Genia Johnson Dance Company, Inc

Fall 2019 Newsletter

Congratulations Mrs. Haley !!

We have welcomed a new GJDC Baby to our Dance Family ! Baby Hudson is just as perfect as can be... and Momma and Daddy are doing great too! Let's send Mrs. Haley and Hudson lots of love and nighttime sleepy vibes !! We miss you !

Here's a little sneak peak of our sweet little ballerina...

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 2019 Album !! <3

Important Dates to Remember

PARADE PRACTICES start this Saturday !

It is NOT TOO LATE for you to participate in the Colonial Heights Christmas parade. Please sign up at the info. station located in the lobby and make payments to the front office. These are due by the 20th. Practices will be this Saturday 11/16 (8am), 11/23, Monday 11/25, and Saturday 11/30. An email will be sent out this week with detailed information regarding the parade and participants.

Monday, November 18th - 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 25-29, 2019 - Studio Closed

Colonial Heights Christmas Parade - Tuesday, December 3rd, 7pm. Studio CLOSED. Sign up sheets are available NOW to all who are interested.

Winter Break - December 21-January 4, 2020 - Studio Closed

*Classes resume Monday, January 6th, 2020.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - GJDC Ticket Day - 8am.

Spring Break Week - April 6-10, 2020 - Studio CLOSED.

April 20-25, 2020 - Picture Week

May 8-10th, 2020 - Tentative GJDC Spring Performance

Order your GJDC Parade Sweatshirts NOW!

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 a GJDC logo. $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.

Christmas Parade Info.

Can you believe it's already time to be thinking about Christmas ?! It feels like it was just 72 degrees outside .... !! (Oh, wait... it was....Crazy Va weather!)

We have SIGN UP sheets located at the Information Station.

Dancers: Must be 8/9* years old and have (*Recommended) 2* years of Jazz or Ballet 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 ($35) and must purchase correct tights, shoes and any accessories needed.

Why 8/9 years old?! Safety. Period. There are thousands of people out at the parade. Dancers dance down the length of CH Boulevard.... 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/Ballet ? 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. 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 for ALL!

Float Riders should have a GJDC logo branded sweatshirt/shirt and white accessories! Hats, mittens, earmuffs, etc should be a bright white color to make them stand out since the parade is at night!! These can usually be found at Walmart, Target, Amazon etc.

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

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Soles 4 Souls Shoe Drive

Want to do something that helps people and clean out your closets at the same time!!!!?

Did you know that 767 million people around the world live on less than $1.90 per day? And that 385 million are children?For those living in extreme poverty, many don’t have access to a sustainable income or basic necessities—something as simple as a good pair of shoes.

What if the shoes you no longer want could create jobs for people in need? They can! Your shoes can help people in developing nations start and sustain their own small businesses to step out of poverty.

We’re excited to announce that we have joined forces with the non-profit organization Soles4Souls again to collect shoes to help Wear Out Poverty!

Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and are a four-star charity as rated by Charity Navigator. Learn more at Soles4Souls utilizes new and gently used shoes as a resource to help entrepreneurs in developing nations with an opportunity to start and sustain small businesses (a micro-enterprise) of their own. Our work will also help Soles4Souls’ ability to distribute brand new shoes to people in need and in times of disaster.

Give your shoes a second life and donate to our shoe drive today. Please bring your new or gently used shoes of any kind to GJDC!! Look for the BLUE bin in the lobby! Drop off, feel good!

Don’t have shoes to donate but want to get involved? Contact Regional Director, Stephanie Hathaway at to schedule a trip to volunteer in the Regional Donation Center warehouse or learn of other ways to help.

Did You Know... !?

Did you know that Genia Johnson Dance Company, Inc received two amazing awards this Summer/Fall ?! Style Weekly and the Richmond Times Dispatch each had their annual Best of the Best voting polls and GJDC, Inc took top 3 in BOTH!! How awesome is that!? We were highlighted in Style Weekly's Best of Richmond magazine alongside Richmond Urban Dance and the Richmond Ballet and invited to the Richmond Times Dispatch's Best Fest 2019 !! What an honor!! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote GJDC to the top!


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Monday , Wednesday, Friday

4pm-9:30pm (Friday 9pm)

Tuesday, Thursday


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