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Happy MARCH!

What an amazing time of year it is around the studio, the energy is contagious and thrilling! Anticipation and excitement will continue to build for our KJ dancers, parents, and faculty as our end of the year performances come alive and begin to take shape in the classroom. Get ready to experience the creative performance process over the months. They will be full of stage preparation, costumes, and growth! Concert choreography will begin during weekly classes for all students on February 18th! Creating this production with your teachers and fellow classmates will be an unforgettable experience for each and every student! Be sure to come to class each week with a great attitude, a focused mind, and a big smile to share with your peers!


In this edition of the STUDIO INSIDER, you will discover the many exciting announcements, important dates to save, and upcoming events for our KJ dancers and families!


We are grateful for your children and the joy they bring to our studio, and we are delighted in the opportunities we have to meet your families when you spend time in the studio. #THEKJWAY

ONLINE STUDIO CALENDAR

Click here to connect to our online STUDIO CALENDAR where you can find all upcoming KJ events, closings, deadlines, and dates to save for our KJ Dance Family!

IMPORTANT DATES & UPCOMING EVENTS

March 1

Gala Tickets On Sale


March 1

Summer Enrollment Begins (Camps & Classes)


March 22

7th Annual Giving Gala


April 1

Fall Enrollment Begins


April 1

Concert Handbooks Published online


April 1

Rhythm & Rhyme Recital Ticket Sales Begin


April 2

Competitive Program Interest & Opportunity Meeting with owner, Kristy Blakeslee


April 15

Concert & Recital Fees Charged


April 18

COSTUME PICK UP DAY EVENT!!!!


May 1

Concert Ticket Sales Begin


May 15 - 17

Rhythm & Rhyme Recitals

Featuring the Rhythm & Rhyme I & II Students

KJ Dance - 4017 Preston Road #546 - Plano, TX. 75093


May 29 - 31

The 27th Annual Spring Concert

Featuring TWC Dancers Combo I & Up

The Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts - Richardson, Texas

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7th Annual KJ Dance giving gala

The Giving Gala is an annual GIVE BACK performance event produced by KJ Dance. Each spring, over 100 talented dancers grace the stage at this fundraiser for our PULSE grad's continued education!

KJ GIVES BACK TO CONTINUED EDUCATION

The Giving Gala is an annual GIVE BACK performance event produced by KJ Dance. Each spring, over 100 talented dancers grace the stage at this event held at The Eisemann Center, in Richardson Texas. This event serves as a fundraiser for our graduating senior company members’ continued education & charitable causes that hold a special place in the hearts of our KJ Family. The Giving Gala is a showcase of choreography performed throughout the current season by our award winning PULSE Dance companies, as well as featured special guest performances. The Giving Gala will spotlight our 2020 PULSE graduating seniors and introduce the upcoming senior class of 2021. Since conception in 2014, The Giving Gala has generated and given back over $75,000 to our KJ grads and special recipients.


MARCH 22, 2020 - 1:00PM & 5:00PM


There will be a 1:00 Giving Gala Performance and a 5:00 Giving Gala Performance. Both shows will feature different pieces from select dancers. Both shows will run approx. 2.5 hours.


CLICK HERE to learn more about this event and view ticketing options.


TICKET SALES open March 1, at 10:00am through the Eisemann Center Website.

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RHYTHM & RHYME RECITAL SHOWTIMES

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2020 R & R RECITAL SHOWTIMES BY CLASS!

2020 LIVE CONCERT THEME REVEAL REPLAY

Have you heard the news? If you were unable to join us LIVE on Monday 2/17, click here to watch the 2020 concert theme reveal replay on our KJ Dance Facebook Page!

CONCERT CAST PERFORMANCE NIGHT ASSIGNMENTS & DETAILS

Click here to view your dancer's performance night assignment, costume photo, dance code for the show, and more!

3 Nights, 3 Casts, 1 Powerful Production

If you are new to KJ and have never experienced one of our concerts, our show truly does look a bit different than your typical "dance recital." The concert is held over 3 nights, May 29 - 31, with a different cast each night. To view your dancer's performance details please review the 2020 CONCERT CAST PERFORMANCE NIGHT ASSIGNMENTS & DETAILS !

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CONCERT FAQ'S

Q: What night will my dancer perform in the concert?

  • A: We have three performance nights in which all Plano and Frisco students are assigned. Your dancer will perform one of the three nights of the concert for each weekly class that they are enrolled in. To view the date your dancer has been scheduled to perform in one of our 3 concerts this year, please click on the CONCERT CAST PERFORMANCE NIGHT ASSIGNMENTS & DETAILS link.


