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    Hello parents and students! As you all may know, we are soon anticipating competition. We are expecting a very busy year, with 4 different competitions, all in the months of April and May.

We are hosting auditions for competition next week Friday, October 26th, at 6pm to 8pm. If you or your child(ren) are interested in auditioning, please let SoleBeats know right away so that we may curate a list to keep tabs on everyone. *NOTE: If you do plan to attend auditions, it is extremely important to be at least 15 minutes early to stretch and warm up before performing! Tardiness results in automatic disqualification from auditions! Please be punctual.

Should you be accepted at auditions, you will start attending either Company A (for Intermediate and Seniors), Company B (Junior), and Company C (for the littles). Usually a minimum of 5 HOURS PER WEEK is required in dance classes to be allowed in Company, but for this year we have decided to wave that requirement so that we can take a good look at who is willing to put in the work and strive towards getting those 5 - 7 hours per week to condition the mind and technique for competition. Company Classes are..

Company A: Friday 6pm - 8pm & Tuesday 8pm - 9pm every week
Company B: Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm & Thursday 6pm - 8pm every week
Company C: Friday 5pm to 6pm every week

SoleBeats will be contacting parents of students who have made the auditions very shortly after they are hosted. We will be having a mandatory Parent/Competition meeting on Sunday, October 28th @ 4pm at the studio.

3 STRIKE POLICY: Here at SoleBeats, we have a certain set of values that we expect to be enforced during classes, competition, and also out of the studio. In order to reinforce these values into our students so that they may be taken seriously, we have a three strike system that applies during all classes and especially during competition and rehearsal times. How this works is very similar to baseball: three strikes and you're out. Some of the guidelines for this are obvious, but we will list them here to give you a basic idea of some of the things we expect during our time together.
-Time is of the essence, and this is especially important to us during competition times: being late 15 minutes or more for rehearsal/Company rehearsal is a strike. This is not debatable. If you know you're going to be late, please CALL Cat or MESSAGE/EMAIL SoleBeats Facebook page/email, and we will get back to you immediately. *Note: We do not have a number at the studio at this exact moment, we should have one before the end of next week so please bare with us until that time. :)
-Illness is not excusable unless it is a serious sickness, such as violently throwing up, etc, etc. Failure to show up or being late to class, and then trying to excuse it for sickness without any prior notice is a strike.
-Any bad attitude from students towards teachers, staff, or other students is a strike. Always be respectful!
-Any knowledge of Company class members showing unsportsmanlike behavior or attitude towards other studios staff, teachers, or dancers INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE STUDIO is a strike. There will also be a probation period afterwards, to be decided by the teachers depending on the situation at hand.
-Basic kindness and respect to others! Discrimination against others is a strike. We do not allow discrimination against others for anything, from dance related things to more personal things such as race, religion, sexuality, status, etc. Please be mindful of others, this is a learning experience and we want to grow together. :)
We trust all guidelines will be met in order to make each dance experience a productive one!

CAR POOLING and sharing hotels is encouraged during competition time! SoleBeats also encourages parents and students to book hotels in advance, as they can fill up easily in those areas during competitions.
Note: Some of the company's that host these events will reserve whole blocks of rooms at hotels for dancers, but there is a limited amount of space in these blocks and they tend to fill up fast. In order to ensure a spot, it is best to book ahead of time and communicate with other parents to share space and potentially save on hotel bills and travel costs.

SoleBeats would also like to encourage parents to band together to create PARENT VOLUNTEER GROUPS; essentially, support from our community for events such as competitions (help with things such as prop making, ride share & carpool scheduling, costume adjusting, etc) but also for our fundraiser events (some ideas include a monthly bottle drive, as well as a possible Haunted House at the Studio, etc.. we are open to ideas!).

Parent Volunteer Groups are the norm in the world of dance, it creates unity among parents, students, and teachers as well as provides support for the studio for the many preparations needed for competition. SoleBeats is more than happy to provide our studio space for a volunteer group for meetings. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in being a part of, and we can help advertise this on our social media!

COMPANY CLASSES: There are many benefits to attending these classes and entering competition, some of which include having the chance to show off all of your hard work done from all that you have learned in each class. These events provide a platform in which students can gain personal experience from real life experiences at competition; from interaction with other students, to seeing other students performances and learning of their techniques, as well as real life skills gained. Responsibility in practicing their routines, teamwork from working in duos or groups, being able to take constructive criticism in order to better their dance skills and continue their growth as an artist. Not to mention being able to travel all over Canada and experience all forms of dance alongside like minded individuals. There is always lots of room for personal growth in dance and easily obtained in these kinds of settings! There also is the chance to receive over $100,000 in cash prizes and scholarships, all of which can be used for things such as Intensive Summer Camps all over North America and workshops with some of the worlds best choreographers. The opportunities are endless! In order, the dates, locations, prices etc. go as follows:

- Kimberley Dance Works
(April 5th-7th), [Competition] Kimberley, BC
Deadline: January 31st, 2019
Costs: /Solos/ $30.00 /Duos/ $20.00 per person
/Group/ $15 per person /Production/ $10.00
Note: There is a late fee for this particular competition of $25.00 per dance for any late submissions of applications and fees. These are the rules of the competition, and not Sole Beats.

- Fabulous Feet Productions: Dance Invasion
(April 12th-15th) [Festival] Medicine Hat, AB
Deadline: December 30th, 2018
Costs: /Solos/ $60.00 /Duos&Trios/ $42.00 /Groups/ $40.00

- Showtime Production: Great Canadian Dance Challenge
(April 24th-28th) [Competition&Festival] Medicine Hat, AB
Deadline: January 4th, 2019
Costs: /Short Solos/ $60.00 /Long Solos/ $80.00
/Duets/ $40.00 per person /Trios/ $30.00 per person
/Groups/ $30.00 /Productions/ $30.00

- Fabulous Feet Productions: Dance Evolution
(May 2nd-8th) [Festival] Lethbridge, AB
Deadline: December 30th, 2018
Costs: /Solos/ $60.00 /Duos&Trios/ $42.00 /Groups/ $40.00

These are basic prices and outlines for each event, please keep in mind that besides competition and/or festival fees there is also choreography fees and admin fees. Choreography fees cover rehearsal time to teach choreography to students. Admin fees cover time and work needed to process paperwork, submit applications, organize the submission of fees, etc. Competition fees are essentially your entry fee for each dance done during competition, and covers registration charges.
*Please note that each price is PER PERSON. So if your child(ren) want to do a duo with Fabulous Feet Productions, for example, you would pay $42.00 per person. WE WOULD LIKE TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTENDANCE FOR COMPANY CLASSES. Please refer back to our 3 STRIKE POLICY above in regards to tardiness.

If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to help you, do not hesitate to reach out. We can be reached at any of our social media pages, as follows:
Instagram: solebeats_studio