A Christian Dance Studio located in Jacksonville, Florida
Welcome to the FFAM dance Studio blog!!

We hope that you are able to find all the information you are in search of. Come back often for updates and new information.

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Class:

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a Hip-Hop class On Wednesday's from 4:15-5:00 for our Intermediate 2 and Advanced students. The class is going to be taught by Miss Gretchen Mims.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Schedule...

Our new schedule has been posted on the Studio information and schedule page. Everything has been updated except for the beginning and int/adv tumble classes, they are still being worked out.
Registration fees are $25 per child through August 17th, after that is goes up to $30 per child. 
Please contact us at weareffam@gmail.com if you need more information or have any questions.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dance Camp 2014

"Fruits of the Spirit"
FFAM Dance Camp 2014
July 28- August 1

Session 1:
9am - 12pm
4yrs old - Incoming 2nd graders
Each day includes: Ballet, tumble, devotion, craft, and snack.


Session 2:
2pm - 5pm
Incoming 3rd graders - Incoming 8th graders
Each day includes: Devotion, Ballet, Lyrical, and Jazz

Cost:
$80
sibling discount $20

For more information please email Melissa at weareffam@gmail.com 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Upcoming Recital Information and Reminders...

FFAM Families,
Time has flown by and the dance recital is almost here. We have less than 2 weeks left until the big day!
 
With that said it is extremely important that everyone attend these last 2 weeks of classes. This week will go as normally scheduled, but next week there is some changes to the schedule in order to allow all classes to meet before rehearsal on Thursday the 24th. The schedule for the week of April 21-26 will be sent out later this week.

Key things to note:
1. Individual pictures need to be turned into us via email or print no later than Friday, April 18th for the slide show and yearbook. If you had pictures taken by Justin we will already have one.

2. If you would like to order a yearbook(s) they are $20 and will include an individual shot of each child in the class, pictures from class time, rehearsal and recital. These are individualized to each age group. If you would like to see an example of one from last year ask any one of us in the office.

3. Tickets are available for purchase. You will receive 2 with each recital fee that you paid and may purchase more for $5 each. We have a limit of 8 per family total.

4. There is a very important set of sign-up sheets in the waiting room that we need every family to look at please. It is the areas that we greatly need help regarding stage set up, rehearsal night cleanup, and recital afternoon cleanup. We need everyone's help. We can not do it all ourselves. We greatly appreciate all those who volunteer their time to help us; no job is to small!

5. Please double check the color of tights and shoes that are required for your child's dances. The pictures are posted on the wall on the waiting room and on the blog @ www.weareffam.blogspot.com click on the costume info tab.

6. A couple of our dance teachers are available to help with hair and/or make-up the morning of the recital. It is $5 for hair and $5 for make up. They have a sign up sheet hanging up in the waiting room as well. For recital, hair is to be in a bun unless it is too short, in that case it needs to be pulled out of the face. As for make-up, that is not a requirement but a personal choice made by you the parent.

7. If your dancer has a costume in need of alterations, Mrs. Mims is going to be at the studio this Thursday, April 17th, 6:00-7:45. She is offering this service at no charge.

8. Jenni Hough is planning on having pizza, snacks, and drinks available for purchase the night of the rehearsal. She also will have balloons and roses available for purchase the morning of the recital. We will have more informant regarding prices and the option of pre-ordering later this week.

As a staff we are super excited to see all our performers on the stage performing the numbers they have worked so hard learning. Most importantly we want to see them having fun and doing so all for the glory of God. "Let them praise his name in the dance..." Psalms 149:3

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings,
Melissa

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Costumes and classes

We are having classes as regularly scheduled on Martin Luther King Day. 
A new page has been added above regarding costumes and recital information. Please take a look at it to see what tights and shoes are needed, and if your dancer will need a nude leotard. Also there is pictures of every costume posted. 
As the costumes come in we will be trying them on the dancers and then handing them out some times before the recital. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Change of schedule in the new year...

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a great holiday season celebrating with family and friends. We are looking forward to getting back into the grove of our normal schedules, especially dance. When classes start back, the teachers will begin working on their recital dances. Yea!
We will be sizing for costumes the first week back and ordering them on the 10th. If your dancer is not able to come on their scheduled day please contact me so that we can meet up at the studio on another day. It is very important that we order all costumes on the 10th! If you have not paid your dancers costume fees that were due on December 15th, please do so by the 10th. Otherwise we will not be able to order your dancer's costumes.
Another note for parents is that our schedule is changing starting in January. The teachers had some changes in their personal schedules and we are having to move classes around in order to accommodate. As well as having some students dropping and now not having enough students to keep the class as is.
Beginning tumble has been changed to Mondays, 4:15-5:00
Technique with Miss Gabby has been changed to Mondays, 4:15-5:00
Int/Adv tumble with Miss Kirsten has been changed to Mondays, 6:15-7:00

We are going to be canceling the Tuesday, Intermediate 1 tap class. We will be moving the remaining students to another class instead. We will be contacting those parents to let you know Miss Amelia's recommendations.

