New Virtual Classes Start March 30, 2020

Get started with Zoom:
Zoom is a free app/online download. If you’d like to use your phone or tablet you can download the app through your Google Playstore or Apple App Store. If you are using your computer, you can download here: https://zoom.us/signup. You will need to have this app in order to participate in the class. This allows everyone to see each other and the teacher to answer any questions you have while also ensuring you are dancing safely and correctly. Classes will be 20-40 minutes, depending on the level and style. Assuming you are dancing in your bedroom, basement, living room, etc., we will do our best to give you a complete, yet modified class. All dancers can take classes at their level or below, but may NOT take a class at a higher level as we don’t want you to practice incorrectly or hurt yourself.

To join the class: simply click on the link to the class listed under the “Zoom schedule”. That tab will log you right in to the class (or waiting room if you’re a few minutes early). If you are having issues accessing the class feel free to call or text Miss Heather at 517.256.2074. Feel free to give the link to caregivers as needed if parents are still at work during the class.

You can also find the zoom links, the meeting ID, and passwords on our HDC  Calendar

What to wear:  Dancers can wear whatever is comfortable to move in. If you’d like to put on leotard and tights to have some “normalcy” during this time, feel free- I actually recommend it! If you want to wear yoga pants and a t-shirt, that is fine too. Please avoid super short shorts (because we can see you at home) and baggy pants (because we can’t offer any corrections without seeing your legs). Typical dance shoes are best.

What you need: 

  • Find any space that you can move around without too much around you. If the weather is nice, feel free to dance outside!
  • Pre Dance and Pre Combo: need a scarf this week.
  • Tumbling: have space, all levels need a stuffed animal of some type.
  • Ballet classes (level 1 & up): find something to use as a barre such as a wall, counter, or chair. Ballet barres are traditionally 42-44” off the ground. You can do ballet on carpet or hardwood/laminate, just make sure you wont kick anything.
  • Jazz, Hip Hop class: Find a space that you can lay on the ground comfortably and move around without too much around you.
  • Tap Classes: If possible, find any floor in your house that isn’t carpet. Laminate, hard wood, etc. work best. Title is difficult and sometimes too slippery. A piece of plywood or cardboard will stop your floors from being marked up.

All classes have been modified to accommodate a smaller space than the traditional dance studio, so you should be able to take class in your bedroom (great excuse to clean your room!), basement, family room, or kitchen.

​Remember teachers will also be teaching in their homes (my dogs and cats really like to videobomb), so it’ll be a learning process for everyone!

Here is the daily zoom class schedule. Remember that you can take any class that is of the same level or below what you are currently enrolled in.

 

Calendar for ZOOM Classes

 

Heather’s Dance Co (HDC) families,

I am praying this virus is stopped in such a miraculous way that only GOD gets the glory! We are adapting every day to what the new “temporary” normal is looking like and are excited to announce that our new normal includes LIVE online classes starting next week, but kicking off with a dance party Friday night! We were excited to get content onto the YouTube channel Heather Reed- HDC Youtube Videos, emailed out and put on the band app this week to help us get through March, but it appears we may be social distancing for a bit longer. This method allows us to reach our families, connect with the dancers, and still provide you a quality dance experience the best way we can, given the circumstances.

While we were originally closed for Spring Break next week, it seems that now is the time kiddos and families need routine and activities to stay positive. We are hoping to be a positive part of your day and something for your kiddos to look forward to. Our faculty will be offering these exclusive LIVE online classes for all current HDC families through Zoom video conferencing starting Monday, March 30that regular class times. We have had great success testing this model out with a few teens and parents over this week and are excited to expand our offering to every age and level.

Check out more details about the HDC website- Zoom Classes You can pick to join in for any class time at your level or below. (This is a great opportunity to make up missed lessons)

PARENTS OF TEENS : I would love to send your dancer his or her own invite to each class, if you reply to this email with your dancer’s name and phone number or email address or both, I will invite them to each of their classes.

Kicking it off with a ZOOM Dance party Friday night!  Friday March 27th 7:00pm-7:30pm ages 2-9 (levels pre, 1, and 2)  7:45pm-8:15pm ages 10 and up (levels 3, 4 and adv) Be ready for a dance scavenger hunt, awesome beats, and a dance challenge!  DANCE PARTY AGES 2-9 Meeting ID: 606 461 238 Password: 073718  DANCE PARTY AGES 10 AND UP  Meeting ID: 997 299 881Password: 006875

 

Test for parents and teens Thursday March 26th at 7:00pm  Set everything up and join this test meeting before Friday night. TEST ZOOM MEETING  Meeting ID: 452 711 780 Password: 009311

*At this point we are hoping we can reopen the physical studio on April 14 or 15th.  Time will tell, but everything scheduled after that date is currently still happening.

