Timetable Changes, Open House, Don’t Forget to Register!

Our new school year is coming up fast. Classes start on August 17th. So don’t forget to register your students for the new year and enroll in classes!

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Open House

We are planning an Open House for Saturday August 15th, with refreshments and free trial classes. We will announce the times for this shortly.

Timetable Changes

We have had to make a few changes to our timetable.

Gina Lewis has agreed to continue teaching hip-hop, for one class on Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, for age 7 to 12. This replaces the two Friday hip-hop classes. To make space, we are moving the Wednesday Pre-Primary 1 Ballet class to Fridays 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm.

We are adding a Ballet 2 class on Mondays 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

The Ballet 3 class on Fridays 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm will now be a Pointe and Demi-Pointe class, which will also replace the Thursday Pointe class.

We are also adding a beginners’ class in Modern Dance on Saturdays 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, for age 8 to 14. We will make a separate announcement about this. (Sorry, we have canceled this.)

4th July Sale: Extra 10% Off Tuition

Extra 10% off all 2015-16 tuition fees prepaid July 4-18.

Today is not an Italian holiday. But we, Lorenza and Peter, are enjoying our fourth July in America, and we are preparing for our fourth year of operation of Italia Performing Arts. So we are celebrating by making the following special offers:

Prepay any amount of 2015-16 tuition between July 4th and 18th and save 10%, in addition to other offers. For example:

  • Pay for a whole year’s tuition (10 months) and save 20% (normally 10%)
  • Pay for a half year (5 months) and save 15% (normally 5%)
  • Pay for half of August or for a full month and save 10%
  • For each $90 paid, $100 will be credited towards your tuition

Please contact us for a quote for your own tuition.

Offer does not include registration fees or summer camps and workshops. 2015-16 registration fee must be paid with or before tuition payments.

Meanwhile, mainly for those of you who are Americans, we offer this video “I am an American”, very well made by our friends in Louisiana. (Sadly the video doesn’t play properly, with the voice over, on mobile phones – you need a computer or possibly a tablet.)

24 Hour Flash Sale! May 29th – 30th

Our 24 Hour Flash Sale starts Today, Friday May 29th, at 2:00 pm, and continues until Tomorrow, Saturday May 30th, at 2:00 pm.

The Special Deals below are available at the studio, Friday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (as part of the Creekside Sidewalk Sale). They are also available online for the full 24 hour period – click on the links or the images.

Cinderella adSave $2 on Cinderella Summer Show Tickets and $5 on DVDs!

Adults $12 $10

Under 16 $10 $8

NEW! Pre-order a DVD of the show, $20 (will be $25 after the sale)

Buy online through our Cinderella page. The price reduction will be applied automatically. Or buy at our studio.

Register Now for 2015-16 Classes and Save $5!

Registration is now open for our 2015-16 classes starting August 17th: ballet, Irish dancehip-hop, tap, lyrical dance, ballet/Pilates combo.

Register now for $30 $25, 2nd and subsequent students in a family $15 $12.50. This offer is open until May 31st, at our studio or by clicking the button:

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Save $20 on Summer Camps, $10 on Workshops!

Register for our Summer Camps and Workshops during our 24 Hour Flash Sale, and pay in full by May 31st, to save $20 on the normal price for each camp, $10 for each workshop.

Summer Camps 2015

Summer Show 2015 Cinderella: Update for Parents

This is the text of a printed letter distributed to parents of children taking part in our Summer Show, and intended primarily for these parents. We will officially announce the show in April.

Summer Show 2015 Cinderella: Information Update for Parents

We can now confirm (subject to contract) that our Summer Show Cinderella will be held at the Patsy Cline Theater at John Handley High School, Winchester, on the afternoon of Saturday June 13th. The exact time is to be announced. There will be rehearsals at the venue on that morning.

Costumes have been ordered for the students taking part. Most of these will arrive in May.

We expect to offer tickets for sale starting in April. There will be plenty available for family and friends. The first group of tickets will be at a reduced price, so buy early!

Request for Sponsorship and Program Advertising

For this year’s show there will be additional advance costs for scenery and props. We hope to fund this by attracting sponsorship from local businesses and others, mainly through selling advertising space in our program for the show.

This is where we would like the help of the parents of our students, and of other interested friends. We would like you to approach local businesses – ones where you buy or sell, and ones where you and your friends work – and give them copies of our Request for Sponsorship letter. You may also like to give letters to community organizations, churches etc which might consider advertising.

We hope that each student family will be able to give a letter to at least 2-3 businesses and others. If this happens, and only one business in five responds, we should reach our budget.

We are attaching some copies of the Request for Sponsorship letter to this letter. More copies are available at our studio, and it will also be available online.

