January 2019 Newsletter
New Classes
We are excited to announce a new adult class starting at DCM in January 2020! Dance Cardio/Toning classes will be offered on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:00pm-6:00pm. This class will take the place of Zumba, which is no longer being offered due to low enrollment. Dance Cardio/Toning, taught by Kerry Brennan, will provide a full body aerobic workout, toning and shaping muscles through specific high and low impact movements.
Dance Cardio will be taught on Thursday evenings and will begin on  January 9th .
Dance Toning will be taught on Monday evenings and will begin on  February 3rd .
The drop in rate is $10. Hope to see you there!
Performance Classes
Performance classes begin on January 6th for all ballet classes in Ballet 1 and up.
Please make sure that you are registered for a performance class if you want to participate in the Spring Production! June Concert Commitment forms are available
below and at the DCM front desk.
June Concert

All DCM classes are invited to perform in the June Concert, which will be held at Bel Air High School on June 6th at 6pm.

Commitment Forms Due 1/15!
All parents have received an email with a participation commitment form. They are also available at the studio and in this newsletter. Commitment forms are due by January 15th   so that we can order costumes!

Performance and Rehearsal Schedule:
The June Concert will be Saturday, June 6th at 6pm.

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 will practice their choreography for the performance during class time.

Ballet 1 - 7 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 is due with the commitment form, and another payment of $75 will be due with Spring tuition before the start of the Spring session on March 9th.
Swan Lake
Swan Lake performances will be held in Stephens Hall Theater at Towson University on:

Saturday, April 4th at 6:00pm
Sunday, April 5th at 1:00pm

Tickets are now on sale! You can purchase tickets online  or in person at DCM. Either way, you can pick your own seat. Ticket prices range from $22, $25, $28 for purchase before the day of the show.

Swan Lake performers, please check the online rehearsal schedule for all rehearsal times, and contact the DCM office if you have any questions.  All production week rehearsals are mandatory.

(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 4-7 classes are invited to share a piece of their own choreography in any dance style as a part of this concert!

Showcase Performances:
Saturday, May 16th at 7pm
Sunday, May 17th at 1pm and 3pm

Mandatory Dress Rehearsals:
Thursday, May 14th from 8:00-9:00pm
Friday, May 15th from 7:30-9:00pm

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.

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 a charity fundraiser, so stay tuned for more information on how you can help our dancers support their community and make a difference!
NHSDA Chapter Meetings & Events

  • Saturday 1/25 NHSDA Meeting 4:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday 2/22 NHSDA Meeting 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday 3/21 NHSDA Meeting 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday 4/25 NHSDA Meeting 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday 5/14 NHSDA Showcase Dress Rehearsal 8:00-9:00pm
  • Friday 5/15 NHSDA Showcase Dress Rehearsal 7:30-9:00pm
  • Saturday 5/16 NHSDA Showcase Warm Up 5:00pm
  • Saturday 5/16 NHSDA Showcase Performance 7:00pm
  • Sunday 5/17 NHSDA Showcase Warm Up 11:30am
  • Sunday 5/17 NHSDA Showcase Performance 1:00pm & 3:00pm
  • Sunday 5/17 NHSDA Chapter Induction Ceremony 4:00-5:00pm
  • Sunday 6/2 NHSDA Help with hair and makeup at Production Meeting
Summer Dance 2020
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)
Musical Theater Camp

DCM is excited to announce our Musical Theater Camp for Summer 2020! Students will learn and perform the musical The Lion King!

Musical Theater Camp is open to ages 7 and up and will be held from July 13th-18th with a performance on the last day.
Disney Dance Camp

Choose one, two or all three of the following sessions:
Session 1: July 6-10
Session 2: July 13-17
Session 3: July 20-24

Ages 3-6
Cost: $195 per session

This half day camp provides children with a variety of artistic experiences and introduces them to basic musicality, loco motor skills and group movement activities. Daily dance classes in ballet, tap and jazz will open their eyes to different dance styles while child friendly crafts and games will excite their imagination! Each week is planned around a theme that includes story time, an informal performance for parents and friends, and a chance to meet themed characters. Snack is included each day.
July Evening Classes

July 6-24
Ages 7-18
Choose one, two or all three weeks. Evening dance classes run Monday through Friday and include Ballet, Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Contemporary and Jazz.

