A few weeks into the beginning of the ballet year, it is great to see dancers and their families catching up in the lobby and stairwells, getting (re)acquainted with new & returning classmates of all ages, and generally making Amherst Ballet warm, welcoming, and lively.
There have been some changes this fall at Amherst Ballet, and one of those changes is the establishment of an association for the Amherst Ballet family. If you’d like to join the Amherst Ballet Family Association (ABFA), it is open to dancers in the upper school, adult dancers, and parents/guardians of dancers. Our focus so far has been on community building, feedback, and volunteer coordination.
The ABFA meets in person once a month, on Thursday evenings; the October meeting will be Thursday, October 12, 6:15 pm at 81 McClellan Street. If you can’t meet (like, you are in an upper school rehearsal), but still want to be involved, email Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask to be added to the ABFA email list. Most of us can’t make meetings at least some of the time, so we’re aiming to make good use of email as well.
Also, you may have noticed the new feedback boxes/envelopes in the first floor hallway and upper school changing room. Please make use of them! We want to hear how things are going:
One of the most exciting new opportunities at the studio this fall is the master class series with Eris Nezha. My son tells me I should have signed up for his beginning adult class, because his classes are great and I’ll never have this chance again. Consider enrolling in one of the last two classes this weekend.
Click here for more information and to enroll!
Finally, we are excited to be planning an upcoming DAY OF SERVICE on October 21 from 1-3 pm at Amherst Ballet. Part of the fun of being a non-profit is that we can all make a meaningful difference with small commitments. Please join in keeping our studio beautiful, while having the chance to get to know other members of the Amherst Ballet family. The main things that need to be done are weeding the beds in the front and along the side of the building as well as washing windows. ABFA will provide snacks/drinks. Questions? Email Beth: email@example.com.
Happy fall (although it felt like summer this week) and happy dancing!
Mary Hannah Henderson, dancer parent