Chattanooga Dance Announcements

Happy Spring!

March 2019

Reminder: Spring Break is March 18th – 22nd and the studio will be closed.

Mark your calendars for the recital!

Remember we are in a brand new venue this year!! The Frierson Theater at GPS and could not be more excited about it!!

Saturday, May 25th at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 26th at 2:30pm   

We will have more details on dressing room assignments and other housekeeping details like those when we get closer to the recital time.  And speaking of recital times:

Performance Days

I tried to meet everyone’s requests as best as I could… but it truly is a gigantic puzzle. If your child was not assigned to the day that you preferred or you have some sort of EXTREME conflict, see Miss Katie and we will work something out: they can perform with the other class etc.

Saturday, May 25th – 7:30pm  ​​​​​​Sunday, May 26th – 2:30pm

TUESDAY M&Ms Class​​​​​​​MONDAY M&Ms Class

MONDAY PreBallet Class​​​​​​​TUESDAY PreBallet Class

TUESDAY Primary 1 Class​​​​​​​THURSDAY Primary 1 Class

THURSDAY Primary 2 Class​​​​​​​TUESDAY Primary 2 Class

Primary 3, Elementary 1-3, Adult Tap, Jazz 1-3, Elementary Tap, Junior Tap, and Intermediate Ballet will be in both performances….PLEASE let us know if you cannot be in both days so we can plan ahead

Dress Rehearsals will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd& Friday, May 24th depending on your class day and time.  More details on specific rehearsal days and times coming soon.  Please remember, that dress rehearsal is mandatory: especially since we are in a brand new venue this year and want to make sure everyone knows exactly what is going on.  

Attendance

As the recital quickly (very quickly) approaches, classes are going to focus more and more on choreography for the show.  Please make sure to attend class as much as humanly possible.  Both for your sanity, and the sanity of the choreographer

Costumes

We have finally finished picking out costumes and everyone is going to look BEAUTIFUL!! You’ll be receiving an email about your child’s costume in the coming days with pictures and details! Costume shipping ended up being a little extra this year (sequins must be heavy), so we are asking if you could contribute an extra $3.00 to this cost, it would help us out tremendously. 

Please make sure you are up to date on your costume payments and tuition.  If you have any questions/problems/concerns, please ask Miss Katie.

 

1/30/19     NEWS LETTER

Massari-Wood Dance Center Jan/February 2019

Its that time of year when you will see Miss Donna walking in circles…. head down…. hands behind back… muttering to herself… That means  it’s time to talk of RECITAL NEWS!!!!!!

 

As you all know, the Fine Arts Center is undergoing renovations and we have had to find a new home.  This year, the recital will be at the Frierson Theater at GPS.  They have a beautiful facility with everything we could possibly want or need.  They have been very welcoming to us and we are very honored and excited  to perform there!!

The Recital will be May 25th and 26th

SPRING RECITAL COSTUMES

You may have noticed that we are starting to measure the students for their costumes.  These costumes need to be ordered very early to arrive in time for the recital.  We are looking through all of the catalogs for the best choices and will post the pictures soon.  We need to start collecting monies for them as soon as possible: by the end of February or earlier if possible.

These prices are an estimate right now… occasionally we are charged more for shipping or sales tax… we will let you know.

M&M, Pre-Ballet, Primary 1 and Primary 2 – $55

Primary 3 – $85 (2 costumes, Ballet and Tap)

Elementary 1, 2, 3 – $65

Jazz 1, Jazz 2, Jazz 3, Elementary tap, Jr. Tap,  $65

Intermediate Ballet – $70

(Training Company, and Civic Ballet to be announced later.)

NOTE TO ALL:  If there is a problem (no money at this time, etc.), PLEASE communicate with Katie.  We will do what we can to help, but we can’t help if we don’t know about the problem.

Dress Rehearsals will be a little different this year because of scheduling around GPS school events.

Civic Ballet, Training Company, Intermediates, Jazz 3, Adult/Teen Tap will PROBABLY be on Wed May 22  . M&Ms, Preballet, Primary 1,2&3, All Elementary students will PROBABLY be on Friday May 24**  We will be able to give more definite dates next month.

(Please schedule yourself well. You MUST be at dress rehearsal to be in the recital)

RECITAL PERFORMANCE CHOICES

We are taking Requests for which performance you prefer.

