At Dance Alliance, we are committed to excellence in dance education. We feel that regardless of abilities and future intentions, each student should be given exceptional training in the most professional atmosphere possible. We believe that our students will find training with our dedicated, highly qualified staff to not only be challenging but supremely rewarding. At Dance Alliance, we strive to not only create great dancers but to help create exceptional individuals.

[SEPTEMBER 14, 2020]

Dance Alliance, LLC

Dance Instruction, Dance Classes, Dance Company

Saline, Michigan

Washtenaw County

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Monday, September 14th is our day!!! We are officially in-person starting tomorrow and after 6 months, we are so excited to see everyone! We just want to go over some protocol that is important during this time to keep all our dancers, their families and our staff safe and healthy. Thank you in advance for reading this email and for helping us maintain this environment so we can all remain healthy and stay IN-PERSON.

1. We must have a completed Fall Registration Form turned in to DA prior to your participation. So, if you have not completed that portion of your Fall Registration, please make sure you complete a form and return it to DA when you enter the building for your first in-person class.

2. We also need you to print and fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire that is attached and turn in when you arrive for your first in-person class.

3. If the first two steps are not complete already or are not turned in at your first in-person class at DA, we will not be allowed to let you enter the building for class.

4. Please enter the building for your first class on the appropriate side of the building. If taking class in the Big Studio/Studio 1, please use the DA single door entrance on the west side of the building. This is the side across from the Baker's Nook. If taking class in the Small Studio/Studio 2, please use the DA single door entrance on the east side of the building. This is the side across from the Mobile station. All dancers will be exiting the building by using the DA double doors on the east side of the building.

5. Upon entering/exiting the building:

A. Please remain in your vehicles or socially distanced on the sidewalks until your class is allowed to enter the building. Teachers will be opening the doors and letting dancers in for class. If you are the parent or guardian of our younger dancers and you feel they would benefit from you entering the building to make them feel more comfortable and to assist with putting on dance shoes, etc., please also complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire and turn in with your dancer's Questionnaire when entering the building.

B. Dancers will turn in the completed COVID-19 Questionnaire as well as the Fall Registration Form if needed.

C. Dancers will be given a mask if they don't arrive with their own so that they can enter the building and take class.

D. Dancers will use our hand sanitizer.

E. Dancers will have their temperature taken.

F. Dancers will be shown where to leave their street shoes/boots, dance bags and personal belongings. These areas are located in our lobbies and certain areas of each studio. Please try to organize your dance belongings so that you minimize what needs to be brought in to the studio. Teachers will be directing traffic and showing the dancers all the many laminated signs that will remind everyone of studio protocol. There are also many markings on the flooring throughout the building to maintain socially distanced flow of traffic and socially distanced dancing in the studios.

G. Dancers from each room/studio will exit through the double doors on the east side of the building. Before dancers exit, they will collect all their belongings from the designated areas, use DA hand sanitizer and then work their way out of the building. If they have another class immediately following, the dancers will wait near the ballet barres attached to the walls in each studio then be allowed to go to their next class once all other dancers have left the building.

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This week...Monday, 8/31 through Thursday, 9/1 is our DA Open House. Come in to turn in paperwork from the DARC Audition, turn in paperwork from your Fall Registration Packet that was emailed, come in to pick up any remaining costumes or just come up to say hello and see all the changes we are making throughout the studio as we get ready to start next week virtually...and from what we hear...maybe even get to begin in person. Get your Fall Registration Forms turned in and claim your spaces if you intend on returning in-person. We will most likely have restrictions when we return. So, if you want to be in-person, get registered now.

Also this week...

Free Virtual Classes M, T & Th. If you are interested in taking class this week, please contact us at dancealliance@comcast.net and we will get you the LINK to take class.

Nutcracker Audition!!!

VIRTUAL AUDITION TIMES: Please return your form (in your Fall Registration Packet that was emailed...if you need the form, contact us at dancealliance@comcast.net) in advance so that we have time to send each dancer that is auditioning, and their families, the link for the Dance Alliance Google Calendar that will allow you access to the audition that takes place in Google Meet. Please supply a Gmail email address below for access to the DA Google Calendar and Google Meet.

4:30pm-6:00pm…Open to Registered Dance Alliance ballet students ages 7 and up.

ALL DANCERS THAT ARE NOT ON POINTE OR HAVE LESS THAN ONE YEAR OF POINTE EXPERIENCE. PLEASE AUDITION IN BALLET SHOES.

