Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dress Rehearsal



Costume Balances- All costumes balances are due by Thursday the 30th November, costumes will be handed out from Saturday the 2nd December in class. 
Please note that costumes can not be handed out unless accounts and costume payments are finalised. 
All costumes have a remaining balance owing of $35 with the exception of Junior Tap, all boys costumes, Inter tap (Tuesday 6:15pm class), pre- senior tap, senior tap, Advanced Jazz, Advanced contemporary. Balances on these costumes will be available next week.

Concert hair and make up notes will be handed out in week (week 7)


Dress Rehearsals- Friday the 8th December and Saturday the 9th of December

Dress rehearsals prepare students in confidence, entry, exits, stage dimensions and other important features of Performance. They are an important and exciting lead up to our Concert. 

We please ask that you arrive at the theatre dressed and ready to dance to ensure all students have plenty of time on stage to feel prepared for the big day! 
Dress Rehearsals are held at the Civic Theatre (cnr of Lords Place and Byng Streets) Please enter and exit the building using the back stage door via the car park to the rear of the building on Lords Place. Parents of students 6 years and under may accompany children and wait in the Green room (option to leave also), but it is theatre regulations that no one other than performers may enter the building. We will have a staff member at the back stage door to mark off names and direct students. Please note: All rehearsals in the lead up to Concert are CLOSED to observers and this is a condition stipulated by Theatre Management. Entry for performers for both Dress Rehearsal and Concert is strictly via Back stage door. A separate note explaining Concert Day Organisation will be given to students throughout wk 9. 
Our Dress Rehearsals are complete stage, audio and technical rehearsals. HAIR, MAKE UP & COSTUMING IS REQUIRED for lighting and staging purposes as well as photography. Thank you for your co-operation. We really appreciate your efforts in ensuring your children; our star performers look their absolute best for the rehearsals and show. 

Please pack a drink bottle and quick snack (if you are at the theatre for an extended period). Make sure you double check at the end of the rehearsal if you have collected your costumes and any accessories. 
It is very hard to keep track of lost property between rehearsals and concert. We have had panicked phone calls concert morning in the past from parents and students looking for items left behind at rehearsals  



DRESS REHEARSAL TIMETABLE

Friday the 8th December- Civic Theatre   
4pm- 5pm 
Senior Contemp (Wed 5:45 class)
Junior Tap (Mon 4pm class)
Grade 2 Ballet (Tuesday 4:45pm class)
•     Intermedaite Hip Hop (Wednesday 4pm class)    
5pm- 6pm
Inter Contemporary (Monday 6:15pm class)
Senior Jazz (Wednesday 4:45pm class)
Adv Contemporary (Wed 4:45pm class)
•    Inter Tap (Tuesday 6:15pm class)
6pm- 7pm
Senior Ballet/ Inter Ballet and Pointe (Tuesday 6:15pm class)
Senior Tap 
Cheer Skills class (Thursday 4pm class)
7pm- 7:30pm
Thursday Performance teams (Sparks, Onyx and Sapphires) 
•     Adv Jazz (Wed 5:45pm class)

Saturday the 9th December- Civic Theatre             
9:30am- 10:30am
Angelinas- (Sat 9:30pm Classes)
Junior Contemporary (Mon 4pm Class)
Angelinas- (Wednesday 9:30am class)
10:30am- 11:30am
Angelinas- (Sat 10:15am Classes)
6 years Jazz (Monday 4:45pm)
8 years Jazz (Monday 4:45pm class)
11:30pm- 12:30pm
Angelinas- (Thursday 9:30am classes)
Angelinas- (Thursday 10:15am classes) 
10 years jazz (Monday 5:30pm)
12:30pm-  1:30pm
Angelinas- (Mon 9:30am classes)
Grade 4 Ballet x 2 (Tuesday 5:30pm class)
Boys HH- (Tuesday 4:45pm class)
1:30pm- 2:30pm
12 years Jazz/ Hip Hop (Monday 5:30pm class)
Primary Ballet (11am Saturday class) 
  •     Grade 1 Tuesday 4pm class (Miss Leesa’s class)
  •     Pre- Senior Tap (Monday 7:45pm)
2:30pm- 3:30pm
Pre- senior Contemporary (Mon 6:15pm class)
•      Primary Ballet- (Tuesday 4pm class- Miss Dim’s class)

Pre- senior Jazz (Monday 7pm)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

LET'S CELEBRATE

                           


Featuring the entire cast of Stepping Out Dance Factory over two amazing performances on Sunday the 10th December 11am and 3pm. 

