February 2016 Newsletter and Information

Heather’s Dance Company

February 2016 Newsletter * Praise God Through Dance


  • This is typically the month that students get tired, bored or discouraged with coming to class. We are/will be working hard on routines for the next several weeks.  Parents please keep me informed of any problems you may be having with getting your student to come to class.  Sometimes we learn a huge chuck of choreography quickly in one class and students get discouraged.  Sometimes I forget when giving corrections, to also give praise.  Some students want to get a certain step or trick, some just want to have fun.  As each family is different, I can also adjust my teaching and correction policy to each student.  The following will also help.
    • Get the music to practice or even listen to at home
    • Video the routine to practice at home (I love it when a parent has a video to look back on if a student was absent or I changed something and didn’t change it in my notes)
    • Have dance night be a family fun night (going out to eat, playing games reading together- whatever your student will associate with awesome dance!)
    • Let me know if your student is struggling with something, I’ll do what I can to help.
    • I will try to always put some fun step and encouragement at the end of class as a reward.
  • Bring a Friend Week/Celebration of Dance: February 22-26. Bring a friend to dance for free.  Fun steps, fun dance games, fun prizes all week. Parents of individual classes are encouraged to get together to have a pizza party in the back room of the studio or bring a snack for the whole class.

Recital costumes, tights and shoes. With most costumes in already, please start looking for the proper color/style of shoes needed for the recital (you will need them for pictures in March)  Yu can go to Bottoms Up in Okemos or I highly recommend www.discountdance.com for tights and shoes  (tights should be light suntan in color for all classes- they should look flesh color/not orangey) My favorites are: Capezio Hold & Stretch Footed tights (style no. 14C) about $9.75 child or (style no. 14) $11.65 adult

If you are in a ballet or lyrical class that wears dance PAWS , you will need the Capezio Convertible or transition tights in /lLT SUNTAN color.  Adult (style no.  1816) $11.40 or Child (style no. 1816c) $9.75

Or the Natalie lowback Seamless Camisole Undergarment (style no. N8301) that is recommended for some classes in order to maintain modesty.  NUDE color.

Use discount code (TP31523) to get 10% off.

  • I am also taking orders for HDC Warm Up jackets and pant sets. I’m sure you’ve all seen the great looking jackets that some dancers are sporting around.  If you missed out at Christmas and want to order now, I’ll send in an order Feb 26th.  $130 for the entire set, $100 jacket only.


  • Recital pictures are scheduled for Sunday March 20th. Order forms will be distributed within the next couple weeks. The schedule is as follows:  I apologize that it is on Palm Sunday. I completely understand if you must skip out because of church or religious views.  I needed to do what was best for MY family.  My hope is that you can worship, then come for pictures (remember that you are not required to purchase pictures but I like a complete group for my wall and the recital program)


Picture Schedule Sunday march 20 At the studio
9:45-10:00   Teacher assistants Tues Pre Dance A
10:00-10:15     Mon More A/B
10:15-10:30   Mon Tap/Ballet 2 A  
10:30-10:45   Mon Jazz/Hip Hop 2 A Mon Midnight Moon A/B
10:45-11:00   Mon Tumb 1/2 A Mon Car Radio A/B
11:00-11:15   Tues Tap/Ballet 1 B Mon Church Clap A/B
11:15-11:30   Mon Baton 1 A/B
11:30-11:45   Tues Lyrical 4 A/B
11:45-12:00   Senior Solo Competition Team-Feel It A/B
12:00-12:15   Tues Jazz 4 Vegas Lights A/B Tues Pointe A/B
12:15-12:30   Tues Hip Hop 4 Uma Thurman A/B  
12:30-12:45   Tues Tap 4/Adv Ex’s and Oh’s A/B Thurs Lyrical 3 B
12:45-1:00   Wed Combo 3/4 B All Dancing With A Wolf A/B
1:00-1:15   Mon Adv Tumb A/B Thurs Jazz/Hip Hop 3 B
1:15-1:30   Thurs Tumb 3 A/B
1:45-2:00   Thurs Tap 3 B Tues Tap 4/Adv 9 to 5 A/B
2:00-2:15   Wed Combo 1/2 B Thurs Adv Baton A/B
2:15-2:30   Wed Pre Combo A
2:45-3:00   Wed Pre Dance B Wed Tumb 4 B
3:00-3:15   Fri Tumb/HH 1/2 A Wed elite tumb A/B
3:15-3:30     Fri Tumb/HH 3/4 A