**Pictures have been tentatively moved to the day of the Recital.  (definitely not my first choice due to hecticness, but we will do what we need to do) Recital tickets will go on sale Saturday April 25 at 10am.

***April and May tuition is due as usual. May classes will now be extended until May 22nd (possibly beyond) Log into the parent portal Parent Portal HDC to pay with a credit or debit card,  send tuition via paypal as a friend heathersdancestjohns@gmail.com, or mail a check to the studio 221 N. Clinton Ave. St. Johns, MI  48879

While we are hoping most families will join us for these online classes and continue to support the dancers and studio, we realize this may not be suitable for everyone. If you are not able to join in the zoom classes or are having a financial hardship due to this pandemic and are seeking financial aid in the form of tuition assistance, more time to pay, or to drop your students class, please email Miss Heather at heathersdancestjohns@gmail.com or reply to this email.

If you able and interested in donating to the studio at this time we would appreciate any amount of support. Your donation will ensure that Heather’s Dance Company can continue to pay our teachers and stay open via zoom during this pandemic, so that when the social distancing/quarantine does end, and it will, we can still be here to share our love of dance with you and the community as we have done for 25 years. Make your donation Donation Portal today (to log in use email: hdcmissions@gmail.com password Dancedonation2020) and help keep the arts alive.

As always, we are so thankful for the wonderful families of this community. Whether you are needing aid, joining us for online classes, or making a donation we value each and every one of you. We hope you and your family are staying safe and doing well. Please note that Miss Heather and staff will be praying for each family individually this weekend throughout the weekend. Please reach out to us if there is anything (even beyond dance) that we can do to help you and your family during this time.

Thank you for your continued support of our studio, our staff, and the arts,

Dancingly Yours,

Miss Heather

The Studio is temporarily closed

Until the restrictions are lifted due to the COVID-19 virus, the studio will be closed.  Please stay tuned to your email accounts and the studio BAND app to stay updated with virtual class links and challenges.  We know that it is not the same as being in the studio, but we are all in this together.

Miss Heather

 

March Newsletter 2020

Heather’s Dance Company  

March Newsletter 2020…. Recital Info Just Dance 2020…..CONFIDENCE month.  

 

PARENT NIGHT OUT with Miss Heather and Miss Emma. March 6th 8:00-11:00pm Bring jammies, sleeping bags and pillows, kids will craft, dance a little, snuggle and hang out for 3 hours.  Parents go out and have a good time.  $20 donation for up to 3 kiddos.  

 

  DANCE CAMPS MARCH 21ST.  $40 for the first student, $30 for additional siblings.  God’s Little Princess AND PRINCE camps ages 3-6 10:00am-12:00pm, ages 7-12 12:30pm-2:30pm, learn manners, how to care for a royal dog, dance, be a girl of God. Teens age 13-18 3:00-5:00pm we will still dance and such, but we will chat more about how to deal with the junk the world throws at these young gals and guys.  

Register under events from your parent portal.  

Event Registration 

 

Lots of Info In 1 place.  If a link does not work yet, check back as it will be before the end of the month.  

Note* the only thing required is to be at Dress Rehearsal and to be at the show- none of these extras are required, only offered as extra comforts.  

 

RECITAL RULES AND GUIDELINES    – Read this to know what to expect Recital Guidelines 2020 

 

PICTURES: Picture Schedule: Picture Schedule 2020      Pictures are Saturday April 11th, 2020 at the dance studio. Each Class has its own appt time.  You are not required to purchase pictures, but please still come to get a complete group photo for the studio wall  

 

Pre Purchase picture packages online.  

 

 Memory Makers is excited to be your Official Dance Photographer for your upcoming photos! Before we capture your photographs, we would like to offer you our pre-order option. Pre-order online today, and skip the line on photo day. If you are not comfortable ordering online, our friendly staff will be happy to assist you on picture day. Most importantly, make sure you remember to bring your smile! 

Online ordering for your photos at: 

Heather’s Dance- Dance – April 11th, 2020 is now OPEN! 

** ONLINE PRE-ORDERING CLOSES: April 6th, 2020 @ 11:00PM CST ** 

Simply click the link below: 

https://memorymakersinc.simplephoto.com/
and enter code: hedan20 

**THIS ENSURES OUR TEAM HAS TIME TO PREPARE THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK AND  GUARANTEE NO PHOTOS ARE MISSED ON PICTURE DAY. FOR THESE REASONS, ONLINE PRE-ORDERING WILL NOT BE REOPENED.** 

 

DRESS REHEARSAL: THURSDAY APRIL 30TH at Grand Ledge HS Auditorium 6:00-9:30pm (Families are not required to stay the entire time.  

