February 2019 Newsletter
(Please see edited information for Visitor's Week)
VOTE FOR DCM!

We love all of our dance families, so please share your love for DCM by voting us "Most Loved Dance Studio" of 2019!

Click the link at the left to cast your vote in the Hulafrog Most Loved Awards. This is the last week to vote, and winners will be announced on February 14th!
NEW CLASSES!
BROADWAY JAZZ!
This class will focus on the type of jazz dance performed in Broadway musicals and is open to DCM Dancers in Ballet 1-2x or any dancers ages 7-12. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm with Ms. Diane. Contact the DCM office to register!

HIP HOP REGISTRATION OPEN!
DCM is excited to welcome Tyone Pompey who is working with our hip hop students in the Winter and Spring sessions. Our hip hop dancers are having a great time and learning new things! If you are interested in trying a hip hop class before signing up, just let us know, and join in! There is still time to register for the hip hop dance in the Spring Performance!
SPRING PERFORMANCE
All DCM dancers were invited to perform in the Ballet Chesapeake Spring Production featuring Carnival of the Animals and Paquita.

Performance and Rehearsal Schedule:
Performances will be held at Bel Air High School on Saturday, June 8th at 6pm and Sunday, June 9th at 1pm. Please see the form below to check which performance your dancer will be in.

A detailed production week schedule is available below. All rehearsals listed are mandatory for the performance. Please check your schedule and save these dates!

Performance Classes:
Pre-Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Boys Ballet, and NHSDA classes will practice their choreography for the performance during class time.

Ballet 1-6 and Elementary/Intermediate/Advanced Ballet classes will have a "Performance Class" which is a weekly rehearsal in addition to regular class time. The charge for these classes is $75 per session. The winter session payment was due with the commitment form. Another payment of $75 will be due with Spring tuition before the start of the spring session on March 11th.
Casting:
  • Pre-Ballet and Ballet 1-2x, Elem./Int./Adv. Ballet, Boys Ballet, and NHSDA classes will be dancing in "Carnival of the Animals". Please check with your child's instructor to see which animal your dancer will be!
  • Ballet 3/4 and 5/6 classes will be dancing in the classical ballet, "Paquita". Ballet 3/4 will perform the Mazurka, and Ballet 5/6 will be in the corps de ballet.
  • Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, and NHSDA classes will be dancing in the Mixed Bill. Each class will present a piece choreographed by the instructor.
VISITOR'S WEEK

DCM will be holding visitors weeks during the last two weeks of the Winter Session:

Week 1: Monday 2/12 - Saturday 2/17
Week 2: Monday 2/19 - Saturday 2/24

We invite family members to come see what your dancers have been working on in class this year, meet our faculty members and see all the progress your dancers have made since last year. In order to accommodate as many guest as possible, there will be several schedule changes for these two weeks. Schedules for class visitation are to the left and will be posted at DCM closer to Visitor's Week.
PRE-PROFESSIONAL BALLET CONFERENCES
Dancers in the DCM pre-professional program  (Ballet levels 3-6) are invited to sign up for mid-year conferences. This is a chance to have a dialogue with the DCM faculty and director about what dancers are working on in class, and what your goals are for the future. We will be offering 30 minute conference sessions March 6th through 9th.  
Dancers should come to their conference with written responses to the three conference questions for this year. To view more information and to sign up, please click on the link below.
NHSDA
(National Honor Society for Dance Arts)
STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE

NHSDA will again be hosting a student choreography showcase concert. All students who are enrolled in a DCM Intermediate or Advanced Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, or Ballet 3-6 classes are invited to share a piece of their own choreography in any dance style as a part of this concert!

Performances will be held at DCM on Saturday, March 30th at 6pm and Sunday, March 31st at 1pm and 6pm. All dancers and choreographers will also need to be available for dress rehearsal on Friday, March 29th from 6:30-9:30pm.

This is a great way to be creative with your dance friends! Interested student choreographers should fill out the form below and return it to the DCM office no later than February 8th . Student choreographers are welcome to use DCM studio space for rehearsals when it is available. Please contact Ms. Barclay to schedule rehearsal time.