Tickets go on sale through Ticketek on Wednesday the 8th November at 10 am. You can purchase tickets by:
ï Visiting the box office at the Orange Civic Theatre 
ï You can phone 63938111 (after 10am)
ï Via www.ticketek.com Our concert will become live on this website at 10am. 

We cannot stress enough the importance of getting in early to avoid disappointment.  

Our Concert promises to be a fantastic one and will feature our talented cast of all ages as they dance their way through an entertaining extravaganza. Please don’t forget to purchase a ticket for your Dancer if they are only in ONE item and would like to watch the rest of the concert. 

We are busy coordinating back stage organisation to allow for supervision and collection times for both concerts, this will allow for drop off and collection of students for the concert that parents will not be watching eg. family watching the 11am but dropping off and collecting for the 3pm show etc.

Our 2017 Presentation will take place on stage following the 3pm show. There will be a presentation at the end of the 11am performance for Angelina Ballerina students only performing in the 11am show. 

We would LOVE some extra help back stage, if you are able to help us please email leesa on leesa@steppingoutdance.com.au

Ticket prices:
Adults- $26
Children 3yrs- 12yrs - $15
Pensioners and full time students- $20

Students will be performing in both the 11am show and 3pm with the exception of our tiniest dancers, All Angelina classes will be performing in one show.





Performance Shows for Angelina’s are as follows;

All Angelina classes will be performing in one show.
Please note the following shows for Angelina Students.

Please keep this information handy when you are booking tickets to ensure you purchase the correct show. 

Monday 9:30am classes- Morning show (11am)
Wednesday 9:30am – Afternoon Show (3pm)
Thursday 9:30am classes- Afternoon Show (3pm) 
Thursday 10:15am classes- Afternoon Show (3pm)
Saturday 9:30am classes- Morning Show (11am)
Saturday 10:15am classes – Morning Show (11am) 


Concert DVDs Phil and the team from KEA video productions will be in the foyer before both concerts, interval and after each concert taking DVD orders.
The DVDs are $30 and can be purchased by eftpos or cash. Please ensure this money is paid to KEA directly and not to the studio. 

Costume Deposits
All students have been measured for the concert,                                           Costume deposits are now overdue, please make payment a priority this week.

Costume totals ($35) will be due within the last week of November.

Costumes will be handed out in class from Monday the 4th DecemberPlease note that costumes will not be handed out unless full payment on costume balances and term 4 fees are finalised.

Term 4 invoices- Week 2 is payment week! Aaron will be in the foyer this week processing term 4 fees during all classes. 
Please email accounts@steppingoutdance.com.au for any accounts questions.


We understand it’s a lot of information and we thank all our studio families once again for the support and enthusiasm you are so kindly extending to us.
We hope you will enjoy the show as much as we enjoy producing it.  It truly is a magical and memorable time for our performers and we feel very blessed that you have chosen us to contribute to your children’s precious childhood memories  

Monday, January 30, 2017

STARTING DANCE CLASSES- WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR TINY DANCER?


 Stepping Out is home to a huge amount of little people and we cherish the opportunity to introduce your little ones to the many joys and rewards of dance education.  WE know that this is just as exciting and nerve wracking for parents as it is for our tiny dancers so I thought it was important that we all reflect on what this first big step might mean for our tiniest students.

Today's class was a perfect example of the many little glorious temperaments that make up a typical early years dance class.  We had our shy ones, we had the usually reserved ones who surprised their parents ( and themselves I am sure!), the super confident ones, the seasoned professionals ( third year of dance class anyone?!), the anxious ones, the overwhelmed ones and the ones who felt that their own choreography was probably the most fabulous, especially performed in front of that huge mirror and the silly teacher up front was just a distraction.  ALL of these unique little beings contribute something very special to our class dynamic.  I am in the very enviable position of having experienced many first dance classes and to this day, I remain in awe of what those first steps represent not only over the course of a year but in the bigger scheme of their life and how they will approach the myriad of learning opportunities presented to them over their lifetime.

