An archive of Weekly Wrap-Up emails will be maintained below. 

Weekly Wrap-Up from September 22, 2022

Today is Thursday, September 22, 2022 and this is your weekly-wrap up.


1. A reminder that all families must participate in our annual Season Sponsorship Fundraiser. This is our one mandatory fundraiser. Paperwork is attached. The deadline is approaching.


2. Nutcracker rehearsals for Levels 1-3 start next Saturday, October 1! The web calendar will have your rehearsal time. Rehearsals are updated for the coming week by Sunday. Be sure to check the web calendar on Sunday, September 25 to find out your October 1 rehearsal time. Rehearsals are always scheduled between 12-5pm. (No rehearsals on 10/15 - fall break!)


3. Dancers in Level 4, Level 5 and Advanced need to remember to fill-out our wellness survey each Monday (linked through the web calendar). Miss Lauren has asked that, whenever possible, dancers need to communicate their injury parameters/concerns with her via the weekly survey. That way she has an official written record, and she can more easily share the information with your other teachers. 


Enjoy this beautiful fall weather! Have a great weekend!

Weekly Wrap-Up from September 15, 2022

Dear Parents and Students,


Today is Thursday, September 15, and this is your weekly wrap-up. 


1. Nutcracker casting for Level 1 and up is finished! Yay! The cast list was posted at 3:00pm today. You can find the list on the windows in the courtyard outside PB's front door. You can check the list anytime, 24/7 for the next week or so. Sometime towards the end of September, once everyone has had a chance to see their part(s), we will take the list down and will post it on the parent portal for your reference.


2. Nutcracker rehearsals will start on Monday, September 19 for Levels 4 and up, and on Saturday, October 1 for Levels 1-3. Preparatory Nutcracker registration will begin next week.


3. I am starting a book club for Level 4, 5 and Advanced, during the first few minutes of our Thursday ballet class. We will be reading and discussing the book "Ballerina Mindset" by Megan Fairchild. We will start our book study on Thursday, October 6 at 1:00pm with a discussion of the Introduction and Chapter 1. I have asked the students to purchase a copy of the book to read the Intro and Chapter 1 by October 6. The book is $13 on Amazon. If your family cannot afford a copy, I have asked the students to reach out to me and I will buy them one, or we will find another family who is willing to buy two copies. We can also share copies between students.


4. Tomorrow we have three workshops scheduled:
  • "Improve your Arabesque with Mrs. McLeish" from 12:30-2:00pm, Levels 5 and up

  • "Floorwork with Miss Hannah" from 2:15-3:45pm, Levels 5 and up

  • "Stage Acting with Miss Laura" from 4:00-5:15pm, Level 3 and up

We need 10 dancers signed up for each workshop. Right now, we are a few dancers short for Miss Hannah's and Miss Laura's workshop. If you were planning to sign-up, please LINK to submit your registration by 6:00pm today. Otherwise, we will cancel these workshops and the building will close at 2:15pm tomorrow after the first workshop. 


5. Finally, if your dancer is going to miss all (or part) of class for any reason, please make sure to submit an absentee form. This form serves as an official record of absence in our system, and it's important that we have documentation of the absence. The front office would especially like to remind parents to make sure to send absentee forms for injury absences. We have noticed a number of kids going home early due to injury, but no absentee submitted - which means the office doesn't have an official record that your student has left the building. Thanks for your cooperation: ABSENTEE FORM

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Weekly Wrap-Up from September 8, 2022

Dear Parents and Students,


Today is Thursday, September 8, and this is your first weekly wrap-up of the 2022-2023 school year. You should expect to receive a weekly e-mail from me every Thursday evening. If you ever do not receive an email, or if you need to see the wrap-up archive, it can be found HERE


1. Please review the three documents attached to this email. One attachment is from Miss Hannah regarding our Big/Little Buddy Program. The second attachment is from our PB Parent Association. The third attachment is from our 4H Club, the PB Pioneers.


2. A reminder to Level 1 and Level 2 parents to make sure you REGISTER for the Nutcracker by this Saturday, September 10. We will begin the casting process on Saturday evening and cannot accept late registrations once that process has begun.


3. I would like to formally announce that Miss Lauren Dini has been promoted to Director of Students. Miss Lauren is a Project Ballet alumnus, has been a member of our faculty since 2014 and has most recently served as our Wellness Coordinator, supervising the mental and physical health of our students. Her new role as Director of Students will encompass her existing Wellness Coordinator responsibilities, as well as expand to include additional duties pertaining to the student-experience at Project Ballet, including coordinating ballet curriculum, ballet evaluations, and ballet conferences. This role will be a senior-level directorial position, immediately below myself (Artistic Director) and Jennifer Frank (Academic Director). Congratulations to Miss Lauren!


4. If you have not yet heard, I would also like to announce that Mrs. Laura Francis will be taking a temporary leave of absence during the second semester of this school year. Her husband is pursuing a new career, and it is temporarily taking him to Iowa for a few months. During their time in Iowa, Miss Laura will be stepping down from her daily teaching, rehearsing, and administrative responsibilities - though she will still be choreographing for the Spring Concert, and will continue to serve as a guest instructor as her schedule allows. We will miss Miss Laura during her leave of absence, but we look forward to supporting both Laura and Josh during this transition in their lives!


5. Miss Alaina shared the following ARTICLE with me, written by the famous modern dance pioneer, Martha Graham. We both found this article to be profoundly beautiful. Enjoy!

6. We are currently booking recurring private lessons. Our teachers have the following time slots open. You can book 4, 6, 8 or 10 lesson packages. Private lessons are a great way to challenge your dancer, review and troubleshoot steps they may be struggling with, and to provide individualized attention and encouragement. A private lesson package can also be a fun birthday gift for your dancer, or a reward for a special occasion!


Mrs. McLeish has only a few private lesson packages still available. Please click to register now:
Tuesdays 11:00am, 4 lessons
Tuesdays 1:15pm, 4 lessons
Tuesdays 2:15pm, 4 lessons
Tuesdays 5:00pm, 4 lessons
Tuesdays 5:30pm, 4 lessons
Tuesdays 6:15pm, 4 lessons
MISS LAUREN is available to book private lesson packages on:
- Monday mornings from 9:00am-12:45pm
- Tuesday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm
- Tuesday evenings from 6:15-6:45pm
- Wednesday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm
- Wednesday evenings from 5:15-6:45pm
- Thursday mornings from 9:00am-12:45pm
MISS HANNAH is available to book private lesson packages on:
- Monday mornings from 7:30-9:00am
- Monday mornings from 11:00-11:30am
- Thursday mornings from 7:30-9:00am
- Thursdays mornings from 11:00am-12:15pm
MISS LAURA is available to book private lesson packages on:
- Wednesday mornings from 11:30am-12:30pm
- Wednesday evenings from 5:00-5:30pm
- Thursday mornings from 11:30am-12:30pm
Please reply to this email if you are interested in booking a lesson with Miss Lauren, Miss Hannah or Miss Laura. I will coordinate billing and scheduling for you.

Mrs. Beth McLeish

CEO & Artistic Director

Project Ballet