Dear Dancers and Parents,

It is week #12 of social distancing and online dance classes. Thank you for taking the time to read this week's newsletter. We did hand out t-shirts for filming footage for our 2020 Recital Video this weekend. If you were not able to pick-up your t-shirt, we will email you about an alternative time to pick-up, or send us an email to make arrangements.

June Tuition

June is the last tuition payment of the season. Autopay will run, tomorrow, Monday, June 1st. This transaction will include any final balances due on all accounts. This may include miscellaneous unpaid charges (such as Irish Step socks) or credits.



RECORDING ZOOM CLASSES

DURING THE NEXT TWO WEEKS (JUNE 1st – JUNE 14th) 
WE WILL BE RECORDING DANCERS IN ALL CLASSES.

There are a few things that we need you to do in order to make sure your dancer is prepared.  Dancers should think of this like a “real” show!   

Hair and Make-Up
Please come to your class with your hair up neatly.  All female dancers should have hair in a bun (low or high) with the exception of hip hop and acro.  Male dancers should have hair done neatly.  Hip hop and Acro classes can wear hair in a neat, slick ponytail.  Dancers can wear a little make-up if you would like.  Make-up is optional and not required. 

Your Dance Space
Make sure you dance space is neat and presentable.  
Remember that everyone will be able to see the space you are dancing in!  

Visability
We need to be able to see the dancers from the top of their head (and preferably their arms when raised) to the tip of their toes.  Please make sure that your dancer has enough space to dance far enough away from the camera to be seen completely.  For dancers under the age of 10, we recommend having a parent start class with your dancer to help with any spacing and distance issues.

Costume
Your red #disdance2020 tshirt is your “costume” for this Virtual Recital Showcase.  For every class during the next two weeks, each dancer should wear their tshirt with solid black leggings or black bike shorts (no loose shorts) unless the teacher or choreographer has given other directions.  Tiny Tots can wear a tutu with their red shirt!

Irish Step class dancers should wear their MMD Irish Step shirt.

Spring Showcase Information
SAVE THE DATE!!
#disDANCE2020
A showcase of dance
while social and physical distancing
Saturday, June 27th
More Information Soon!


REMINDER!! Video Submissions Needed!
Many teachers have requested that you send in a video of your dancer. Any videos of choreography can be emailed to massmotion@gmail.com

Acro Classes
Acro 1 - Perform a Cartwheel with a big TaDa to finish! (It can be a series of cartwheels, a hop cartwheel, a one handed, whatever they feel most comfortable with!) There must be a clear start.... wave at the camera... and finish standing with a TaDa.   

Acro 2 - Perform 3 skills in a row. Must have a running or walking transition to start their first skill and finish either standing or holding their chin stand and/or headstand. 

Acro 3 and above - Perform 3 Acro skills in a row with transitions and finishes. Must use dance technique to transition from one Acro skill to the next. Also must have clear ending that welcomes another dancer into the dance space.

Intermediate and Senior Modern
Please send a video of yourself performing the dance anywhere you are comfortable, wearing all black.

Sturbridge Intermediate Intensive
Please email Miss Kiana your video!

Boston Intermediate Intensive
Please email Miss Jen your video to missdancejen@gmail.com


Summer Schedule
2020 on ZOOM*
*until we are able to re-open

6-Week Session
July 6th - August 16th

REGISTRATION OPENS ON JUNE 1st


Summer Session Student Tuition (for the entire 6-week Session)
1 Hour = $100
1.5 Hours = $150
Unlimited** = $300*   
*Does not include the Wednesday Hip Hop Guest Classes

*Siblings receive 50% OFF when a sibling registers for the UNLIMITED classes.
** If you are registering for the UNLIMITED package, choose the UNLIMITED class only. Do NOT register for individual classes or the tuition will not calculate correctly.


GUEST WORKSHOPS
Wednesdays 5pm-6:30pm Guest Hip Hop Workshop Series
for Intermediate and Senior Intensive
*featuring different guest teachers all summer!
*not included in unlimited tuition. 
$20/class OR
$100 for all 6 - SCHEDULE TBA
(*Siblings are FREE WHEN 1st FAMILY MEMBER IS ENROLLED IN ALL 6 GUEST CLASSES!)

