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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Competition Meeting

Poster located by the office.

Nutcracker Auditions

Poster located by the office. 

There will be two seperate audition dates for this Nutcracker season. Please make sure you attend the correct one depending on your dancer's NDA grade level:

For Party Scene, Dancers and Gingersnaps: Minimum Grade Level 3 & Up
Sunday, September 10th at 2:00 pm at NDA | $10 audition fee and $100 participation fee. 

  • Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays at Jill Matson's  studio (located at 14760 Chateau/Mt. Rose), starting on September 16th 11:00 am -12:30pm/ 

For Soldiers, Mice and Cake Girls: Minimum age 8, Primary 3 Level & Up
Saturday, September 16th at 2:00 pm at NDA | $10 audition fee and $100 participation fee. 

  • Rehearsals will be held at NDA. Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays at NDA starting on September 30th from 2-4 pm. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017 - 2018 Fall Registration

Image found here.
We can't believe a new school year has started already for many of us. Of course, our minds turn to dance as well.

Fall Registration will take place on 8/24 and 8/25 from 3-7 pm at the studio. We hope to see you all there.

Here's a listing of 2017-2018 classes. Some of the class times have been moved from the previous year, so check carefully. If you're not sure what class you should be signing up for, don't worry, Ms. Diane will be there to assist you.

We look forward to seeing our NDA family at registration!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weekly Update, 5/22 & Studio Hours for Memorial Day Weekend

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

The studio will be closed from Saturday, May 27th - Monday, May 29th.  Regularly scheduled classes will resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tech Rehearsal, Saturday, June 10th (at studio) / Dress Rehearsal, Monday June 12th (at Pioneer)

All of this information is posted in the studio in case you want to take more zoomed in photos. The running order for tech/dress rehearsals and recital will remain the same:

Saturday, June 10th | TECH REHEARSAL (at NDA's studio ) 

  • Arrive at the studio in regular dance class clothing (and no makeup or costume), unless your teacher has specified differently. 

    •  Please be 1⁄2 hour early as things move quickly and there’s a lot to be done. 
    •  Bring smiles and patience for your teachers. They are hard at work preparing for the performance.

      Monday, June 12th | DRESS RECITAL (at Pioneer Center)
      • Arrive one hour early before your first dance (in order to make sure the dancer is finished signing in and is fully backstage) because we have limited time to rehearse, and Ms. Diane can run early. 
      • All dancers must be signed in and signed out by a parent at the back door of the Pioneer. 
      • No parents are allowed backstage. The dancers will be supervised by adult volunteers.
      • Remember it's all business on this day. 
      • Please bring smiles, good attitudes and patience.

      Recital Tickets Go On Sale, Monday, May 15th

      * * * TICKET SALE DATE CHANGE!!! * * *

      Tickets will go on sale at the Pioneer Center box office (you can order tickets by phone, 1-866-553- 6605) and on their website on Monday, May 15th. You can check what tickets are available by clicking here.

      Photo Day Information, Sunday June 4th

      It's almost Recital time, and we have Photo Day just around the corner. The photo call time information is posted across from the office. I've done my best in trying to take several photos of the boards, but I realize they may be a little small depending on how you're viewing them:

      NDA Family Connect has complied some helpful hints over the years and we find that these help in making sure everything goes smoothly:

      Arrive at the studio with hair neatly up and makeup done. (see makeup directions below) 
      • Please be at the studio 1⁄2 hour before your picture time. The photographer can’t wait, so please be on time.
      • Bring water and non-messy snacks.
      • No siblings, please (one parent per dancer). It gets very crowded in the studio.
      • Please be patient and kind. Every dancer of every act will be photographed individually as well as with their group, and Ms. Diane makes sure they look amazing.
      • Picture Day can run behind schedule, and can also catch up, so don’t count on coming late. But also try not to schedule anything within 2 hours after your time. If you're worried about time, please contact a parent (who may have dancers with an earlier call time) a few hours before your scheduled time to see what the schedule looks like, but still plan on being 1⁄2 hour early. Once the older girls start getting photographed, the schedule will catch up.
      Costumes: Be sure to bring all the costumes, accessories and shoes for each routine your dancer will be performing at Recital.

      Makeup:  Blush, brown eyeshadow, white eyeshadow, black mascara, black liquid eyeliner, pink lipstick or red lipstick depending on the routine (please check with your instructor on which lipstick color your dancer will be wearing).


      • Brown eyeshadow on the lid
      • White eyeshadow below the brow
      • Black eyeliner winged at the edge of the eye
      • Lots of blush (the stage lights will wash out the dancer)
      • Red/pink lipstick (ask teacher for their choice)
      • For older grades, black false eyelashes. Younger children, please, try and apply a little mascara.
      photo courtesy of s2makeupstudio 
      I found a post on s2makeupstudio with some very helpful hints for recital makeup. I know some of you may not want any makeup on your dancer, but keep in mind the harshness/wash out effect of stage lights. Also, here's an excellent post on the reasons for stage makeup including: lights, sweating, bright costumes, distance between dancer and audience. This should ease your concerns.

      Hair: neatly slicked back into bun with a hair net (this requirement may be changed by their teacher and is dependent on the number the dancer is in). No bangs or flyaways. Boys, please check with your teacher on hair style requirement.
      No jewelry: This means no earrings, watches, necklaces, etc. 
      Ballet/Jazz/Tap shoes: Clean and free of marks!
      Tights:  No holes and clean, please. Studio tights are available for purchase at the Ballet Boutique (please, check hours in the sidebar to make sure it's staffed before you arrive). 
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