Intermediate/Advanced: Mon-Fri
1 Class: $350 - 3 wks, $120/wk, $25/day
2 Classes: $700 - 3 wks, $240/wk, $50/day

5:00-6:15 Ballet Technique
6:15-7:30 Modern/ Pointe/Pre-Pointe

Elem./Intermediate: Mon, Wed, Fri
1 Class: $210 - 3 wks, $72/wk, $25/day
2 Classes: $420 - 3 wks, $144/wk, $50/day

5:00-6:15 Ballet Technique
6:15-7:30 Jazz/Modern

*Schedule subject to change*

Ballet Chesapeake's
August Workshop

August 10-28
Ages 10-18
Choose one, two or all three weeks
Cost (for non-BC members):
$750 total, $250/wk, $50/day

4:30-6:00pm Ballet
6:15-7:30pm Pointe/ Variations

Ballet Chesapeake's August Workshop is designed for the serious professional dancer or pre-professional student at an intermediate to advanced level of training. Housing with Ballet Chesapeake is available Monday through Thursday of each week for out-of-state students. Please contact our office for more information.

Auditions for the 2020 season:
May 3. 2020

NEW Winter Session Drop-in Rates
Dance Cardio/Dance Toning - $10
Single 45 minute class - $15
Single 60 minute class - $18
Single 75 minute class - $22
Single 90 minute class - $25
Single 120 minute class - $32
DCM Calendar
Please check the DCM School Year Calendar for information about closings and vacations as we get close to Spring Break.

1/5 -- Swan Lake Children's Cast Auditions
1/6 -- Classes resume following Winter Break, and all ballet performance classes begin for ballet 1-7
1/11 -- DCM Winter Princess Ball
1/16-1/19 -- BC at YAGP in Pittsburgh

2/1 -- Adv. Ballet/Pointe Master Classes with Roberto Munoz
2/15 Swan Lake Tickets go on sale
2/24-2/29 -- Visitor's Observation Week - Parents and friends invited to observe classes

3/1-3/7 -- NHSDA Dance a Difference Week
3/7 Winter session ends
3/9 Spring session begins
3/29-4/5 -- DCM Closed for Swan Lake Tech Week

4/6-4/9 -- DCM Closed for Pre-Professional Ballet Conferences
4/10-4/13 -- DCM Closed for Spring Break
4/14 -- Spring session resumes
4/16 -- Summer registration opens
4/17-4/19 -- DCM at Universal Ballet Competition in Pittsburgh

5/1-5/3 -- DCM at Youth America Grand Prix in Washington DC
5/16-5/17 -- NHSDA Showcase Weekend
5/25 -- DCM Closed for Memorial Day (BC dancers still have rehearsals)
5/31 -- DCM Photo Day
5/31-6/5 -- DCM closed for June Concert Tech Week

6/6 -- DCM June Concert at Bel Air High School
6/9 Fall registration opens

TBD Summer Session
TBD Summer Musical Theater Camp
TBD Disney Dance Camps

SAVE THE DATE for Visitor's Week at DCM!
February 24th-29th
Parents and friends are invited into the studio to observe DCM classes! This offers an opportunity for guests to see what dancers have been working on in class, and to track a student's progress from year to year. Parents and friends can take photos and watch DCM instructors interact with the class.

A Visitor's Week schedule will be sent out in advance so you know when classes are open for observation.

We look forward to having you join us!
Pre-Professional Ballet Conferences
Dancers in the DCM pre-professional program  (Ballet levels 4-7)  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 April 6th through April 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.