Patty Harper Dance Studio  November Newsletter
                                                                                           Happy Thanksgiving
        Wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday with your family and friends!  The studio will be closed November 25-29th.
Dear Dancers and Parents,
   A chill is in the air and things are definitely getting busy at PHDS!  Classes are full of happy, hard working dancers.  It is time to come see what they have learned.
     Visitation Days  for all beginning classes and classes that are not involved with our Christmas show will be November 18-21.  These dates are earlier than we have done in the past as things get really hectic in December with our big show.  We hope everyone can attend as we will give you some information about our Spring Show of which all students participate.
     Thank you again to all that participated in our annual fundraiser.  We have not gotten our final tally of profits, but appreciate, more than you know, all the orders turned in.  Pick up your orders during Visitation Week beginning on the 20th.
Congrats and job well done to all the dancers that worked overtime and so hard during the week of October 21-28.  Many of them are still sore and bruised from all the high flying lifts to achieve that breath taking moment we strive for in our next show!  Thank you Nick Mesa and Seth Willis, for their patience and strength.  They were positively POOPED at the end of the week, but never complained.  Bravo!!
                                                                                         Once Upon a Christmas Eve
     We hope that everyone will come to see our fabulous and vey professional Christmas show on December 14th at 7:00, and December 15th at 2:00.  All dancers have been working hard in their classes and rehearsals...KEEP IT UP!!!  Discount tickets will be sold at the studio on Saturday, December 7th, from 9:00-2:00.  
                                                                                         Christmas Parade
                                                                                         Final Rehearsal Schedule
     After the Thanksgiving break, the regular class schedule for all classes participating in the Christmas show will go out the window.  At that time we will have two weeks to put together a full show and clean up any areas that need work.  You will be given a rehearsal schedule to follow for these last days.  Please make every effort to be at all the final rehearsals.  We move into the theater on Tuesday, December 10th.  At that time, ALL REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY!!!!
                                                                                                     Volunteers
     There are several areas in which we need help with the show.  Please get involved by signing up for the different jobs posted in the lobby.
                                                                                                 Christmas T shirts
     Christmas shirts will be available to order online very soon.  You may check in the Lobby to view the design.  Shirts will be available to order on LevretsInk.com  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patty Harper Dance Studio October Newsletter
                                                                                                 Happy Fall to All
Dear Dancers and Parents,
     
     We are off to a great start at PHDS!  Classes are full of smiling dancers and hopefully everyone has settled into working on strong technique.  Many of the classes are at full capacity with many overflowing.  We understand it is so crowded between classes.  Thank you for your cooperation with the traffic flow.  Sorry we can't do anything about the parking lot!  Thank you for respecting the rules regarding no food and drink in the studio.  We have had to enforce this rule more with parents than students.  we must remember that even though dancers are the best athletes , this is not a sporting event.
 
                                                                                               Fall Fundraisers
 
      Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in our recent fundraiser.  It was a big success!!!!!!  The profits will go a long way to help pay for the guest artists who travel to Abilene.  These dancers take our Christmas Show to a grander level.  We could not do it without the help of this fundraiser.  Bravo!!!  We will post signs in the studio when the products will be ready for pickup.
 
                                                                                           Halloween
 
     Halloween lands on a Thursday this year.  We will have all scheduled classes. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Patty Harper Dance Studio September Newsletter
Dear Dancers and Parents,
    
     Welcome to PHDS!  We hope at this time everyone has found the class most suited for your ability.  Your class should be somewhat of a challenge, but also enjoyable!  It is not too late to talk to your teacher if your class is not meeting your technique level.
   
