Nutcracker Season!

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Autumn may have just started, but at Twin Cities School of Dance it’s Nutcracker season! Open auditions for non-Company parts for the 35th Annual Nutcracker Ballet are today at 1:00, and there is a host of activities and events planned for the next couple of months leading up to the shows:

°ISU Homecoming Parade (Saturday, October 8). A sign-up sheet for walking participants is on the Guild bulletin board at the studio.

°Barnes & Noble Book Fair (Sunday, October 23, 1:00-5:00). Volunteers will be needed to help at this fun event for all ages! Sign-up coming soon.

°Food Drive and HyVee Fundraiser (November 12-13). We will be collecting food for Home Sweet Home Mission in November. In addition, HyVee will donate 5% of sales (with flyer) to our nonprofit dance school for those two days. Details and fliers coming soon!

For even more information, please consider attending our next Guild meeting: Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and all attendees will receive a raffle ticket entry for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Dancingly Yours Boutique! Winning ticket will be drawn once per semester, so attending three meetings per term gets you three entries!

Questions? Comments? Please contact Guild President Zarina Plath: guild@tcbdance.com

See you at the studio!

Welcome Back!

We hope your school year is off to a great start, and that you’re ready for a wonderful new season here at Twin Cities School of Dance! Last week, the studio was full of activity as many new and returning families stopped by Open House to complete registration and pick up new dance supplies in the boutique. (You can check out a few photos, below.)

Please remember that classes start Monday, August 22, and that the first Parent Guild meeting of the year is on Thursday, August 25, at 6:00 p.m. Guild meetings are the perfect place to meet other dance parents and get more involved in your child’s dance education.

Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend, and we’ll see you at the studio!

 

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Ms. Tricia runs the Dancingly Yours boutique.

 

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Boutique shoppers enjoyed 10% off the entire store.

 

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Plenty of customers picked up new leotards, tights, and other dance supplies.

 

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There is always information to be found on the Parent Guild bulletin board.

 

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Ms. Brenda gets students fitted with new shoes.

 

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One of our Senior Company dancers helping a young customer.

 

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Customers checking out the clearance rack.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

It’s hard to believe, but fall classes start in less than two weeks! Remember that the studio will host an Open House next Tuesday, August 16, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This is a great time to stop in and pay your tuition, stock up on dance supplies in the Dancingly Yours boutique, and for new students to check out the facility!

In other TCSD news, dancers from the Performance, Repertory, and Ballet companies performed at ISU’s Bone Student Center as part of the McLean County Senior Expo. The Parent Guild also hosted a welcome table and held a free raffle for Nutcracker tickets. Hundreds of area senior citizens stopped by to visit the table and talk with some of our dancers. Some of them even shared their own dance experiences—among the attendees were a former professional ballet dancer and a woman who tap-danced in Vaudeville! Special thanks to the Calvert family and Calvert-Metzler Memorial Homes for sponsoring this event. Check out a few photos, below!

 

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Ballet solo
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The Guild welcome table
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Two of our Company dancers ready to greet attendees
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Ms. Lisa stops by the table after a great performance
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TCSD dancers

 

 

TCSD Celebrates National Dance Day!

July 30th was National Dance Day, and Twin Cities School of Dance was part of the celebration! The morning started with a free Zumba dance-fitness class in the studio parking lot, attended by dancers, parents, and other community members—special thanks to TCSD’s Zumba instructor, Ms. Tracie, for this energizing event! (Side note: Zumba will be offered on Monday and Thursday evenings for any interested parents or other adults. There are also adult ballet classes and adult strengthening classes offered, too—check out the schedule on the studio website!)

 

On Saturday afternoon, the celebration of all things dance continued at Bloomington Public Library with a special children’s program. Did you know that TCSD is one of the library’s summer reading program sponsors? It’s just one more way our studio loves to give back to the community.

 

Several of our dancers performed for a crowd of 70 adults and children, showcasing ballet, modern, and contemporary dance styles. After the free performance, children were invited to participate in dance-themed activity stations led by our dancers. For so many children, programs like these are their first—or only—exposure to the performing arts.

 

Thank you to Ms. Alicia, our participating dancers, and the other parents who helped make this a fun and successful event! (And check out the gallery of snapshots from the day, below!)

 

Congrats, Dancers!

