CAULFIELD SCHOOL OF DANCE
SPRING 2004 NEWSLETTER
Dear Parents and Students,
The following letter is full of important information and dates so please
take the time to read it carefully and record all the necessary dates
on your calendar.
THE SHOW Our show, “ Bugs and Rocks! ” will be held:
7:30 PM Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam.
Take everything you need with you for the show, as there will not be anyone at the studio on June 5 or June 6.
Performing groups will perform in at least two shows. Please set aside time each day for practice and note that in the weeks prior to the show, teachers often run classes over time as they put the final polish on their numbers. We thank you in advance for you patience. Our show is not a recital, but a production. Our students are the ‘stars' so they remain backstage during the show and never appear in costume in the lobby or in the audience. Please note: as per the Student/Parent and School agreement, missing a class or any compulsory rehearsal in the 4 weeks prior to show time may result in exclusion from “ Bugs and Rocks! ”
The first finale rehearsal is Saturday, May 8 at 9:30 AM. All performers aged seven and over must attend this practice.
VOLUNTEERING Those who wish to volunteer to help backstage or in the lobby at the show, please see the sheet in the lobby listing the help we will need. Volunteers will receive orientation in the lobby of the theatre, at the finale rehearsal on Saturday, June 5.
STAGE MAKE-UP CLASSES It is important that all performers in all numbers present a uniform look. We will have diagrams in the lobby and a list of make-up required for junior and senior students. You must have your make-up before photo day. Small venue (appropriate for hospital shows and photo shoot) and large venue make-up for the show will be taught at our make-up classes. Our first make-up class will be on Sunday, April 18 for junior and senior students. The next class will be Sunday, April 25. Parents must attend with all junior students (ages 3-11 years). Please sign up in the lobby. When you come to the make-up classes it is not essential that you have correct make-up supplies with you, only that you do bring your own make-up and hair supplies. Once you have seen the make-up applied, you will find it easier to purchase your supplies.
PHOTO-SHOOT & COSTUME CHECK On Sunday, May 16 we will have our photo shoot for all numbers in the show. As we check costumes at the photo shoot, all students are required to attend. Photo times for each number will be posted in the lobby. If you will want individual pictures taken, you must sign up on the sheet in the lobby and pay a non-refundable sitting fee. It is not compulsory to purchase photos, but we ask you not to sign up for individual pictures unless you intend to purchase. Ken Kajiwara will be taking our photos again this year. Please arrive in your first costume 15 minutes ahead of your time, prepared with your hair and small venue make-up done. If you need help with hair or make-up, please come 1/2 hour before your call time and someone will assist you. Whether you need assistance or not, please bring your own stage make-up and hair supplies.
TICKET SALES Tickets for the show will be reserved seating and will go on sale at the studio Saturday, May 8, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Cost of tickets is $14.00 each. Please note: ALL FEES MUST BE PAID BEFORE TICKETS ARE PURCHASED . This includes: term fees, costume fees, festival fees, exam fees etc. You will know prior to this date, which numbers are in each show.
FUND-RAISING At the shows this year we will be running the concession to raise money for our scholarship fund. Tami McNeil is raising money for our scholarship fund with an on-going bottle and can campaign. Please drop off your rinsed, empty bottles and cans to our office by April 30 . Please see the lobby for more information.
PROGRAMME ADVERTISING You can advertise in the “ Bugs and Rocks! ” programme. Please drop your business card off with a $35.00 cheque to the office by Saturday, May 15. If you are interested in placing a larger display ad please call the office. All proceeds go to our scholarship fund.
FLOWERS Each year we sell flowers at our show. If you wish to honour your favourite dancer, bouquets and single roses will be on sale in the theatre lobby. All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund. We thank you for your support.
DANCING DADS If you wish to be a “Dancing Dad” in our show, please come to practices starting on Wednesday, April 21 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. See notice in the lobby.
CLASS PLACEMENT 2004/2005 In the week following the show, parents of children who are interested in advancing their training opportunities, or who have questions about the R.A.D. programme, may sign up for appointments with Miss Jennifer .
PERFORMING AND FESTIVALS At the end of February each year local competitions begin. We place some of our students into competitions at the Coquitlam District Music Festival, at the Surrey Festival of Dance, and this year many of our vocal students have entered the Kiwanis Music Festival. These competitions go on until the first week in May. If you walk down the hall of the studio you will see that we are off to a very good start.
At the end of each festival, students are chosen to represent each festival at the Provincial level, and this year Shaye Firer has been chosen to the Coquitlam Festival at the B.C. Festival of the Arts (held in Victoria) as their Junior Ballet representative. Congratulations, Shaye!!! Tianna Hernandez entered the Rising Star Dance Competition in Mission,B.C. Tianna was awarded the second place High Score medal for all categories ages 11 and twelve years Congratulations Tianna!!!
