DWK Studio News – Sept/Oct 2018

Hello DWK families,

We’ve had a great first two weeks of dance! We hope your dancer is settling into the routine and enjoying their classes. Here are a few items to review and news to be aware of as the dance year continues.

Important Dates and Studio Closures

You can check the studio calendar, including holidays and closures, anytime at the Class Schedule page. Here are a few upcoming dates to be aware of:

  • Friday, September 28 – School PD Day – Dance Classes Run As Usual
  • Friday, October 5 – October Payments Due
  • Monday, October 8 – No Classes – Thanksgiving Monday
  • Monday, October 29 to Sunday, November 4 – No Classes – Fall Break Week

Studio Etiquette

An important part of dance class is being prepared for class, both mentally and physically. Please help your dancer to arrive on time, with the proper clothing, footwear, and hair for their class. Remember, you can always check danceworkskenora.com/dress-code if you are unsure on class requirements. As we are now 2 weeks into the year the expectation is that all dancers have had time to find appropriate attire. If you are still missing some of your dancewear please let Ms. Erin know.

Ballet buns are required for all Dance Foundations and Ballet classes. This is an important step and showing up to class without proper hair is the same as showing up without shoes, tights, or your bodysuit. Need a lesson on how to do a proper ballet bun, please watch this Bun Making Tutorial video.

Hip Hop dancers, outdoor shoes are not permitted in the studio! Please be respectful of the studio space and bring indoor shoes to your class.

Also, don’t forget your water bottle! Even the youngest dancers should have a water bottle as the break for water in these classes can be disruptive to the class if they don’t have water with them in the studio.

Younger dancers may need to be reminded that while dance is fun it is also a structured activity and they are expected to listen and do their best in class. We work on class etiquette within class but also have our studio rules and etiquette posted at various places within the studio. If you’d like to review it with your dancer at home you can view it here: DWK Studio Rules & Etiquette

We know the entry way can get crowded at class change times, please do your best not to disrupt the current class when you are entering or exiting.


Monthly payments are due by the 5th of each month. If you are signed up to pay by credit card your payment will be processed automatically. A reminder that late or NSF payments will result in additional fees.

You can log in to the customer portal at any time to update your payment method, make an advanced payment or double check your account balance. If you have applied to Triple Play please know that the process can take some time. Their funding maximum is typically $300/year so you can start to make payments towards your remaining fees at any time. If you have applied through Triple Play please let us know at info@danceworkskenora.com

Registration Is Still Open

Do you know someone that might be interested in dance? Many classes still have a few spots left and we do accept late registrations through the links on the DanceWorks Kenora Registration page. (Classes that are full will show as a waitlist registration.)

Adults, you can dance and move with us too! Don’t forget that the multi-class discounts apply on a family basis which means that you can try an adult ballet, jazz, tap or pilates class at a reduced rate. The Fall 1 mini-session has already started but you can still join us or register for a spot in the Fall 2 mini-session which starts on November 5th.

Upcoming Dance Events

For dancers looking for additional training opportunities there are a number of dance conventions coming up in Winnipeg. The DWK Junior & Senior Performance Ensemble will be attending the Triple Threat Convention and any other DWK dancers that would like to attend are encouraged to register as well.

As well, here are some upcoming dance performances that may be of interest:

Contact & Information

If you have questions please contact Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com or by texting or calling 807-464-3666. Please note that emails or text messages are Ms. Erin’s preferred methods of contact as they are easier to respond to quickly in between classes or after classes in the evening.

The answers to most questions can be found either on our website, in the portal or on one of our social media pages. Stay up to date and informed at the following links:

See you at the studio!

Register Now for 2018 – 2019 Full Year & Fall 2018 Classes

Registration is now open for Fall 2018 and Full Year 2018-19 dance classes.

Returning students have priority registration starting on July 5 and new students can register beginning July 15.

Early bird savings of 5% off all tuition fees apply until July 31, 2018. Multi-class discounts always apply.

