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December 2021 Newsletter: Turning Toward 2022!

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Safety Protocol update

As the weather gets colder and wetter, we realize that having the street side doors open may not be the best choice for air flow while also trying to keep the students warm (dancing safely is an equal concern).

We will always have a window open and air purifier on in each studio and will close the street side doors when the weather is wet, or colder than we think is safe for dancing in class. Each studio has an oscillating fan that can be turned on if we need more air flow in the studio.

An email inquiring about this safety protocol update was emailed to our Children’s and Youth Division families on October 26. There were no major concerns or objections in response. If you have further questions or concerns about this information, email


As we return from zoom to in-person dancing, there is some etiquette and class practice that we are also returning to. We’re discussing this in our classes, and also want to share them here as friendly reminders. We’re calling them our monthly etiquette reminders. You are always welcome to ask your teacher or any Danspace staff about any questions you may have about etiquette.

Just as ballet class has a format and structure that is relatively consistent across schools and teachers, there are some norms (we call them etiquette) about dance class that are important to learn alongside our technique. Knowing how to be in class helps prepare you to dance anywhere!

December Etiquette reminder

If you need to arrive late to your class, please wait by or just inside the studio entrance for your teacher to acknowledge you and place you in your spot. It is disruptive to the rest of the class to have a student run across the room to take their place while other students are dancing.

Every part of class is important, so if you know you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, your teacher might ask you to watch class if it feels unsafe for you to join in.

We built time between classes to allow for safe arrivals, so that we may start on time. Please take advantage of this transition period and arrive a few minutes early to get settled and begin to prepare for class.

This applies to Children’s, Youth, and Adult Division classes. 

Children’s and Youth Divisions

Upcoming vacation dates

No Children’s or Youth Division classes are held during studio vacations.

Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 22 – Saturday, November 27.

Winter Break: Monday, December 20 – Saturday, January 1.
All classes resume on Monday, January 3.

Spring Semester Enrollment

Enrollment for the spring semester opens on December 1 and the deadline to submit payment is January 10.

Our fall semester goes until January 29, 2022 and the spring semester begins right away on January 31. There is no break between semesters and the class schedule remains the same.

We expect that you will continue with your class unless you email to notify us that you will drop the class. Most of our classes are fully enrolled, we appreciate you letting us know ASAP if you will not continue so that we can release your spot to a waitlisted student.

Adult Division

Series 2 Makeups

We’re about half way through Series 2 and all makeup classes must be completed by the end of the series (the last day for makeups is Sunday, December 19).

Please email to schedule your makeup classes. All makeups are scheduled for zoom, but if we have an available studio space, we will invite you to come in person.

Makeup classes are a great opportunity to explore something new! Curious about what the next level up is like? Interested in trying a new style? Use your makeup class to try something new!

Enrollment for Series 3 by December 20

Series 3 registration will officially open on December 1, but you’re welcome to complete the registration survey now (click here). Please complete the survey by December 20 so we can create class sizes that align with our safety protocol. If you register after December 20, we will happily add you to the waitlist for in-person spots and invite you to join on zoom.

Series 3 will continue to offer both Beginning Adult Ballet and Intermediate Adult Ballet on Sundays (both classes held at 11am). We are also starting a Ballet Fundamentals I class. If you have friends or loved ones interested in ballet and want to start with a strong foundation and knowledge, please invite them to email us about Ballet Fundamentals.

As always, if you have any questions, please email us:

Ballet with Beth

Saturday, December 11 from 11:00am-12:30pm

For the safety of our students and instructors, class sizes are still limited to allow for 6 feet distance between each other. We are offering this class to adult students on Zoom so that our enrolled teens can attend the class in person. Thank you for understanding and supporting our safety plan.

If you are interested in attending Beth’s Ballet class on Zoom, email for payment information and the zoom link.

Dancing with Beth is an educational, energizing, and uplifting experience. Learn from her wisdom and experience as you grow your technique and artistry.

Cardio Hip Hop

We are thrilled to host three pop-up hip hop classes with Janey Madamba this December.

Classes will be held on the following days/times:

  • Monday, December 20 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • Monday, December 27 from 6:30-7:30pm

Pop-up classes are offered at $25 per class (or $20 per class if you enroll in both!). To enroll or for more information, please email

More info on our website

In The Community

Teaching positions available

East Bay Music Together is looking for teachers for Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo.
Interested in training to be a Music Together teacher? Email

Scrooge! The Musical

Performance dates November 27, December 4 and December 5
Click on the ticket link below for performance times

Begin your family’s Christmas season with this wonderful musical version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a personal transformation at Christmas time. Directors Alan Chipman and Jennifer Brown have assembled a marvelous cast to ring in the holiday season.

Reserve your free tickets here.

Looking Forward

The Nutcracker Project: Nutcracker Sweet 

Virtual performance Wednesday, December 22 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.
Zoom and ticket information coming soon.

We understand that the holidays come with many commitments and demands to go to events or celebrations in person. We are offering a weekday film showing on Zoom at an early time for our young dancers and those that have daytime flexibility to “attend” a performance and a slightly later showing for older students and families. The film will be available to view outside of the December 22 showings, so that you can watch it at your convenience with friends and family.

A fun project for you – Send us a video of your favorite Nutcracker memory! 

We are asking dancers and parents to share their sweet Nutcracker memories of participating in or going to see a performance of the Nutcracker. We will select some of the videos to be a part of our Nutcracker Project film presentation. You do not need to be in the cast to submit a video. Video should be emailed to

Support Danspace’s Nutcracker Project

We are thrilled to be able to offer this fun, creative performance opportunity for our students. If you’d like to contribute to Danspace’s Nutcracker Project, please click here to learn how to contribute. Thank you to everyone who has donated and contributed so far!

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