MAY NEWSLETTER #2: Mid-Year “Sneak-Peek!” Showcase Information

PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW IN REGARDS TO MSF’S MID YEAR PERFORMANCE:

Due to the number of students participating in this years mid-year concert, we have to split our our mid-year SNEAK-PEEK performance into two seperate concerts to ensure that we can safely fit all students and audience members into the venue. The alternative was to move to a more expensive venue and charge audience members for tickets OR cap audience numbers. We felt neither options were suitable for the casual nature of our mid-year concert or our amazing, big group of supporters that come along every year. Please see details below.

  • Both concerts will be held on Friday the 22nd of June in the Drama Centre at Lalor Secondary College (Cnr Dalton Rd and David St Lalor) where our Wednesday and Friday classes are held.
  • There will be no regular class that evening, only the showcases.
  • There will be an early show at 5.30pm and a later show at 7pm.
  • If your child is unable to attend the showcase, please advise us by email ASAP so their teachers can be advised.
  • All Mini, Tiny, Junior and Inter students will perform in one show only
  • Senior students and crew members will perform in BOTH concerts.

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Students are to arrive wearing correct uniform and hair at their designated arrival times. (see link for kit list at bottom of page)
  • Hip hop students who do not have an MSF t shirt, please arrange to purchase one in class ASAP. $30 each. Hoodies are not permitted to perform in.
  • Minimal make up is permitted but not necessary.
  • Students who do ballet as well as other styles will keep their hair in a ballet bun for the entire show
  • Students who do hip hop and other styles are required to wear their ballet/jazz/contemporary uniform under their hip hop clothes
  • MSF Logo JoJo bows are permitted in hair but not compulsory
  • Students who need to bring a change of shoes etc for different styles are to bring them along in a small, easily recognisable bag (labelled with their name). Otherwise, please leave ALL jackets, bags, drink bottles etc. with parents. The number of bodies in the space will warm everyone up!
  • Please ensure your child has been to the toilet before dropping them off.

AUDIENCE DETAILS

  • Please park in the first carpark on Dalton Rd or on the street.
  • A reminder there is NO SMOKING ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS permitted.
  • There will be no reserved seating and doors will open just before the show.
  • Video recording and photography during the performance are not permitted.
  • A DVD recording will be available to purchase at a cost of $14 each. This is a great keepsake and assists in practicing for the end of year performance.
  • If you would like to order a DVD please ensure you order and pay by the final week of term.
  • Each class will perform 1 dance each.
  • Family is invited to come and watch. Cost will be a gold coin donation per audience member as a fundraiser.
  • The show WILL start on time and because the doors to the drama centre lock automatically, late comers will not have access to the show. Don’t be late!
  • Seats are not allocated and audience members will not be permitted inside the building until doors open, 15 minutes before show. There is good viewing wherever you sit.
  • Audience members are welcome to wait in the gymnasium (opposite the performance centre) while the children warm up and settle in with their class.

Please organise all items outlined on your checklist prior to show week and be sure to check all of the classes that your children attend.

KIT-LIST HERE: STUDENT / CLASS KIT LIST DOCUMENT

As always, please get in touch if you have any questions. We understand we have LOTS of new parents and children this year and we are happy to help you out where we can.

Happy Dancing!

The MSF Team xx

May 2018

Welcome to Term 2! We are off to a flying start. This term is a busy one, so please see details and friendly reminders below.

“SNEAK-PEEK” SHOWCASE – MSF MID YEAR CONCERT

At the end of term 2, Main St Funk hold a mid-year performance. This is a very casual performance designed to give our students the chance to practice performing in a front of an audience. It is a low key demonstration of what we have been working on so far this year and a “sneak peek” of what’s to come at our end of year professional show. Each class will perform one dance and students will be required to wear their correct uniform.

DATE: Friday 22nd June – no dance classes will run this evening, just the showcase.
WHERE: Lalor Secondary College, Drama Centre
DANCERS ARRIVAL TIME: 5.00pm – students to be dropped off at the Drama Centre for warm up and to settle in.
SHOWTIME: 6.00pm. The doors will open to the audience at 5.50pm
TICKETS: Cost is a gold coin donation per audience member.

MUMMY JAM! – MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION
MON 7TH-SAT 11TH MAY

MSF mama’s get ready! In the week leading up to Mother’s Day we want to celebrate you! How do we celebrate at Main St Funk? We dance! Mums you are invited to join in the last 20 minutes of your child’s class for some fun dancing activities with your kids and to see some of the dances they have been working on. Why should the kids have all the fun!? Note: if mum can’t make it, one other significant grown up (eg, dad, aunty, grandma, older sibling) is welcome to join in instead.

