Chattanooga Dance Announcements


Massari-Wood Dance Center

October & NUTCRACKER News 2 O I 8

Well, the second month of the school year has rolled around.

Classes are starting to settle down and the teachers are teaching. Be sure and come to class every week on time!!

We DO NOT take a Fall Break. So, even if your school is on break, we are still here.  ALSO: we DO NOT take the Monday holidays. If we did, then the Monday students would miss a total of seven classes. So, no disrespect meant to Christopher Columbus, but we will still have classes on his day. 🙂

HELP!!   There are a couple of VERY large classes this year.  It would really be helpful if we could do some rearranging….. Is there ANYBODY in the Tuesday Primary 1 or Primary 2 classes that could start coming on Thursdays?? Pretty Please?


It’s time for us to go into NUTCRACKER mode. We are honored to present this BEAUTIFUL production during the Holiday Season.  It takes a LOT of hard work and dedication.  This will be our 36th YEAR!!!!! Much of the rehearsing will be accomplished in the classes… but there will be a few special rehearsals.  PLEASE MARK THESE ON YOUR CALENDARS!!


Our next holiday is the week of Thanksgiving, November 18-24

HOWEVER: We will have special Nutcracker rehearsals that week Monday, November 19:

Battle Scene Rehearsal (Mice and Soldiers) 4:30-5:30pm

Civic Ballet, Training Company, Intermediate Ballet 6:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, November 20:

Party Scene Rehearsal: 6:00-8:00pm

Other Special Studio Rehearsals:

Sunday, Dec. 2nd: Party Scene 2:30-4:30pm

Monday, Dec. 3rd: Battle Scene 4:30-5:30pm

Tuesday,Dec 4th:Angels/Cherubs 4:30-5:30pm

(Don’t worry, we will remind you of these rehearsals as the time gets closer, but I wanted you to have the information for your planners.)

For those making their Christmas schedules and plans, write in the Nutcracker Dates in INK.

The performances will be Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th with a special school show on Monday, December 10th.

The school show will involve ONLY  Primary 3, Elementary  and Intermediate Ballet and the Training and Senior Companies.


We want all of our dancers to be comfortable on stage by knowing what they are doing.

Dress Rehearsals at the UTC Fine Arts Center will be:

Thursday, December 6: Act 2, including the Primary l Cherubs and the Primary 2 Angels

Friday, December 7th: Act I:  Party and Battle Scenes and Mother Ginger

 Primary 1 and will be in one show each.

Please let Katie  know if you have a preferencefor the Saturday night show or the Sunday matinee. You may leave a note in the basket outside the office or email her at

Majority vote in each class will win EXCEPT I have to make sure sisters are in the same show. Primary 3 and higher ballet classes will be in all three shows.


We will need to make an appointment for a fitting for your Party dress!  These will be Sat Nov 9th or Sun Nov 10th. Watch for the signup sheets on the table outside of studio 1.

Special Bookkeeping note from Katie

Every year people get confused about the tuition payments and when they are due. We actually charge by the school year for classes. This amounts to $495 for 32 classes ($ 450 for M&M and Pre-Ballet). In order to make budgeting easier for our parents and for  ourselves, we divide this into 9 equal monthly payments (September thru May). This comes to $55 for each payment. ($50 for M&M and Pre-Ballet) These have no connection at all with the number of  classes each month. Individual classes are $15 each.  Some months have 5 classes, some 4, some 3 and possibly only 2 at Christmas time. This is easier than saying, “on months with 5 sessions, it will be $80, 4 sessions  will be $64, 3 sessions -$48, and 2 sessions – $32, etc.”

Any Questions, contact   Katie:, or Studio phone 894-1406

EXTRA NOTE FROM Katiealways understand the confusion about tuition and I

am happy  to  explain  how  it works. BUT, have noticed that in 36 years, nobody  has  ever come  up  and  said,  “I   noticed  there  are  5  classes this month:  Do owe you some more money?”   (Insert  Grin here!)



Massari – Wood Dance Center NEWSLETTER Sept 2018

Welcome to the Massari-Wood Dance Center. We are glad you chose us.

We will do everything possible to fulfill your expectations. If you have any questions, please ask Miss Katie.

Classroom Attire

Leotards and tights are the only attire that should be worn in ballet class (no shorts, shirts, pantyhose, legwarmers, etc.) Exceptions are the Star Fairy skirts for the Pre-Ballet and Primary 1 classes. Boys are in tee­ shirts and shorts. All dancers should wear suitable cover-ups to and from the studio. NEATNESS COUNTS! Long hair should be pulled back from the face and off of the neck. Strings should be tucked inside ballet shoes.  No large pieces of jewelry (including watches) should be worn in class. Please leave all such items at home. PARENTS: Please mark all shoes, leotards, bags, etc. with the student’s name to avoid mix-ups.

DANCE SHOES should NOT be worn outside!


Tuition is based on an annual rate and is divided into 9 equal amounts to facilitate payment. Music and Movement and Pre-Ballet $50/month — All other dance classes $55/month; two dance classes – $85/month. Family discounts are available.  Payments are due the first class meeting of each month.


Only dancers are allowed in the dance studio during class times, please. The doors may be closed to the lobby to reduce noise levels. No gum, or candy or drinks are allowed in the dance area. Please be on time for classes as it is very disruptive to others when there is a latecomer. The instructors reserve the right to remove a student from participation if unruly or uncooperative.


When dancers arrive early for class, please sit quietly until your class time. PARENTS: Please watch your little ones. If you must leave during your child’s class, please make sure they know  when you will return and make sure to tell them not to  leave the  studio until you return.  No student is allowed to come and go without adult supervision. In other words: please do not leave students to wait in the lobby alone and they must be picked up on time. We are unable to supervise students before and after their class.


Please bear with us during the first month. If classes are too large we will attempt to open another class. There is a minimum of 6 students per class. We may combine classes at the studio’s discretion. You will be notified.


We will have dance folders for M&M, Pre-Ballet, Primary 1, 2 and 3 for  each student.  These will include copies of their dances, coloring pages, terminology pages and a CD of their recital dance next spring. There is a materials fee of $6 per notebook


All Ballet students from Primary 1 and up are eligible to participate in the Civic Ballet of Chattanooga’s annual production of the Nutcracker on December 8th & 9th at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Most rehearsals will be during normal classes. Costumes are provided by the Civic Ballet.  The school show on December 10 includes Primary 3 students and up.


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Calendar 2018-2019

Thanksgiving Break- November 19-23

Nutcracker – December 8&9

**School show on Dec 10 involves Primary 3 students and up

Christmas Break- December 10 through January 7,

2019 Spring Break – March 18-22

Recital Dates – June 1&2

*Please note: we do not take off on Monday Holidays