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September 15, 2017

Welcome back Elite Families!  We are having a fabulous first week at Elite. The energy and excitement that surrounded the studio is contagious!  The staff and dancers have been enjoying getting to know each other  and we are all getting into the "groove" of our new schedule.  

Time to Review!

During the month of September, you may notice that teachers are spending a majority of the class time reviewing proper stretching, body alignment and basic technique.  In order to ensure proper class placements, teachers need to establish a base level for each class. Once they have a good understanding of the class level and chemistry, the teacher will design that classes curriculum and plan for the year.  We ask that our Elite families be patient and that our dancers enjoy these few weeks of review.  We expect classes to kick into high gear early October and all our dancers will be inspired, motivated and challenged.  

We encourage dancers and families to speak with the teachers or email me if you have any questions or concerns. We are honored to teach each and every dancer we have at Elite and we want them all to LOVE dance as much as we do!

Important Dates - Please Mark Your Calendars!

Class Pictures- Sunday, May 20th 

Ballet Rehearsal & Shows- Saturday, June 16th

Recital Rehearsals & Shows- Wednesday, June 20th - 23rd

Need a Schedule Change?

We appreciate all the patience and communication as families finalize their schedules.  We understand Fall is a very hectic time.  
--If you would like to make a change to your dancer's schedule, please click on the Add/Drop link on the homepage at our website  

Auto-Debit Service:

If you would like to take advantage of Elite's auto debit service (EFT) for your monthly tuition, please download and complete the EFT form.

Dress Code Questions?:

If you have questions on Elite's Dress Code, please read  our dress code info on our website.  Go to our home page  and click on the studio info link at the top, then drop down to Dress Code.  Please feel free to talk with your dancer's teacher if you have specific questions on shoes.    

We have a large selection of Elite tank tops, t-shirts, booty shorts, leggings, sweats and sweatshirts available to purchase at our front desk! We also have a full selection of ballet tights in stock.
Pumpkin We have received a lot of feedback regarding Halloween.  We understand that it falls on a Tuesday this year.  We would like for our Elite dancers and families to enjoy their Halloween traditions uninterrupted by their dance commitments.  We are happy to accommodate these requests so the studio will be closed, Tuesday October 31st. We wish you all a safe and fun Halloween.
Foster Closet:
Looking for a place to donate your old clothes, books, and toys? Here's an idea, Foster Closet is the perfect place! Hi, my name is Caroline Carton, and I have been a dancer at Elite for 10 years. I was adopted from China when I was 16 months old and before that I was a foster child. There are so many children in the world, including in the U.S, who live with foster families who need help. "The Foster Closet is an all volunteer tax-exempt non-profit organization
providing aid to the Foster Care Community by supplying clothing and other items free of charge to children in Foster Care". They "believe that children in foster care should live as normal a life as possible experiencing love, respect, and a kinder side of life while in their foster care home environment".  

Foster Closet accepts clothes, books, and toys, and other items from preemie sizes to teen sizes. They, also, accept cash donations.  Personally, I can relate to their situation; and it would mean a lot to me and all the foster kids out there if you could donate.

Look for a container in the lobby, if you would like to donate. There will also be an envelope with a tax-deductible receipt for your records.  With your help, you can change a foster child's life. 

Dancers of the Month:

Each month we are excited to shine the Spotlight on a different Elite Dancer.  Dancer's are selected by the staff and will be featured on our "Dancer of the Month" bulletin board in the lobby, on our Facebook page, Instagram and in our monthly newsletter.  

For September, we shine the Spotlights on 
Rowynne & Kellan McAbee!

Age: 7 Years old
School/Grade: Findley Elementary School/2nd Grade
How many years have you been dancing at Elite?
This is my second year.
What is your favorite style of dance?
I love all the styles of dance!
What is your favorite memory at  Elite?
My favorite memory is dancing on stage in my first recital with Elite.
Tell us about your family...
I have a mom, dad, twin brother and a dog.  My family is very nice, funny, and they cuddle with me a lot.
If you aren't dancing...what else do you like to  do?
You would find me playing basketball or playing with my friends and brother Kellan.
Where do you see yourself in 20  years?
I would like to be a Lawyer.
Tell us more...Tell us one fun fact about yourself!
I can do flips and handstands under water!

  Age:  7 Years old
School/Grade: Findley Elementary School/2nd Grade
How many years have you been dancing at Elite?
This is my second year at Elite.
What is your favorite style of dance?
All of the styles!
What is your favorite memory at Elite?
Getting to meet lots of new friends.
Tell us about your family...
I have a mom, dad, twin sister and a dog.  They are all really nice people and I love them very much.

If you aren't dancing...what else do you like to do?
Lots of different sports. I play baseball, basketball and soccer.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
I would like to take care of all the baby animals at the zoo.
Tell us more...Tell us one fun fact about yourself!
I am a supper funny and very nice kid.

If you have any  questions, please don't hesitate to email us at or call us at the studio 503-645-8105.

Sara  and Staff

Elite Dance Studio | (503) 645-8105
4062 NW Saltzman Rd
Suite #202
Portland, OR 97229