Studio News – June 2022

A few pieces of studio news and an update/note from Colleen regarding the dance photo ordering process.

Summer Camps

Registration is open for our summer dance camps! Join the waitlist for one of the Mini Dance Camps or register today for Dance Combo Camp, Art & Dance Camp, Musical Theatre Camp, Teen Dance Sampler, or our new One Day Intensives. Summer camps are a great way to keep moving in the summer, to try a new style, or to get back into dance after some time away.

Details and online registration at danceworkskenora.com/summer-camps/

Performance Ensemble Auditions

We’re looking ahead to the 2022-2023 dance season and are holding auditions to get a sense of the level of interest in the DanceWorks Kenora Performance Ensemble. This audition style class is free and is open to everyone, including those with no previous dance experience. Attending the audition does not mean you are making a commitment to the program, just indicating your interest. This will allow us to get a better sense of the number and level of dancers so that we can plan properly for the upcoming dance year. 

The Performance Ensemble is an extra training program for students and requires an additional commitment beyond the regular weekly classes. Students will develop their technical and performance skills while attending workshops or conventions, learning choreography, and preparing for performance opportunities in the community or at competitions.

Register for one of the audition classes through your portal account under “Events” or by selecting the audition date/time from the Events Calendar

Dancers can choose to attend just one or both audition classes for their age range. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
4:15 to 5:15 pm – Age 7 to 10
7:00 to 8:30 pm – Age 11+ 

Monday, June 13, 2022
6:15 to 7:15 pm – Age 7 to 10
7:30 to 9:00 pm – Age 11+

Interested in the 2022-2023 Performance Ensemble but can’t attend one of the audition classes? Please send us an email at info@danceworkskenora.com for information on how to complete a video audition.

Dance Photo Update from Colleen

“It’s been brought to my attention that the people that have registered their code links have not been able to get access to the photographs. There is a problem with the site itself and I am waiting on Tech Support to correct it. This also means that the link to just the group photograph is not working correctly either and needs to be redone. I apologize for the delay and inconvenience however, do rest assured that we are working on getting this corrected as soon as possible. I know you are all excited to see your images of your dancers and I’m excited to show them to you. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new software.”

Colleen Serban Photography
807-468-3183
807-466-2995 (cell)
www.colleenserban.com

Studio News – May 2022

Hi dance families,

We’ve reached the end of our Full Year and Winter session of classes. Thank you to everyone for a great dance season. It was wonderful to see the dancers able to perform on stage again for the first time since our 2019 recital.

Spring Session & Summer Camps

We have finalized our spring and summer programming and registration is now open through your portal account. We are excited to welcome some familiar faces to the studio to lead our spring and summer programming this year – Maddy Graham and Kirsten Favreau will be co-teaching our 2022 spring and summer dance, under the supervision of Ms. Erin.

Spring session will run for 5 weeks, from May 24 to June 24, with all classes running once a week. Summer camps will be running in July and August and include our popular Art & Dance Camp, a new Musical Theatre Camp, Teen Dance Samplers, themed Mini Dance and Dance Combo Camps, and One-Day Technique Intensives. There are options for all ages and experience levels!

Read more at the “Class Schedule” and “Summer Camps” pages.

Recital Video – Streaming or Download Now Available

Watch the performance online with video on demand streaming or digital download. If you couldn’t attend the 2022 Year-End Recital in person, or if you just want to watch the show again, you can now stream or download the recording from May 13 to 25, 2022. Access the video through our online ticketing site or by following the link from the danceworkskenora.com homepage.

If you pre-purchased the download option you should now be able to access it via the link in your order confirmation.

Note: Video on demand is a streaming option that allows one IP address to watch the show an unlimited number of times for the period of time that the the video is available online. Digital download is an option to own a copy of the video and allows one IP address to download a copy of the video to their own device.

Costume Return

For those that were not able to return costumes at their final classes, here are some additional drop-off times for this coming week. They can be dropped off at the studio (in a clearly labelled bag) during these times. If the green studio door is locked please drop off at the art studio.

  • Monday, May 16 – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 17 – 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 18 – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Thank you again for a great dance season!

2022 Year-End Recital

2022 Year-End Recital – May 7, 2022

Buy Tickets for the DanceWorks Kenora 2022 Year-End Recital

We are excited to get back on the stage this spring! The DanceWorks Kenora 2022 Year-End Recital will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 with shows at 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm at the Seven Generations Event Centre. Recital tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth and can be purchased online in advance of the shows.

Tickets are general admission. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Everyone attending (including children over 12 months) must have a ticket. Note: The venue requires that everyone attending wear a mask.

