Newsletter_icon2Tappin’ Times – December 2018

Christmas_PresentHappy Holidays to you and your family!!  From the WDC family

Dance Class Holiday Parties/Viewing will be held December 10th through December 20th for dancers in tots, preschool, and kindergarten classes (Alexis’s Wednesday 6:45pm 5-7 Hip Hop/Tap Class WILL NOT have a holiday party).  Parents, relatives and friends are invited to observe class.  Dancers have been working on holiday routines for their parties.  Specific dates and times were passed out in class.  Click HERE for a complete schedule.  Please contact the front desk or call the studio at 651-735-9252 with any questions. Don’t forget to stop by the boutique to check out our holiday dance apparel – perfect for the holiday dance class parties!


Holiday Break  There will be no recreational dance classes Saturday, December 22nd through Tuesday, January 1st.  Classes will resume Wednesday, January 2nd.

Spring Break  There will be no recreational dance classes Monday, March 11th through Saturday, March 16th.

Classes WILL be held Monday, January 21st (MLK day) and Monday, February 18th (President’s day).

Make Up Classes — Attention dancers in Tots, Preschool and Kindergarten classes, due to holiday parties and trying on costumes we ask that you wait until January to schedule any make up classes for December. We appreciate your cooperation with this. Thank you!

CHRISTIAN CUPBOARD TOY DRIVE….WDC is excited to be a toy drop-off for the Christian Cupboard toy drive program this holiday season.  Drop off a new unwrapped toy starting November 19th- December 8th.  Toys should not exceed $30 in value geared for ages 0 – 13.  You may also consider donating gift cards from local retailers in the amounts of $15 and $30 for teens.  They will also accept donations of grocery gift cards for families with a $15 value.

As an alternative to giving your dance teacher a gift, we would like you to consider donating a toy or gift card in your teachers name instead.

Nutcracker Performance

Join us on at East Ridge High School in Woodbury on Sunday, December 16th at 2:00 p.m.  WDC competitive dancers will perform excerpts from the Nutcracker with the East Metro Symphony Orchestra.  This is a great show for all ages and will include ballet, tap and contemporary routines with live music.  Tickets will be available to purchase at WDC very soon.  Look for email notification.    

Monthly Themes for Tots, Preschool, and Kindergarten Classes: Our theme this month for tots, preschool, and kindergarten classes is: “Winter Wonderland!”. We will have special songs, games, activities, along with dance specific skill goals and life/social skill goals that will be worked on each month.

Wingman For Dance: We are excited to continue using the Wingman For Dance Program with our 1st/2nd grade and older classes! Wingman inspires empathy, compassion, kindness, and inclusion. Each month will have a new focus with various activities. December’s focus will be on gratitude, humility, and caring acts for others.

Mom’s Dance and Dad’s Dance will start in February! Look for more information in our January newsletter.  These classes are FREE to WDC parents and any other adults that would like to participate in our annual recital!

Who: Dancers ages 3 1/2 to 8
When: Saturday, December 22nd 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What: Drop the kids for a morning of fun holiday dancing, crafts & movies and you can get those last minute holiday errands crossed off your list! Parents may drop off any time after 9:00 a.m. and pick up any time before 12:00 p.m.

Cost is $25 per child or $40 for two children.  Sign up through your studio account (under “dance camps 2018-2019” session) HERE.

Everyone welcome – bring a friend!

WDC Boutique Sale!!
Follow our posts on Facebook and Instagram for our 12 days of Christmas sale which continues through December 8th. There will be a different item on sale each day with great discounts! Stop in on Wednesday, December 19th for our big sale day. 20% off your entire purchase on this date only. Some restrictions apply. Discount does not apply to special order items or dance shoes.

Look for additional sale items on Vendor Saturdays this month!

Sample Recital Costumes
Many classes will continue to try on samples of their recital costumes over the next week.  Please plan for your dancer to wear a leotard and tights or other types of fitted dancewear (without attached skirts) to class if at all possible.  This will make it easier for the dancers to try the costumes on over their dancewear instead of needing to change out of bulky clothing.  We appreciate your help with this!  Boys in some of the tap/jazz or tap/ballet classes will be trying on pants this week and can use the restroom to try those on.  Boys only classes on Tuesday night with Bruce will be trying on their costume pieces at a later date.

