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!



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!


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!

Spring Recital Flower Orders
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!

Panera flier

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.


•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.


Make a Purchase That Helps Twice!

This Sunday marks our annual Barnes & Noble book fair fundraiser! Every bookstore and Cafe purchase at the Bloomington location earns us a percentage of the sale when Twin Cities is mentioned at the register. Online sales bring in additional funds from 10/23-10/27; simply enter book fair ID #11961497 at checkout.

In addition to the many fun activities and dance performances we’re offering from 1:00-5:00 that afternoon, Twin Cities School of Dance has decided to give back to the community in a bigger way by collecting books for the Children’s Home + Aid  social service agency. Children’s Home + Aid has a number of programs in which the books will be put to good use. One example is the Crisis Nursery where they try to provide a book, blanket, and small toy for those children who usually come in with nothing. They are greatly in need of books for grades pre-K through 5th, as well as new toys.

A drop box is available now at the studio, and a collections box will be also be present at our book fair on Sunday afternoon (located by our complimentary gift wrap table at the front of the store). So, your Barnes & Noble purchase not only helps our dancers, but helps those in need as well.

Hope to see you there—and check out a few photos of cast members at our past book fairs!

The Nutcracker and dancers (2011)
Party Scene (2011)
The Claras and the Nutcracker (2012)
Two sets of Clara and Fritz (2013)
Claras with their matching dolls (2015)



Friendships Are Born on the Dance Floor!

Last Saturday, dancers from the ballet and performance companies got together for some food and fellowship before a full day of technique classes and rehearsals. The event kicked off The Parent Guild’s new mentoring program, “Mon Amies Petites,” which pairs high school dancers with younger company members. The goal of the program is to foster strong bonds among the dancers, and help young children connect with role models in their dance lives.

After a delicious pancake breakfast and an informational meeting, it was time for team-building games and a chance to have some fun! Check out these pics from the day, and stay tuned for upcoming community service events organized by our mentoring program. Special thanks to Andree Harding and Ebony Nebel for co-chairing this exciting new addition to Twin Cities School of Dance!

Nutcracker Season!


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!