Get ready for cooler weather
Happy October! It's time to bring out some pumpkins, apple cider, sweaters, sweatshirts, and enjoy some crisp fresh air as we prepare for Halloween!   
It's been a busy start to the season and as we settle into the beginning of our 27th dance year and I look forward to many fun things ahead~new friends, new steps, new choreography and a new year to develop, improve and grow. My staff and I look forward to a fabulous year full of many happy memories, smiles, and lots of dancing
~Darlene Giordano Cummings
Owner/Director American Dance Academy    
Our Year Ahead

Everyone currently registered for classes should have received an ADA folder of info. Please read it carefully and place in a convenient spot to refer to throughout the year.  Copies of the handbooks are now in your Parent Portal too. 
To keep up with the busy happenings, go to our website under the Studio News link.  A complete Studio Calendar is listed there.  Please note our show dates, events, holiday closings, due dates for special orders etc.
If you have not registered but would like to, please call 302-234-9900 to see if space is available in the class you're interested in.     Click here to go to our Studio News page

Reminder:  Acro Dance and all Pom classes have been bumped up to start 15 minutes later starting in October! Click here for the schedule
Our monthly parties have been a huge hit!!  They include pizza, crafts and a dance party and are so much fun!  This month we have hired Ilana'z Glitterbugz face painter to give our party goers a special treat! Dancers will walk out of this party looking much different than when they walked in!!  

Space is limited to 18 kids for this party so that Ilana can do all the faces so be sure to register ASAP through the parent portal of our website 
It is guaranteed to be a "spook"tacular time!

Note:  Due to our Holiday Show there will not be a party in November.  
Pictured below are some ADA girls who had their faces painted by Ilana'z Glitterbugz at our Friendly's Fundraiser!  



New 6 Week Courses 
for Ages 2-3 & Adults 
Register online at  o r call the studio for more information
Wee Dance is for any 2-3 year old Tot and their Mommy (or Daddy, Granny, Aunt or Caregiver!).  These classes have proven to be so much fun!!  It's a special One-on-One time dedicated just to those little ones!



Our adult ballet class will help you increase strength and endurance and improve your balance, flexibility and coordination.  Classes will include barre exercises, center floor work, across-the-floor combinations, and center floor combinations.  Attire is comfortable clothing and ballet slippers.  Leotard and tights or leggings and a fitted shirt are recommended.  

Senior Splitters
ADA SPLIT CLUB  is the first week of each month!
We encourage all our dancers to practice what they learn in class, but we especially want them to work on their flexibility and that comes with continuous practice and a lot of hard work!  Each month on the first week of classes we will hold a Split Club for our jazz classes and post pictures of those who make it into the club on our social media pages.  Keep stretching dancers!!!  Parents-if you ever hear the words "I'm bored" you know just what to tell them to do!
Bring a Friend To Dance!
New students to ADA are welcome to come to any class for FREE the week before Halloween Oct 24th-30th!  Costumes are allowed-just be sure you can dance and move freely in them.  

Current students can invite a friend to join them for a FREE class on the week of October 24th-30th.   Invitation postcards are available at the studio and one can be found in the Welcome Folder.

During Bring A Friend Week, current students can be entered in a raffle to win an ADA Stuffed animal!  You will receive a ticket for each friend you bring or each new class you try.  Postcards will be given in class so that you can pass them onto your friends to invite them to join us during that week. 

ADA goes to ASH Dance Convention & Welcomes Braham Logan Crane!!
Have you wanted to go take classes at a dance convention from world-renowned faculty from around the globe?  

We invite and encourage all registered ADA dancers age 4 & up to come to a day or two of ASH (Artist Simply Human) Dance Convention in Philadelphia PA!     Click the link below to find out more about ASH:

Click here for ASH registration Form

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19107

October & November Important Dates
October 2nd- WEE DANCE 6 Week class begins from 11:00-11:45
October 5th- 6 Week Adult Ballet Class begins from 8:30-9:30
October 9th- Dance Company Butter Braid Fundraiser begins
October 11th- ADA online store closes
October 14th- Customized red jacket orders due
(see order form on left)
October 19th- Holiday Show Ads & Shout Outs due
October 24th-30th -Bring A Friend Week:  Halloween attire permitted (as long as you can move)
October 31st-Studio Closed for Halloween
November 1st: Holiday Show ticket online sales begin 
November 1st:  ASH registration forms due for non company members
November 2nd-7th Spring Recital Costume Measurement Week
November 16th-Spring Recital Money Due-comes out automatically unless a note is given by 11/1
November 17th- Holiday Show Dry Run at ADA for those participating from 1-3:30
November 19th- Butter Braids will be delivered to ADA
Nov 20th: ADA Dance Co Makeup Kit online orders due by today
Nov 22nd:  Holiday Show Dress Rehearsal at Tatnall School 5PM for those participation
Nov 23rd:  Holiday Show at Tatnall School (this is an optional performance we offer) 1:30 & 4:00
November 27th-30th:  Studio Closed (except for optional Master Class with Braham Logan Crane)-Happy Thanksgiving!
November 29th-  Master Class with Braham Logan Crane for ages 12 & up from 12-1:30 PM


We are thrilled to announce the 2019-20 Dance Company and wish them a fabulous season!  They started this past summer working hard during Intensives, Camps and Rehearsals to prepare for the upcoming Spring Competition Season.  We are so proud of all their hard work and accomplishments and look forward to watching them SHINE under the direction of Miss Jessica!  (Photos by Joe Rago Photography)



*If anything is ordered as Christmas gifts  please let us know and we will keep them aside.   Warm up jacket is mandatory for our Dance Company
Orders due October 14th for Christmas delivery but can be ordered at any time.  
Sample sizes are hanging at the studio until Oct 14th.
Be sure to mark "GIFT" if you do not want this given to your child.
(order by 10/14 for Christmas delivery)
ADA ONLINE STORE (pics below)
(order deadline is 10/11)

Mandatory for our dance team and optional for everyone else (order deadline is 11/20)  


National Honor Society  for Dance Arts 
ADA is happy to announce that we are a chapter of NHSDA-National Honor Society for Dance Arts.   This will allow eligible high school dancers to be recognized at graduation as a NHS student would be, along with them being able to place this on their college applications. The following are the requirements and I am happy to discuss further with anyone interested. 
~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 classOnce these requirements are met, then the following would need to be completed: 
       ~Dancer must complete NHSDA point worksheet
       ~Dancer must complete application form.  ADA will pay the fee.
       ~Dancer must submit typed dance resume
       ~Dancer must submit a typed essay under 500 words explaining why they should  be a member of NHSDA. (Please include examples of character and leadership traits that you demonstrate in dance and how it correlates to your future career goals.)
      ~Dancer must submit a copy of their report card and academic letter of recommendation.  ADA will give a copy of a dance letter of recommendation.
Asia B (Senior Sanford School)
Cali C (Senior St Mark's High School)
Isabella M (Senior at Archmere Academy)
Marisa P (Senior Delaware Military Academy)
Claire W (Graduate of St Mark's High School) 
Claudia K (Graduate of St Mark's High School)
Caroline M (Graduate of Padua Academy)
Brianna W (Graduate of Cab Calloway School of the Arts)
Ashton A (Graduate Kennett High School)
Kate C (Graduate St Mark's High School)
Gabi P (Graduate Cab Calloway School of the Arts)