Summer 2020 Update

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Dear ABA Families,

We hope this communication finds you as happy and healthy as possible in these trying times!

We have decided that we will not be returning to the studios until September 2020. This will give us time to revamp our program and come back better than ever with smaller class sizes and other safety procedures.

However, we plan to continue our current schedule of online Zoom classes until the end of August so everyone has something viable and consistent in their lives. It will help ensure our return in the Fall by helping to cover the lease, keep our teachers working, give our students something to look forward to each week and hopefully give you parents some peace of mind that your children are positively engaged and most importantly, SAFE.

Note: If you are currently enrolled in a Summer Camp or Intensive, we will be providing a full refund in the coming days, or you can choose to have the money credited to your ABA account.

To find out more about our online summer program, please visit our Summer Camps & Classes pagehttps://alamedaballet.com/summer-camps-classes/!

Stay safe Alameda!

ABA COVID-19 Plan of Action

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Dear ABA Families,

I am writing to our dance community to provide an important update about ABA and the coronavirus (COVID-19).

1. OUR PLAN: At this juncture, we are open for all classes as usual. We are watching the local health department updates and tracking the public school response. At every step of the way, we are working to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our community safe.

2. IN-HOUSE:

  • We are cleaning and sanitizing the building surfaces daily in addition to our thorough bi-weekly cleaning procedures and keeping a close eye on our facility.
  • The barres will be disinfected before and after every class.
  • No shoes will be allowed inside the studios as they are know to be a huge transmission for disease. In addition, please do not allow your dancer to wear their ballet slippers outside — not even from the car to the studio door.
  • We will also discontinue using the yoga/stretch mats as we do not want dancers sharing mats or other exercise equipment in the studios.

3. HOW YOU CAN HELP: We are asking everyone in our community – staff, students, families, artists, renters, audiences – that you follow these important procedures and guidelines to help protect all of us:

Protect yourself and others…

The most important thing you can do is to practice everyday healthy behaviors that prevent the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Especially before and after teaching class, handling cash, paperwork, etc.
  • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use alcohol based hand sanitizer; you may encourage our students to use before and/or after class.
  • Use the wipes and waste bins provided in each studio and the lobby to clean the barres, handrails, door knobs, etc. All staff will be pitching in to do this several times per day.
  • Consider ways to greet, appreciate, support and instruct that minimizes physical contact.
  • Please support by encouraging young children to hand wash when in the facility as this can be a missed step when they use the restroom.

These actions don’t just protect you. They help keep our whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease.

When you’re sick, stay home!

Don’t spread infections to others. When you’re sick with any respiratory illness:

  • Stay home.
  • Minimize contact with others in your household.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow rather than your hand.
  • Wash or sanitize hands immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like door knobs, phones, and faucets.

Since we have Visiting Week coming up (March 23-28), it is especially important to follow these guidelines, as there will be many people in and out of the building that week. Please reach out to me at any time with questions or concerns. Thank you for being a part of the ABA community. Stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Emilie Skinner
Director of Operations
Alameda Ballet Academy

Congrats to our Level 5/6 Dancers on a Successful YAGP!

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Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) was a huge success for ABA this past weekend. Our dancers performed beautifully and took home some amazing awards!!! Read more below.


Since September, our level 5 & 6 dancers have been working on the pieces they performed at YAGP this past weekend. Their hard work payed off with 11 beautifully performed solos and 1 ensemble.

Felt choreographed by Ms. Lindsay Leonard and performed by the Level 5 dancers placed in the top 6 ensembles of the competition! Both Shino and Anna (Level 6 dancers) placed in the top 12 for Senior Contemporary and Classical Solos and Shino placed 2nd in the Senior Women’s Contemporary category.

Congratulations to all!!!!

Ms. Abra and all your teachers are so proud. Special thanks to our choreographers and coaches for all their hard work preparing the dancers for such a special and successful experience. Now on to Spring Recital 2020!

SUMMER CAMPS, CLASSES & INTENSIVES – ENROLL NOW!!!

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Get ready to dance through the summer! We offer camps and classes for every dancer. There are Half-Day Theme Camps for the littlest ballerina and beginning ballet dancers, to Intermediate Ballet Intensives for our older dancers.