We apologize for any inconveniences anyone has due to these changes. We tried to make changes that we hope would work for most everyone and the teachers.

Please contact us with any questions at weareffam@gmail.com

Happy New Year!
Blessings,
Melissa Bliss, FFAM Associate Dance Director

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Costume Fees

Costume Fees are due by December 15th. The dance studio will be open On Monday December 9th and Tuesday December 10th from 4:00-6:30pm. You can bring it by during those times or bring it to Carolyn at either of our Holiday Performances at the St. John's Town Center on December 5th or 12th @ 6:30pm. If none of those are a good option costume fee may also be mailed to Carolyn directly, please email us at weareffam@gmail.com and we would be happy to give you her address. If you are not going to be able to pay by the 15th please email us and let us know. Any costume fees not paid by the 31st of December will incur a late fee. We will be ordering costumes at the end of the first dance week in January and any student with an outstanding costume fee balance will not have their costumes ordered unless something has been set up with Carolyn. Some of our costume companies have an 8 week turn around time, so it is imperative that we get them ordered quickly in the new year.
Costume fees for the Pre1, Pre2 and Pre3 classes are $60 total.
Costumes fees for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced are $55 per technique.
There is no costume fee for tumble tots, beginning and int/adv tumble, or technique classes.
 
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
 
We are very excited to get back to dancing in January as that is when all the real fun begins with recital prep. ☺
 
Blessings,
Melissa Bliss, FFAM Associate Dance Director

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mall Performance Information...

Please come out to the St. John's Town Center and support 30 of our dancers who will be performing 6 different songs. Miss Gabby and Miss Grace will also be performing a duet together that is wonderful. We will be set up in between Coldwater Creek and Anthropolgie and begin at 6:30 on Thursday the 5th and 12th.

For those performing, we need you to arrive at 5:45 to begin stretching and working out some of the jitters. Performers need to wear black leggings, leotard (preferably black) and the purchased red or green dance shirt (color is dependent on class). Please bring the appropriate dance shoes too. Miss Amelia's tap class needs to wear black socks or Christmas socks. All hair should be pulled up in a bun please. (If to short it must be pulled out of the face)
If there are any questions, please email us at weareffam@gmail.com.

We are having extra practices this week and next, please do your best to have your dancer present.
Monday, 12/2 & 12/9
Int1 Jazz 4:00-5:00 (Gabby)
Beg Tap 5:00-5:45 (Abby)
Beg Ballet 5:45-6:30 (Gabby)

Tuesday, 12/3 & 12/10
Int1 Jazz 4:00-5:00 (Gabby)
Beg Tap 5:00-5:45 (Abby)
Int2 Lyrical 5:00-6:00 (Gabby)
Adv Tap 6:00-7:00 (Amelia)

Wednesday, 12/4 & 12/11
Adv Ballet 4:30-5:30 (Grace)

We are very grateful that to have this opportunity to perform at the mall and hope to bring the message of the true reason for the season to many people.
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that do all they can to get their dancers to the extra practices and performances. We greatly appreciate each and everyone of you!

Blessings,
Melissa

Saturday, August 10, 2013

FYI...

All the Pre classes are combos (i.e Pre 1 Pre 2 Pre 3). Meaning the classes are from 4:00-5:30 and in that time they get 30 minutes of tumble, 30 minutes of tap and 30 minutes of ballet. The cost is $55 total per month with a $60 costume fee.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Registration Reminder

This is just a quick reminder that we will be having sign ups for this season of Dance (beginning Sept. 3, 2013-May 2014), this Saturday, Aug. 10 at Faithbridge Church in front of the studio from 9a.m.-12p.m. The registration fee is $25 through Aug. 15 (we will have a second sign up that evening from 5:30-7:30pm in front of the dance studio as well as a sign up table in between Sunday Services on Aug. 11 and 25). If you register after Thursday, Aug. 15, the registration fee will increase to $30. If you would like a registration form prior to coming to sign up, please send us a request via email ( weareffam@gmail.com ) and we will email you one to download and print. Please make all checks out to Faithbridge Church. We will be scheduling a "new student's" open house in the near future to allow time for any Q and A and to go over our code of conduct. We will email information on a date and time for the open house in the next 2 weeks.
Remember....if you have any friends/family that you send to us and they register for the dance year, you will be given a "registration exempt via referral of a friend". So think about the Mom's in your play groups, MOPS classes, your children's grade school friends, etc. who might be interested in enrolling their child in a Christian Dance Ministry and give them info about FFAM.
We look forward to seeing all the returning faces and the new ones too!