Summer Dance Camp

Dates and descriptions are now available for our summer dance programs. Please take a look by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Studio Updates!

Hello everyone!

Thank you all for being part of our studio, and for the awesome work you have been putting in so far! We are more than halfway through our fall season, and recitals are right around the corner...please plan on working hard and fast for the next 5-6 weeks so we can put on a great show!

Please read through the following information and read everything that applies to you!

1. Vital Email Correspondence: Typically, the emails you receive from the studio will come from a Robo-Mailer, or automated email system. This way, any faculty member may log in and send an email to their class, or I can send an email to just a specific class or to the whole student group without having to type in 20-150 emails. HOWEVER, I know some of you are not receiving these emails. So far, almost everyone who has had an issue receiving the automated emails has an Allwest email account. I am working with my software customer service to see if we can get in touch with Allwest's email server and see if we can work through this issue. I'm not sure how long the fix will take, or if it will ever work, so if you have an alternate email address, please let me know what it is. If you don't have a different one, you might consider creating a new one through Gmail (less junk - better security) or Hotmail, or something less obscure. You can set it to forward to your preferred address so you don't have to check multiple addresses. IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN EMAIL THAT CAN SPEAK WITH OUR SYSTEM, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CHECK IN AT THE OFFICE TO SEE WHAT ANNOUNCEMENTS YOU ARE MISSING. I don't want to be crazy or demanding, but there is no way I can keep everyone in the loop if I don't have an email address that can receive emails from me. Check your spam and your junk, add to your contact list, and if that doesn't work, please get an alternate email address worked out. Update us at the front desk when you have your new email address.

2. Costumes for New Jazz Students: I will be sending home notes with new jazz students this week regarding costumes. Every jazz students needs a class costume (never more than $50), light suntan stirrup tights, and carmel/tan jazz shoes for the recital. Please come in to the lobby to pay for your costume and order any tights and shoes, if necessary. The cost of the costume will be automatically added to your account in the month of November if it hasn't been added already. This is our second and final year of using the same costumes (for most classes). These costumes will be worn for the December and May recitals.  Moving forward, it may become necessary to plan on a new costume each year, as the availability of costumes in the 2nd year is becoming less and less consistent.

3. October Tuition and Fees: There are lots of unpaid balances this month. For the month of October, ballet costumes fees and the first round of competition fees were due in addition to tuition. Auto-Pay ONLY pulls out your tuition, so if you have additional fees, they must be paid online or in person at the studio. If you're not sure how to access your online parent portal, please let me know so I can send you that information. Late fees for unpaid October balances will be added on Nov 1. Please get your balances taken care of.

4. Recital Dates: The middle school is having some work done on their auditorium, so they have asked us to book the High School for our Nutcracker performance. I have contacted the High School but haven't heard back regarding availability. We are still working toward a Dec 6th performance date for Nutcracker (dress rehearsal on Dec 5th), and hope this will all work out. For the jazz/hip hop/ballroom recital, we have asked for any day during the 2nd week of December or as late as Tuesday, Dec 16th. We would love to have our recital done with before all your holiday festivities kick into high gear. I will update you as soon as I have the final word on performance dates.

5. Nutcracker Ticketing: As we near the Nutcracker performance, complimentary tickets will be coming home with your students for Nutcracker based on the number of ballet dancers you have. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at the door at the time of the performance.

6. Nutcracker Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer any of your time, Alyssa could certainly use a few parent helpers as we prepare for Nutcracker. We have a stage set to produce, rental costumes to label/organize, and many other little things. Let me know if you're interested and I will get Alyssa your contact info.

7. Important Things in November: Please be aware of the following things happening in November:
-Costume Fees due for all competitive teams
-Christmas Orders due by Thanksgiving (Warm Ups, Bags, Competition needs, etc)
-Thanksgiving Break (check the lobby for cancelled class dates)

Well, that's all I can think of for now! Please let me know what questions you have! Everyone keeps asking me how dance is going, but the truth is that dance is only going as well as YOU think it is. Please know that I welcome honest feedback and want to make you happy. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve your experience. I appreciate all of you and especially your kids! They're amazing and we love them very much. Have a great day!

