2020 Recital & Fall Dance Info

Dear Dance Family, 

First and foremost we hope your family is healthy and safe. Please know our hearts are with you and we are aware of the physical and financial impact of the Covid–19 virus on you, our students and your families. 

The safety of our dance families is important to us. 

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing there will be a different format for recital this year. We have explored many avenues, but with the procedures and precautions that are necessary as we prepare to re-open we have concluded that our traditional recital will not be possible for the 2019-2020 dance season. This has been a difficult decision to make. 

 However, we are planning on all dancers participating in a photo slide show in costumes for our Recital this year. See below for more information. 

Our theme is “Together In Heart”. We know everyone is anxious to get things back to a new normal and enjoy summer as we prepare for fall. Thank you teachers for helping us work through this together.  The following may answer some of your questions: 

Recital/Slide Show: With your help, a Recital/Slide Show will be available on our Website battlecreekdance.com in mid to late August. Information about this activity will be mailed to you in a few weeks. We can’t wait to see you in your spectacular costume! 

Tuition: A statement of your account will be mailed to you in a few weeks. You should have paid through March. The statement should include fundraiser credits, costume balances and other credits. All credits not used will be carried forward to our next session. Directions for making payments will be included with your statement. 

T-Shirt: A special T-shirt is being designed to commemorate this unusual year. It will be a black shirt with white and red lettering: “Further apart but together in heart Shari Rarick School of Dance 2020.” Information about ordering T-shirts will be included with your statement. 

Costumes: A special costume pick up date is being organized. Detailed information for the costume pick up will be included with your statement 

Professional Photos: If there is an interest, we will have a photographer available at the studio for our traditional recital photos. Please “contact us” on the web site in you are interested is having photos taken. 

Summer activities: Summer classes are still in question depending on State guidelines. If you are interested in a three-day workshop in August, or princess camp or Sparkle intensive, please complete the Registration form available at battlecreekdance.com.  

Fall classes: We are planning to begin Fall classes on Tuesday, September 8.
Please complete the Registration Form as soon as possible so your fall class schedule can be completed. 

“Band” App: During the state mandated closure, we posted class information and technique for students using this format because it allowed us to use music and keep your classes private. Invitations were sent out via email – one for each class the student was enrolled in. In addition to the class bands, there is also a general Band for announcements for our whole student body. Postings remain viewable for 30 days. If you are not connected through Band please send us your email on the “contact us” button on the web site.


We are looking at continuing use of this app for future dance seasons as it may come in handy on snow days or for students who have to miss class days and need to catch up on choreography. Stay tuned for more information to come. 

Questions: Click the “contact us” button and use comments box with your message. You can also leave a message on the Studio phone [269-963-0669]. 

We Can Do This Together !! 

Happy Dancing, Miss Shari and Staff 

Round 2! Special Videos & Activities to Keep You Moving!

Please use these new videos below to keep your skills and flexibility. We are preparing your dances online, until then enjoy these moves.

Tots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki6G0J14NlU  have fun - end use pom pons or substitute with ribbon or scarf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoWOPGpWhss  a fun teddy bear picnic dance - have your bear ready
Combo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku0nviDFQpc  sit on floor ballet/tap - hold chair for a tap barre [balance] 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8eQNyCUvnQ   follow and enjoy--ballet
Tap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKGGSCCeB8E   basic step breakdown
Int/Adv Ballet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hVroqIBlCo  Ballanchine class
Pointe/Ballet 2, 3, 4, 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7clV5WAXzc  foot exercises to improve feet [some exercises will use Thero band/pillow or soft ball]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M294tyQs7x8  strengthen feet  [Thero band] 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ywHxIsEylI  pirouette tips                                                                                                                      
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RdeR8IMIkE  improve leap split                
Acro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OY8ijDhsV4  stretching for splits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku0nviDFQpc   warm up/flexibility/stretching


Special Videos & Activities to Keep You Moving!

We're posting videos and activities to keep you moving at home.

We have had classes with many of these instructors at dance conventions. 

For All Dancers there is a "DANCERS FEET" link for technique.

Ballet –   Barre for 7 and up dancers =  Remember for barre to use a chair back,   table or Kitchen counter. Barre height should be just below your shoulders with your arms in 2nd.  You may even challenge your self with holding your position and balance by letting go of the barre for as long as you can. Work on your French words.    

Intermediate-advance ballet there are also some center floor   combinations. Parts may be used in new choreography.

Tap – here is a link for a tap barre to work on technique. Remember which part of the foot makes your tap sounds. Practice your steps for recital... 

Jazz & Hip Hop - warm ups, stretch & conditioning links. Remember your recital dance choreography, watch old movie musicals. Be sure to check age appropriateness. 

Acro –  Remember your space/ safety firsts: Warm ups, practice your tricks that you can do alone [that means no spotter to help] stretch, stretch, stretch.   

Stretching Technique Videos

Tots and Combo- many parents have recorded dances during class on Visiting Day. Please practice along with the recording and we encourage you to share them with other dancers in your class. 


Taught by Master Gold dance instructor Carolyn Wingard.

Ballroom Dance classes are fun and great exercise. All Ballroom dance lessons are developed by Carolyn Wingard, a certified professional gold dance instructor for over 20 years.Contact Carolyn directly for class times and more information at 269-964-0844. Also see Carolyn’s class schedule and bio at: dancecarolyn.blogspot.com

The types of Ballroom dance lessons offered: 
1) PRIVATE LESSONS which are one hour focus individual attention on your personal needs such as leading & following, in a private setting to makes you feel completely at ease.

2) GROUP CLASSES are also one hour and everyone in the class is working on the same material. There  are three different levels, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

3) PRACTICE DANCE PARTIES are a monthly 2 1/2 hour social dance where you can practice what you have learned in your classes. They are a lot of fun and we help you during the evening to feel comfortable dancing in a social setting.

4) SPECIAL CHOREOGRAPHY for a Wedding Dance or a Special Event is also available.

Shari Rarick School of Dance
1400 W Columbia Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49015

Dance is an athletic activity and participants do so at his/her own risk. He/she shall assume all risk involved, including but not limited to all loss or stolen property, cost, claim, injury, damage, or liability sustained while participating and hold harmless Shari Rarick School of Dance

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