ADA January News
Welcome 2019!!  

As we leap into 2019, I want to wish you all the best for a healthy, happy and productive year ahead!  

As the new year at ADA begins, we have a lot of exciting events coming up! Mark you calendars with all our important and fun dates.  

At this time of the season, we begin to prepare for our year end  show which will be held at St Mark's High School on May 10th & 11th. Costumes have been ordered and dancers will see a picture and learn of their song this month.  Our theme this year, is "Express Yourself-the EMOJI way"

Thank you to all for your loyalty, support and wonderful referrals throughout the years!   It is because of you that we are celebrating our 26th season in business!  If you or your friends have any questions about our program please do not hesitate to email or call. 

"Our success comes from knowing that we have made a difference in the life of a child!" 

Darlene Giordano Cummings
Owner/Director American Dance Academy
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New Classes in 2018!

Our next 6 week session will begin on Wednesday January 9th for little ones age 2-3 and their mom or caregiver. It's a special one on one time dedicated to those little ones! 
Begins January 9th
Wednesdays 10:45-11:30
Teacher: Miss Darlene
Cost $80

Registration is now open through the parent portal on our website www.DANCEatADA.com 

We are thrilled to bring back Mr Billy, our Dance Company's  Musical Theater choreographer, for a super fun day of Musical Theater and invite all dancers age 7 & up to join in this amazing experience!  

Billy Griffin is a New York City based artist who received his BFA from New York University/Tisch School Of The Arts. 

Billy's performing credits include the Broadway/1st National Tour productions of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, and White Christmas, as well as Jeff Amsden's A Few Good Men Dancin', The Electric Company on PBS, and the video game 'Dance on Broadway' for Nintendo Wii.

As a director/choreographer Billy has created work for Waldameer Park, The Miss America Organization, The National YoungArts Foundation, Fleet Week at South Street Seaport, The Neighborhood Playhouse and NYU. Associate/assistant credits include working with Andy Blankenbuehler on Only Gold, Joshua Bergasse on episodes of NBC's SMASH, Marlo Hunter on My Life Is A Musical at Bay Street Theater/Duke on 42nd, and Al Blackstone on Broadway Backwards, BC Beat, the new musical Crazy In Love, and most recently Freddie Falls In Love at the Pershing Square Signature Center, and the Fire Island Dance Festival. 

Billy also travels the country setting choreography for many dance studios and serves as an adjudicator and master class teacher for various conventions and competitions.

Best Wishes to our Dance Company as their Competition season begins!!

Congratulations to the following dancers who will be attending a Mission Trip to the Bahamas in January with Miss Darlene 
Asia B
Hannah C
Cali C
Bella M
Marisa P
  Sophia T

These girls will participate in the "Love That Child" benefit concert which will raise funds as well as awareness of the needs of the children living in the Ranfurly Home for Children and the Children's Emergency Hostel.  While in the Bahamas, the dancers will also visit the orphanages and spend time interacting with the children.  This will be both an educational and cultural experience as well as a life changing experience and we are thrilled to offer this opportunity to our senior dancers!
ADA National Honor S ociety  of Dance Arts

~Dancer must be in 9th-12th grade
~Dancer must have & maintain a 3.2 or higher
~Dancer must be studying dance for minimum of 7 hours a week at ADA and maintain attendance and commitment in class

Once these criteria are met, please contact Miss Darlene at DANCEatADA@comcast.net for info on volunteer points and essay requirements.  

Due date for Winter Induction is February 15th
Fall & Winter Induction will be scheduled in March

Cali C (Junior St Mark's High School)
Isabella M (Junior at Archmere Academy)
Marisa P (Junior Delaware Military Academy)
Claire W (Senior at St Mark's High School)

Happy 2019 to all!  
Darlene Giordano Cummings
Owner/Director American Dance Academy
126 Lantana Drive
Hockessin, Delaware 19707


Parent Observation & Appreciation Week!!

Come see what your child's classroom experience is like!  Bring your cameras (and maybe even your dancing shoes!) and join us January 26th-31st for a fun filled Parent Appreciation Week!! 
Snow Closings
As a reminder, if we need to close due to snow, an email will be sent out within one hour of class time.  We often start classes for the day but need to close by the evening.  Decisions to close are often made mid-evening if there is no snow on the ground at the beginning of our day.  We will also post all closings on our facebook page so if you haven't "liked" us be sure to do so!  
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You are entitled to a make up class if we close due to weather.  You may choose the class make up time from our schedule.  Company members are excused from class if we close but can choose to make it up if they wish.

PLEASE DO NOT WEAR SHOES that have been worn outside into our dance rooms.  Sneakers for dancers should not be worn outside~especially since the salt from snow days can be brought onto our floors and make them very slippery for other dancers.  Please pack a bag and change your shoes before you enter the dance room.

Hair is to be in a bun for class just like ballet!!

Only form fitted ballet sweaters will be permitted to be worn in class so that we can continue offer the highest standards of education based on proper technique.  This cannot be done when dancers wear baggie clothes.  Black ballet sweater tights are now permitted over the pink tights in Mr Jerzy's classes.

Important Jan/Feb Dates:

For the yearly calendar go to the website under studio news page:   www.DANCEatADA.com
January 3rd: Classes resume after Holiday Break. This was originally scheduled for 1/5 but we are holding a makeup class due to an early storm.

January 6th-Master Class with Mr Billy Griffin

January 9th: New 6-week session of WEE Dance Begins Wednesdays from 10:45-11:30

January 26th-31st: Parent Observation Week-Bring your cameras and video!

February 1st: Families paying in half-remainder of tuition due

February 8th-14th Spirit Week! Show off your ADA spirit wearing our colors of red/white/black or any logo apparel (even pjs)! Spirit Week kicks off competition and spring recital season.

March 1st: Recital Costume Distribution begins & Recital Ad forms go out
Coming this SUMMER!!
Our Summer Session schedule will be released soon which will include weekly classes, Performing Arts Camps, Summer Intensives and Master Classes.  Summer dance is for age 3 and up.  Stay tuned for more info....
Summer Camp