Summer Tiny Tots Dance & Storytime SPECIAL ages 2.5 - 5
Monday-Friday 9am-10am  
Mon - Miss Krystin, Tu/Th Miss Alexis, Wed/Fri Miss Heather
Pick One Day = $100
Unlimited = $300

Dance Camp Announcement
All July dance camps that were previously scheduled have been CANCELLED. July camp tuition, for students who have already paid, will be refunded or can be applied to summer classes! We are not making an announcement about August camps yet. We hope to hold our August Tiny Tots and Children's Camp with limited spaces available. We also hope to hold our Intensive Camp at the end of August, but will make a more formal announcement about that in July and as more information and guidelines are available.




ONGOING STUDIO REMINDERS

Re-Opening Information
Now that the state of Massachusetts has begun the preliminary stages of re-opening, we have started to work on our plan for our studios. We do plan to re-open the studio in stages and will be clear with our families about how this will happen. During our re-opening, we will continue to offer classes on Zoom so that parents and dancers can feel comfortable participating. We will continue using Zoom with the summer schedule. If we can move into the studio slowly, we will make an announcement. We anticipate being able to start with private lessons in the studio over the summer.

CLASS LINKS AND CODES
Please make sure that you check the schedule each week. We recommend printing a new one every Monday, or using Google drive to access it every day. Most codes and links should stay the same through the end of June, but sometimes...it is necessary for us to make small changes.

INTENSIVE CHOREOGRAPHY
The Intensive Program choreography hours are REQUIRED. This time is NOT optional and we should be notified if a student must miss for any reason.

PERMISSION TO RECORD:
 We will be recording classes the week of June 8th - 13th for the Virtual Showcase. On occasion, through the next few weeks, we will be recording and compiling footage to use. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE A PART OF THE SHOWCASE VIDEO AND/OR DO NOT WANT YOUR DANCER TO BE RECORDED, PLEASE INFORM US BY EMAIL IMMEDIATELY. You can continue to take classes, and we will edit out out that footage.

THIS WEEK'S PASSWORD:
The password for June 1- 7 will be sent in a separate email. Please remember that the password will change each week.

SCHEDULE:
For security reasons, the link to the schedule will be in another email with the password every week. Please check the schedule each week for updated Zoom links, codes and passwords. We do TRY to keep the schedule, codes and links consistent each week.

DRESS CODE REMINDER:
Please have dancers wear a leotard for class. We prefer dancers to be in their regular studio dress code whenever possible. Shorts and/or black leggings are acceptable, but we are finding that the sweatshirts, t-shirts and baggy clothing is distracting and makes it difficult to correct posture and position. Hair should also be up neatly and away from the face. Dress code is not required for any of the classes for EVERYONE or HIP HOP.

CAMERA "ON" REMINDER:
Please make sure all dancers have their camera on while in class. This is so that we can make sure the dancers are taking class, the teacher can offer personalized corrections, and so that we can see who is watching. If your camera is not working or you have other issues, please send us an email.

Summer 2020 - Take Us With You To The Beach or Mountains!
We will announce our 6-week summer session and begin enrollment by May 15th. We are aware that many summer camps and programs have made the announcement that they are cancelled or closed. We want you to know that we will be holding an online summer schedule. Dancers can register for individual classes or an open class schedule.

RECITAL 2020 POSTPONED (NOT CANCELLED): We made the decision to postpone our annual spring recital to late November or early December 2020. We are working to reschedule the date with the school auditoriums and will make an announcement once we have a date. We will still be doing TROLLS (Sturbridge) and SUESSICAL (Boston & Medfield). We are all VERY excited about these shows and cannot wait to perform them for you - as soon as it is safe for everyone.

Email Help and Support Regarding Online Classes

If you need help with a class or support with Zoom, please email massmotion@gmail.com .
*Other topics and questions, email your studio location directly.

STURBRIDGE: massmotionsturbridge@gmail.com
BOSTON: massmotionboston@gmail.com
MEDFIELD: massmotionmedfield@gmail.com

Have a great week!

Mass Motion Dance Directors, Faculty and Staff