Giselle Rasheta
Owner/Director, Body Motion Dance Company

Monday, October 20, 2014

Phone Broken...

Hello everyone!

My phone took its last breath after getting soaked at the beach this weekend. I'm sorry if you've been trying to get in touch with me and couldn't. My new phone is being delivered today so I should be back up and running by tomorrow, but in the meantime, please send me your questions via email (

You can also call the studio at 435-783-9100 anytime to leave a message, or during dance hours to speak to someone at the front desk.

There are a few messages that need to go out to comp teams and 6th grade jazz and 8th grade jazz. Please watch for those later today. I may also send home a paper note for those participating in Fright Night with the drill team.

Sorry again, and thanks for your patience!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upcoming Payment Due Date for Competitive Teams

Competition Teams,

This is just a reminder of the competition fees due for the Gotta Move Competition (April 18). This competition has early registration in October, so the fees will be due with your October tuition. I have attached the payment schedule that was in your contract as a reminder of those fees and due dates.

The fees due for your dancer's team routines will be added to your account before October 1st. You can pay them in person or online. *Auto-pay clients: auto-pay covers only your monthly tuition. You will need to pay for these fees separately (online or in person).

If you are planning to compete a solo, duet, or trio at this competition, these fees will also need to be paid with October tuition. I will send out a Soloist price list and registration sheet this weekend. Please turn it in to the studio the first week of October and pay for your solo registration fee at that time.

Let me know what questions you have. Thank you!!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Ballet Nutcracker Fundraiser Information

Ballet Parents: (A note from Alyssa)

Nutcracker fundraising packets have starting going out. This fundraiser is optional, but we know we can give your dancers an even more amazing Nutcracker experience if each family raises a little bit of money.

-In the Yankee Candle brochure you can scratch a candle and smell the scents! People can order from you online if you go to, enter our group number of 990066941, and sign up to be an online seller (this takes just a few seconds!). Otherwise, just fill out the paper order form - making sure to add a 6% tax - (make checks out to Body Motion Dance Company). Orders will be here before Thanksgiving.

-Each family is receiving only one program advertisement/independent donor form. If you need more feel free to copy the one you have or get more at the studio front desk.

-Turn in Yankee Candle and program ad/donor forms to the front desk as soon as they are completed. We are tracking our progress with a big poster in the lobby and if we reach 100% of our goal (the equivalent of $50 raised by each family) we will have a celebration doughnut party during part of class. Fundraiser ends Sept. 25th.

We have a great ballet program full of amazing dancers. This is such an exciting opportunity for everyone involved. THANK YOU for your help in making this new show a success!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Classes Begin!

Classes begin today (Tuesday, September 2). See you in class!!

Just a few reminders:

-Tuition is due the first week of the month. You will receive emails when your balance changes (either when tuition is due or when you have paid, etc). You will receive reminder texts, emails, and even phone calls from our system if payment is not sent in and the month is coming to a close.

-Please wear the appropriate attire to class. Each genre is a little bit different as far as expectations, so please look up the class dress codes on our FB group or ask for a list at the front desk.

-Students may remain in the lobby during their breaks, but must be responsible, and respectful to the property and to others around them. We will have clipboards available for those who have homework to work on. The lobby needs to remain tidy and quiet enough for those who are doing school work.

-We now have a land line in the lobby where you may call to let us know your child will be absent, or to ask questions. The number will be 783-9100 and should be set up by tomorrow afternoon. There will be someone at the front desk at all times during classes to help you. However, questions for teachers will be taken as messages and delivered to faculty between classes or at the end of the night.

