The New DancEd Photo Page

How many smiles are in a child on a given day?  A week?  A year?  Certainly there is some number that would be a good guess, and that number would be different for every dancer.  At DancEd, we are fortunate to be in the business of CREATING SMILES, and we take a lot of pride in making and capturing those awesome moments.

In any given year we shoot thousands & thousands of photos of the incredible DancEd Dancers.  You see less than 1% of these pictures because it has never been practical for us to upload and share them all.  That means that over the years there have literally been tens of thousands of special moments and beautiful DancEd smiles that have been lost to time, never to be enjoyed by the people who would treasure them the most.  If a tree falls in the forrest and no one gets to see the pictures someone took of that tree, what does it matter??? (there’s a good analogy in there somewhere, I’m sure you get the point…)  This has been our frustration for many years, and it has only gotten worse over time.  Our DancEd MOMENTS have gotten bigger and our ability to CAPTURE them has gotten better.  We have invested in the equipment and learned how to use it (more or less), we have the proximity and the beautiful subject matter to show off our dancers as the rock stars that they are.  And that is exactly what we are going to do.

Beginning with the 2017 recital weekend, we are making available ALL of our recital photos on our new DancEd Photo Page through the DancEd website.  ALL pictures have been sorted by RECITAL SHOW & NUMBER, and appear grouped by class.  This includes the shots we took during BOTH dress rehearsal and the actual recital shows.  It is a long time coming for us, because nothing has been more frustrating over the years to see great pictures of your children while knowing that mom will never see them because we simply can’t share them all.  Now we can, and we will.

In the coming days/weeks we will add photos to the page that we have used over the course of the 2016-17 school year.  If you saw a photo in a DancEd video on a poster at the studio, or displayed on facebook, we will try to make it available on the photo page.  Once added, photos will always remain up for a few weeks to give parents & loved ones a chance to see them and download them if they wish.  Once posted, ALL photos will be downloadable in their original, hi-res state so you can print them, edit them, blow them up to poster size, whatever you want.  In looking over the recital images, all of them are around 8-12 MB so they are very large and high quality files.  No, we are not messing around when it comes to showing off great DancEd Dancer Moments!!!!!!!

If you are anxious to see the recital album (there are about 130 of them, roughly one for every recital number and one for each of the two story ballets), you can click here: DancEd 2017 Recital Weekend Photo Page, or simply click on the red PHOTOS tab in the upper right of the DancEd website at www.DancEd.com.  If you would like to read a bit more, please check out below for some facts & details about this cool new opportunity.

FUN FACTS, (not so) IMPORTANT INFORMATION, & DISCLAIMERS

  • As much as we want to share your children back with you in the form of these special moments, making this happen has been a significant amount of work.  As such, photos are available to download for a nominal fee.  We are not doing this to sell you anything, we simply want to have a way to show you everything that we see of your children when we come home from a DancEd event.  The photo hosting site requires that the ability for users to be able to purchase physical items (like paper photos, canvases, posters, etc) be set up, but our intention is simply to give you a way to download & keep high quality copies of the images we capture.  So you can order merchandise if you like (our markup is much less than a traditional photographer would ever charge), or you can download a hi-res JPG file & do what you want with it.
  • If you have ever tried to get a picture of your dancer and found it to be difficult (do you have any idea how many cameras & lenses we went through before we had upgraded enough to be able to get these good pictures???), you know that it is difficult and there are a zillions of things that can prevent us from getting good shots.  As such, sometimes there are less good pictures of a specific class and for that we are sorry.  We want to capture every DancEd Dancer at their best but the margin of error is very small when we are talking about shooting during a 2-3 minute dance number.
  • The DancEd camera tends to gravitate toward the smiley dancer.  It just can’t help itself.
  • We’ve been taking pictures of DancEd Dancers for 20+ years.  Does anyone remember the 3×5’s that we glued onto posterboard to put up at the studio?  And over all of that time, the process of SELECTING photos has been the same – Find the best picture or three of a class and share them.  As of right now, the challenge is the EXACT OPPOSITE.  We are sharing all of the worthwhile photos, and attempting to REMOVE those that should not be shared.  Eyes shut, messed up lighting, out of focus, these are all reasons why we would not want to include a photo among the 1000’s that we are sharing from recital weekend.  But when you are starting out with so many thousands of photos, it is hard to quickly find the one’s that are not up to par.  And we can’t look at each photo in it’s actual size, or we wouldn’t be sharing anything with you until next winter.  So if something slips in that is out of focus or just too blurry, we are sorry about that.  We are however, erring on the side of leaving some images in even if they aren’t perfect.  After all, the idea is to share these moments back with you.  In case you are wondering, we probably removed around 1500-2000 photos from the one’s that we did share from recital weekend.
  • To anyone who is disappointed they don’t find a good shot of their dancer(s), we apologize and will keep trying.  Just tell them to smile big while they are dancing and hopefully we will find them next time!
  • Enjoy going through the photos and feel free to download them if you would like.  Either way, we are sure that looking at some of these great moments will reinforce the irrefutable fact that DancEd DANCERS ROCK!!!  CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

