February 2021 Newsletter

Message from Miss Vanessa:

For the first time in (what feels like) forever (yes, I sang the “Frozen” tune while typing this!), the calendar is starting to look pretty full this month!  Competitions, while very different, are starting, which means events for our team and traveling to judge for me. 

Also, every February, I attend a week-long dance studio owner convention (called Studio Owner University).  Continuing to learn and grow is a huge priority for me.   That convention is all virtual, so I’ll be attending from my home office.  I’m excited to get back into learning mode so I can continue to grow for our staff and families at the studio.

We have some Company & Community Team dancers competing for the first time this season in town on Friday! After this, our season is in full swing.  I’m so, so proud of our performing group dancers.  They’ve risen to the challenges of rehearsing with more absences and limitations wonderfully.  This season, getting to see them dance as teams on a stage is a gift.  Trophies and awards are great – but I think we all have a renewed appreciation and gratitude for what matters most – the gift and joy of performing, the gift of being on a team, and the growth and education that comes from performing and getting feedback from judges.

Costumes are starting to arrive, recital choreography in each class is beginning to take shape, and competitions are just around the corner.  With so much is still so different than “normal”, I hope that dance is something close to normal for your child and family.  

Recital Practice Music and Videos

Recital choreography is taking shape – and we are SO proud of their progress!  To help dancers keep practicing at home, we have folders with practice music and videos for our families on our “Current Students” page.

PSD Families, check your inbox for an email with the password to access this page.  The links to these folders are also available on your Parent Portal.

Instructors update practice videos about every two to three weeks as we add on choreography throughout the season!

Celebrating Black History Month

Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for daily posts celebrating contributions to dance and the performing arts from some amazing black artists, performers, and dancers!

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thepointeschoolofdance
Find us on Instagram: @thepointeschoolofdance

Costumes are Coming In!

We have started to pass out costumes during classes for costumes that are in and processed.  They are looking amazing!  Choreography is taking shape, costumes are continuing to come in and get processed… it’s so exciting!

We have some costumes that ship quickly and also have arrival dates through early May.  If your dancer’s class doesn’t receive their costume soon, no worries! There’s always a big range of shipment dates.  This is why we order early – some costumes arrive quickly, others take 4-5 months to be made and shipped to us.

We will email your class before we pass out costumes, so you know what to expect 🙂

Adjusted Front Desk& Boutique Hours

For 2021, we have a change in our Front Desk & Boutique Hours.   We are no longer open on Saturday mornings.  If you need to come in and can’t make it during our hours Monday through Thursday, we can set up appointments for Friday or Saturday as needed.

Front Desk & Boutique Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 4:30-7:00 PM

Makeup Classes: How to Make up an Absence

We know that sometimes, things come up and a dancer may need to miss their class.  No biggie!  Our technology makes it easy for families to communicate an absence in advance so our teachers know.  This also helps us get makeup classes scheduled to take online at home at your convenience.

1 – Know you’ll be gone?  Log an absence through your parent portal.  Log in here: www.dancestudio-pro.com/online/thepointe with the same email and password used to register.  It’s quick and easy! (in fact, here’s a 40-second video that shows the process step by step! https://youtu.be/nstwEOf7e58)

2 – Email the front desk to get options for makeup classes.  We’ll reply with Zoom links to access your classes from home on a day and time that is convenient for you!

Of course, making up classes is not required – but many of our families really appreciate the opportunity to get absences made up.

Get Connected!

We believe that we have the most amazing community of families in Cedar Rapids!  While our lobby is closed, introduce yourself and your family in our private Facebook group just for PSD families!

Follow The Pointe on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thepointeschoolofdance
Private group for PSD Families: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1921735994748769
Follow The Pointe on Instagram: @thepointeschoolofdance

Where to Find What you Need

We’re at the front desk from 4:30 – 7:00 PM Monday through Thursday.  We’re also available via email: info@thepointeschool.com any time!

For the dress code for all classes: www.thepointeschool.com/dress-code
For all policies and important dates: www.thepointeschool.com/policies
To shop for awesome PSD gear: www.shoppointeschoolofdance.com

Important Dates Coming Up

5: Some Company dancers and Community Team perform at the Kirkwood Dance Challenge!
12-14: Some Company dancers compete solos, duets, and trios in Davenport!
25: March tuition & costume payment processed via auto-pay

5-7: Company competes in Des Moines (first full Company competition!)
13 – 19: Spring break (studio, front desk, and boutique closed)
25: April tuition & costume payment processed via auto-pay

2-4: Easter Weekend, Studio Closed (no classes, front desk, or boutique hours)

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