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The 2016 Summer Workshop was a success! Congratulations to all the dancers who were accepted into Company and Performance, and to those who were promoted a level. Keep up the good work!

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Summer Workshop 2016 Dancers and Teachers

 

Fall will be here before you know it, so be sure to register for classes if you haven’t done so already. And even though the summer session is over, there is is still plenty going on in July and August:

•Saturday, July 30, 2:00 p.m.—”Get Up and Dance!” children’s program at Bloomington Public Library. Several Senior Company and Senior Performance dancers will do a short performance in the Community Room, followed by children’s dance activities. This event is free and open to the public. Twin Cities School of Dance is a sponsor of Bloomington Public Library’s summer reading program.

•Tuesday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.—Annual McLean County Senior Expo at ISU’s Bone Student Center. Several of our dancers will perform that morning, and TCSD will have an information table throughout the day. Sponsored by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Homes. Free admission.

•Monday, August 22—Fall classes begin. Welcome back!

•Thursday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.—First Parent Guild meeting of the year! All parents/guardians of a TCSD dancer are encouraged to attend. (Little ones are welcome to accompany you, as well!)

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and keep on dancing!

Happy 4th to All Our TCSD Families!

Good news: The 2016 Bake Sale was a success! Despite the unseasonably cool temps we enjoyed great crowds at the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market, and we were able to make contact with many market-goers to promote the studio.

All of our beautiful and delicious treats sold out before the end of the morning—thanks again so much to the dancers and dance families who baked, decorated, and helped sell!

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Bake Sale 2016!

Come find Twin Cities School of Dance at the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market this Saturday, July 2nd, in the nonprofit bake sale booth!

We will be selling delicious homemade treats to benefit the studio.
In case you didn’t already know, Twin Cities School of Dance is a 100% nonprofit arts organization with 501c3 status, so every dollar counts!

(Check out these pics from last year’s bake sale, too!)

Hello, Summer!

Welcome back! The summer session is in full swing at Twin Cities School of Dance, after a season of beautiful performances from our talented dancers and staff.

There is always something going on at the studio, and summer is no exception. Find us at the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market (in the not-for-profit bake sale booth) on Saturday, July 2, from 7:30-noon. We’re looking for bakers to contribute to this event, so if that’s you, please sign up on the Guild bulletin board to help out.

You’ll also find our dancers performing at a few area venues this season, so watch for details. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from our 2016 Spring Gala, featuring a performance by the Repertory Company!

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A crowd gathered for this lovely evening at Ewing Manor.

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Live music in the air.

 

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Guests enjoyed a variety of appetizers.

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Ms. Tricia and husband Jason Zimmerman
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The new Repertory Company gave a powerful performance.

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Ms. Tricia thanks our sponsors.

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After the performance, guests returned to the courtyard for a dessert buffet.

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Basket raffle items generously donated by area sponsors.

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Off-duty dancers enjoying the event.

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What’s New at the Studio!

There is a lot of activity at the studio this month! Here are a few reminders and opportunities you might be interested in:

•DVD sales—A table will be set up to place your DVD orders for the spring shows.

•Spring Apparel—Extra ballet and recital shirts are also available for sale, so if you missed placing an order you can get one now. Sweatshirts are $40 and tees are $20.

•Spring Gala and Repertory Performance—An end-of-year gala and the debut of the lyrical-based Repertory Company will take place at Ewing Manor on Friday, May 6, from 5:30-7:30. Tickets are $12 and are on sale at the studio. Your ticket includes complimentary light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages (5:30-6:00), the performance (6:00-7:00), and dessert (7:00-7:30). Come explore the lovely grounds at Ewing Manor and enjoy an evening of dance in the charming outdoor theater used by the Illinois Shakespeare Festival!

•Raffle tickets for a variety of prize baskets will also be on sale at the studio beginning later this week and at the Gala. Prizes include items and gift cards from Biaggi’s, Casey’s Garden Shop, Uptown Gifts, Stella and Dot, Body of Bloomington, and more! Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Winning tickets will be drawn on May 6; winners need not be present to win.

Questions? Please contact the studio, or email TCSD Parent Guild Co-President Zarina Plath (zmplath@comcast.net).

Thanks!
TCSD Parent Guild

 

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Photo courtesy of Ewing Cultural Center

 

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