Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical – Helen Production
The Helen Hayes Awards are theatre awards recognizing excellence in professional theatre in the Washington, D.C. area since 1983. The awards are named in tribute of Helen Hayes, known as the “First Lady of American Theatre”.
John received this award for his portrayal of Ralphie from A Christmas Story with Toby’s Dinner Theatre.
John has appeared in many Not Just Dance Productions:
Shrek JR – Pinocchio, Ensemble
Beauty and the Beast JR– Baker, Ensemble
Annie JR– Butler, Ensemble
101 Dalmatians Kids– Roger
The Lion King JR– Simba
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe– Edmund
Xanadu JR. – Rick from the Tubes, Hermes, Ensemble
Mulan JR– Yao, Match Maker Assistant
Wizard of Oz- Scarecrow
Legally Blonde JR– Delta Nu & Kyle the UPS Guy
A Chorus Line – Greg & Mike
Aladdin JR– Aladdin
The Reluctant Dragon– Squire
Willy Wonka- Mrs. Gloop
Legally Blonde JR
Lion King JR
Legally Blonde JR
Learn to dance like your favorite performers! Use fun props to include newspapers AND cafeteria tray!
Mondays, 1 pm – 3:30 pm
*The workshop will include a 15 minute break. Students may bring a snack! Bring a water bottle (water fountain can only be used to fill water bottles), pull hair back and dress comfortably for movement. Wear either jazz shoes or ballet shoes (or sneakers if you don’t have jazz/ballet shoes).
Oct. 12 – Seize the Day from Newsies
Oct. 19 – Nicest Kids in Town from Hairspray
Oct. 26 – Dancing Queen from Mamma Mia
Nov. 2 – Where Do you Belong from Mean Girls
Thank you for your interest in attending our VIRTUAL Coffee House Benefit. This event is a FUNDRAISER. Thank you, in advance, for your participation.
Prior to the event, we will send you a code that will allow you to access the benefit LIVE from the comfort of your own home.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 @ 7 pm
We suggest planning special beverages and other goodies to make this event a little special. For those of you who purchase the GOLD level tickets or higher, you will be provided with some goodies to have at your coffee house. We suggest that individuals and couples select the SILVER ticket package and families select either the GOLD or PLATINUM package.
Not able to attend? Please consider making a gift today.
Calling ALL members of the community to participate in our VIRTUAL Coffee House BENEFIT!
How will this “virtual” coffee house work?
All patrons who purchase tickets will receive a code to view the entertainment LIVE at their own homes. They will be encouraged to put together snacks, their favorite beverage and sit around a big screen as a family. For our entertainers, we plan to broadcast live from the studio.
Auditions will be held “virtually” on Wed, August 19 from 9 am – 12 pm OR “live” on Saturday, August 22 from 12 pm – 2 pm. Sign up for a slot on the Auditions page. Each slot is 10 minutes. Show up for your audition about 5 minutes early. You will be invited into the room when it is time to audition. Those who are auditioning virtually will be sent a link for joining the audition room. Be prepared to answer the following questions: Name of act (song, etc), name of show (or artist), length of act (must be less than 4 minutes), how you plan to play music (for example, using blue tooth speaker connected to cell phone), your availability on Sept. 26th and any costume plans.
When are Auditions?
Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 9 am – 12 pm (VIRTUAL) Saturday, Aug. 22 from 12 pm – 2 pm (LIVE) If you are unable to audition at this time, please contact us.
What happens if I am selected to participate?
You will be contacted as soon as possible. You will be provided with a “time slot” on Saturday, Sept. 26th along with your call time for the event. Continue to rehearse and prepare. The live event begins at 7 pm. We plan to finish by 9 pm. Have fun!
Register NOW for the Virtual Summer Dance Classes
Instructions: Sign up for TWO dance classes. Not Just Dance will charge a one time tuition fee of $200 and send you a link to join the class. Register using the links below or via your parent portal account.
Looking for tickets? With the coronavirus, things are currently on HOLD in terms of purchasing tickets. Check back for updates or contact us for more information.
I apologize in my delay in responding to the crisis at hand, which demands a response of solidarity and support. The reason for my delay is that, for those of you who know me know, I don’t want to just “say the right words” without having some specific “action” in mind. What will I do? What will we do at Not Just Dance? And, I am working with the staff on specifics. At Not Just Dance, the word inclusive is in our mission statement. And, when I wrote it, I meant it with all my heart and to this day, mean it with all of my heart. As I re-read it, I realize that we cannot truly reach this mission until black lives matter. To the African American Not Just Dance community, I commit to listen, to be here for you and to stand with you. Help me to learn and to understand. I, personally, and all of us at Not Just Dance, stand ready to serve you.
