December 2018

No Classes Dec. 17th  – Jan 5th

 The Claire School of Dance will be  CLOSED for winter break December 17th through January 5th. Children’s classes will resume Monday, January 7th.

 

Parents Day in December

Parents are invited to attend class Dec. 10-15th for a first-hand look at what students have been learning. Free candy canes at the end of class!

 

Ms. Claire – Floor Barre Workshop at CSD

The Claire School of Dance hosted a floor barre workshop for dancers and teachers November 4th. Taught by former Houston Ballet member Alex Pandiscio, the workshop was attended by Ms. Claire and CSD teachers.  The exercises will incorporated into CSD ballet classes.

 

 RECITAL DATE CHANGE

The new date for our recital is April 7th. The new date for our tech rehearsal is the afternoon of April 6th. This will help us avoid conflicts with Palm Sunday.

 

 

Unit Study: Balinese Dance

Our December unit study is Balinese dance. The graceful figures from the country of Bali were the basis for jazz dance.

 

Snow on the Boulevard

Come and play in the snow, drink hot cocoa, see Santa Claus and more! Sunday, December 16th at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church.

 

Dance in Houston

Nov 23 – Dec 29. The Nutcracker. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center. Info: houstonballet.org.

November 2018

 

Thanksgiving Break    

There will be NO CLASSES Thanksgiving week, November 19th – 24th.  Classes resume November 26th.

Ms Claire – Anatomy for Ballet Teachers Workshop

In October, Ms. Claire took part in a workshop in anatomy for ballet teachers taught by Judith Reyn, former dancer with Royal Ballet Company and Stuttgart Ballet who now tours the world teaching anatomy for ballet teachers.

 

November Unit Study – Bob Fosse

Our study unit for this month is Bob Fosse.  Bob Fosse is known as choreographer for the movies Damn Yankees, Pajama Game, Cabaret and Sweet Charity, as well as numerous shows on Broadway.

Follow Us on Facebook

Be sure to follow us on the Claire School of Dance Facebook page! Get updates in real time and check out our adorable tiny dancers!

 

New! Recital Dates

Due to theatre availability constraints at St. John’s School, our spring recital will be held the weekend of April 13 & 14th.

 

Dance in Houston

Nov 4. Honey, I’m Home. 7:30 pm. Noon OR 2 p.m. OR 4 p.m. Cherryhurst House. Info/tix: Hopestoneinc.org.

 

 

 

September 2018

 

FALL CLASSES START TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th

Our academic school year begins Tuesday, September 4th .

Our satellite schools (Grace Day, St. Matthew’s and Cathedral House) start the following week, September 10th.

 

Uniform Sales – Saturdays August 25 and September 8

For the convenience of parents, we stock leotards and skirts for classes preballet and up. We will be at Grace United noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 8th to sell uniforms and take orders. Unless the leotard is special order, uniforms are $35 plus sales tax. We can take cash, checks, and credit cards.

Note: we do NOT sell ballet slippers. For those we recommend Costumes and Dancewear on Dunlavy, one block south of West Gray.

Parent Handbook

To keep parents better informed, we have created a downloadable CSD Parent Handbook. Get your copy here: http://clairedance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/CSD-parent-handbook816.pdf

Ms. Claire performed in Mexico

In August Ms. Claire spent 5 days days in Mexico City at the invitation of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance.  Ms. Claire performed her solo Simple Things.

Sept Unit Study – Jack Cole

We kick off our new year with a long look at jazz dance. Check our website for handouts and our bulletin boards for more information about the dancers and choreographers who created this art form.

Free Trial Classes!

CSD is offering FREE trial classes for 7-11 year olds in hip hop, modern, and jazz September 5 and 6. Hip Hop meets 4:45-5:30 Thursdays at Grace. Jazz meets 6-7 Wednesdays at Grace. Modern meets  5-6 p.m. Thursdays at Lambert Hall. Students wishing to try both hip hop and modern should contact the office. Come learn a fun new way of moving!

Tiny Toes – Early Start

Tiny Toes, the CSD parent ‘n me class for 18-30 month olds, has moved to an earlier time slot. This class, which  includes music, movement, and art in a fun-packed 30 minutes, now starts 9 am Tuesday and 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Nannies and grandparents are also welcome!

Miss Maria – Maternity Leave

Miss Maria will be out on maternity leave this year. We look forward to welcoming her back next summer.

Welcome, Miss Melanie!

We are thrilled to have Melanie Hovis join CSD. Melanie, who also teaches for Houston Ballet, has certificates from Ann Green Gilbert as well as PBT.

February 2018

May  Recital – Sweets for the Sweet

We have a theme for our May performance! Students preballet (Kindergarten) and up are eligible to perform. Information about our May 20th performance, Sweets for the Sweet, is online.  you can download the parent information letter as well as the permission slip.

 

Permission slips and performance fees are due February 23rd. Scholarships are available. No child is left out for lack of funds.

