Monday, October 18, 2010

Hall of Fame Challenge-Nationals (5.6.11 to 5.8.11)

This is an optional competition for Nationals. The competition will be held at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL (the same location as Masquerade two years ago.

There are several hotels near the convention center:


Fairfield Inn:

Hampton Inn:

Show Biz (3.25.11 to 3.27.11)

Competition is at the Overland Park Convention Center. Sheraton is the hotel connected to the convention center. Here is the link for reservations for the Sheraton:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Stage One (2.18.2011-2.20.2011)

Drury Inn website:

Recommend staying at the Southwest location 5 Lambert Drury Place (I-44 & 141) - St. Louis, MO for the Kirkwood competion. It is about 15 minutes from Kirkwood High School. Where it says promotional code -- put in FUN.

LA Dance Magic (1.14.2011-1.16.2011)

Hotel Information for LA Dance Magic:

Marriott-Union Station
One St. Louis Union Station
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Phone: 1-314-621-5262
Toll-free: 1-800-410-9914

Drury Inn-Union Station
201 S 20th St
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Phone: 1-314-231-3900

Competition Website:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2010 Booster Note

This year is already starting out as a great one! We look forward to a fun and rewarding competition season with our new and returning families.


Academy Competition Dance Camp – Camp was fantastic! The dancers really enjoyed themselves and learned their dances very quickly. Thank you for coming early and staying late. That was a huge help in finishing choreography.

Academy annual picnic – Thank you those of you who came and danced! As always, it was a great time.

Dance session – Classes have started out fantastic!
1.Due to the number of students, and teacher recommendation we are adding an Intermediate 1 class. There will be an Intermediate 1A and an Intermediate 1B. They will take place at the same time on Tuesday evenings in separate rooms. Please be sure to pick up your envelope at the front desk with details on where you child will be.
2.The Academy will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day.
3.Ballet class looked fantastic with everyone in the appropriate attire! Remember attire is black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes and hair in a bun.

Solo costumes – August 31
1.If you have not had a chance to speak with Suzanne about costumes please make an appointment to do so.
2.An extension date to Friday, September 10 has been given to get costume sketches to Wanda.


TBD Dance practice – September 3
1.Whitney and Shelby will teach the choreography on Friday, September 3 from 5:00-6:30pm.
2.The competition practice time will be on Thursday’s at 5:00 in the tower room.

Extra September Saturday practice – September 4
1.We will not have practice this Saturday. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Solo Choreography complete – September 15
1.Check with your solo choreographer to be sure you are on the same page. Solo’s are to be finished by Wednesday, September 15.


Extra October Saturday Practice – October 2
1.Plan for rehearsal on this Saturday. Schedule will be released next week.

Solo Showcase – October 3
1.Solos and duets will perform their dances in full costume and make-up.
2.Showcase will take place at the Academy at 3:00pm.
3.Non-soloists are encouraged to come watch and cheer on their fellow teammates.

Bonkers night – October 8
1.Tina Greim is heading this.
Parade Practices – October 7, 14 and 21
1.Practices will be 5:30-6:30. In the team policies it says 5:30-7 but that is a typo.
2.Competition classes will still take place but will be 15 minutes on these nights. Watch for schedule.

Homecoming Parade – October 23
1.Time is TBD. Plan on 8:00am arrival time for parade but that is subject to change.
2.All competition students will march in the parade.

Halloween spirit Attire – October 28
1.Plan to send the dancers in fun Halloween costumes or attire! Be sure they are not distracting and are forgiving to movement and dancing. Have fun and be creative with this.
2.Awards will be given for the most creative, most elaborate and any other award teachers feel is appropriate. Teachers will vote and awards will be given that night.
3.Spirit nights are a fun way to celebrate while dancing. They are not required.

1.Please note due to CPS High School Graduation Hall of Fame Dance Challenge has been moved to May 7-8 and will be in St Louis at the Gateway Center. We apologize for any inconvenience.


a.Warm up sizes will be here next Thursday. Please have your child try on the jacket and pants and sign up for what size you want to order.
b.You will need to indicate if you would like your child’s first or last name on the front of the jacket.
c.Warm-ups will be ordered September 15 and should arrive before the October booster meeting.
a.Suzanne has been in contact with flying cow. Looks as if cost will be similar to last year.
b.There will be 2 styles of shirts with the same design to choose from.
3.Academy leotard-Cost for leotards is $50. Sign up tonight if you need a new one. These will be ordered on September 15. 50% is due at the time of ordering.
4.Tops/Shorts-Suzanne is working with flying cow on designs for these.


1.Make hotel reservations for all dance competitions.
2.$400 should be in your booster account.
3.September 11 car wash is at Andy’s Frozen Custard from 12-2. Sign-up sheet is at the front counter.
4.Posters are needed for Breakfast with Santa (Dec 4), Spaghetti Dinner (Sept 9), Bonkers (Oct 8) and Scrap-booking Crop (Nov 5/6).
5.Showcase on January 8 is in Moberly.
6.Bag Check will be held in November. 2009-10 bag check list is attached (items are subject to change). More information to come on this.
7.If you need shoes for class please have them ordered by the 14th of each month. Orders will be placed on the 15th. 50% is due at the time of ordering.