AUDITIONS Each year the major ballet companies audition across Canada for their summer programmes. This year Shaye Firer has been selected to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer programme. Congratulations, Shaye!! Shaye Firer and Tianna Hernandez also auditioned for, and were accepted to take the Vancouver Ballet Society's Spring Seminar. This meant intense training for each and every day of Spring Break! Our congratulations to you both.
SEE DANCE! There are wonderful opportunities for students to see Ballet B.C. performances at incredibly discounted prices. Call (604) 732-5003 ext. 208 for details.
Our principal, Cori Caulfield, has been very busy with many performances since January. For more information visit our web site at www.caulfield.bc.ca. On May 7 and 8 she will perform Sis-Turns at our own Evergreen Theatre. Tickets are available by calling the theatre at (604) 927-6555.
We will be holding a Summer Intensive at the school, for students with at least 3 years of training (this means any students with 3 years of training), from July 12 to 17 with a demonstration on the sixth day. Cost of the intensive will be $325 plus G.S.T. If interest indicates we will have 5 days the following week and the total cost will be $500 plus G.S.T. for the 11 days. The intensive will include Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Musical Theatre.
Younger children may try our Summer Dance Samplers in which they are exposed to the various dance forms available to them each fall. The session will take place in from July 12 to 16:
Ballet, Tap and Creative Dance for 3 and 4 year olds -1 hour per day $65 + G.S.T.,
Ballet, Tap and Pre-Jazz for 5,6 and 7 year olds - 1 hour per day $65+ G.S.T.,
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre for 8 to 12 year olds. - 1 1/2 hr per day $80 +G.S.T.
We are offering a special Summer Adventure Dance Camp this year to take place at Reo Rafting Resort near Kamloops, B.C. What an opportunity to combine dance with wonderful family experiences such as white water rafting and hiking! The last day for early registration in this programme is May 1, after which the cost increases. Please see the information posted in the lobby, refer to your fall newsletter, ask at the office, or go to www.caulfield.bc.ca. We would love to see this course run.
Technique Maintenance Classes will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer 10:30am to 12 noon, from July 5 to August 20. You may book private instruction for the afternoons following class time. Private sessions can be for technique or to get a start on competition numbers. A block of 10 classes can be purchased for drop-ins. Take the full 7 weeks and receive 1 week (3 classes free).
If you are interested in summer programmes and do not fit into the ones we have offered please speak to either Cori, Alara or Hilary.
FALL AND SUMMER REGISTRATION Registration for fall classes and summer programmes will be on Saturday, June 12 from 11:00am to 3:00pm Those who fully register, that is, pay all registration fees and all course fees or, a minimum of full fees for 3 courses, will have their registration fee ($30.00) waived. Registering early helps us immensely in our scheduling. There will be later registration days in August and early September.
IMPORTANT BULLETIN OF CHANGES TO JUNIOR SCHOOL For the year 2004/2005 school year, the Caulfield School of Dance will be instituting major structural changes to the junior school (approximately ages 9 to 12 ):
1) a reduction in the course hours , and therefore the fees , required for the full Royal Academy of Dance programme for certain grades.
2) the establishment of a Junior Training company . (Non-Company junior performing courses will no longer compete at Coquitlam and Surrey Festivals. Instructors and parents are still welcome to enter non-Company junior students in other competitions and non-competitive festivals).
Members of the Junior Training Company will be determined by audition to be held Sunday, May 16, 2004. This also our photo/costume check day so all “ Bugs and Rocks! ” numbers with students aged 12 and under will have their photos taken first and the audition will occur in the afternoon, exact time T.B.A..
There is no charge for the audition but candidates must pre-register at the office by Saturday, May 8, 2004 .
All students 8 years and up are welcome to audition. A meeting for the families of all audition candidates will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2004 from 7:45pm to 8:45pm. For information on this new programme please call our office at (604) 469-9366
LOST AND FOUND Pleeeeeeeeeease check our lost and found. Each year it grows to more amazing heights and widths. At the end of the year all remaining articles will go to charity.
Please remember: We still have one week of classes following the show. This is a fun and relaxed time for students.
Some courses have had extra instruction without charge. These classes may end with the shows. Affected courses will be posted in the lobby prior to June 5. If your class has been displaced due to rehearsals or any other reason, please take any classes you wish to try during this last week of classes.
Our last day at the studio is Saturday June 12.
We hope that everyone has enjoyed their year and enjoys the experience of being involved with “ Bugs and Rocks! ” . We take great pride in presenting the accomplishments of our fine students in a high quality production of family entertainment. We thank all the parents for getting their children to classes and rehearsals, supervising practice sessions and making costumes.