News letter

December & January Newsletter

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us and all the hustle and bustle that goes with it! The studio will be CLOSED for the holiday vacation beginning on Monday, December 19th through Saturday, December 31st 2022, re-opening on Monday, January 2nd 2023. The studio will be OPEN for ALL classes on Monday, January 16th 2023, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Twinkle Toes our mischievous and funny elf is back at the studio for the holiday. She will be moving around daily, so look for her when you come into the studio. She is very clever and she loves to hide in some funny places.

Parents/Guardians that placed apparel orders through our online store will be notified as soon as we receive the order at the studio.

Just a reminder that tuition is based on an annual fee, divided into equal monthly payments and are the same each month, (with the exception of the month of June which will be half price), regardless if it is a short month (2 classes) or long month (5 classes). Monthly tuition is due on the 1st of each month, with a grace period until the 15th of the month. If paid after the 15th, an additional $15.00 late fee will be added. Students may schedule up to SEVEN FREE make-up classes for their first class and one extra make-up class for each additional class taken from September to February 1st 2023. This is to offset any missed classes due to illness, snow days, holidays (Thanksgiving & Memorial Day) and recital dates. Students do not have to miss a class to schedule make-up classes. These 7 classes are free and we encourage students to use them, as you will gain more classes in the season. Please note that the December holiday break, February and April school vacation weeks are not included in the make-up classes as they are not part of your yearly tuition charges. Students may only schedule three make-up classes total per month and cannot be scheduled in the same class. The month of June is a SHORT month due to Dress Rehearsal and Recital. June tuition will be half price. The Dress Rehearsal will count as a class in the month of June. If you take advantage of the make-up policy, you will gain more classes during the annual season. Call the studio or email us to schedule your make-up classes. If you do not attend the make-up class that you scheduled, that class will count as one of your free make-up classes.

If a student would like to withdraw from a class, it must be done before the NEW month begins. You can call or send an email. If you do not withdraw before the new month, you will be responsible for that month’s tuition.

The Recital dates are: Friday, June 9th 2023 (Show 1) and Saturday, June 10th 2022 (Show 2 & Show 3) at Leominster High School. Dress Rehearsal dates are: Tuesday, June 6th and Wednesday, June 7th 2023 also at Leominster High School. There will be one show on Friday and two shows on Saturday. Most students will be in two or more shows, with the exception of the Creative Movement ages 2.5 – 3yrs (Monday 4:00pm., Saturday 10:00am and Saturday 12:00pm), Thursday 4:00pm Hip Hop/Tap ages 4-6yrs, Friday 4:00pm Ballet/jazz ages 4-6yrs and Saturday 11:00am Trio class ages 4-6yrs will be in One show on Saturday. If a student is in two combo classes per week, they may be in two separate shows. More information will be given out at a later date.

We have extended the Recital costume deposits due date to December 1st 2022 due to the Thanksgiving break. There is a $50.00 deposit per costume and must be CASH or CHECK only. Please do not combine costume deposits with monthly tuition. A $10.00 late fee per costume will be added if paid after the extended due date. Once an order is placed, costumes are non-refundable and you will be responsible for the balance due on the costumes that are ordered, even if the student drops a class.

During the month of December, we will be measuring and sizing students for recital costumes. The cost for costumes will range from $68.00 - $90.00, depending on the type of costume ordered and age group of the class. We do try to allow for some growth, but each company is different and all we have to go by is a size chart that is provided by each individual company. Invoices for the balance of costumes will go out in February.

Students that are participating in our annual end of the year recital will be required to pay a mandatory Recital Fee in the amount of $40.00 per student and a discounted rate of $50.00 for families who have more than one student dancing in the recital. The recital fee will include an edited video download link for ALL THREE SHOWS, free admission for the dancer to sit in the audience and enjoy the show and one appreciation medal per student. If the dancer is 3yrs and under they must sit on the lap of a parent/guardian. Miss Tanya’s School of Dance is one of the only studios in the area that allow students to sit with their families in the auditorium to watch the show, instead of remaining backstage or in a cafeteria.

The video company that we have hired to professionally video all three shows is Media Creations. We have contacted numerous video companies and all are now only doing digital video recording and this company came highly recommended and had the best price. Media Creations will also offer additional items once the initial media package is purchased through the recital fee, such as a DVD’s, Blu-rays, USB’s and individual routines at discounted prices that will be on their order form, which will be in the recital packet emailed in May.

