Gustafson Dance, 2285 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, California 93105
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January Newsletter

Happy New Year from Gustafson Dance

Let’s Ring in the New Year, 2018!

A Holiday Season and Show to Remember

We want to take a moment to reflect and appreciate each of you for your dedication and commitment during the Thomas Fire last month.  As you know, we were only able to have a single show of The Nutcracker on Sunday and were sad that many of our dancers didn’t get a chance to perform either because they had evacuated or were only cast in the Saturday shows. Still, we are so glad for the one show of Nutcracker and are so proud of the group efforts of teachers, parents, costumer staff and dancers to get as many dancers on stage as we could for that one show. We do have each Nutcracker dancer’s post-show gift at the studio and will be passing them out in classes the first week of January.

Speaking of the show, we got an excellent write up in Noozhawk where the show was called a “triumphant performance”.  In reading it, you might see how State Street Ballet lost significant revenue in having to cancel two shows that weekend.  If you are so inclined, contributions can be made online at their website and would be much appreciated.

There have also been some questions about Flower Orders and the Bun Bar for the Saturday shows.  If you were set to get flowers or had paid for a Bun Bar for Saturday shows, feel free to email Nicole and she will put a credit for the Madeline show in the Spring or you could consider it a holiday donation you would want to make anyway to State Street Ballet Young Dancers — either way works for us but to obtain credit, please remember to let Nicole know.

Rudolph Dress Rehearsal photos by Heidi Bergseteren are on the SmugMug website for you to peruse and purchase….the link is towards the bottom of our homepage.


Classes Resume January 2; Madeline Costume Orders by January 6

Most of January is in the 1st semester and the 2nd-semester tuition is due by Jan. 16 which is two weeks prior to the start of the 2nd Semester. If you plan to make a change in your dancer’s dance schedule for 2nd Semester, the earlier we know, the better. Please notify us of any class additions, changes, or discontinuation in writing. Questions?  Please see our policies page on our site.
We will be asking for Madeline costume orders be completed by January 6. Our next school performance will take place at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday June 2 at 2pm and 6pm and Sun, June 3 at 2pm. Dancers will be in 1-3 performances. The chart of parts and performance dates per class will be posted by Jan. 2nd. Costume fees are included in the tuition. Costumes that are ordered for our spring show are for the student to keep. All classes up through Level 3B ballet will be ordered a costume (combo classes will receive two costumes), and up through Jazz 2B. Jazz 3-6 and Ballet 4-6 will wear studio costumes as well as the Level 3-Saturday ballet class. Studio costumes will be fit in classes and provided for the dancer to wear only for photos, dress rehearsals and shows.