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VERVE DANCE COMPANY
VERVE WELCOME LETTERWelcome to The Verve! We are so pleased that you have decided to include us in your creative journey. Below we wanted to spend some time introducing ourselves to you, going over the schedule of the classes (overall), as well as breaking down our pricing, and highlighting some of our policies and procedures. The Verve was birthed from a need that we saw in this great community, as well as from a passion (and profession) that Aaron Coulson has cultivated over the last 30 years. Aaron not only teaches all of the classes within the company, but he brings unique professional experience to every aspect of the Verve. We are getting our start in a newly renovated space, where each element has been selected with intention and purpose. We wanted to create a space where all would feel welcome, regardless of history, background, or experience. Our mantra is “Inspiration, Integrity, Innovation”. We strive to make each of these a part of all that we do, whether at our home base, or in the community. The mission of The Verve is to help you become what you were made to be. It is incredibly humbling to know that you have seen something special in us, and have chosen us. Thank you! Here at The Verve, we work on a 2 semester Company Year. The 2nd semester is a continuation of the 1st. At the end of both semesters we will celebrate our achievements with a recital. The Fall/Winter semester runs 15 classes from Sept 9th to Christmas Break on Dec 23rd. The Winter/Spring semester runs 15 classes from January 6th to May 4Th, “Recital week”. We know that living in Upstate NY there inclement weather, and historically other dance companies follow the public school closing/cancellation/delay list. Although our goal is to keep everyone safe, we would like to keep the studio open as much as possible. In our experience, we have seen a public school cancellation for a “nor'easter” and nothing comes. So to avoid this, we will be announcing our closings no later than 3PM on the days that classes are held. As always, we expect that you will use your own good judgement, and make the decision that is best for you and your family. Ultimately, we know the end of the year gets crazy, and we want to alleviate any added classes that would conflict with Spring Summer plans that we all know come! Along with the Christmas break, we have built in some designated time for rest and rejuvenation. We do know lives exist outside of The VERVE, and these built in breaks will allow for some much needed time, which does not take away from either of the 15 sessions that are allocated to each semester. Winter break will run February 17-February 21st, and Spring break will run April 13-April 17th. At The VERVE, the cost for each company class is $177 per semester. We do offer ballroom classes and sign language classes, which run based on a 6-week series, and those classes are each $60 per six week session. Our performance class “AC Entertainers”, is $200 per semester, as this Company will be traveling and performing throughout the year. Prior to being enrolled in this class, all members must audition. We encourage our members to enroll in as many classes as they are interested, and so offer a “mulit-class discount” of 10% off the total. Payment of semester tuition is due in full within 7 days of enrollment/start of the semester (regarding 2nd semester returning members). We chose a 2 semester payment plan to help offset the burden of paying for a whole year when everything else in life seems to be starting too, as well as eliminate the hassle of taking payments at each class. We do not charge a registration fee, as many companies do, however we do require that a uniform be purchased and worn/maintained during classes. This also ensures that you are meeting the dress code standards here at The VERVE. Below is the cost per class breakdown, as well as an example of your savings with the multi-class discount. Enroll in a single dance company class: $177 dollars. Each class cost, $11.80. Number of Classes 2 Dance Company Classes Total Regular Cost (per Semester) $354.00 Total Discounted Cost (per semester) $318.60Cost Total Savings (per semester) $35.40 Cost per Class $10.62 **Enroll and pay first semester in Full during early enrollment August 30th & 31st OR September 9th & 10th Open House periods and receive “The Verve of ACEntertainment” water bottle. *Upon enrollment, Verve Dance Company members will be expected to purchase, wear, and maintain company selected warm-ups or uniforms. (excludes Ballroom members) *All memberships include open dance times and ZigZag Parties See you September 9th or 10th for your first class! Sincerely, The VERVE Family