No one will be allowed to record the recital and no flash photography will be allowed. Each show will have staff members that will be monitoring the audience and we kindly ask that you abide by this rule. Invoices will be emailed out in January and payments will be due in February. Payment is cash or check only.

Photos by Jenn will be our official photographer for the recital. She will be at both Dress rehearsals for individual photos. More information will be given out in the recital packet.

Instructors will begin to teach recital routines in the month of February and make-up classes will not be allowed. Instructors will be videotaping the entire class for educational purposes ONLY when teaching recital routines. Videos are used as a teaching tool for students to see correct formations, choreography and musicality. Recital videos will NEVER be posted on social media, so we ask that students and parents do not post any videos on social media.

Winter is here, which means snow storms and cancellations! If schools are closed, the studio may still be OPEN, as we do not always follow the school schedule. To check if the studio is closed, please call the studio ONE hour prior to the start of your scheduled class and a recording will be on the answering machine regarding cancellations. You can also check our web-site www.Misstanyasdance.com or the studio Facebook page.

At this time Miss Tanya, Miss Tammy, Mr. Dylan, Miss Brianna, Miss Alexxis, Miss Brittany, Miss Leah,
Miss Mary and Miss Brooke and the front desk staff, Emma & Judy would like to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday and a very happy and safe New Year!!!!!

 

October & November 2022 Newsletter

The fall season is upon us and the first month of dance has gone very well! Students are settling into their class schedules. It is great to see smiling faces and hearing laughter and music coming from all three studios again!!

As a reminder tuition is due on the 1st of each month, with a grace period until the 15th. If tuition is paid after the 15th of the month, an additional $15.00 late fee will be added. This policy will be strictly enforced. Again, this season we DO NOT offer the automatic payment option. Payments can be made at the studio, on our website or it can be sent in an envelope (check or cash) with the student and given to their instructor.

All students should have the proper dance attire and shoes by October 8th 2022. Required shoes can be purchased at Dancers Boutique located on John Fitch Highway in Fitchburg, MA. NO STREET SHOES ARE ALLOWED in the studios.

IMPORTANT DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR!!

The studio will be OPEN on Monday, October 10th 2022 (Columbus Day)

Wear Your Halloween Costume to Class for all Creative Movement classes, Pre-School Combo classes and beginner classes ages 5+. Listed below are the classes:
The week of October 24th through October 29th 2022 the following classes will be allowed to wear their costumes to class. We ask that students wear costumes that they can dance in, as they will not take them off. We will play Halloween dance games and each student will receive a coloring page to bring home. Creative Movement ages 2.5 – 3yrs (Monday 4:00pm & Saturday 10:00am), Pre-School Combo classes ages 4-6 (Thursday 4:00 Hip Hop/Tap, Friday 4:00 Ballet/Jazz and Saturday 11:00am Trio class, Monday 5:00pm Intro Ballet/Jazz ages 5&6, Saturday 9:00am Acro ages 5+, Tuesday 4:00pm Ballet ages 6+, Tuesday 5:00pm Jazz ages 6+, Wednesday 5:00pm Hip Hop ages 6+ and Saturday 12:00pm Hip Hop ages 6+ classes ONLY. Unfortunately, due to Covid guidelines and some students with allergies, the studio will not give out any candy.

The studio will be CLOSED on Monday, October 31st 2022 – Halloween. Please schedule a make-up class.

The studio will be OPEN on Friday, November 11th 2022 (Veterans Day).

The studio will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving break, beginning on Wednesday, November 23rd through Saturday, November 26th 2022.

Make-up Class Policy

Students may schedule up to seven free make-up classes for their first class and one make-up for each additional class taken from September 2022 to February 2023 to offset any missed classes due to illness, snow days, Holidays (that we are closed), Thanksgiving Break and Recital dates. Students may only schedule three make-up classes per month and cannot be scheduled in the same class for two consecutive weeks. Please take advantage of this benefit, as you will gain more classes in the annual season. It is your responsibility to call to schedule individual make-up classes.
We are a “paperless” studio (with the exception of some company notices). Please check with the front desk staff to make sure that we have a correct email on file to receive important information including newsletters, recital information, any weather-related class cancellations, etc.