Here is a link to the PDF version of our Summer Show 2015 Request for Sponsorship Letter. You are welcome to send this to businesses and other potential sponsors, either electronically or in printed form. If you print it, please do so on a good quality color printer if possible, or collect a printed copy from our studio.

Volunteers and Concessions

We will be looking for some parents to volunteer to help us with the show, on the day and in advance. Please speak to us if you can offer to help. We will also be having concessions during the intermission, so please let us know if you have suitable products you would like to sell.

Rehearsal Dates

A reminder of upcoming show rehearsal dates for many of our students:

  • Ballet (most students): Saturdays March 14th, April 18th, May 23rd, June 6th.
  • Irish dance: Mondays April 12th, May 4th, June 1st.

We look forward to working with you and your children in putting on this show.

Lorenza Manara Marchi, CEO and School Principal, and Peter Kirk, Business Manager
3/6/2015

New Year, New Dance

We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year 2015!

New Year FB ad image 2015Looking for a new indoor activity for the winter, for your children or yourself?

Looking for a wholesome way to spend that Christmas gift money?

Looking to burn off that holiday bulge?

Look no further! Try dance! At Italia Performing Arts we have the classes you need. We can teach you or your child classical ballet, tap, hip-hop, ballet/Pilates combo and Irish dance, in classes for children aged 3 and up and for adults. We are open for new registrations in all these styles of dance, for 2015 classes starting on Monday January 5th.

Note: while we accept registrations all year round, students wanting to perform in our Summer Show in June must register by the end of January, and attend classes regularly from then until the show.

Contact us to arrange a free trial class (for students under 18) in your chosen dance style.

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NEW! Try our Holiday Jazz Series for adults.

Give the Gift of Dance: Holiday Gift Offer

Italia Performing Arts - give the gift of danceClasses from January to mid-June 2015, for the price of five months (normally 5½ months as we charge for only a half month in June). This is valid for all ballet, tap, hip-hop, Irish dance and ballet/Pilates classes, for age 3 to adults. Available for new students (who must also pay the registration fee) and current students.

This offer excludes new students under age 5.

For this offer full payment is required no later than January 10th, 2015, or on the day of the first class taken (except for a free trial class) if after this date.

To take up this offer, as a new student, first register with us and enroll in the classes of your choice (click the button below). We will then contact you to let you know how much payment to send.

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White Friday? Dance With Our Snowflakes!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our studio is now closed for the holidays. It will open again Monday December 1st.

White Friday? Dance With Our Snowflakes!

Snowed in this Thanksgiving Friday? Don’t want to risk slick roads and mall crowds? From the warmth of your home, sign up your child to dance with our snowflakes!

Pre-Primary 1We currently offer ballet for age 3+, tap for age 3-6, Irish dance for age 5+, and hip-hop for age 7+, also two unique classes for adults: ballet/Pilates combo and Holiday Jazz Series. See our timetable for more information.

Special Thanksgiving Deal – Free Online Registration

From November 26th to 30th only, register a new student for our classes free of charge! Save $30, our regular registration fee, when you pay for classes in advance or take up our Give the Gift of Dance offer. This deal is for online registration in all of our classes for children and adults (including the Holiday Jazz Series for which registration is always free). Registration must be completed online by November 30th, and a minimum of $65 must be paid for tuition, online or at our studio, by December 2nd.

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Holiday Jazz Series for Adults

We regret that this class has now been terminated (4/29/15).

This class is continuing on Mondays 7.30 – 8.30 pm, starting February 9th 2015.

Burn off those Thanksgiving calories and get into the holiday spirit with jazz, modern and contemporary choreography! Try this new class for adults, on Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 8.30 pm starting December 2nd. After a break on December 23rd and 30th, the class will start again on January 6th, to help you get back in shape after the holidays and ready for spring.

Attire: Comfortable dance clothes and socks or jazz shoes.

Price: $15 per class or 5 pre-paid for $60. This is a drop-in class with no registration fee, but we do ask dancers to fill out a short registration form.

Venue: Italia Performing Arts studio, 3031 Valley Avenue suite 108, Winchester, VA 22601. Tel. 540-504-7263. Teacher: Gina Lewis.

Holiday Jazz Series

Give the Gift of Dance for 2015

Looking for a gift for a child with dancing feet?

Looking for dance classes for yourself?

Look no further!

At Italia Performing Arts we have the classes and the gift packages you need. We can teach you or your child classical ballet, tap, hip-hop, ballet/Pilates combo and Irish dance, in classes for children aged 3 and up and for adults. We are open for new registrations, starting immediately or in January, in all these styles of dance.

We are again, for the third year, offering new and current students special deals for the holiday season.