2010-2011 Fundraiser Reminders

 Spaghetti Pie Dinners: Orders are due on Thursday, September 9th. Will need some volunteers to meet me at Woodcrest on Thursday, September 16th at 3:30 pm. to load them up and take to the studio.

 Car Wash: September 11 at Andy’s Frozen Custard-12pm – 3 pm. Please promote by emailing it out to family and friends, post on FaceBook, etc! Need families to bring towels, buckets, a sprayer, an extra hose with splitter.

 Going Bonkers: October 8 at Going Bonkers. AFA will get 50% of the admissions collected at the door that evening (times TBD). Possible MU Football Tickets raffle, dance contest, etc. (Tina Greim)

 Cookbook Group Fundraiser: Recipes due via email on October 15th. Cookbooks will be in for Christmas. (Misti Hollrah and Connie Fenton)

 Sponsorship Letters: Due October 30th. Letters were emailed out on Monday. If you didn’t get one & would like one please email Misti at

 Pasta Fundraiser: order forms will be passed out at October Booster meeting and orders will be due at the November Booster meeting. Will be able to do online orders again.

 Scrapbook Fiesta: November 5 and 6. Sig-up for Committees.

 Breakfast with Santa at Applebee’s: December 4th from 8am – 10 am.

 December Spaghetti Dinners: Orders are due on Thursday, December 9th. Pick-up will be on December 16th between 5pm and 6:30 pm.

 February Spaghetti Dinners: Orders are due on Thursday, Feb 3th. Pick-up will be on Feb 10th between 5pm and 6:30 pm.

 Snowflake Contest: February 5th, 2011 in Moberly.

 April Spaghetti Dinners: Orders are due on Thursday, April 7th. Pick-up will be on April 14th between 5pm and 6:30 pm.

 Bunko Night (Date TBD) will be in the spring sometime.

Cookbook Group Fundraiser Details

 Each family will be required to submit a minimum of 6 recipes. (Attached is a form for sending for family & friends requesting recipes)
 Each family will commit to sell a minimum of 5 cookbooks. (Suggested retail price is $12-15-depends on the # of recipes submitted/# of cookbooks ordered). Our cost is $2.50 -5 per cookbook.
 Recipes will be submitted via email to no later than October 15th.
Recipe Categories:
Appetizers, Beverages & Dips
Soups & Salads
Breads & Rolls
Vegetables & Side Dishes
Main Dishes & Meats
Cookies & Candies
 Recipe Submission Format:
Name of Recipe: Pull-Apart Bacon Bread
Category: Breads & Rolls
Submitted by: Connie Koering, Gracie Hollrah’s Grandma
12 bacon strips, diced
2 tubes (12 oz each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 T Italian salad dressing mix
2 t olive oil
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until cooked but not crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. Separate biscuits; cut each biscuit into quarters. In a large bowl, combine the cheese, dressing mix, oil and bacon. Place half of the biscuit pieces in a greased 10-in fulted tube pan; sprinkle with half of the cheese mixture. Top with remaining biscuit pieces and cheese mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve immediately.
12 servings

Monday, August 9, 2010

August 2010 Booster Note & Team Polices

We understand that being a member of our competition team is a commitment and dedication, that’s why we work harder every year to make our competition program the very best it can be! If you have additional questions, please let us know!

With all of your hard work and dedication, we will meet the following goals:
• To share our passion for dance with our community
• To achieve excellence at competitions and conventions
• To display superior dance technique, style and stage presence at all events
• To work hard, be dedicated and fulfill all commitments
• To maintain and even improve our skills throughout the year
• To be good role models and set good examples for all dancers
• To have fun and enjoy every moment of our season!

All of the Academy teaching staff is very excited about the upcoming competitive year! Questions and concerns may arise so please feel free to contact Sherry or Suzanne for further information.

Our primary method of communication with competition team parents is by email. We communicate often regarding upcoming events, announcements, scheduling, etc. Accordingly, all competition team parents must provide an email address to us that they check regularly for emails from the Academy Competition Team. Please be sure that this is an email that you can receive non-work related emails on.

All AFA dance competition emails will come from We will ask that if you would like to send out a group announcement that you send an email with the announcement to We will then take care of sending out the announcement. We will try to send no more than one email a day and try our best to at least give 24 hour notice on turn around.

All correspondence about the Academy of Fine Arts Dance not related to competition will come from the We will follow the same process as stated above.

In addition, all notes, pictures, etc will be posted on the Competition Team Blog at, we will update regularly with important information.

Booster Club:
The Booster Club is the fundraising arm of the Academy Competition Team. This club is headed under the direction of Sherry and Suzanne Wendling and run by the parents of the competition students. This group is separate from the AFA competition team and the Academy of Fine Arts. This group will meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:00pm.

2010-11 Officers:
President: Jennifer Deaver
Vice-President: Mindy Fuller
Secretary: Mary Jo Edmiston
Treasurer: Kathy Farmer
Fundraising Chair: Misti Hollrah
Costumes: Suzanne Wendling

$400.00 needs to be in your booster account by August 15th for costumes.