     We have a big year planned for PHDS!  Please carefully read all material sent home each month.  We try to provide all the information on any given event well in advance.  If you have any questions, always feel free to speak to your teacher or talk with
Ms Mary.
     Class attendance is so important!!!!!!!!  We cannot provide you with a proper foundation and strong technique if you are not in class.  This is especially true for the dancers performing in our Christmas Show!  Bravo to all the dancers who continued your training this summer.  We are in the business of training muscles and muscles work their best with constant stimulation.  Hard work will always bring you the best rewards!
                                                                                            Important Dates
September 28 -                    Arabella Auditions 9 am
October 5 -                           Christmas Rehearsals begin - Check the rehearsal board!!!
November 25-29 -               Thanksgiving Holiday
December 3 -                       Holiday Lights Parade
December 14&15 -             "Once Upon a Christmas Eve"
December 23-January 3 -   Christmas Holiday
                                                                                           Fundraiser
     PHDS has one fundraiser each year benefiting our Christmas show.  With this letter, we have passed out your fundraising packet.  Please support the studio and help us keep the show at the professional level that it is today.  Thank you so much from the tiniest Snow Baby to the beautiful Crystal Princess!!!  Thank you, Charla Presley, for heading up this project again this year!!
                                                                                         Once Upon a Christmas Eve
Arabella Auditions - Auditions for the lead role of Arabella will be held at the studio on Saturday, September 28, at 9am.  Anyone with strong dancing technique and good acting skills, ages 9-12, is qualified to audition.  (**This role will require many weekend rehearsals!!). A $25 audition fee, and an Arabella contract, must be turned into the office prior to auditioning.  Pick up your contract in the office.
 
     The following classes will participate in the Christmas Show:
 
Mary   Mon 4:30 - Penguins
Mary   Mon 5:30 - Snowbirds
Mary   Mon 6:30 - Missouri Rockets
Jenna  Mon 6:30 - Homeless Kids, Elves
Tracy   Mon 6:30 - Elves
Tracy   Mon 7:30 - Homeless Kids, Cops and Robbers
Mary   Tue 4:30 - Snow-babies
Mary   Tue 5:30 - Eskimo Skaters
Lezlei  Tue 5:30 - Eskimo Skaters
Mary  Tue 6:30 - Several roles
Jenna Tue 6:30 - Christmas Trees
Jenna Tue 7:30 - Nuns, Missouri Rockets, Santa Sistas
Tracy Wed 4:30 - Hot Chocolate
Mary Wed 6:30 - Christmas Candy
Tracy Wed 7:30 - Homeless Moms
Tracy Wed 8:30 - Eskimo Hunters, Reindeer
Jenna Thur 4:30 - Marshmallows
Tracy  Thur 8:00 - Reindeer Wranglers, Missouri Rockets, Hot Chocolate
Many dancers will be picked for special parts.  They are chosen for their ability, dedication and attitude.  Every part, large or small, is important and should be treated as so!!!!!
     Watch the rehearsal board in the lobby for any extra weekend practices.  Dancers are allowed only 2 absences from weekend rehearsals.  At that point, they will be removed from that performance piece.  Talk to Ms Mary if there is a problem with rehearsals.
New Studio Email - pattyharperdancestudio@gmail.com
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Ruby's Flight
 
                                                                                     Recital Packet 2019
                                                                                     June 1 - Rehearsal
                                                                                     June 2 - Recital at the Abilene Convention Center
Welcome Parents, Families, and Friends
     We are so happy to have you here with us for our final visitation.  Your teachers will discuss everything in your packet.  These are a few of the matters we would like to draw you attention to.  Thank you!
 
1. All tuition, costume balances and fees must be paid in full before any dancer can perform!  Check with Ms Barbara in the office to make sure your account is clear.
 
2. We would love to do some Spring Cleaning.  The Lost and Found is overflowing in the dressing room.  Please take a quick look.  You may find something your dancer did not know they lost.  The rest will be donated to Goodwill.
 
3. Attendance so SO IMPORTANT IN MAY!!!!!
 
4. Ms Mary and Ms Lezlei are traveling to Kenya this summer to teach Ballet in a Arts Program at a Mission school.  If you have Ballet or Jazz shoes that your dancer has outgrown, please donate them in the office to the Africa Project.  Any leotards and tights would be greatly appreciated as well.  We leave June 16th if you want to donate the shoes your dancer wears in recital.  Thank You So Much!!!
 
