May 2022

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Dear Parents and Students,

The end of the year is approaching quickly. We are getting very excited for our annual performance. We realize that it can be a very busy time of year. Attendance is extremely important at this point so please do your best to make it to each class from now until the end of the season. *We are still working on the show orders for each show but will have that information out in the June newsletter.

Costumes are running extremely late this year and we apologize for the inconvenience but some of them may come in as late as a few days before picture day which may not leave much time for alterations.  Thank you for your understanding.

Picture Day will take place on Sunday, June 5th, at the studio.  Specific class times will be sent out later this month. During Picture Day, group photos as well as individual photos will be taken. Students should know the name of their dance. If there are any questions please email Heather at dancingmom23@gmail.com, Karrie at karrie@ksgottadance.com or call (978) 671-0400.  Please make sure that all costume tags are removed, proper tights are worn. Jazzy Tan Body Wrappers convertible tights and/or Theatrical Pink Body Wrappers for Ballet classes (unless otherwise specified) and can be purchased at Damien’s Dancewear at Drum Hill in Chelmsford. No shimmery tights or nylon stockings please. Costumes must be properly altered, and any shoes are sprayed at least one week prior (if applicable) to allow time for them to dry thoroughly before stepping on the photography backdrop. Please inform your instructor if you will not be attending Picture Day. To help us run Picture Day more efficiently, you will be sent Picture Day forms ahead of time and if you can please have your picture packet forms and checks filled out prior to arriving and arrive five to ten minutes before your scheduled time in full costume and make up. If your dancer is in more than one number and your scheduled times are close together, bring your costumes on a hanger to change at the studio. If you have time to go home in between shootings, this is encouraged to eliminate the high volume of traffic at the studio. Picture Day forms will be sent out with the class times later this month. 

All Photography Checks made payable to Peter Noel Photography.

Rehearsals/Performance: The last day of regular scheduled classes will be Monday June 20th.

In-house Rehearsals will take place at Gotta Dance on:

Tuesday, June 21st  – Act I:  5:00-7:30 pm (all children may leave after their dance routine is rehearsed),

Wednesday,June 22nd – Act II:  6:00-8:30 pm (9:00 pm if needed).

Costumes are not worn at this time – students should dress as they would for class and be sure to bring all dance shoes needed.

Dress Rehearsal:WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 23rd, at The Collins Center at Andover High School. All students should arrive dressed in their first costume and full hair and make-up.

Act I: 4:30-7:00 pm (*earlier start time)

Act II: 7:30-10:00 pm

Awards will take place from 7:00-7:30 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

Awards: All 3-year, 5-year, 7-year, and 10+ year awards. will be handed out at 7:00 pm during dress rehearsal. If you cannot attend, please see Karrie or Heather another time to make other arrangements to receive your award.

Performance: (Collins Center, Andover, MA) Saturday, June 25th beginning at 2:00 pm (all dancers must arrive by 1:15 pm for Act I and 3:00 pm if dancers are only performing in Act II. Children ages 4 and under may arrive at 1:30 pm for Act I dressed in full hair and make-up in their first costume ready to dance). Dancers are not allowed to be seen in their costumes in the auditorium, hallways, or front lobby. Costumes should be covered up with a long shirt or robe.

Dance Team Auditions: We are currently planning for our 2022/2023 season. We have dance teams for ages 6-8, 8-10, 9-12, and 13+. We have decided to have early auditions to try to establish our teams for next year.  Auditions will take place on Saturday, May 21st from 3:00-4:00 pm at the studio. If anyone would like to audition but is unable to attend on May 21st, we will hold a makeup audition by appointment only. Within a few days after the auditions, we will let you know if dancers will be asked to participate on a team and which team we would like to offer them a spot on. All dance team participants must enroll in a ballet class in the fall of 2022. Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we can plan accordingly. Dancers can wear what they would wear to a jazz class and students should arrive no later than 2:45 pm to fill out an audition form and warm up.

Gotta Dance will be CLOSED Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

*Please make sure that all tuition, dance team fees, and costume balances are up to date.  Balances must be paid in full for students to perform. Your annual tuition is broken up into equal payments over 10 months (September – June).   It is encouraged to pay May and June tuition together.

 Happy Mother's Day!!!

 Thank you, Karrie and the Gotta Dance staff