All You Need to Know About Rehearsal/Recital



GENERAL INFORMATION:  Hopefully this letter answers any questions you may have regarding calendar for May, pictures, tickets, rehearsal and recital.  Please make sure tuition balances are taken care of early in May.  Delinquent accounts cannot participate in the upcoming recital.  Attached is information for spring combo classes, the 2016-17 dance schedule for the studio, and registration cards in order to update contact information.  On the back of those cards are the classes that the teacher of your child recommends for next year.  If your child would like to try something new fill the information on the front of the card.   Pre-registration cards need to be turned into the desk by Thursday, June 2nd with your $20 registration fee, and then in the fall the $20 will be deducted from your September tuition.  Let the secretary Shannon know if referral classes work for you.


PICTURES:  For those of you who ordered recital picture packages through Sattler Photo LLC, they will arrive at the studio in another couple weeks and will be passed out to your child at the end of class.


RECITAL TICKETS go on sale Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.  Tickets are being sold online through or by calling 855-222-2849.  You can also contact TutuTix through a link on the Sue’s School of Dance Facebook Page.  Click “more” then “purchasing tickets”, or scroll down and on the left you will see a ticket picture which is the link.  Ticket prices are $12 for adult & children.  Ages 2 & under (probably sitting on your lap) do not need a ticket to enter the show.  Seating is general admission.  Tickets will also be sold at the door at same price.

There is no limit on the number of tickets that you can purchase.  There is plenty of seating available.  Since tiny tots & 2’s will be entering the front glass doors with their parents they will need a ticket.  I will be getting a code which you will enter so you can get their ticket for free.


MEMORIAL DAY, Monday, May 30th the studio is closed for the holiday.  Classes resume Tuesday, May 31st for the rest of the week before rehearsal & recital weekend.


DRESS REHEARSAL is Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Dow Event Center, Saginaw, MI.  The next paragraph gives you directions to the Event Center.  Rehearsal . come ready to go at 5:30 p.m.  Finally at 7:45 p.m. the kids in the 3rd part of the show need to be ready to go.  The dances include Tuesday & Wednesday gymnastics and miscellaneous dances kids in the 3rd part of the show.   Each section runs an hour.  Kids come dressed in costumes with makeup and hair in a bun or pulled back.  They need their tights and dance shoes.  No chewing gum!!  Make sure head pieces are secured on your child’s head.  Also, only wear the appropriate undergarments under costume (nude colored preferably).  I do not want to see underwear sticking out from under costumes.  When you arrive at dress rehearsal, bring your child to their dressing room (pictures will be posted at each door).  Then parents can sit in the audience and watch.  When your child is done dancing you may leave. 


GRAND FINALE “HAPPY’ at the end of the show.  Tiny tots finale’ is their Teddy Bear & Skinamarink at the end of the 1st part of the recital, so when they are done with those dances they may leave, or sit in the auditorium during 1st intermission.  We will be working on the grand finale’ during May.  During rehearsal we are not practicing the Grand Finale “Happy” as most kids are lined up and only do a clap & bow.  So when they are done with their last dance they may leave rehearsal.  During recital everyone stays to do the finale, except the tiny tots.  We are going to take kids that only have one dance up to the balcony to watch the recital show and put them back in their dressing rooms during the 15 minute intermissions so they do not have to be back stage the entire time. 


RECITAL times and directions:  We are having one show this year being 3 ½ hours with two (2) fifteen minute intermissions.  The dance order is posted on the wall at the studio.  Kids need to be dropped off at 1:00 p.m.  The recital starts at 2 p.m.  The recital is being held at the Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson Street, Saginaw, MI  48607.  When you order your tickets you have a button that gives you a map of where the event center is located.  Most people just follow Google Maps on their phone or computer.  The easiest route from Caro is taking M81 all the way to 75, continue through the two roundabouts, where M81 turns into East Washington Road or N13.  Continue on for a couple miles, go under the overpass for 675 and make Left on Symphony Lane which will be a one way road.  You will drop your child off at the backstage door.  The teachers, the helpers and security guard will be greeting you and take your child directly to their dressing room as you go park on the front side of the building.  There is a parking garage and various parking lots.  You will enter the building at the big glassed entrance.  Besides having adequate seating there is also a concession stand in the lobby.  During the dress rehearsal you will learn your way around.  Don’t forget to get your DVD ordered early in order to save money on them.  Lasting Impressions will be at recital selling flowers for dancers if you are interested.


SUMMER DANCE & GYMNASTICS:  You will find a variety of summer dance classes during spring and summer.  They are posted on our website and signup sheets are on the wall downstairs.  Summer students who take ballet have the opportunity to try out for the competition teams.  Talk to Elizabeth or Courtney if interested in being part of the studio competition.  Gymnastics, hip hop & fitness classes are also available.


ADVENTURES IN NEVERLAND ballet picture of all the cast will be taken at 6:30 p.m. at the dance studio in costume, hair in bun & makeup.  After the picture the classes will run through the ballet.


The following is the order of the recital dances.  Easier to read version is in the entranceway at studio.  Programs are being printed 1st week of May.








Classes cancelled January 12, 2017 due to icy roads

posted Jan 12, 2017, 5:01 AM by Sue Findlay

Classes will be cancelled Thursday January 12, 2017 due to icy roads and school closures.