Due to venue capacity restrictions we have set up priority ticket sales for dance families this year. Priority access will be active from Tuesday, April 26 at 12 noon until Monday, May 2 at 12 noon. Open ticket sales for any remaining tickets will begin on May 2 at noon and run until Friday, May 6 at 11:59 pm on a first come, first served basis.

The recital will be professionally filmed and will be available for streaming or download, through the online ticketing site, from Friday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 25.


Dance families, please read through the detailed information carefully. It should provide the answers to any of your recital related questions.


2022 Festival of the Arts

Our in-studio Kenora District Festival of the Arts adjudicated performances and workshop sessions are coming up! They will be taking place in-studio during regular class times the week of Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29. 

All DWK Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior classes will be participating in the KDFA this year. This year’s event is being done in a workshop style with the dancers performing in-studio and the adjudicator watching and providing feedback via Zoom.

Festival of the Arts – Adjudicated Dance Performances

  • Location: DanceWorks Kenora with Virtual Adjudication
  • Date: Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29
  • Times: During Regular Weekly Class Times – See Schedule Below
    •  If your dancer is sick or there is an emergency preventing attendance on the day of the performance please notify Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com or by texting 807-464-3666.

Please review the detailed information carefully as it should provide all of the information you and your dancer need for this event. Rehearsal videos and links to their performance music will also be sent out shortly so that dancers can review and practice at home in preparation.

Job Posting: Summer Dance Instructor & Studio Assistant

DanceWorks Kenora is seeking 2 energetic and enthusiastic individuals (age 15-30) to lead our summer dance programming and assist with studio administration.

This position will work alongside the studio owner in the planning and instruction of summer dance programming for kids. They will lead, support, and motivate young children to enjoy all that dance classes and our day camps have to offer. As a Dance Instructor they will help to plan class activities, demonstrate proper technique, respond to incidents, discuss participation and concerns with the studio owner and communicate with parents. To succeed in this role they should be upbeat, proactive, and caring with a strong sense of responsibility and confidence in their leadership abilities.

The position will also assist with various administrative tasks at the studio including marketing and promotions, costume organization, studio cleaning, and communicating with current and potential customers. Success in these tasks will require good communication, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills.

Individuals in these positions will also receive access to professional development through an online training platform as well as ongoing training and mentorship from the studio owner.

Specific tasks for this role will include:

  • leading and supporting dance students as they participate in age-appropriate activities
  • participating in planning and coordinating class lessons and activities
  • mediating conflicts that may arise between students
  • monitoring student safety and ensuring student compliance with studio rules
  • consistently applying safety guidelines and ensuring safety procedures are followed
  • reporting any notable concerns or incidents to the lead instructor and/or studio owner
  • cleaning, maintaining, and ensuring proper use of studio facilities and equipment
  • creating content for studio marketing materials including website and newsletter updates as well as social media posts
  • communicating with current dance families and potential future students

Qualifications:

  • dance experience in ballet, jazz, tap (additional styles an asset)
  • previous experience working with children
  • ability to wear required any PPE at work, including while teaching and dancing
  • strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • upbeat, engaging personality
  • able to motivate and encourage students
  • high level of responsibility and accountability
  • ability to pass a background or criminal record check
  • first aid training an asset

Positions would be 35 hours a week from May 24, 2022 to August 21, 2022 (start and end dates may be adjusted slightly depending on availability).

Interested applicants should submit their résumé to Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com by April 30, 2022.

Picture Day 2022

Pictures will be taken by Colleen Serban Photography at DanceWorks Kenora on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Dancer attendance is requested at Picture Day (even if you do not plan to purchase pictures) as the goal is for the group photo for each class to include all dancers. If you know you are unable to attend or if there is illness or an emergency on the day of Picture Day please notify Ms. Erin as soon as possible.

Please come prepared knowing if your dancer is getting an individual picture or not. If they are getting an individual photo please make sure you have your $40 deposit (cash only). There is no charge on picture day if your dancer is only participating in their class photo.

Picture Day Checklist
____ Know Your Class Call Time
____ Costume (including tights, shoes, accessories)
____ Performance Hair & Makeup
____ Optional: Cash ($40) for Individual Picture Deposit

For more details on the Picture Day, the ordering process, and what your dancers needs for costumes, hair, or makeup please review the following detailed notes. Printed copies of these notes are also available at the studio.

Picture Day Schedule

Listing of times and classes for 2022 Picture Day at DanceWorks Kenora.
DanceWorks Kenora Picture Day 2022 Schedule

Picture Orders

We are working with Colleen Serban Photography again this year for our dance pictures. The pricing list will be coming soon. Any questions about products or pricing should be sent directly to Colleen at colleen@colleenserban.com

Individual photo deposits ($40 cash) will go towards your final order cost. Only one deposit is required for dancers in multiple classes or families with more than one dancer.