Q: Will sibling dancers from the same family perform on the same night?

  • A: Our faculty carefully cross referenced a plethora of lists and carefully devoted many hours working create the best performance assignments possible for our KJ families. Our goal is always to get siblings and dancers who take multiple classes a week performing on the same night. The great news is, 90% of the time we are able to design the show accomidating these considerations . Thank you for your understanding as we tried our best to make most situations work for each family.


Q: What is the difference between the costume fee and the concert or rhythm and rhyme recital fee?

  • A: The costume fee is the fee for the costume your dancer will wear on stage during their concert or recital performance. The costume fee was charged in January, when costumes were ordered, and the costume is yours to keep after the performance. Concert costumes are one of the most special and impactful elements to the show. Costumes have been ordered and have already started arriving! Dancers were measured in class prior to the holiday break. If your dancer has yet to be measured due to absences over the last 4 weeks, please contact our costume department this week to ensure correct sizing for your dancer's costume. To connect with our costume department coordinator please submit an email to Lindsey Corder at kjdance.costumes@gmail.com.
  • A: The concert fee is charged to each student performing in our annual end of the season concert taking place on May 29 - 31. The concert fee covers a portion of the concert venue costs and production expenses. The concert fee ensures that the concert experience for KJ Dancers is unlike any other in the industry. KJ Dance is committed to providing the best possible theatrical and artistic concert experience for your dancer and family. Security, stage set design, props, A/V editing, a top of the line crew, and lighting are just a few of the categories that play a part in the production puzzle. All KJ students have the opportunity to perform as a cast member in our original, elaborate, and unforgettable concert production as one big KJ Family. The dance concerts designed by KJ Dance have earned a reputation for excellence since our first concert in 1993. The KJ Dance leadership team and faculty members are laser focused and inspired to pour every possible resource into making this event one that your dancer will cherish for years to come. The concert fee is $70 and will be posted to online accounts in April 15th. If a family has more than one dancer in the concert, each additional sibling will get a $15 discount, making the sibling concert fee $55 each.
  • A: The rhythm and rhyme recital fee is charged to each Rhythm and Rhyme dancer performing in our end of season in house redials on May 17 - 19 Recitals. The recital fee covers a portion of the cost involved in transforming our studio into a magical theater and reception venue for families to gather after the show. The R&R Recital fee is $20, and will be posted to all R & R family online accounts on April 15th, for dancers participating in the recital.


Q: Who is my child's stage mom?

  • A: Stage mom volunteers are now being accepted for each performing class. Stage mom volunteers are added into the CONCERT CAST PERFORMANCE NIGHT ASSIGNMENTS & DETAILS document as they sign up through May 1st. All classes must have a stage mom during the dress rehearsal and the concert performance. If a stage mom has not volunteered by May 1st for your child's class, we will reach out to ask for a parent to fill the role for the class. Once all stage moms have been confirmed, your child's stage mom will be in touch with the class to introduce themself. If you have not volunteered to be a stage mom this year, please consider doing so. The stage mom experience is unique and special, as you get a behind the scenes view of your child's concert journey.
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP for the 2020 stage mom crew TODAY!


Q: When do we pick our concert costumes up?

  • A: All concert and recital costumes are picked up at our exciting annual "Costume Pick Up Day" Event and one stop CONCERT MERCH SHOP extravaganza. The event will be held at our PLANO LOCATION for both Frisco and Plano dancers on April 18th from 10am - 6pm. Learn more about our fantastic COSTUME PICK UP DAY EVENT (with NEW BONUS EVENT PERKS this year!!!!) as you read on below!
  • ALL KJ FRISCO & KJ PLANO STUDENTS WILL PICK THEIR COSTUMES UP DURING THIS EVENT AT OUR PLANO LOCATION.
2020 DAD'S DANCE CONCERT PERFORMANCE NIGHT ASSIGNMENTS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PERFORMANCE NIGHT ASSIGNMENTS FOR PULSE DADS.

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2020 COSTUME PICK UP DAY Event

Click here to view details and NEW BONUS PERKS debuting at our 2020 Costume Pick Up Day Event on Saturday, April 18th, from 10:00am - 6:00pm at KJ Plano!

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HIP HIP HOORAY! IT'S COSTUME PICK UP DAY!

Join us April 18th for KJ's exciting annual ONE STOP CONCERT & RECITAL merchandise SHOP and COSTUME PICK UP DAY EVENT extravaganza.


ALL KJ FRISCO & KJ PLANO STUDENTS WILL PICK THEIR COSTUMES UP DURING THIS EVENT AT OUR PLANO LOCATION.


