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6, 7, and 8 Year Old Girls

To:
Parents of Six, Seven and Eight year old Girls
From:
Robert L. Jordan (“Mr. Robert” to the students)
  Vogler's Studio of Dance, Baton, and Gymnastics
  3800 Reynolda Road, Suite #30
Winston Salem, N.C. 27106-1710

We are located on the South end of Old Town Shopping Center beside Dollar General. The Shopping Center with Food Lion on Reynolda Road.

PHONE (336)922-3547, e-mail at MrRobert@voglerdancer.com

On the web at www.voglerdancer.com (be sure to look at recital pictures and parade pictures)

Unfortunately it is too late in the year to add new students to my classes. All the classes meeting now were organized in August and are preparing for their Recital June 7 at the Stevens Center. My goal is to have a schedule for next year's classes by April 1. I will then begin taking registrations for classes beginning in August 2015. You may come by to watch a class during the Spring if you wish. As of March the median age of the Wednesday 4:00 PM class was 5years10months, Saturday 10:30 AM class was 7 years, 3months, Tuesday 5:30 PM was 8 years, 8 months. Come by in May for a voucher to come see our performance June 7 at the Stevens Center. When your daughter sees girls her own age and size on stage in costumes it will motivate her when she does show up for class. If you come by during class I will not be able to answer questions. If you wish a tour of the Studio you must drop by at the end of the teaching day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Thursday at 8:00 PM. Saturday at 1:30 PM.

I also have DVD's you may take home to watch. Just ask to borrow one. On this website homepage just click 'Recital Pictures' to see photos of girls this age in last year's show. Click 'videos' to see actual girls dancing in our 2014 performance. On the title page I list the age of the girls performing.

My goal is to have a schedule for August 2015 by April.

This 90 minute class consists of one hour dance and 30 minutes floor exercise gymnastics (tumbling).

At least half of each dance class is ballet technique. Ballet is the foundation upon which all the rest of theatrical dance is built. It is literally the language of dance. The rest of the class is tap dancing and baton twirling. I also introduce some elements of jazz dance and musical theater. Students establish a foundation of dance fundamentals, not only physically but also artistically.

I begin the year on a very basic level, but because of the age of these students we progress very quickly. My goal next year is to blend these students with others their age who started dancing at a younger age.

The tumbling portion of the class is a skill progression during the year that includes balance, strength, and flexibility. Skills include handstands, cartwheels, arch skills, rolls, and jumps. I utilize games, contests, and partner exercises to keep them working.

PRICE

Monthly tuition is $53 per month based on $13.25 per class. There is no registration fee.

I guarantee your child will enjoy my classes or I will refund your registration fee and first month's tuition.

Payments may be made at paypal.com to the account of voglerdancer@gmail.com.

CLASS SIZE

My average class for this age group is ten students. Sixteen students is the most I will enroll.

Typical Class Lesson Plan

  • First 15 minute - Students arrive in ballet shoes and we immediately begin with exercises either at barre or in center that get the students moving and learning. This is the time to re-establish and review basics that all our dance is built on: turn out, flexibility, etc. The music and format will vary from week to week according to what music appears to wake them up and get them “into” class.


  • Next 15 minutes - New material of the Day. A new skill, a new song, a new dance, a new step, or new exercise; then CHANGE SHOES.


  • Next 10 minutes - To keep class moving I will immediately play music they know or request. Tap dance is a definite change of pace from ballet and thus rejuvenates the class.


  • Next 10 minutes - New material or especially planned review of last week’s new material for those who were absent. I did tap first last week. GET BATONS.


  • Next 10 minutes - Review of baton twirls where students practice on speed and flexibility. I will utilize partner games and toss sequences to liven up this section of class. CHANGE SHOES, PUT UP BATONS, DRINK WATER AT WATER FOUNTAIN.