 

Sweets for the Sweet! is an “opt-out” performance. Parents must notify us by February 23rd if your child will not participate. Failure to notify us may result in assessment of the performance fee.

 

Urban Bush Women – February Unit Study

 

Our unit study for February is Afro-Caribbean-inspired American choreographers, including Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, choreographer for Urban Bush Women. Click here to see Urban Bush Women perform. Click here to see a short documentary about Urban Bush Women.  Click here to see a short documentary about Pearl Primus. Click here to watch Katherine Dunham. Click here to watch a PBS documentary on African-American dance and influence.

 

 

 

 

Summer Dance

Registration for summer classes and camps will open January 31st. New this year are On Your Toes Ballet Camp for 4-6 year olds And Coco Camp. The popular Frozen, Fairy Magic, Cupcake and Princess camps will return, as will Ooh la la Paris!  and Anime camps Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

 

January 2018

Classes Resume in the New Year

 

Classes resume Monday, January 8th. We look forward to seeing everyone in class!

 

 

Jerome Robbins – Jan. Unit Study

Our unit study for January is choreographer Jerome Robbins. Click HERE for a downloadable handout with links to videos.

 

Ms Claire Performs

Saturday, February 3rd, Ms. Claire will peform with three Houston choreographers at JoMar Gallery, 5247 Langfield. Also included is an exhibition of Ms. Claire’s photos, entitled “The Women in My Family All Sewed.” Doors are open 7-9 p.m. Performance at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Cold Weather Attire

Imagine! Houston weather actually acting like winter!  With lower temperatures, we recommend that students dress a little more warmly for class. Close-fitting sweaters and leggings or leg warmers are welcome in class on those “winter coat” days.

 

 Summer Dance

Registration for summer classes and camps will open January 31st. New this year are On Your Toes Ballet Camp for 4-6 year olds and Coco Camp. The popular Frozen, Fairy Magic, Cupcake and Princess camps will return, as will Ooh la la Paris!  and Anime camps Space is limited. Be ready to reserve your spot!

 

Dance in Houston

Jan. 14. Broadway Jazz from Jack Cole to Bob Fosse. Lecture with video clips. 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center. 5601 S. Braeswood. Info: www.erjcchouston.org.

Jan 27 Choreographers X6. Special guest Houston Ballet 2. JCC.  Info: www.erjcchouston.org.

 

October 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

No Classes On Halloween

After consultation with many of our Tuesday parents, we will NOT hold any classes Tuesday, October 31. Happy Trick or Treating!

Halloween Class Makeup

Make up classes for Halloween will be held Tuesday, November 21st, at the usual class times.

Trick or Treat – UNICEF

Bring your dimes and quarters to dance class — we will again be collecting donations to UNICEF. You can also ask your teacher for a UNICEF donation box and turn it in after Halloween. The Claire School of Dance will match the Trick or Treat for UNICEF donations. And it’s fun!

Oct. Unit Study – Merce Cunningham

Our October unit study is influential choreographer Merce Cunningham.  (Ms. Claire studied with one of his company members in Paris.)

You can download the handout from our website here.

Dance in Houston

Oct. 6. Color Remix Karen Stockes Dance. 7 p.m. Discovery Green, in front of George R. Brown. FREE.

 Oct. 26-27 Poetry in Motion. Houston Ballet. Hobby Center. 8 p.m. Info: houstonballet.org.

 Oct. 29. Bollywood Blast. Society for Indian Performing Arts. Miller Outdoor Theatrer. 8 p.m. FREE.

September 2017

Fall Classes Start September 5th

Our academic school year begins Tuesday, September 5th  and runs through Saturday, May 12th . Many classes are full but we do have room in others.  We have also added some exciting new classes to our schedule. If you have not already registered, be sure to sign up right away.

New Parent Handbook

To keep parents better informed, we have created a downloadable CSD Parent Handbook. Get your copy here: http://clairedance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/CSD-parent-handbook816.pdf

Harvey Relief

Our hearts have gone out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The scenes of both devastation and of selfless giving have touched us deeply. When Beth Everitt, a teacher at Houston Ballet Academy, approached us with the idea for us to host a three day benefit for those who lost their homes in Harvey, we were thrilled for the opportunity to help out.  Teaching five classes a day, Beth raised over $8,000! All proceeds will go to benefit those who lost homes and vital household goods. Thank you, Houston! You make us proud!

New! Tiny Toes adds Sat class

Tiny Toes, the CSD parent ‘n me class for 18-30 month olds, has now added a Saturday class to the schedule. Our classes include music, movement, and art in a fun-packed 30 minutes of games designed to stimulate developmental milestones. Nannies and grandparents are also welcome!    Choose between Wednesday or Saturday morning and come laugh and learn with us!

 New! Modern for 7-11 year olds

Based on the fun we had in modern class during our 2017 Summer Intensive for 7-11 year olds, CSD had added a modern class for 7-11 year olds to our schedule. This class, taught by Ms. Claire, meets 5-6 Thursdays at Lambert Hall.

