ROCORI and Melrose Schedule

posted Jan 10, 2017, 11:47 AM by Caitlin Mayo

Hello everyone,

Here are the schedules for the ROCORI Invite this Saturday and our Melrose Invite on Monday. As you will notice, AA schools will be competing in the afternoon this year at ROCORI. The bus will leave at 11:45 AM. Dancers will need to be at the school to prep for the Melrose competition at 2:30 PM on Monday.

We will be having a Parent Panel meeting on Thursday at 6:35 PM to discuss any final preparations that need to be made before our invite on Monday. The meeting will be held in my classroom (J109) if any dance team parent would like to attend.

As a reminder, we do have a Dutchmen day on Thursday this week for gymnastics. The meet starts at 6 PM. We are asking that the girls stay there to show their support until 6:30 PM. 

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


BBE Invite

posted Jan 5, 2017, 11:32 AM by Caitlin Mayo

Hello again everyone,

Here is the schedule for the BBE invite on Monday, January 9th. The bus will leave after school at 3:10 PM. Please make sure your daughter has a snack or two for the road. A blanket for the ride home wouldn't be a bad idea either. 

Just a reminder that we have a Gymnastic Dutchmen Day next Thursday, January 12th until 6:30 PM. There is also a team meal that following day.

This is our busiest time of the season! Please make sure to keep checking for updates.

Influenza A has also hit the school pretty hard the last few weeks. If your daughter is showing symptoms, please get her checked out right away! The team is getting lots of reminders at practice to get rest, drink water, not share their water bottles/chapstick, and wash their hands. Hopefully they are carrying that over at home. :)

The schedule for our home invite on Monday, January 16th will be out shortly. It is Parent's Night, so we hope to see you all there!

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

Alexandria Invite and Announcements

posted Jan 5, 2017, 6:42 AM by Caitlin Mayo

Hello everyone,

Here is the schedule for Alexandria this Saturday. There have been multiple teams that have dropped and been added, that is why it has taken a little longer than usual to get the schedule out. Here is the final version that I have been sent. JV Kick Gold will not be competing at this competition. The bus will leave at 7:25. Please make sure your dance team member has everything set out the night before. Her gear should include HAT, COAT, and MITTENS. No one will be allowed on the bus without them. It is still supposed to be EXTREMELY cold this weekend. 

Our first team meal will also be tomorrow. There will be three team meals for JV and Varsity. There will be one extra meal for varsity before the section meet. If you would like your daughter to participate  the cost will be $5 per meal ($15 for JV and $20 for Varsity). There is tons of food and lots of team bonding at these events. We highly encourage each dance team member to participate! You can expect team meals to go no later than 7 PM. 

Early sign-up for the Monticello long-sleeved shirts will be due tomorrow. Once signed up, the dance team member is required to purchase the shirt. The picture is attached to this message. The cost is $20. Sizes available: S, M, L, and XL.

Makeup Forms

posted Nov 15, 2016, 5:13 PM by Caitlin Mayo

Hello everyone,

Here is the makeup form. It is due Friday, November 18! Please make checks out to Melrose Area Schools. Remember to read the form carefully. Not everything is required. If you bought the makeup last year, you do not need to repurchase. This is the easiest route to make sure that everyone has the same colors for performances. We will be teaching the team how to use the makeup that is bought. 

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


P.S. Parent Panel meeting on Monday, November 21 at 6:15 in my classroom (J109) for any dance parent that is interested in getting involved this season! 

First Day of Practice

posted Oct 19, 2016, 12:53 PM by Caitlin Mayo

Hello everyone!

Here is the checklist of what needs to be done before practice starts on Monday:
- MSHSL Form
- Physical
- Fee: Middle school students - $50, High school - $70, checks made out to Melrose Area Schools
- Dance Team Constitution(purple packet) - Signatures on the last page

Practice Attire:
- black spandex
- black tights
- black tank top
- tennis shoes

REMINDER: Clothes orders are due on Monday as well. See the previous post for more details.

