September 2014 Newsletter

Fall Classes Start

Our academic school year begins Tuesday, September 2nd  and runs through Saturday, May 16th.

New for Level 4s!

In addition to welcoming former Houston Ballet member Genie Lanfear to our Level 4 staff, we also welcome gyrotonic instructor Joe Modlin, who will be teaching our Level 4s once a month. Gyrotonic was developed by a former Houston Ballet member. It focuses on developing free movement of joints and stabilization of the body through counter-balance.

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Adult Classes

Pilates classes on Thursday evenings are now at 7 pm!  This one hour class is $15 a class.

Our Saturday advanced beginner adult ballet is now noon to 1:15 at Grace United.  Classes are $15.

Our Sunday intermediate/ advanced  ballet class is held  noon to 1:30 at Grace United.

Drop in rate is $20. Class cards are $150 for 10 classes and $85 for 5 classes. Cards are good for 4 months.

All adult classes are pay as you go. Come join us!

 

 

Dance in Houston

September 4-14. Midsummer’s Night Dream. Houston Ballet. Wortham Theater.

September 18-28. From Houston to the World. Houston Ballet. Wortham Theater.

August 2014 Newsletter

White Linen Performance

 Saturday, August 2nd, is the date for White Linen Night performance by Claire School of Dance students.

 This year’s White Linen Night performance takes place at 6 p.m. on the Boulevard in front of Heights Christian Church, 1703 Heights Blvd.

This year’s performance features special guest choreographer Leslie Scates. Ms. Scates is a long-time Heights resident and well-known Houston choreographer, who returns from performing and teaching in Germany just in time for our performance.  Ms. Scates specializes in ensemble thinking, a rigorously systematic approach to developing spatial awareness and group dynamics.  Ms. Scates is also adjunct professor of dance at U of H.

Cookies and lemonade will be served in fellowship hall after the 15 minute performance.

Welcome Genie Lanfear!

We are proud to announce that Genie Lanfear, formerly with Houston Ballet, will be teaching our Level 4 class starting in September.  Genie will also be teaching our Thursday evening Pilates classes, which move to a new time slot of 7-8 pm.  Welcome, Genie!Welcome Genie Lanfear

Classes Start September 2nd

The day after Labor Day, September 2nd, is the first day of classes at our Heights studios and at Cathedral House Montessori and the Kinkaid School.

Fall Registration Open Now

Register early to reserve your spot. Our classes fill quickly!

Uniforms

We have a limited number of preballet, primary, and Level I leotards and skirts. Contact the office. Uniforms may also be purchased through Costumes and Dancewear on Dunlavy. Mention the Claire School of Dance and get a 10% discount!

 

July 2014 Newsletter

July Newsletter

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Come to Our Open House!

Saturday, July 12th , from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., we’ll be offering a free photo session, cookie decorating,  and registration and class information for fall classes.

Ms. Claire will be taking portrait photos of each child.  The photo session is free – proofs and prints will be available online. You can see proofs before ordering. Ms. Claire’s portrait work is on display in the Grace United waiting room.

After their photos, children are invited to decorate a cookie in our cookie workshop.

Sandra will be on hand with her laptop to take registration and payment.

 Drink Pink!

Also at our Open House is the Claire School of Dance-sponsored Drink Pink! lemonade stand.  Proceeds from the sales of pink lemonade go to breast cancer programs. Drink Pink!

 Our Summer Performance

This year we perform for White Linen Night, 6 p.m. Saturday, August 2nd  on the boulevard in front of Lambert Hall.  Free!  Join us for lemonade and cookies after the show!

 A Few Summer Spots Left

We have a few places left in Fairy Magic Dance Camp and Cinderella Camp, as well as in Hip Hop Camp and Hairspray, our Ballet ‘n Broadway camp. You can register online at www.clairedance.com or at our office or Open House. Sign up now!

Fall Registration Open Now

Register early to reserve your spot. Our classes fill quickly!