We are asking that parents/guardians please be on time to drop -off and pick-up your child/children, as we are not allowed to have them wait in our wait areas due to Covid guidelines. Students will NOT be allowed in a class if they are 10 minutes late. If you are going to be late to pick-up your child/children, please call the studio so that we can make arrangements. If a parent is more than 5 minutes late, you will be charged a fee unless a phone call has been made to the studio.

Our tentative dates for our 18th annual recital are Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th 2023 at Leominster High School. There will be two separate dress rehearsals. The tentative dates are: Tuesday, June 6th and Wednesday, June 7th 2023 at Leominster High School.

An invoice for recital costume deposits in the amount of $50.00 per costume will be sent out via email in October and payment will be due on or before Monday, November 26th 2022, if you are planning on participating in our annual recital. If paid after the due date, a $10.00 late fee per costume will be added weekly thereafter. Cash or Checks ONLY made payable to Miss Tanya’s School of Dance are accepted. NO credit cards please!!! You may come into the studio or send in a payment in a sealed envelope with the student’s name on it. Students will give envelopes to their instructor. We are also asking that you not include monthly tuition with costume deposits. We will send out separate invoices in October with the amount that will be due for each student’s costume deposits. We will be measuring students in the month of December and we do try to allow for some growth. Unfortunately, once costumes are ordered, they CANNOT be cancelled for any reason. Parents/guardians are responsible for all costume balances, even if the student decides to drop out of a class or if the studio is ordered to close by the state of Massachusetts or if we cannot have an in-person recital. An invoice for the recital costume balances will be sent by email in the month of February.

Let’s all work together to try and stay healthy this season. If your child has a fever, chills, cough, muscle & body aches, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, please do not send them to class. Call and schedule a make-up class. While we have procedures for the studio to follow today regarding Covid, we may be required to change in the future based on the recommendations of the state of Massachusetts, CDC and medical professionals. If there are any changes, we will update them on our website and send out emails. Our number one priority is the safety and health of our students, families and staff.

Winter is right around the corner, which means snowstorms and cancellations. To check if the studio is closed, please call the studio one hour prior to the start of your scheduled class or check our website www.misstanyasdance.com and our Facebook page. It is your responsibility to check if the studio is open. Unfortunately, we cannot call all students to notify them of cancellations. If schools are closed, the studio may still be OPEN.

Thank you
MTSD Staff

 

September 2022

We at Miss Tanya’s School of Dance, would like to welcome and thank you for choosing us to educate your child/children in the art of dance! We hope that your child/children will have a wonderful experience, filled with lots of fun, while gaining dance knowledge and making new friends! During these unprecedented times, we hope to bring some normalcy back into our students lives.

Miss Tanya’s School of Dance teaches five basic dance philosophies:
1.To provide the finest dance environment for students to succeed to the best of their individual ability.
2.To treat and work with each student as an individual.
3.To realize physical and mental strengths and weaknesses of each student.
4.To provide an environment that encourages confidence, self-esteem and technical growth.
5.To provide a qualified and certified staff to teach proper technique and self-worth.

Classes begin on Monday September 12th 2022. September tuition due date will be extended until Saturday, September 24th 2022. If payment is made after the extended date a $15.00 late fee will be added. You can pay on our website (the payment button is at the very bottom of the home page on our website) or send a check or cash in a sealed envelope with the students name clearly written on it and they can give it to their instructor. Parents are always welcome to come into the studio to make a payment. The new parent portal will be delayed until November.

Tuition is based on an annual fee, divided into 10 monthly payments from September 2022 - June 2023. Vacation weeks and some holidays are taken into calculation when establishing tuition prices and you are not charged for them. Payments are the same for the months of September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May. June tuition is half price. Tuition is not prorated if a month only has 2 weeks or increased if the month has 5 weeks. The average yearly season is based on 33.5 weekly classes. Dress rehearsal in the month of June is considered a class. Tuition is non-refundable and will not be prorated to accommodate for missed classes. Tuition is due the 1st of each month with a grace period until the 15th of the month, with the exception of the month of September and June. Payments can be cash, check or credit card for tuition only. Competition fees, competition costumes, recital costume deposits and recital costume balances are cash or check only. We are accepting payments on our website or you can come into the studio.

Emails were sent out to students that were missing some of the required forms or had not paid the registration fee. If you received an email, please send back the forms as soon as possible. The Covid in-studio form is required to allow a student in the classroom.

