February 2020

Summer Dance

Registration for summer classes and camps is now OPEN. New is Frozen 2 Camp. Returning are On Your Toes Ballet Camp for 4-6 year olds  and SING  Jazz Camp. The popular Fairy Magic, Cupcake and Princess camps will also return, as will Ooh la la Paris!   For 3 year olds, we offer a very special Frozen  Mommy n Me camp. For students 7-12 , we offer a week-long dance intensive, culminating in a performance for parents. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

Recital Permission Slips Due

A reminder that permissions slips, opt outs, recital fees, and scholarship requests for our May 24th recital are due February 15th.

Save the Date!

Claire School of Dance students will be performing at Kids Day of Music, Saturday, March 28th, at 11: 15 a.m. The performance will be held at Love Park, 11th & Shepherd.  Be sure to also stop by our table for crafts for kids!

 

February Unit Study – Misty Copeland

Our unit study for February is Misty Copeland, first African-American soloist at American Ballet Theatre. Click here to watch her on Youtube.

Dance in Houston

Feb. 15. Choreographers X6. Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood.  713-551-7217. Info: erjcchouston.org/arts.

Feb 27-March 8. Sleeping Beauty. Houston Ballet. Info: houstonballet.org.

January 2020

Classes Resume in the New Year

Classes resume Monday, January 6th. We look forward to seeing everyone in class!

William Forsthye – January Unit Study

Our unit study for January is choreographer William Forsthye. See our waiting room bulletin boards for links to videos.

Cold Weather Attire

A reminder that when temperatures dip, 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. For those in creative movement classes, we recommend socks with non-skid soles.

 Recital Date Confirmed – May 24th

Due to limited theater availability, our annual recital will be held Sunday, May 24th, the day before Memorial Day.  Due to the Memorial Day holiday, we will be asking families to be aware of possible conflicts when committing to the recital performance. The later recital date also means recital-eligible students will get an extra week of classes – free.

Recital Permission Slips/Fees

 Students preballet and older are eligible to perform in the recital. Permission slips and info sheets will be handed out the first week of January.

Recital Permission Slips/Fees

Students preballet and older are eligible to perform in the recital. Permission slips and info sheets will be handed out the first week of January.

Recital Permission Slips Due February 15th

Recital Permission Slips and performance fees are due February 15th.

Summer Dance

Registration for summer classes and camps will open January 31st. New is our Frozen 2 camp. The popular Fairy Magic, Cupcake, On Your Toes, SING Camp, and Princess camps will return, as will Ooh la la Paris!  camp. Space is limited. Places, especially in Frozen 2, will go fast. Be ready to reserve your spot!

December 2019

No Classes Dec. 16th  – Jan 4th

The Claire School of Dance will be  CLOSED for winter break December 16th through January 4th. Children’s classes will resume Monday, January 6th.

Make Up Classes Dec. 19th

To make up for classes cancelled on Halloween, we will hold Thursday classes during the first week of winter break, December 19th, at their usual times.

Parents Day in December

Parents are invited to attend class Dec. 9-14th for a first-hand look at what students have been learning. Free candy canes at the end of class!

Unit Study: Donald Byrd

Our December unit study is the choreographer Donald Byrd and his Harlem Nutcracker. With music arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Harlem Nutcracker re-imagines the setting and characters of the holiday classic.

 Winter Camps

Camps Candy Cane and Winter Wonderland return! Holiday fun for children 4-11 years old. Baking, art, and more. Camp Candy Cane: December 20th & 23; Winter Wonderland: January 2 & 3 9 am to 2 p.m. $75 a day. $140 for two days. Registration online now. Register to reserve your spot!

Snow on the Boulevard

Come and play in the snow, drink hot cocoa, see Santa Claus and more! Sunday, December 1st at 3-5 p.m. Sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church.

Holiday Pop Up Shop

December 1 from 1-5 p.m. is the Holiday Pop Up Shop with music and handcrafted goods. The holiday fun takes place at 1911 Studewood. Eat, drink and be merry!

 Dance in Houston

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

Dec. 6. Jubilee of Dance. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center. Info: houstonballet.org.

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!