+ PLUS ENJOY NEW EVENT PERKS


CONCERT THEMED PHOTO BOOTHS

ON SITE SEAMSTRESS FOR ANY QUICK ALTERATION NEEDS

ON SITE FITTING ROOMS

BALLOON TWISTING ARTIST

PROFESSIONAL FACE PAINTER

INDOOR BOUNCE HOUSE

CONCERT MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

SUMMER & FALL REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITIES

SALTY & SWEET SNACKS

POP UP PULSE PERFORMANCES

CONCERT LEAD CHARACTER RING MISTRESSES PHOTO OPPS

POP UP BOUTIQUE VENDORS


We have invited a few of our FAVS to join us for the event to share some incredible products and creative learning programs with our KJ family. We are proud to partner with local businesses and organizations and build a united community of excellence with them!


During the event our 2020 CONCERT & RECITAL merchandise SHOP will be available to dancers and parents. 2020 SUMMER Camp, Class, and Intensive information and registration opportunities will also be available to our KJ Families!


CLICK HERE to learn more about the event and bonus perks for all KJ families to enjoy!

2020 STAGE MOM CREW SIGN UP

Click here to join our 2020 concert stage mom crew today!

2020 STAGE MOM CREW DUTIES & PERKS

Click here to view the duties and perks for our concert stage mom crew volunteers!

2020 STAGE MOM CREW VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

CALLING ALL KJ SUPER MOMMAS! WE NEED YOU BACKSTAGE THIS YEAR! THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS MAY 1, 2020!!!


Why are stage moms a necessity to the concert?

Each class MUST have at least one Stage Mom for the students to be properly chaperoned during the performance. Being a KJ Stage Mom is an extremely rewarding experience for the mom as well as an exceptional way to support your child and her classmates. Volunteering is a fun way to help with the concert and share each moment of event excitement with your student. Stage Moms will be accepted on a first-come basis. Combined classes and large classes will need two stage moms.


Stage Mom duties include:

· Help relay information to other parents in the class and answer their questions when possible.

· Help with your class at dress rehearsal. PERK!!! While the students are on stage rehearsing the stage mom can video or take photos from the front row. Stage Moms will watch from the stage wings at the concert performance.

· Help with your class backstage during the concert performance. This includes overseeing your class for the entire show, helping them on and off stage, and monitoring your class when they are not performing.


If you have questions regarding our CONCERT STAGE MOM CREW expectations, responsibilities, or tasks please do not hesitate to contact our administrative team by emailing us at kjdance.office@gmail.com.


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO JOIN OUR 2020 CONCERT STAGE MOM CREW


CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STAGE MOM CREW DUTIES & PERKS

COMPETITIVE DANCE OPPORTUNITIES at kj

Click here to view a few dancer experience highlights from our PULSE Dance Company & VIBE Hip Hop Crew competitive program this past year!

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COMPETITIVE DANCE OPPORTUNITY MEETING WITH KJ DANCE FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, KRISTY BLAKESLEE

WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE COMPETITION PROGRAMS AT KJ ARE ALL ABOUT? Are you interested in learning more about the competitive company opportunities that KJ has to offer dancers?


Join us for a Q & A informational meeting with our owner and founder, Kristy Blakeslee, on Thursday, April 2nd from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at our KJ Plano location. We will cover the time and financial commitments required of our competitive program options. Kristy will also share who and what we are looking for in the upcoming season and what type of dancer the competitive programs are geared toward! We look forward to meeting you for a night of dance fellowship & fun!


Want a sneak peek? Visit the COMPETITION CORNER section on our website www.kjdance.com for additional information and highlights of some of our competitive experiences over the last year!

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTO ALBUM OF ALL OF OUR THE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH!

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Every month a student from each of the studios is selected by the KJ staff as someone who stands out amongst their peers. KJ Dance is committed to instilling character, compassion and competence in our students and KJ families. The dancers chosen each month go above and beyond in class exhibiting these fine characteristics. Congratulations to these amazing dancers. We are extremely proud of you, and thank you for leading by example!

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CONGRATS TO OUR PULSE & VIBE COMPETITIVE DANCERS!

Click here to check out our KJ PULSE Company & VIBE CREW dancers who attended the LA Dance Magic convention and competition on Feb.14-16. Congrats to all of our competitive dancers on the many overall awards & elite recognition received!

CONTACT US

Click here to connect with our KJ Dance faculty & administrative team!

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KJ RECITAL 2019
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & ATTIRE

Click to explore the classes offered and attire required at KJ Dance!