September was a busy but fun start to the new dance year.  Thank you dancers, parents, and staff for easing us through the hectic first month; we are looking forward to a wonderful year with you!




This month’s tuition deadline is Monday, October 15. A $10 late fee will be applied to any payments not submitted by this date.  Also now due is the $40 deposit that goes toward your dancer’s recital costumes.  These will be collected through the end of November.  Costumes will be ordered in December, so it is very important that you pay this deposit on time.  Costumes will only be ordered for students whose deposit is paid and whose tuition is current.  No late orders will be placed.  This applies to all students.






All students should have received a letter explaining our United Way Dance-A-Thon fundraiser which will be held on October 12.  This has been a fun and successful event for the past three years, so we really hope to have good participation.  Please RSVP by Monday, October 8, so that we can include you in our pizza party!  All money raised should be turned in by Thursday, October 18.  Remember that this year’s highest fund raiser will win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card!!!  A minimum of $10 must be raised in order to attend.




Bring a Friend Week


During the week of October 8-11 each of our students is invited to bring a friend of his/hers along to dance class. This will be an opportunity for our dancers to share their love of dance with a friend and for friends to give dance a try to see if it is something he/she might want to participate in.  Any student who brings a friend along who decides to enroll in a class at Elevations will receive a $10 tuition or merchandise credit!




Costume Sale Rack


Don’t forget our costume sale rack on the stage in Studio A.  These costumes are priced at $15 each and make great Halloween or dress-up costumes.




Bake Sale Results


Thank you, Elevations dancers, family, and friends for a tremendous outpouring of donations of baked goods and purchases of goodies! Our bake sale total was 550!  Elevations is so proud to present this donation to the family of JaMarcus Lewis on behalf of all our students and staff.




Good luck!


Elevations is proud to have 3 contestants in this year’s National Peanut Festival Pageant.  Best wishes to Little Miss contestants Lorelei Evans and Sophie Grace Stevens and to our receptionist and dancer, Claire Wood, who will be competing in the Miss division.




Elevations Holidays












Elevations will be closed to observe the following holidays throughout this 2018/ 2019 school year:




November 19-23- Thanksgiving Week




December 22 – January 6 – Winter/Christmas Break 




January 21 – M.L. King Jr. Holiday




March 25—29 – Spring Break





Dates to remember (more info to come):


Dance-A-Thon: Friday, October 12, 4:00-5:30


Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance: Friday, Nov. 30 (tentative)


*Ozark Christmas Parade: Tuesday, Dec. 4


*Dale County Performing Arts Council Sounds of the Season Concert:  Saturday, Dec. 8 (Dress Reh Dec. 7)


Spring Dance Recital: Saturday, May 4.  Please keep this week as open as possible for extra rehearsals TBA.






 A Few Tips for a Smooth Dance Year

Each year we find that it is important to make evaluations after the first month of dance to bring to light any problems that our staff may have noticed that could become issues as the year goes on if not addressed now.  Please review your handbook and read through these tips, and help us to keep our classes and everything in and around our studio running smoothly from day to day.




  1. 1.     Please always take younger children to the restroom before class begins.  One child needing to go during class will always trigger a chain reaction.




  1. 2.     We spend a lot of time re-tying the ballet shoes that have the string ties.  It is a good idea to adjust the shoes properly, then tie the strings in a knot and cut them off about an inch above the knot.




  1. 3.     For young students, please try to keep dance bags free of items that are likely to cause distractions.  We have encountered problems with them pulling out toys, snacks, drinks, etc. while changing shoes.




  1. 4.     We want our students to understand that all corrections and “coaching” in class should be taken with a positive attitude and put to use to better themselves.  It is the job of our instructors to push students to a level beyond what they initially believe that they are capable of.  All students need to understand and respect this concept.  After all, this is why they attend dance classes!




  1. 5.     We want to remind you that the downstairs waiting area is available when the lobby becomes hot and crowded.  With that said, please be mindful of classes that are in session.  There is no actual door to close those classes off from those waiting on the other side of the dividers, so any noise and activity can interfere with the instruction taking place.  Please keep the noise level down to minimize distractions.  If you have other children along with you, it may be best to wait upstairs as to avoid distracting the class in session.  We want these classes to be treated with the same respect as those taking place in an upstairs studio with a closed door.




  1. 6.     Please refer back to our handbook for rules concerning behavior, classroom etiquette, and dress code.  Parents, please help us to reiterate the importance of these policies to your students.  Students should come to class with plenty of ponytail holders.  It is distracting and dangerous and against our dress code to have loose hair.  It is also recommended that students keep an extra pair of tights on hand in their bags.  Please understand that it is very inappropriate to wear dancewear without tights underneath.   We expect our students to dress with modesty.




  1. 7.     Please do your best to drop off and pick up students on time.  Students who are significantly late for class miss out on some important things, and with little ones it can throw them off for the duration of the class.  Arriving on time to pick up your child is in fairness to your child and our staff.




