Salem Summer 2016

Dear Lifehouse Families,

It’s hard to believe another season at Lifehouse is on the horizon. We hope you will join us in 2016-17. Below are the details of the Lifehouse summer schedule. Summer is meant to be fun, but also to keep student’s dance skills sharp and progressing forward.

Weekly Company Summer Schedule

Students interested in participating in a company for the 2016-17 season need to register for summer classes. Registration will be available online beginning June 1st. Students 6th grade and older who are new to Lifehouse should contact the studio for recommended placement. I love summer classes! We get to really fine tune our technique and build our strength and flexibility!

  • Summer classes for all students interested in participating at Lifehouse on a company level will begin on June 20 and conclude on August 5th. Summer classes are open to everyone, but are highly recommended for students planning to be on a company for the 2016-17 season.
  • Tuition is determined by the number of hours of instruction per week and is equivalent to regular tuition during the year.
  • There are seven weeks of summer classes. The studio will charge for six. (you pay for 6 of the 7 weeks). Dancers may also do makeup classes. Tuition designated is for the entire summer.
  • A $20.00 non-refundable annual registration fee is due upon enrollment for summer. The registration fee is $20 per student or $50 maximum per family. This reserves your spot for summer classes and/or summer camp and guarantees you a spot for the fall. You must pay it online when you register or your registration will be dropped and your spot will be made available for someone else.
  • Tuition for summer classes is due July 1st. Tuition for the dance camp is due by August 1st.
  • The summer class schedule will be based on age and company placement from the 2015-16 year.
  • Summer classes will serve as the audition process for next year’s company placement. This will allow us to watch students for an extended period and better place them in the right class for their growth the following year. It will also allow us to better place new company members in the right class and will help us to keep skills sharp and stay in prime condition year round.
  • I’m often asked why I require Company members to dance during the summer. I realize that each dancer has a different commitment level to dance. Being on a Company is for students who have the desire to excel. Taking two months off of your training each year over the course of your career, puts dancers at a clear disadvantage by the time they graduate from high school. Not only do they miss the two months during the summer, they also spend the first six weeks of fall gaining back what they lost when they were not dancing. The amount of time we ask of students in the summer is the minimum necessary to continue to progress and grow.

Summer Schedule

Turquoise/Silver/Green/Magenta

Tuition $255.00

Monday 9:00 am-10:30 am Jazz Technique Studio 3
Monday 10:30 am-12:00 pm Ballet Technique Studio 4
Wednesday 9:00 am-10:30 am Jazz technique Studio 3
Wednesday 10:30 am-12:00 pm Ballet Technique Studio 4

Pointe (for students in magenta and red who went on pointe this spring)

$5.00 a class

Monday 12:30-1:30 Pointe Studio 4

Orange/Red/Sage

Tuition $255.00

Tuesday 9:00 am-10:30 am Ballet Technique Studio 4
Tuesday 10:30 am -12:00 pm Jazz Technique Studio 3
Thursday 9:00 am-10:30 am Ballet Technique Studio 4
Thursday 10:30 am -12:00 pm Jazz Technique Studio 3

Yellow/Purple

Tuition $255.00

Tuesday 9:00 am-10:30 am Ballet Technique Studio 4
Tuesday 10:30 am-12:00 pm Jazz Technique Studio 3
Thursday 9:00 am-10:30 am Ballet Technique Studio 4
Thursday 10:30 am-12:00 pm Jazz Technique Studio 3

Gold/Blue

Tuition $255.00

Monday 9:00 am-10:30 am Jazz Technique Studio 3
Monday 10:30 am-12:00 pm Ballet Technique Studio 4
Wednesday 9:00 am-10:30 am Jazz Technique Studio 3
Wednesday 10:30 am-12:00 pm Ballet Technique Studio 4

Pink/Violet

Tuition $165.00

Monday 12:00-1:30 Jazz technique studio 3
Monday 1:30-3:00 Ballet technique studio 4

Advanced Kindergarten (by invitation for students entering kindergarten fall of 2016)

Tuition $85

Monday 9:30-10:45 ballet/tap Studio 1

Eight Year Old Company (for students entering 3rd grade)

Tuition $115.00

Monday 10:45-11:15 Tap Studio 1
Monday 11:15-12:30 Ballet Studio 1

Six Year Old Company Class (for students entering 1st grade)

Tuition $90.00

Wednesday 9:30 am-10:30 am Ballet Technique Studio 6
Wednesday 10:30 am-11:00 am Tap Studio 7

Seven and Eight Year old Company (for students entering 2nd grade)