I reached out to the teachers at Not Just Dance and asked if they would sign a letter of commitment. Below is our pledge.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions, comments and concerns.
Dawne LeKang, Owner, Not Just Dance
Dear our Not Just Dance Families and our Not Just Dance Community,
To those within our community who experience prejudice, racism, invisibility, violence, loss, and grief because of a dominant white society that marginalizes and silences you: we see you, we hear you, we support you. You matter. Your life matters. Your lives enrich our studio and our larger community in so many ways. We pledge to make sure that you continue to be seen, heard and supported at Not Just Dance and within our larger community, as well as by local and regional leaders.
Now more than ever, it is imperative that Not Just Dance stands in solidarity with you against racial injustice. We pledge to listen, be open to suggestions and continually look for how we can be a catalyst for change. We accept the call to change and are committed to standing against racism at Not Just Dance and in our communities.
Not Just Dance Mission Statement
“Not Just Dance offers excellent inclusive classes in dance, advanced theatre, music and musical theatre taught by area experts in a family and community friendly environment allowing everyone who loves musical theatre a place to advance or learn their craft, while still being able to participate in their school or community productions.”
This update was created on May 4, 2020 at 6 pm
I hope you are doing well. At the same time, I want to acknowledge that I have no real understanding of how the pandemic may be affecting you. So, please accept my wishes for your health and the health of your loved ones.
As a customer of ours, I want you to know that we are ready to serve you, whenever you are ready. If you need us now, we are ready. If you need us in the future, we will be ready. And if you need us in an entirely new way, we will do everything we can to get ready. Please let me know if there is a new or better way we can serve you.
We continue to decipher the information we are getting from the state, the CDC, OSHA and our licensing companies in light of what would make sense for our families.
When Not Just Dance reopens it will not look quite the same. We are actively working on our new procedures, following all of the guidelines. So far, the studio has undergone a very DEEP cleaning. We will continue to enforce new cleaning procedures. When we open, we will have new procedures for entering the building (using both the front and back door, locking the door, etc.), how many people can be in the building, wearing of masks, washing of surfaces, checking students, teacher health, etc. In addition, the schedule we used to have can not remain in place as there were too many overlapping classes. And, NOT all classes will immediately be invited back to the studio, they will remain “virtual”. For those students invited into the studio (for those things we just can’t do virtually), it will be an “optional” invitation, meaning, everyone needs to do what is best for your individual families. Every class will continue with a virtual presence, so that all students will be able to participate.
That being said, and assuming there are no changes to what Governor Northam announced today, Not Just Dance will open “for some classes” and at a “level 1” starting on May 15th. The following shows will be postponed: A Chorus Line (already postponed), Seussical and Willy Wonka. We are also considering moving Twisted Tales (we will make that decision soon). Level 2 is needed for full rehearsals and for performances. According to what we heard today, level 1 will remain in effect for 2 to 4 weeks. With a May 15 opening at level 1, counting forward 2 to 4 weeks puts us between May 29th and June 12th. Performances are only possible at level 2 IF the licensing agencies allow for streaming licenses. We are seeing some promising new information (as of today) from MTI – the licensing agency for Seussical and Willy Wonka.
We will follow up later this week with a draft performance schedule and our policies/procedures. We will then follow up with individual e-mails to particular classes to discuss specific plans.
The good news… we now can start making a real plan for re-opening! We are less in limbo. 🙂
And, we know that we will be good to go for all of our summer camps!!!!
Seussical and Willy Wonka performances WILL be postponed.
Not Just Dance will clearly communicate our NEW policies for opening at a level 1 for May 15th with an understanding that we will continue with virtual learning, at a minimum, until we are operating at a level 2.
Thank you for allowing us to continue to provide you with excellent service and for YOUR support of us. Your support, in whatever form that takes, means the world to all of us at Not Just Dance.
Reminder: Sign up for a virtual audition for the Pancake Benefit. Auditions are Wed from 6:30 – 9:30. Sign up for a virtual time slot via the parent portal.
I have hesitated to send additional updates because, as you know, there are so many things that are still up in the air! Again, I thank you so much for all of your patience and understanding, your willingness to try new things, your contributions to Not Just Dance and a huge thank you to those that have bought discounted tickets and continue to register for workshops and summer camps despite all of the uncertainty. We so appreciate everything you are doing. We are trying to stay upbeat. But, let’s face it – it is hard! We pray that everyone is healthy and doing the best you can with our new “normal”. We miss you all so desperately and can’t wait to be back in the studio!
Per the Governor of VA, all non-essential businesses remain closed through May 8th. In addition, the stay at home order continues beyond that, leading to even more confusion on interpreting where we stand. Since that announcements, there has been more guidance provided by the federal government and the CDC on how to re-open states. While we may hear new updates from our Governor in the next few days, I wanted to give you all an update based on everything I know as of 5:21 pm on April 22, 2020.
