Welcome to Term 2 at Dance Dynamics!

It is full steam ahead as we start preparing our festival dances and concert groups, whilst we also continue working on our technique and exam work.

Public Holidays:

Please note that there will be no normal classes on the following days as they are public holidays:-

Saturday the 27th of April – Freedom Day
Wednesday the 1st of May – Workers Day
Wednesday the 29th of May – Voting
Jbay Studio may be offering extra classes on these days for Kunsfees practices.

The studio will close for the school holidays after classes on Friday the 14th of June.

There may be additional classes added in during the holidays and Carrie will be running lots of extra lessons.

Friendly City Dance Festival:

This is the next exciting event on our calendar and will take place during the first half of August. Entries are open to all our dancers of 5 years old and upwards.

The entries will need to be in during June, but we will be sending out more information in a separate email closer to the time.

Nelson Mandela Dance Festival:

If you are registered to dance in this festival and would like to, the entries need to be in by the 10th of May.  This Festival will take place from the 21st to the 31st of August.

Fees are as follows and will need to be in by the 5th of May if entering so that we have time to do the admin before the closing date.

Registration Fee Per Dancer: R140

Per Item: R70

Concert:
The concert will take place on the 28th of July which is a Sunday at the Savoy Theatre.
Stage rehearsals will be on Friday the 19th of July at the Savoy Theatre.
Concert fees will need to be paid in no later than the end of this term.
There will be three shows, 1 for the juniors and the seniors will perform 2 shows.
R150 Participation Fee
R55 per costume/dance
When paying them into the account, please reference these amounts with the dancer’s name and concert fee.
We look forward to seeing all our dancers participating in this event.

Please also let us know if you are not taking part so we can plan costumes and choreography.

Pre Schoolers:

If any of the children dancing at Sunridge Pre Primary or Ezra would like to participate in the show, they will need to come to extra classes on a Saturday Morning at 09H30 starting from Saturday the 4th of May.

Shoes:
Please remember not to buy ballet shoes from Mr Price or Woolworths. They don’t give a nice line to the feet or have good support and are also not permitted in exams.

We encourage all dancers now to sort out their exam uniforms and to always bring shoes to class (including character shoes) and as the weather gets cooler to get proper attire and not attend lessons in hoodies and baggy pants (unless class permits).

Parking:

Just a reminder not to park on the neighbor’s grass to the right in Weybridge Park as they are trying to grow their grass.

Wishing you all a brilliant term ahead.

Yours in Dance,

Cathy, Carrie, and Michel
1st Term 2024

Dear Parents and Pupils,

Trust you all had a wonderful and restful holiday and are ready to tackle 2024 with renewed energy.
A special welcome to all our new pupils and we hope you will all have a long and happy relationship with the Dance Dynamics family.
Class Timetables

You can view the timetables, as well as the terms and conditions, Uniforms, etc on our website at https://dancedynamicspe.com. There is also a link there to our Facebook Group. We will also put copies of newsletters sent out on the website in case you miss something. Please refresh the browser when opening the website on your devices, as sometimes it just downloads from memory, instead of the latest updates.

Photos and Concert USB Sticks

Don’t forget to order your photos and concert USB sticks (R200). Photo forms are available in the studio.

We will need to complete all orders by the 15th of March so we can get it all sent out by the end of the first term.

Our Year Ahead……

2024 is going to be jam-packed and there are some optional extras that you may need to schedule some time for as well as put some money aside for.

1.  Talent Africa

This competition runs Regional and National competitions each year. Keep an eye on the website if you would like to do a solo at the competition. You will need to register yourself at https://talentafrica.co.za. Keep in mind that you will need to enter again for the nationals if you qualify, and the prices for Nationals are much higher than for Regionals.

The first round in Port Elizabeth is on the 20th of April at the Savoy Theatre.
Also, note that the Nationals are usually held in Johannesburg or Cape Town once you get through round one.

2.  Friendly City Dance Festival And Port Elizabeth Dance Festival    

These competitions will be running from the 1st of August at the Savoy Theatre. Friendly City Dance Festival is first, followed by Port Elizabeth Dance Festival.

The Festivals are an optional extra activity. They are open to dancers who are five years and older.

Fees start from R300 upwards, depending on how many dances you choose to participate in.

3.  RAD Exams

These are happening in October and the prices range from R450 upwards.

Entries close roughly 8 weeks before the exams. If doing RAD exams, a full exam uniform must be purchased six months in advance. Children must be coming twice a week from term 2 or they won’t be ready for exams. Ballet seniors generally require 3 classes to reach peak performance.  There are other options for pupils that attend once per week, so you can ask your teacher about those. We will add further info to our website a little closer to the time for exams.

4.  AIDT Exams

The AIDT Modern and Hip Hop Exams are taking place at the beginning of November.

Exam fees range from R300 upwards. Dancers need to be in the studio at least twice a week for modern (can include ballet classes) and know their work well by the end of the third term to do a modern exam. Hip Hop dancers also need to know their work well and understand the different styles.

5.  Concert

We have booked our concert at the Savoy Theatre on Sunday the 28th of July 2024.

Our concert rehearsal at the Savoy is booked for Friday the 19th of July. 

Please make a note in your diaries as we love all our dancers to participate in this.

6. Acro Tests (PE) and Exams (Online)

We are hoping to host our Acro medal tests at the end of the 2nd Term this year. Costs are about R360 to enter these.
If you are interested in doing the Full AcroArts Examination, the cost is about R600, but I need to book a date for these early in the year. These will be done on Zoom with an overseas examiner watching unless we have more than 30, then we will get a live examiner.  Please let us know if you are interested.

7. Nico Malan Innikollig

This is happening in the last week of Term 1. We will advise any info as we receive it from our high school learners.

8. Stulting Kunstefees
This is happening in May at Stulting Primary in Humansdorp. This is a fun introduction to the stage for a lot of the girls in the area. We will advise any info as we receive it from the school.

Dancing Fees

Please note that fees need to be paid timeously, i.e in the month that they are due. Remember to use a reference number (S…..) and indicate child’s name and surname after the reference number. Please make sure all cash payments are given to us in marked envelopes, as it is difficult for teachers to handle money and remember who it came from when they are busy with classes.

Parking

PE – Please do not park on the neighbor’s grass at the Weybridge Park studio. There is extra parking space in the park across the road. Please do not park in the driveway.

Communication 

A reminder that teachers can’t always answer their phones during lessons, so they will reply to your messages when they are free.

Please remember to message your teacher well in advance if you miss a class.

The studio will close for the school holidays after lessons on Wednesday the 20th  of March.
Term 2 will start on Wednesday the 3rd of April.
Recording Classes
With regards to the POPIA ACT, if you feel the need to video your child’s class, please make sure that the other parents, teachers, and dancers in the class are all ok with you doing this. Many of our pupils have declined permission to use their photos and videos on social media, so we need to consider this.
Congratulations!

Teacher Carrie will be having her first baby during September of this year. We would like to congratulate her and Louis and we wish her a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Please note there are no classes in Jbay on Thursday 22 January as Carrie has to go to PE for her first scan. She will run extra classes to make up lessons as well as offer holiday lessons throughout terms 1 and 2.

Yours in Dance,

Carrie, Cathy, and Michel

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