Dress Rehearsal is TUESDAY MAY 17TH.  The order and approximate times are attached.  Note that the younger girls are earlier, with some of the older girls mixed in.  The recital will NOT be in the same order.  That order will be out within the next couple months.

Heather’s Dance Company  
Dress Rehearsal- Tuesday May 17th  
St. Johns HS Auditorium  
6:00-7:00 Tap 4/Adv- 9 to 5  
Wed. Pre Dance- Goodship Lolipop  
Wed. Pre Combo- Butterfly Princess  
Tues Pre Dance- Baby Face  
Wed. Pre Combo- You’re Cute  
Tues Tap 4/Adv- Ex’s and Oh’s  
Tues Ballet 1-Pretty Ballerina  
Tues. Pointe- Dance of the sugarplum Fairy  
Wed. Combo 1/2- Bee A Dancer  
Mon. Jazz 2- That’s How You Change the World  
Tues.Tap 1 – Dancing on a Dime  
Mon. More  
Mon. Tap 2- Dear Future Husband  
Wed. Lyrical 4- Prisoner  
Mon Midnight Moon  
Mon. Ballet 2- A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes  
Wed. Combo 1/2- City  
7:00-8:00 Competition Team  
Fri. Combo 1/2 -Alice in Wonderland  
Tues. Jazz 4- Vegas Lights  
Mon. Tumb 1/2- Itsy Bitsy  
Fri. Tumb 3/4- Water  
Fri. Tumb/HH 1/2- Make Some Noise  
Thurs. Adv. Baton- Beat It  
Mon. Adv Tumb- Moves Like Jaguar  
Wed. Tumb 4- This is Not a Test  
Thurs. Tumb 3- Go Big or Go Home  
Wed. Elite Tumb- Tell Me Something  
Tues. Hip Hop 4- Uma Thurman  
Wed. Combo 3/4-House of Gold  
Thurs. Lyrical 3- Grow  
Dancing with a Wolf  
Mon. Baton 1- Glow  
Wed. Combo 3/4- Tutti Fruitti  
8:00-9:00 Mon. Church Clap  
Thurs. Jazz 3- Wings  
Thurs. Tap 3- Gonna Wash That Man right Outta  
Mon Car Radio  


January Newsletter and Picture Schedule*

* Note that pictures are on SUNDAY MARCH 20!

Here is the newsletter for January.
Jan 16

Here is the picture schedule for SUNDAY MARCH 20th.
Heather’s Dance Company the A and B indicate which show that class
Picture Schedule Recital Show May 21st will be performing in.
SUNDAY MARCH 20 Show A: 11:00am
at the studio Show B: 3:00pm

9:45-10:00 Teacher assistants AND Tues Pre Dance A
10:00-10:15 Mon More A/B
10:15-10:30 Mon Tap/Ballet 2 A
10:30-10:45 Mon Jazz/Hip Hop 2 A AND Mon Midnight Moon A/B
10:45-11:00 Mon Tumb 1/2 A AND Mon Car Radio A/B
11:00-11:15 Tues Tap/Ballet 1 B AND Mon Church Clap A/B
11:15-11:30 Mon Baton 1 A/B
11:30-11:45 Tues Lyrical 4 A/B
11:45-12:00 Senior Solo AND Competition Team-Feel It A/B
12:00-12:15 Tues Jazz 4 Vegas Lights A/B ANDTues Pointe A/B
12:15-12:30 Tues Hip Hop 4 Uma Thurman A/B
12:30-12:45 Tues Tap 4/Adv Ex’s and Oh’s A/B AND Thurs Lyrical 3 B
12:45-1:00 Wed Combo 3/4 B AND All Dancing With A Wolf A/B
1:00-1:15 Mon Adv Tumb A/B AND Thurs Jazz/Hip Hop 3 B
1:15-1:30 Thurs Tumb 3 A/B
1:45-2:00 Thurs Tap 3 B AND Tues Tap 4/Adv 9 to 5 A/B
2:00-2:15 Wed Combo 1/2 B AND Thurs Adv Baton A/B
2:15-2:30 Wed Pre Combo A
2:45-3:00 Wed Pre Dance B AND Wed Tumb 4 B
3:00-3:15 Fri Tumb/HH 1/2 A AND Wed elite tumb A/B
3:15-3:30 Fri Tumb/HH 3/4 A