New CSD Video

In what is now a CDS summer tradition, we are proud to announce Add On, our latest video project, which can be seen on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUeKmUSJiQU

Performers are participants in the 2017 Summer Intensive for 7-11 year olds.  Add-On is fourth is a series of dance videos produced by the Claire School of Dance.

September Unit Study: Trisha Brown

Unique to CSD is our unit study program: every month we include a unit study in our lesson plan, introducing our students to famous dancers, choreographers, ballets, and composers. The unit study for the month of September this year is Trisha Brown. Ms. Brown, who passed away earlier this year, was a pioneer in post-modern dance. Click here to see our handout.  And be sure to check out the Unit Study Bulletin Board, found in all three waiting rooms, to learn more about significant artists who were a part of early post-modern dance. CSD, because the more you know, the richer your enjoyment.

Ms. Claire at ABT NY

In August Ms. Claire spent 10 days in New York City, at an ABT teacher training session.  Ms. Claire is certified in Pre-Primary through Level 3. The August session was a refresher course. “The National Training Curriculum is so rich that I learn more at every session,” says Ms. Claire.

Dance in Houston

September 22. The Velveteen Rabbit. OCD/Dance San Francisco. 7:30 p.m. Wortham Theater. Info: spahouston.org.

September 21 – Oct 1 Mayerling. Houston Ballet. 7:30 p.m. Wortham Theater. Info: houstonballet.org.

 

August 2017

Summer Classes End Aug 2nd

 Claire School of Dance will be CLOSED during the month of August for our annual “freshening.”

We look forward to seeing everyone after Labor Day!

 Fall Classes Begin Sept. 5th

Fall Registration Open Now

 On-line registration for fall classes is now open.  Some of our classes are already full so register quickly to reserve your spot!

 

Uniform Reservations

 We have some Level 1, Level 2, preballet, and primary uniforms on hand. Please call to make your reservation. Payment is required to reserve your uniform.

 Uniform Orders

 We will be sending in an order for leotards and skirts.  Please place your order via phone or email by AUGUST 15TH. Orders may be picked up by appointment after August 24th or at your child’s first class. All orders must be prepaid.

Parenting Class – Aug 12th

Grace Day School is hosting a parenting class Saturday, August 12th 12 pm to 2 pm. “Calm Adults, Confident Children” addresses the challenges of parenting toddlers. The class meets in Fellowship Hall at Grace United. Cost is $10. To reserve your spot call: 713- 325-0660.

 

 

Summer Fun

 CSD summer camps were enjoyed by all!  Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos of our summer fun!

July 2017

NO CLASSES JULY 1st  – 4th

In observation of Independence Day, the Claire School of Dance will be CLOSED from Saturday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 4th. Classes resume Wednesday, July 5th.

Come to Our Open House July 22!

Saturday, July 22nd , from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., we’ll be offering a free photo session, cookies,  and registration and class information for fall classes.

Ms. Claire will be taking portrait photos of each child.  The photo session and downloads are free. 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 have a cookie and some lemonade.

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.  Donations for pink lemonade go to breast cancer programs. Drink Pink!

A Few Summer Spots Left

We have a few places left in Ooh la la Paris! Camp and Camp Anime. You can register online at www.clairedance.com or at our office. Sign up now!

Fall Registration Open Now

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

 

 

 

 

June 2017

Summer Dance Starts June 3

Our Summer Dance program begins Saturday, June 3rd  and runs through Saturday, July 29th. There are no classes Saturday, July 1st or Tuesday, July 4th.

Bonjour Paris! Thank You

Thanks to all the parents who attended our Parent Day Demonstrations and/or performance of Bonjour Paris!.

A special shout-out to all the moms who helped backstage during rehearsals and the performance of Bonjour Paris!

Congratulations too to all the wonderful students who did such a great job! We look forward to seeing everyone next year.

Flamenco Classes

New! Flamenco classes for adults as well as children ages 7-11 have been added to the summer session and fall schedule. Class are held at our Grace United studios 11 a.m. Saturday mornings for children and 11:45 a.m. to 1 pm for adults. Attire is leotard or t shirt with long skirt. Flamenco or character shoes. Sign up now and come have a foot stomping good time! Ole!

Summer Intensive for 7-11 year olds

It’s not too late to sign up for our summer intensive, to be held 9 am to 3 pm June 5-9. Daily classes in hip hop, jazz, modern, and art. Friday performance for parents!

 

A Few Summer Spots Left

We have a few spots left in our camps: Princess Camp and Ooh la la Paris! for 4 to 6 year olds and Ooh la la Paris! for 7 to 11 year olds.

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

Adult Classes

Saturdays: Beginner flamenco 11:45-1 pm Studio C at Grace United.

Sundays:  noon to 1:30 Studio A intermediate/advanced adult ballet classes.

Drop in rate for ballet is $20. Class cards are $150 for 10 classes and $90 for 5 classes. Cards are good for 4 months.  Come join us!