Bring a Friend Week!

Hello CDA Families!

This is "Bring A Friend" week at Canyon Dance! You can bring a friend (of the appropriate age group) to dance class with you for FREE! We hope that you'll help us spread the love and joy of dance to our community and invite a friend to join in the fun in dance this week. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Happy Dancing!

C.D.A. Staff

Final recital note

Hello CDA Families!

Just a few reminders for May:

1. Please pay regular monthly tuition for May. You may also include your $30 performance fee in your May tuition check; please note you're not able to pay the performance fee via our website, it will need to be paid in person at the studio with either cash or check.

2. Last day of spring classes is May 26.

3. SUMMER CLASSES run June 6- July 28. Pro-rating and drop-in's welcome! Weekly, weekend and master class options available. 

And a few for "A Rainbow of My Own" show

1. Photos for "A Rainbow of My Own" are Saturday, May 21 at the studio (please see the attachment for your class photo time). Photo order forms are available at the studio now and will also be available Saturday. Please bring your payment (cash or check only) for the photographer, Inspirational Light Photography.

2. Family tickets (including parents and siblings only) for "A Rainbow of My Own" can be picked up at photo day. All other tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the show or at photo day. Ticket prices are $4/student, $7/adult. Parties of 8+ (not including parents and siblings) will receive a 20% discount on tickets.

3. Full dress rehearsal (full makeup, costume and hair) is Saturday, May 28 9:00-11:30/noon at Coconino High School's Main Auditorium. ALL DANCERS PERFORMING IN THE SHOW ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND DRESS REHEARSAL; DANCERS WHO MISS THIS REHEARSAL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PERFORM IN THE SHOW.

4. Show times are 2:00pm and 6:00pm at Coconino High School. Detailed arrival times for dancers are listed in the attached document.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this e-mail, call us at 774-3937 or speak with Miss Cori or your child's teacher at the studio.

Thank you all for your support this season! The kids have been working very hard to prepare the show-it's going to be a lot of fun!


Happy Dancing!

Miss Cori and the C.D.A. Staff

Parent Note for Spring Show

“A Rainbow of my Own”

May 28th, 2016

Hello Canyon Dance Academy Parents and Dancers! 

The end of the spring semester is upon us and it is time for our big, year-end performance: “A Rainbow of my Own”! We are so excited to have all of our wonderful dancers share their dances with their family and friends! Please read the following information carefully as it contains a lot of important information about dates, times, picture day, etc. for the show. The performances will be held on Saturday, May 28h, 2016 at the Coconino High School north auditorium. There is a mandatory dress rehearsal on the morning of the show at 9:00 am. This is very important, as it is the only opportunity for the dancers to rehearse on the stage. We expect to be done before 11:30. DANCERS WHO DO NOT ATTEND DRESS REHEARSAL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PERFORM.  The shows are at 2:00pm and 6:00pm the same day.  All classes will be performing in both shows with the exception of the 3-4 yr. and 5-6 yr. creative dance classes. 3-4 yr. will attend morning dress rehearsal and perform in the evening show at 6:00pm; 5-6 yr. will attend morning dress rehearsal and perform in the matinee show at 2pm

The performance fee is $30.00/family and is due by May 5th. Please feel free to include this fee with your May tuition and notate the details on the memo line of your check or on the envelope with your cash. Thank you. 

♪      All costume fees are due in total by Thurs. April 7th, and performance fees are by Thurs. May 5th. IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID YOUR COSTUME BALANCE, PLEASE DO SO AT YOUR EALIEST CONVENIENCE. The performance fee covers the cost of theater, crew, props, scenery, and publicity. Time with the teachers during dress rehearsal and performances is also included. If this presents undue hardship on your family, please talk to Miss Cori. Dues must be paid (or other arrangements made with Miss Cori) in order for your child to perform.  

♪        The performance fee allows immediate family (Guardians and siblings only) to attend the concert at no additional cost.  Tickets will be issued for the immediate family of the dancer only. Only studio families may attend both concerts with their complementary tickets.  Family tickets will be distributed on picture day (Saturday, May 21st). Tickets for all other audience members are $7 for adults and $4 for children and will be available at the door.  All proceeds from admissions support the Canyon Dance Academy scholarship program. We believe that no child should be denied the opportunity to dance due to financial hardship and our scholarship program allows approximately 20% of our students to participate in classes.   

