Program Information

Dance Express

2022-2023

 

Welcome Students and Parents!

 

Please read the following letter and review the calendars that are attached.  We have provided information that will help you and your child have an enjoyable and successful dance experience.

 

Goals:  Our goal for students is that they have fun while learning and improving their dance skills.  Instructors will be teaching the discipline of dance appropriate to the child's age group.

The benefits of dance are numerous: coordination, appreciation of dance, self confidence, ability to perform in front of a large audience and the discipline of being part of a team. With childhood obesity becoming a national concern, it is more important then ever that children are physically active.  Dance is a positive way to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

 

Attendance:   Unless your child is a soloist, his/her attendance will affect the class.  It is not fair to those children who attend regularly to have to dance the recital with children who do not know the routine or their positions.  If your child is sick, keep him/her home, we just ask that dance class be given priority over other activities.  Instructors have a right to take a child out of a class if attendance will greatly affect the recital performance.  Parents will be advised of any attendance problems as soon as they become evident.

 

Payments:  Payments for dance sessions, costumes and candy fundraiser are listed on the calendar.  There will be a $35 charge for any checks returned for insufficient funds.   All payments are made to Parks and Rec staff at the Radcliff Center.  Make sure you receive a receipt for all payments you make. Please make all checks payable to the City of Garden City. You may also pay online for dance sessions at www.gardencitymi.org/parks.

 

CLASS CANCELLATION 

Weather Cancellations:  If the Garden City School System has declared a "Snow Day" the Dance Express classes will be cancelled for the day. If the Garden City Public School system has declared a “Cold Day”, classes will NOT be cancelled. 

 

Instructor Cancellation:  If an instructor is ill or has an emergency, Parks and Rec Staff will attempt to call you with this information.  Classes that have been cancelled due to weather or instructor illness/emergency will be rescheduled.  The Dance Express calendar indicates the "make-up" periods.  

 

Class Dress Code:  Dancers are not allowed to wear jeans to class.   Students who come to class in jeans will have to sit and watch that day.  Dancers should always wear the appropriate dance clothes and shoes.   Most students wear leotards for their classes.  Wearing "dance" clothes is part of the discipline of dance.  The first day of class, your child should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Instructors will tell you what type of footwear that will be needed.

 

Dance Assistants:    Some dance instructors have volunteer dance assistants.  These assistants will begin the stretching and warm-up session of the class while the instructor speaks to parents.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

If you stay at Radcliff Center during your child's class, please supervise siblings; bring games, books or toys that encourage quiet play. We encourage everyone to wait in the designated “Waiting Room”. There can be no balls or running in the hallways. Children who are not enrolled in a supervised activity must remain with a parent or guardian at all times.

 

Communication:  If you have a question for the instructor there is a limited period of time between classes to talk to parents.  We strongly suggest you leave a written request at the front desk asking the instructor to call you.  If you leave your name, phone number, best time to call and the instructor you want to speak to, the staff will forward the information.   Instructors are not in everyday so please be patient; it may take a few days for a return call.

 

The dance program is supposed to be a fun learning experience.  If you or your child has problems or concerns, please address the instructor in private.  If you have questions or concerns you want to discuss with Dance Coordinator, Lori Couture, you may call 734-793-1853 Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 am to 3:00 p.m.; or email LoriC@gardencitymi.org.

 

Dance Recital:  The Dance Express Recital will tentatively be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 (Show #1) and Thursday, June 15, 2023 (Show #2).  Rehearsals will be held Monday, June 12, 2023 (Show #1) and Tuesday, June 13, 2023 (Show #2).  Rehearsal attendance is mandatory to participate in the recital.

 

Garden City Parks & Recreations attempts to keep the cost of our dance program as reasonable as possible, we are able to do so by using volunteers during the rehearsals and recitals.  Two parent volunteers are needed from each class to supervise their child’s class backstage.  If no one volunteers, we have to pay someone to work.  If no one volunteers each dancer in the class will have to pay an additional $5.00 to defray costs.  

 

Costumes:     The costume order for the Dance Recital must be placed early in the season to guarantee delivery.  Teachers will begin measuring students during Session 1.  Costume prices range from $45 to $70.  When you receive the costume information, please check it carefully to make sure the size is correct.  The due date for costume money is November 5, 2022.  Students cannot participate in the recital unless their costume money has been turned in on time.

 

Candy Sale:   The Dance Express Annual Candy Sale will begin September 26thand run through October 22nd. All money is due by Saturday, October 22nd. Proceeds support the Annual Christmas Party, equipment and teacher supplies for the program and teacher assistant appreciation.  Participation is voluntary, but very much encouraged! More information will be provided to you concerning the Candy Sale. Failure to pay on time may disqualify your child for any prizes earned.

 

All classes will be held at our NEW location:

1751 Radcliff St.

Garden City, MI 48135

 

Please keep a look out for an open house date to view our new facilities!