Tights and Costume Information

Final costume payments of $50- are due Dec 15th from dancers that are in classes with two recital costumes — 1 1/4 hour length classes and our 5th-7th, 7th-9th and 8th-12th grade tap/jazz and jazz/lyrical classes.

Costumes will be ordered mid December for those dancer’s that have their account up to date.  Please call the office if you need to make payment arrangements for any outstanding balances.

Tight order forms will be passed out in class in December.  Please return to the studio by December 21st to assure the correct size tights are ordered for your dancer.  The cost of tights is included in your costume payments.  If you would like to order your tights online please click HERE.

Recital Information!

Please mark you calendars for our spring recital dates…

Preschool through Teen Classes:  Monday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 9th at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Click HERE for a list of which classes are grouped together for each show.  Specific dates and times for each recital group will be posted near the end of January.

Tots classes:  Our “Totally Tots Showcase” performances will be held the morning of Saturday, June 8th.  All of our tots classes will be performing on that date.  

Dress rehearsals: Tuesday, May 28th ; Wednesday, May 29th ; Thursday, May 30th ; and Friday, May 31st also at East Ridge High School. 

Darby’s Dancers Sponsors 2018-2019 We have several area businesses who have stepped up to be Darby’s Dancers supporters! Please help us say “Thank You” by using or referring these businesses to others when you can. We will be featuring them each month in the WDC Newsletter and on our Lobby Display Boards.

SHOUT OUT TO OUR ‘DARBY’S DANCERS SPONSORS OF THE MONTH’ – Energy Savers Fireplaces in Oakdale & Classy Threads of Minnesota!

Please see business info below.

Energy Savers Fireplaces, Oakdale MN

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care”
Let Energy Savers help design your dream fireplace that even the big guy in the red suit will be impressed with!

Energy Savers Fireplaces was voted Best Fireplace Store for 7 consecutive years for the St Croix River Valley. Family owned and operated as your one stop fireplace and finishing stop since 1976. Energy Savers specializes in wood, gas and pellet stoves, fireplaces, inserts, brick and veneered stone, mantels and surrounds. For warmth and comfort all year long; visit our Oakdale, Minnesota hearth center featuring 30 fully operational energy efficient hearth settings with various turn-key applications — a delight to see them burn before you buy.

Classy Threads of MN, LLC

We provide to business and organizations logoed apparel through embroidery and silk screening.

An additional Thank You to Classy Threads for supplying T-shirts for our Darby’s Dancers Students!!


Missing something??  The studio lost and found is overflowing!  Please check to see if you have any items in the lost and found.  Any lost and found left here more than a month it will be donated to charity.

Winter Camps
We are excited to offer two dance camps over winter break! Tuition for the camp will be $35 per dancer per camp.  Please see the information below and click HERE to register.

Happy Holidays – Nutcracker Camp
Friday, December 21st
Ages 3 1/2- 6 years

Instructor: Brinna King

Forget about the cold and celebrate the holidays at our Happy Holidays – Nutcracker Camp!  Enjoy dancing, games, craft, snack, and fun inspired by the holiday classic – The Nutcracker!  No dance experience needed- bring a friend!
Please bring a bag lunch.
Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes or ballet shoes.
Ages 3 1/2- 6 years

Happy New Year Camp
Thursday, December 27th
Ages 3 1/2- 6 years

Instructor: Mary Swenson

It’s time to ring in the New Year and dance the day away!  Enjoy dancing, games, craft, snack, as we ring in the New Year at WDC!  No dance experience needed- bring a friend!
Please bring a bag lunch.
Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes or ballet shoes.
Ages 3 1/2- 6 years


The Adult Winter Session begins Wednesday, December 5th – sign up today! Please see the class information below and use the link to sign up for class.

Winter Session: December 5th – January 23rd (No Class December 26th)
Wednesdays @ MAIN STUDIO
8:15-9:00 p.m. Hip Hop with Brinna
9:00-9:45 p.m. Jazz with Alyssa

$42 for one class selection – jazz or hip hop
$70 for both class selections – jazz & hip hop
15% discount for current WDC families/students!

Shoe Requirements
Hip Hop – Clean tennis shoes
Jazz – Any style/color jazz shoes



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