Welcome Back, Dancers!

Classes for the 2017-18 season at Twin Cities School of Dance starts this week! Last Thursday, TCSD was a hub of activity as families completed registration and shopped for dance wear and shoes in the Dancingly Yours boutique. If you haven’t been in the studio for a while, you’ll notice some exciting changes, including our newly redesigned website (and online payment system), a new look at the front desk, and enhanced storage in our waiting room.

Check out the recent photos below, and be sure to look at the Parent Guild bulletin board whenever you’re in the building. Every TCSD parent is automatically included in the Guild, which is a group similar to a school PTO. Our first meeting of the year is coming up on August 31 at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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Front Desk and Dancingly Yours Boutique
Guild bulletin board
Parent Guild bulletin board info
Team Extreme storage
Team Extreme storage space
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Just a few of Team Extreme’s trophies
Waiting room displays
Photo display in our waiting room
Waiting room storage
Brand new shelving for some of our dancers

 

Thank You, TCSD Bakers!

The 2017 farmers’ market bake sale was a huge success! We sold out of almost everything, and brought in approximately $400 in sales. It was also a beautiful day to make contact with prospective dance families and share some info about our studio. We handed out fall schedules and Nutcracker info, and provided children with stickers and Nutcracker coloring sheets

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped out by baking items or staffing our booth—we couldn’t do it without our wonderful and generous volunteers!

Bake Sales and Music Festivals: It Must Be Summer!

This Saturday, June 24, is jam-packed with activity, and we know you don’t want to miss it! Between 7:30 a.m. and noon, stroll the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market on the Courthouse Square. Twin Cities School of Dance will be having a bake sale there as the week’s designated nonprofit organization! We’re located at Center and Jefferson, right by the Kids’ Zone activities.

Then, from noon to 4:00 p.m., head to Uptown Normal for the free music festival Make Music Normal. TCSD will have a booth there, too, featuring dance performances and children’s music/dance activities.

It’s a great time to support the studio and the performing arts!

Time to Vote!

Once again, it’s time to go to pantagraph.com for their Best of Readers’ Choice Awards contest to cast your daily vote for Twin Cities School of Dance in the category of Best Dance Studio!

If you’re new to the school, here are just a few reasons why TCSD deserves your vote: Classes for all ages and abilities, from the littlest ones through adult, and for both serious dancers and those who just pursue it recreationally; 100% nonprofit arts organization offering ballet, lyrical, modern, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and more; a long history of dance education and quality performances, including The Nutcracker Ballet, now in its 36th year; most classes taught by people who have already earned dance degrees and/or worked as professional dancers; a tradition of community outreach opportunities.

Voting goes through June 13. Thanks for supporting the arts!

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Summer at the Studio

Hello, summer! Twin Cities School of Dance is just coming off of a fabulous spring season—the annual recital, the second annual Spring Gala Repertory Performance, the beautiful Cinderella ballet, a TV appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and an all-school dance party to cap off the year. Be sure to check out the photo gallery below!  And thank you again to everyone who helped volunteer at these fun events—we couldn’t do it without you!

Summer may be quieter than other times of the year, but there are still a host of events coming up—fundraisers with Orange Leaf and the Normal Cornbelters, a bake sale, a free music festival, our library summer reading event—in addition to our program of classes and workshops. Stop by the studio and take a look at the Guild bulletin board, sign up to bake for our June 24th sale at the Farmers’ Market, and pick up a Schnuck’s Rewards Card to benefit our nonprofit dance school.

Happy dancing!

 

 

Thank You, Dancers!

Mark your calendars for two special events at Miller Park Pavilion on Saturday, May 13! At 1:30 p.m. is a performance by our lyrical Repertory Company, followed by a dessert buffet for our Spring Gala. Tickets are $10, and are available from Repertory dancers or at the studio.

Then, from 4:00-6:00, put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the end of the school year with a FREE dance party for all our TCSD dancers and their families! Check out the details below, and be sure to RSVP by May 6th if you are attending.

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Dance News!

Can you believe it’s the last week of regularly scheduled classes? Everyone has been hard at work preparing for the Cinderella Ballet (Fri., May 5), Spring Recital (Sat., May 6), and the Spring Repertory Gala Performance (Sat., May 13). Tickets for the first two events are available at the Braden Box Office, and Repertory tickets are on sale now from individual Repertory Company dancers or the Front Desk (bonus: Repertory tickets include a Gala dessert buffet).

If you weren’t at the April Parent Guild meeting last week, you missed some important end-of-year news and reminders. Here’s your catch-up:

17854678_1385172498192629_4850816212206689540_o•This Thursday, April 20, is our Prep, Freeze, Cook fundraiser from noon to 7:00. TCSD will receive 20% of ALL sales that day, no flier needed! Please spread the word to family and friends, and come pick up a delicious meal to cook now or freeze for later—they’re perfect for busy Tech Week evenings! Gluten-free and paleo items available as well.

