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March 2018 Newsletter 

CLICK HERE for Competition Schedules

Congratulations to Dracula for receiving Most Outstanding Junior Group at Artists Emerge and to Daniel for his choreography award! And a big shout out also to Child's Play for their Rising Star Junior Group award! 

Class Cancellations During Competitions

Standing Ovation April 5-8 -  All regular classes at the studio are canceled except Preschool 3-5 years.

Peak April 9-15 - Only Extreme classes canceled, all other classes are as scheduled.

Dance Jam April 26-30 - All classes at the studio are canceled except Preschool 3-5 years.

Prop Volunteers

We are looking for parent volunteers who have groups with props.  Please sign up on our SBS website for upcoming competitions in the box titled Competitions.  Or click here to sign up now.  Thank you in advance for signing up and supporting your dancer. 

**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. 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 will 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.

 Do not discredit other performances or other dancers. 

 Please do not bring cameras into the theatre – photo or video. This will result in disqualification.

 Please leave the task of criticizing 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 the props.

 Please keep the rehearsal hall and change rooms clean, ie. pick up garbage and keep track of your costumes and dance accessories.

 Remember to keep all snacks nut-free.

 Always remember you are representing more people 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.

 

 

February 2018 Newsletter 

 

Costume Meetings

                X Team - Costume Information Sheets Only

                All other groups - Feb 26 to Mar 3

                Daniel’s Saturday Hip Hop - Mar 10

Parents are asked to attend their dancer’s performance classes for the last 15 min to receive important costume and competition details.  Dancers are NOT required to bring their costumes to this meeting.

Groups Costume and Stage Rehearsals

March 14, 16, 17, 19, & 21  Dow Centre, Fort Saskatchewan

 ***Attendance is Mandatory *** 

Includes every group 5 years and older.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to practice on stage, taking into consideration curtains, formations and spacing.  It's very important that all attend this event.  Please arrive 30 minutes before your rehearsal time.  Students are required to wear their costume, proper shoes and hair in a bun or ponytail.  Dressing rooms will be available for costume changes.  Thank you to the SBS Dance Parents Association and everyone's fundraising efforts to make this possible. 

Click here for March Stage Rehearsal schedules.

 

Team Commitment

March, April, May and June are filled with performances.  Every dancer is an important part of a team and upon registering, made a commitment to participate in stage rehearsals, all competitions, and the year end show.  We know it takes a village to raise a child and dancers are no different.  Consider speaking with other parents from your group if you need help getting your dancer to and from.  Thank you in advance for all of your efforts!

Earring, Eyelashes and Lipstick

All SBS dancers age 6 and up must wear rhinestone earrings, false eyelashes and our studio colour lipstick. These are the same colours and styles as last year and can be purchased at the front desk. 

Earrings $15

Eyelashes $15

Lipstick $10

 


 

January 2018 Newsletter

Step By Step App 

Have you downloaded our app?  Keep up to date with competition schedules and studio events by clicking here.

 

Competition Schedules

Competition schedules normally arrive 4-6 weeks prior to performance dates.  We will post the schedule on our website as we receive them.

 

New Addition

Thank you to our Dance Parents Association for the purchase of a new 65" television that has been hung in Studio D.  It is a tremendous opportunity for our dancers to watch and critique their own performances!

 

Team Commitment 

Please mark you calendars with the above dates! March, April, May and June are filled with performances.  Every dancer is an important part of a team and upon registering, made a commitment to participate in stage rehearsals, all competitions, and the year end show.  Thank you in advance for arranging for your dancer to attend all performances. 

Costumes are Arriving!

Everyday, more costumes are making their way here and being distributed to dancers.  There are some key things for dancers and families to keep in mind:

Costume Meetings 

                X Team, Artist Emerge Hip Hop Groups - Feb 12 to 17

                All other groups - Feb 26 to Mar 3

                Daniel’s Saturday Hip Hop - Mar 10 

Parents are asked to attend their dancer’s performance classes for the last 15 min to receive important costume and competition details.  Dancers are not required to bring their costumes to this meeting.