Dress Rehearsal Schedule 2020 

 

RECITAL TICKETS GO ON SALE APRIL 6TH 10:00AM $10 per ticket, if purchasing for both shows (at the same time) there is a $2 discount per ticket for the second show. (note- you can order, tickets, recital video’s, flowers and t-shirts all from this site starting April 6th. – One and Done!)- $1.40 fee also applies 

Note that the GL HS Auditorium has a Balcony, be sure to click on the correct area to purchase your tickets.  

Purchase Dance Recital Tickets Here- Open April 6th 10am 

 

How do you know what show to buy tickets for? Your student’s class costume picture shows what show she or he is in.  If your student is in BOTH shows, please consider volunteering backstage for one of the shows and watching the other.  Backstage and dressing room volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check.  Each Show has a sign up sheet and description of duties in the parent area.  Please sign up if you plan to stay in the dressing room or backstage areas.  

 

PRE ORDER RECITAL FLOWERS Because our show is on Mothers Day weekend and our past experience is that it is difficult to get quality flowers at an affordable price this weekend.  Therefore we are trying 48 Stems and pre ordering rainbow bouquets this season.  Order your dancer a 3 or 6 stem bouquet of rainbow roses before April 28th. They will be delivered and ready for you to pick up at the recital.  

       

Order Recital Flowers Here 

 

ADVERTISE IN THE RECITAL PROGRAM Advertise your business, send a special good luck note to your Dancer.  Business Card Size $40, Half Page Size $50, Full page size $60, Full Page front of the Program $70, Corporate Advertisement $200.  Email electronic files to heathersdancestjohns@gmail.com  Advertisements due by April 30th 

Forms at the studio in the parent area. 

Advertise in Recital Program 2020 

 

PROFESSIONAL RECITAL VIDEO ORDERS The recital is always professionally recorded by our videographer.  Shows are available on DVD with menu options.  DVD’s are ready mid July.  Purchase 1 show that you will pick up at the studio for $25, shipped  to your home $32, both shows picked up $45, shipped $57.   

Orders will be taken through the month of June. Forms are at the studio and will be at both shows.  

Recital Video Order Form 

 

RECITAL T-SHIRT  Just Dance 2020 Recital T-shirt with sparkly front. Prices and sample to arrive soon.  Please check the paper on the studio wall in the parent area to be sure student name is spelled correctly as that is what is printed on the back of all the t-shirts.  The link to order will be updated soon.  

      

 

Recital tshirts 2020 

 

Show A ORDER 11:00AM SHOW 

 

Show B ORDER  3:30PM SHOW 

Parent Night Out Event!

Friday March 6th 8:00pm-11:00pm

Impromptu Parent Night out by Miss Heather and Miss Emma. Student and siblings ages 3 years old to 15 year old can come hang out at the studio. We will craft, dance a little, watch a movie, tiktok? (maybe), play games, eat a snack. $20 minimum donation per family of up to 3 siblings. Bring jammies, lovies, blankets or sleeping bags to snuggle on the dance floor. 🙂 3 hours for parents to go out and do parent things. 🙂 If you need to drop off earlier, arrangements can be made, but there is a class happening at the studio so we would need to stay in the waiting area. Contact Miss Heather if you need this service.

 

Register for the Parent Night Out!

Wednesday February 26th classes are canceled due to weather and road conditions.

Bring a friend week will be next week for these classes.

Spirit month! and Show me the LOVE!

Monday February 17: president day- yes there is still class
February is spirit month!
February 3-7 beach week- wear beach clothes
February 10-14 Disney week- This is the week before the Disney team leaves, dress anything Disney related
February 17-21 crazy hair week- how crazy can you get your hair, and still dance?
February 24-28 celebration of dance week and bring a friend to dance!
HOPE, LOVE, EQUALITY, KINDNESS, INCLUSION: FOR THIS MONTH WE WILL BE OFFERING STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE VALENTINE DAY (OR JUST FRIENDLY) CARDS FOR RESIDENTS OF HAZEL FINDLAY AND OTHER AREA NURSING HOMES. STUDENTS CAN MAKE THEM AT THE STUDIO OR HOME AND BRING/LEAVE THEM AT THE STUDIO.  WHEN WE HAVE 100, WE WILL GET THEM TO WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT WILL BE BLESSED BY THEM.