Saturday May 25 7:30 or Sunday May 26 2:30

M&M, Pre-Ballet, Primary 1, Primary 2 will be in ONE performance.

Primary 3 ballet and tap, Jazz 3, Civic Ballet, Training Company, Intermediates, Adult/Teen Tap  are in both shows if possible.

Elementary 1,2,3, Elementary Tap, Jr Tap, Jazz 1&2 TBD

Let us know if you have a preference.  Majority Vote will rule, but the first job is to try and get  siblings and family members in the same show.

ANNOUNCEMENTS are on WEBSITE and FACEBOOK

We communicate regularly on FACEBOOK .   Like/Follow us on FACEBOOK to stay posted on all announcements OR on our website:  massariwooddance.com (announcement page)

Snow Days

Our Policy on closing due to weather : You can check our page on Face Book, the announcement page on our website or call the studio answering machine.  Also, when possible, we will send announcements out to the e-mail addresses on file.  This makes it easier to notify our students.  Our students cover a wide area of the Tri-State on mountain tops and valleys and many school systems.  We would rather err on the side of safety

SPRING BREAK IS March 18th – 22nd

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1/23/19   PSSST!! Spread the word! Our 2nd Adult/Teen BASIC BEGINNING BALLET class will be starting next Monday (1/28) from 6-7… leotards and tights if you want.. but not required..wear something comfortable and prepare to ENJOY!! If you took as a child and always meant to come back… or if it’s something you have always WANTED to do… this is the perfect class for you!!😊💕 Tuition is $100 for the 8 week session 1/28-3/18. Come on… you KNOW you want to…contact us with a Facebook message, or email massariwood@gmail.com… OR.. we even answer our PHONE!!😁 894 1406. See you there!!

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1/23/19

Hello everyone!  I hope you are staying WARM!!!   Just a reminder…. we WILL be having classes as usual tomorrow

(1/21/19) AND… We have HEAT!!!!  Come and dance 🙂

 

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1/6/19

Hello Hello!!  Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL holiday!!  Time to leap (literally) back into dance for the New Year.  CLASSES RESUME Tomorrow….1/7/19!!  See you then.

Massari-Wood Dance Center- Civic Ballet of Chattanooga

12/17-12/22

Hello everyone!!! Don’t forget!! We have one more week of classes coming up this week!
The last classes before the new year. Put the cookies down and come and Jingle some Bells with us😊

NUTCRACKER NEWS- 2018
All of this information is very important. Attach to your refrigerator or somewhere equally as important. Any questions? Call Katie at 894-1406 or email at massariwood@gmail.com

****** NOVEMBER 19-23 …NO REGULAR CLASSES *******
STUDIO Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays!
However >>>> We will have Special Rehearsals. These are at the Studio.

Monday, November 19

4:30-5:30​      Mice and Soldiers (Primary 3 and Elementary 1) Nutcracker & Clara

6:00-8:30 – Civic Ballet, Training Company, and all Intermediates

Tuesday ,November 20 – 6:00-8:00 -Party Scene (Party Children, Parents, Housekeeper and Maids) Note: This rehearsal does not include gypsies, dolls, caterers or Apple Seller.

OTHER SPECIAL STUDIO REHEARSALS
(****Please note these are slightly adjusted from the previous newsletter)

Sunday, December 2    ​2:30-5:00 ​Party Scene Rehearsal (Party Parents, Children , Maids,Gypsies, Dolls, Fortuneteller, Caterers)

Monday, December 3​​

4:30-6:00​Battle Scene Rehearsal (Mice/Soldiers/Clara/Nutcracker)

6:30-8:30​Civic Ballet, Training Company and ALL Intermediates

Tuesday , December 4   ​4:30-6:00  ​All Angels and Cherubs (Primary 1 with Primary 2)

5:30-6 :30  ​Elementary 1 Mother Ginger
**ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE AT THE EAST BRAINERD STUDIO

All other classes are at their normal times thru Wed. Dec.5

DRESS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE AT UTC

Thursday December 6th
5:00 – 6:30​  Angels & Cherubs
5:00 – 8:00    ​Civic Ballet, Training Company, Intermediates
8:00 >>> Snowflakes, Skaters, Clara, Nutcracker, Snow Queen

Friday, Dec. 7th
4:30 – 5:30 – Battle Scene
5:30 – 7:30 – Party Scene
7:45 -8:15- Mother Ginger

DRESS REHEARSAL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE. PLEASE REMAIN FLEXIBLE
Please arrive in sufficient time to be ready. In other words, don’t enter the building at the exact time your rehearsal is supposed to begin. All dancers/students should sit in the theater upon arriving at dress rehearsal. We will distribute the costumes and show you to your dressing areas. We will follow the schedule as closely as possible, but don’t hold us to it. Technical situations sometimes arise that require time to correct. Come early, relax and be patient, please.

