`Hello Dance Families,
Our new Zoom schedule starts tomorrow - Friday, November 27! Teachers are excited to see their dancers online. We are eager to continue training and working on choreography.
Please read carefully through these new important steps for accessing your classes. Classes on Zoom are different this time around because there will be up to 4 classes running at the same time. There are now 4 separate “online studios.
It is very important to us that we keep our dancers excited and engaged! We are grateful to have technology that allows us to connect with our dancers and provide quality lessons.
We will continue to re-evaluate on a daily basis. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. See you online!
Step by Step School of Dance
Hello Dance Families,
We are going LIVE, online! Our dancers have worked so hard up to this point, we aren’t going to let a lockdown keep us from dancing!
Teachers are looking forward to seeing and working with their dancer’s online. They will continue to provide quality lessons including choreography for their competitive groups and building technique and strength during stretch, ballet, acro and conditioning classes.
Please see the attachment for your dancers updated online class schedule, which will start this Friday, November 27. Many class times have changed, and some classes have been combined. Dancers will be receiving the same amount of weekly class time through Zoom. An email will be sent tomorrow with instructions to access your classes. (Our temporary online schedule will continue tonight with Int. Tap at 5:45pm and Contemporary age 12+ at 7:00pm, and tomorrow with Jazz - 5:00pm age 6-8, 6:00pm age 9-12, and 7:15pm age 13+.)
All Terrific 3’s and Fab 4’s have been combined for a class on Saturday mornings from 10:00-10:45
All Fun 5’s have been combined for a class on Saturday mornings from 10:45-11:30.
We will be holding off on ordering costumes until an announcement clarifies a more clear outcome. We will not charge your accounts for competitions or costumes at this time. December tuition will be charged at your normal amounts, however, we understand that these new restrictions affect many of our family’s financial situations so please reach out to us if you have any concerns. It is important to us that our families, teachers, and business manage through this lockdown.
We will continue to re-evaluate and keep families up-to-date as the situation evolves. Thank you for your continued support! See you online,
Step by Step School of Dance
Hello Dance Families,
The Alberta Government made an important announcement today regarding the new “circuit breaker” lockdown plan for the next 2 weeks. SBS is cancelling our regular scheduled classes at the studio starting tomorrow, Friday, November 13.
Daily online technique classes will be offered to our dancers through Zoom. Please see schedule below of our online classes being offered. We encourage all dancers to take as many of these live classes as possible to keep up their training. Dancers are welcome to join other genre's of classes that they are not normally registered in, as long it is within the appropriate age/level. In-studio classes are tentatively scheduled to resume on Friday, November 27.
To join a Zoom class, CLICK HERE and use the passcode love2dance.
See you online!
Friday - Ballet:
5:00-5:45 - age 6-8
6:00-7:00 - age 9-13
7:00-8:00 - age 13+
Saturday - Preschool:
11:00am - age 3-5 (Terrific 3’s, Fab 4’s, Fun 5’s)
Saturday - Conditioning:
1:00-1:45 - Junior 3, 4, 5
2:00-2:45 - Intermediate
3:00-4:00 - Extreme
Sunday - Acro:
11:00-12:00 - Anna's classes
1:00-2:00 - Corynne's Group A and B
2:00-3:00 - Corynne's Group C
Monday - Lyrical:
5:00-6:00 - Jr. 3/4
6:00-7:00 - Jr. 5/Intermediate
7:00-8:15 - Extreme
Tuesday - Hip-hop:
5:00-5:45 - age 6-8
6:00-7:00 - age 9-12
7:00-8:00 - age 13+
Wednesday - Tap:
5:00-5:45 - Jr. 1-3
5:45-6:30 - Jr. 4-Int 1
6:30-7:30 - age 13+
Wednesday - Contemporary:
7:30-8:30 - age 12+
Thursday - Jazz:
5:00-6:00 - age 6-8
6:00-7:00 - age 9-12
7:15-9:15 - age 13+
Hello Dance Families,
We are pleased to announce our new competition plans for 2021. We have changed some events and venues but our goal of getting dancers on stage is stronger than ever. We will keep you updated on an ongoing basis.
Competition Formats and Adjustments – As Government guidelines and regulations change, there is potential that competition formats may also change. Options could include a limited audience size, virtual events, or a change of date. We are hopeful competitions will run as usual, but we may need to adjust as necessary.