VERVE PRICINGFall SemesterRuns 5 weeks from October 5th through the week of November 2nd. Winter Semester runs 5 weeks from November 9th through the week of December 14th (this includes a week off for Thanksgiving) **Please note that the Fall and Winter classes are consecutive and continuous. We are breaking up the classes into 5 week increments (semesters) so as to offer a 2-step payment process. **Please Enroll and Pay in full via cash, check, or Venmo (@ACEntertainment-1); prior to October 5th, and then again prior to November 9th. *Upon enrollment, Verve Dance Company members will be expected to purchase, wear, and maintain company selected warm-ups or uniforms. (excludes Ballroom members) The Verve Ballroom Pricing The Verve Ballroom Pricing $55.00 Per person per five week Ballroom sessions $45.00 For one 30 minute Personal Ballroom Lesson $200.00 For a bundle of five Personal Ballroom Lessons $250.00 Special event Dance (wedding, bar mitzvah, etc) includes: Four 30 minute Personal Lessons, Music Editing & Choreography. Conversational American Sign Language @The Verve Conversational American Sign Language @The Verve $75.00 Per Person for Traveling Ballroom. (Includes, entrance to Venue, lesson, access to Host site perks only available to our attendees and ACEntertainment Swag.) The Verve Dance Company Pricing $59 dollars per class/per 5-week semester $69 per 5-week semester for “AC Entertainers” (all new members must audition prior to enrollment) Matsukaze Jujitsu Pricing $45.00 Per person per Month (Ask about the multi family member discount) Personal voice lessons… $30 for 30 minute lesson Personal Dance Lessons... $45.00 For one 30 minute personal dance lesson $200.00 For a bundle of five personal dance lessons *All memberships include open dance times and ZigZag Parties
VERVE UNIFORM POLICYALL CLASSES Hair - pulled back out of face ACE hats and other ACE swag acceptable in most classes No watches or hanging earrings in dance classes NO CELL PHONES on dance floor Water bottles must be left in designated area on dance floor at all times Restrooms are stocked for your convience in the event you need a hair tie or other personal care items. 1. Budding ACEs Shoes - Tap, Ballet, and Jazz shoes Tops - ACE shirt or other SOLID black top Bottoms - "girls" - Black athletic sweats or legging type pants. "boys" Black Sweats. ALL ACE GEAR ACCEPTABLE IN CLASSES. I.e. Hats, Jackets, shirts...etc... 2. Tap Shoes - Solid taps (no jingle taps) Tops - ACE shirt or other SOLID black top Bottoms - "girls" - Black athletic sweats or legging type pants. "boys" Black Sweats. ALL ACE GEAR ACCEPTABLE IN CLASSES. I.e. Hats, Jackets, shirts...etc... 3. Hip Hop Shoes - Split-sole design (BLOCH/CAPEZIO etc...) or non-skuff black hip hop shoes/boots Tops - ACE shirt or other SOLID black top Bottoms - "girls" - Black athletic sweats or legging type pants. "boys" Black Sweats. (((Black Knee pads))) ALL ACE GEAR ACCEPTABLE IN CLASSES. I.e. Hats, Jackets, shirts...etc... 4. Ballet Shoes - black Ballet shoes Tops - form fitted top (black) Bottoms - "girls" - Black tights or fitted leggings. "boys" Black Sweats or leggings. 5. Modern Shoes - Barefoot, socks, or half-toe socks Tops - ACE shirt or other SOLID black top Bottoms - "girls" - Black athletic sweats or legging type pants. "boys" Black Sweats. 6. Jazz Split-sole design (BLOCH/CAPEZIO etc...) or black jazz slipper Tops - ACE shirt or other SOLID black top Bottoms - "girls" - Black athletic sweats or legging type pants. "boys" Black Sweats. ALL ACE GEAR ACCEPTABLE IN CLASSES. I.e. Hats, Jackets, shirts...etc... 7. ACEntertainers "Performance Group" Shoes - *BLACK* Tap, Jazz and Character shoes. (no jingle taps) Tops - ACE shirt or other SOLID black top Bottoms - "girls" - Black athletic sweats or legging type pants. "boys" Black Sweats. ALL ACE GEAR ACCEPTABLE IN CLASSES. I.e. Hats, Jackets, shirts...etc... We will add a performance look of Black Pants, Suspenders &Fadora. . Ballroom @ The VERVE Men and women. Respectable attire. Non skuff shoes. 9. Sign Language Classes All students... Respectable attire. Items needed: paper and pen for notes. Notebook 10. Best Night Ever Men and women... Respectable attire 11. All students... Respectable attire. Bring towel and water 12. Personal lessons All students... Respectable attire 13. Matsukaze Jujitsu Upon registeration students will need to purchase an all white SINGLE-WEAVE JUDO GI & DRAWSTRING PANTS. Hair - pulled back out of face. No watches or hanging earrings in dance classes. NO CELL PHONES on dance floor. Water bottles must be left in designated area on dance floor at all times. Rules and Expectations - Students should arrive early to insure they have ample time to change shoes and finalize other tasks that need finishing before class starts. - In the event a student will be absent or is running late please send an email or text message to insure proper accountability. - No family members on dance floor during class - Personal items should be kept in a grey bin on the stars in the entry way. - NO GUM on the dance floors - Student may use the fridge or microwave in the kitchen only when accompanied by VERVE employee. - If student arrives with only partial uniform…. 1st offense - Warning. May borrow a uniform replacement piece and return after class is finished. Will stay to sweep floor after class is finished. 2nd offense - Warning. (parent notification) May barrow a uniform replacement piece and return after class is finished. Will clean mirrors after class is finished. 3rd offense - Warning. (parent notification) May barrow a uniform replacement piece and return after class is finished. Will be on trash duty after class is finished. 4th offense - Warning. (parent notification) May barrow a uniform replacement piece and return after class is finished. Will be on bathroom duty after class is finished.
