3400 ROGERS AVE. SUITE #128 | FORT SMITH, AR 72903 | 479-783-7748

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May 2021


Although this year was mixed with some uncertainty and unusual circumstances, we are absolutely certain that each dancer has danced for joy during the 2020-2021 dance school year! We have dreamed of the lights, costumes, music, our audience and dance celebrations all year long. Our dreams are about to become our reality! 

All dancers have received a paper copy of our recital guide. If needed, we have additional copies available at the dance studio.

Expressions Flowers of Fort Smith is accepting orders for flowers or gifts for our recital performances. Please click here for additional information.

“Let The Good Times Roll” will be professionally recorded by Airewaves Media. A high quality, high definition (HD) video will be available for digital download. Click here to request a copy of the Thursday, May 27th show and/or the Friday, May 28th show by completing the form linked below.

Each digital copy is $50.00. Payment for each digital copy is due prior to delivery. Your preferred payment method on your studio account will be utilized for payment. A lower quality, standard definition (SD) video copy is also available on a DVD. Please click here for additional information about ordering your recital DVD.

Recital tickets are still available. To place your ticket order visit www.almapac.org. The box office will not be open for in-person or phone sales.

BUN BAR 2021
We have a few Bun Bar appointments left for Thursday and Friday evenings. A sign up sheet is available at the front desk. All reserved appointments must be paid for in advance (cash or check). Three licensed cosmetologists will be available on Thursday and Friday night from 5:00 to 6:15 to create the perfect ballet bun for your dancer. All supplies included: $20.00. (no refunds for missed appointments).

Early registration for the 2021-2022 dance school year for current Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio dancers will begin on Monday, May 17th, 2021. Registration for our Summer Dance Arts Program taking place in July will also begin on this date. This will be available to current and new students. Open registration for the 2021-2022 dance school year will begin on Monday, June 14th. At this time, registration is only available online at www.idancewithgrayce.com/registration. For a more personal registration experience, visit the studio any Monday from 4:30-6:30 beginning Monday, June 21st. The schedule for the new dance year and our summer classes will be sent via email.

Auditions for 2021-2022 DANCE est Joie, Inc competition and performance companies will take place on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. A required audition preparation class will take on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. All audition events will take place in person at Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio. If necessary, a virtual audition option will be provided. An open studio opportunity with take place at GDDS on Wednesday, June 2nd. Dancers auditioning for DANCE est Joie, Inc. are welcome to utilize the studios at GDDS for their audition preparations. A GDDS staff member will be present to oversee this event, but will not be providing instruction, feedback or assistance to dancers. Dancers are not required to attend our open studio event. Formal auditions are closed to guests and observers. The audition schedule is detailed below:

Audition Preparation Classes: Tuesday, June 1st
Dancers will learn two combinations for their audition.

*5:00-6:45 (dancers ages 6-11)
*7:00-8:45 (dancers ages 12+)

Open Studio Opportunity: Wednesday, June 2nd

4:00-7:00 Open studio opportunity for dancers auditioning for the 2021-2022 DANCE est Joie, Inc. Competition and Performance Teams

Auditions for DANCE est Joie, Inc. Competition and Performance Teams: Thursday, June 3rd 

*5:00-6:30 (dancers ages 6-11)
*6:30-8:00 (dancers ages 12+)

*Audition group is based off of the dancer’s age as of January 1st, 2022. The audition group does not determine the group they will perform with throughout the season. Dancers will be grouped into competition dances based on their audition performances.*

The cost of the preparation class is $15.00 per dancer.

Acceptable payment methods are listed below:
Venmo: @DANCEestJoie_Inc_GDDS
PayPal: danceestjoie.inc@yahoo.com (select friends and family only)
Check payable to Rebecca Bean

Cash is not an acceptable form of payment. Payment is due by Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

Register for 2021-2022 DANCE est Joie, Inc auditions by completing the DANCE est Joie, Inc. Audition Information Form and Audition Agreement and Waiver.
To complete each document, go to “Files” and select “Make a copy”

For more information about DANCE est Joie, Inc. auditions, expectations and commitments, please view the attached handbook. 

We are looking forward to all of the joy and celebration that is ahead of us at our spring performances!