Not Just Dance will continue to be physically closed through May 8th. Of course, if there are changes such that the state of VA opens sooner, we will make adjustments. However, that seams very unlikely. Therefore, our virtual classes will continue through, at a minimum, May 8th. Tuition payments will be collected on May 1st. The good news, for most of you, is that is the last tuition payment for the 2019-2020 school year!
The uncertainty related to our opening causes us to not be able to make concrete plans for rescheduling A Chorus Line and starts to put the performance of Seussical, on the originally scheduled dates, in jeopardy. You all have probably heard about the phase 1 and phase 2 openings. With a phase 1 opening, we would be able to do “some” activities related to our classes at the studio. It leaves open the possibility of rehearsals with smaller groups, holding private lessons and holding some of our dance classes. We could also do things like try on costumes. However, we will need to be at a level 2 to have have performances. Since we have a lot of experience with running rehearsals and shows in a short period of time (aka our “Best 2 weeks of Summer”), we have no doubt we’ll be able to do a quick turn around as it relates to the performances. We are also defining processes for how we will operate in order to ensure the safety of our students and the staff once we do re-open. For example, not allowing students to congregate in our lobby area and wearing masks, etc.
So, here’s what we currently know. If we are able to open mid-May, we would have the exact right number of weeks to pull off rehearsals and shows for all of our shows (A Chorus Line, Seussical, Willy Wonka, Twisted Tales, Reluctant Dragon) by the end of June. This is the soonest we could complete all of the performances.
Which leads us to a discussion about one of the summer camps – Music Man. This camp is scheduled to run at the end of June. Because of the uncertainty of when we will open, we are forced to consider moving this camp to Aug. 3 – 14th (the only 2 week gap in our entire summer schedule). Further, registrations for camps have completely stalled. Back on March 13th, registrations for all summer camps were going well. There is usually a bump in registrations following shows, as cast members talk about “what’s next” with their friends and make plans to be with their peers in the summer. Since we haven’t had any shows and give everyone’s uncertainty about summer plans, registrations have slowed considerably. And, Music Man has the lowest registrations, making us question whether we’d even have enough students to proceed. The only way to rectify this problem is to have performances. And since we can’t have performances, we need to make decisions based on the current enrollments. Because we don’t know when people will start to register for the summer, this is another piece to the puzzle that points towards delaying this camp until August. We will be reaching out to all students who are currently registered for a Music Man about moving to the postponed dates. They will also be given the option of getting a refund.
How can we help everyone plan?
- Music Man will move to Aug. 3 – 14th
- If VA re-opens in May, all performances will be completed by the end of June (with keeping whichever shows we can at their currently scheduled dates).
- If VA re-opens in June, all performances will be completed by the end of July. Because our camps are held during the day, we don’t see any impacts to any other camps and they will continue as scheduled.
We have discussed what would happen if the re-open happens even later and we feel confident that all performances will happen at some point before we open for next year at the end of August.
We know that you will want to know exactly when each show is going to happen. And, we would love to be able to tell you that. As soon as we know when we are re-opening, we will give detailed information on how this will all work. Again, we thank you for your patience.
What we do know for sure is…
- We will continue to offer discounted tickets. These tickets are good for ANY Not Just Dance show in 2020. Please use the discount ticket form (convenient link is on the home page of our website). Once we open, this discounted ticket form will “disappear”.
- We WILL hold our Virtual PANCAKE BENEFIT. We had planned to have our 2nd Annual Pancake Benefit on June 20, 2020. Given the uncertainty of when we will open (and the very real possibility that we will need our facility to host a show on June 20th ), we have decided to make this event a VIRTUAL event. Proceeds from this benefit will help fund new equipment, facility improvements and operational expenses related to performances. There are 3 ways to get involved participate, purchase tickets and give a gift.
To participate – please sign up for an audition slot. Auditions will be held on Wednesday May 6th (virtually). Check out the website for all of the details!!! We are also doing some fun things with ticket levels. Be sure to look on the website for details.
Finally, I wanted to talk a little about next year. COVID-19 has again wreaked havoc on plans! We have learned that MTI is delaying the release of licensing for Newsies JR until 2021. This causes us to have to pick a different show. We are currently looking at some FANTASTIC options and will let you all know soon. And, of course, we will plan to do Newsies in the 2021-2022 school year. I have started to update the website with information about next year. If you look under “classes” you will start to see some new selections. Normally, we open registrations for the following year on May 15th. This is still our goal and I am madly working towards that goal. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about next year.
Again, thank you so much for all of your support! Please let me know if I can answer any questions.