December Information

Hello Dance Families,

I know its still November, but here is the December newsletter as it contains information that is pertinent still for November.

Here is a link to a PDF copy.  It will also be available on the studio website.!ApmNzAixm-T2gh0ZpW9aE9DfWPsE.

Heather’s Dance Company. December 2017 Newsletter 

  •    *The St. Johns Santa Parade is Friday December 1st.  Dancers are invited to participate in the parade.  We have a small wagon float for the pre and level 1 dancers but you must sign up ahead of time as space is limited.  All dancers are invited to wear glow items and walk in the parade, twirl baton or tumble.  Line up behind the courthouse at 5:30. The parade starts at 5:45pm. Dress Warm 
  • *The competition team will be selling hot soup and chili outside of the studio before, during and after the parade.  It was a great hit last year!  The Disney Team might make a surprise street performance after the parade as well.  

  • *Dance Costume Orders are ready to be placed!  Thank you to everyone for getting everything in on a timely manner.  I am in need of only 2 more costume angels.  We had several take advantage of the funds we had from used shoe donations and other regular donations.  Thank you to everyone that donated to this fund.  I am always very happy with this communities generous and giving hearts to help these kids be able to participate in something they love.  

  • *Christmas break is a little wonky this season.  It is from a Wednesday to a Wednesday.  No class December 20-January 2nd.  (the studio will be open on select days for competition team practices). Regular classes resume Wednesday January 3rd 

  • *With that being said, it is this time of year that parents question whether they pay the full tuition amount in December since it is a short month.  The answer is yes.  All months have an equal payment.  Some months have 2, 3, 4 and some 5 lessons in them.  (no short paying on short months, no extra charge for longer months) For bookkeeping purposes, everything is kept equal.   

  • *Reminder about the studio snow day policy:  If school is cancelled, the studio is NOT necessarily closed as well.  If it clears up, there will still be class.  I make the decision by 12:00-1:00 on the day in question.  It is posted on the studio website and I will often send an email to the affected families. and the facebook and instagram page.  Be sure to like and follow us to get updates.  The same applies it the weather turns bad later in the day.  If you wonder about a class cancellation, check the website and social media or feel free to text me. 517-256-2074 

  • *The competition team is selling poinsettia plants for a fund raiser.  If you would like to purchase one, please get with your favorite competition team dancer, or just email or text me.  Options are: red, pink or white.  6″ plant $15, 8″ plant $25.  Orders due by 10pm Sunday November 26th and delivery to the studio on Thursday November 30th.  Second order due by 10pm Sunday December 3rd with delivery to the studio on Thursday December 7th. Money is due before delivery.  

  • *Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:  As I type this, my Dance at Disney team is traveling to Orlando Florida.  We will all miss Black Friday- (yay!- lol) However for small business Saturday a great way to support the dance studio is to purchase leotards, shoes and accessories from a couple neat places.  The studio’s online shop has items shipped directly to the studio.  The class lists have been updated with cute leotards, sweaters, etc.  You can also access the link from the studio website.  OR if you shop at Discount Dance Supply, be sure to enter the studio code of TP31523 so the studio gets credit for your purchase. (REMEMBER THAT WHEN YOU ORDER THOSE GOLD HIP HOP SNEAKERS)  

  • *Most classes have been working a cute little Christmas dance.  This is just for fun, there is no plan to perform this season.  All classes will begin the recital routines this month.  Remember if you are not participating in the recital, you still learn the routine and be a part of the class.  It is still a great skill to have.  

  • *With how crazy the world is that we live in, I wanted to share a little of my insight about why and what this studio is about.  I love God yes and my goal is if Jesus is sitting in the room or the audience, will he be happy with what he sees.  But along with that there is this: This studio is for ALL body and personality types (that includes tall, not tall, curvy, not curvy, bad knees, bad ankles, flexible, not so flexible, strong, anxious, shy, outgoing, hyper or depressed students). It includes families of ALL types and seasons of life (that includes single or married parents, grandparents, foster, divorced, working, retired, financially stable, struggling, self employed or stay at home families) To know how your student is doing do not compare them to others.  Ask these questions:  Does he/she like it? Are they getting exercise? Are they gaining strength, confidence, social skills? Does it matter if it is at the same rate as another student?  Do they need to be challenged more/less?  Are they and you learning patience, tolerance, compassion?  Are there opportunities for your student to assist others, set a good example, learn from another mistake or success? As a teacher, I go to workshops and conventions and I hear stories about keeping the parents out or at a distance.  Please know this:  I believe that we are partners in your child’s dance and sometimes social skill life. If there is a problem with your child or how he or she is in class, I will contact you.  There may be some skills that some students will never master because of body style or lack of time commitment, but if you are questioning something, I have no problem with anyone asking questions or informing me of something going on with their child that affects them at dance class.  Remember, this studio is NOT the industry norm.  it is never too late to start to dance, although basic ballet strength and technique are important to advance and achieve goals, students can do whatever style they chose.  We are all in this together, to make these young people strong, productive members of society. 🙂  

  • *Make up and missed classes.  Don’t forget that if your child missed a class for any reason, he/she is welcome to make up the class by attending another class of equal or similar level another day of the week.  Don’t worry that the class is learning a different routine.  It’s great for students to experience speed learning in a non stressful way.  If you are not sure, feel free to ask me what/when a suitable make up class would be.  


