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An Important Announcement From our Beloved Founder/Director:
Dear Dancers and Parents,
It is bittersweet that I announce my retirement from the directorship of The Marianne Anderson School of Dance. After forty-two years of the most joyful and satisfying career imaginable, I’m ready to begin a new phase of living knowing that the studio will be in excellent hands. I am eternally grateful to so many for the support and love I have received over these past many years. I will miss the young ladies and gentlemen. I will miss the creative process. But most of all, I will miss watching the magic being made by my dancers as they slowly evolve into disciplined and talented young adults. The MASD has grown to be everything that I ever wanted it to be and more. It has been the greatest privilege to share my passion for dance in my own warm, friendly environment with some of the loveliest people on the planet.
Though no longer directing, I’ll continue to be a presence at the studio in a consultancy role, be available as a substitute teacher when called upon, as well as being present at performances and other special events. My husband Roy and I have made plans to travel the U.S. It has always been his dream to do so. “Act One “ of my life has consisted of living my dream exactly as I wished. Roy will be directing “Act Two” of our life together and I will be following his lead.This casts me in a role I am not used to playing! I hope I can learn!
I am so very pleased to announce, as well, that Marlene Carvalho will be taking over as Director of the studio. Marlene is a lovely and most capable young woman who will maintain the high standards of the school and direct it in much the same model that I created. We are working side-by-side and will continue to do so for as long as I am needed. We’re currently working on class placement and registration for returning students for the next school year. This will be available to you early next week. You can look forward to seeing old familiar faces, as well as some new faces at the studio, along with exciting new classes and dance experiences. The future of the MASD promises to continue offering the same comfortable atmosphere complete with Master classes, field trips, and the very same quality dance education you have always known. The ability to see the potential in others has, I think, been one of my most valuable qualities as an educator and director. I have chosen Marlene to carry on my work, the traditions of the MASD, and to nurture and grow my beloved creation. She has my utmost confidence and support . I fully endorse her leadership of the studio and ask you to join me in welcoming Marlene to our MASD family!
With love and affection,
P.S. The name of the studio will remain the same until sometime in 2016.
I will be directing the camps as I have always done.
Both Marlene and I will be available during the camps and throughout the summer for your questions and opportunities to say both “Good-bye”as well as “Hello”.
Plans for a reception,at the MASD, are in the works. Stay tuned…
Frequently Asked Questions about the Transition:
1. Are all of the teachers returning?
Unfortunately, not all the teachers are coming back from last year. Some have chosen to stay and some have chosen to move on. But you can look forward to the same high caliber dance education that has been the hallmark of the Marianne Anderson School of Dance for the past forty-two years.
2. Will the MASD participate in competitions?
No. The Marianne Anderson School of Dance will never participate in the world of competitive dance.
3. Will the traditions of the MASD still continue?
Absolutely. Senior dances, senior solos for the rep girls, Holiday Performances, The Mid-Year Revue, teacher aides, student teachers, birthday circle songs, charity work, field trips, master classes, and all the practices you have grown to love and cherish will stay forever in place.
Marianne is coaching Marlene in all of these, even the birthday song! Most importantly, Marlene always understood the importance of these traditions. She would never dream of taking away those special moments from the dancers and their families.
4. What will happen to the Junior and Senior Repertory classes?
Junior and Senior Repertory will remain exactly the same. The Senior Repertory dancers from 2014-2015 will still have their place. The Junior Repertory will hold auditions, as always, in early October.
5. Where is Miss Marianne?
At the MASD! Miss Marianne is running the camps this summer. She is working with Marlene to create the fall schedule, and ensuring that every dancer is properly placed in all of the appropriate classes. She plans to stay onboard indefinitely, until students and classes have successfully settled in. You can expect to see her at the studio throughout the school year, all MASD performances, and definitely at our Christmas Rockette Field Trip.
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