August 21-25, 2017

Happy Sunday!

This week includes:

Monday’s schedule sequence: 1st, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd period that will go until 4:16. All classes are the same length except for 4th period and remember there is not 5th period! (Second period Gold, we will be dancing and not watching the eclipse. Per the rules, only Science classes will be going outside to watch the eclipse as it relates to their curriculum.)

Tuesday, normal schedule.

Wednesday, Everyone will be taking the Pre-Assessment in dance for the year. This will give you an idea of what you will be learning this year. This test will not count for a grade. Some dancers will be going to the computer lab and others will be testing in the classroom.

Thursday, normal schedule.

Friday, Mr. Green returns and will be teaching Gold.

****I added a new page reference from Dancemagazine that I believe will be very helpful for understanding alignment. If you had me as a teacher last year, you may be very surprised at the information. Was someone in our classes that wrote the article????!!!!

****Just a reminder to be getting all of your dancewear that you did not order like your undergarments, shoes, hair accessories, etc. When the last order arrives, everyone should be dressed properly or points will be deducted from your grade. We don’t know when the last orders will arrive but as soon as they arrive, we will get them to you!

Have a great rest of your day!

Ms. D




August 14-18, 2017

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful day.

(Everything that is stated below is subject to change. Make sure you are on Remind. This is how we let you know of any last minute changes. )

Fourth period: You will have jazz tomorrow for 4th period and for 5th you will have pointe for the girls and ballet for the guys, like a normal Monday 5th period. Ms. Edwards and I are switching class periods this week due to the fact that she has a doctor’s appointment on Thursday for fourth and fifth periods. I will have you for ballet class on Tuesday and Thursday this week. 5th periods are all normal except on Thursday, all dance majors will have ballet with me in Studio 2. (Normal ballet studio.)

Yes, lady dance majors, pointe begins tomorrow. Please be ready! I even gave you a an extra week to get ready.

Classes will continue with technique and acquiring meaning behind the definitions of vocabulary.

Freshmen Class Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, in the Reece Theatre. Boys are to be called at 8:50 and girls are to be called at 10:10. For all Freshmen, the procedure is to dress out, dance, go the meeting by putting clothes over your dancewear, then when you return, jump back into class. If the meeting is called before you have dressed out, attend the meeting. When you return to class, dress out quickly and join us in class.

Friday schedule: Silver dancers will have Mr. Green and Gold dancers will have Ms. Edwards on Friday. A little background on Mr. Green: He has taught with us for as long as I can remember! (In the 90s). He was a dance teacher at Spellman for over 25 years, director of their dance company, and the director of Spellman’s Cultural Initiatives. He has been a producer and director of many outstanding shows that has included Chita Rivera, Stevie Wonder, Peabo Bryson, etc. to name just a few. Mr. Green has also been the casting director for Walt Disney World. You will love his class!

Have a great week!

Ms. D



Weekly update: 8/7/17

Hello Dancers!

I hope you are feeling a bit more settled in your schedules and are beginning to understand your expectations of all of your classes. As we return to dance class tomorrow, I wanted to provide some helpful information below.

  1. The “School Tardy Policy” is now on my pages for your reference.
  2. Gold group has ballet on Monday and Tuesday, and Modern on Friday.
  3. Silver group has ballet on Wednesday and Thursday and Ms. Edwards on Friday.
  4. PA forms are due by the deadline on Friday.
  5. Cheesecake Kick-Off is Wednesday during 5th period in the Reece Theatre.
  6. Don’t forget that you should have the Ballet Pre-Warm Up written in your journal.


See you tomorrow, Ms. D.

July 31-August 4, 2017

WELCOME BACK!! I hope you have had a great summer and are excited about a new year and gaining  new knowledge that will be exciting!

Right off the bat, I am going to get started…

Monday-Wednesday: we will be reviewing the syllabus and handbook. Our goal is to get you up and moving on Thursday and Friday with Ms. Edwards having a day with you and I will have a day with you. This means you will have a day of ballet and a day of jazz. We will also let you know what you have each day. We will be balancing out the rooms with our numbers and with the talent you return with after the summer of intensives!

Monday: Fifth period will be in the theatre for all of PA!

Friday, August 4: Dance Contracts are due!

More to come…..

Ms. D (For new students, Ms. Denise, a tradition carried over from the ballet world) or (Ms. Reeves)

Week of May 8-13, 2017

Week of May 8-13, 2017

Here we go….it is your week to shine! Are you ready? Do you know when your rehearsals are, have all of your costume items and know all of your choreography? If so, you are going to have a great time.

