March 2017 


What a GREAT start we have had for our new specialty dance classes!  The classes have been AWESOME and the dancers have been having so much fun!  Just a reminder that on last day of the session – Tuesday, March 7th – parents will be able to join their dancers “inside” the classroom to observe the classes.  I know the dancers can’t wait to share and “show-off” all that they have learned!  


Our next 8-week session for both classes – “Princess Ballerina” and “#DanceMania” will be held from March 28th – May 16th.
For our Princess Ballerinas, this next session will feature new themes, “Prima Ballerina” and “Fairy Garden Adventure”.


*Registration for the next session is open to both current and NEW students – so sign-up soon to ensure your child a slot!*




Parent Observation Week is coming up – March 13-18, 2017.  Don’t forget your cameras!  Our students are so excited to share all that they have learned, and perhaps even give you a “sneak peek” of their recital dances.


This month, you will be receiving information and order forms regarding Recital t-shirts, flowers, DVDs, and ticket sales.  PLEASE be on the lookout for these forms to come home with your child, and be sure to note all the appropriate deadlines for ordering these items.


Dance classes will NOT be held during the week of the Alachua County Spring Break – March 20-25, 2017.  


CONGRATULATIONS to our Sun Country Dance Theatre and Dance Sun Country advanced students on having been selected to perform in the 18th annual “Spotlight On Youth” event on Sunday, April 2, 2:00pm.  The production, which is a fundraising event to benefit CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, will be presented at the SFC Fine Arts Hall.  Our dancers will be performing an original contemporary piece, “With Some Pacific Wind”, choreographed by Brittany Benton.



CONGRATULATIONS to the following Dance Sun Country advanced ballet students who have been accepted to study at summer intensives with some of our nation’s most prestigious dance programs and companies.

  • Sydney Pomeranz (age 13) has been accepted into the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Sydney previously attended the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive in New York City in 2016.
  • Sachi Patel (age 14) has been accepted into the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. She has also been awarded a scholarship to attend the Just B Dance Workshop in San Jose, California.  Sachi previously attended the Just B Dance workshop in 2016, and the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive (on scholarship) in 2015.



We are also very proud and excited for our graduating Senior – Elaina Buffkin.  Elaina has been a student with Dance Sun Country for all of the program’s 10 years!  Elaina will be attending the University of Florida in the Fall!



SCDT has many exciting spring performances coming up.  Our dancers will be performing at:

  • GFAA Fine Arts Fair at Tioga on Saturday, March 4th, at 2:30pm
  • March of Dimes Walk for Babies on Saturday, April 1st
  • “Spotlight On Youth” on Sunday, April 2nd

  • SAVE THE DATE for SCDT’s 9th annual Spring Youth Concert, featuring an encore performance of SCDT’s original story ballet, “HANSEL and GRETEL”, to be presented on Saturday, April 8th, 2:00pm, at the Performing Arts Center at P.K Yonge.  The production will also feature performances by Guest Artists from ORLANDO BALLET!  Look for more information to come in next month’s newsletter.


Thank you for choosing Dance Sun Country for your child’s dance training.
We are committed to bringing you the quality you expect and deserve.