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.

[MAY 25, 2022]

Dance Alliance, LLC

Dance Instruction, Dance Classes, Dance Company

Saline, Michigan

Washtenaw County

Office: 734.429.9599

Email: dancealliance@comcast.net

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PRE-DARC

MARY CONLEY

IAN GALLIVAN

RILEY GALLIVAN

CAROLINE LAVERY

MAGGIE MCCLIMON

HAILEY MUNSELL

NORAH STUKEY

EMERSON WALCOTT

BRILEY WEISENREDER

COMPANY 1

CAMILLA ALLMAND

ISABELLA (BELLA) BENNETTI

GABRIELLA FETTIG

JESSE GALA

MALANEY KULCSAR

EMERSON PERALES

ELANA SCHRIEBER

KIRA STEELE

COMPANY 2

OLIVIA BENNETTI

ELSIE BROPHY

SOPHIE GRAHAM

SCARLETT PERALES

MEGAN PUTNAM

ABIGAIL SCHINEMAN

STEPHANIE VITALE

COMPANY 3

MARGARET (MAGGIE) CAIN

MIA COOLEY

EMILEE HORVATH

BRYNLEI KULCSAR

CJ LEFORT

EMMERSON SALAME

COMPANY 4

SAM GROOM

LILY HANSEN

MCKENNA HURST

ISABELLA RECK

JOSEPH ROSALES

SERENA RYAN

MADELYN SANKIEWICZ

COMPANY 5

OWEN GALL

ALEXIS GILLSON

ELLA HOPGOOD

ABIGAIL HURST

SAWYER JOHNSON-TURNER

ELLA MARTINO

ALAYNA (LANEY) MILLER

ANDREW (DREW) MILLER

NORAH MILLER

ALEXANDRA RECK

SHELBY SALAME

EMMA STAFNE

ISABELLA (ISA) STEWART

BROOKE VASS

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!!! YOU WORKED VERY HARD THIS EVENING DURING THE AUDITIONS AND DANCED SOME VERY DIFFICULT BUT FUN MATERIAL. WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW COMPANIES, A FRESH NEW SEASON AND CAN'T WAIT TO BEGIN WORKING WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY CHALLENGING COUPLE OF YEARS AS WELL AS AN EXTREMELY EMOTIONAL TIME FOR EVERYONE. WITH THAT SAID...WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THAT HAS BEEN WITH US THROUGH THE YEARS AND HAS DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH US FOR THE NEW SEASON THAT WE START NEXT WEEK. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN SO KIND, PATIENT AND JUST PLAIN AMAZING...YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT IS NOTICED AND GREATLY APPRECIATED BY ALL OF US AT DANCE ALLIANCE AS WELL AS BY EVERYONE IN THE CLARK HOUSEHOLD!

DANCERS AND PARENTS...A PACKET OF MANY ITEMS SHOULD HAVE COME HOME AFTER THE AUDITIONS. TOMORROW, THURSDAY, MAY 26TH FROM 5PM TO 8PM, WE WILL BE AT THE STUDIO TO COLLECT CONTRACTS, FORMS, PAYMENTS, ETC. WE WILL SEE YOU THEN! ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS DANCERS...YOU WERE BRILLIANT. HERE'S TO AN AMAZING NEW SEASON AHEAD OF US.

WITH LOVE & GRATITUDE,

ADAM, LISA, MARIA & EVERYONE AT DANCE ALLIANCE

PS…PLEASE NOTE THAT TEAM UP WILL BE UPDATED THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS NOW THAT WE KNOW WHAT THE COMPANY ROSTER LOOKS LIKE FOR THE 2022-2023 SEASON. I WILL BE LISTING DANCER’S NAMES FOR SPECIFIC CHOREOGRAPHERS AND CHOREOGRAPHY…IT WILL NOT ALWAYS BE BROKEN UP AS IN THE PAST WITH COMPANIES 1-3 DOING SOME DANCES AND COMPANIES 4-5 DOING OTHER DANCES. THANK YOU AGAIN…AND CONGRATS ON A GREAT AUDITION EVENING!

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Updated below...

*Summer and Fall 2022 Forms/Info

*Link to access Forms/Info

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cmj27grfc0pl80o/AAAS8YKM4-K4JZx-GMOJe9xoa?dl=0

*DA Spring Concerts

*Nutcracker Workshops Ages 7-18

*DA/DARC Intensives Ages 7-18

*Nutcracker Camps Ages 3-6

*Link to access DA TeamUp Calendar

https://teamup.com/ksse6kphr575g244sk

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Dance Alliance/DARC Summer & Fall 2022 Forms and Information...copy and paste the link below into your browser to access any DA Summer & Fall information/forms for Auditions, Workshops, Intensives, Camp, etc.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cmj27grfc0pl80o/AAAS8YKM4-K4JZx-GMOJe9xoa?dl=0

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It's that time of year... the Dance Alliance Spring Concert weekend!!! Come support all these amazing dancers...they are truly beautiful. We are so proud of our dancers and how they have pushed through these past couple of years. You don't want to miss this event!

Saline High School

Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center

Friday, May 20th...7:30pm

Saturday, May 21st...1:00pm

Sunday, May 22nd...1:00pm & 4:00pm

Tickets...$16

General Admission

Available @ the door 1 hour prior to show.