A password protected site will be emailed to you a few weeks after Picture Day. You will then have until the date provided at that time to review the images and make your order through the online system.
The online gallery will display unedited proofs. Once orders are placed and paid for, Colleen will do the photo editing and touch-ups before completing the order.

Pickup or shipping dates will be communicated after your order has been placed.

Save the Date – Studio Events

Hello dance families,

There are a few things on the go as we near the end of our dance season, including our studio Picture Day, adjudicated Festival of the Arts performances, and our 2022 Year-End Recital! 

All classes (including the winter session classes of Creative Movement and Dance Foundations) participate in Picture Day and the Year-End Recital. For this year, the adjudicated Festival of the Arts performances will involve only our Primary through Senior level classes.

Please read the following carefully and know that Ms. Erin is hard at work on the planning of these events and more details will be coming as soon as they are available.

Costumes

  • Costumes will be sent home with dancers in the next two weeks. Additional details on tights, shoes, hair, and makeup will also be coming but most classes will wear the same tights and shoes as their class dress code attire. 
  • Costumes are to be kept safely at home and worn only for the studio events listed below. They will be returned in the final week of classes in May after the Recital. 
  • Unreturned or damaged costumes will result in a costume replacement fee of $80 (plus HST) for each costume.

Studio Picture Day – Saturday, April 9

  • Class photos, in costume, will be taken at the studio and dance families will have the option to have individual photos taken (for a fee). There is no charge to be in the class photo and the decision to purchase any photos doesn’t need to be made until after proofs are available.
  • Picture day will run from 9:30 am through to 6:00 pm on Saturday, April 9. Each class will need to be at the studio for approximately 30 minutes. Dancers getting individual photos may be there for slightly longer.
  • Please notify the studio by Wednesday, March 23 if there is a time of day that would be a conflict for your family. This can be taken into consideration when the schedule is being created but once distributed the schedule is final.

Festival of the Arts – April TBD (between April 19-29)

  • Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior classes will be participating in this year’s adjudication workshop sessions for Festival of the Arts. This will be an opportunity to perform their routines for an online adjudicator and then spend some time working with and receiving feedback from the adjudicator.
  • These sessions will be held at the studio during regular class times at the end of April, exact dates and details will be communicated as soon as possible.

DWK Year-End Recital – Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7

  • We are making plans for a return to in-person performances for our 2022 Year-End Recital. (Hooray!)
  • We are still working through various scenarios now that restrictions are lifting and will be sending additional details on schedule, volunteers needed, tickets, video purchase, and more as soon as they are finalized.
  • For now, please save the date for a Friday evening dress rehearsal and a full day/evening of performances on Saturday. For those that would be participating for the first time, we traditionally run our dress rehearsal in an age based order on the Friday and then have all dancers perform in both a matinee and an early evening performance on the Saturday.

If your dancer will not be available for any of these dates please let the studio know ASAP. Your dancer would still be able to learn the dance and participate in the other events. Dance performances are a group/team activity and while we sometimes have to adjust for last minute absences (for illness or emergency) we can also practice and prepare in advance with adjustments to choreography or formations if we know about a planned absence.

Don’t forget to mark these dates on your calendar and stay tuned for more information as we finalize our plans.

Studio News – March 2022

Hi DWK dance families,

A few updates now that we’re already into March!

March Break

A reminder that the studio is closed and there are no classes from Monday, March 14 to Sunday, March 20. Classes resume at their regular schedule on Monday, March 21.

NOTE: We have made the decision to continue with dancers wearing masks for at least a few weeks after March Break but we will no longer be requiring dancers to complete the health screening survey before attending class (but dancers should continue to stay home if feeling sick). This is an important time of year as we are finishing learning choreography and we currently feel more confident in our ability to continue to offer uninterrupted in-person classes if we continue wearing masks in the studio. We will be keeping an eye on local cases as the restrictions lift and will let dance families know when masks will be optional for dancers.

Interested in Spring or Summer Dance?

We’re planning ahead and would love your input to make sure we plan classes and camps that match with the demand for different ages, styles, and formats. Please take a few minutes to fill out the “Interest Form for Spring & Summer 2022 Dance” and feel free to share the link with others you think might be interested as well.

Spring Dance Dates – Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for dates and details as we make plans for our spring dance events including our in-studio Picture Day, in-studio Festival of the Arts adjudicated workshops, and the DanceWorks Kenora Year-End Recital. 