♪       Full dress rehearsal is Saturday, May 28th from 9:00am-11:30am/noon.  This rehearsal is mandatory for all dancers. Any dancer who misses the dress rehearsal will not be permitted to perform in the show. No exceptions. All dancers need to show up in FULL HAIR, and MAKEUP. PLEASE BRING YOUR COSTUME AND WEAR DANCE CLOTHES TO THE THEATER. Please don’t eat or drink in your costume, because if it gets stained or ruined we don’t have extra costumes and dancers with dirty costumes won’t be permitted to perform. Dancers are responsible for bringing their costumes. Costumes will be distributed during classes the week of the photos. Please ARRIVE in clothes that are not part of the costume. Call time for ALL DANCERS (dancers backstage): 9:00, warm-up (required for dancers 7+): 9:10-9:30, Dress Rehearsal: 9:00-11:30.

SCHEDULE: We will run the entire show. We will also rehearse bows before the show run through and again immediately after. 

After the final bows, dancers will be dismissed to their parents from the stage.  No parents on the stage please. Rehearsal should go quickly and smoothly. As a reminder, dress rehearsal can be tedious at times, so please be patient with the process. Your dancer is welcome to sit quietly in the audience until it is their time to dance, and this is their only chance to see the show. 

Dancers will not be allowed to enter the audience during live shows.  

DRESSING ROOMS: The dressing area is very limited, so please don’t bring anything “extra”. Also, please have your dancer arrive with hair and makeup completely done. 

MAKEUP & HAIR: Girls should wear: base (which prevents looking washed out), eyes (mascara, light eye shadow), blush/rouge on cheeks, and lipstick. Hair should be done away from face (no bangs) or following specific guidelines given by instructor(s).  

Boys should wear: base, and very light eye makeup, blush/rouge and lip-gloss. Teachers can further advise on details.

NO nail polish (fingers or toes), NO jewelry, and NO visible tattoos. 

UNDERGARMENTS: Leotards are a replacement for panties for girls.  Young boys should wear briefs that will not show under their costumes. In performance, additional layers of unnecessary underwear are distracting.   

♪       You may take pictures or video with your personal camera during the dress rehearsal ONLY. NO flash, NO cords and NO lights. You must also stay clear of the stage and all walkways and doorways for safety reasons. Personal photography and videography will not be permitted during live shows, as it is distracting to other audience members.  

♪       A DVD of the show is available to purchase for $30.00 and will include both shows. Forms will be available at the studio and in the lobby.  Please make checks payable to Canyon Dance Academy.  Only paid orders will be filled.  

♪       The performances start at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and will run approximately 1.5 hours.  Dancers ages 3-6 must arrive 30 minutes prior to the show warm and ready to dance (1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively).  Teens, Tweens, Ballet and 7-9 year old classes must arrive one hour prior to the show for warm-up on stage (1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively).  

Teachers and other volunteers will be in the dressing rooms and backstage for assistance.  During live shows, dancers are to stay in dressing rooms or other designated areas until a teacher or volunteer queues them backstage for their dance.  After the final bow, they will be dismissed to their parents from the stage.  No parents on the stage please.  

♪        Items to bring to dress rehearsal and shows: safety pins, bobby pins, hair spray, makeup, sewing kit, COSTUMES (including tights if costume requires them), and quiet activities such as cards or coloring books.  ABSOLUTELY NO EATING

♪       Flowers will be sold before and after the show if you would like to purchase them for your “star.” All proceeds from the flower sales benefit the scholarship program. 

♪        We need volunteers to sign up for various posts during the show:  ushers, ticket takers, dressing room monitors, etc.  Please sign up on the forms on the studio window in the lobby of Canyon Dance. 

♪       PICTURE DAY: We will do professional photos on Saturday, May 21st at the CDA Studio (see schedule below).  Please have your dancer arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time slot with costume on and hair/makeup done nicely. It is a VERY tight schedule, so please be prompt.  If your dancer misses their class’s scheduled time, we can try to fit in and individual picture between other classes, but no guarantees can be made. Photos are not mandatory to purchase, but please bring your dancers for the class photos regardless.  Picture package descriptions and order forms will be available at the studio.  Bring your completed order forms and payment on picture day - do not turn them in to the studio, they are to be given directly to the photographer. Please make checks to Inspirational Light Photography. If you have any questions about photos, please ask your teacher. The schedule below is for picture day on Saturday, May 21st at Canyon Dance Academy

Picture time    Class   

4:00-4:30pm           3-4s Basic Creative Dance (M 4:00pm class)  

4:30-4:50pm           5-6s Creative Dance and Technique (Th 4:00pm class) 

