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:

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!


Ms. Tricia runs the Dancingly Yours boutique.


Boutique shoppers enjoyed 10% off the entire store.


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


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


Ms. Brenda gets students fitted with new shoes.


One of our Senior Company dancers helping a young customer.


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!


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


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!

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!