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RADOMILE ACADEMY OF DANCE
564 – 566 Brookline Blvd
Havertown, PA 19083
610-446-8844

A Letter from Linda

Dear Parents and Students,

So happy to welcome you back.  Hope your summer was restful and fun filled.  I am trying to upgrade the wesite after receiving some suggestions..  Please note that all information you receive in the mail will be on the website.  Also included on the website will be letters concerning, Petit Ballerinas, Pre School, Pointe Shoes, Nutcracker Schedule.
This information will no longer be mailed. I appreciate your help with the transition.

Please Welcome New Teachers

I am pleased to welcome three former students and  one present to our faculty.  They have been well trained and are eager to share their talents with your  children.

  1. Elizabeth Altomare will be teaching Modern on Wednesday. She will be teaching Ballet 3 and Pre School.
  2. Christina Samango returns to her Ballet 3 class.
  3. Gabriella Bressi will be teaching Jazz/Hip Hop 2 and Jazz 6 on Monday.
  4. Gabby Casterioto will be teaching the Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop 1 on Friday.
These ladies will be taking over for Miss Hannah and Miss Jackie M. who are on a temporary hiatus.

To the Pointe
Pointe work should not be attempted by a young dancer until the feet and legs are strong in demi-point exercises. That usually requires three or four years of regular technique classes. If you don't have complete understanding of how to work properly in ballet slippers, you're not ready for point. Readiness is based on a student's technical level, muscular strength, body structure and attitude.

Students need to understand that "taking pointe" is not undertaking the study of a new technique. They are working on their pointe technique each time they do an exercise at the barre, since these exercises are preparing them to be able to execute movements on their toes.

In order to achieve the proper pre-training for pointe, it is important that students take a ballet class more than 1 time per week. A minimum of 2 classes are recommended beginning in level 4. In many cases the students who follow this recommendation are able to begin pointe work during level 5. At this level, pointe work is gradually introduced at the end of ballet class.

It should also be noted that age has relatively little to do with readiness for pointe work. Leg and body development as well as a child's emotional maturity are the keys. Readiness is an individual matter as each child matures at different rate.

In many cases, when a child reaches ballet level 4 at Radomile Academy, they are not necessarily ready to give up another activity to devote two days a week to ballet. Perhaps they may choose to wait a year, or as they and their parents see this as a crossroad, may choose to discontinue the study of ballet altogether. It is my belief that the study of ballet can continue for these students without ever having the pressure of moving onto pointe. Our programs allows for this possibility.

It is our intention to develop both the more serious ballet student as well as the student who studies for pure enjoyment.

Some of the above information was taken from 'The Pointe Book' by Jane Barringer and Sarah Schlesinger.

Any parent or student who has further concerns, please feel free to call me at home (610-446-6953). Looking forward to working with you all.

Pre-Dance Program
The goal of this program is to introduce children ages 3 to 6 to the basics of dance movement. They are exposed to many varieties of music and movement with an emphasis on ballet as the basis of all other dance. The children explore the use of space. They are encouraged to develop strong flexible limbs, good balance and body awareness.

The youngest children ages 3 – 5 are inspired to use their creativity through the use of rhythm sticks, musical instruments, poetry, dance books, and videos.

Children in pre-school 4+ have an option to incorporate tap into their instruction. All classes are geared towards the “uniqueness” of the children. All classes are planned according to the muscular development of the children.

Children in pre-ballet also have the option to incorporate tap or jazz into their instruction. Both tap and jazz help the children with rhythm and counting to different types of music. All ballet instruction is taught with classical music. All recital pieces will be ballet.

Parents may observe on designated days. A notice will be given. Recital participation is optional. Please consider the following before you bring your child to class each week:

  1. Please be certain your child uses the bathroom before they enter the dance room.
  2. Please remove all small objects (i.e. – jewelry, hairpins, small toys, money) from your child before class. Please tie, cut, or tack all ribbons on shoes as well.
  3. Please try to be prompt in bringing and picking up your child for class. If you are delayed, please call as a courtesy.
  4. Please know that some days children just “don’t feel like it”. If your child is upset it does affect all other members of the class. You are welcome to make up in any one of the other pre-school classes.
  5. Please refrain from bringing children who are ill to class. Again you can make up in another class.
  6. All elastic at the top of each child’s shoe should be knotted, cut at an appropriate length and tucked in. Please ask your teacher for instructions.
  7. In adherence to the Fire code and for the safety of your child and all other children – the narrow hallway must be kept clear at all times. School bags, dance bags, etc. should be kept in the dressing room. Kindly leave baby strollers outside of the studio.

Petit Ballerinas
Radomile Academy’s Petit Ballerinas are a group of young dancers who will be performing age-appropriate parts with our Ballet Company in the Nutcracker Ballet and Spring Ballet Performance. Students in levels 5/6 are eligible to join.

Here are the requirements:

  1. Dancers must REGISTER FOR TWO EL. BALLET classes as well as the Petit Ballet REHERSAL CLASS, TOTAL OF 3 CLASSES.
  2. Friday EL. BALLET CLASS SHOULD BE THE SECOND class, because the petit ballet rehearsal class will follow. The rehearsal class could run longer if necessary.
  3. Dancers must conduct themselves in a professional manner.
  4. Dancers must be dressed appropriately for every class.
  5. Dancers will be charged a performance fee to participate.
  6. Dancers must be able to attend extra rehearsals if necessary on Thursday evenings, Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons. Sufficient notice will be given on these occasions.

This experience will provide the dancers an opportunity to better understand the commitment necessary to join the Ballet Company.

2013 Calendar
AUG 27
Registration, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SEP 3
Registration, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SEP 4
Registration, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SEP 5
First Day of Class
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