This concert is also a charity fundraiser, and this year our NHSDA dancers voted to donate 50% of all ticket sales and 100% of raffle sales to the Humane Society of Harford County. We are currently seeking items and services from local businesses for our raffle. Please let us know if you or anyone you know would be willing to donate! Stay tuned for more information on how you can help our dancers make a difference for our dance friends with four paws!
NHSDA Chapter Meetings and Events

  • Friday 2/8 NHSDA Meeting 5:30-6:15pm
  • Thursday 3/28 Setup for Showcase 4:00-4:30pm
  • Friday 3/29 Setup for Showcase 4:00-4:30pm
  • Friday 3/29 NHSDA Meeting 5:30-6:15pm
  • Friday 3/29 Showcase Warm Up and Dress Rehearsal 6:30-9:00
  • Saturday 3/30 Showcase Performance 6pm
  • Sunday 3/31 Showcase Performance 1pm and 6pm
  • Friday 4/5 NHSDA Meeting 5:30-6:15pm
  • Thursday 4/18 NHSDA Service Project Day
  • Friday 4/19 NHSDA Service Project Day
  • Friday 5/3 NHSDA Meeting 5:30-6:15pm
  • Friday 5/3 NHSDA Chapter Induction 7:30-8:30pm
  • Sunday 6/2 NHSDA Help with hair and makeup at Production Meeting
Field Trip!

Please click the link below to let us know when you would be able to attend an NHSDA field trip. This will take you to a "Doodle Poll" with possible performances and dates to attend at the top. You can select yes, no, or "if need be" after entering your name. We will pick the performance with the most available dancers and try to get group rate tickets for everyone. Stay tuned for more info!
Summer Dance!
DCM offers summer dance programs for students of every age. Classes are offered in young children's programs, ballet, jazz, and modern. It is strongly recommended that ballet students attend summer classes in order to continue their training and prepare for Fall classes. Join us for a summer full of dance! Summer registration is open now!
(Scroll to the bottom of the page for Summer info)
Dancers ages 3-6 can participate in our Disney Dance Camp held weekday mornings August 5-23.
Intermediate and Advanced dancers ages 10 and up can participate in the Ballet Chesapeake August Workshop held Weekday evenings August 12-30
Dancers in Elementary through Advanced and Ballet 1-6 levels can participate in Summer Session evening classes in ballet, modern, and jazz. Dates and times will be announced soon!
The Boutique at DCM
Ballet 3/4 dancers, a large shipment of Freed Character Shoes has arrived at The Boutique! If you had requested a size, they are here and ready for pick up!
The Boutique has everything you need for classes, performances and dancer gifts!!
Join us the entire week of Valentine's Day!

  • ALL leotards, logowear and warmups 25% off!

  • BOGO on all tights!

  • All pink and red items HALF OFF!
DCM Calendar
Please check the DCM School Year Calendar for information about closings and vacations as we get close to Spring Break.


February
  • 2/18 - 2/23 DCM Visitor's Week 1 - Parents and Friends invited to observe classes.
  • 2/25 - 3/2 DCM Visitor's Week 2 - Parents and Friends invited to observe classes.
March
  • 3/1 - 3/3 BC Dancers at YAGP (Ballet 3-6 Modified Schedule TBD)
  • 3/6 - 3/10 DCM Closed for Session Break (Ballet 3-6 Conferences)
  • Monday 3/11 First Day of Spring Session
  • 3/18 - 3/23 Dance Macabre "Malice in Wonderland" Production Week. (Possible modified schedule TBD for Advanced Modern and Ballet 3-6)
  • Friday 3/29 NHSDA Choreography Showcase Dress Rehearsal
  • Saturday 3/30 NHSDA Choreography Showcase Performance at 6pm
  • Sunday 3/31 NHSDA Choreography Showcase Performances at 1pm and 3pm.
April
  • 4/18-4/24 DCM Closed for Spring Break
  • Thursday 4/25 DCM Classes Resume
May
  • Friday 5/3 NHSDA Chapter Induction
  • Monday 5/27 DCM Closed for Memorial Day (BC Dancers will have rehearsals)
June
  • Saturday 6/1 Last Day of Spring Classes
  • 6/2 - 6/9 Spring Production Week (See rehearsal schedule for details)
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