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Updated: Jan 18

One of the coolest things about snowflakes (yes, they are cool :) ) is that there are no two snowflakes alike. We need every single person in the world because each person, like a snowflake, is unique and brings different things to the world. Without even one of us the world would be lacking. So when you start to think "oh, I am just ordinary, there isn't anything special about me", just take a moment to realize that nobody can replace you....YOU are irreplaceable!

Christmas is over already, and we are on to a brand new year. It's hard to believe that what feels so 5 minutes ago dealing with COVID and other hard situations in the world was actually almost three years ago now. This January has been especially fun, with all the snow. I had 2 and a half feet in my yard and my grandchildren came over on New Years Day and had a blast playing in it. They made a fort, rode sleds down my sloped driveway, and had literal "snow cones" with the snow in the yard and the flavorings we use during the summer. This is the most snow I have seen in my yard in 20 years.

I made a list of resolutions as most of us did about things we wanted to do better or different in 2023. If one of those things on your list was have some fun and get in better shape, we have two adult classes. One is Adult Beginning/Intermediate ballet, and the other one is Adult Contemporary. Both classes are fun, and you can start at any level, even if you haven't danced before. So come join an adult class, meet people and have some good exercise fun.

We are starting, like we always do in January, to prepare for our annual recital. Now is the time to sign your children up for dance so they can participate in the recital at the end of May. We have some new class sessions but classes are filling up quickly, so come in or go to our website and sign up. If you want to take more than one class our studio charges less for each successive hour you take.

We do not offer a dance number for the recital for our Acro classes, so if your child is in an Acro class and not taking another class you may want to sign them up for an additional class so they can participate in the May recital. Also be aware that we have a Feb deadline to participate in the recital, so you may want to make that change this month.

We would like to congratulate all of our ballet students who passed the test and earned their pointe shoes starting this month. We have two excellent ballet teachers that have received BA degrees in dance. Both of them are classically trained in ballet and teach the Cecchetti, ABTand Vagonova (Russian) methods. Moving to Pointe is a big step in ballet, and we are so proud of them.

We have a couple of cute new leotards available for sale at the studio. There is a plum colored one with a cute mesh back for older girls 6 and up, and another cute lavender one with a daisy trim for our toddler and 4/5 year old students that are $16.00 each. We also have tights for $8.00, Ballet Shoes for $12.00, tap shoes for $20.00 and logo tee shirts for $8.00. We have bumper stickers for free.

Be sure and check the lost and found bin in the front lobby for any items your child may have left. We want them to be returned to their loving owner. And parents probably don't want to have to replace ballet shoes, tap shoes, coats, hats and gloves!

If you know of anyone who wants to start taking dance and you refer them, after they have taken for three months you will receive a free month of dance tuition. Take advantage of that special if you know people you would like to refer to us.

We have a Community Bulletin Board if you would like to advertise your business there, please bring in a business card or small advertisement and put them on the Community Bulletin Board. We want to help out any way that we can.

Next Monday is Martin Luther King Day so Alpine District is out of school. Go and have some snow fun with your family. There are lots of fun snow activities to be had and then indulge in the thick rich yumminess of hot cocoa. Don't forget the marshmallows. For the Monday classes, remember you can always drop into one of the classes from Tuesday to Friday that is your child's age to makeup for Monday. No need to schedule, just come and take the class and the teacher will mark it as a makeup.


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I love everything about Christmas. The colors, the decorations, the feel of the snow in the air, the music and family around you, celebrating our togetherness!

Whatever annual holiday you celebrate whether it is Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Santa Lucia Day, St Nicolas Eve, Boxing Day, or Christmas, these holidays at their heart are all about family and friends gathering together, and giving the gift of love and light. This is a time when we want to reach out to those less fortunate and give a helping hand.

Here at Leaps and Bounds Dance Academy we want to celebrate that time with you. We want to reach out to those in need, and we do this through having out "Dance with your Dancer Week" where you come and dance with your child and the cost of tuition is cans and packages of food, toilet paper, paper towel, and cash donations if you would like. We will be taking these at the end of our "Dance with Your Dancer Week" to Tabitha's Way, a local food bank that assists those having difficulties. So please be generous with your donations and enjoy taking class with your child.

We wanted to remind you that if you know someone who would love the Gift of Dance this Christmas we have you covered. Just go on our website and sign up for our Christmas Bag. The bag contains a pair of tights, a pair of ballet slippers and a certificate for a month of dance for $60.00. The gift will be individually delivered to you home on December 20th. So we can get them ready to deliver the bag must be purchased by December 15th. It makes a great gift!

We observe the Alpine School District calendar for the Christmas Holidays, so we will be closed on December 18, 2022 and reopen on January 3, 2023. We know some people express reservations about paying for a month of tuition when we close for two weeks in December, but it all works out to the same amount per month over the course of a year, because there are extra weeks in other months. But if you feel you would like to, you can certainly have your child do a makeup class in any class that is in their age group.


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I always love this time of year when we have the chance to let our parents and students know how great they are and how thankful we are for them. It is a time of family, food, thanks, and togetherness. Its a time to invite others to be a part of a wonderful tradition of gathering together in love and harmony. We here at Leaps and Bounds Dance also start getting excited for January, when we get the opportunity to start planning and preparing for our fun recital in May. This is our fifth year as a studio and we will be preparing for our theme "Celebration". It has gone so quickly, and we have made friends with many of you.

If you know anyone who would love the gift of dance for Christmas, we have a really cute Christmas bag that contains a pair of tights, a pair of ballet shoes, and a certificate for a month of dance. This is for new students, so if you know of any relatives, or friends who would like to get one you can sign up and pay on our website, or come to the studio and do it at the desk. We will make up the bags and deliver them to you a few days before Christmas. We will put in the bag the sizes you give us for shoes and tights. You can come into the studio after Christmas if the shoes don't fit and we will fit your child and exchange them. Tights can be exchanged but only if they are unopened. The price of the Christmas Gift bag is $60.00. Here is a picture of the Christmas Bag:

Remember that the studio will be closed the week of Thanksgiving. It is from Monday, November 21st through Sunday, November 27th. We will be back to dance classes on Monday, November 28th. If you wish to you can do a makeup class, but the costs are figured for holidays and school breaks, so it works out even over the year with some short months and some long months.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

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