December 2015 Newsletter

Heather’s Dance Company
December 2015 Newsletter

• Dance Costume orders are almost complete. I need 5 more costume angels to assist everyone that asked for financial assistance. We had 4 in the HDC Missions fund from the snack table and Swans fund raiser! That is fantastic! If you are able to help, please let me know this week. You may also just write a check to the dance studio and put costume angel in the memo and I will apply it where it needs to go. Thank you so much for everyone that donated to this program. I am always very happy with the generosity of this community, what a blessing to be a part of this!

• If you did not order a costume and planned to order, please get with me this week. I attempted to notify some people via email, but did not hear back from everyone. If you didn’t order and do not plan to be in the recital, no problem, still be in the class, still learn the dance and enjoy the class. It is a great experience. Please note, that in February when costumes begin to come in, they are handed out during class time and a big deal is made of it. Students that are not in the recital should be AWARE that they are not in the recital and will not be getting a costume as we try not to make a big deal out of it when choreographing.

• Christmas Break is Monday December 21st through Friday January 1st . Classes resume on Monday January 4th . Have a wonderful Christmas season.

• With bad weather, please note the studio cancellation policy. Please call or check the studio website or facebook page to know if class is cancelled due to bad weather or not. The studio strives to have class unless absolutely necessary. If school is closed due to bad weather and it clears up, we will still have class. You may call or text my cell phone 517-256-2074 to check or a note will be posted on the studio website and facebook page. http://www.heathersdancecompany.com A decision is made by 12:00 noon.

• When entering the studio, please wipe feet well before entering the dance area to watch class. PLEASE DO NOT WALK ACROSS THE DANCE FLOOR WITH STREET SHOES!

Dress Code: Please note that it is studio policy that all girls wear a leotard to class. All ages and all levels and styles of classes must adhere to this policy.
Why? Because the studio strives to maintain modesty and frankly sometimes we do things in classes that causes the body to shake and move or for the body to be revealed and if not properly covered AND supported, the student (no matter the age) and the teacher and other classmates are uncomfortable and/or embarrassed. (Please NOTE TEENS: A nude color bodysuit (worn under a costume to maintain modesty in case of costume malfunction) is NOT a leotard. Please support the studio in this policy regardless of your view. LEVEL 3, 4 and ADVANCED classes: We will begin a warm up/flexibility series this week that will have you on the floor with legs in the air- please wear shorts or legging (that will stretch a lot) over your leotard.
There are several places to get modest and attractive leotards for all body styles. Basic black is always slimming. Shop on line at Discount Dance Supply and use the studio code (TP31523) to get additional discounts and give the studio credit for props and accessories.
Bottoms Up in Okemos is also a good place to go.
If you do not have/forgot your leotard, there are several to borrow in the tote at the front of the studio. Borrow/wash and return. Dancers need to have their hair back (INCLUDING WHISPYS) away from their faces every week as well.
All students should have the proper shoes NOW for the style of class that they are in. NO BARE FEET!
If you order from Discount Dance Supply, be sure to use our discount code TP31523 to get 10% off.