1. View the Schedule

  • The schedule and a list of important studio dates are always up to date at the Class Schedule page.

2. Read about Class Styles and Levels

  • Review the level descriptions and read about the different styles of dance at the Class Descriptions & Levels page.
  • Past students should check for their class placement on their family portal page.

3. Register Online

  • New students can register online by following the links from the online web registration form.
  • Current families or students should enroll, view, and update their account info by logging in to the DanceWorks Kenora portal. If you haven’t logged into the portal previously please use the “forgot password” link along with your registered email in order to be sent your login information for the first time.

DanceWorks Kenora will also be at Kenora’s Mass Registration event..

This is a great time to come down and see what activities are offered in Kenora and learn more about our classes and our studio. The online registration process is the same regardless of whether you come down in person or register online from home or work but if you are having any trouble registering we can help you through the process at mass registration.

2018 Year-End Recital – Details & Volunteers

The DanceWorks Kenora 2018 Year-End Recital is on Saturday, May 12 at the 7 Generations Event Centre. Join us at 1:30pm or 6:30pm for a showcase of the dancers’ hard work and effort over the dance year. Our show includes dance performances from all ages and levels in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop.

Buy Your Recital Tickets Online

Recital tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youth/seniors and can be purchased online in advance or with cash at the door. Tickets are general admission.

Buy your recital tickets online

It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets online in advance. There are no guarantees of tickets still being available at the door. Purchasing online also lets you take advantage of multi-ticket discounts of $2 off a second ticket and $3 off any additional tickets.

2018 Recital DVD

The recital will be professionally videotaped and digital downloads or DVD’s will be available to purchase for $25 (including HST). Place your order by sending an email to info@danceworkskenora.com. Accounts must be up to date in order to receive a DVD. If your account is overdue please contact Erin in order to arrange a payment plan.

Volunteers Needed for Dress Rehearsal & Recital

We require volunteers at dress rehearsal and recital in order to make these events run smoothly. The below pdf details all of the volunteer positions needed. You can volunteer for just dress rehearsal, just one show, or for everything! (If you are a parent volunteer you can watch your dancer perform from backstage.)

DWK 2018 Recital – Volunteer Info (.pdf)

If you are available to volunteer please let Erin know at info@danceworkskenora.com

Information for Dancers & Families

For current DWK dancers and families, below is the link to the pdf with all of the detailed information on dress rehearsal and recital, including your call times and reminders about hair, makeup, and costumes. Please review it carefully, it should answer all of your questions.

DWK 2018 Recital Details (.pdf)

If you still have questions after reviewing the document please contact Erin.

DWK Studio News – April 2018

Hi DWK families,

We’re nearing the end of our dance year and as usual there is a lot happening!

The adjudicated dance performances for the Kenora District Festival of the Arts are on Saturday, April 14th.

  • There are no regular studio classes on Saturday.
  • Dance Foundations, Primary, Junior, Senior, and Ensemble classes all perform at Festival and receive feedback from the adjudicator.
  • Can’t remember your session time? Double check the Festival Details news post on the website.
  • Don’t forget to make sure you have all of your costumes, shoes, hair, makeup, and water bottle ready to go for tomorrow! We can’t wait to see all the dances on stage!

Classes continue at the studio until May and we wrap up the year with the Year-End Recital on May 12th. 

  • Dress Rehearsal will be the evening of Friday, May 11th.
  • There are two shows on Saturday, May 12th at 1:30pm and 6:30pm and all classes participate in both shows.
  • Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Picture orders will be online by the last week of April.

  • You will receive an email link and password to access the photo site.
  • Orders will be placed directly with Colleen with payment due in full before orders are placed.

Registration is now open for Spring Session and Summer Camps!