Dancers and families...please check your email for numerous messages that included all the DA Spring Concert information. You should also have received your recital packet a couple weeks ago with information as well. Don't forget, if you have last minute costume questions, there was a link sent to everyone that includes costume pictures and costume notes for each class.

Please email dancealliance@comcast.net with any questions about the DA Spring Concert weekend. Here's to an amazing weekend.

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DARC AUDITION WORKSHOP CLASSES

Monday, May 23, 2022...4:30pm-5:30pm

Tuesday, May 24, 2022...4:30pm-5:30pm

These classes are for any new individuals ages 7-11 wanting to audition as well as for current Mini, Pre, Co. 1 and Co.2 members. The Audition Workshop Form was in a DA Summer/Fall packet given to all dancers at the Spring Concerts. It was also passed out in classes, will be available at the studio and can also be found at the link below the audition information.

DARC INFORMATIONAL MEETING for new individuals or anyone wanting a refresher for the upcoming season. Tuesday, May 24, 2022...5:30pm-6:30pm(Immediately following the Workshop class.)

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DANCE ALLIANCE REPERTORY COMPANY

2022-2023 Auditions!!!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

4:30pm-6pm...Audition time for any new auditionees age 7-11 as well as returning Mini's, Pre's and Co. 1

6:30pm-8pm...Audition time for any new auditionees age 8-18 as well as returning Co. 2, Co. 3, Co. 4 and Co. 5

Please email dancealliance@comcast.net for additional information and the Audition Registration Form.

Also...copy and paste the link below into your browser to access any DA Summer & Fall information/forms for Auditions, Workshops, Intensives, Camp, etc.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cmj27grfc0pl80o/AAAS8YKM4-K4JZx-GMOJe9xoa?dl=0

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SUMMER NUTCRACKER BALLET & JAZZ WORKSHOP...Ages 7-18

Tuesday through Friday May 31 & June 1-3, 2022 4:00pm-6:30pm and Monday through Thursday June 6-9, 2022 4:00pm-6:30pm.

These workshops will focus on strengthening ballet and jazz technique along with learning numerous Nutcracker variations in preparation for the December 2022 25th Anniversary Nutcracker.

Auditions for the Nutcracker are Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Please bring ballet, jazz, & pointe (if pointe student) shoes to first day of class.

DA/DARC DANCE INTENSIVE

Monday through Thursday June 13-16, 2022 12:30pm-3:00pm and

June 20-23, 2022 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...Ages 3-6

Mon.-Thurs., June 20th-23rd, 2022

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

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

JAZZ CAMP

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

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 13 - Thursday, June 16 & Monday, June 20 - Thursday, June 23, 9:30am - 3:00pm.

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We are beyond excited to announce that we will resume our classes in-person starting Saturday as planned...yes, still hybrid so that our dancers at home can be virtual if they wish. All of our original protocols will again be in place:� mask wearing, temperature checks, hand sanitizing and social distancing.� Thank you for your continued patience and diligence as we all continue to move forward working through this scenario.� So, just to clarify, classes are virtual today and Thursday; Saturday marks our return to in-person.� Woohoo!� (Insert happy dance here!)

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Yes...first day back to dance classes and rehearsals is TODAY...January 4th, 2021!

Yes...we are starting back virtually this week.

Yes...ALL class and rehearsal links remain the same as previous emails that DA dancers and families received.

Happy New Year!� We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and rejuvenating holiday break.� Today marks the return to dance classes.� Our return to classes will begin virtually and we are most excited to see the dancers again after our extended time away from the studio.� We plan to return to in-person classes after January 15th when the current "Pause" is lifted. If anything changes...we will of course be in touch.

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We will be continuing our virtual class and rehearsal platform starting Wednesday, December 9th and continuing through Sunday, December 13th. Our first day back to in-person classes will hopefully be Monday, January 4th. Please check your DA emails for any and all info including all the class links for your virtual classes and/or rehearsals. Yes, all classes and rehearsals will be at their regular times unless you have received an email about a "Revised Schedule"...this usually applies to DARC dancers/classes.� The DA Holiday Break is from Monday, December 14th through Sunday, January 3rd.� DA classes and rehearsals will resume Monday, January 4th.� Happy Holidays from all of us at Dance Alliance!!!

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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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As a professional performer working in NYC, I can without a doubt say the training I received from Adam and Lisa Clark has been incomparable. When I first came to them I had a limited working knowledge of dance, despite many years of classes as a child. The Clarks immediately began to train me to the best of my abilities. I went from not being able to do one single turn to taking classes from top choreographers across the country and competing in the Top 10 for the chance to represent Michigan at Miss America. Now, I can walk into a class in NYC and know that I have the ability to tackle a variety of styles and levels. But more important than learning a new step or two (or 10) has been that my self-confidence as a person has grown with every step Ive mastered. The performance world is tough, but the discipline and hard work that is put into the training at Dance Alliance has translated far beyond the studio walls. They say you never know what you can do until you try. That is exactly what their curriculum asks; that you try and work just a little bit harder with every class; the outcome is amazing! I walk into auditions, onto TV sets and stages in New York and know that I can perform as an actor because my body and mind have been trained to look at material as a chance to explore and push my abilities and talent. I can not begin to thank Adam and Lisa enough for providing me with a challenging and nurturing environment where I could learn more than I ever dreamed possible! Living in a big city is fantastic, but Dance Alliance is a gem to be treasured!

Fondly,

Halima Henderson