DRESSING ASSIGNMENTS
Band Room – Cherubs, Angels, Mice, Soldiers, Party Children,

 Dressing Rooms behind the Stage -Gypsies, Party Mothers, Flowers
Small Dressing Room off stage Left – All boys and Men
Large Dressing Rooms off Stage Left – Civic Ballet and Training Company

Directions – All Dress Rehearsals and performances will be held at the UTC Fine Arts Center located at the corner of Vine Street and Palmetto on the UTC Campus. Proceed down McCallie Avenue until the corner” of Palmetto, turn north and proceed one block to Oak Street. If you are using GPS, enter 752 Vine Street. All performers should enter from the Oak Street side and the audience should enter on Vine Street for the performances.
Signs will be posted directing students to the dressing areas.

PLEASE NO MALES IN THE DRESSING ROOMS!
This includes dads, grandads, uncles, little brothers, friends, cousins, etc. We have to respect the modesty of our dancers.
Dancers should arrive approximately ½ hour before the performances. They need to bring a cover-up so they can go out front to watch the act they aren’t performing in. They will be taken as a class along with their Official Class Moms to specially assigned seats to watch and enjoy. Those in Act 2 (Angels and Cherubs) will be taken to the dressing room during Intermission to get ready.

Performance Assignments for Primary 1 (Cherubs) and Primary 2 (Angels) Saturday, Sat.December 8 – Primary 1 TUESDAY Class and Primary 2 THURSDAY class

Sunday, December 9 – Primary 1 THURSDAY Class and Primary 2 TUESDAY class.

All Party Girls and Party Moms must sign up for a costume fitting appointment. Appointments will be Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11. The signup sheet is in the lobby. Cherubs, Angels, Mice, Soldiers, Gypsies and Caterers and Party Boys DO NOT to sign up for an appointment. Your costumes will be fitted in class.

NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCES

Saturday, December 8th – 7:30pm

Sunday, December 9th – 2:30pm

TICKETS – The ticket sales are handled by the UTC Box Office.
All seating is Reserved!
We are open to the general public and cannot guarantee the availability of seats. To order tickets, call the box office at 425-4269 or visit them at the UTC Fine Arts Center. The Box Office hours are 10-4 Monday through Friday. The Box Office will open one hour before curtain and the doors to the theater will open 45 minutes before the performance begins. Ticket price is $15 for all seats. The University charges an additional fee for credit cards.
Tickets should go on sale November 20th
Everyone who attends must have a ticket. No stacking children in each other’s laps.
PLEASE tell all your friends which Nutcracker to attend. There are four other productions in the region this year, including three in our theater. We wouldn’t want your friends to get lost.

NUTCRACKER VIDEOS
Order forms are in the lobby and will be at dress rehearsal. Once again Philip Lucky is filming for us and does an excellent job. The cost is $25 payable to Massari-Wood Dance Center.

No classes Dec. 10th – Dec. 13th: we need time to put away the Nutcracker.
We ARE having holiday classes Dec. 17th -20th.

***Normal Classes will resume January 7th, 2019**

PLEASE make sure you are current on your tuition. If you aren’t sure or have issues related to this, talk to Katie. Any questions about this or anything else, contact Katie at (423) 894-1406 or massariwood@gmail.com

 

 

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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?

NUTCRACKER

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.

DRESS REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 massariwood@gmail.com.

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.

COSTUME FITTINGS FOR PARTY SCENE Girls and MOMS

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: massariwood@gmail.com, 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!)

 

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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

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.

CLASSROOM MANNERS

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.

LOBBY ETIQUETTE

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.

CLASS SIZE

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.

DANCE NOTEBOOKS

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

NUTCRACKER

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.

**INFORMATION**

ALL information including, newsletters, tuition fees, etc. can be found on our website:  massariwooddance.com

We also have a Facebook page where we communicate and share pictures and announcements: Massari-Wood Dance Center

Go “Like” us so you won’t miss out on anything exciting, then share us with all your friends!

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