GJDC, Inc Fall Newsletter 2018

Genia Johnson Dance Company, Inc WON Best of the BEST !


Thanks to everyone who took the time to VOTE for the 2018 Best of the BEST!

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Halloween Week was SpOoK-TaCuLaR !!!

What a great time we had for Halloween Week!! We LOVE dressing up and having fun in class! Our after class parties were super SPOOOOOOKY and all the parents & friends who brought in the YUMMY treats were AMAZING & super appreciated!! All the treat bags and yummy baked goods were delicious. A BIG "Thank You" to all who took the time in their busy schedules to bring stuff for all the kiddos!! They really look forward to this week!

We know a lot of the Moms and Dads snuck some pictures this past week... Please go online and download some of them to our GJDC, Inc FB page in our Halloween Week 2018 Album !! <3


We are currently taking orders for our GJDC Parade Sweatshirts !! These are pre-order ONLY and we will only be ordering limited quantity for stock.

They are black crewneck with the GJDC logo. (same as last year). $35 Pre-order price.

We will be able to order a hoodie version and long sleeve shirt option for adult sizes only, if desired. *See front office for pricing.

Parade sweatshirts are required for all Parade NON-Dancer participants (Float riders/guardians/walkers), but are also great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.. <3

Please see the front offices to pre-order.

Genia Johnson Dance Company, Inc Window Sticker Contest !!

Heres How It Works !!

For the month of November, ask the front office for a FREE GJDC, Inc Logo Window Decal.

Put the Decal in the back window of your car and take a picture !

Post it on your Facebook page or Insta page, tagging Genia Johnson Dance Company and add the hashtag, #GJDCLove .

You will be entered into a drawing to WIN a $50 credit on your account!!!

(Put the kids in the picture! Make a Dance Pose! Be Creative! Have FUN ! )

*Winner will be drawn on December 1st, 2018. Must post picture, with tag and hashtag to be included. Multiple cars = Multiple entries. Ready.Set.Go!

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Important Dates to Remember:

PARADE PRACTICES started this AM. It is NOT TOO LATE for you to participate in the Christmas parades. This AM was an interest practice only and practices will continue every Saturday until the parade. Please sign up at the info. stations located in the lobbies and make payments to Haley in the front office. These are due by the 17th.

Monday November 12th - Costume Measuring will begin !! Please make every effort to have students in all of their classes in correct dress code. *This is available on our website.

Thanksgiving Break - November 19-24, 2018 - Studios Closed

Colonial Heights Tree Lighting Event - Saturday, November 24, 6pm. CH Courts Building

All are Welcome !! GJDC, Inc is performing, Santa will be there, and there will be kids activities!!

Colonial Heights Christmas Parade - Tuesday, December 4th, 7pm. Studios CLOSED. Sign up sheets are available NOW to all who are interested.

Chester Christmas Parade - Sunday, December 9th, 2pm. Sign up sheets are available NOW to all who are interested.

Winter Break - December 22-January 7, 2019 - Studio Closed

*Colonial Hts and Chesterfield are on two different break schedules. Please make sure to write down dates of school and dance closings on your calendar! :)

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Christmas Parade Info!!

Christmas Parade Information !!

Can you believe it's already time to be thinking about Christmas ?! It feels like it was just 76 degrees yesterday !! (Oh, wait... it was....Crazy Va weather!)

We have SIGN UP sheets at both locations' Information Stations.

Dancers: Must be 9* years old and have (*Recommended) 2* years of Jazz experience(*Recommended). If you have questions about if your child is eligible, just give us a call/email.

There will only be 3-4 practices for parade. These are not technique learning classes, these are Choreography learning classes. It will most likely be chilly/cold outside and they will be in a costume/tights. Dancers will need to rent a Parade costume from the studio and must purchase correct tights, shoes and any accessories needed.

We encourage dancers to sign up for BOTH Christmas Parades. Spots for choreography will be given and if we have to take kids out of spots, it can be confusing to younger children. Please let us know up front if you can only participate in one parade, then we can plan accordingly.

Why 9 years old?! Safety. Period. There are thousands of people out at the parades. Dancers dance down the length of CH Boulevard/Chester Rt 10.... There is sometimes a pretty decent waiting time as well before our unit pulls out, and once we start they must finish..... and there is no potty break mid parade...

Why Jazz? Because a lot of the choreography has jazz technique. This is a recommended requirement but if your child has taken numerous years of ballet, hip hop, modern etc or has skipped a year or so in jazz, but has kept up in technique...they will probably be fine. This is what our interest practice is for. Our teachers/staff will be honest about if the Christmas parade choreography is a good fit for you. We want everyone to look and feel their best !! We also have a ton of students and dance family that are Float Riders. It should be a fun, exciting night/afternoon for ALL!

More information will be available once we receive our packets from the City/County.


Genia Johnson Dance Company, Inc Alumni Spotlight is Courtney F !

Courtney graduated GJDC, Inc in 2012. She was on the GJDC, Inc Competition Team, an Intern & Assistant for 2 years, and danced in the Thomas Dale Specialty Center program at Thomas Dale High School. She went on to study dance at Shenandoah University. Courtney is currently employed with Norwegian Cruise Lines and is living her dream of dancing all over the world! More of her story will be available soon on our website, www.geniajohnsondanceco.com.

Photo credits: Brianne Bland Photography and NLinkPhotography

Last, But Not Least..... Soles4Souls.

We are so excited to welcome the Nashville, TN based nonprofit, Soles4Souls, to Richmond, VA! They just opened one of the very first Regional Donation Centers and we want to help fill their warehouse! Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. We are partnering with them and asking you to go through your closet and donate any shoes/clothing you no longer want. Here’s how it works:

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. . . Now, get started collecting! Clean out your closets and ask your family/friends to do the same. There is a collection box in the lobby for your convenience. If you have any questions or want to get more involved, you’re welcome to contact – Stephanie Hathaway: Regional Manager for the VA/DC S4S at (615) 598-7065 or at stephanieh@soles4souls.org. Also, join the local FB page to see other shoes drives just like ours by clicking here! Happy Collecting!!!”

Keep In Touch

Email: DancinGJDC@aol.com

Colonial Heights (Main Office):


3635 Boulevard, Suite E

Colonial Heights, VA



11925 Centre Street

Chester, VA