  • Spring Session classes include Parent & Tot, Creative Movement, Dance Foundations, Primary/Junior Ballet and Jazz, Junior/Senior Ballet, Jazz, and Modern, as well as Gentle Jazz & Tap, Gentle Ballet, Pilates Powered Up and Cardio Dance. View the spring session schedule online at danceworkskenora.com/class-schedule/
  • We are excited to offer 4 summer camps again this year, including Art & Dance Camp, Mini Dance Camp, Ballet Intensive, and Dance Basics Intensive. View all the details online at danceworkskenora.com/workshops/

2018 Festival of the Arts

Kenora District Festival of the Arts 2018
Adjudicated Dance Performances

Festival Performances
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Times & Location: 10:00am to 5:00pm at 7 Generations Event Centre (entrance at the lower level)

All DWK Dance Foundations, Primary, Junior, Senior, and Ensemble classes participate in the Kenora District Festival of the Arts. We are also joined by a number of entries from Dryden’s Stage Door Studio. Dancers perform in their session and then all performers in that session return to the stage in order to receive feedback from the adjudicator. After their adjudication is completed dancers are free to leave (or can stay to watch some of the other sessions).

Backstage helpers are needed for:
Dance Foundations Ballet (Monday) / Dance Foundations Jazz (Thursday) / Dance Foundations Tap (Saturday) / Primary Jazz / Primary Tap / Primary Ballet / DWK Primary Ensemble

The above classes require 1-2 parents backstage to ensure they stay together, have their proper hair and costume, assist with any quick changes, etc. If you are able to volunteer for the backstage position for any of the following classes please let Erin know by emailing info@danceworkskenora.com

In order to avoid congestion backstage and limit the distractions as people enter and exit the theatre we ask that all other parents drop their dancer off at the backstage area and then proceed to the theatre area.

Festival Workshops
There are no separate festival workshops this year. However, the adjudicator will have more time with each session for their on-stage adjudication to provide feedback on their performance and technique.

There will be a $4 charge at the door, please be prepared with correct change if possible. In order to limit distractions to the dancers and the adjudicator please enter and exit only between performances and not while dancers are on stage.

Costumes, Hair & Makeup
Please double check that you have all components of your costume, including your proper dance shoes, clean tights, hair supplies, and makeup prepared for Festival. You can review the requirements for each class in the DWK 2018 – Costumes, Hair & Makeup note available under “News” on danceworkskenora.com

KDFA Dance Schedule
Dancers should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their performance time with hair and makeup already done. Costumes should not be worn to and from the performance. Please plan to change when you arrive. Dancers will be getting ready in two classrooms near the backstage area. Classes need to be together, ready, and warmed-up 15 minutes prior to their session start time and will remain backstage immediately after their performance until the completion of the on-stage adjudication for their session. Once their adjudication is complete dancers are free to leave.

Session Times
The detailed Festival of the Arts Programme is online at kdfa.ca and the Dance component starts on page 26.

Session 1 – 10:00am to 10:25am
Primary/Junior Tap, Junior/Senior Tap, Dance Foundations Tap (Saturday)

Session 2 – 10:30am to 11:00am
Primary Ensemble Ballet, Dance Foundations Ballet (Monday)

Session 3 – 11:05am to 11:40am
Senior Ballet, Junior Ballet, Primary Ballet

Session 4 – 11:45am to 12:15pm
Dance Foundations Jazz (Thursday), Senior Ensemble Jazz, Primary Ensemble Jazz

Session 5 – 12:20pm to 12:55pm
Junior Jazz, Primary Jazz, Senior Jazz

Session 6 – 1:00pm to 1:30pm
No DWK classes

Session 7 – 2:15pm to 3:00pm
Student Choreography

Session 8 – 3:05pm to 3:40pm
Senior Modern, Senior Ensemble Contemporary

Session 9 – 3:45pm to 4:20pm
Emelia MacInnis, Madeleine Graham, Brooklynn Francis, Ara Kakis

Session 10 – 4:25pm to 5:00pm
Chloe Herr, Jaycie Holmstrom, Kirsten Favreau, Ireland Roulston, Jamie Herr & Emma Manzie

2018 Picture Day

Class and individual pictures will be taken at DanceWorks Kenora on Sunday, March 25 from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Attendance is required at picture day, even if you do not plan to purchase pictures. 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.