                                                                                                June 1, 2019
                                                                             Final Notes for Dress Rehearsal
                                                                                     Please Read Carefully 
Following a few easy tips will help all the dancers, parents, and teachers ensure a productive dress rehearsal and performance.
1.  No food or drinks backstage or in the auditorium.  Water is fine.  It is a long day, so if you would like to pack a picnic lunch, there are lovely patios with tables on both sides of the auditorium.  Please pick up your trash.
2.  Put your name in everything you take to the Convention Center.
3.  Check your rehearsal time.  Bring your costume in a covered bag.  Never wear your costume outside!!!!  Arrive 30 minutes early and find your dressing room.  Change into your costume and wait in the audience or backstage to be called to rehearse.  No panties under your costume and always wear tights with feet unless otherwise instructed by your teacher.  Bring lots of bobby pins and safety pins.  Your headpieces can be picked up at the information table.
4.  Be Patient!  We try our best to stay on schedule.  Problems occasionally arise that require more time than was allotted for each number.  We strive to fix anything to assure all our dancers have a great performance.
5.  All hair should be slicked back away from your face and buns should be secure with an invisible hair net.
6.  Make-up is required for both dress rehearsal and recital.
7.  There are a few problems we can't fix.  Check with the backstage managers if you need help.
8.  Parets will be allowed on the stage during dress rehearsals to take pictures and ask any last minute questions.  Please enter and exit quickly!!!
     Wayne Henington Photography will be backstage to take professional dance pictures at a reasonable price.
     Rob Westman from AISD will be taking orders for our 2019 Recital Video.
     Baack's Florist will be taking orders for recital flowers.
                                                                          Recital Day, June 2, 2019. 2:00 PM
     All dancers should be backstage at 1:30.  Advanced Dancers onstage at 1:00 for warm-up.  If your dancer is only in the second half, they may sit in the audience (in street clothes-NO costumes), and come backstage at intermission.  We hope that everyone sill participate in the grand finale at the end of the show.  No on sits in the Audience in Costume!!!  No Flash Photography or Videography allowed during Recital!!!!
     With everyone's cooperation, we will have a stress free rehearsal and another successful show!  
                                                                                                 Ms Mary
 
 
 
 
 
April Newsletter
Dear Dancers and Parents,
     Spring is definitely here and with it comes many important dates and requirements to insure a smooth transition into our next performance.  Please carefully read all the information sent home with you in the next tow months.  We hope it will answer all the questions you might have pertaining to "Ruby's Flight" our Spring show on June 2nd.  
Costumes - All costume balances are due April 15th.  The prices for each are posted in the lobby.  Hopefully you have already paid your $25 deposit so you can subtract that from your balance.  If you have a specialty costume (Roosters, Astronauts, etc) your teacher will let you know its cost as soon as possible.
Program Pictures - Would you like to have your dancer's picture in our 2019 Program?  It's easy and a tradition at PHDS.  Simply sell a page of advertising at $180.  We have programs in the office for new students to use as a guide.  Share a page with a friend or organize a class photo.  Ads can be sold to businesses or family members can post an encouraging note to their favorite dancers.  A full page is $180, 1/2 page is $90 and 1/4 page is $45.  Pick up a program contract (one required with each ad) in the office.  We also have sample letters to give to students if you are organizing the class pictures.  All ads must be turned into the office no later than May 1st.  Ads can also be emailed to s.leal@conleyprinting.com, but the contracts and monies must be turned into the office.
Program Pictures - Professional program pictures will be made at the studio by Wayne Hennington Photography on
Saturday, May 4th.  A signup sheet is in the lobby and will fill up quickly.  Don't panic!!  There can be more than one dancer at any time listed.  All the teachers will be there to pose the dancers.
Parent Visitation - April 29th - May 2nd.  It is very important and fun to come to your dancer's class during visitation week.  We will pass out your recital packets on these days.  These packets will give you all the info about rehearsal and recital (times, recital pictures, etc.). Please make every effort to be there.  This is the best time to discuss any questions you may have with your teachers.  The summer schedule will also be in these packets.
Tickets - Tickets for Ruby's Flight will go on sale Saturday, May 4th (the same day as program pictures) at the studio from 9:00-1:00.
All tickets are $7.  Tickets will be available in the office after that day.  They will also be sold at the theatre on the day of the show.  All seats are assigned.  As in the past, we are anticipating a full house, so get your tickets early.
Ruby's Flight T-shirts - The new performance t-shirt is being designed for our Spring Show.  Watch for the design in the lobby and order at that time.
 