Instructional Class Requirements:
These classes are fundamental in teaching dancers the proper foundations of all dances and in strengthening them so that they can perform and execute moves in a manner that is technically correct. Ballet technique class will focus on the fundamentals of the classical ballet, including proper ballet positions, body alignment and technique. Jazz technique class is focused on strengthening dancers with targeted stretches and exercises, as well as focusing on proper technique for leaps, turns, and other integral dance moves incorporated into the competition routines. Tap class is focused on strengthening dancers with targeted exercises to help loosen their ankles and improve their sound articulation and footwork. We will also focus on expanding their tap vocabulary and exposing the dancers to different rhythms and styles of tap. Lyrical combo is a class required by anyone competing in a competition lyrical dance and optional for any other students. Lyrical focuses on using emotion within a specific style of dance. Technique class is a class solely focused on the proper technique of each dance move and the proper placement of lets, feet, arms, hands and head.

Class Schedule:
The class schedule for competition dancers will be finalized after camp and will be ready by August 9th.

Practice Attire:
All competition team dancers are expected to dress in full dancewear for every dance class. Competition team members are looked to as role models within the studio and should be dressed properly for all classes (hair pulled back for ALL classes and appropriate dancewear, dance SHOES for all classes, and clean tights with no holes or runs). Please note, this year Academy will follow a strict studio-wide dress code for ballet and competition classes. We feel this creates a more professional learning environment for our students.

Ballet: Black Leotard, pink tights, ballet skirt (optional), ballet shoes and hair in a bun.
Jazz/Technique/Lyrical: Any tight fitting dance attire and appropriate shoes.
Tap: Any tight fitting dance attire and tap shoes.
Competition Dance Practice: Black leotard or dance top with fitted shorts, tan tights and appropriate shoes. Hair pulled securely back off of the face.

Queen’s Closet:
We will place any orders for shoes, tights, etc. on the 15th of each month. There is a notebook at the front desk for ordering Queen’s Closet items; a 50% deposit must be placed on all orders when ordering. Unless an item is on backorder, they will be in within 2 weeks.

Attendance Policy:
A strong attendance record is required of our competition team members.

Regular attendance is essential and mandatory. Students may not miss any of their regularly scheduled classes/choreography the week before competition. Missing the week before competition may result in forfeiting your chance to compete in the dance competition. A few exceptions will be made for school grades or family emergencies if Sherry or Suzanne have plenty of advanced warning and agrees to excuse the absence.

If you miss a regular class, please plan to make this class up in the following 2 weeks. If you miss competition class, please understand you may be asked to make this up with a private at your cost.

All dancers agree to practice, practice and practice some more. You, along with your teammates and teachers, will be pleased with the results.

Extra Practices:
Along with required attendance at weekly classes, there will be some mandatory extra practices throughout the dance year to work on our competition routines or prepare for other performances.

Extra Competition Classes (Interim):
These extra competition classes are used in-between the instructional dance class sessions to help us prepare for competition. These classes are an extra $5 per dance, per night. This will be billed in the month the classes take place. The schedule for these days will be as close to our Thursday schedule as possible. Please plan for the following Tuesday/Thursday dates:

August 10
August 26
December 14
December 16
January 4
January 6
January 11
January 13

Extra Choreography Classes: We are asking ALL competition team members to mark the following Saturdays on your calendars as a possible rehearsal/choreography day:

Saturday, September 4
Saturday, October 2

**We may or may not need all competition dancers to be present on every Saturday listed above; we will try our best to give at least two weeks advance notice of which teams (if any) will need to be available for an extra Saturday rehearsal or performance.

The two Saturday above will be at NO COST to you – these are a complimentary service provided to our competition team so the dancers will be their very best when it comes time for competition!

Choreography Fees: Boosters has covered production and tap fees for everyone.

During the upcoming competition season, The Academy competition team will participate in one showcase, one convention, two regional competitions and the AFA annual recital. The three regional competitions will be during the months of January, February and March. Each of these regional competitions will be in either the Kansas City or St Louis area and is usually on Saturday and Sunday. Some solos, duets or trios might compete on Friday evenings. We will get the ready times to you as soon as we know the competition times but, please note, specific competition times for each competition are not posted until the week before the competition is to take place. There might be a time the dancers must be present at the competition on both days (Saturday & Sunday), other times, a dancer must only be present on one day or the other – it varies competition by competition. Things to keep in mind during the year:

• Students must attend all competitions their groups are entered.
• Students need to be prepared to stay for award ceremonies recognizing their dances. The only exceptions are from the teachers for late Sunday evening awards.
• Students need to arrive at competitions in their AFA jackets and spirit attire. These need to be worn over costumes at all times and on stage for awards.
• Dancers agree to practice, practice and practice some more. You, along with your teammates and teachers, will be pleased with the results.
• Competitions will usually post their schedules 1 week prior to the competition. A copy of the schedule will be posted in the studio.
• Dancers will be given a ready time for each dance. They should be dressed in costume, hair and make-up done, and fed by this time. This allows for stretching and running of the routine(s) before show time, minimizing stress on all.
• Suggested hotels for each competition will also be posted, however it is not necessary to all stay at the same place if you prefer a different hotel, with family or have other accommodations. We will not be making group reservations. Each person is responsible for their own.
• Academy will sell a practice CD for $5. The CD will contain all of the cut competition music for this season. This will be ready for pick up September 1st and charged to your booster account.
• When attending conventions and competitions, students and parents must behave in an appropriate manner. Poor sportsmanship, inappropriate attire, and being disrespectful to anyone (including other studios’ dancers and parents), is unacceptable. Please remember you are representing everyone at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Academy Competition Dancers
January 8
Place - TBD

Dance Convention/Regional Competitions:
LA Dance Magic convention and competition
January 15-16
St Louis, MO

Stage One
February 18-20
St Louis, MO

Show Biz
March 25-27
Overland Park, KS

Academy of Fine Arts 24th Annual Recital
Columbia, Mo
Time/Place – TBD

Nationals (Optional):
Hall of Fame
Prelims: May 20-22 in Overland Park, KS
Nationals: June 19-23 in Las Vegas, NV

National Competition:
This year we are headed to Las Vegas for nationals! We will be competing in the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. The regional competition will be held in Overland Park, KS May 20-22, 2011 and the Nationals in Las Vegas, June 19-23, 2011. We need your final commitment and $200 deposit by January 6th, 2011. National Competition is OPTIONAL for those dancers who wish to attend and compete but strongly encouraged. There will be extra fundraisers for those attending to help with payments and competition cost. We will determine which dance groups will be competing in January based on dancer participation. National Entry Fees and summer tuition for rehearsals leading up to Nationals will be collected separately in 2 - 3 payments between February and April.

Competition Dance Shoes and Apparel:
We will know what color and style of shoe each dance needs by October 15th, 2010. This will be determined once competition costumes are finalized for each group. Competition shoes may only be worn on stage while competing. Only exception is for tap shoes.

We will also be placing orders for warm-ups, competition travel bags, apparel (t-shirts for dancer & parents, leotards, booty shorts, etc) during the September - November Booster Meetings. 50% of the total cost will be required at the time of ordering your apparel items.

Competition Costumes:
We will let you know what style of costumes will be worn for each dance by September 15th. Most of our team costumes are made by Wanda Koch. If you are a solo dancer please understand the group costumes are a huge undertaking and priority. Please have all solo dance costume sketches and ideas to Wanda before August 31st.

Stoning on Competition Costumes:
Each parent will be responsible for the stoning of their competition costumes. Each costume will be provided with a stone design and pictures will be posted on the Competition Team Blog. We ask that all stoning be completed by January 4th, 2011.

As time allows, Ms. Suzanne and some moms, will be offering to stone costumes for a fee of per gross of stones. Please make sure you communicate directly with them on this and plan ahead so all costumes are ready in January.

All solos/duos/trios need to be approved by Mrs. Sherry or Ms. Suzanne. All soloists over 8 need to have competed in dance for 2 years at a minimum. Soloist under 8 wishing to compete must be approved by Sherry and Suzanne based on technique, attitude and maturity. 50% of the Academy Instructional Bill will need to be paid by September 1st, 2010 and the remaining balance by January 15th, 2011. Not all solos will compete at LA Dance Magic. Dancers will be chosen by seniority and competition ready dances. Those competing in solos or duets at LA Dance Magic need to have booster payments up-to-date and AFA bill paid in full by the December 1st. To compete a solo or duet in the February competition, your AFA bill needs to be paid in full by January 15th. Students are to be enrolled in a solo/duet/trio class provided by the Academy, and take 1 hour of private lessons a month. All solos/duets/trios choreography needs to be completed by September 15th. Soloist will perform their solos in the solo showcase on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 at 3:00pm.

Get ready for a Great Year!

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the house, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” – T. Alan Armstrong

2010-2011 Dates to Remember:

August 30 - December 9: Fall Dance Session
August 31: Solo costume designs to Wanda
September 15: Solo/Duos/Trio Choreography complete
October 3: Solo/Duo/Trio Showcase, 3:00pm
October 7, 14 and 21: Homecoming Parade Practices, 5:30-7:00pm
October 23: Homecoming Parade, 8:00am
October 28: Halloween (Costumes) Attire for Dance Class
November 19-20: State Cheerleading Competition, time/dances are TBD
November 22 – 26: Closed for Thanksgiving
December 2: Holiday Attire for Dance Class
December 4: Breakfast with Santa, 8:00-10:00am
December 4: AFA Annual Holiday Party at Mrs. Sherry’s, 1:00pm
December 6 – 9: Winter Holiday Showcase, 5:00 to 6:30 each evening.
January 6, 2011: AFA Spirit attire
January 8, 2011: Academy Competition Showcase, 9:00am
January 15-16: LA Dance Magic, STL
January 17, 2011: Winter Classes Start
February 5, 2011: Snowflake Contest in Moberly
February 10: Pink & Red Attire for Valentines for Dance Class
February 18-20: Stage One, STL
March 25-27: Show Biz, Overland Park, KS
March 28-April 3: Spring Break AFA Closed
Recital: April, exact date/time TBD
May 20-22: Hall of Fame, prelims for nationals, Overland Park, KS
June 19-23: Hall of Fame Nationals, Las Vegas