Newsletters will be sent by email again this season; no hard copies will be distributed through the studio. If you have changed your email address, please let the front counter staff know, so that we can update it in your account. Newsletters will be posted on our website.

Students may schedule up to 7 free make-up classes in advance for their first class and one make-up class for each class taken from September 2022 – February 2023 to offset any missed classes due to illness, snow days, holidays (Thanksgiving & Memorial Day) & Recital. Make-up classes must be scheduled in advance by calling the studio 978-343-7700 or coming in.

The wait areas will remain closed this season. We have discovered that with less noise and distractions coming from the lobby, our students have stayed more focused and remain in the classroom without curiosity of what may be happening in the lobby. Parents are always welcome to come into the studio to make payments, inquire about their account or check on their child/children.

There will be a drop-off and pick-up only policy for students. Students may only be dropped off 3 to 5 minutes prior to the start of their class and please pick students up on time, as we cannot have them in the lobby area. All students will enter through the main entrance. Cubies will be used for student’s belongings. Water only is allowed in the studio, but NO food.

*Guidelines for the Creative Movement class ages 2.5 – 3yrs (45-minute class) – One parent/guardian will be allowed in the class with their child.

*Guidelines for classes ages 4-6, Intro Ballet/Jazz ages 5&6 and all 5+ Classes (such as Acro) – The first & second week of class, one parent/guardian will be allowed in the studio to get the child settled in the class. Once the child is in their designated area, parents are required to leave the wait area. We are asking that parents remain in the parking lot for the first few weeks, just in case we need to call you regarding any issues with your child, such as bathroom use as our staff is not allowed to take them to the bathroom. The first week of class, please leave a phone number where you can be reached at the front counter.

All students are required to have the proper dance attire and shoes by the third week of class. Please visit our web-site www.Misstanyasdance.com for the required dress code under each class description. Street Shoes are not permitted in any studios. Shoes must be carried into the studio, not worn in from the outside. Dancers Boutique on the John Fitch HWY has our complete dress code and required shoes.

Please make note: An In-Studio Covid 19 waiver form is required to be filled out and signed directly online. The “In Studio Waiver” forms can be found on our website, under “Recent News” on the home page. This form MUST be filled before their first class.

There are a few Covid guidelines that we must follow, as the safety of our students, families and staff is our number one priority. We closely monitor policy changes and public health organizations and will continue to make changes, as necessary. Please keep in mind that these guidelines mentioned in this letter could change tomorrow, due to the new Covid variants. Even with all of the precautions, Miss Tanya’ School of Dance Inc. cannot guarantee that you or your child/children will not become infected with COVID.
1. The studio will have touchless sanitizer station that will be in the lobby for use and there will be touchless sanitizer stations in each classroom and throughout the studio. We will follow the Fitchburg Board of Health and CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitization. We have purchased the correct cleaning products recommended by the CDC and are EPA approved for all hard surfaces, bathrooms and also for our Marley floors.
2. We have H13 HEPA Air purifiers for all three studios and one in the lobby area.
3. There will be no chairs in the wait areas, all water coolers are removed from the classrooms. Students may bring in their own water (ONLY) labeled clearly with their name. The NO FOOD policy will be strictly enforced.
4. The bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times during the day and evening. There is anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizer for use.
5. The changing room will remain closed. Students will be required to come in full attire or can use the rest rooms to change.
6. The cubbies for student’s belongings will be used for the 2022- 2023 season
7. Students will enter and leave through the main entrance. The studio will no longer use separate entrances.
8. Students may only be dropped off 3 to 5 minutes prior to the start of their class.
9. There will be a drop-off and pick-up only policy for students. Please Park in the Miss Tanya’s School of Dance parking lot. Parents are always welcome to come into the studio to make payments, ask questions or check on their dancer.
10. Dancers or staff experiencing any health symptoms should not attend class. The symptoms include; fever, cough/shortness of breath, excessive sneezing, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, body aches or headache.

There will be NO lost and found basket this year. Please clearly mark your child’s shoes, water bottles, etc. as anything left behind will be disposed of.

We are so happy to be dancing back in the studio and are excited to see new and familiar smiling faces. We look forward to dancing through the 2022- 2023 season with you!!

Thank you
Miss Tanya & Miss Tammy