We have been thrilled to hear news of mass excitement, sensations of butterflies and mad enthusiasm as we all await our first dance classes for the year.  For some of our students they will fling themselves through the door with confidence and ease but for some of our dancers, especially our beginners and our tiny ones.......they might feel more like clinging to their parents or nervous as to what their class will entail, who will be their friend and will they know what to do.  As a three year old, I was the very SHY one.  I clung to my Mum's leg.  I thank my parents every day that they persisted and realised I was just waiting for the opportunity to let myself open to the spell binding and magical world that is dance.

Your teachers are all excited and nervous too.  Stepping Out is also home to an energetic and dynamic bunch of committed teachers who know that along with the joys of being a dance teacher comes a lot of hard work.  Our biggest concern is YOU, our students.  We strive to create a beautiful and supportive environment where everyone feels welcome.  You are all very important to us and we have loved the opportunities to talk to your families, meet new little faces and hear about your goals for the year.  We want to dance alongside you.  We want you to have a haven for your creativity and self expression and most importantly of all, we want you to walk out our doors with confidence, self belief and a huge smile.  Energy is contagious.  We want to surround you with positivity and possibilities.

Parents, especially parents of little people, do know that for some children it will take a few weeks to feel completely at ease in a new learning environment.  It is overwhelming to suddenly leave the security of Mum or Dad, your normal routine and suddenly be in the spotlight in dance class with lots of new faces.  KNOW that it is very normal for your usually very gregarious child to suddenly turn very shy or the child who was up dressed in their tutu by 6am to suddenly be frozen and glued to your hand refusing to budge.  SO, if they just want to watch for a bit or there is tears, it's Ok, in fact it's more than OK, they are still learning and absorbing and bit by bit taking those first tentative steps out into the big world and next time it will be a little easier and a little less daunting.  As teachers, we have had the wealth of experience and the joy of many years helping our little dancers find their wings so we won't bat an eye.  We won't question whether your child is ready or label you a pushy parent.  WE trust and know that each child starts to engage at their own unique time.  It may be immediately or it may be the second or third week of class.  This is all very normal and encouraged.  I, for one am very glad that my parents persevered with my initial efforts as a fledging ballerina.

WHY DO WE USE MONITORS?

As mums ourselves, we understand and respect the enormous trust you place in us in the tuition of your children.  We are really proud of our dance curriculum and really want to show you that you have made the right decision in entrusting your child to us.  We do believe it is important that parents are able to witness the content of the class, our teaching philosophies and the knowledge of your teacher.  We know that the most enriching learning opportunities will arise when we have the full attention of your child and are allowed the opportunity to develop a rapport with them and within the dynamics of the class.  Children can be easily hampered by distractions and focus and discipline are important traits of any enthusiastic and engaged learners.  In 2014, we decided to place cameras in our teaching studios to ensure that we could enjoy the best of both worlds.  We have a monitor in our foyer that provides a window into your child's dance class without any of the distractions or differing temperaments that emerge when children have parents or siblings in the class observing them.

You are very welcome to wait in our foyer and be enthralled and entertained by your child's progress or theatrics but we are just as happy if you drop and go.  Trust that our goal is to have your child feel alive and energised within their own body and that we have the best interests of your child and the class at stake.  Even if a little one is teary, please allow us the opportunity to calm them.  Sometimes this special performance is just reserved for Mum or Dad.  If we can't settle a child after a short period, we will send for you.  OUR GOAL IS HAPPY CHILDREN.  Most times. it is less than five minutes and your child is skipping about and any anxiety is quickly forgotten.  If we believe that a child is not coping within the class, we will take your little one to you.  I know I was super proud today to see so many of our last year's Angelina's taking new little hands and guiding them through the class.  Please allow us the opportunity to get to know what works best for your child.