2010-2011 Fundraisers:

Cookie Dough will be in the week of August 13 to August 20. Need a couple people to help sort the day it arrives. Plan to pick up your order by 5:45 pm the day it arrives. (Individual Fundraiser)

Car Wash: August 21 and September 11 from 11 am to 2 pm at Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Spaghetti Dinner: For each dinner, you will earn $9 to 10.
September 16: Orders due September 9th
December 16: Orders due December 9th
February 10: Orders due February 3rd
April 14: Orders due April 7th

Sponsorship Donation Letter: Sign-up for Letters tonight. Donations due Oct 30, 2010.
Pasta Fun: Orders due November 4th
Cookbooks: More information at the next booster meeting.
Magazine Fundraiser: Same as previous years - will run entire year.
Breakfast with Santa at Applebee’s: December 4th from 8-10 am.

Other ideas:
Cropping at the AFA: November 5/6- a weekend crop for scrap bookers.
Bunko Night: Spring?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lost and Found


If you lose any items, please post them in the comment section.

AFA Staff

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ready Times For Primetime: February 19-21

· Please remember to be dressed and ready in full costume with hair, makeup and warm-up by the ready time. We will begin practicing at the specified time.

· All students are to attend group awards. Hair should be neat (still competition ready) with black and white bows, warm-up or Academy attire should be worn with makeup still complete. In doing this our dancers look professional and tidy on stage, they also look great for our group picture after awards!

Friday afternoon ready times:
2:00 PM The Jam
3:45 PM Vogue

8:40 – Awards for Duet/Trio

Friday evening ready times:
7:30 PM Tiny Dancer
8:00 PM Cha-cha Heals

10:25 – Awards for Small Senior Dances

Saturday morning ready times:
7:00 AM Let It Rock
7:30 AM Shake And Pop
8:30 AM Miss Invisible
9:00 AM Work Me Down

12:40 – Awards for Teen and Senior Dances

Saturday afternoon/evening ready times:
11:00 PM Itsy Bitsy
11:30 PM Do Your Thing
11:30 PM Life Goes To A Party
12:00 PM Hokey Pokey
12:30 PM Butterflies
12:40 PM Mother's Prayer
1:45 PM Get Up Off That Thing
1:50 PM Girlfriend
2:15 PM Sea Cruise
3:00 PM Don't Go
4:15 PM Bingo
4:25 PM Cirque

7:10 – Awards for Petite and Junior Dances

Sunday Solo ready times:
7:45 AM Brittany Marso (5)
8:45 AM Rachel O'keefe (5)
9:00 AM Molly Wainscott (5)

11:00 – Awards for Senior Solo’s

9:45 AM Delaney Fuller (5)
9:45 AM Emily Carr (5)
10:30 PM Mary Deaver (5)
11:15 PM Suzanne Kjellberg (5)
11:30 PM Sydney Dent (5)

1:35 – Awards for Petite Solo’s

12:00 PM Kaitlyn Farmer (5)
12:15 PM Olivia Zacharias (5)
12:15 PM Ally Alcabasa (5)
12:30 PM Grace Olson (5)
1:20 PM Cassie Edmiston (5)
1:20 PM Jacy Alexander (5)
2:45 PM Claire Dinwiddie (5)
3:00 PM Savannah Singletary (5)

5:35 – Awards for Junior Solo’s

4:00 PM Mackenzie Murray (5)
4:25 PM Sammy Baker (5)

10:00 – Awards for Teen Solo’s

February Booster Notes

Competition Team Notes for February 4, 2010

January Showcase:
We appreciate you working with us even though it was cold. Once the dancers got going they were sweating and forgot about the temperature. A special thank you to the parents and students who arrived competition ready for the showcase. It is much appreciated when the dancers look professional.

LA Dance Magic:
LA Dance Magic was fantastic! I think we can all agree that it was a much improved performance over the showcase. Thank you, parents, for all of your support and working so hard to have the costumes stoned. They looked great on stage. The highest scoring dance for the Academy was Bingo followed by Butterflies. The ladies who made cuts for auditions were Sammie, Ally, Jacy, Cassie, Savannah, Gracie, Sydney D and Brittany. Dancers who received scholarships were Savannah, Sydney D and Brittany. Congratulations to all of our dancers for a job well done! **Thank you Mr. Fuller for copying the video and pictures from the competition**

February 6:
Snowflake Twirling Contest: NO BUDDIES

Dancers are to arrive by 7:00am with first costume on, hair and make-up complete with warm-up on.

Hair is poof and pony for all competition dance and twirling numbers

Full competition make-up including eyelashes

There will be a welcome desk at the front. Please pick up your child’s folder prior to the competition. This will have their score sheets for the day, a program and any information you will need.