Important Dates
 
April 15, 2019 - Costume Balance due
May 1, 2019 - Program Ads due
April 29th-May 2nd - Parent Visitation Days
May 4, 2019 - Program Pictures - Group and individual
June 1, 2019 - Dress Rehearsal - Schedule out soon
June 2, 2019 - "Ruby's Flight" 2:00 Abilene Convention Center
 
     A BIG BRAVO to all the Advanced Ballet Dancers performing at the Abilene Philharmonic Spring Tea.  You were Fabulous!!!!
 
     Congrats to Gretchen Bullock, Tracy Desrochers, Lezlei Haag, and Tracy Holmes for their wonderful choreography and dancing at the 1st Dancing With the Stars in Brownwood.  Their hard work was evident in the success of this new Fundraiser for the Brownwood community.  Job well done ladies!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February Newsletter 
 
Dear Dancers and Parents,
 
     Love is in the air this Valentine month and we hope you feel it as well.  At the studio, we are sticking to the business at hand which is working hard on our next performance, Ruby's Flight.
     Bravo to all of you who promptly turned in your costume contract and paid your $25.00 Recital Fee.  We can now order the costumes in plenty of time to get them for early May pictures.  Don't forget to pay your $25.00 costume deposit this month.  The balance for the costumes is due on or before April 15th.  All the costumes, including their prices, will be displayed in the lobby soon.
     It is very important for every dancer to make their best effort to have good attendance in class.  We must continue to work on strong technique as well as working on our performance pieces for the show.  Please keep this in mind when you are signing up for spring sports.  It is very unfair to the serious dancer when we constantly have to review to catch up those dancers that have missed.  
     Many or you have asked about PHDS car decals.  We are placing a new order on February 15th.  You can place your order in the office.
     IMPORTANT DATES TO ADD TO YOUR 2019 CALENDARS:
February 28 - Costume deposit due
March 2 - Advanced Ballet Dancers perform at the Philharmonic Tea
March 11-15 - Spring Break - Studio closed
April 15 - Costume balances due
May 1 - Program ads due (more information next month)
June 1 - Dress rehearsal
June 2 - Ruby's Flight Spring recital 2:00 Abilene Convention Center
June 4-7 -  Fantasy Camp
June 10-26 - Summer Intensive
 
                                                            
 
 
 
 
Happy New Year-January Newsletter
 
Dear Dancers and Parents,
     2019 is here.  Everyone at PHDS sends warm wishes for your and your family.  It's a new year and a new chance to insure our quest to five you our best in the way of instruction.
                                                                                            
                                                                                               Recital 2019
     PHDS will present "Ruby's Flight" on Sunday, June 2nd at the Abilene Convention Center.  Dress rehearsal will be Saturday,      June 1st, so mark your calendars NOW!
     "Ruby's Flight" is the story of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  She is a strong and independent little bird that eventually realizes that life is better when you are together.  All classes will participate in this show.  Performance pieces will be learned in their regular classes.  Some dancers will be invited to perform extra numbers to highlight this special year.
     Costumes must be ordered soon.  Please let us know immediately if your dancer will not be performing in our spring show.
  Attached to this letter you will find our Recital Contract.  All contracts must be signed and returned to the office by JANUARY 30th.  We will not order a costume for your dancer without this signed document!  A $25 Recital Fee is due in January.  A $25Costume Deposit (per student, not per class), is due in February.  All ordered costumes and their prices will be posted in the lobby in February.  Some costumes will be hand-made and prices will be posted as soon as possible.  All costumes must be paid in full by APRIL 15!
    