FEES + LATE PAYMENT

A reminder that term fees are due in the third week of term every term. Continued late payments may result in your child losing their spot in class or the possible introduction of late payment fees. If you are having genuine trouble paying your fees, please contact us directly to discuss your options. If not, please pay your fees immediately. Either by cash in a clearly labelled envelope, cheque or electronic transfer.

UNIFORM

Students should now be wearing correct uniform and footwear to class.  A reminder that our set colour for ballet and jazz is BLACK (not pink, sorry!) and hair should be appropriately pulled back off the face at all times. See full uniform guidelines here: https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-guidelines/

WELL DONE TO THESE CLASSES WHO ALWAYS COME TO CLASS IN UNIFORM!
GREAT TEAM WORK.

IMPORTANT DATES

This year our concert will be held at the new performance arts centre at Loyola College in Watsonia. Exact call times and finishing times will vary depending on age groups and will be confirmed closer to the date.

COMPULSORY REHEARSAL @ THE THEATRE: Wednesday December 5th
END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE: Sunday December 9th

More details can be found on our website: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

IMPORTANT PARENT REMINDERS:

  • Parents are not permitted in the classroom unless invited in by the teacher
  • Please do not park in front of the other units at 13 Lydia Court. Only street parking is available at this stage.
  • There is to be NO SMOKING on the grounds of Lalor Secondary (including the car park). If you wish to smoke, you need to be at least 3 metres away from the front gate.
  • Please supervise siblings at all times and supervise students before and after their scheduled class times.
  • Please walk your child to and from the studio and car as MSF teachers are not always available to supervise drop offs and pickups.
  • Please remember to take your child to the toilet before their class starts to limit class interruptions and to ensure they benefit from a full class.

Thank you for respecting these policies. We always appreciate your cooperation and support, it doesn’t go unnoticed. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Are you following us on social media? We post regular updates on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM and have a PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP.

March 2018

Yes, it’s us again! With another newsletter. The more exciting things that are happening at Main St Funk the more things we need to tell you! We will try to keep this one short and sweet.

STUDIO CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

We are excited to announce that construction for our second mezzanine studio is due to start in the next 8 weeks. Unfortunately, the timeline for completion is looking a little longer than we anticipated which means that Wednesday and Friday classes will continue at Lalor Secondary College in Term 2. We apologise as we know how excited and keen our gorgeous kids are to dance in the new studio. We thank you for your ongoing patience and support and promise it will be worth the wait. We expect there to be a little disruption to our Epping timetable during the construction period (i.e. possible class cancellations) so in lieu of this we would like to offer ALL Main St Funk students FREE entry to our very first school holiday program! See details below.

INTRODUCING MAIN ST FUNK’S VERY FIRST SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM – AUTUMN JAM

Come and enjoy a day of dancing and fun at our Epping Studio on the school holidays. These classes are offered to all current Main St Funk students for FREE and will also be open to the public ($10 per student per class) so feel free to invite your friends. The classes will be workshop style classes (i.e not concert routines) and will be a great chance to learn something new, perhaps from a teacher your child hasn’t had before. We are excited to have a special guest choreographer come in to work with the inters and seniors. Stay tuned to find out who it is! Autumn Jam will run in the second week of the school holidays, Tuesday 10th of April. Please note the age groups under each class. They are slightly different to our usual age groups, to give you the opportunity to take as many classes as you like. While there is no limit to the amount of classes you can take, please stick to age groups specified. Even though there is no charge, bookings are essential. Fill in the google form to sign up. https://goo.gl/forms/IjiAiYvmlOQepIb63

TIME CLASS/AGE GROUP
9.00-9.30 Mini Ballet

3yrs – Grade Prep

9.30-10.00 Mini Hip Hop

3yrs – Grade Prep

10.00-10.15 Mini Concert
10.15-10.45 Tiny Ballet

Grade Prep-2

10.45-11.00 Snack Break
11.00-11.30 Tiny Hip Hop

Grade Prep-2

11.30-12.00 Tiny Jazz

Grade Prep-2

12.00-12.15 Tiny Performance
12.15-1.00 Junior Jazz

Grade 2-5

1.00-1.30 Lunch Break
1.30-2.15 Junior Hip Hop

Grade 2-5

2.15-3.00 Junior Ballet/Contemporary

Grade 2-5

3.00-3.15 Junior Performance
4.00-4.45 Inter Ballet/Contemporary

Grade 5-Year 7

5.00-5.45 Inter Jazz

Grade 5-Year 7

6.00-7.30 Inter Hip Hop

Grade 5-Year 7

7.30-9.00 Senior Hip Hop

15 Years +

THE BIG DANCE – FLASH MOB PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY

MSF are excited to be participating in the Big Dance. The Big Dance (organised by AusDance) is the largest free dance celebration in the world and it’s hitting Australia on International Dance Day (29 April 2018)!  Big Dance is open to dancers and non-dancers, everyone of all ages, all abilities and all experiences. Students will learn the set choreography (choreographed by acclaimed Indigenous choreographer Frances Rings and New Zealand born Craig Bary) in their usual class time and then have the opportunity to participate in a flash mob at Federation Square on April 29th. AusDance will be organising shuttle buses to Fed Square. We will give you more info  (i.e. specific times, getting there/back, meeting points) as it comes in and we highly encouraged all to get involved. Mums and Dads you are invited to participate too! Please fill out the form below.

ONE MOTHER TO ANOTHER CAMPAIGN – MOTHER’S DAY DRIVE

Main St Funk are proud to, once again, be participating in St Kilda Mum’s “One Mother to Another” campaign by holding a Mother’s Day drive. We will collect donations from now until Friday the 27th of April. Last year we were overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion shown by our dancing family and can’t wait to do it all again. To be involved follow the steps below.

  1. Make up a gift bag of women’s toiletries – choose a nice toiletry bag and fill it with everything you would need if you had nothing. Some ideas are toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hairbrush, hair ties, comb, shampoo, conditioner, soap, tampons/pads, sunscreen, body and face moisturiser, cotton buds, cleanser, eye makeup remover, body wash, tissues, shaving cream, hand cream, lip balm, deodorant, face wipes, sunscreen, paw paw cream, band aids or a basic first aid kit.
  2. Include a note for another mother to let her know that you care
  3. Take a photo of your gift pack and post it on facebook, twitter or instagram using the hashtag #onemothertoanother and tag @mainstfunk
  4. Pack in a small bag or box and write #onemothertoanother on the outside
  5. Hand in to us at dancing by Friday 27th of April and The MSF Team will make a delivery that weekend.

Wow, busy, busy, BUSY! Thank you all once again for your patience, support, enthusiasm, big smiles and positive dancing feet – you are the reason we love what we do. As always, if you have any questions please get in touch!

The MSF Team xx

 

February 2018

TERM ONE 2018!

Wow! What a great start to 2018 we have had. A new dancing home, a few new classes and lots of new faces. And of course, lots of familiar faces are back for another year too. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support as our new studio is still a work in process. We hope to get the Wednesday and Friday kids in soon and promise it will be worth the wait.

We trust that everyone has settled in to their classes. It’s not too late to try a new style, we offer Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary and accept new enrolments right up until term 3.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY SUNDAY MARCH 18

Main St Funk have once again been asked to perform at the City of Whittlesea Community Festival (for the fourth year in a row!). Students will perform a short routine with their class and then participate in the disco party held straight after. It has been asked that The MSF Kids stick around to help get the party started. (We are good at that!). This festival is always heaps of fun and one of the highlights of our year. This event is completely optional but highly encouraged as it is a great way to practice in front of a relaxed and encouraging audience, a great chance to bond with your classmates and it will be heaps of fun!

WHAT: City of Whittlesea Community Festival.
TIME: Students to arrive at 1pm. March 18th (Sun)
WHERE: 25 Ferres Boulevard South Morang
WEAR: Students participating will be asked to wear their appropriate dance uniform as outlined in our guidelines. MSF t-shirts have been ordered and will be available to purchase shortly. https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-guidelines/
GETTING THERE: Festival site located just 500m from South Morang train station! Ride your bicycle and get a free tune up from Good Cycles! Car parking details will be available closer to the event.

Please fill out the form below to let us know if you can make it or not.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

We are thrilled to have locked in a date for our performance and compulsory theatre rehearsal. This year our concert will be held at the new performance arts centre at Loyola College in Watsonia. Exact call times and finishing times will vary depending on age groups and will be confirmed closer to the date.

COMPULSORY REHEARSAL @ THE THEATRE: Wednesday December 5th

END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE: Sunday December 9th

More details can be found on our website: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

IMPORTANT PARENT REMINDERS:

  • Parents are not permitted in the classroom unless invited in by the teacher
  • Please do not park in front of the other units at 13 Lydia Court. Only street parking is available at this stage.
  • Term 1 fees are now overdue.
  • Please supervise siblings at all times and supervise students before and after their scheduled class times.
  • Please walk your child to and from the studio and car as MSF teachers are not always available to supervise drop offs and pick ups.
  • Please remember to take your child to the toilet before their class starts to limit class interruptions and to ensure they benefit from a full class.