Picture Day Schedule – Sunday, March 25th
Classes will arrive at different times in order to reduce congestion at the studio. We will be using Inglenook Studio as a staging and prep area, when you arrive please enter directly through the art studio doors. Parents will be asked to wait in the art studio area while dancers enter the dance studio for their pictures.

Call times for each class are listed below. Dancers should expect to be at the studio for 45 to 60 minutes. Please arrive at the time listed below with hair and makeup done. If you plan to finish hair or makeup at the studio please be sure to arrive earlier than your call time.

10:00am – Creative Movement (Thursday)
10:30am – Dance Foundations Tap (Saturday) & Dance Foundations Jazz (Thursday)
11:00am – Creative Movement (Saturday)
11:30am – CM & Tap (Saturday) & Junior Jazz
12:00pm – Junior/Senior Tap
1:30pm – CM & Tap (Tuesday) & Primary Jazz
2:00pm – Dance Foundations Ballet (Monday) & Senior Jazz
2:30pm – Primary Ballet & Senior Modern
3:00pm – Primary/Junior Tap
3:30pm – Junior Ballet & Senior Ballet
4:00pm – Pointe/Pre-Pointe

If you know your dancer has a conflict please notify Ms. Erin as soon as possible.

2018 Important Dates

DanceWorks Kenora – 2018 Important Dates

Attendance is expected at all of these important dates. If your dancer has a conflict please notify Erin as soon as possible at info@danceworkskenora.com or text 807-464-3666.

Sunday, March 25 – Studio Picture Day
Class and individual pictures will be taken at the studio. Order details and the schedule will be sent out shortly. If you already know your dancer has a conflict on this day please let Erin know ASAP. We may be able to adjust the schedule accordingly if notified now.

Saturday, April 14 – Kenora District Festival of the Arts
Adjudicated dance performances (for all Dance Foundations, Primary, Junior, Senior and Ensemble classes) will be at Seven Generations from approximately 10:00am to 4:00pm. Schedule to be sent when finalized but dancers should expect to be there for 1 to 1.5 hours including warm-up, performance, and adjudication.

Friday, May 11 – Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, May 12 – 2018 Year-End Recital
All full year and winter session classes participate in Recital. More details will be sent out as the recital approaches but please expect to save the evening of May 11 and the full day on Saturday, May 12. There will be a matinee and an evening performance. Costumes will be returned immediately after the evening performance.

Note: Please ensure costumes are stored safely at home (away from pets or even the curious hands of younger siblings) as they will be your responsibility from the time they are sent home until Recital. A costume replacement fee $80+HST will be charged to your account if the costume is lost, damaged, not returned after recital or is returned damaged.

To round out the costumes:

  • Undergarments should not be visible underneath any costumes. If wearing a bra with a costume please ensure it matches your skin tone. *Dancers typically do not wear underwear under tights or leotards.
  • All dancers will be required to wear stage makeup. Additional details on hair and stage makeup will be sent out at a later date.
    • It is a good idea to start practicing performance ready ballet buns and ponytails now for all classes. If a dancer’s hair is not staying neatly out of their face for their class then it will not hold up in a performance.
  • Dancers will need the shoes appropriate for their performance routine (typically the same as their regular shoes for class unless otherwise discussed in class). Shoes should be clean and not have any holes.
  • It is always a good idea to have an extra pair of tights ready for performance season:
    • Ballet Pink tights – Creative Movement & Tap, Dance Foundations, and all Ballet
    • Black tights – for Primary Jazz, Pr/Jr Tap
    • Skin coloured tights – Junior Jazz
    • Bare legs – for Creative Movement, Senior Jazz and Senior Modern