6:30pm-7:45pm…Open to Registered Dance Alliance ballet students.

ALL POINTE DANCERS WITH ONE YEAR OR MORE OF POINTE EXPERIENCE. PLEASE AUDITION IN POINTE SHOES.

Please plan to join the Google Meet through the Google Calendar link beginning at 4:00pm for the first audition time and 6:15pm for the second audition time. Upon joining the virtual audition, dancers should warm up, stretch, align their devices/camera so that we can completely see them during the audition, have water and any other things they will need during the virtual audition. Remember, to receive the link for the audition, this form and the $10.00 fee must be received prior to the audition. If other arrangements need to be made in order for DA to receive your completed form and payment, please contact us at 734.429.9599, dancealliance@comcast.net or feel free to call 568.996.4333 (Lisa’s cell).

All dancers should wear a leotard, tights, and the proper dance shoes. Hair should be secured in a bun and slicked back out of faces. No bangs! A neat appearance is imperative.

Nutcracker rehearsals will be on Saturdays between 2:30pm and 6:30pm virtually through the DA Google Calendar and in-person as soon as we are allowed. Soloists and certain groups could also have some Thursday evening, Friday evening and Sunday afternoon rehearsals. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be sent via email with acceptance notification. As the performance draws near, be prepared for some extra group rehearsals.

Dance Alliance’s production of The Nutcracker will be held at the Saline High School Auditorium with dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 12th and performances on Saturday, December 12th at 7pm and Sunday, December 13th at 3pm. The Tea with the Cast will be held Sunday, December 13th at 1pm. If we are unable to have our traditional Nutcracker weekend due to pandemic repercussions, we do have alternate plans in place to give our dancers an altered performance experience.

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To view the Dance Alliance Repertory Company audition roster for the 2020-2021 Season, please use the Facebook link below or visit our Instagram...@dancealliancesaline

https://www.facebook.com/DanceAllianceSaline

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Update 06/25/20...It is with a heavy heart that I must report that we will not be reopening on Saturday.  A federal appeals court struck down the ruling from the lower court and gyms have been ordered to stay closed until the Governor decides we may reopen.  Please rest assured, we are planning to reopen, we are just, once again, waiting for the Governor's consent.  We were so looking forward to seeing our dancers this Saturday, but we will continue to count the days until we are allowed to dance together again.  It was heartwarming to hear from the many dancers that were looking forward to the return to dance as much as we were.  Thank you so much for the kind words; they are truly appreciated.  We continue to wait for this part of the state to move into the next phase and once it does, you will be hearing from us again.

We are ready to dance,

Lisa, Adam and the Dance Alliance staff

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UPDATE 06/23/20...With the news that we will be reopening this Saturday, June 27, 2020...we understand there are still many questions. Please know that we are currently working to get more info to all DA & DARC families that will hopefully ease this transition back to dance life as comfortably as possible. Thank you so much for all the kind words and patience as we work through this process. More Info Coming Soon!

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UPDATE 06/13/20.....In accordance with the State of Michigan mandate, we will unfortunately continue to be closed until we obtain new information. We are hoping to reopen as soon as we hear from the Governor and the State of Michigan. At this time, as stated in emails to all our DA dance families, we are still planning for a late July performance of some kind.

As we get more information or plans change, we will certainly be in touch. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through this whole scenario day by day. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, @DanceAllianceSaline, Instagram, @DanceAllianceSaline and REMIND (info to join Remind found in your emails). Keep reviewing all your videos, choreography and listening to your various music that was sent to you in the links in your studio emails. Please know we wish we could be with all of you every day...we truly miss you all very much. Hugs from Adam, Lisa and the entire DA Staff!!!

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Good afternoon,

I will be sending future communications, but as of tomorrow, the studio will be closed through Sunday, April 5th. Please know that we truly appreciate our Dance Alliance clientele and we will miss seeing you in the coming weeks. More information to follow as Adam and I wade through this unprecedented event. Wishing you physical, mental and emotional health and happiness during this rather bizarre and unsettling time.  We will be thinking of you all...

Best,

Lisa, Adam and the entire Dance Alliance staff

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

NUTCRACKER.....

It's our 22nd Annual Nutcracker Season!!!

All of our celebrations and performances are happening in one weekend. So, don't miss this Dance Alliance and Saline Holiday Tradition with all of our beautiful dancers!

