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  • Megan Ross

Happy March! Reminder that Spring Break is April 6-11 and the studio will be closed during this time. Enjoy your rest!


Keeping the Studio Healthy:

  • An email was sent out to the studio (included below). I have highlighted in red the action steps we ask that faculty/staff take to ensure we maintain a healthy studio environment:

Dear Barriskill Families,

We hope this message finds you well and healthy. As you know, we are in the thick of flu season and facing the threat of the Coronavirus affecting our region. We want to take a moment to share what we are proactively doing at Barriskill to keep our students and faculty healthy:

  • after each class we wipe down the ballet barres (and dots for preschool classes)

  • we offer hand sanitizer to each student as they enter and leave their classes

  • we continue to have cleaners and Enviromaster (who sanitize the bathrooms) at the studio on a weekly basis

We ask that each Barriskill student and family continue to do their part to ensure the health of our school - please:

  • encourage good hand hygiene, scrubbing hands with soap and water for greater than 20 seconds

  • remain at home if you have a fever (100 degrees or more) and/or rash within 24 hours of dance class

  • beyond a fever, do not send your children to class with a cough or shortness of breath

  • if your child does not go to school on a given day, do not send them to Barriskill on that same day students can freely make up missed classes when they are feeling better

  • be cautious returning to Barriskill after family travels to and from affected regions (such as for Spring Break) The CDC keeps an updated website of affected states

Nothing is more important to us than the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

In good health,

The Barriskill Team


Payroll:

  • Timesheets are due in your mailbox upstairs before Wednesday, March 25

Recital:

  • Costumes: I am still missing sizes for several classes, please get these to me ASAP. As costumes come in you can have students try them on and take them home.

  • Music: I am still missing music for several classes, please send me song titles/artists or the song file so we can compile the playlist for Duke.

Placements:

  • Level placements are due to me by Monday, March 16

  • Placement for all genres will be posted on the bulletin board in the hallway on Friday, March 20

  • All ballet students level 4+ are invited to take a placement class on March 6 5-6:30pm to be evaluated for Conservatory and Pre-Professional level. All conservatory and pre-professional ballet instructors are invited to observe and offer feedback. Sarah Anne is teaching - thank you!

Preschool Workshop:

  • Thank you, Heather, for leading a successful first preschool workshop!

  • JoAnna will lead our second Preschool Workshop on Friday, March 13 12 noon-1:45pm. Please wear clothes you are comfortable moving in.

  • Preschool teachers are encouraged to attend, all faculty are invited.

  • Please let me know if you are interested in leading a future continuing education workshop in your genre.

Social Media Request:

  • Please send photos and videos from your classes to megan@barriskilldance.com or 205-586-8147. I would love to have all ages and genres represented on our Instagram and Facebook page!

Faculty News: (send your upcoming events to megan@barriskilldance.com)

  • Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Workshop on April 3 from 8am-6:30pm. Contact Traci at traci@barriskilldance.com for more information



  • Megan Ross

Happy February!


Payroll:

  • Timesheets for all of February 2020 should be in your mailbox upstairs before Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Recital Costumes:

  • Primary Ballet and Preschool teachers: I have emailed you a document that has the most up to date participation, sizing, and costume status. If you have not already given me sizes or recital confirmation for all of your students please do so asap. Ana is hand making all of these costumes so we want to give her as much time as possible. Unless otherwise discussed I will be ordering a white t-shirt for boys, and Ana is making a matching vest and bow tie. Boys can wear the same bottoms and shoes they wear for class.

  • Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Teen Teachers: I have costumes from almost everyone. Please send me sizes as soon as you have them to avoid costumes not getting here in time and to allow for time to make exchanges.

  • Ballet 1 - Pre-Pro 2 Teachers: We will pull up costumes from the basement for your class to try on. Stay tuned!

Recital Music and Props:

  • Everyone: Please send me the song title, artist, version if we need to purchase your song OR the edited song file if you have made cuts yourself. These were due Feb. 1

  • We have to give a list of all props to our team at Duke for approval before recital. Please send me everything you are planning on using in recital that is not your dancers or their costumes.

Recital Schedule:

  • The recital schedule is available on our website here: https://www.barriskilldance.com/recital-2020

  • Please note your class time(s) and plan to be at Reynolds Theatre for all of your students' performances. There will be dress rehearsals the week before recital, rehearsal schedule tba.

Level Placement:

  • Level placement for all genres will be posted on the bulletin board on March 20. Please send me your placement lists as soon as you have them so I can begin compiling the master list.

  • All ballet students level 4+ are invited to take a placement class on March 6 5-6:30pm to be evaluated for Conservatory and Pre-Professional level. All conservatory and pre-professional ballet instructors are invited to observe and offer feedback. Sarah Anne is teaching - thank you!

Social Media Request:

  • Please send me photos and videos from your classes! I would love to have all the genres of classes we offer represented on Instagram and Facebook.

Preschool Workshop:

  • Friday, Feb. 21 12 noon - 2:00pm: Heather Pike will lead a mock preschool dance class followed by a discussion to brainstorm teaching tools, lesson plans, and class structure. All of our faculty are invited and our preschool teachers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Physical Therapy:

Upcoming Faculty Events (email your upcoming events to megan@barriskilldance.com):

  • Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Workshop on April 3 from 8am-6:30pm. Contact Traci at traci@barriskilldance.com for more information

  • Megan Ross

Happy new decade!


Payroll:

Please have timesheets completed and in your mailbox upstairs by Friday, Jan. 24.


Recital 2020:

  • Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop teachers please send recital costumes and music choices to me by Feb. 1. We currently have accounts with Weissman, Revolution Dancewear, Discount Dance, and Curtain Call; but you are welcome to look elsewhere. Only costume requests sent by this date will be ordered by the studio.

  • Preschool Teachers check your emails for fabric selections and costume notes from Kim (costume designer). Please send me the go ahead to order leos for your class or any notes you have for Kim ASAP. Once you have approved your costumes I will order sample sizes of the leotards for your students to try on. I will need you to size your students so I can order the correct leotards and Kim can begin creating the costumes.

  • Recital is May 29-31, 2020

Bye Bye Birdie:

  • Auditions are Tuesday, Jan. 7 4:45-7:45 and open to anyone ages 10-18

Cinderella:

  • Auditions are Friday, Jan. 10 5:00-6:30pm for Pre-Professional 1 and 2

  • Music will be shared with all Ballet teachers level 1+ this month

Faculty News!

Barriskill Dance Theatre School

3642 Shannon Road, Durham, NC, 27707

919.489.5100

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