FOR OUR CONTINUING STUDENTS, it's ok to be a little nervous or hesitant too.  You've been out of routine and had a long break but your body will remember.  We look forward to getting sore with you and helping you to soar this year.
Together, with the support of parents, we will have happy classes of happy students progressing at their own unique rate in no time.  HAPPY DANCING EVERYONE.  We are looking forward to all the wonderful emotions the first few weeks will stir.
See you in class.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Timetable

Classes may be added upon interest, if you are unable to attend our enrolment days January the 19th between 4pm and 7pm, Saturday the 21st January between 10am and 12pm please email leesa@steppingoutdance.com.au to book your place. If you are interested in joining our competition team for 2017, please also email for more details. 

Hope you are enjoying the break, we are busy planning an epic year of Dance and FUN!!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

THURSDAY Hair and Make up note

MAKEUP 5 YEARS AND UNDER- Parents use your discretion.  Lipstick and blusher will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles. 10 YEARS AND UNDER- Foundation, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with mauve eye shadow, black eye liner, black mascara, hot pink lipstick. Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming. HAIR & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GROUP AS FOLLOWS; Please note that all hairstyles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties and hairpieces need to be pinned thoroughly. THURSDAY ANGELINAS 10:45am “DUCKLINGS” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. THURSDAY ANGELINAS 10am “SHIRLEY TEMPLE” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style (swept and tied above the child’s right ear) curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. THURSDAY ANGELINA 10:45am “LAMBS” Hair in 2 high piggytails curled, Ballet Shoes. We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday and Saturday (9th and 10th December) as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon. I understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from other activities and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.   ( Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.) 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

HAIR & MAKE UP DETAILS –SATURDAY CLASSES

MAKEUP 5 YEARS AND UNDER- Parents use your discretion.  Lipstick and blusher will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles. 10 YEARS AND UNDER- Foundation, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with mauve eye shadow, black eye liner, black mascara, hot pink lipstick. Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming. HAIR & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GROUP AS FOLLOWS; Please note that all hairstyles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties and hairpieces need to be pinned thoroughly. SATURDAY ANGELINA 9:30am “DUCKLINGS” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. SATURDAY ANGELINA 10:15am “SHIRLEY TEMPLE” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style (swept and tied above the child’s right ear) curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. SATURDAY ANGELINA 10:15am “LAMBS” Hair in 2 high piggytails curled, Ballet Shoes. SATURDAY ANGELINA 11am “PRINCESSES” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. SATURDAY 6 YEARS JAZZ 11AM “TRIBUTE TO ELVIS” Hair in 2 high piggytails curled (middle part). Jazz shoes (no stockings required). We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday and Saturday (9th and 10th December) as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon. I understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from other activities and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.   ( Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.) 

HAIR & MAKE UP DETAILS - WEDNESDAY CLASSES

MAKEUP 5 YEARS AND UNDER- Parents please use your discretion.  Lipstick and blusher will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles. BOYS- Hair in own funky style.  Make up at own discretion and depending on child’s fairness. Blusher or bronzer usually sufficient. 12 YEARS AND UNDER- Foundation, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with mauve eye shadow, black eye liner, black mascara, hot pink lipstick. 10- 12yrs- optional false eyelashes. 13 YEARS AND OVER- Makeup as above with false eyelashes, smoky colour eyeshadow and crimson lipstick Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming. HAIR & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GROUP AS FOLLOWS; Please note that all hairstyles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties and hairpieces need to be pinned thoroughly. WEDNESDAY 10AM ANGELINAS “CINDERELLA” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. WEDNESDAY 4PM JAZZ/ HIP HOP “SUPERHERO” Hair in own individual style, tan matte stockings and jazz shoes WEDNESDAY 4PM SENIOR TAP “RITZ” Hair in own individual style tan matte stockings and tan tap shoes WEDNESDAY 4:45PM ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY “LOST” Hair in high pony plaited, ¾ ballet stockings and foot thongs WEDNESDAY 4:45PM SENIOR JAZZ “HOLLYWOOD” Hair in own individual style slicked back from face, matte tan stockings and jazz shoes WEDNESDAY 5:45PM SENIOR CONTEMPORARY “MJ” Hair in a low ponytail (on the right) ¾ ballet stockings and foot thongs WEDNESDAY 5:45PM ADVANCED JAZZ “MJ” Hair in individual style slicked back from the face, matte tan stockings and jazz shoes We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday and Saturday the 9th and 10th December as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon.  We understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from other activities and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.  (Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.)