     More information will be sent home in your monthly newsletters, but always feel free to discuss any questions with your teachers.  
                                                        Once Upon a Christmas Eve Wrap up
     Our Christmas show was a huge success this year.  We are so proud of all the fabulous dancers.  Thank you again for all the volunteers that helped make this show so much fun.  We paid all the bills, made enough to store the sleigh, and locked down all the necessities for next year!  Woohoo!
 
 
 
Final Notes- Read Carefully
     Carefully read your new schedule for rehearsal times.  Everyone has been great about the many rehearsals, coming on time and respecting other dancers and teachers.  I am proud of you!!!
     These are a few things to remember when you go into the theatre:
1.  Put your name in everything you take to the Civic Center
2.  Bring lots of bobby pins and safety pins.
3.  Arrive early for your rehearsal and find your dressing room.  You may wait in the audience until you are called to the stage.
4.  Always bring your costume to the theatre in a covered bag.  Leave them at the theatre throughout the rehearsals and performances.  Never wear your costume outside!!!
5.  No panties under your costumes and always wear tights with feet!
6.  All hair should be slicked back out of your eyes and hairnets should secure all buns.
7.  Bring something to wear over your dance shoes in the dressing room.  The wax on the hallway floor will get on your shoes and then transfer to the stage floor making it very slick!  This is very dangerous for the dancers on pointe.
8.  No food, soda, or gum backstage around any of the costumes!!!!!!!!!!!
     Please remember Ms. Mary is working when you get to the theatre.  If you have any questions ask the stage managers.  No one is allowed on the pit at any time during rehearsals and no horseplay in the audience or any other place in the theatre.  No video cameras or flash photography allowed in the audience during the performances.
     Wayne Henington will be backstage to take professional pictures Thursday, Dec 6, and Friday, Dec 7 from 5:30-8:00.  Rob Westman will be backstage to take orders for a professional DVD.
     Baack Florist will be backstage to take flower orders for your dancer.  Flowers are not taken onstage as we do in recital.  This is for your personal convenience.
     December tuition is due now.  No one will be allowed to perform with a past due account.  Check in the office if you have questions about your account. 
     All costumes, with no exceptions, must be returned to the studio on Monday, Dec 10, between 5:00 and 7:30.  Do not wash anything!  We will clean all the costumes, pack them, and return them to the warehouse until next year.  This process takes many days of hard work.  DON'T HOLD UP THE PROCESS!!!
     After the show, dancers will have no more classes at the studio unless they take a class that did not perform in the show such as lyrical or modern.  We call this Christmas recovery!  Classes will resume on January 7th.
     Parents, thank you so much for all your cooperation and patience over the past few months.  Dancers, thank your for all your hared work and time,  I know we are going to have a great performance that we can all be proud of!!
Ms. Mary and Staff
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patty Harper Dance Studio November Newsletter
HAPPY THANKSGIVINGS. Wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday with your family and friends!  The studio will be closed November 19-23.
Dear Dancers and Parents,
     A chill is in the air and things are definitely getting busy at PHDS!  Classes are full of happy, hard working dancers.,  It is time to come see what they have learned!!  Visiting Days for all beginning classes and classes not participating in our Christmas Show will be November 26-29, the week after Thanksgivings.  We hope you can attend as we will give you some information on plans for our Spring Show of which all student participate.
     Thank you so much to all of you who participated in our fundraiser.  Please pick up your orders in the office.
                                                                                             Once Upon a Christmas Eve
     We hope that everyone will come see our fabulous Christmas show on December 8th at 7:00 pm and December 9th at 2:00 pm.  All dancers have been working so hard in classes and rehearsals...Keep it up!!  We are in the home stretch now!  Discount Tickets will be sold at the studio on Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00-2:00.  The tickets will then go to the Civic Center box office and tickets will be full price.  Ticket prices are $25 fro Patron seats, $20 for Adults,$10 for Children 12 and under.  Discount at the studio is $2 per ticket. 
                                                                                               Christmas Parade
     The City Sidewalks Christmas Parade will be Tuesday, November 27th.  Ms Mary will pick certain characters to ride on the float.  All elves will participate in the parade.  You will be given more info on times and places at a later time.
                                                                                            Final Rehearsal Schedule
     After the Thanksgiving break , the regular class schedule for all classes participating in the Christmas show will go out the window.  At that time, we have less than 2 weeks to put together a full show and clean up any areas that need work.  You will be given a rehearsal schedule to follow for this last days.  Please make every effort to be at all of these final rehearsals.  We move into the theatre on Wednesday, Dec 7th.  At that time ALL REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY!!  We do our best to finish at a reasonable hour, but please be patient.  We have a lot or work to do!!  Do not leave your rehearsal before your are excused!  There will be notes given at the end of each rehearsal.
                                                                                                   Volunteers
     There are several areas of which we need help with the show.  Please get involved by signing up for the different jobs posted in the lobby!
     As always, fell free to contact the office if you have a question or you can message us through our website :  www.pattyharperdance.com    
Patty Harper Dance Studio October Newsletter 
                                                                                                  Happy Fall to All 
     We are off to a great Start at PHDS!  Classes are full of smiling dancers and hopefully everyone has settled into working on strong technique.  Almost all the classes are at full capacity with many overflowing.  We understand it is so crowded between classes.  Thank you for your cooperation with the traffic flow.  Sorry we can't do anything about the parking lot!
Thank you for respecting the rules regarding no food and drinks in the studio.  We have had to enforce this rule more with parents than students.  We must remember that even though dancers are the best athletes, this is not a sporting event.
                                                                                                         Fall Fundraiser
     Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in our recent Mixed Bags fundraiser.  It was a big success!!!  The profits will go a long way to help pay for the guest artists who travel to Abilene.  These dancers take our Christmas Show to a grander level.  We could not do it without the help of this fundraiser.  Bravo!!!  We will post signs in the studio when the products will be ready for pickup.  
                                                                                                      

