*The Learning Lab begins September 8
*Arts Education (dance, acting, theatre, music, visual arts) Classes begin September 14
Regular attendance in class is essential for proper development for your child as well as their class/cast mates. Students that are not feeling well and cannot attend class, can now attend class virtually.
If you are going to miss a class – please call the front desk. Not showing up and not telling someone isn’t fair to anyone.
Arrival/Departure for Class Time:
Students should arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of class. Please arrive at The Complex dressed for class. Students should take all belongings home with them and throw all trash in receptacles. Please plan to pick up your child at the time their class ends. Please call the office if you will be late picking up your child.
Withdrawal from The Complex Classes:
At the time of registration you are signing a contract for the 2020 / 2021 education season. If you withdraw from your contract during the months of September through December there is a one-month tuition penalty fee, if you withdraw after December 31, 2019 you will still be responsible for the remainder of the tuition left on your child’s contract. A written letter of withdrawal must be submitted to The Complex Director, Nichola Johnson
Tiny Tots Classes: Loose, comfortable clothing and bare-feet or socks
Creative Movement and Intro to Dance/Pre-Ballet: Female - any color leotard, tights and ballet shoes. Male - any solid color t-shirt, athletic shorts/pants, ballet shoes. Hair secured back
Ballet I, II, III: Female - Black leotard, pink transition tights, pink canvas ballet shoes, hair in bun. Males - White or black t-shirt (not baggy or oversized), black athletic shorts (not baggy or oversized), black canvas split-sole ballet shoes
Ballet IV and V: Female - Black leotard, pink transition tights, pink canvas ballet shoes, pointe shoes, hair in bun, optional ballet wrap skirt. Male - White or black t-shirt (not baggy or oversized), black leggings/ballet tights, black canvas split-sole ballet shoes
Modern / Jazz / Contemporary Dance: Female: Black leotard, pink or black tights or black leggings. Male: White or Black t-shirt, black athletic shorts/pants or leggings. Bare Feet, hair securely tied back
Tap: All Black, comfortable clothing (any attire from above is acceptable as well). Tap Shoes: Black Hard-Soled Tap Oxford - examples of good shoe choices: Capezio CG09, Bloch "Respect" lace-up tap shoe, Bloch Child "Tap-on" Buckle Tap Shoe, Bloch "Sync" lace-up tap shoe, So Danca TA22 1" heel tap oxford (advanced students). We do not suggest split-sole or "flex" tap shoes, slip on tap-shoes, or patent-leather and economy tap shoes.
Musical Theatre / Acting:
All Black Comfortable Clothing, Black Jazz Shoes (strongly suggested)
Visual / Creative Arts:
(Students may choose gender specific dress code based on and individuals' gender identification)
Each month we email a newsletter by the 5th calendar day of the month, if you do not receive an email by October, please check in at the front desk so we may rectify the situation. Check your spam boxes. We ask that you read the entirety of the email. *Newsletters are also place on the blackboard wall in lobby in the slot labeled “Monthly Newsletters”
Performance Notes and Info Sheets:
Emails and hard-copy notices will go home as well as be posted on The Blackboard Wall pertaining to specific shows or events.
The Blackboard Wall:
The blackboard info wall contains much important information and dates….please check this every time you enter The Complex to keep up to date.
Our website is filled with information! Have a question? Check there for answers!
Look to our Facebook and Instagram accounts to keep you posted! All the cool happenings can be found here, plus sneak peeks of rehearsals and class work!
The Front Desk:
When all else fails, check in with the front desk! We will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the information. If something needs clarification, don’t hesitate – ask us!
The Complex Boutique:
Find your dance wear and performance needs at our boutique. If we don't have it, we can order!
135 Main St. Putnam CT 06260
On the first day of Seana and Emily’s Acting and Directing class students took time to set SMART goals to work toward this semester. The primary subject in class this month has been working on the components of improv. Students have been honing their skills in listening , storytelling, trusting their instincts, awareness , team work, saying ‘yes and‘ as well confidence. Each day class begins with students writing a promise to themselves for class whether this be to try something new, take a risk or not interrupting that day. Starting class with a promise to themselves has been a nice way to challenge students as well as hold themselves accountable for their time in class and what they want to get out of it that day.
This past month in Youth Art was dedicated to working with clay. We've designed and sculpted coil pots and beads. Working with clay is fun, challenging, and satisfying. It asks our artists to connect their ideas to their hands, think about their designs in three dimensions, as well as strengthening fine motor control.
Shannon’s ballet classes are starting the year by studying the “building blocks” of ballet. Ballet II and Ballet III are focused on anatomically sound technique, with a special emphasis on placement of feet and arms, as well as soft landings in our petit allegro (little jumps). We are also working on building a focused, joyful ballet barre practice that nourishes our minds.
Jazz I and Jazz III are currently exploring classic JAZZ movements inspired by Broadway and jazz legend Bob Fosse. Think: jazz hands, shoulder and wrist isolations, and jazz walks. We are also developing performance skills and exploring improvisational movement to a variety of music.
In Miss Alex's Creative Movement class we are getting to know each other, and beginning to learn our new environment. We are focusing on body awareness, how the body is able to move in different directions, and focusing on first and second position
In Miss Alex's Moovin' and Groovin' class we are creating lasting memories between parent and child! We are working on body awareness, fine motor skills, large muscle group skills, body rhythm, while also working on repetition In music and movement
In Contemporary 1 we are focusing on gaining strength, familiarizing our bodies with the basic positions of movement, and across the floor progression skills.
In Julie’s Visual Art classes, students have been exploring Section 1 of the Complex Art Curriculum which includes the 3rd Dimension. We are discussing the elements & principles of space, form, shape, and line. We are visiting the basics of still life drawing as it relates to dimension, and creating 3-dimensional work through the mediums of foil, air dry clay and paper sculptures.