-Please don't hesitate to let me know what questions you have by emailing me at I will respond within 24 hours, and sooner if it is an emergency. Thank you!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fall 2014 Schedule and Information

Class descriptions, level descriptions, costume information, and class attire.

*Class descriptions and levels are provided to help you select the appropriate classes for your child/children. Please read through the levels thoroughly, and if you’re still not sure where your child should be placed, contact me.

*Adherence to dress codes are required for the professionalism and safety of the classroom studio. Students who are not properly dressed for class may be asked to observe class for the day. It is both student and parent responsibility to ensure the dancer has all the dancewear they need for the classes for which they are registered, and that they bring that dancewear to the correct classes. NO GUM IN ANY CLASSES.

*Costuming information is provided to give you an idea of the costs outside of tuition. Costume fees will all be due no later than September 30th. You may pay them any time before this date, but beginning October 1st a $5 late fee will apply.

Preschool Combo Classes-
This year we are going to incorporate combo classes into our preschool program. A combo class will split their time between learning Jazz technique and choreography, and learning ballet technique and class etiquette. Those who think they may have an interest in taking ballet in Elementary school should consider these combo classes.

Levels: age 3 and age 4 students. Because the classes occur simultaneously, some students may be shifted to accommodate class sizes and skill level.
Dress Code: dance shoes and dancewear. Students will not have time to change their clothes from jazz to ballet. Send them in one outfit for both classes. You may send 2 pair of shoes if you have both. All dancers are required to have hair off the face and neck for every class. No large jewelry.
Costuming: Purchase of costume ($30-$50), tights ($7-$8), and dance shoes ($20) is required for jazz portion of classes. Performs a Jazz dance only (no ballet performance is currently planned) at Christmas and Spring concerts. Costumes are kept for 2 years as long as it is possible to acquire them in their 2nd year.

Jazz Classes-
Upbeat, technique-based dance classes. Choreography is usually set to popular music. Prepares students for drill and dance teams. Required class for competitive team dancers.

Levels: By age per the schedule.
Dress Code: Jazz shoes and dancewear, such as bike shorts, athletic shorts, tank tops, leotards, etc. Clothing should allow freedom of movement and show the lines of the body. All dancers are required to have hair off the face and neck for every class. No large jewelry. Footwear is highly suggested in class and is required for performance.
Costuming: Purchase of costume ($30-$50), tights ($7-$8), and dance shoes ($20) is required for jazz classes. Performs at Christmas and Spring concerts. Costumes are kept for 2 years as long as it is possible to acquire them in their 2nd year.

Ballet Classes-
Classical ballet training with a rich history and tradition. Choreography is usually set to classical music. Give students the strength and technique to excel in all genres of dance. Recommended for all serious and competitive dancers.

Levels: Ballet is split by age AND level at the discretion of the Ballet Program Director. Age/grade is not a guarantee of level in ballet.  Dancers must be placed in the appropriate level for their ability so that they may build the foundation they need to properly grow and improve in the field.
Ballet 1: Kindergarten dancers, and 1st graders with no or little previous ballet training
Ballet 2: 1st graders with previous ballet training, and 2nd graders
Ballet 3:  3rd and 4th graders with previous ballet training
Ballet 4, 5, and 6 are split at the discretion of Ballet Program Director, based on previous class work. New students will be placed after observation at registration.
Ballet 4: 5th and 6th graders with multiple years of previous ballet training or by audition
Ballet 5: 5th-8th graders with fewer years of ballet training or by audition
Ballet 6: 7th and 8th graders with multiple years of previous ballet training or by audition
Pointe: For 6th-8th graders by recommendation
*There is a $5 class fee for Pointe, for which you will receive a foot care package for proper care of your feet in your pointe shoes. Be aware of the associated costs of shoes and pads when registering for Pointe.
Dress Code: Each ballet class levels 1-6 will have an assigned class leotard. This leotard ($12-$14) is to be worn every week, with pink tights ($7-$8) and ballet slippers ($12-$16) with elastics sewn in. This leotard will also be used for spring recital performance.  All dancers are required to have hair off the face and neck in a bun or updo for every class. No large jewelry.
Costuming: All ballet students will pay a $40 costume purchase/rental fee for the Nutcracker year.  They will receive a KEEP item (to wear with their leotard for the Spring Recital) and a RENTAL costume (to wear for the Nutcracker performance at Christmas). Pointe students may have a $5-$10 rental fee depending on the costuming needs for each recital.