They day will go by very quick and smooth if we all chip in and do our part

Props will load tonight immediately following the booster meeting and unload on Saturday at 7:00am. They will reload immediately following the afternoon competition and the final unload will be on Monday at 6:30 and the Academy.

The order for 7:30am and noon competitions is attached. Please have costumes in order and organized to assist the competition in running smoothly.

Plan for the day to be 7:00am-4:00pm.

February 19-21:
Primetime Dance Competition:
Buddy theme is ‘Picture Time!’ -picture frames, picture books..Get creative!

All costumes will be completed by this competition

We will get you the ready times as soon as they post the competition schedule. Plan for ready times to be at least 2 hours before competition time.

Anyone dancing on Saturday needs to plan to stay in St. Louis on Friday night.


Dancers should be dressed in costume with hair and make-up complete at the ready time, not performance time.

At large competitions petite dances have been known to dance on Friday nights.

Go ahead and book your room for Star power. This will be a large competition and the hotels will fill up fast!

Showbiz and Recital will be here before you know it! Recital packets will be handed out next week. The theme is being finalized and costumes ordered.


The following dances need to be sure they have the items listed
Cha-Cha Heels
Black fishnets stoned up the back
Black heels will be here Monday
Pink earrings
Life goes to a Party
Black fishnets – no stones
Itsy Bitsy
Yellow ankle and wrist ruffles
Sea Cruise
Blue neck chokers
Work me Down
Black neck choker
Red backed hoops
Let it Rock
Same choker as Work me Down
Black vest with piping
Shake and Pop
Black fingerless gloves
Black halter hoodie


Costumes that will need stones are Cha-Cha, Let it Rock and any of the above accessories. If you have enough gross left to stone with you will not need to order any. Order forms will be at the desk Monday. Please fill them out as Angie will be ordering stones on Tuesday.


These are to arrive Feb 18


Is there a volunteer to iron the Cirque curtain at each competition? **Thank you Mr. Dinwiddie for ironing it at LA Dance Magic**

Thank you everyone for the time and energy you put into our competition team. It is very much appreciated.

Reminders 2010:
Please be sure you have hotel reservations for all competitions.

The trailer will load at 6:30 on Thursday and unload at 6:30 on Monday. We need volunteers to unload the trailer at the competition and reload after the competition.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tiny Dancer

Miss Invisible

Cha-Cha Heels

LA Dance Magic Details

LA Dance Magic –
January 16th - 17th
All competition students need to be in St. Louis early Friday evening.
Please remember this is a very long weekend, get students to bed as early as possible throughout the week and on Friday. We want to be our best this weekend!
No swimming at the hotels
Those staying at Residence Inn Shuttle Riders
Saturday Shuttle ride meet Ms. Whitney at 6:45 am—Please let us know who you are?
Sunday Shuttle ride meet Ms. Whitney at 6:20am – Please let us know who you are?
Parents feel free to meet us over at the workshop
Shuttle the rest of the weekend runs 7am to 10:30pm just call 314-289-7500
Breakfast is 7-10am ( I am working on getting them to feed us at 6:30am)
All rooms have full fridge and kitchen so you can bring breakfast food, food for the next day, ect.

Workshop Classes – They have added classes this year so we will get even more out of it! Unfortunately that means longer days.

Saturday: Meet at the bottom of the stairs at 7:00am, ready to dance, to receive your wristband. Everyone needs to be in black AFA attire and new bows (handed out on Thursday). You may wear AFA bra top, tank top, leotard and booty shorts. You may wear other black and white items with these. Just be sure you are in black and white!
**All Jumpstart and Junior girls need to wear hair in the pigtail buns, performance ready with lots of spray and new bows. (We hope this stays and then we will be ready for the competition).
**Seniors may wear hair as they wish as long as it is tidy with their new bow.
**Boys: Competition t-shirts with black warm up type pants or shorts

Saturday evening competition:
*Juniors arrive at 2:45. Dressed and ready in first costume. Eat dinner during your break and bring snacks for between dances.
*Seniors arrive for the competition with first costume, hair and make-up complete and warm up
This runs VERY quickly. Please arrive on time and have everything organized and ready.

Sunday: Meet at the bottom of the stairs at 6:30am to warm up for auditions. Feel free to wear something that will help you stand out! Hair is the same as Saturday.

The rooms are broken down by age. In the Jumpstart and Junior rooms there is an overlap in age. We have talked to those with the overlap individually about the best option for your child
Senior room: 12 and over
Junior room: 7-11
Jumpstart: 8 and under

Auditions: All competitions students in Junior and Senior need to participate in these auditions Sunday morning. Please have your student at the bottom of the stairs dressed and ready for the auditions at 6:30am. We will warm up as a group. Auditions begin promptly at 7:00am. All students need competition ready hair, earrings, barrettes and or bows and minimal makeup.
Have fun and SMILE

Big/Little Buddies
The theme for this competition is ‘something fun that has to do with writing or coloring’
Please plan to bring the wrapped gift on Thursday and place in the box in the entrance way; Please be sure the To and From is very clear;

Have old shoes for practice. The carpet will eat them.
Have healthy snacks and a water bottle in the dancers bag.
Suggest bringing a cooler with your lunch, dinner (for Sat), and snacks. This will help avoid long lines
Have lunch their 15 mins prior to lunch. We will eat as a group and review our dances for the competition that evening
Encourage your dancer to stay close to the front of the room
All classes need to be attended by all students

Friday – Work to arrive and be in bed no later than 8. It is a very long weekend.