Give the Gift of Dance: Holiday Gift Offer

Italia Performing Arts - give the gift of danceClasses from January to mid-June 2015, for the price of five months (normally 5½ months as we charge for only a half month in June). This is valid for all ballet, tap, hip-hop, Irish dance and ballet/Pilates classes, for age 3 to adults. Available for new students (who must also pay the registration fee) and current students.

For this offer full payment is required no later than January 8th 10th, 2015, or on the day of the first class taken (except for a free trial class) if after this date. Gift cards are available on request.

Students and parents who have already paid for tuition from mid-August to mid-January and want to take up this offer may claim a pro rata credit for the January tuition.

Early Bird Bonus (offer now ended, sorry)

For current students, and for those wanting to start classes before January:

Save 10% on your December tuition if you pay for it and a holiday gift offer (for the same classes) by December 8th.

Buy Now!

To take up this offer, as a new student, first register with us and enroll in the classes of your choice (click the button below). We will then contact you to let you know how much payment to send.

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Recommend a Friend, Receive a $10 Incentive

Current student families: Recommend our classes to a friend or neighbor and receive a $10 credit towards your tuition, when they register as a new family.

New families: Tell us who recommended our classes to you, and we will give them their $10 credit. Then start recommending us to others to collect your own credits!

Logo Wear, Group Photos: Order Now

Order Now, Deadline Saturday October 18th 2014

See Ordering Instructions at the bottom of this page.

Italia Performing Arts Logo Wear:
Hooded Sweatshirts, Sweatpants and T-shirts

Sweatshirts and T-shirts have our logo on front and back. Sweatpants have small logo on front only.

Hooded Pullover Sweatshirt $24.99
Gildan 18500/18500B Heavy Blend 7.75 ounce 50/50 poly/cotton.
Colors: Maroon, Light Pink, Sport Grey, White. Sizes: Youth S-XL, Adult S-3XL.

Hooded Full Zip Sweatshirt $34.99
Gildan 18600/18600B Heavy Blend 7.75 ounce 50/50 poly/cotton.
Colors: Maroon, Light Pink, Sport Grey, White. Sizes: Youth S-XL, Adult S-3XL.

Sweatpants $19.99
Gildan 18400/18400B Heavy Blend 7.75 ounce 50/50 poly/cotton.
Colors: Sport Grey, Black. Sizes: Youth S-XL, Adult S-5XL.

T-shirts $9.99 (White), $11.99 (Pink/Grey)
Gildan 5000/5000B 5.3 ounce 100% cotton.
Colors: White, Light Pink, Sport Grey. Sizes: Youth XS-XL, Adult S-3XL.

DVD of our Summer Show 2014

We have a few copies still available for $25.00 reduced to $20.00 (until October 18th).

Group Photos of our Students, from June and September 2014, $12.00

You may order 8″ x 10″ prints of these photos through the Group Photos section of our Online Store, or by clicking on each photo. (We regret that no photo is available of our hip-hop and jazz group.)

Pre-Primary 1

Pre-Primary 1 Ballet

Pre-Primary 2 Ballet

Pre-Primary 2 Ballet

Primary Ballet

Primary Ballet

Tap and Jazz

Tap and Jazz

Irish Dance

Irish Dance

Standard 1 Ballet

Standard 1 Ballet

Grade 2 Ballet

Grade 2 Ballet

Grade 5 Ballet

Grade 5 Ballet

Grade 5 Ballet En Pointe

Grade 5 Ballet En Pointe

Photos by Amazing Grace Creations, June and September 2014.

Ordering Instructions

To order, click on the links or photos above which will take you to our Online Store. You can pay there with a credit card through PayPal, but we recommend our student families to select Pay at Studio, and you can then pay for your merchandise by check, cash or card.

Alternatively, use the order form available at our studio.

All prices subject to 5.3% Virginia sales tax.

Register Now for 2014-15 Dance Classes!

Registration is now open for our 2014-15 dance classes starting on August 18th. We offer classes for all, age 3 to adults: ballet (Cecchetti method), ballet/Pilates combo, hip-hop, tap, Irish dance. For full details of our classes, see our Student Information Pack. See also our Timetable for 2014-15.

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To reserve spaces in the classes of your choice, click “Register Now!” to enroll, and pay the registration fee of $30 for the first student in a family, $15 for subsequent students.

Ask us about Free Trial Classes for Children and Teens (under 18)!

Our dance classes are more affordable than you may think! Prices start at $45/month for one class a week, $72/month for two classes, for children age 3-6.

Special offer: September 2014 classes free, if the rest of the year’s classes (9 months) are paid in advance. (This offer excludes new students under 5.) We also offer a 5% discount if you pay for a half year in advance.