Tuition $115.00

Wednesday 11:00-11:30 Tap Studio 1
Wednesday 11:30-12:45 Ballet Studio 1

Movement/Choreography and Variations Class

$7.50 per class

Wednesday 12:30-2:30 jazz/ballet Studios 3 and 4

In this two hour class each week, students will focus on picking up different styles, performance and movement quality and tricks for learning combinations quickly. In looking at the strengths and weaknesses of our students, we feel this is an area where our students could use some dedicated work. We are excited to help the students grow over the summer in this area. Students will take a one hour jazz movement class and a one hour ballet variations class. Roll will be taken each week and students charged by the class. Students from gold, blue, red, magenta, green, silver, turquoise, and orange and other students by special invitation are all invited to attend. Students will be split into two groups. This will be incredibly beneficial. We hope lots of you will participate!

Lifehouse Summer Dance Camp

  • Camp for all company students will take place August 8-12. It will include guest artists and special seminars similar to last year’s camp. It promises to be our best yet. We have some exciting guest artists coming to work with you, inspiring guest speakers and fun activities.
  • Camp is required for 2016-17 company members and open to all.
  • Classes will all take place between 9 am and 5 pm. This will be the format for students entering 4th grade and older. Second and third grade students will come for a half day.
  • Company students ages 5-6 will participate in the Cinderella Ballet Camps for the week of August 8-12 for their summer camp curriculum.
  • We will also discuss goal setting as a class and establish friendships within our company.

Cost of Summer camp

  • $105.00 for Cinderella Camp kindergarten and first grade students (Special $20 discount for those also attending summer classes)
  • $105.00 for second and third grade students
  • $170 for students in intermediate levels
  • $195 for students in advanced levels

Specialty Workshops

These workshops are optional opportunities to build and refine your skills as a dancer. They offer a unique opportunity to focus intensely on a few specialized core competencies and skills that students can build on throughout the dance year. I highly encourage participation as family’s budgets and schedules permit.

Jump Start Jazz Summer Intensive with Ms. Ashley

Improve your jazz technique, learn more about your body, learn the fundamentals of footwork, jazz conditioning, turning and jumping in an intensive week of training with Miss Ashley. You will learn so much that will get you ready for the new year of dance! It will take your dancing to an entirely new level. You will be given sheets of things to work on at home to help your flexibility and strength for the entire year. Don’t miss it! $15.00 deposit due upon enrollment (opens July 1st), balance due first day of camp. This will be a rigorous workshop. Enrollment is limited.

  • July 11th-15th 12:30-2:30 each day for students in 6th grade and older next year VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for students new to Lifehouse Cost $75.00
  • July 18th-22nd 12:30-2:30 each day for students in 3rd-5th grade next year Cost $75.00

Pointe Prep Summer Intensive with Miss Kristi

Miss Kristi will be offering a ballet intensive for intermediate students wanting to work on their alignment, technique and strengthening their feet for pointe work. This workshop is for intermediate students wanting to take their ballet to a more advanced level. Recommended for students in blue, gold, orange and sage and any dancer already on pointe who wants to work on strengthening their feet and core. $15.00 deposit due upon registration (opens June 1st), balance due first day of workshop.

June 20-24th 12:30-2:30 daily Cost $75.00

Auditions for Lifehouse 2016-17 Companies

  • An audition for Dance Companies will be held August 1st between the hours of 9 am-5 pm. It is a good experience for students to learn the art of auditioning as it is a part of the dance world. Students will showcase what they have been working on all summer. After the audition, class placement for the next season will be determined. Always our goal is to place dancers where they can grow and progress to their potential.
  • An audition for Musical Theater Company will also be held August 1st. Auditions will be held in Studio 7 from 2:30-4:00 pm. This is for students with a high level of experience in musical theater skills including acting, singing and dancing. This is for students who are committed to increasing their musical theater skills and are willing to work outside of class learning lines and music. Students must be 12 years old by September 1, 2016. Students should prepare a 16 bar vocal selection and bring their sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. They will be given dialogue and choreography at the audition.

If you have any questions regarding class placement or want some feedback as to your child’s readiness for a company class structure, feel free to contact me. The 2016-17 year will feature a ballet production, the fireside production in March of 2017, our Lifehouse Spectacular Production will be a Christmas show Santa Claus Christmas Party in December, The Spring Recital and Company Showcase, and The Musical Theater Review. Exact dates will be available September of 2016. I am so lucky to work with such amazing students.

Best Regards,

Nesha Woodhouse