  1. Rehearsals start tomorrow beginning in 5h period if you have after school rehearsal. Rehearsal concludes at 7:30 on Monday and 6:30 on Tuesday. (I know many of you are still testing all week and I want to get you home as soon as possible. Mr. Parker already has the floor down, so we will be able to use class time on the stage!)

2. Don’t forget that you will be fed on Friday night, but not on Saturday because you are not at school all day. Bring your dinner on Saturday, and we will give you a break to eat.

3. Dress rehearsals start on Wednesday with hair, makeup, costumes, etc. We will be running Friday night’s show and Thursday will be Saturday night’s show. Friday, we will run all of Friday night’s show before the 7:30 evening show.

4. Don’t be late on Saturday because after warm up we will run all of the Saturday night’s show before the evening show.

5. Make sure you have all of your dance items with you this week as you will be dancing all of your styles.

6. Each day, come to the dance studios first, unless we tell you ahead of time.

There will be more reminders, but these are the main ones to start with!

Have a great Sunday!

Ms. D

Week of May 1-5, 2017

Week of May 1-5, 2017

  1. Please note the new Dance Concert Rehearsal Schedule for May 8-13, 2017 attached. Dance Concert Rehearsal Spring 2017. This rehearsal schedule is the one to follow over the one that I sent out last Friday. You will see a couple of changes to the schedule. If you did not get the one on Friday,  simply use the this one. We will also have these posted in the studios for your reference. Please note the time change for Tuesday. Rehearsal will complete at 6:30.

2. Don’t forget that “Drowsy Chaperone” opens this Friday at the Anderson Theatre.

3. Dancewear that was ordered for the concert should be arriving this week.

4. We will finish up the “Nutcracker” this week so we can focus on the concert next week. The following week, the Seniors have their exams!

Have a great week! Stay focused and finish the year stronger than when you started!!!

Ms. D



Week of May 1-5, 2017

Happy Prom Day!

A few quick reminders:

  1. Don’t forget to get your tickets for “Drowsy Chaperone” that opens next Friday!

2. The following is the schedule for our show week, week after next. Remember that it can change depending on what needs the most work to get ready for our shows.


                   Dance Concert Rehearsal and Show Week Schedule

                                                             May 8-13, 2017

                                                Friday, May 12, 2017    7:30 p.m.

                                          Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:30 p.m.


 REHEARSALS RUN EVERY NIGHT UNTIL 7:30 p.m. except Friday and Saturday, when the show starts at 7:30 p.m.


                                                      SCHEDULE SUBJECT  TO  CHANGE      

REMEMBER: If your dance piece is rehearsing, and you are not with your class, you will be pulled from the piece.

 May 8, MONDAY: All Dancers that are rehearsing today report at 5th period until 7:30 p.m.

     5th period: Don Quixote, Jewels, (work it)

                        Mr. Davis’ “Thieves In The Temple”-(run it),

                        Corinne’s “Farewell My Lila”-(work/run it)

                        Cameron’s “Mr. Ailey”-(work/run it)

                        First period purple: ballet, jazz, modern (work it)

 May 9, TUESDAY:  All Dancers that are rehearsing today report at 5th period until 7:30 p.m.                (Off-Kilter-Work it, Don Q, Jewels-Run it)  

 5th period: Third period gold: ballet (Maddie), jazz, modern

                   Second period gold: ballet (Maddie), jazz

                      Third period purple: ballet, jazz, modern

                      First period gold: ballet, jazz

                     Second period purple: ballet, jazz, modern



May 10, WEDNESDAY: Full Dress for Friday’s Show/Everyone 3:31-7:30 p.m.

(All shoes, tights, hair, earrings, etc.) RUN starts ASAP after 4th period


May 11, THURSDAY: Full Dress for Saturday’s Show/Everyone 3:31-7:30 p.m.

(All shoes, tights, hair, earrings, etc.) RUN starts ASAP after 4th period


May 12: FRIDAY:  Complete run through after school before the 7:30 show

RUN starts ASAP after 4th period

Dinner will be provided at the end of the run through.


May 13: SATURDAY:   CALL 3:00-3:15 with warm-up beginning at 3:30 followed by a complete run of Saturday’s night show. Bring your own dinner. Dinner break provided after run through.



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