•Are you a Schnuck’s shopper? If you or someone you know shops there for groceries, be sure to pick up a free eScrip card at the studio and follow the online directions to register your card and select Twin Cities School of Dance as your organization. Then, each time you shop, the studio will earn 3% of the sales.(You can choose up to three nonprofit organizations, if you wish, but the 3% will then be split among them.) The cards are good for all Schnuck’s stores in several states.

•Subway Rewards cards are still available at the Front Desk for $5. Coupons and offers are good through June 30.

•NEW EVENT: ALL-SCHOOL DANCE PARTY!!! To mark the end of a great dance year and to give a huge thanks to all our studio families, TCSD is hosting a FREE dance party at Miller Park Pavilion on Saturday, May 13, after the Repertory Gala performance. The party is scheduled from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Although the party is free, we do require that you RSVP by May 6 so you and your family can be on the list. Please tell the Front Desk or contact the studio if you plan to attend and let us know how many are in your family group. And if you are able to donate a bag of chips or popcorn, or a 2-liter of soda, donations will be much appreciated.

It’s Spring Performance Season at TCSD!

 

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The info-packed Guild bulletin board!

Have you stopped by the studio and checked out the Parent Guild bulletin board lately? If not, you might not know about some of the things happening at Twin Cities as we move closer to our spring performances! Here’s what you might have missed:

•Spring Apparel: Orders are in. Please stop by the Front Desk and pick up your Cinderella and/or recital t-shirts.

•Hy-Vee Flower Bouquets: We are taking orders for flowers for spring ballet and spring recital. All orders will be by pre-sale only; no bouquets will be available to purchase at Braden Auditorium. You can pick up an order form (yellow or blue, color-coded by show) at the studio; orders are due April 15.

•DVD orders are being taken now for the spring ballet and recital, and sales will continue through May 6. Cost is $25, cash or check payable to TCSD Parent Guild.

•The last Guild meeting of the school year is coming up on Thursday, April 13, at 6:00 p.m. Please note that this is a date change from the previous schedule. We will talk about spring and summer events and opportunities (including some new FREEBIES and exciting changes coming your way!), plan for the new year, and vote on open officer positions. In addition, we will draw our spring raffle winner for a $50 gift card to Dancingly Yours!

•Have you tried the tasty and convenient meals from Prep, Freeze, Cook yet? We will be holding a fundraiser at their shop on Oakland Avenue (off of Towanda-Barnes Rd., near Ovation Cinema) Thursday, April 20, from noon-7:00 p.m. TCSD will receive 20% of all purchases that day, no fliers needed. Share the news with your friends and family in the area!

•Need parent hours for Performance or Ballet Company? Be sure to check out the Sign-Up Genius website and enter access code Spring123 to see our volunteer needs. In particular we will need volunteers to supervise dressing rooms during the recital on May 6, and 3-4 people to assist with our Spring Gala and Repertory Performance on Saturday, May 13.

See you at the studio!

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Spring Recital Flower Orders
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Cinderella Ballet Flower Orders

What’s Happening This Spring!

It may look like winter outside, but spring is happening here at Twin Cities School of Dance! Tickets are on sale now at the Braden Auditorium Box Office for the Cinderella ballet on May 5th, and the spring recital, Sleep, Eat, Dance, Repeat, on May 6th. And that’s not all: the second annual Repertory Company Performance & Spring Gala is fast approaching on May 13th; stay tuned for ticket details, as well as details about an end-of-year all-school dance party!

On the fundraising front, we are having a restaurant fundraiser at the South Veterans Panera on Thursday, March 16, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  Just show your Panera flier (electronic or hard copy) and TCSD will get a percentage of the sales—easy, and a great way to grab a good dinner for your dancer while helping out our nonprofit school.

Fundraisers like our restaurant nights help the school with production expenses, teacher needs, studio upkeep, and fun extras. One new offering is an “Oops! I forgot!” box now available in the studio office for those times your dancer is caught by surprise needing some basic personal items—hair ties, feminine products, etc. The items are free, compliments of the school; all we ask is that if you find yourself benefitting from the service that you perhaps donate an item or two to restock as supplies become depleted.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the arts!

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Thanks and Giving

In November, thoughts turn to gathering with friends and family—and if your family is a dance family, then chances are good that some of that gathering happens around a studio or a stage.

With that in mind, TCSD and the Parent Guild want to thank all of our dance families for supporting our many projects, programs, and fundraisers. For instance, did you know that through your generosity we were able to donate 139 books and soft toys to Children’s Home + Aid?  Here are some other ways you can cheer on our talented dancers and dance teachers, help people in need, and support the arts this season:

•Hy-Vee Fundraiser (November 12-13)—Download and print out a hard copy (required) of the voucher you see below, and our 100% nonprofit dance school will get a percentage of sales at the Bloomington Hy-Vee grocery store.

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•Food Drive (November 5-16)—Bring in canned and boxed items to the studio to feed the homeless at Home Sweet Home Mission. A list of needed items is on the Guild bulletin board.

•The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees (November 19)—The Performance Company will take the stage at 4:30 at the Interstate Center with a variety of upbeat holiday dances. All ticket sales and proceeds from this popular weekend event go to The Baby Fold.

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