2017-18 School Year Class Info

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Thank you for your interest in DancEd. Dance Centre and our 2017-18 School Year Classes! Classes begin on September 9th, and all enrollment is taken online through the DancEd. website. The DancEd. class curriculum is based on the entire school year, with classes being broken into two semesters for payment purposes only. Once you have registered for a class your dancer’s place is secure in that class for the entire 2017-18 school year (ending in early June, 2018).

Registration is taken by family and based on your level of involvement at DancEd. Families with a dancer enrolled in one of our six week Summer Classes or a Summer Camp are able to register for 2017-18 School Year Classes beginning on Tuesday, May 23rd. Families enrolled in the current 2016-17 school year but NOT enrolled in a 2017 Summer Class or Camp will be able to enroll beginning on Thursday, May 25th. Because it is important for DancEd to control the traffic to the website on each registration day, both May 23rd and May 25th will have specific registration TIMES by which specific classes will come available for online registration. These times are indicated below, and the classes are separated out by DANCER AGE (oldest to youngest) so that most parents will be able to enroll a dancer into all of her/his classes at one time. This helps us manage the traffic to the server and keeps the process flowing smoothly, and it has worked very well for the past several years.

REGISTRATION START TIMES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 23 (Summer Dance Families)

***Registration for all of the above classes will CLOSE Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm so we can prepare for the May 25th registration, and it remain closed for Summer Dance Families until Saturday, May 27th at 9am.***

REGISTRATION START TIMES FOR THURSDAY, MAY 25 (Families Currently Active but NOT Enrolled in Summer)

7:00am: Registration begins for ALL CLASSES WITH A BEGINNING AGE OF 10 YEARS. This includes all classes where the age is listed as being 10-12, 10-13, 4th Grade+, 11-14, 11+, 12+, 7th Grade+, 13+, and 14+.

9:30am: Registration begins for ALL CLASSES WITH A BEGINNING AGE THAT IS BETWEEN 7 AND 9 YEARS. This includes all classes where the age is listed as being 7-9, 8-10, 3rd-5th Grade, 9-10, 9-11, 9-12 and 9-13.

12 noon: Registration begins for ALL CLASSES WITH A BEGINNING AGE THAT IS BETWEEN 1 AND 6 YEARS OLD. This includes all classes where the age is listed as being 18-30mo, 2.5-3, 3-4, 3-5, 4-5, 5-6, 5-7, 6-7, and 6-8.

OPEN REGISTRATION FOR EVERYONE WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY, MAY 31.
9am: All Classes, All families!

Remember: DancEd. takes registration by FAMILY. This means that every family has one date (above) that is the first day when you can register ALL of your dancers. But within that day, we manage the process by having a specific time by which each class is first available for online registration. Classes are separated out by the AGE of the dancers who will be enrolling into that class, so the effect of having different start times for class enrollment is that a family with more than one dancer may have more than one start time for online enrollment. Classes for older dancers will begin registering earlier in the day, and classes for younger dancers will start later in the day. The rational for oldest to youngest is that older dancers are likely to be enrolled in multiple classes and will therefore take a bit longer to register. If you have multiple dancers and prefer to enroll them at the same time, simply wait until the youngest of them can register and then enroll all of your children.

TIPS FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

  • If you click on a class time for a specific class for which you are interested and you see the word CALL, it is not open for registration.  Please be aware that when the time comes for a specific class to open to take online enrollment, the word CALL will not change on your web browser to REGISTER!  You will need to REFRESH YOUR WEB BROWSER to see that a class has opened for new enrollment.
  • Class times that appear in red indicate that a class is full.  September is a long way off (yea Summer!!!) and many classes that are full in May will open within the first few classes of the year.  DancEd spends a great deal of time creating and managing wait lists for classes, so we would highly encourage you to add your name to our wait list if a class is full.  Simply send us an email with the words WAIT LIST in the subject and tell us your dancer’s name and the name, day/time, and instructor of the class.  All wait list requests are taken via email!  Also, please understand that a dancer cannot be placed on a wait list until she is actually able to register for classes.
  • Keep in mind that, like any online transaction, your place in a class is NOT secure until you have completed the checkout process!  It is similar to making a purchase on Amazon – the act of placing an item into your cart does not hold the item for you.  It is the act of checking out that finalizes the transaction and holds your spot in your class or classes.

 

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