Elevations Newsletter

February 2019













Since February 15th falls on a Friday, tuition will be due on Monday, Feb. 18.




Open President’s Day


WE WILL BE OPEN ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, although it is President’s Day and is observed as a school holiday.  All dance classes will be held on this day!




Costume Balances


Please remember that the balance of your child’s costume costs are due by Thursday, February 21.  Any costume balance slips that have not been picked up by the parent will be mailed out very soon.   It is important that you pay this in a timely manner.  We will be passing out costumes shortly after this deadline, and your child will not be allowed to take his/hers home if it is not paid for or if there is any outstanding tuition or fees on the dancer’s account.




Recital Information


Costume pictures are posted downstairs outside the dressing room.  Any accessories needed are listed on the page with the picture.  If you wish to order your tights from us, please place your order by February 21 in order to receive them in time for picture day.




All classes have begun learning their dances for the recital.  Please try to avoid any unnecessary absences.  It is difficult on everyone when choreography is being taught and someone is missing or has to be caught up.  Our instructors have the right to leave a student out of parts when they are absent when that part of a routine is taught.  However, during this time of year when sickness is so prevalent, we ask that you do not bring your child to dance if he or she is sick or running a fever, so as to prevent the spread of illness.




Our detailed recital information letter will be available soon.  We will notify you when these are ready.  Due to their importance, we like for parents to pick these up their hard copy at the front desk.




Ad Sales


Recital program book ad sales will begin this month.  You will soon receive a letter and form about these ad sales.  The deadline for ad sales is Thursday, March 14.




Recital Pictures


Recital pictures will take place on March 8 and 9.  Schedules for these pictures are now available (pink letter).  Please read over carefully and let us know if you have any questions about your time slot.




Gift Card Drive


Our Elevations family is in great prayer for Aaron Andrews, teenage brother of our instructor Kathryn Andrews.  Aaron will be undergoing several weeks of treatment at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for a cancerous brain tumor.  We would like to further show our love, concern, and support to this family by asking our dance families to give as they can in a gift card drive sponsored by Elevations.  Gift cards for gas, fast food (Chik Fil A is a favorite), Visa, etc. would be extremely helpful and appreciated as the family divides their time between home, jobs, and Aaron’s care. 




Dance Competition


Well wishes and prayers for safe travel, great performances, and fun memories are extended to the members of our competition team as they begin their competition season in Atlanta this month.  These dancers have worked hard, and we know that they will represent Elevations well.




Valentine Classes


Creative Mvmt/T, Pre-B/T, and Kinder-B/T will have their Valentine themed classes the week of Feb. 11-14.  Parents will be invited in for approximately the last 15 minutes of class.  Please have these students in their tap shoes first for class during this week.

















Elevations Newsletter

January 2019







Happy New Year!  We hope your holidays were blessed!



Important Dates


The deadline for January tuition is Tuesday, January 15.  There is still a large number of outstanding tuition payments for the month of December.  Please take care of these balances promptly.


Elevations will be closed on Monday, January 21, which is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.


Recital pictures will be taken on March 8 & 9.  Please keep these dates open.  More information and time assignments will be given out soon.  If you know of a definite conflict with these dates, arrangements will need to be made for your child’s pictures to be taken at the photographer’s studio prior to these dates.


Our recital is set for May 4 with the dress rehearsal on the 3rd.  We will be having both an afternoon show and an evening show.  Some students will perform in both, and some will perform in only one.  Please keep this week as open as possible, as extra rehearsals will be called.  Within the next few months, you will receive a detailed letter with recital information.



All orders for recital costumes have been completed, and balance slips will soon be available for pick up at the front desk. Please pay off these costume balances as quickly as possible, so that your child will be able to take his/her costume home when it arrives and is distributed.  The deadline for this payment is Thursday, February 21.


Pictures of the costumes for each class will soon be posted downstairs.  With each picture you will also find a list of accessories needed for each costume, including shoes, tights, etc.  If you wish to purchase tights through us from Revolution Dancewear, please place an order with the front desk.  Keep in mind that you will need these for both pictures and for the performance, so please place your orders early to insure their timely arrival.





Happy New Year!







Elevations Newsletter

December 2018




 We started our Christmas season off with a fun Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dance with many of you and look forward to more excitement during this busy but “most wonderful time of the year”!


Christmas Parade and Concert

Please review last week’s handout stating the details of the Ozark Christmas Parade on Dec. 4 and the “Sounds of the Season” concert on Dec. 8, as well as the rehearsals for each of these. 