There are also questions about masks, dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, etc. The answers to these questions will be made available closer to the competition dates as they will have to be responsive to regulations at that time. We have been in contact with each competition and can assure families that organizers are planning with the utmost regard for dancer safety.
Group Competition Credits 2020 and Competition Charges 2021 - With the change of venues, prices have changed slightly. We have posted 2020 CREDITS (100%) and the NEW 2021 Competition Charges to your accounts. Please find attached documents for Competition Fees 2019-20 AND Competition Fees 2020-21. You can check your account before we process the amounts on November 15th.
Extra Choreography Credits 2020 and Competition Charges 2021- We are in the process of posting 2020 CREDITS (100%) and the NEW 2021 Competition Charges to your accounts. You can view your account and we will process these amounts on November 15th.
If a Competition Gets Cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19 – Our credits with SHYANN, SUNDANCE, DREAM TEAM will continue to 2022. View Dance Challenge will refund less an SBS administration fee. ARTIST EMERGE is a Virtual Competition.
What If Your 2020 Credits are more than 2021 Charges? This scenario would happen if you have dropped a class and did not replace it with another. If you have more competition credits than you do charges for this season, you would have a credit competition fee balance. This balance is on our records. Please choose one of the following options and email firstname.lastname@example.org
#1. Carry 100% Competition Credit to 2022 competition season.
#2. With the additional work and costs a 20% administration Fee will be applied leaving you with an 80% refund which can be applied to your account which can be used towards tuition, costume costs, or other.
Group Competition & Costume Information 2020/2021
The attached document has all the group names, Costume Fees (if applicable) and lists which competitions each group will participate in.
View Dance Challenge- Junior/ Intermediate Extra Choreography- Find attached Competition Fees for any Junior or Intermediate dancer who would like to enter their solos, duets, or small groups in the View. Please email email@example.com to register by November 21st. For dancers participating in View Dance Challenge, an additional charge of $40 per dancer will be applied. This mandatory Event Fee includes exclusive access for every dancer to download all their photos and videos from each of their routines. Each dancer will also have access to an electronic program and access to the FINAL Hour Showdown. The showdown used to be a ticketed event but is now included in the fee. Extreme dancers have this fee incorporated into their fees already and will not be charged an additional amount.
Expo Centre has Parking fee of $15 per day.
Extreme Payment Plan 2019/20- Payments of $150 were taken from your account September thru April totaling $1200. Costumes totaled $600 and Competitions $600. Your competition credit of $600 will be applied to your account.
Stage Rehearsals at Dow Centre, Ft Sask on Feb 28, March 5, 6, 7, 12 and 13th.
We hope this covers most of the competition information which will take us into the new year. This has been a tremendous workload for the managers and teachers. A big thank you goes to all of them, as well as to the dancers and parents who have been supportive. We will continue with optimism as we look forward to seeing all the dancers on stage!
2019-2020 Competition Fees
2020-2021 Competition Fees
2020-2021 Group Competition and Costume Information 2021-21
Dancers and their families have continued to do an excellent job wearing their masks in classes and following protocols to help keep everyone safe and our classes running smoothly. As a reminder, please visit this link frequently to stay up to date with the newest symptoms and instructions. Do not bring your dancer to the studio if they are displaying any of the listed symptoms, if you are waiting for covid-19 test results, or if your family has been in close contact with a positive covid-19 case.
All dancers are expected to wear appropriate, fitted dance attire to classes. Teachers prefer bodysuits and tights for most classes, always with hair pulled back. For ballet, dancers must have their hair in a neat bun.
Competitions have been hard at work to secure venues and come up with strategic plans that help to ensure dancer safety. As a reminder, competition fees will be charged to your account Nov 15. Competition credits from 2020 will be posted to your accounts Nov 15 as well.
Parking Lot Safety
With the use of exterior entrances, the parking lot at Step By Step, as well as the street, are even busier than normal.
Late Pick Ups or Arrivals
As always, dancers and families are encouraged to be on time for dance classes. With the cooler weather and darker evenings upon us, dancers whose parents are late should go to the front lobby to wait inside until their ride arrives. Dancers should not wait outside alone for their ride. Dancers that arrive late should knock loudly on their studio door to let their teacher know they are waiting.
