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Spring 2023

Virgila has rescheduled the dates of our mini sessions to Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th in hopes of accommodating families and dancers that may have busy upcoming weekends. The first date was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 29th, but there will no longer be photos scheduled for this date. A mini session is not required. Virgila’s stunning work can be viewed on our website and in the studio’s lobby. BOOK NOW

With the help of many very talented backstage stars, dancers can amazingly prepare for each recital dance in no time! If you enjoy working with children and share the love of dance, please sign up to volunteer backstage at one of our spring recitals. You must be willing to volunteer at dress rehearsal and the show. In return for your kindness, you will receive 3 FREE front of house tickets for the evening your dancer performs! SIGN UP

We are so excited to bring back a “dad’s dance” for our spring performances! This is not limited to dads. We would love to welcome dance grandpas, uncles and brothers who support our talented dancers! Rehearsals for this routine will take place with Franco at Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio on Sunday, April 30th and Sunday, May 7th at 2:00pm. This routine will be performed in both recitals. Performers are only required to attend the recital their dancer is part of.

Limited quantities of items such as tights, leotards, skirts, bows and more are available in our Star Shop at GDDS. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase from the Star Shop. Items range in price from $0.25 to $1.50. In addition, revamp your dance wardrobe and represent Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio and DANCE est Joie, Inc. with new merchandise. Follow this link to search the online store: HERE

We want to see your throwback photos! Send your dance memories to graycedewitt@yahoo.com for a chance to be featured on our social media pages during Throwback Thursday!

Relive the magic and excitement of your dancer’s recital performances! Our 50th anniversary recitals will be videoed by JC Productions out of Camden, Arkansas. A recital media fee of $30 was automatically drafted with the February 1st tuition transaction. The media fee is $30 per family. If your dancer is in more than one show, if you have multiple dancers in more than one show, or if you wish to purchase both recital videos, the cost is an additional $25. Please take a moment to follow this link and complete the Google Form: HERE

Select the show or shows you would like to receive. Fees for purchasing the additional video will be automatically drafted from accounts on Monday, May 15th, 2023.

Please make sure your dancer is prepared with the accurate shoes for their upcoming recital performance. In addition, dancers in hip hop classes may not wear street shoes for class or recital participation. We are continuing to have issues with street shoes being worn in classrooms. Street shoes bring in dirt, rocks, glass and more onto our professional dance flooring. These particles damage our floors and are hazardous to dancers. Our shoe dress code is available HERE.

In honor of our upcoming 50th anniversary recital performances, we are creating a keepsake program that will feature program line-ups for the performance, special recognition of our graduating seniors and award recipients and much more. We are offering opportunities for you to feature your special dancer or business as well. Our program is seen by hundreds of people throughout our end-of-season recitals.

Keepsake And Business Ad Prices:
1/8 page: $35.00 • 1/4 page: $70.00 • 1/2 page: $105.00 • Full page: $140.00
One photo is included in the cost of each ad. Each additional photo is $5.00.

Please follow this link to complete the Google Form or request a form at our studio office: HERE

Write the text exactly as you would like it to appear in your ad in the box below. You may also create your own ad using Canva or similar application. Email any image, business logo or premade ad as a jpeg file to graycedewitt@yahoo.com. Please include the dancer’s name and keepsake message/business ad in the subject line. All entries and artwork are due no later than Thursday, May 11th.

Programs will be available for preorder until Thursday, May 11th. The cost is $12.00 per program. Request your copy or copies by following the link posted above or fill out an order form at the studio. Limited copies will be available for purchase at our recital performances. Your studio account will be charged for the keepsake page, business ad and/or program order upon completion of this form.

BUN BAR 2023
The Bun Bar is back by popular demand for our 2023 recital performances!

A sign up sheet will be available at the studio office beginning Monday, May 1st during office hours (3:30 – 7:00). Three licensed cosmetologists will be available on Thursday and Friday night from 5:00 to 6:00 to create the perfect ballet bun for your dancer. The cost is $20.00 per appointment. All supplies are included. All appointments must be paid for in advance (cash or check). Appointments cannot be taken over the phone or online. There are no refunds for missed appointments.

Every Thursday 7:30 – 8:15
Hip Hop with Franco. The cost of the class is $5.00 per participant. No experience is necessary.

Friday, May 5th, 6:00 – 7:15
Latin Fusion with Jayci. The cost of the class is $10 per participant. No experience is necessary. Doors open at 5:30.

Friday, May 12th, 6:00 – 7:15
It’s a “treat yourself” dance class with Jayci! There is no cost to participate in this class. We want to celebrate all the great ladies in our lives for Mother’s Day Weekend! No experience is necessary. Doors open at 5:30.

May 15th – 18th
We are so grateful for our dance families at Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio! Drop in the lobby for light refreshments while your dancer is in class. It’s also a great time to look into our Summer Dance Arts classes and camps, check lost and found, and ask any questions you may still have about recital week.