Picture make up & ballet production pic

posted May 6, 2016, 4:23 AM by Sue Findlay

This is a reminder that Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. we will be taking our big picture of the ballet production, Adventures in Neverland.  This is also the makeup date & time for anyone who was not available during our week of pictures in April.  Plus make sure you received your Recital & Preregistration information which was passed out this past week.  Check in your child's dance bag if you haven't received it.  Everything you need to know about upcoming rehearsal, June 3rd @ 5:30 pm and recital, Sunday, June 5th @ 2 pm,  plus a preregistration card for 2016-17 dance year along with the new schedule of all available classes.  Please update your card contact information, check out teacher referrals on the back of the card and circle which classes you would like to register for.  Turn that card into Shannon at the desk with a $20 registration fee per family by June 2nd and $20 will be deducted from your September tuition.  Cards received after June 2nd will not be eligible for that refund.  Finally students interested in summer classes will find sign up sheets for those classes at the studio.  Classes include ballet/lyrical combo, gymnastics, hip hop, privates and competition.  

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posted Mar 23, 2016, 2:23 PM by Sue Findlay

The dance studio is closing today at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016 due to heavy snow causing poor driving conditions.  Also there is a possibility of ice.

Studio closed Wed, Feb 24th

posted Feb 24, 2016, 4:23 AM by Sue Findlay

Due to Winter Weather Alert and blizzard conditions predicted for later this afternoon and this evening, the studio will be closed Wednesday, February 24, 2016.  Stay home,...stay warm and safe!


posted Apr 9, 2015, 5:08 PM by Sue Findlay

The new schedule for 2015-16 studio year has been posted.  Parents will also be receiving copies of this schedule along with summer schedule, picture order forms, dvd order forms, April/May & Recital Newsletter, & pre-registration card when we resume classes on Monday, April 13th.  I hope you have all been enjoying your spring breaks this week.

Picture week at dance studio in costume is Monday through Thursday, April 20-23rd during their regular scheduled class times.  Pictures are taken by Rick Sattler Photography LLC.  Pictures are very affordable.  Please fill out your order form & bring it with you along with your payment.
Recital tickets go on sale at dance studio Monday, April 27th beginning at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $7 adult/child and limited to 10 per family, making sure that every family gets a ticket.  After 2 weeks those needing more than 10 will be notified of their availability.
Parent Watch Week is May 4-7th.  Great time to get any questions answered!
DRESS REHEARSAL is Friday, May 29th at Saginaw Valley State University beginning at 5:30 pm.  Kids are in costume, hair done & makeup.
Kids in 1st show at 2 p.m. will rehearse on Friday from 5:30-6:30.  Kids in 2nd show at 4 pm rehearse from 6:30-7:45 p.m., and kids in 3rd show at 6 pm rehearse 7:30-9:00 pm.
RECITAL is Saturday, May 30th at SVSU.  Kids in 1st show (2:00 pm) arrive hour earlier at 1 pm.  Kids in 2nd show (4:00 pm) arrive at 3 pm.  Kids in 3rd show (6 pm) arrive at 5 pm.
RECITAL DVD'S can be preordered for $33 and mailed to your house in about 8 weeks from Artistic Video.  I have hired a new videographer after the problems we had with last year's.  On the order form you will see 2 youtube sites where you can view their  work.  1st clip is of the littlest dancers: 1 DVcTZro
2nd clip is of older students:  Order early (before or at recital) and save yourself the $10 extra late fee on dvd's.
Artistic Video, 315 glenwood Drive, Walled Lake, MI  48390    (248)624-6762 or 

Cancelation all Tuesday, March 3, 2015 classes

posted Mar 3, 2015, 10:06 AM by Sue Findlay

Due to the poor weather conditions and advisories, after school & evening classes will be cancelled this Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Ms. Makayla is back from maternity leave!!

posted Feb 19, 2015, 3:43 AM by Sue Findlay

Ms. Makayla returns this week from maternity leave.  in December she had a beautiful baby girl named Charlotte.  Thursday classes will have to wait until next week to see her as today the studio will be closed due to the dangerous low weather temperatures.  A special thank you to her assistants and to Nicole Walker for taking such good care of Ms. Makayla's classes while she was off on maternity leave.

Studio closed Thursday, Feb 19th

posted Feb 19, 2015, 3:33 AM by Sue Findlay

The studio will be closed today, Feb. 19th due to the record cold temperatures.  We are closed along with many school districts.

Studio closed Monday, Feb 2, 2015 due to winter storm.

posted Feb 2, 2015, 8:15 AM by Sue Findlay

We have lucked out this year and this is our 1st snow day.  Remember tuition is due this week and next.  Our next parent watch week is March 9-12.  We do have President's Day, 
February 16th off (unfortunately another Monday) as a lot of families take extended weekend vacations because there is no school.  Plenty of costumes are scheduled to be
shipped February 27th then into March.  Remember rehearsal May 29th & recital Saturday, May 30th at Saginaw Valley State University.

Sue's Competition Queens & Princesses

posted Feb 2, 2015, 8:03 AM by Sue Findlay

A big congratulations to Ms. Elizabeth & Ms. Courtney and their girls in our studio's competition group!!  The 1st competition this 2015 dance year and the following are all their placings:
Success at our first competition!
Song-Oh No! ( primary lyrical 10 )
    first in general award and
    Judges choice award
Song-You Should be Dancing ( primary jazz 10)
     First in general award and
Song-Fancy ( primary hip hop 12 )
    First in general AND
    First over all HIGH POINT!
Song-Radioactive ( primary lyrical 12 )
    First general award and
    NEW YORK CITY SCHOLARSHIPS!!!!!! SO PROUD OF ALL OUR GIRLS!!!!! One competition down two to go! Keep up the good work and we will keep improving! Congrats!!!!!  (posted on Facebook by Ms. Courtney 2-1-15

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