May 2016 Newsletter

Hello Forevermore Families,

They say April Showers bring May flowers…or in Chicago perhaps May Snowflakes.

Living in the midwest we learn to adapt and we become hearty, I think we also become humble and tap into a deeper understanding of gratitude as we learn to really appreciate a beautiful day when we get one.   

I’m looking forward to finishing out the 2015-2016 Season strong and hearty, whatever the weather may be.   I’m confident that recital will be a beautiful day no matter what!

Our performance this year is called Imagine That! and we’ll be talking to our students this month about using our imaginations and telling stories through their dancing.  Imagination is such a powerful force - be it playful and silly, or bold and daring.  I think Albert Einstein said it best:  “Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

To kick off the count down to recital, we have a fun Facebook Contest for our students and families this month.   Make a video (15 sec max) in your “Imagine That” Recital T-Shirt and tell us or show us something you Imagine…let us know what’s inside your think bubble?  Win a $100 Scholarship for one of our Pure Imagination Camps or other Summer Programs.  Collecting submissions until June 1st.  After the 1st we will pick the top 3 and will open it to the public to vote for their favorite video. When you submit you must tag Forevermore Dance & Theatre Arts Inc #imaginethat2016.

RECITAL NEWS!

Last call for Recital Program Ads!

As published in our Recital Handbook, Happy Ads, and Business Ads are available for our June Recital program book.  Check out some of the samples in the lobby and refer to the order form for instructions and pricing.  Ads are due by May 31!  Place your ad today!  Click HERE for the AD FORM.

Recital Tickets

Please remember to go online and claim your 4 complimentary tickets.   Also please note there is still plenty of seating available in the balcony for each show.  The balcony overhangs the main floor and has an excellent view of the stage.  BUY TICKETS NOW (Click Here).

Recital Flowers

For your convince you can pre-order RECITAL FLOWERS (Click here) for your dancer. Flowers will be available at the theater to pick up on the day of the recital.  Flowers will also be sold in the lobby.

Recital Bears

If you placed an order they will be available to pick up at recital.

If you missed the deadline you can still order online at www.dancebears.com or call 877-517-7766.  They will ship it directly to your home.

Registration is EASY!

Don’t forget registration is open for Summer and Fall 2016-2017 Programs!

Some classes are already filling up and we want our current students to get first pick for their preferred days and times.  Stop at the front desk while you’re here for class or go online anytime.

We’d also like to announce that both Ms. Deanna and Ms. Taylor have decided to move on from their teaching roles at Forevermore for the 2016-2017 season.   Ms. Taylor will be moving back to Texas to be closer to her family as she prepares for the next stage of her life and plans to start a family of her own.   Ms. Deanna has decided to take an extended leave of absence to be a full-time stay at home mother for her 3 beautiful baby boys.   These were difficult decisions for both of these talented teaching artists and we are grateful for the love and energy they have shared with our students through the years.   We make this announcement to help celebrate the growth in their lives and wish them continued success on their life journeys.
We have several wonderful candidates lined up to join the Forevermore Teaching Team and are excited to welcome them to our Forevermore family.

Try It Day is your FREE Passport to get a sample of all of our classes in one afternoon!

All of our students are encouraged to attend Try it Day on Sunday May 22.   Try it Day is a fun day to sample mini lessons in all the different styles of dance we offer…and acting too!   It’s FUN & FREE- hope to see you there, reserve your space by signing up at the front desk today- space is limited.  (TRY IT DAY SCHEDULE - Click Here)

Memorial Day Break

Forevermore will be closed May 27 - 30 in observation of Memorial Day Weekend.

Shining the Spotlight on some AMAZING Kids!

The Forevermore Dance Ensemble has had a full and exciting year of performances and events including:   Choreography Camp with Summer Showcase, Fall Fest at St. Francis Borgia, UDMA Costume Modeling, Spooky Ball, The Pulse Convention, Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier, Stage Door Workshop with a cast member from the Lion King, Scamp Studios Team Building, Everybody Dance Now, Youth Summit for the Arts, Imagine Sister Studio Invitational, Be My Valentine Party, Bella Moxi Workshop, Forevermore Commercial video shoot, Wolves Game Flash Mob, Midwest Dance Connection in the Wisconsin Dells, Stage Door Workshop with a cast member from Matilda, Forevermore’s Spring Showcase, I Carry Your Heart with Me Benefit Concert in Kenosha, WI,  Dancefest at Sixflags, and The Power of Dance Competition!

We are always looking for new ways to inspire our students and help them understand the important message that we are more than just great dancing!   This weekend the Forevermore Dance Ensemble completed their season at a very special event- they competed with 24 pieces at the Power of Dance, where dancers perform not just for applause, but for a cause! 

“The message that The Power of Dance wants to send to our kids, is that their talents and gifts do not reach their true potential until they are used to help others. Twenty years from today, our dancers will not remember what color ribbon she got last weekend. But she will remember the time that she danced to help pay for a baby's surgery. Or to grant a gravely ill child's wish.  She'll remember that she joined with her fellow artists in a common cause, and that together they made a difference in someone's life.   And that's why we've decided to harness The Power of Dance, and to encourage today's dancers to not only do well, but to do Good.”

Forevermore chose to represent Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and competed not just to win prizes for themselves, but donations for their charity.   We are proud to announce that they earned $300 and we are going to match their winnings - bringing the total amount raised this weekend to $600!  We care about the development of our students not just as dancers, but as people.  Congratulations again to a group of AMAZING dancers on an AMAZING season!

Forever Friends at The Power of Dance Competition with their piece: "Friendship is the Formula".

Forever Friends at The Power of Dance Competition with their piece: "Friendship is the Formula".

Discover Dance Ensemble!

Is your dancer interested in performing more?   Forevermore has performing groups for dancers age 6 and up!  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity join us for auditions on June 3 at 6:00 with a parent meeting to follow.   Stop by the front desk to pick up an info packet and audition forms.