**Meetings may be rescheduled for costumes that have not yet arrived.  You will be notified by email.

Track Suits

Track suits ordered will be ready for pick up at the end of February, in time for competitions!

 

 


December 2017 News

 

Happy Holidays from the Staff at SBS!

 

Christmas Tree Gift Card Raffle

Draw Date: Friday December 22, 2017

Ticket Price: $5 each- available at SBS

1st Prize: Christmas Gift Card Tree (valued at approximately $2000)

2nd Prize:  Family Basket (valued at approximately $500)

3rd Prize:  Youth Basket (valued at approximately $500)

Raising funds for the Step By Step Dance Parents Association

 

Pajama Week at Step By Step!! 

As a Christmas “treat” starting Saturday December 16, we are inviting our dancers to wear their Pajama’s to dance class all week.  Please remember your teachers still expect you to dance as hard as you can so wear PJ’s that will allow you to dance Full Out.

 

December 22- Combined Class Schedule:

Junior 1 and Junior 2 - 4:00-5:00

Junior 3, Junior 4, Junior 5 and Inter 1 - 5:00-6:00

Int. 3, Jr X, X1-2  - 6:00-7:00

 

Congratulations to all of the Team Canada dancers.  You represented Canada well in Poland and we are very proud of your accomplishments!

 

Did you know that we have an app?

Click here to download the SBS app to keep up-to-date with schedules, studio events, and more!

 

Watch for your dancer's music to be emailed to you before Christmas break!

 


October 2017 News 

October 21 - Team Wear Orders Due

October 25 - Pick Up Cookie Dough Orders

October 28 - Wear Halloween Costumes

October 30 - Competition Fees Due

October 31 - Disney Trip Deposits Due

October 31 - Happy Halloween - Evening Classes Cancelled, Preschool Daytime Classes running

November - Parent Watch Weeks (Does not include sessions, see below)

November 1 - Dance Parents Association Meeting, 6:30pm

November 11 - Remembrance Day - Regular Classes

November 12 to 19 - Fall Break, Regular Classes

November 25 - Festival of Trees - 3 & 4yr old Preschool Performances

November 30 - Costume Fees Due

December 22 - Last Day of Classes

January 6 - Classes Resume

 

Important Reminder:

March, April, May, and June 2018 will include stage rehearsals, performances, and competitions.  Please do not plan your holidays during these months.  This is a team effort.  The exception to this is Spring Break March 26 to April 1, 2018.  Thank you!

 

Competition Fees

Competitions fees are due October 30, 2017 for dancers ages 5 and older.  Click here to access our competition spreadsheet for detailed costs and competition information for each dance group.  Please be advised that we will be charging your credit card the corresponding amount unless an alternative payment arrangement has been made with an Office Manager.

 

Happy Halloween

Dancers are welcome to wear their costumes to class on Saturday, Oct 28th.  Please ensure that your dancer can still move and dance in their costume.  Preschool classes will still run on Tues, Oct. 31, however, afterschool/evening classes are cancelled. 

 

Parent Watch Weeks 

Nov 4 to 10 - Jennah, Becky, Stephanie, Mandy, Janelle

Nov 13 to 18 - Daniel, Kristy, Jolie, Jacques

Nov 20 to 25 - Alyssa, Kim, Emily, Chantel

During parent watch weeks, parents are invited to come in for the last 15 minutes of choreographed classes to see what their child has been working on and the progress they’ve made.  For Jacque’s ballet technique classes ONLY, parents are invited to stay for the entire ballet class. 

We ask that only ONE parent come to watch during classes after 4:00pm and on Saturdays.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we have limited space at SBS during these weeks.  We understand that this schedule is not perfect for every family so please do your best.  Some juggling is acceptable.

 

Team Wear

Team Wear Jackets, Pants, and Dance Bags are available for order. Deadline is Saturday, October 21st! 

Order forms are available at the front desk.  Dance Bags will be in before Christmas; Jackets and Pants will not be in until after Christmas!