October/November Information

For Competition Team Information: Click on the Special Opportunities Page!

Additional information sent via email 11/5/17

Recital Costumes:

All classes were shown the recital costumes chosen for their class last week. Order forms were given out as well. Costume pictures are posted on the wall in the hallway and will remain until the recital. Important information regarding tights and shoes and which show each class performs in is also on that wall. Costumes are $65 each. (add $8 for XLA or bigger) The orders and payments are due by Friday November 17th.
The recital date is Saturday May 19th, 2018. The Dress Rehearsal was printed incorrectly on several costume order forms.  The correct date is Tuesday May 8th, 2018.  The venue location has changed to Portland High School this season. You will be able to purchase tickets online again this season at A) a reduced ticket cost, B) a reduced online fee and C) discounts for purchasing both shows. Each class is scheduled to perform in one or both shows A (11am) or B (3:30pm) Please check each of your students classes, if sibling are in different shows, now is the time that I can correct that. I cannot do it once it is closer to the shows.
Tights and shoes are not included in the cost of the costumes. We will have the opportunity to purchase tights together at a reduced cost in January of 2018.
Measure big for the costume orders. When in doubt, go bigger. Most fit smaller than street clothes and we want them to fit in May and beyond. The girth is the most important measurement. Measure from the left shoulder, done through the crotch and back up to the left shoulder getting an entire torso measurement. Ask for assistance if in doubt.

Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fund Raiser:

Thank you to everyone that participated in or donated to the fund raiser. We are able to purchase new sound equipment at this time and are looking at adding some video equipment as well. Your support is greatly appreciated.
The top sellers are as follows: Congratulations!
29 items Lorelai Vallo, 22 items Emma Wellman, 17 items Taryn Schafer and Adrianna Price. These ladies will all receive a new leotard! (Be sure to get with Miss Heather with your size and color choice) Loraelai will receive $10 off her recital costume!
If you would still like to donate, please feel free to put a check or cash and note fundraiser donation.

Other Random Information:

#1 There is no class on Tuesday October 31 for Halloween! Makeup day is Tuesday November 21st, when there normally would not be class during the week of Thanksgiving.
#2 Competition Team information is now available. This is open to students in a level 3 or higher class. There is a lot of information, please feel free to ask about it.
#3 The Dance at Disney Team leaves in 4 weeks to perform at Walt Disney World!
#4 There are several families that need financial aid to afford dance costumes (which are due right before Christmas). The studio has a very successful costume angel fund. If you are in need, please let Miss Heather know. If you can donate, please just mark the envelope as Costume Angel donation. We have very generous families here and we have never had to turn someone down that needs and wants a costume.
#5 Observers are distracting to the both the students and the instructors. Please WAIT to enter the observer area between classes. Wait in the hall for your class to be called in. Sound even travels from the hall and waiting areas. Take loud younger siblings to the back room so they do not distract the class. Do not talk on your cell phone in the dance area, do to the back room please.
#6 There is no class the week of Thanksgiving for Wed, Thurs or Friday classes. Monday classes are to make up for Labor Day, Tuesday classes are to make up for Halloween.
#7 Christmas Break is Wed Dec 20th to Tues Jan 2nd.
#8 Be sure to have the correct and well fitting shoes each week. All dancers must wear a leotard each week and hair back!




Dance Costume Order Forms Just Dance 2018


The dance recital Just Dance 2018 will be held at the Portland High School on Saturday May 19th at 11:00am (Show A) and 3:30pm (Show B).  The dress rehearsal is Tuesday May 8th (2 weeks before the show) at Portland High School 1100 Ionia Rd., Portland, MI  48875

This information has been updated effective 10/17/17  please disregard all prior information.

With this venue change, the price of the recital tickets will be lower than last season!  Price and information forthcoming.

The recital costume order forms are due November 19th, 2017.  Before Thanksgiving break.  Please return your form regardless of you intent to participate.  If you need or can participate in the costume angel program, please contact Mrs. Heather at

Each class has a specific costume order form, depending on the company I will order the costume from.  The costume picture that is on the wall of the studio has a CG, or a RD, or a W on the bottom. That is your code for what form to use.  If you give me the wrong form, don’t worry, I will transfer the measurements to the correct company.




