Sitka Nutcracker on National Public Radio!

 

"When Melinda McAdams moved to the fishing community of Sitka, Alaska, in 1993, no one in town knew how to dance on pointe shoes. Now, generations of dancers are up on their toes and every few years, they take the Tchaikovsky classic — The Nutcracker — and give it a rural Alaskan twist. "

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/23/572610077/the-nutcracker-with-an-alaskan-twist

Try a Class for Free Week

We are offering everyone in Sitka the chance to try a dance class for free the first week in October. If you are interested in any of the following classes, get in touch and we can set you up with a free class. We offer: Toddler Dance, Preschool Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, Boys only class, Musical Theatre, and Ballet Barre Fitness. We love adults too! This is a great time to take a class - especially since it's free! Grab a friend and join us! Leave me a message on the studio Facebook page or call 966-2557. You can also stop by, 1310 SMC.

Jo's Maternity Leave

Jo is taking maternity leave for the month of September and will return to her full teaching schedule in October. Nancy and Aren and I are making plans to cover most of Jo's classes. The following classes are canceled in September, but will resume in October. Toddler Dance, Creative Movement I (3 and 4 year olds), and Ballet Barre Fitness. Most classes will be taught by a substitute; a very few may be combined with another class for the month of September, but the schedule will not change.

 

Additions to the Schedule

Nancy Neel will take over the hip hop classes and will teach to a larger age group. Classes will be open to kindergarteners through adults! She will also teach a Musical Theatre class for dancer's 4-8th grade. I'm so looking forward to having Nancy's energy back at the studio!

Work Study

I am looking for a dancer who would like to trade office work for classes. This person must be responsible, a self-starter, and preferably have good handwriting. Interested dancers should get in touch with me ASAP. I have work you can do over summer to get a jump start on your fall tuition.

Molly O. Ahlgren Scholarship

This scholarship is available to a student with a real passion for dance. It is not based on need but rather joy. To be eligible a dancer needs to have spent one year at the studio and someone needs to write an essay describing that dancer's love of dance. (the author can be the parent or the dancer) Financial based scholarships are also available. Contact Melinda for more information on both these scholarships.

Nutcracker Auditions.

Auditions for the 2017 Nutcracker will be Saturday, May 20th starting at 1:30pm in the Keet Commons.

They will last several hours - the exact time will depend on how many people show up. Both dancers and actors need to attend. Actors will be done first, then the younger kids; the older kids will be the last to go home. We will be done no later than 6pm.

Kids in the Nutcracker must be in second grade at the time of the auditions. All dancers (except grown ups) must be taking class twice a week (any style) next year.

Most rehearsals meet once a week - usually (but not always) on the weekends.

Our tentative performance dates are December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

There are mandatory rehearsals on the first three Saturdays in November. Depending on your part, you do not have to attend all three. We do not rehearse over Thanksgiving Break.

There will be an application to fill out before the audition. You do not need to prepare anything. It's pretty painless actually.

As we get closer, you will receive an outline of the story and the highlights of the 2017 production.

Many thank to Susan Brandt-Ferguson for chaperoning the auditions!

Class Dates

Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd. 

There will be no classes on the following days:

Martin Luther King Day - January 16th

Spring Break - March 13 - March 19

The last day of classes for 2016/2017 is May 21, 2017.

New Keet Jazz Class!

This jazz class is for all Keet Kids and will be called Keet Jazz. It will meet Mondays 3:15-4:15. If your dancer wanted jazz, but couldn't make it fit their schedule, this might be an answer. And remember to be in Nutcracker, dancers must be in two dance classes and to be in company (down the road) dancers must take both ballet and jazz. If things brings up ANY questions for you, please get in touch and we can talk about your options.

Aurora Dance Ensemble

This group of dancers meets outside of class to learn a dance to be performed at recital. We also look for extra performance opportunities. There is no audition. In order to sign up your dancer must be in 5th grade or above, in Topaz or higher, and attending classes in both ballet and jazz. Our rehearsals are usually on the weekend and we only meet until we know the dance, then we just meet occasionally to make sure we remember the dance. The rehearsal time is not yet set - we try to accommodate everyone's schedule. Please let me know ASAP if your dancer is interested. I like to choreograph the dance before school starts.

New Students

The summer dance workshops are an excellent way to start with the studio. You may also register anytime this summer, or come to the in-person registration on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14.

Registration by Mail

Jo and I are busy working on the schedule for next year. This includes our suggestions for what classes your dancer should take next year. If you'd like to schedule a visit about class placement, please get in touch. The schedule should be finished by the end of May and the registration packed should go out by the first week of June. You can register by mailing back the form or you can keep it and bring it to the studio in the fall. I want to remind you that classes are first come first served so I recommend registering through the mail.

Scholarship Fund

I have more and more students in need of scholarships. Although we have the Molly O. Ahlgren Scholarship - that one covers one student per year. I offer additional free class to many deserving students.  However, if we built up our scholarship fund, we could offer class to more dancers. Please let me know if you are interested in sponsoring a dancer through next year. It can be public or anonymous. I will include the donation form in your registration packet.

Costume Donations

If you are doing spring cleaning and come across old costumes you do not want, I will gladly take them off your hands. The little sizes are good for dress up and the bigger sizes are good for senior solos and company costumes.