Thank you for respecting these policies. We always appreciate your co-operation and support, it doesn’t go unnoticed. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

TEACHER & TIMETABLE NEWS

angeliqueA number of our hip hop classes are now FULL! Thank you to everyone who continues to spread the word about Main St Funk. Word of mouth is a huge part of what helps Main St Funk get bigger and better every year. To compensate for the huge demand and to make room for everyone, we have added in three brand new hip hop classes on Monday nights. Students are welcome to swap over to Monday if this day and time suits them. We welcome the fabulous Angelique Kondovasis to the MSF team to teach our Monday night hip hoppers. To get to know Angelique and the rest of your teachers, jump on our website: https://mainstfunk.com/meet-the-team/

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and to like our Facebook page for daily updates and inspiration! We would love to hear your feedback, if you have a spare minute to leave us a review on our Facebook page. Thank you!

As you know our mantra is “dancing is our happy place” and we aim to provide a positive and fulfilling atmosphere where friendships, team work and fun are at the forefront. We have already seen so much improvement, enthusiasm and new friendships formed and believe this is only the beginning for what will be our best year yet.

Keep it up kids!

The MSF Team xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2018

WELCOME TO 2018!

Hi everyone, welcome to another year of dancing! We trust you all had a fabulous time over the break and are feeling refreshed and energised. We are so excited to see so many returning students and to meet all of our new families as well. It’s going to be a big year at Main St Funk.

EPPING STUDIO: 6/13 Lydia Court Epping.

Phase 1 of our new dancing home is just about ready for all of you to move in and to bring it to life! Phase 1 includes a ground floor studio with mirrors, ballet barres and sprung flooring. There is a spacious foyer and a comfortable lounge area for students and parents. Bathroom amenities are on site and tea and coffee is available for a gold coin donation.

Our plans for phase 2 include a second story mezzanine studio, also equipped with mirrors barres, and a wall on the ground floor to close off the studio. This will accomodate our busy timetable and will allow us to run two classes at once!

Please bear with us for the coming weeks while your studio is a work in progress

PLEASE NOTE: All Wednesday and Friday dance classes will continue to run at Lalor Secondary College until Phase 2 is complete. All Tuesday and Saturday classes will run at the Epping Studio as of Tuesday Jan 30th and Saturday Feb 3rd. The timetable will remain the same when all classes have moved over to Epping

LOCATION: 6/13 Lydia Court Epping

Our new address is located within Lydia Business Park – it is a brand new development and it doesn’t yet come up in Google Maps or some GPS apps. See below

Epping studio map-2

 

PARKING

There is plenty of on street parking on Lydia Court for MSF families.

You are welcome to drive down the driveway to drop your children at the MSF door, or walk them in through the gate once you’ve parked in the street. Please don’t drop children at the gate.

Currently, the onsite car spaces are allocated to MSF teachers only and other tenants in the business park. We expect to be able to use the parking in future, but for now please park in the street and help us start a good relationship with our neighbours!

STUDIO REVEAL + OPEN DAY: SUNDAY 28TH OF JAN

Come and see our brand new dance studio before term starts! Pop in anytime between 3 and 5 and help us cut the ribbon at approximately 3.10pm.

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Meet/Catch up with your dance teachers
  • Collect your concert DVD
  • Order your MSF t-shirt
  • Finalize your enrollment
  • Pay your fees
  • Test out the dance floor!

Feel free to wear your MSF t-shirt to show your team spirit.

Let us know if you can make it: https://www.facebook.com/events/1644130095610287/?active_tab=about

TERM FEES

All new and returning students have the opportunity to trial all classes available for their age group in the first week of term one. Term fees are then due in the third week of term and are payable by cash, cheque or transfer. Term fees include all costumes and concert costs.

PARENTS

Parents of students who are new or trialing a class are welcome to sit in and watch their child’s first lesson with us. Following this, no parents are permitted in the dance room unless invited in by the teacher. Please note that photography and videography during class time are not permitted due to child safety laws. You are welcome to take photos of your child (only) before and after class.

Parents in the Epping studio please be mindful of chatter and restless siblings in the lounge area as we don’t yet have a wall to close off the studio.

OTHER USEFUL LINKS:

Uniform Guidelines: https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-guidelines/

Child Safety Policy + Code of Conduct: https://mainstfunk.com/code-of-conduct-child-safe-policy/

Private Facebook Group for MSF Parents Only: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mainstfunk/groups/?ref=page_internal

Online Parent Portal: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/mainstfunk

Don’t forget to follow @mainstfunk on social media.

As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are so looking forward to seeing you all for what is already proving to be Main St Funk’s biggest year yet!

The MSF Team xx