pre Competitive show. There is no cost to participate in the audition or Intensive. Audition forms are available from the studio.

 

HALLOWEEN TUESDAY OCTOBER 31

Please confirm with your teacher whether or not you will be attendance on Halloween, either in person or thru howesounddance@gmail.com.

 

EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGE

Please take note of Howe Sound Dance Academy’s email address, it is now howesounddance@gmail.com.  This is also applicable to all payments via e-transfer.

“THE NUTCRACKETTES 2017”

Full run thru (Act 1 Nutcracker Ballet & Act 2 Nutcrackette Spectacular) is Sunday November 19 2-5pm in full costume - this includes all hair, shoes, hair pieces and tights. There will be additional rehearsals prior and after the run thru.

Dress Rehearsal is Friday Dec 8 6-9:30ish pm. This is EVERYONE and is full costume - this includes all hair, make up, shoes, hair pieces and tights.

Tickets for "The Nutcrackettes 2017" will go on sale Wednesday Nov 1 3:30-9:00pm and continue to be sold from the studio Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-9:00pm. Get your tickets EARLY, this will sell out. All tickets are $25.00, general admission, no refunds. Shows are at Eagle Eye Theater Saturday December 9 2pm & 7:30pm only. Run time of show 85 mins including 15 min intermission.

 

ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE GRADED & VOCATIONAL EXAMS CLOSING DATE

Good luck to Kailey Chelswick & Hannah Harper taking Advanced Foundation & Joni Lynn taking Advanced 1 Vocational fall exams in November. 

The closing date for Graded (Primary – Grade 8) Winter exams (previously known as Spring exams) is November 17 with Graded exams dates February 4-March 9. 

The closing date for Vocational (Inter Foundation – Advanced 2) Spring exams is November 18 with exam dates February 4 - March 9. 

We will be asking for graded exams to be in the window of Feb 11 - 26.   If you are planning a family vacation between now and March (excluding the Christmas Break) it is not recommended for you to take the exam.  Please advise your teacher accordingly.  For some Graded & Vocational students there will be extra classes over the winter break, please consult your teacher.

 

COMPETITIVE CLASSES

Participating competitive groups are:  Jazz (RED, BLUE,BROWN), Lyrical (ORANGE, INDIGO), Modern (GREEN, PURPLE, GRAY), Ballet (YELLOW, VIOLET, MAUVE) & Hip Hop (PINK) Competitive as well as a selection of solos and duets.  Below is a summary of competition dates.

Dance Power – Michael J Fox Theatre, Feb 27 – March 4 All competitive groups except Ballet YELLOW & VIOLET

Shine Dance Festival – Centennial Theatre, March 7-11 ALL competitive groups

Quantum Acrobatics Competition – Michael J Fox Theatre, April 9 Acro quartet (Liza, Lyndsay, Maya & Lauren)

Peak Invitation North Vancouver – Centennial Theatre, April 23 – 29 ALL competitive groups except Acro quartet (Liza, Lyndsay, Maya & Lauren), Hip Hop PINK & Ballet MAUVE

Next Level Hip Hop – Langley Event Centre Field House, Gate 8 (enter from 202A Street) dates to be confirmed, Hip Hop PINK

Festival du Ballet – Surrey Arts Center, May 13 – 16 Ballet YELLOW, VIOLET & MAUVE Competitive

 

I have entered all competitors for Peak North Van, Festival du Ballet & Quantum.  We have confirmed reservations for Shine.  Dance Power reservations opens November 1.  Exact times and dates are typically issued out 3-4 weeks before competition.  Please check the following websites for additional information about these competitions:  www.peakinvitational.ca, www.dancepower.com, www.quantumacro.com, www.nextlevelhiphop.ca, www.festivalduballet.ca. 