  1. 8.     We are very fortunate to have “marley” dance flooring in each of Elevations’ studios.  This is a very expensive flooring that not all studios are able to have, and we want to take good care of it and preserve it. Please be careful not to wear your dance shoes outside.  When shoes track in mud, dirt, and rocks, it is damaging to our floors and also causes one’s classmates to have to dance on a dirty floor!  Though the floors are cleaned regularly, we do not have time to clean between each class; so we ask that you help us out by coming into the studios with clean shoes!






Thank you all for your help in addressing these matters!


Happy Halloween and Happy Fall!!








Welcome to Elevations!  We are excited to have you with us for this school year, and we pray you have an excellent experience with us.


Please look for your newsletter at the beginning of each month via email and Remind messages and hard copies handed out at the end of your child’s dance class.  The newsletters will also be posted on our website, www.elevationsschoolofdance.com.  Important reminders and updates concerning dates, fees, holidays, and performances will be included in the newsletters each month.  Please notify the front desk if you would like your email address added to the list; or if you provided an email address and have not been receiving emails from us, please check to make sure that we have recorded it correctly.  Also, please inform us throughout the year of any changes in your contact information such as email, phone numbers, mailing address, etc.  


We have three great ways to inform you of quick messages and updates in between our monthly newsletters:

  1. Email (you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

  2. Facebook:   Be sure to like our Elevations page: www.facebook.com/elevationsschoolofdance

  3.  “Remind” text messaging system:  You will see directions on the reverse of this letter and in your handbook on how to sign up for these text messages.



Tuition is usually due by the 15th of each month.  However, since the 15th of September falls on a Saturday on which we do not hold normal business hours, we will accept tuition on Monday, September 17 with no late fee.   After this deadline a $10 fee will be added to late payments.  If you pay by check, please be sure to put your child’s name in the memo.  All checks should be made payable to Elevations.  Tuition may be paid at the front desk during office hours, or checks can always be left in the payment box, placed in our mailbox, or sent by mail.  Please do not leave cash payments unattended.  We also accept credit/debit cards in person or over the phone. 


Combo Classes

Combo class students are those enrolled in Creative Movement/Tap (3yr olds), Pre-Ballet/Tap (4/5 year olds), and Kinder-Ballet/Tap (Kindergarteners).  Unless on the occasion you are told otherwise, please have your dancer in his/her ballet shoes for the beginning of class.  Send their tap shoes in with them in their dance bag, and we will help change their shoes at the appropriate time.  From time to time parents will be invited in at the end of class for a brief “show”.  We will try to give you advanced warning on these days, so that you can arrive back about 15 minutes early as to not miss the show.  Their first class (Sept. 4-10) will be one of those weeks!


Bring a Bear Day

We will be having several theme class weeks for our combo classes (Creative Movement/Tap, Pre-Ballet/Tap, Kinder-Ballet/Tap) throughout the year.  The week of Sept. 17-20 will be “Bring a Bear” week. Please allow your combo class student to bring along a favorite bear (or other stuffed animal) to join him/her in dance class this week.


“Going Gold” Bake Sale

We will be holding a bake sale at the studio during class hours each day during the week of September 24.  All items will be sold for $1 each, and all proceeds will go directly to pediatric cancer research.  Plan to bring along some money for a snack before or after dance class!  This was a huge success the past few years, and we hope to grow bigger each year!  The more items we have to sell, the more money we can raise!  If you would be willing to donate some baked goods for the sale, please package them individually where they can be sold for $1/piece; and drop items off shortly before or during dance classes any day that week (Mon., Sept. 24-Thurs., Sept. 27).


Helpful Tips:

  • Students should take the time to use the restroom before class, as to prevent distractions by students leaving class to go.


  • Please be sure to write names on all dance shoes and accessories.  Students in combo classes should keep their shoes in a bag, so that we can easily find them when it is time to change.  Shoes like to go flying, and they all look alike!!!  Combo classes will usually begin class in their ballet shoes, so please have them ready in those shoes first unless notified otherwise.


  • We ask that you please be mindful of the parking lot, as it gets very congested at certain times of the week.  Remind your children to carefully watch for oncoming traffic, and please be considerate of the yards, parking, and access of our neighbors in the nearby church, storage units, and homes.  Please keep our front yard and walkway free of vehicles.


  • Remind students that though dance class is fun, it is also requires work and discipline!  They should go into class each week with a great attitude, ready to put forth their best and show respect to their instructors and fellow students.


Save the Date!


Our annual school recital is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at the Ozark Civic Center.  Our mandatory dress rehearsal will be held on the afternoon/evening of Friday, May 3.  Please keep the week leading up to this as free as possible for extra rehearsals




It is not too late to order or purchase dancewear, shoes, etc.  Orders will be placed throughout the year.  Please see someone at the front desk to inquire about shoe fittings, purchases, or orders.  Be sure to pick up any orders that may have already been placed.  Cost of the merchandise must be paid in full before it can be claimed.



We still have numerous Elevations t-shirts and tank tops available for purchase, and some of those are available at clearance prices!  If you missed them at registration, please see the front desk to purchase one. 



If you did not receive a 2018-2019 Elevations Handbook at registration, please let us know and we will get one for you.


Again, we are so glad to have each of you at Elevations! 

We hope that you and your dancer have a great year with us!



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