4:50-4:55pm           7-9s Intro. to Modern and Jazz (W 4:45pm class) 

4:55-5:10pm           Tap/Ballet combo. (W 4:00pm class) 

5:10-5:25pm           Hip Hop  (W 5:00pm class) 

5:35-5:55pm           Ballet 1 (M 5:00pm class) 

5:55-6:10pm           Ballet 2 (T 5:00pm class) 

6:10-6:20pm           Ballet 3/Pointe (T 6:00pm class) 

6:20-6:40pm           10-12 Modern and Jazz (T/TH class) 

6:40-6:55pm           13+ Modern and Jazz (M/W class) 

6:55-7:10pm           VELOCITY Dance Co. (Th. 6:45pm class)

January Newsletter

 January 2016


Canyon Dance Academy Newsletter    774-3937

Welcome Back!  Classes resumed on Monday January 4th.  Our classes run for 9 months and culminate in a show on May 28st.  We expect that all enrolled students will be continuing unless we hear differently.  We hope you had a nice holiday break.  We have a lot of new students starting in January, so we hope that all our current students will make you feel welcome!  Please check our website for information on our philosophy, schedule, dress code, teachers’ bios, and policies.

We will be accepting new students in January.  Many classes are nearly full, but there are still a few spots in some of the classes.  Call the studio if you’re interested in adding a class and tell your friends. 

The theme for the month of January is "Spatial awareness."   This continues the study of space on the floor, space around our body, and the space you occupy as a dancer. 

 The studio does NOT take most of the legal holidays off.  We will have class on MLK and President’s day.  We WILL be closed for Spring Break the week of March 14-18.

Snow Day Note:  We do not usually cancel on snow days.  The weather changes so quickly here that often, by the afternoon, it is clear and sunny.  Please use your own judgment when deciding to come to class when the weather is bad.


Upcoming January events:

MASTER CLASSES (ages 12+):

When: Thursday January 14 and 21 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Canyon Dance Academy 2812 N. Izabel Street in Flagstaff

Info: Sotida will teach a contemporary jazz class on 1/14 and another guest teacher will teach 1/21. $20/class.


When: Saturday, January 30

                Ballet 9:00-10:00am, Hip Hop 10:00-11:00am, Modern/Jazz (ages 10-18) 11:00am-12:10pm, Creative Movement (ages 3-6) 3:00-3:40pm, Modern/Jazz (ages 7-9) 3:45-4:30pm


VELOCITY Dance Company

Spring 2016 auditions

V.D.C. is open to male and female dancers ages 12-18.

When: Thursday January 28 7:00-10:00pm

Where: Canyon Dance Academy 2812 N. Izabel Street in Flagstaff

Cost & what to expect: $20/dancer. You will be taught a few short combinations in Jazz/Ballet/Modern and demonstrate in small groups and may be asked to demonstrate particular progressions.

For additional information, please call Miss Cori at Canyon Dance 774-3937


Keep your e-mail updated with us so you receive closure notices and newsletters. We also post updates on our Facebook page and on our website

*Canyon Dance Supply leos, tights, shoes, and warm-ups for the cold months ahead!                  Hours by appointment. 774-3937


Studio Spring Performance!

Every student will have the opportunity to perform in the studio show May 28. Performers will be required to pay a performance fee and purchase a costume chosen by the instructors. Dancers may choose not to perform and still participate in classes. All dances will be learned during regular class time. We will have one dress rehearsal in the theater, detail TBA.


Costume deposits of $30 per class are due by January 28th.  Feel free to include them with your January tuition.   Your child will be measured in class for sizing.  The balance of the payment for costumes will be due in February.  We expect the total cost to be $40-$80/dance. Payment of your deposit insures that your dancer will be in the show. The date for the big annual performance is May 28th at the CHS auditorium.   The mandatory dress rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday morning of the show.  We will still do two shows, with younger children in just one or the other show.  The performance fee will be announced later.  The show includes free tickets for the dancers’ immediate family (parents and siblings only).  Additional tickets will be $7/adult, $4/child.  All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit our scholarship fund.  We will do PHOTOS in May as well. More info to follow. Please direct any questions to Miss Cori.




Cleaning out your junk? De-cluttering the house? Replacing some old items with new ones you received for Christmas? DONATE it all to Full Circle Trade and Thrift. January is OUR month - a portion of the proceeds of sales and the auction will be donated to CMC to support our organization. Your help is needed! 