Season Start Information

It’s not too late to register.  Several classes still have room in them, register online

Here is the link to the September studio newsletter

September 17

The used shoes at the front of the studio can be swapped out or purchased for $10.  The funds go toward the Costume Angel Fund.

The snack table at the dance studio is stocked each week by a different Disney Team member.  Funds from the snack table go toward that individual’s costuming needs. Bring your change, each item is $.75

Here is the link to order dance shoes from the online storefront.  Search for the style and level of the class your student in in.  It will show you leotards, tights, bags and shoes recommended for each class.

Here is the link to support the Dance at Disney Team’s Pampered chef Fund Raiser.  The team has several additional costume requirements that 20% of your sales will go toward. Orders Due by Sept 14th

Here is the link to Order Little Caesars Pizza Kits to support the Dance studio Fall FundRaiser.  These funds will go toward studio updates like video equipment and furniture.  Orders Due by October 16th




Classes with register option by age and level.

Ages and classes level are guidelines. If the skill is present, adjustments can be made. Each class is designed to be taken 2 years in a row. Older beginners welcome and encouraged.

2-3 year olds (Pre Dance)

3-4 year olds (Pre Combo)

5-6 year olds (Level 1)

5-9 year olds (Level 1 and 2 – multi level classes)

7-9 year olds (Level 2)

7-12 year olds (Level 2 and 3 – multi level classes)

10-12 year olds (Level 3)

10-18 year olds (Level 3 and 4 – multi level classes)

12-18 year olds (Level 4)

12-18 year olds (Advanced/Elite classes)

Competition Team and Dance at Disney (ages 9 and up)


It is not too late to register for dance classes.  Only a few classes are full to capacity.  Here is the update schedule effective 8/31/17- note some time changes for Wednesday in particular.

Feel free to email or text/call 517-256-2074 with questions on levels or requirements.

The season is from Sept – May.  Our annual recital is the 3rd weekend in May.  All classes (except turns and leaps) participate in the recital.  Participation in the recital is encouraged, but not required.  Costumes at $65 and orders are due before Thanksgiving.

View our 2017-2018 Class Listings with Register Option


4:30-5:00. Pre Dance

5:00-5:30  Tap 2

5:30-6:00 Ballet/Lyrical 2

6:00-6:30 Jazz/Hip Hop 2

6:30-7:00 Tumbling 2

7:00-7:45 Tap 4/Adv

7:45-8:30 Ballet/Lyrical 4

8:30-9:15 Jazz/Hip Hop 4



4:00-4:45 Pointe

4:45-5:30 Tumbling 4/Adv

5:30-6:00 Tap 1

6:00-6:30 Ballet 1

6:30-7:00 Jazz/Hip Hop 1

7:00-7:30 Tumbling 1

7:30-9:00 Advanced Dance (Ballet/Lyrical, Jazz/Hip Hop)



4:45-5:30 Combo 1 and 2 (tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tumbling)

5:30-6:15 Pre Combo (tap, ballet, hip hop and tumbling)

6:15-6:45 Pre Dance (ballet, hip hop, tumbling, creative movement)

6:45-7:30 Combo 3 and 4 (tap, ballet/lyrical, jazz, hip hop, baton)

7:30-8:30 Adv/Elite Tumbling



4:00-4:45 Pre Combo (tap, ballet, hip hop, and tumbling)

4:45-5:30 Adv Baton

5:30-6:00 Tap 3

6:00-6:45 Ballet/Lyrical 3

6:45-7:30 Jazz/Hip Hop 3

7:30-8:15 Tumbling 3 and 4

8:15-9:15 Disney Team (Sept-Nov)

8:15-9:15 Competition Team (Dec-Mar)



4:30-5:15 Turns and Leaps (Sept-Nov)

5:15-6:00 Tumbling 2 and 3

6:00-6:45 Ballet/Jazz 1 and 2

6:45-7:30 Ballet Technique and routine 3 and 4 and Adv

7:30-8:15 Lyrical Dance 3 and 4


Open Enrollment Open House Tues Aug 22nd 3-7pm

**There has been a slight change in the schedule effective 8/18/17.  If it affected a class you enrolled in already, you were already notified.

Stop by the studio between 3-7 on Tuesday August 22  to…

Register for classes

Ask questions about the schedule

See what kind of shoes you should wear

Meet the teacher’s

See the studio

Ask questions about what style or level to enroll in

Get the season calendar

Special enrollment deals.

Pick up recital videos from 2016 season

Support the dance at Disney Team by ordering Schwans and having it delivered directly to your home.

use this link to support the dance at Disney team!