Our fun themed camps for little ones explore a different classical ballet each week and include Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

Our beginning & intermediate intensives build upon the foundations of classical ballet technique and offer a great opportunity to keep dancing all summer long.

Choose from different camps and classes from the drop-down list below.

Click for more information and registration for additional summer classes.

Important Information for Summer Theme Camps will be emailed to every family 1-2 weeks before the start of camp, but here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

– Please pack a healthy, non-sugary, non-messy food snack for your dancer to eat each day during our snack time.   We request that there be no nuts in any of the snacks!

Please send your dancer to camp in ballet attire:  Girls; Leotard, Tights and Pink Ballet Slippers (no skirts please!) ; Boys; White T-shirt, Black tights/Leggings, Black Socks & Black Ballet Slippers. We will have all of our dancewear available at the studio for sale. If you need any dancewear, please arrive 20-30 minutes early on the first day of camp.

– We do not allow parents to attend/observe any part of the camp, and we do not have the children perform during camp.  With only one week of preparation, we find that it is too difficult to pull together choreography and still have time for them to learn about the ballet, enjoy the arts and crafts, etc.

We offer a 10% Early Bird discount if you enroll by April 15, 2020. Simply enter promo code ABAsummer2020 at checkout. Contact us if you have any issues!

Spring Recital 2020 DATES

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Get Ready for the 2020 Spring Recital!
2:00 pm, May 30, Castro Valley Center for the Arts


Featuring dancers from Pre-Ballet to Level 6 of Alameda Ballet Academy

This year Alameda Ballet Academy will again be holding a Spring Recital to showcase all of our students’ accomplishments. We are looking forward to the performance on Saturday afternoon, May 30, 2020, 2:00 pm at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts!

We strongly encourage every student’s participation in the Spring Recital. For many of our dancers, the primary reason they come to ballet class is so that they can perform. The performance is the inspiration and reward for all of their hard work!


2020 Spring Recital & Summer Calendar / Important Dates:

March 23-28: Parent Observation Week

March 29-April 5: No ABA Classes / AUSD Spring Break

May 16-17: Recital Studio Dress Rehearsal + Photo Day

May 24: Mandatory Rehearsals at Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road in CV – Ballet 3-6 Dancers

May 25: No ABA Classes / Memorial Day

May 28: Last day of classes for 2019-2020 session

May 29: Mandatory Rehearsals at Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road in CV – Pre-Ballet & Ballet I Dancers

May 30: Mandatory Rehearsals and Performance at Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road in CV – Ballet 2 Rehearsal + RECITAL DAY!

 

Watch the 2019 Spring Recital, (password: ABA19).

Winter/Spring 2020 Registration NOW OPEN!

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2020 Pre-Ballet through Ballet 6 classes are now open for registration. Limited spots available – first come, first serve! If you are starting ballet mid year, please note that you/your dancer will likely be placed in the level below their current age group in order to help them catch up and not interfere with the progress of the current students. If you have any questions, please contact us at admin@alamedaballet.com.

 

Elks Breakfast Fundraiser for ACB 11/10/19

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ABA’s sister organization, the Alameda Civic Ballet, produces a beloved community tradition – The Nutcracker Ballet – which features many ABA students! Please join us for a fun and delicious breakfast fundraiser at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda! Your generous tips will benefit ACB and the Rachel Shahinian and Annika Zinsley Memorial scholarship fund. Hope to see you there!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLYER!

 

MANDATORY NUTCRACKER PARENT MEETING THIS FRIDAY 10/4/19

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PARENT MEETING this FRIDAY 10/4, 6:30-7:30 pm at ABA:
Held at 1402 Park St (ABA). We will be serving wine and hors d’oeuvres! Childcare will be provided in an adjacent room at the studio.
 
ONLINE PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT:

The Performance Agreement for the Nutcracker is online again this year! Please click HERE to read and complete the contract, which is due no later than Friday, October 4th. The contract contains a lot of important information and will stay online through December. Please confer with your significant other and only submit the agreement one time. Also, we ask that you bookmark the link and refer to the information later on as needed!

NUTCRACKER TICKETS:
Nutcracker Performance tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 8th! We do not sell tickets in-house. Please call Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006 or go to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4277035 To see the show, you and your family must have tickets, but ladies please plan to volunteer backstage for at least one of the performances!
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