• Community Parenting: Parents please watch your children in the waiting area. The couches and chairs and tables are not to be stood on or jumped on; it would be preferable to keep these things nice for everyone to enjoy at the studio. Children need to be monitored around the infra red heater that is now in the front of the studio (it is NOT a stool). I completely understand that as adults, we get caught up in chatting with others or phone calls or simply drop off students, however I am implementing a Community Parenting Policy at the studio. If a parent is sitting and observing and students in the waiting area are rough housing or talking loud enough to disrupt the dance class, or get hurt, or being disrespectful, I authorize that parent to step in and gently correct the students. There is NO TUMBLING in ANY of the waiting areas EVER! Please notify Miss Heather if there is a need to step in to make a child listen outside of class. This is for safety as well as respect.

• Make up classes: Remember that if your student missed a class for whatever reason, you are welcome to make up the class at another class of the same level and preferably style. You do not need to notify me when you are coming, just show up. If the same level and style of class is not offered another time during the week, speak to your instructor to see what class would be the best match.

• Citrus Fund Raiser Sale: Unfortunately the citrus sale is a bust. We did not sell the minimum required order and I’ve been trying to coordinate with another organization to pick up at their location. For some reason, the company will not let us do that. I will be returning the packets and funds that were turned into me this week. I’ve already had someone ask if they could just donate it back and the answer is yes, of course. If the people you sold to want to donate it back, it will go toward the new tumbling mats that are already ordered and are on their way within the next couple weeks or the costume angel fund or the financial aid fund.

• Does your student like the class? We are beginning recital routines and with that, there may be a couple weeks where the students are not as active in class as choreography and formations are being explained. I often get comments that students are not moving around as much or are getting bored or not liking the class as much. Please be patient as our goal will eventually be to work on the routine(s) half the class and still do other stuff the other half of the class. Please encourage your students to bring their listening ears each week and to try not to figit and to really pay attention when instructors are explaining the steps. Getting hair back away from the face really well and wearing correctly fitting leotards is very important now as well. If your student is “picking wedgies” in class, please consider having santa bring a dance gift that includes a new larger leotard, bobby pins or headhands and hair bands. Parents, if your student is fighting you on the hair issue, let me know- I’ll put my 2 cents in.

• If you ordered a HDC warm up, hoodie or tshirt, they will be available to pick up at the studio Monday December 14th after 6:30pm. They will be in bags with names on them at the front of the studio by the payment box. I will NOT allow students to go through them as several of them are gifts. If you’d like me to put yours someplace else or send it with someone else, feel free to coordinate with me. You can pick them up ANYTIME during dance studio hours.

• Our Competition Dance Team class starts this week! We are excited to offer this class to the older Hip Hop students. There was not enough enrollment for the younger team. Please be on the lookout for other competition opportunities for some of the classes.

• Supporting Small Businesses: The competition team is selling poinsettias to raise funds for extra costumes, entry fees, etc. If you are interested in buying a poinsettia, please let a competition team member know, sign the form at the snack table, email or text me with an order. Colors available are red, white or pink. Small $15, Large $25. Orders and payment are due this Thursday and they will be delivered next Thurs the 10th.

The competition will also be beginning an Adornable.U Jewelry fundraiser this Thursday Dec 3rd . If you are interested in making a purchase, catalogs will be in the front waiting area. The website to order is http://www.adornableu.com/debbiegould. At the checkout put in hostess name as Heather’s dance.

Costume orders due this week

Don’t forget, recital costume orders are due by November 20th! Costume angel donations are still being accepted. If you need financial assistance, please ask!

Competition Teams enrolling NOW!

Click on the Special Opportunities Page to see information regarding the Hip Hop Competition Teams. As young as 5 years old beginner to 18 year old advanced. Classes start in December and end in March after the final competition.

Bring a Friend to Dance Week

This week, Oct 22-30, students can bring a friend to dance; the friend can participate for FREE! What a great week of FUN!  The friend should be in the age range of the class. 

Indian River Fruit Sale Fund Raiser is due the week. If you didn’t sell fruit, please consider placing an order to support the studio and competition teams. There are order forms on the walls at both ends of the studio. Checks payable to Heathers Danc Co. 

Studio spirit orders are due this week as well. Crystal Bling jackets, sparkly sweatshirts, short sleeve shirts and long sleeve shirts make great Christmas gifts!