Tumbling and flexibility training is frequently referred to as “acro” in the dance world. Classes are divided by the tumbling skills a child can properly execute without assistance. Dancers may bump up or down one level to accommodate other classes if necessary.

Preschool Acro: 3-4 year old students with no or little tumbling experience
Acro 1: Students who are working on a cartwheel
Acro 2: Elementary students who can do a cartwheel and are working on a back walkover
Acro 3: Middle School students who can do a cartwheel and are working on a back walkover
Acro 4: Students who can do a back walkover and are working on a back handspring
Acro 5: Students who can do a back handspring and are working on multiple back handsprings
Acro 6: Students who can do multiple back handsprings
Dress Code: All female students are required to wear a leotard or biketard to Acro. Leotards can be purchased between $12-$30. Shorts may be worn over the leotards. Male students in Acro 2 and higher must wear a tight-fitting shirt (like under armour). All students must have their hair pulled back. If the hair reaches the eyes (for both males and females), it must be pulled back in an elastic. Ninja ponytails are the coolest….right? No jewelry.
Costuming: there is no costuming and no performance for Acro classes

Ballroom classes learn dances in the Latin and show styles, which include Cha Cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive, Charleston, and various Swings. Dancers are required to dance in partnerships and must be willing to dance with any other class member.

Levels: By age per the schedule.
Dress Code: Any clothing that allows freedom of movement. Skirts are recommended for class for ladies. Latin dance shoes are required for female dancers and recommended for all ($25).
Costuming: Ladies costume consists of a leotard ($25 or less - new this year), skirt ($15 - same as before), tights ($7-$8) and shoes ($25). Men’s costume consists of black dress pants, white long-sleeved button-up shirt, black socks (all of their own) and pink tie ($11-$12). Men can wear black church shoes or purchase Cuban heels (latin shoes) for $25.

Hip Hop-
Hip Hop emulates street dance, and uses stylized hits, isolations, and stalls. Choreography is usually set to hip hop music.
Levels: By age per the schedule.
Dress Code: clean sneakers or combat boots, baggy dancewear. Anything that allows freedom of movement.
Costuming: costuming is usually pulled from items the dancer has at home. Dancers can custom order hip hop dancewear from The Dance Shop at any time if they desire.

Turns and Leaps-
Like a jazz class, but without a focus on choreography. Turns and Leaps pushes dancers to learn skills above and beyond the scope of their regular jazz class. Dancers learn skills that are advanced for their age group.
Beginning/Intermediate: ages 8+; students who want to learn side leaps, switch leaps, fouette turns, tilt kicks and jumps, coupe fan, and couple jete
Advanced: 7th and 8th graders who can do basic side leaps, switch, leaps, fouette turns, coupe fan, and coupe jete, who want to master them and who want to learn advanced turning sequences and advanced leaps
Dress Code: same as jazz
Costuming: no costuming and no performance for Turns and Leaps

Stretch Class-
30 minutes of flexibility training. Dancers will focus on increasing leg and back flexibility through execution of partner stretches, splits, heel stretches, scorpions, etc.
Levels: Multiple offerings – all ages allowed in all classes.
Dress Code: same as jazz, but may want sweats/layers to keep the body warm during the stretching process
Costuming: no costuming and no performance for Stretch Class

Competitive Jazz and Ballroom Teams-
See comp teams brochure.