Performances at the Saline High School...

Saturday, December 14, 2019...7pm

Sunday, December 15, 2019...3pm

Tickets...$15.00 General Admission

Available at...Dance Alliance...734.429.9599

Dancer's Boutique...734.973.1178

Also available at the Box Office 1 hour prior to each performance.

TEA WITH THE NUTCRACKER CAST...

Sunday, December 15, 2019...1pm

Tickets...$20.00, Limited Seating and Limited Tickets. Get your tickets before December 7th! Tickets may be purchased in the office and from teaching staff at any time or may also be purchased on our “Special” Ticket Sale day for the Tea...

Saturday, November 16, 2019

9:30AM - 2:30PM

Join us for our "Tea with the Cast of Nutcracker" event. This unique holiday meet-n-greet offers a peek behind the curtain with an up close and personal interaction with the 22nd Annual Nutcracker cast. Included is a 22nd Annual Nutcracker keepsake and a 22nd Annual Nutcracker print for cast autographs.

Tea Tickets are $20.00 each and are available at Dance Alliance through Saturday, December 7th. Call 734.429.9599 for information.

Sample menu: Smoked salmon and cucumber finger sandwiches; ham, swiss and mustard finger sandwiches; mini quiches; little chocolate mousses; baby scones with jam and cream (orange marmalade, lemon curd, etc); lemon tartlets; assortment of tea cookies; hot tea - choice of selection or hot cocoa.

*Performance tickets sold separately.

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PAST EVENTS: CLASSES, DARC AUDITION, WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, CAMPS, DASC SHUTTER STORM PHOTO VIEWING, DASC VIDEO PICK-UP

DARC AUDITION WORKSHOP CLASSES

Monday, May 20, 2019...4:30pm-5:30pm BALLET

Wednesday, May 22, 2019...4:30pm-5:30pm JAZZ

These classes are for any new individuals wanting to audition as well as for current Mini, Pre, Co. 1 and Co.2 members. The Audition Workshop Form was mailed to all DA families, passed out in classes, will be available at the studio and is also on our Facebook page.

DARC INFORMATIONAL MEETING for new individuals or anyone wanting a refresher for the upcoming season. Wednesday, May 22, 2019...5:30pm-6:30pm(Immediately following the Jazz class.)

DA SPRING CONCERT SHUTTER STORM PHOTOS MAY BE VIEWED FOR PURCHASE AT DA FOR 3 DAYS!!!

Monday-Wednesday, May 20-22, 2019

4pm-8pm

DARC AUDITION (Ages 7-18)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

If you are new to DARC, with little dance experience, please audition at the 4:30 audition time. If you feel that this audition is not appropriate for your dance ability, please speak to Adam and/or Lisa for an audition time. If you are a returning DARC member, please audition in your current company time slot. If you are wishing for advancement, please feel free to audition for any company above your current company for placement consideration. If staying for both auditions, only one audition fee is required. Please remember that the current companies are subject to change and that numerous factors are considered before dancers are placed for next season. Current members are NOT guaranteed a spot for next season, nor are they guaranteed to remain in the same company or with the same members.

4:30pm-6:00pm: Mini/Pre-DARC & Company 1 Auditions

6:30pm-8:30pm: Company 2, 3, 4 & 5 Auditions

SUMMER NUTCRACKER BALLET & JAZZ WORKSHOP

Monday through Thursday June 3-6, 2019 4:00pm-6:30pm and

June 10-13, 2019 4:00pm-6:30pm. Ages 7-18.

These workshops will focus on strengthening ballet and jazz technique along with learning numerous Nutcracker variations in preparation for the December 2019 22nd Annual Nutcracker.

Auditions for the Nutcracker are Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Please bring ballet, jazz, & pointe (if pointe student) shoes to first day of class.

DA/DARC DANCE INTENSIVE

Monday through Thursday June 17-20, 2019 12:30pm-3:00pm and

June 24-27, 2019 12:30pm-3:00pm. Ages 7-18.

Classes offered daily in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, floor barre and conditioning for intermediate to advanced dancers. These classes will have a variety of instructors and are for the serious dancers wishing to expand their craft.