Saturday –
7:00 Everyone meet downstairs in the lobby with breakfast finished ready to dance
7:30 Warm up for everyone in senior room
11:00 Have lunch for juniors ready. They will eat at 11:15 and we will rehearse the competition dances.
11:15 Have lunch for Seniors ready. They will eat at 11:30 and we will rehearse the competition dances. Jumpstart dancers are done with classes. They will eat while we rehearse competition dances before going to rest.
12:15 and 12:30 Classes resume
2:15 Junior classes end. Eat and get ready for competition **please be aware there is really not enough time to leave and come back
2:30 Senior classes end. Eat and get ready for competition.
3:00 Juniors arrive back downstairs ready for competition and have eaten a snack with first costume and warm-up on ready to compete
4:00 Competition begins
4:00 Seniors arrive downstairs ready for competition and have eaten a snack with first costume and warm-up on ready to compete.
Have a packed dinner for them to eat between dances.
Lights out as soon as competition is finished

Sunday –
6:30 Juniors and Seniors meet downstairs with breakfast finished to warm up as a team.
7:00 Auditions begin – tardy dancers will miss out L
8:30 Classes begin
11:15 Junior lunch. Arrive 15 min ahead with lunch so when they come out they can eat.
11:45 Senior lunch
2:30 Classes end
3:00 Faculty and award show begins!!

Competition Team Notes Jan. 12, 2010

Competition Team Notes for January 12, 2010
We have the hard part of competition season almost over!! As with any competitive activity times can get a little tense but we appreciate all that each of you are doing to make this a great year!! Here’s to a great 2010!!

All of the Holiday performances went great! Thank you to those of you that could participate in them. These are great fundraisers and are very fun for everyone involved.
Buchroeders – 300
Nursing Home – 500
AFA Staff Party – 500
Breakfast with Santa – a little shy of 1000
Women’s Luncheon – 200?

Thursday, January 14th: Competition rehearsal
Winter Competition Schedule

Friday, January 15th - Sunday, January 17th: LA Dance Magic in St. Louis

Monday, January 18th: Instructional Classes Resume

Competition Showcase
The showcase went very smoothly. Thank you for everyone that came with hair and make-up complete. As teachers, we have watched the video and are working on things that can be improved upon. Please keep in mind there are a lot of people putting in many hours to make our competition team the best it can be. We ask that you do the same when it comes to preparation for performances and competitions. The total cost for the Showcase is $350 for the building and heat.

All correct shoes will be worn for every competition. Practice shoes of each style should be in the dancers bag to for practice
Make Up
All make up including eyelashes and rhinestones are to be worn for every competition and performance.
Costume Fittings:
Wanda is working as hard as she can to have everything finished for Saturday.
We might need volunteers to help with bow making for Bingo and Itsy
Wanda’s Contact: 573-874-1747
The costumes left to stone are Miss Invisible, Shake and Pop, Life Goes to a Party, Tiny Dancer and Work me Down. Please be sure you are working and these and will have them done by Saturday.

Prop Parents:
· Itsy Bitsy Tent/Cirque Tent: Fuller and Griem
· Cirque curtain and tight rope poles: Jenkins
· Cirque Trampoline: Arey
· Cirque ball and bike: Singletary
· Cirque Stage: Edmiston
· Cirque Batons and twirl flags: Fenton/Alexander
· Elephant Head: VanEaten
· Mothers Prayer Bed: Edmiston
· Miss Invisible Stage: Alacabasa and Killday

Trailer loading
The trailer will load at 6:30 on Thursday and unload at 6:30 on Monday. We need volunteers to unload the trailer at the competition and reload after the competition.

Group Moms
Moms are to check the dancers to be sure they are appropriately dressed. Make-up and hair should be professional and accessories checked before going backstage.
Cirque –Carr, Dinwiddie, Griem, Kjellberg,
Let it Rock – Marso
Hokey Pokey – Carr and VanEaten
Mother’s Prayer – Deaver
Cha-Cha Heels- Murray
Don’t Go – Edmiston and Alexander
Butterflies – Dent and Martin
Girlfriend – Fenton
Tiny Dancer – O’Keefe
Life Goes to a Party – Hollrah
Do Your Thing – Farmer
Shake and Pop – Baker and Singletary
Get Up – Fuller
Work me Down – Wainscott and Singletary
Sea Cruise – Olson and Zacharias
Miss Invisible – Killday and Alacabasa
Itsy Bitsy – Kjellberg, Dinwiddie and Morris
Bingo – Arey and Sonksen

Snowflake Twirling Contest
Dancers will perform that morning at 7:30 and again at lunch at 11:30. More detailed information to come.
Clerks: Alacabasa, Marso, Murray, Okeefe
Starters: Carr/Olson, Deaver/Zacharias, Dinwiddie/Dent, Singletary/Kjellberg
Clerks: Baker, Killday, Reese, Wainscott
Starters: S Hollrah/VanEaten, G Hollrah/Morris, Sonsken/Fuller, Arey/Farmer

Reminders 2010:
*Please be sure you have hotel reservations for all competitions.