Our float entry is #9.  Float riders will need to find our “Frosty” float on Broad Street (likely closer to the downtown end of Broad Street) at 5:20.  Angels, jazz, Cheernastics II, and Hip Hop B performers will meet downtown at 5:20.


Tuition and Costume Deposits

We will begin to place recital costume orders this first week of December.  If your child has any outstanding balances, no costume will be ordered for him or her.  There are still quite a number that have not paid costume deposits; please check to see that you have paid yours.  Also, if your dancer has missed several classes in a row, please make sure that he or she has been measured for costumes in class.  If not, please make sure they come by ASAP to be measured!

This month’s tuition deadline will be Monday, Dec. 17, since the 15th falls on a Saturday.  Please make every effort to submit your payment by this deadline. 



We do still have extra angel costumes, sweatshirts, and Santa hats if anyone wishes to purchase them.


Parent Visitation Days

Coming up, parents will have an informal opportunity to visit their child’s dance classes at Elevations during our last week of classes before Christmas break.  These classes will be Monday, Dec. 17 through Thursday, Dec. 20.   For these visitation classes you are welcome to stay for the entire class or part of a class or classes, whatever is convenient for you.  We simply ask that all attendees use common courtesy in terms of cell phone use, conversing, etc. in order to keep distractions to a minimum.  Feel free to bring your cameras!



Elevations will be closed Friday, December 21 through Sunday, January 6.  Classes resume on Monday, January 7.


Christmas Gifts

Don’t forget that dancewear can make great Christmas gifts!  We still have lots of cute leotards, accessories, cover-ups, and costumes to choose from to update your dancer’s wardrobe!  Tights can even be great stocking stuffers!



Merry Christmas from Elevations!



                                                                                                  November 2018


Elevations Newsletter




Tuition and Costume Deposits


This month’s tuition deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15.




Each student will need to pay a $40 recital costume deposit by November 29.  This deposit, along with all current tuition, must be paid in order for a costume to be ordered for your child.  We are taking measurements this month, and costumes will be ordered during December.  Costume balances will be issued in January after all orders have been placed.  Please realize that all unpaid tuition from previous months must be paid before money will be accepted for a costume deposit.




Thanksgiving Holidays


Elevations will be closed Friday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holidays.




Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance


For our Elevations Christmas party, we will once again be hosting a “Father/Daughter, Mother/Son” dance.  Please mark your calendars and inform your date, whether it’s dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, etc.  It will be held on the evening of Friday, Nov. 30.  (See official invitation on back of this letter!).  We do want to reiterate that only each student’s “date” should attend this event with him or her.  We only have space to accommodate each student plus one.  Also when a third person tags along, the entire dynamic of our event is altered.  This is our Christmas gift to our students, and we want it to be very special and fun.  Please be understanding in helping us keep this event as it was traditionally designed to be.




Ozark Christmas Parade


Don’t forget the Ozark Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00pm.  An earlier letter gave details of this event.  Those who are not performing downtown after the tree lighting are welcome to ride on our float, which will begin on Broad Street and end at Super Sav.  Parents are invited to ride along with their children.




There will be no actual classes on parade day.  However, we will have a rehearsal that afternoon at the studio for the performers prior to the parade.  Angel performers (Pre- and Kinder- students) will rehearse 3:30-4:00, and all other parade performers will rehearse 4:00-4:45.  Then students will be released to their parents to meet downtown.




Sounds of the Season Concert


The above mentioned letter also gave details of the “Sounds of the Season” community Christmas concert in which those same groups will also perform.  The concert is at 7pm on Dec. 8 at the Ozark Civic Center.  The Cheernastics II, Hip Hop B, and jazz performers will have a rehearsal at the studio on Thursday, Dec. 6, 6:00-6:45pm.  Then there will be a dress rehearsal for the entire show at the civic center on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6pm. 




Christmas Attire


Angel costumes, sweatshirts, and Santa hats for the parade and concert must be ordered by Thursday, November 8.  This is a strict deadline!




Dance-A-Thon Results


Thank you to all who participated, raised money, and helped out with our United Way Dance-A-Thon last month.  We are very proud to announce that we were able to present $1500 to the United Way on behalf of our dancers and their families.  Congratulations to Trinity Tyrues for being our Wal-Mart gift card winner for the highest funds raised.  It is great to be able to raise money for a great cause and have a great time doing it!  All those who came and danced seemed to have had a blast!








Happy Thanksgiving!









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 elevations@centurytel.net)

  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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