NUTCRACKER BALLET CAMPS

Mon.-Thurs., June 24th-27th, 2019

9am-10:30am: Ages 3 & 4

10:30am-12pm: Ages 5 & 6

JAZZ CAMP

12:30pm-2pm: Ages 5 & 6

FRIDAY INT./ADV. JAZZ FOR ALL AGES

Fridays 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Int./Adv. Jazz...$135 for 10 weeks

May

31st (Week 1...New Summer Session)

June

7th (Week 2)

14th (Week 3)

21st (Week 4)

28th (Week 5)

July

5th (Closed)

12th (Week 6)

19th (Week 7)

26th (Week 8)

August

2nd (Week 9)

9th (No class, Saline SummerFest performance)

16th (Week 10)

ALSO...

Your DVD orders will be available for pick up at Dance Alliance during the following dates and times. Due to our varying summer hours, if your DVD is not claimed during the following weeks, it will not be available for pick up until the first week of class in September. Pick up days and times are as follows: Monday, June 17 - Thursday, June 20 & Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27, 9:30am - 3:00pm.

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ALL THINGS Dance Alliance & Dance Alliance Repertory Company for Summer & Fall 2019!!!

Below is a Dropbox link where you can access all the Summer Workshops, Intensives, Camps information and forms. These were passed out as hard copies as well at the studio prior to the Spring Concert to all current DA dancers. Also, you will find DARC Audition Forms and Fall Registration. As more information becomes available, we will add it here to this same Dropbox link. This should help all our families access the Summer & Fall Info multiple ways. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call us at, 734.429.9599, or email, dancealliance@comcast.net. See all of you around the studio! Thanks...Adam, Lisa & the entire DA Staff

Please copy and paste this link in to your browser to view all DA & DARC info & forms.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ava9jwjnt85bc7k/AAC84NJ6ZzH23Wn3fxwrtvfPa?dl=0

DARC ROSTER 2019-2020

MINI DARC

FETTIG, GABRIELLA

GALA, JESSE

KULCSAR, MALANEY

SCHRIEBER, ELANA

WILLIAMS, KATIE

WILLIAMS, MARY

PRE DARC

BENNETTI, OLIVIA

BROPHY, ELSIE

GRAHAM, SOPHIE

NAIDA, CAITLIN

PUTNAM,MEGAN

SCHINEMAN, ABIGAIL

VITALE, STEPHANIE

COMPANY 1

BAGHERZADEH, SHAHPARI

CAIN, MAGGIE

COOLEY, MIA

HENDERSON, MADISON

HORVATH, EMILEE

KULCSAR, BRYNLEI

LEFORT, CJ

PEREZ, EVALYNN

SALAME, EMMERSON

VREDEVELD, LEAH

WALKER, MORGAN

COMPANY 2

BELAIRE, MADALYNN

GROOM, SAMANTHA

HURST, MCKENNA

LANKER, ANYA

LEIGHTON, SADIE

MCMILLIN, FIONA

RECK, ISABELLA

ROSALES, JOSEPH

COMPANY 3

DURFLINGER, ADDIE

GILLSON, ALEXIS

JOHNSON-TURNER, SAWYER

MILLER, NORAH

NICHOLS, MELISSA

COMPANY 4

ANDERSON, JULIA

BLACK, LAURA

GALL, OWEN

GISLADOTTIR, MUNDA

HURST, ABIGAIL

KARCHER, CATHERINE

MELNYK, ADELINE

MILLER, DREW

MILLER, LANEY

SALAME, SHELBY

STAFNE, EMMA

STEWART, ISABELLA

COMPANY 5

APSITIS, LACI

BRYANT, LAUREN

ENCISO, AMELIA

FLAHARTY, NORA

HELLAND, GRACE

HOPGOOD, ELLA

HOPGOOD, MACY

HOUSNER, ISABEL

IACOFANO, MEGAN

KUBITZ, AMANDA

MARTINO, ELLA

RECK, ALEX

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!!! YOU WORKED VERY HARD THIS EVENING AND DANCED SOME VERY DIFFICULT MATERIAL. WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW COMPANIES AND CAN'T WAIT TO BEGIN WORKING WITH YOU THIS SUMMER. HERE'S TO A GREAT NEW SEASON! DON'T FORGET THAT THE PARENT MEETING IS THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 AT 2:00PM. SEE YOU THERE.

THANK YOU!

ADAM & LISA

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To receive the quality instruction Adam and Lisa Clark and Dance Alliance provide, we are committed to driving to Saline from Livonia several times a week. My daughter has been dancing with the Clarks for many years and under their direction, she has not only become a stronger dancer but has gained grace, discipline and confidence. It’s well worth the drive!

-Janice Ferraro