1. Donate items starting on Saturday.

2. Consign or donate items for the auction on Jan. 9

3. Attend the auction on the 9th, even if you don't want to bid. The big numbers make it more fun - and Russ the auctioneer gives a full hour of free entertainment. Starts at 10 a.m. Volunteer to help at the store. Tell them you support Canyon Movement Company.

Thank you for your support! What an easy and fun way to support the arts in Flagstaff.

Support non-profit dance

It's not too late! Renew or obtain a tax-deductible membership to Canyon Movement Company and support dance in our community. Go to our newly re-vamped website and pay online.

Dear Canyon Movement Company Supporter,
Thanks to the support of members like you, Canyon Movement Company has done some exciting things this year! In our twenty-second year, we continue to fulfill our mission while expanding what we are doing.

Some of our accomplishments this year include:
We implemented our Dance for Parkinson’s Disease program with two additional grants
We produced the Flagstaff Performing Arts and Film Festival including our Youth Dance project where we paired young choreographers with seasoned company members to produce new, meaningful work. 
We produced our 12th annual Nutcracker including lecture/demonstrations for Mountain School, Coconino High
School, and the Peaks Living Center, and a full production for Tuba City Thunderbird School.
We also performed at the annual Genesis Dance Concert, and the Arizona Dance Festival in Tempe.
We were guests of the Foundery and performed in their October show here in Flagstaff.

As a supporting member of Canyon Movement Company, your contributions make a difference in our ability to continue our programs in the community and the schools. As an added benefit, you receive our fabulous membership card with significant and exclusive discounts to many merchants and businesses in the community:
10% off at Brandy’s, Picazzo’s, and others
15% off Odegaard’s Sewing Center, Ogden’s Cleaners
Discounts on hair-cut and color from Brea at Head First Salon and much more! 
With larger donations, you receive free tickets to shows, and various free thank-you gifts. .

At this time, we are asking for your continued support of dance and the arts in our community. We hope you will be able to give generously to support Canyon Movement Company for the upcoming year. If you have never donated, we welcome you! If you are a long-time supporter, thank you for believing in us! So please, during this season of giving, consider renewing or increasing your membership.

Pay online at
Or send your tax-deductible contribution to:
Canyon Movement Company, Inc.
5680 E. Sunset Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

We are also funded by the City of Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Arts Council, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Arizona Community Foundation.

Additional ways you can support dance in Flagstaff: 
As you gear up for Holiday shopping, please keep in mind that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to
Canyon Movement Company Inc. and support us every time you shop with SmileAmazon. Bookmark the link

CMC is the recipient of a grant from Full Circle Trade and Thrift (FCTT). In January they will donate a portion of their proceeds to us and our partner groups. So clean out you stuff and be ready to donate it to FCTT in January.


Gina Darlington, Executive Director

Nutcracker Program Ads



Our 12th annual Nutcracker is coming up on Dec. 11th & 12th!  It's going to be fabulous again this year.  We have advertising space in our quality programs that are distributed to approximately 1000 patrons.  


Each year, we sell program ads to help pay for the printing of the programs.  If you know of anyone who wants to support the arts, and help us with our program costs, please let them know they can purchase an ad in the program. Ask your boss, advertise your business, or an upcoming event! Check with your hair dresser, chiropractor, dentist, etc. SAME PRICES AS LAST YEAR!


We accept program ads for businesses as well as for your dancer! Send your congratulations or best of luck wishes to your dancer(s) in a special way-get them an ad in The Nutcracker 2015 program!


Please let Miss Gina ( know if you’d like an ad and she can arrange to get the ad copy and payment.  Our publishing deadline is December 4th. If you would like to use an ad used previously, you will need to resend the ad to Miss Gina.


Price list is as follows:

·  1/8 page ad  2.5”x2”   $35

·  1/4 page size ad 2.5” x 4”   $60

·  1/2 page ad 4.5” x 5.5”   $85

·  Full Page ad 8.5” x 5.5”   $135 



Thank you for your support!


CMC and CDA Staff

Velocity Audition Results

VELOCITY Dance Co (V.D.C.) held company auditions last Thursday! We are happy to announce our Fall 2015 company!


Company Dancers: Ellie Whiteman (soloist), Rowan Maris (Soloist), Brooke Pacheco (Soloist Understudy), Katrina Nelson (Co-Choreographer), Sanoma Boynton (Co-Choreographer), Clyde Ellis, Netanya Muller, Ellie Sullivan, Zane Walden
Understudies: Annie Baron, Ella Moore, Nestah McLean, Jesse Harris, Sutton Boynton