 

In order to help prepare all competing students with stage fright, anxiety, performance quality and over all preparedness of going on stage, HSDA will hold the Pre Competition Show at Eagle Eye Theater Saturday Feb 10 7:30pm.  The Dress Rehearsal will be the same day in the afternoon, time is tbc.  As some of the venues you will be competing at do not have a non slip dance surface, Miss Blanchard will not be taking the non slip floor.

NUTZ REHEARSALS, EXAM COACHING & MISS B PRIVATES OCT 7-29

Nutz Rehearsals Sat Oct 7
5:45-7:00
Sugar Duet – Graeme & Joni

Miss B Privates Monday Oct 9 (Thanksgiving Monday, no regular classes)
11:45-12:30pm Brielle B
12:30-1:15 Brielle B & Lauren H
1:15-2:00 Joni L solos
2:00-2:45 Joni L adv 1
2:45-3:30 Sammy H
3:30-4:15 Ella P
4:15-5:00 Hannah H
5:00-6:00 Hannah H & Kailey C Adv found
6:00-7:00 Graeme

Miss B Privates Friday October 20

9:00-9:30 Brielle

9:30-10:15 Brielle B & Lauren H

10:15-11:00 Ella P

11:00-11:45 Hannah H

11:45-12:45 Adv Found (Hannah & Kailey)

12:45-2:00 Joni L – solos & Adv 1

2:00-2:45 Sammy H

2:45-3:30 Graeme

Nutz Rehearsals Sat Oct 14, 21, 28
5:45-6:30pm White Christmas Group 1 - Brenna Sherk, Kaitlyn Ostrom, Katrina Read, Claudia Drake, Sofia Burgen, Hannah Moore, Indie Howarth, Sammie Droulis, Madeline Hawkings, Allyson Puttonen
& Welcome Christmas & Toyland
6:30-7pm Angels & Polichinell 
7:00-8:00pm 12 Days of Christmas/Rockin around the Christmas tree

Nutz Rehearsals Sunday Oct 15, 22 & 29
1-2pm Waltz of the Flowers/Snowflakes
2-2:45pm Sugar Duet & solos
2:45-3:30pm Here Comes Santa Clause
3:30-4pm Chinese, Spanish & Russian
4-4:45pm Arabian
4:45-5:15pm Reed Flutes
5:15-6pm White Christmas Group 2 - Terina Kingi, Maya Watanabe, Maeve Dewar, Jordie Larson, Zoe Carter, Sammy Byrne, Elle Marie Drake, Hannah Jajic, Brielle Brubacher, Kaelani Stern, Lyndsay Westall, Ella Patterson
6:00-7:00pm White Christmas Group 3 – Joni Lynn, Graeme Bowers, Shay Denis, Sammy Horne, Zada Ciecielski, Hannah Harper, Sienna Gerhart
7:00-8:00 Adv Found Kailey & Hannah only
8:00-8:30 Adv 1 Joni only

 

CONTEMPORARY INTENSIVE

 

In celebration of HSDA’s 20th anniversary, we invite our students ages 11+ and at Gr 4 ballet level+ to audition for a Contemporary Intensive with Rachael Anne Farquharson. Miss Ray recently moved to Squamish from Toronto with a brief stop in Vancouver, where she was studying architecture at UBC. A former professional ballerina, she trained at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. During this time, she accepted professional appointments with the National Ballet of Japan, the Opéra Nationale de Paris, the Dutch National Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada. Working with Yiri Kylian, choreographer and former Director of the Netherlands Dance Theatre; Pina Bausch, late Choreographer and Director of Tanz Wuppertal; and Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada represent highlights in her career.
Miss Ray is now a curator, designer, writer, and teacher with an enthusiastic devotion to creative and physical activities. Her love of theatrical arts is expressed through a unique union of movement, music, and science.
The audition will be Sunday October 15 11-12:30pm, we have spots for approx. 8 dancers. The Contemporary Intensive will continue on Sundays Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19 & 26 11-12:30pm and Sundays Jan 14, 21, 28 & Feb 4 11-1pm with a final performance at the Pre Competitive show. There is no cost to participate in the audition or Intensive.
ALL STUDENTS AUDITIONING NEED TO FILL OUT A PERMISSION SLIP AVAILABLE HERE OR FROM THE STUDIO. THANK YOU. RESULTS WILL BE EMAILED OUT WITHIN THE WEEK OF OCT 15-21.