June 2014 Newsletter

Summer Classes Start June 2nd!

Summer Dance

Our Summer Dance program begins Monday, June 2nd  and runs through Saturday, July 26th.

 A Few Summer Spots Left

We have a few spots left in our camps: Frozen, Fairy Magic, and Cinderella for 3 to 6 year olds. Hairspray, Hip Hop, Ooh la la Paris!, and Fashion Camp for 7 to 11 year olds.

Register online at clairedance.com or at our office. Spaces do go quickly so sign up now!

Free Hippity Hop Class

We are offering a free hippity hop class for 5 and 6 years Saturday, June 14th 11:30 to noon at our Grace United location.  Hippity hop is a hip hop class designed to be appropriate for young children. Our summer hippity hop class runs from June 21-July 26 for a special introductory rate of $60.

Students are also welcome to try Hippity Hop now for a fall registration.

We’ve Got a New Look!

The Claire School of Dance has a new logo and a new website.  We are celebrating our new look all week.  Be sure to check out our new place on the web!

 Adult Ballet Classes

Starting June 7th our advanced beginner adult ballet Saturdays moves to noon to 1:15 at Grace United.

New on Sundays:  noon to 1:30 intermediate/advanced adult ballet classes.

Drop in rate is $20. Class cards are $150 for 10 classes and $85 for 5 classes. Cards are good for 4 months.

Come join us!

 Parent Day Thank You

Thanks to all the parents who attended our Parent Day Demonstrations.

A special shout-out to all the moms who helped pin on fairy crowns, do quick changes, and generally make our excited dancers “stage ready.”

Dance in Houston

June 5-11 Swan Lake. Houston Ballet. Wortham Theater. Evening and matinees. Info: www.houstonballet.org.

 

 

May 2014 Newsletter

Summer Schedule Additions

We’ve added several camps and classes to our summer schedule:

  • beginner Ballet and Tap for 11-13 year olds Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons
  • Frozen for 4-6 year olds June 9-13, 9am to noon
  • Little Mermaid for 4-6 year olds June 9-13, 1-4pm (free lunchtime supervision for those campers doing both Frozen and Little Mermaid);
  • Frozen for 3 year olds June 21, 4:30-6pm
  • Frozen for 3 year olds July 12, 11:30-1pm
  • Camp Cupcake for 5-9 year olds July 21-25, 9am to noon

We offer early drop off and late pickup for selected camps. Be sure to let us know your needs!

Spots go quickly so register now to reserve yours!

Toddler Reading Circle

Wednesday mornings 10-11 in the Art Upstairs room at our Grace United studio. Come join us for a story and a craft! (Note: We only meet twice in May.)

  • May 7th One Fish Two Fish
  • May 14th Planting a Rainbow

Parent Demonstrations

All Toddler, CM1 and CM2 classes will have their Demonstration in class, the week of May 12th. Parents are invited to watch what the children have learned. All children will receive fairy crowns and flowers. NO MAKEUP CLASSES ARE ALLOWED THE WEEK OF MAY 12th.

(If your child DOES NOT wear a uniform, her demonstration is in class. If she DOES wear a uniform, she is in the May 18th performance.)

Students who take classes at Lambert Hall and Grace United and who are in Preballet, Primary, or any Level class have their Parents Day Demonstration Sunday, May 18that 3pm at Hogg Middle School in the Heights.

Students should arrive by 1:15. Dress rehearsal starts at 1:30. Doors open at 2:30 for parents.

Students must wear the class uniform and wear hair in a bun or pony tail (if long) or pulled off face (if short).

We will be video taping. Orders for DVDs will be taken the last week of class and at the Demonstration.

Students at Cathedral House have their Demonstration May 16th on the following schedule:

  • Toddler 2: 10:30
  • Primary 1/2: 10:00
  • Kinder: 9:30

Kinkaid students will have their Demonstration May 16th at 2:00pm in the Big Room.