Ms. Erin is still working on the detailed plans for each of these events but we will be sending another email in a few days with the dates and information we have so far so that you can mark your calendars. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we put these plans together now that restrictions are easing.

Support for Ukraine

Did you know that our hip hop teacher Lena is a Ukrainian born Canadian. She has a number of friends and family members currently in Ukraine and has given a few local interviews (with the Kenora Miner & News and KenoraOnline) describing the situation and the personal impact of the Russian invasion. Ms. Erin has made a personal donation and encourages all of our dance families, if you are able, to make a donation to a charity or aid organization of your choice to provide support for the people of Ukraine.

In-Person Classes Resume Monday, Jan 31

Hi dance families,

We are back to in-person classes beginning on Monday, January 31. Thank you to everyone that has been showing up online, it’s been great to see your smiles and to feel your energy through the screen and now we are really looking forward to being back in the studio together!

With the return to in-person classes we will be back to our regular class schedule and our COVID-19 procedures, including the newer requirement that all dancers age 12+ show their proof of vaccination (via QR code) to enter the studio.

A reminder of your class schedule and our procedures is below. Please review and reach out ASAP if you have any questions or concerns.

Screening Required Before Entering Studio
Dancers and staff must pass the DWK Health Check screening survey to attend class in-person. The screening survey can always be accessed from the homepage at danceworkskenora.com This active screening is a requirement for facilities like the dance studio but the ongoing tracking of this for every student each day can take up a lot of time. Ms. Erin greatly appreciates your efforts in completing it the night before or the morning of your class.

Online Class Option Always Available
Dancers that cannot attend class in-person are encouraged to attend class online. The Zoom virtual class link is available in your portal account under the class details. Taking class online allows dancers to participate from home while continuing to learn with their peers. Let the studio know with as much advance notice as possible (but we can set it up quickly when needed).

Dance Class Checklist:
Proper dance attire and hairstyle
Dance shoes
Water bottle
Mask
Proof of Vaccination (age 12+)

Double check your class requirements in our Dress Code if you are unsure of correct attire. Many styles require dancers to have a ballet bun while those with shorter hair need to have it pinned back from the face as much as possible. While hair does not need to be as slicked back as it would be for a performance a dancer should be able to make it through class without having to make adjustments to their hair. We know it can take some practice but once you learn the technique a ballet bun can be done quite quickly. Watch this tutorial video for tips and make sure you have the correct type of hair pins and hair net.

January 2022 – Online Classes Update

Hello dance families,

As everyone is probably aware, Ontario announced new COVID-19 restrictions that take effect on January 5th. These latest restrictions mean that the studio will be closed for in-person classes until the end of January. Classes were set to begin the week of January 9th and while we can’t be together in-person we will continue with online classes using a modified schedule.

We know that online classes aren’t for everyone and that some households have a hard time connecting which is why we have modified the schedule to combine a few classes and provide more flexibility in the schedule for dancers and their families. 

NOTE: Dancers are welcome to attend any class at their level while we are online, ie: Dance Foundations level can attend any one or all three of the scheduled Dance Foundations classes OR a Primary Tap dancer can choose to also attend Primary Ballet and/or Primary Jazz. Any dancers in the Primary to Senior levels can also attend Dance Conditioning during this time.

We hope to see as many of you as possible online so that we can keep moving together and are ready to shift back to our in-person classes when we are permitted to re-open.

The modified schedule below will be in effect from January 10 to January 28. Zoom links will be available within your DWK portal account under the class details. 

Monday
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Creative Movement
4:45 pm to 5:30 pm – Dance Foundations Ballet
5:45 pm to 7:00 pm – Senior Tap
7:15 pm to 8:30 pm – Dance Conditioning

Tuesday
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm – Dance Foundations Jazz
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm – Primary/Junior Jazz
6:30 pm to 7:15 pm – Pointe & Pre-Pointe
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Senior Jazz

Wednesday
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm – Creative Movement & Tap
5:00 pm to 5:45 pm – Dance Foundations Tap
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Primary/Junior Ballet
7:15 pm to 8:45 pm – Intermediate/Senior Ballet

Thursday
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Creative Movement
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm – Primary/Junior Tap
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Intermediate/Senior Ballet
7:45 pm to 9:00 pm – Senior Modern

Friday
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm – Junior/Senior Hip Hop

We hope to return to our regular in-person schedule in late January but will provide updates as soon as possible based on any changes or extensions to the provincial restrictions. If you’re eligible for an initial, second, or booster dose of vaccine please use this time to get vaccinated before we gather in-person again.

As always, please reach out to Ms. Erin with any questions or concerns. Text or email is the preferred method of communication.