  • Next 25-30 minutes - Gymnastics skills on mats. We generally warm up with skills they choose from past lessons and I then lead into the New Material for the Day. With 1,484 square feet of mats I am able to divide students by ability during class itself. An example would be three students working hurdle cartwheels, three students working skip cartwheels, three students working lunge cartwheels, and three students just trying to get over with boosters. DISMISS CLASS.

SPECTATORS

You may watch any of your daughter's classes as long as your behavior does not disrupt her class. I believe some students actually do better at the beginning of the year if they are not being watched. If you wait four to six weeks before observing class she will have something to show you when you sit in on class.

DRESS FOR CLASS

Beginning dance students wear a black leotard, white tights, white ballet shoes, black tap shoes, and they twirl a Starline brand baton. I do not require you buy dance wear from me but I can completely outfit a beginner for $90.00 including tax.

RECITAL

The beginner classes will each perform two dances in our Thirty-Seventh annual Spring Recital June 7, 2015 at the Stevens Center. I believe having a performance at the end of the year helps give meaning and value to the students’ experience. Performing motivates students to learn before the show and accelerates their desire to learn after the show. We usually order costumes in January. Beginners need only one costume. Last year they cost $46.50 plus tax.

PARADES

The Vogler Studio Parade Corps has been twirling in Christmas parades since 1978. In 2014 we twirled batons and danced to music in parades in Winston-Salem, Rural Hall, and Lewisville. If you work on your twirls in September, October and November you could twirl in parades in December this year. On the home page click 'parades' to see a video from 2014. Click 'parade pictures' to see photos taken during the 2014 season.

WHO TEACHES THE CLASSES?

Hello, my name is Robert Jordan and I teach all the classes at Vogler’s Studio in Oldtown. My wife of 41 years, Kathy Vogler Jordan, is my only substitute teacher. We have three children: Richard, 33 years old, Cherie, 29 years old, and Lana Loraine, 20 years old.

My wife and I founded Vogler ‘s Studio in 1978 in Welcome, N.C. Since then I have devoted myself full time to teaching young children to dance. I believe my best reference now is my students. I invite you to talk to parents of my current students, come by to watch a class, or borrow a videotape of one of our performances.

I am certified to teach the Performing Arts by Dance Educators of America (ballet, tap and jazz), to teach ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics by Dance Masters of America, and I am also a certified United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs Coach. I have a BA degree from the school of Education at N.C. State University. I am constantly training with other dance teachers to refine my teaching and keep up with new teaching methods. I opened Vogler’s Studio in Oldtown in 1983.

I teach all my classes myself. I do not hire anyone to teach any class for me. If you come to Vogler’s Studio either I will teach your class or my wife Kathy Vogler Jordan will. I believe this is important. I have found that once I have established a rapport with a student after teaching them one subject or one year it is very easy to teach them another subject or the next year. I enjoy seeing my students progress over the years.

Why begin dancing at Six, Seven, or Eight years old?

Over the years I have seen many students take class for years because their parents sent them to class. They came because they were brought. They didn't really think much about it. It was just a time to play with friends. Then about the year they turned seven they would start to dance because they wanted to. They would suddenly begin mastering new skills at an accellerated rate. I couldn't teach them fast enough. A seven year old is rarely physically limited by what she can learn. Her only limitation is her motivation. It is true that most of these students would not have been able to "take off " if they had not already been in class. But it is also true that if your daughter comes to class and wants to learn and is motivated to practice there is no limit to what she can accomplish in dance, baton, or gymnastics. She is old enough to do something because she wants to.

Warning: At first she may be very frustrated at how difficult some very basic skills are. But hang in there through the basics. Everything builds on the foundation. Without basics we can do nothing. That would be like learning to read without first learning your abc's. In the same vein, your daughter may say "I don't like ballet. I only like tap or gymnastics or baton. That's all I want to do." Ballet is like reading/English when compared to the study of Math and science and history. It is the basics. How could you study math without also being able to read English?


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