Newsletter_icon2Tappin’ Times – May 2019

As the 2018-19 dance season comes to a close, we would like to thank all of our dance families for allowing us to work with your children!   We appreciate the opportunity and hope to see them in the future!

We have been busy preparing all the WDC dancers for our 24th annual recital- “City Lights” and we hope you are excited to see them perform!

Directions to East Ridge High School:
East Ridge High School is located at 4200 Pioneer Drive in Woodbury, behind Bielenberg Sports Complex.  Access to the school is available off of Bailey Road or Radio Drive.

From Bailey Road:  Take Pioneer Drive to the south and turn right on Hargis Parkway
From Radio Drive:  turn east on Hargis Parkway
*The Entrance for the Auditorium is the “ACTIVITIES ENTRANCE”


Dress Rehearsals and Recitals
Don’t forget all needed dance shoes for rehearsals and recitals!!  Full costumes need to be worn at dress rehearsal but hair and make-up is not needed until recital.  Dancers do not need to arrive early for dress rehearsals but will need to arrive 30 minutes before show times on recital days.

If you have questions regarding dress rehearsals or recitals, please review the Recital Information Packet that was passed out in March.  The recital info packet is also posted on our website on the Recital Page.  Still need help?  Call the studio at 651-735-9252.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

SHOES — Please double check the listing of color/style of shoes needed for your recreational class HERE.  Let us know if you have any questions.  Dancers wearing ballet shoes in recital MUST have their drawstrings cut short and tucked in.  Leave only about 2 to 3 inches in length before tying a knot and tucking inside the shoes. Thank you!

NEED SHOES? Gently used shoes are being sold at the front desk to raise money for our Darby’s Dancers program, which is a non-profit organization that provides free dance classes to dancers with special needs.


Backstage Volunteers
We are in need of more recital volunteers to help backstage.  Please use the link below and sign up online if you are available to help. Parents who are volunteering- put a note in the comment field if you wish to help backstage with a particular class.  All recital volunteers receive a $10 WDC gift certificate for each recital they volunteer for backstage.  Volunteers must be at least in 6th grade in order to help with recitals. We appreciate your help!

WDC will be hosting an optional, but RECOMMENDED, recital volunteer training at East Ridge High School during dress rehearsal week. During this training we will go over the responsibilities/expectations of volunteers and answer any questions you may have about helping with recitals. The training will take place at ERHS on Wednesday, May 29th from 8:00-8:45pm (please meet in the cafeteria). If you plan to attend the training, please sign up below. Thank you!

Backstage Volunteers Sign Up


Tickets that were pre-ordered can be picked up at the front desk starting Friday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m.  Please note that your account needs to be up to date in order to receive your tickets.  Additional tickets will be available for some performances but other performances are sold out.  The deadline for ticket returns is Thursday, May 23rd.  After that date no ticket refunds will be given.

Recital DVDs  – Each recital will be professionally recorded by Creative Edge. No other video-recording is allowed at the recital. NEW THIS YEAR – you will have the option to order a DVD or a digital file of the recital performances.

DVDs are $29.95 and orders will be available to pick up at WDC after July 22nd or you can have your DVD mailed directly to you for a $5 shipping and handling fee.

Digital Files will be available for individual routines (not available for full recital). Please see pricing below. Orders will be available to pick up at WDC after July 22nd or you can have your flash drive mailed directly to you for a $5 shipping and handling fee.

1 Routine – $15
2 Routines – $25
3 Routines – $35
4 Routines – $40

Please use the link below to order online.



Recital t-shirts that were pre-ordered will be available to pick up in the boutique Monday, May 13th. There will be some additional shirts available to purchase in the boutique if you would still like to purchase one. Rhinestones are also available to purchase in the boutique as well.

Tots Showcase Shirts that were pre-ordered will be available to pick up in the Boutique on Monday, May 6th.

Trophies & Ribbons – Trophies will be available for pick up at East Ridge High School during the dress rehearsals.  Dancers who have danced at WDC for 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 or 15 years will be receive a trophy.  We will also have a photo opportunity at the school where parents may take pictures of their dancer in costume with their trophy.  All WDC dancers will receive a participation ribbon in class later in May.


Hairpieces to the Rescue! Looking for an easy way to do your dancer’s hair for recital? Try a hairpiece! Put up hair in a bun, attach a curly scrunchie or another available style and you are set! Just make sure the hair piece is secured with hair pins for the show. Lots of colors and styles are available in the WDC Boutique.


Recitals Flowers, Balloons and Concessions Info: The Youth Dance and Enrichment (YDE) Non-Profit Organization will once again be fundraising at this year’s recitals. We are selling Flowers, Balloons and Toys along with concessions in the East Ridge cafeteria at all recitals. All profits made support dancers of all ages.

We will be offering pre-sales during dress rehearsal week. Look for the table with the balloons at the entrance to the auditorium. Although, you do not need to place a preorder they are strongly encouraged in order to choose from the best selections.

YDE is grateful for your generous support of WDC dancers and proud to help serve you during recitals!
(YDE runs as a separate organization to WDC. Please direct any questions to YDE staff, not WDC staff)


Practice Sheets – Dancers in preschool, kindergarten and 1st-2nd grade tap/jazz classes received practice charts in class.  They are encouraged to practice at home and return the practice chart any week before the end of the season for a prize.

Last Class of the Year: The last classes of the year will be held — Friday, May 17th through Thursday, May 23rd. The studio will be open limited hours on Friday, May 24th and closed Saturday, May 25th- Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day weekend. Please look for an email about studio hours over dress rehearsals/recitals and summer to be sent later this month. Be sure to check the dress rehearsal and recital schedule and mark your calendars accordingly.  It is very important that dancers attend class every week so they are well rehearsed and ready for recital!

Monthly Themes for Tots, Preschool, and Kindergarten Classes:
Our theme this month for tots, preschool, and kindergarten classes is: “Recital Countdown Celebration”. 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. May’s focus will be on gratitude.

Friday, May 3rd- Thursday, May 9th: Crazy Hair/Dress Week (wear crazy hair and/or clothes)
Friday, May 10th-Thursday, May 16th: Pajama Week
Friday, May 17th- Thursday, May 23rd: WDC Spirit Week (wear current or old recital t-shirts and/or WDC Apparel)


Fall Schedules and Registration Information: Our 2019-2020 schedule will be posted on our website by Friday, May 3rd.  You will receive an email notification, as well as a paper copy in class with information regarding the schedule & registration process.  All registrations must be done online.  If you are unsure if we have your current email address on file please check at the front desk or contact us ASAP at 651-735-9252.

Join us for a class or camp this summer!  Our summer schedule is available at the front desk and online.  Receive $10- off your fall registration with paid summer camp or summer session!


Boutique Sale:  Need new shoes for recital or an extra pair of tights?  Need new shoes for your summer class or camp?  Stop by the boutique in May to receive 20% off recital shoes and tights as well as all other dancewear.