In keeping up with our goal to write more blogs this year, we thought it seemed fitting to just share what’s going on at the studio right now.
There are so many things we are working on, like starting up recital routines, figure out the order of performances, getting more students so we can have more friends in class, getting through the school year, making it through the yucky winter days in the hopes of beautiful days with sun and snow like today-or maybe you’re more of a spring person, and working on achieving goals. We are always hard at work at Symphony Dance and we know everyone is busy with to-do lists and resolutions and life in general, but we also want to take time to bask in the happiness.
First, some exciting celebrations are that we have added some new students. We would like to welcome Haylie, Sophie, Nancy, Lynn, and Riette to the Symphony Dance Family! We’ve also had some family members who are now able to re-join us for dance: Kate, Harrison, and Alandra-welcome back!
We are also adding some classes and opening a couple spots for students who were busy in the fall, but want to dance with us this winter and spring. If you know anyone else who wants to join us this year, let them know it’s not too late!
On Friday, of this past week, our Symphony Dance Seniors and Miss Katrina spent the night at the studio to avoid having to travel home on icy roads in the winter mix coming down and then having to travel again in the morning in heavy snowfall and snow and ice accumulation. Friday nights run late and Saturday mornings start early! They had Panera delivered for dinner, worked on dance things, socialized, played games, got a few hours of shut-eye in their sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses on the floor, then woke up to a winter wonderland outside and granola muffins for breakfast. After a quick freshening up, they started ballet bright and early. The studio was open Friday night and Saturday, and anyone who didn’t feel safe stayed home, but anyone who lived close and felt comfortable came for warm up and fun.
Miss Katrina and Miss Genesis had a lot of fun until it was time to leave Saturday afternoon….Miss Katrina’s car may or may not have been buried deep in the snow in the Rubino’s parking lot. She used her snow scraper as a shovel and a snow broom to help make a path for her tires to get out and Miss Genesis had to wait to get in until she backed out due to the snow being up past where the door opens on the passenger side when they first started.
The Roc City Clogging Club has been extremely busy this holiday season but was able to have practice (first one since before Thanksgiving) on Sunday! They’ve started work on their “Circus” themed routine for the annual clogging workshops/festival/convention in Buffalo this April.
Speaking of clogging events, a bunch of all of the Symphony Dance cloggers (Roc City CC included) will be headed to Maryvale High School for the Winter Fun Dance on January 26th too. We are wishing them safe travels and lots of fun, dancing the night away.
We are figuring out our recital dates! (This is not quite a celebration, as there have been some unexpected conflicts and it looks as though we may be having rehearsal on a weeknight :(...but we are hoping to figure out something to make it better-possibly a Saturday rehearsal earlier in the month to the extra hard work, so that the weeknight dress-rehearsal goes faster.-Silver Lining=less time in costume if we do the hard work ahead of time out of costume!)
Side note (and another celebration): Of all the studios Miss Katrina’s worked for in her years and danced for in her time as a dancer and of all the friends she has in other studios, it is a celebration that our Symphony Dance parents are the best helpers. They bring snacks, they help with quick changes, they help run the raffle and merchandise sales, and they work together with the whole team to keep things much more fun, smooth, and organized than most other studios. Symphony Dance is a group of “good people.”
Along the same lines of recitals and dress rehearsals are costumes!! Some of our costumes are coming in and we couldn’t be more excited! We like things to be a little bit of a surprise, but we will show you some of the good looks we have so far (there’s more to come) in this slideshow!
Now for some “mini-celebrations” on achievements of our students, not that they are any smaller than any other celebrations.
Susan (a RCCC member) was accepted into Nursing School and is starting this month! Congratulations to her and best of luck in her studies!
In case you missed it on social media (we posted a photo) Andrew (clogger, hip hop dancer, turns leaps and conditioning student, and acrobat) is wrestling and has been doing well at his tournaments-he even got a medal in his very first one ever!
Sophie (Tuesday Acro) got her backbend-kickover about two weeks ago and her back-limber this past week!
Giulia(Tuesday Acro and Thursday Combo Class) got her bridge this month!
Marlie (Thursday Combo Class, Friday Acro, and Saturday Ballet) did the homework Miss Katrina suggested she do and has improved her foot flexibility and strength 10-fold and is able to hold a stable (no wiggly heels, or sickled feet and ankles) releve for a really long time! (PS-Miss Katrina was so proud she cried; Marlie played it cool though.)
Lexi has been cast as Mrs. Corry/Chimney Sweep/and another key ensemble member in her school’s production of Mary Poppins Jr. (More information will come.)
Chloe is tech crew and has lead on Microphones for her school’s musical production, Mulan Jr. (East Rochester Middle Level- http://www.erschools.org/) Tickets on sale for this weekend, if you want to go see it.
Miss Katrina was accepted into Grad School at the University of Brockport and is taking Philosophies in Education. (She asks that everyone say a prayer she can handle being a full time school nurse/health teacher, a dance studio owner, a dancer and RCCC member, board member of dance associations, a homeowner, a pet-mom, a daughter, a friend, a community helper, and a graduate student too!)
A small celebration for Emma is that Miss Katrina took a picture wearing the socks (at the senior snow sleepover) that Emma gave her as a gift. (Miss Katrina has been wearing them, but Emma hasn’t believed her due to no photographic evidence.)
Miss Kate & Miss Genesis have also been invited to Dance Masters of America’s Student Honors Intensive Program for dancers. While Kate is still trying to determine what opportunities she will be pursuing (she has been invited to a few performing arts opportunities), we think she’ll be able to do this one for sure & we know it would be good for the girls to go together. In order for them to get there, they need your help. The tuition covers college level dance courses with possible college credit and a chance at scholarships that are awarded at the end of the week, meals and housing for a week, performance opportunities, daily master classes in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip hop with workshops and preparations for Musical Theatre, Dance Company, and Commercial Dance Auditions, along with Dance Career options. We have included a link to a GoFundMe for them. The GoFundMe amount was set higher than tuition by a little to cover for credit card processing fees and help them replenish their dance wardrobes for dress code requirements. Feel free to donate on GoFundMe or at the studio, to help give them a wonderful High School Graduation Gift.
Hopefully soon we’ll be posting a blog about how they are able to go on their trip (to the University of Buffalo/more like go to their training), due to all of the generous donations!