Hangers for winter jackets will be available in each studio starting soon. Dancers should also do their best to wear footwear that is quick to slip on and off.
The Dance Parents Association is excited to offer 2 new fundraisers. Both would make fantastic Christmas gifts and will be picked up from the studio in December (date tba).
Epicure Seasonings Weeknight Dinners Collection
This offer is 5 easy meal solutions and 1 dessert option. The collection includes:
Note: Cheques must be made out to SBSDPA (Step By Step Dance Parents Association).
This offer is for many of the decadent chocolates created by Sherwood Park’s very own Chocolatier.
To make purchases for Jacek Chocolate, please click on the link below. All orders need to be completed by November 22nd.
When you are done shopping, go to your cart and enter the code: SBS2020. https://fundraising.jacekchocolate.com
Weekdays – 3:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday – 8:30am-2:00pm
Please call and speak to the front desk before entering the studio.
Mark your calendars! Do not book holidays during the following dates. By registering at SBS, you are making a commitment to Stage rehearsals, Competitions, and the Year End Recital. Everyone in a group is part of a team!
Hello Dance Families,
I have attached the new Tentative Schedule for the 2020-2021 season. Dancers with multiple classes will stay in the same studio. There is now time in between groupings for sanitizing. Some groups have been adjusted so that dancers and staff can fit in the studios safely. Class sizes are capped specific to each studio. Dancers will be physically distanced at all times during class with the floors marked to keep each dancer in their own spacing. Masks are not required during lessons, but masks will be required for entering/exiting the studios, in the lobby, and to and from the bathrooms. The lobby will remain closed. Please read through our new SBS Policies and Procedures - this will be updated on an ongoing basis.
Dancers age 6yrs and up - Dancers will use each studios external door to enter and exit. If a dancer has a break between classes, we will allow them to use the lobby with restrictions. Dancers who have classes in different studios will use the lobby to move between rooms.
Technique/Choreography/Costumes - We will be focusing mainly on technique during the month of September. Choreography may be taught, but without any formation work because the dancers must remain in their marked spaces, physically distanced. We are hopeful that competitions will happen in the spring, and we will be preparing for these performances. Choreography with formation work may be possible at a later time with dancers wearing masks. Because dancers are advancing levels and each grouping has changed, routines will be re-choreographed and some teachers will also be changing songs. We will re-use costumes or sell/trade between groups as much as possible.
PRESCHOOL – A parent and their dancer can use the lobby to enter and exit for drop-off and pick-up. We have a system in place to ensure physical distancing can be maintained and will emaiL you regarding these procedures. Please log in to your account for updated class times.
Saturday Lines (Musical Theatre, Hip-hip Line, Lyrical Line) – HYBRID CLASSES – We will split these classes into 2 groupings, both groupings learning the same routine, but alternate between each grouping either coming to the studio for in person lessons vs taking the class online.
Conditioning 8-11- HYBRID CLASS – We will split this classes into 2 groupings. Each grouping will alternate between either coming to the studio for in person lessons vs taking the class online.
Extreme Team– New Groupings! Dancers have been grouped together by age.
CHECK YOUR NEW SCHEDULE - Please log in and check your accounts to see your new class times and teachers. If there are any conflicts or questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
First day of class is Saturday, September 12.
Thank you again for your patience and support as we navigate into our new fall season. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We will re-evaluate our plan on a month to month basis. We look forward to seeing all of our dancers back in classes!
Step by Step School of Dance
ACRO, Tricks and Turns - Sundays - September 20-February 21 (excludes October 11th)
10:00-10:45 Acro Beginner 5-7 years $225
11:00-12:00 Acro Junior 8-12 Beginner plus 1 year experience $300
12:15-1:15 Group A: Acro Jr. 4/5 $325
1:30-2:30 Group B: Acro Intermediate 1-4 $325
2:45-4:00 Group C: Acro Extreme Team $375
Groups A, B and C - Check your pre-approved class lists.
Email us if you are an experienced Acro dancer and would like an assessment for an appropriate class.
NEW SCHEDULE HERE!
Thank you for your patience! We have been working hard to figure out next steps for things like Online classes, Competitions, Costumes and Year End Show while continually adapting to information released by the Government of Alberta and the health authority. It has been changing so quickly, it’s like a moving target that’s hard to pin down.
