Dear Parents and Pupils,
Welcome back to Term 3. Classes will resume as normal from Tuesday the 18th of July.
The Jbay studio has a soft opening on Monday the 17th of July.
This letter is all about the Friendly City Dance Festival. We will send out another letter when we have more details about the Port Elizabeth Dance Festival.
Friendly City Dance Festival
We are basically heading straight into the Dance Festival. Please do not miss lessons at this stage, as the more you practice, the better you are going to do as you will be better prepared and thus have more confidence on stage.
The times have been put in the studio, so please make sure you know what days and times you are dancing. Also, make sure you know exactly what you are wearing for each solo that you are doing.
If you need a letter to leave school early, please get one from your teacher.
Lorraine Studio Stage Rehearsals
There will be rehearsals for some of the novices (10 and under) and groups at the Savoy on Monday the 31st of July at the Savoy Theatre. Please make sure you come, especially if you have never danced on your own on the stage before so that you know exactly where to go. This is a compulsory rehearsal if you are involved in a group number.
Day At The Beach:    16H35
Little Red Riding Hood:    16H55
Snowman:    17H10
Greek and Czeck Polka:    17H15
Acro Solos (7 – 10 years only):     17H30
Under Ten Modern Solos:    17H40
Spanish Solo and Spanish Groups: 18:00
Greatest Showman and Duet: 18H20 – 19H00
Jeffreys Bay Stage Rehearsals:
Some dancers took advantage of the holidays for stage practice. Those younger dancers who have not yet (and feel they need stage practice if they have never been on the Savoy Stage before) need to contact Carrie about Tuesdays when she has the Stulting Stage available.
Class Cancellations:
Michel’s Classes will be canceled on the following days due to the festival. This excludes preschool classes in the mornings.
Monday the 31st of August.
Thursday the 3rd of August
Friday the 4th of August
Monday the 7th of August
Tuesday the 8th of August
Wednesday the 9th of August (Public Holiday)
Thursday the 10th of August 

Cathy’s Classes will be canceled on the following day:

Friday the 11th of August

Carries Classes will be canceled on the following days:
Thursday the 3rd of August
Friday the 4th of August
Monday the 7th of August
Tuesday the 8th of August
Please arrive at the festival ready and dressed with all your basic makeup and hair done at least half an hour before you are due to dance.
Bring something to wear over your leotard if you want to sit in the audience afterward, as you won’t be allowed there in costume.
Leave your watches, jewelry, and valuables at home. All costumes have been discussed in class and in most cases the teachers will have the costume with them and will dress the child when they arrive.

Unfortunately, no Moms will be allowed up into the dressing rooms.

Parents remember to book your tickets at Book tickets for 2023 FRIENDLY CITY DANCE FESTIVAL as there are no tickets for sale at the door. Dancers will not need a ticket.
You also have the option to purchase a session ticket which is valid for 8 sessions.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our dancers who are taking part in the Friendly City Dance Festival the best of luck. You have all worked hard and we are confident that you will do well.

Yours in Dance,

Carrie, Cathy and Michel

Dear Parents and Dancers,

This is just a reminder that we close for the July School Holidays after classes on Friday the 23rd of June.
There will be holiday classes for some of the festival work but we will let you know when and if you need to come in. We would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday and hope you all come back refreshed and bursting with energy to take on the challenges of the 3rd term.
Carrie would like her novice festival girls to do stage rehearsals at Stulting in the break (on Tuesdays) so please confirm availability with her.
Lorraine Studio Info:
On Friday the 23rd of June we will be holding our acro test day, so all of Michel’s regular classes are cancelled. If any of the Friday girls who are not doing the exam would like to attend the workshop, please let us know. The cost is R30 and the class will be concentrating mainly on flexibility.
Please come with hair gelled back in a low bun, and your leotards, lycra shorts and/or unitards. Arrive 20 minutes before your allocated time and warm up quietly.
One parent per child will be permitted to watch the test.
The Timetable in Lorraine on Friday the 23rd will run as follows:
08:00 – 08:40 – Kayleigh and Hlumile Acro Test
12:00 – 12:30 – Annabel, Sloane and Carla Acro Test
12:30 – 13:00 – Sabella and Nina Acro Test
13:00 – 14:00 – Acro Workshop with Mrs Smith
14:00 – 14:40 – Ashleigh, Heather and Anri Acro Test
    Cathy’s classes will then follow on Friday as listed below:
    15:00 – 15:45 –  Classical solo 15/16 yrs   Amy and Cassidy
    15:45 – 16:30 –   Russian Court solo          Amy, Cassidy, Lize
    16:30 – 17:15 –   Spanish solo                    Amy, Lize, Taylor
     17:15 – 18:15 –  El Es Mio group                Einon, Karla,Taylor, Lize, Clarise,
   On Saturday the 24th of June we will hold a practice for the following groups:
09:00 – 09:30 – Day at the Beach – 5 – 6 yrs solos for festival
09:30 – 10:00 – Little Red Riding Hood – 5 – 6 yrs solos for festival
10:00 – 10:45 – Dear You modern solos for festival
    11:00 – 11:45 – Pigtailed Girl / Asian Grace / Swanhilda/ Classical Ashleigh, Cassidy, Kaity
    11:45 – 12:30 – Progressing Ballet Technique class
    12;30 – 13:00 –  Portuguese National solo            Clarise and Nerisha
    13:00 – 14:00 – Snr Champs solos                        Kaity
Monday the 26th of June:
Showman Group.  Ashleigh will let you have the times on the group.

Festival Entries Are Due

Dear Parents and Pupils,
Just a quick heads up that Entries are due shortly for the upcoming Dance Festivals.
Talent Africa is also in three weeks’ time.
If wanting to enter, the monies can be paid into the Dance Dynamics Account, but please reference with name and dance festival so that the monies are allocated correctly.
We will enter the pupils for the festivals, but you will need to enter yourselves for Talent Africa if wishing to do a solo there.
Please note that if you get through to the nationals during regionals, you will need to travel or enter online as they are not doing one in Port Elizabeth this year.

Friendly City Dance Festival

Friendly City Dance Festival will be running in August this year at the Savoy Theatre. Expected dates are 2-11 August 2023.

Entries will need to be in by 5 June 2023

For those of you who are not sure what this all entails:- each year the teachers in the Eastern Cape get together for a dance festival. Children can do a solo on the stage and an independent adjudicator marks their dancing. They get either a gold, silver or bronze medal and a report. This is a wonderful opportunity to build our dancer’s confidence on the stage in a friendly setting, as well as improve on performance and technical skills.

The dance festival is open to all dancers, but they must be at least 5 years old by the 1st of January 2023.

Entering Dance Festival is totally optional, but we reserve the right to withdraw a pupil if they are not ready to perform.

Festival fees are:

Registration fee per dancer: R175 (Only pay this once, no matter how many disciplines you are doing)

Studio Admin Fee: R30 (Set fee for costume hire, props and traveling)

Per solo: R75

Per person in a group: R50

Junior Champs: R220

Senior Champs: R275
Port Elizabeth Dance Festival
As most of you have indicated you want to enter only one festival due to costs, please inform your teacher if you want to enter this one, and she will let you know about the costs. Fees for this one are due no later than the 28th of May. The PEDF will run from mid-August.
Yours in Dance
Carrie, Cathy, and Michel

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