Friday, January 8, 2010

2010 Competition Costume List

Hokey Pokey: pigtail buns
__blue top with yellow ruffles
__blue trunks with yellow ruffles
__tan stirrup tights
__tan pedinis
__blue headband with yellow knot
__yellow earrings
__yellow neckpiece
__yellow arm ruffles

Itsy Bitsy: pigtail buns
__pink top with yellow polka dots
__pink trunks with yellow polka dots
__tan stirrup tights
__foot undies
__yellow bows
__yellow earrings
__yellow neckpiece
__yellow ankle and arm ruffles

Butterflies: poof and high pony
__white dress with blue sash
__tan stirrup tights
__tan pedinis
__blue bow
__blue earrings (new)
__blue and white neckpiece

Get Up off of that Thing: pigtail buns
__colored top
__mesh biketard
__tan stirrup tights
__tan pedinis
__colored bows
__colored earrings
__colored neckpiece
__mesh fingerless gloves

Do Your Thing: TBD
__blue top
__black shorts
__black and white suspenders
__no tights
__black and white taps
__black hat
__white earrings
__black fingerless gloves

Mother’s Prayer: poof and down
__beige top with purple sash
__beige trunks
__tan stirrup tights
__foot undies
__purple bow
__rhinestone earrings
__beige neckpiece
__rhinestone bracelet (right hand)

Girlfriend: poof and high pony
__pink and jean leotard
__jean jacket
__tan stirrup tights
__tan pedinis
__pink bow
__pink earrings
__pink neckpiece (new)

Life Goes to a Party: poof and high pony
__red and black top
__red and black skirt
__tan stirrup tights
__black and white taps
__feather headpiece
__red earrings
__pearl necklace
__black gloves

Let it Rock: poof and down
__white tank top
__black sequin vest
__express jeans
__black and white taps
__black rhinestone hoop earrings
__black rhinestone cuffs

Cha-Cha Heels: TBD
__pink bra top
__black trunks
__lace overlay
__tan stirrup tights (could be fishnets)
__tan pedinis (could be black)
__pink rosette hairpiece – if hair is up
__pink and black earrings
__black and pink neckpiece
__pink bangles for wrist

Tiny Dancer: poof and down
__black bra top
__black shorts
__red plaid button up shirt
__no tights
__foot undies
__earrings TBD

Sea Cruise: poof and high pony
__pink and blue sailor dress
__tan stirrup tights
__tan taps
__white and blue hat
__blue earrings (new)
__blue neckpiece (new)
__white gloves

Bingo: pigtail buns
__yellow leotard with pink gingham ruffle
__jean shorts
__tan stirrup tights
__foot undies
__sunflower bows
__pink earrings
__pink choker

Don’t Go: poof and down
__blue and brown top
__brown shorts
__tan stirrup tights
__foot undies
__blue earrings (new)
__blue and brown neckpiece

Miss Invisible: poof and down
__blue dress
__tan stirrup tights
__foot undies
__blue earrings
__blue choker
__rhinestone bracelet (right hand)

Shake and Pop: poof and high pony
__colored bra top
__black hoodie
__colored jeans
__black and white taps
__rhinestone hoop earrings
__colored neckpiece
__black fingerless gloves

Work Me Down: poof and high pony
__red and black sequin dress
__black trunks
__tan stirrup tights (could be fishnet)
__tan pedinis (could be black)
__black earrings
__black and red neckpiece
__black gloves with red trim
__rhinestone bracelet (right hand)

Cirque: pigtail buns
__black and white polka dot leotard
__correct bottoms
__“crazy clown” tail feathers
__ruffle “jumping bean” skirt
__single “elastaband” leg
__“tightrope walker” tutu
__tan stirrup tights
__foot undies
__one pink one blue bows
__one pink one blue earrings
__black and blue neckpiece
__pink armband (new)

Hokey Pokey:
__yellow polo with popped collar
__dark skinny jeans
__black and white shoes
__white, yellow and blue hat with name
__yellow and blue sweatbands

Itsy Bitsy:
__yellow polo
__khaki shorts
__no shoes

__white button up dress shirt
__black dress pants
__black socks
__black jazz shoes
__black top hat (also used by announcers)
__pink bow tie
__polka dot cummerbund

__brown unitard
__brown face tutu
__brown tail
__brown wrist and ankle ruffles
__tiger striped jumpsuit
__headband with tiger ears
__brown shirt with pink tutu
__brown headpiece with ears
__black polka dot hat
__blue bow tie
__TBD – still a work in progress
Beginning announcers:
__black top hat (same as boys)
__giant pink bow ties

Miss Invisible:
__beige dress
__blue shorts
__tan stirrup tights
__foot undies
__blue earrings
__blue neckpiece
__rhinestone bracelet (right hand)

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