 

BRING A FRIEND TO DANCE CLASS

 

In celebration of HSDA's 20th season, we invite all our students to share their love and passion for dance during our special bring a friend promotion Sept 18-30. Current students are allowed to bring any friend to any class with the exception of the following: All competitive, exam, acro and technique & conditioning classes, Performance Hip Hop 3, Lyrical 3, Jazz 3 and Performance Modern 3 & 4. Please print and fill in attached voucher for your chance to win a special prize for participating in this special event! Additional vouchers are at the studio.

NUTZ REHEARSALS & EXAM COACHING SEPT 16-OCT 1

Sat Sept 16, 23 & 30

5:45-6:45 12 Days of Christmas

6:45-7:30 Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

 

Sunday Sept 17, 24 & Oct 1

1-2pm Angels Dance

2-2:30pm Polichinell

2:30-3:00pm Chinese Dance

3-4pm Toyland/Welcome Christmas

4-5:15pm Waltz of the Flowers

5:15-6:00 Snowflakes

6:00-6:30 Spanish

6:30-7:00 Russian

7:00-8:30 Adv Found/Adv 1 exam practices

 

 

 

STUDIO CLEANLINESS AND JUNK FOOD

Please remove your shoes and place them on the available shoe rack at the door upon entering the waiting area of the studio.

Several HSDA students take more than 1 class per day and may need a snack/meal during their break time at the studio and do homework.  In the past the studios have been left messy, particularly with food, drink and coffee cups left around the waiting area.  It is expected that any mess made (spilling crumbs, food, drink and left over coffee cups) will be cleaned up by whoever made the mess and that belongings are kept tidy.  Not doing so results in a messy receptions area, making it difficult for the next set of students to warm up and stretch properly.  Spilled crumbs, food, drink and left over coffee cups can lead to unsanitary conditions and can attract pests.  Students, siblings and their guests are accountable to help maintain studio cleanliness and keeping it orderly by picking up after themselves and respecting studio property.  HSDA maintains a no junk food, no pop in the studio/reception/waiting area policy.  This type of food offers no nutritional value required to sustain a dancer’s physical and mental energy.  Make a healthier choice:  water instead of pop or “energy drinks”, veggies, fruits and raisons instead of candy, yogurt or homemade sandwich instead of chips or pizza.

 

NEWS AND INFORMATION:

Most information is available through HSDA’s website at www.howesounddance.com. If you are on Facebook, there is a Howe Sound Dance Academy page with HSDA info, as well as a "closed" group site for more detailed information.  You need to request to join the HSDA group. 

 In order to be more eco friendly HSDA is now emailing monthly newsletters, please confirm receipt of email when requested. 

Please notify us of any change in phone number, email address and/or mailing address.

Newsletters will be posted on notice boards at the studio and scheduling change info will be available as a recorded message on the studio’s telephone greeting.    Hard copies of newsletters will be at the studio. Parent Volunteers may be called upon to pass on information with regards to extra classes, rehearsals or show information. We encourage parents to come into the studio so that they can see what happens at the studio.  Be pro active in finding out if you have extra practices, rehearsals, performances and/or competition details if you have missed a class. 

If you cannot find the information that you are looking for or need to discuss something then please contact the studio by phone or email.

HSDA’s administrative help Mrs. HSDA’s administrative help, Mrs. Ofelia Blanchard will be at the studio Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00-9:00pm.  Given the hours that dance teachers work, the best form of communication for all teachers is to email howesounddance@gmail.com.

 

 

 



 
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