WHO ARE YOUR TEACHERS ~ Aaron Coulson started professionally performing and competing when he was seven years old. Since that time he has gained an excellent reputation within the entertainment indus try; performing, choreographing, casting and directing around the world. Most recently in Las Vegas Mr Coulson was a Headliner for a major show at the Planet Hollywood Casino. There, he also opened for Britney Spears *PIECE OF ME landing him his first spot light in People Magazine. Amongst other performances and noteworthy notoriety he was awarded the Broadway World Award for his choreography and won a nation wide singing competition which earned him the chance to sing with Mr. Barry Manilow. In his over 30 years of professional artistry, Mr Coulson’s aptitude comes from his direct experience on; Broadway, Las Vegas, National and International Tours, Headlining, Theme parks and Cruise Lines, Music Videos, Television, Movies and more. He has taught a variety of dance disciplines as a resident teacher, masterclass instructor, choreographer and Ballroom Professional. He has taught performance, breathing technique, pitching/phrasing and Musical Theatre. The knowledge Aaron brings to our community is sure to not only engage and educate you or your child but train them to become a full time working artist in our current industry. ~ Stefanie Jacobs, She can express emotion with movement, like no other. Stefanie is in high demand on both sides of our country. She has choreographed Le Club Show World Dancers NYC, New York City Cheerleaders performing at the NYC Hilton, American Dream Wedding and The International Bartenders performed at The Supper Club NYC.Stefanie has also started two dance companies in NYC, “The Bouncing Gingers” and “Down Under” which has performed at Webster Hall, China Club and Etoile.Stefanie was also the Choreographer and Artistic Director for the hugely successful Off Broadway Show “13th Avenue” which played at the Gene Frankel Theater in New York City. She was also the Artistic Director for the Off Broadway show “Pasion” which performed at the UNLV campus and Big Bear Theater in California.Stefanie choreographed the Sirens of TI in “Las Vegas Celebrates Michael Jackson Tribute Show” at the Palms Hotel and Casino. She choreographed the premiere concert for upcoming Hip Hop artist “Pam Tan” at Popolusa in Roselle, New Jersey. She also choreographs industrial shows and events for Best Agency in Las Vegas.At present time Stefanie is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for L’oreal Professional. She is happy to be celebrating her 10th year working for the company choreographing their hair shows, industrials and National Sales Conferences touring throughout the USA.Stefanie’s education holds considerable accomplishments with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Jose Limon Dance Foundation, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Towson University. She has won the Towson State University Department Award for Choreographic Achievement, a Cooley Art Scholarship and a scholarship from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has also received a grant from the 92nd Street Y in NYC for her choreography.Stefanie has an innate ability to captivate an audience with her dance. Stefanie is a future icon in the entertainment industry. ~ Sensi Tom Persons Sensei Tom began his martial arts journey at age 16 with Shihan Fracchia of the Queensbury Karate Club. Tom has spent years under the instruction of various instructors and earned his Second Degree Black Belt in Matsukaze Jujitsu. Currently he also has a brown belt in Karate and Kabudo, as well as being on the promotion board for 6 years.
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