As you are likely aware, with announcements from the Chief Medical Officer, summer competitions and the Year End Performance at the Jubilee are cancelled. I know this is disappointing for all the families and teachers, but safety is our priority as we move through this together.
We have waived monthly tuition for families for April and May and will do this as well for June. We understand that the economic impact of this pandemic is wide-reaching and that many families have been affected.
Online classes will continue as an option to engage our students with technique classes hosted by our talented teachers. Our dancers are staying strong as they continue training.
Competitions have not given us all the answers necessary and we are still in conversation with them. At this time, it appears that most competitions will carry forward registration fees as a credit for us for 2021 Competition Season. We will keep you updated and informed as we continue to receive details about this.
We are hopeful that dancers will be able to use this season’s costume(s) in the future. As such, please keep your dancer’s costume(s) and stay tuned.
Summer plans for classes and workshops will be released soon! Please know that we continue to make plans and explore safe options for fall classes as well.
We hope that you and your family are well and finding ways to stay connected and safe. We miss our dancers and look forward to seeing you all again as soon as we can!
Step By Step Team
April 8-11 (Wednesday to Saturday) Sundance Festival – All non-extreme classes cancelled except Terrific 3s & Fab 4s.
April 15-19 (Wednesday to Sunday) Dance Extreme – All classes cancelled expect Terrific 3s & Fab 4s
April 22-26 (Wednesday to Sunday) Dance Jam - All classes cancelled including all preschool.
This year’s competitions run on consecutive weekends, meaning that many dancers would miss 3 weeks of regular classes, or more, due to competitions. To ensure that dancers have the opportunity to review their adjudication sheets, adjust and rehearse, a modified schedule will be implemented for Mondays and Tuesdays, combining classes of similar ages so they have a chance to rehearse. We understand that these times may not be ideal for all families and we thank you for doing your best to get your dancer to rehearsal. This modified schedule will be emailed to you on March 14. Please contact the front desk if you did not receive this schedule.
Sundance Festival, Dance Extreme, Shyann Lake Louise, & Artists Emerge schedules are posted. To see the most up-to-date competition schedules, click here.
**Very Important Information for Parents and Students!**
Step By Step School of Dance
Competition and Performance Etiquette
We would like to take this opportunity to remind students and parents of competition etiquette and protocol.
Dancers should be dropped off in the rehearsal hall 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to performance time in costume with hair and makeup done. Parents should then leave the rehearsal room. Dancer’s belongings should remain in the dressing room or with their parent, they will not be permitted in the rehearsal hall.
Important - If dancers are late resulting in missing the warm up or practice, they will not be allowed to perform. It causes too much stress on the group, teacher and dancer to show up late. Choreography may be adjusted to compensate for dancers who don't show up on time and will not be allowed to dance. The group should not suffer for a late dancer.
Maintain a positive attitude and always display camaraderie and support for your fellow dancers.
Adjudication – judges give a critique of a performance accompanied by a mark. This may be favorable to you at times, and not at others. It is important to remember that it is one person's opinion of the performance that day and the critiques that the judge gives should be seen as a chance to learn and grow as a dancer. It is also important to measure your performance based on your own opinion of how you did and to always strive for a personal excellence. Please do not show disrespect towards a judge.
While watching a performance, please show respect to the dancer(s) by staying in your seat and not talking for the entire performance. No whistling or shouting at any time.
Please do not take photos or videos during performances. This will result in disqualification.
Do not discredit other performances or other dancers. Please leave the task of critiquing and giving corrections to the teachers. Dancers and parents should only offer support and positive reinforcement.
When backstage please remain quiet and try not to move around. Stay out of the wings and be aware of dancers doing runarounds as well as all of the props.
Please keep the rehearsal hall and change rooms clean. Pick up your garbage, keep track of your costumes and dance accessories, etc.
All snacks must be nut-free.
Always remember you are representing more than just yourself. You are representing your family, your teacher, your group and your dance school. Conduct yourself in a respectable and friendly manner at all times.
Our main goal is to provide each other with positive and enjoyable experiences wherever possible. This will encourage teamwork, increase self-confidence and enhance the learning experience of performing at festivals and competitions.