 

                                                                                                              Car Decals
 
  You may have noticed in the parking lot or around town, some cars proudly supporting PHDS with a personalized car decal. If you
would like to get one, the order forms are located in the office.  Car decals are $10.00.
                                                                                             Once Upon a Christmas Eve
     The 2018 Cast List has been posted and rehearsals are in full swing.  Congratulations to all of the dancers chosen for principal roles.  This is a testament to the age old saying "Hard work will be rewarded".  We hope this will be a Life Lesson for all and that all our dancers will strive to work hard to accomplish their drams no matter what they may be,  Parents, please know that we have your dancer's best interest at heart.  If they did not advance in a role this year, they are simply not ready......YET!
     It is extremely important that all dancers check the rehearsal board.  It will be posted every Monday in the lobby as well as on our Facebook page and on the website.  If you miss 2 weekend rehearsals, you could be replaced in that role.  Also remember Mary's rule......"If you are on time, you're late, if you are early, you are on time!"
                                                                                           
 
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                               Costumes
     Costume Rental Agreements will be passed out to dancers in classes participating in the Christmas show.  Rental fees are $25.00 per costume and are due with your November tuition.  Do not include your rental fees with your tuition check.  The show has a different account.  Thank you for your cooperation in the matter.
     The 2018 Christmas Shirt Design is posted in the lobby.  They are $20.00 per shirt and are available in black and white.  You can order those shirts online at:  Levretsink.com.  Click on Menu, then on Shop.  It is easy at that point.  You can order from          October 15-22.  We will order a few extras for sale in the office.
 
     Order forms for Personalized Yard Signs ($25 each) and Car Magnets ($30) are available in the office.  If you are interested, order quickly as these are wonderful advertising for the show.  There are examples in the lobby of both.
 
 
      Good attendance is extremely important to ensure all the dancers are confident in their performance.  We cannot move forward when we are constently catching dancers up with the choreography.  We ask you simply do your best to attend all scheduled classes and rehearsals. 

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