Practice will start at 3:30 in the Elementary gym 3 and will go until 5:30 for JV members and 6 for Varsity members. 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Rosettes Dance Store

posted Oct 13, 2016, 1:34 PM by Caitlin Mayo

Hello everyone!

Here is the link to order clothing for the dance season:

There are also options for fan apparel! So make sure you check it out. The closing date for our online store is October 24th. That is the first day of practice! 

Requirements for returning members:
Purple B-Core Racer Back Tank

Requirements for new members:
Purple B-Core Racer Back Tank
Ladies' Purple Blend 1/4 Zip Pullover
*Ladies' Black 2.5" Spandex
*Black Full Length Womens Leggings 

Starred (*) requirements are not required, but you will need a GOOD pair of each of these. The ones listed have been ordered in the past and have worked out well for dancers. 

Fall Cheerleading Opportunity

posted Aug 14, 2016, 11:09 AM by Caitlin Mayo

Dear future cheerleaders at MAHS –

First let me introduce myself – I am the new FACS teacher at Melrose Area this fall and I am so excited to be selected to serve as your cheerleading coach.  You are receiving this letter because you have cheered at least one season here at MAHS.

Cheerleading ranges from enthusiastic cheers to intense physical activity for sports team motivation, audience entertainment or competition based upon organized routines. Cheerleading involves many components including tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting in order to direct spectators of events to cheer for sports teams at games. The chanters, dancers, and athletes are all very important to a squad. This season I plan to have the squad do both dance and stunts in addition to chants/cheers.   I hope you will consider being part of the cheer team this fall.

I have enclosed a copy of a Cheerleading Contract.  Please read through and turn in at the fall sports meeting or first practice on August 15th.  We will go over the expectations at the fall sports meeting also.  If I missed something you have had in past contracts/expectations, please let me know.

In addition to the Cheerleading Contract Melrose High Area School has a list of things that youMUST have done before you can practice/participate (by August 15th.)  I have enclosed a copy of the MSHSL packet for you.  This is also available online.

·         You must have a sports physical on file with the High school office, they are good for three years.   If you are unsure, talk to Audrey in the office and she can look it up for you, and get you the proper form to take to the Dr. with you if you are not current (this is a sports physical, your regular teen check-up does not count).

·         Every year that you participate in High School sport you and your parents must sign the MSHSL rules.  I have enclosed packet and also available online.  You and your parents must sign the front and back of the last 2 pages and return it at the fall sports meeting or turn it into the office.

·         You must complete the MSHSL annual sports health questionnaire and both you and your parent must sign this.  In the enclosed packet and also available online. 

·         You and your parents must also sign the parental insurance waiver in the enclosed packet and available online. 

·         No participant will be allowed to start practice until the activity fee is paid.  Everyone is required to pay a $70 cheerleading activity fee at the falls sports night or to the High School office.  Each cheerleader must bring me the receipt saying that the activity fee has been paid to the office. If you pay directly to the office they will give you a little receipt with your name marked paid to give to me.  If you pay online just print out the copy of your payment.

·         If you do not have cheer shoes they will need to be obtained.  The Nike outlet or Kohls have chewer shoes or has a great deal on shoes – pending we can find the correct sizes you need. 

If you or your parents have any questions you can reach me on my cell at 507-525-0971 of email at

Coach  Hanson

Summer Dance Opportunities

posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:28 AM by Caitlin Mayo

Hello everyone,

Here are the summer dance opportunities that will be offered this year for any dancers going into 7th-12th grade:

1) JFK Dance Camp - Sartell, MN
This camp is a wonderful opportunity to consistently improve their technique in ballet, jazz, and kick. We had 9 dancers go last summer, and you could really see how they improved this season! The girls also said they had a blast. The facility has mirrors, barres, and air conditioning. The coaches range from area head dance coaches to dancers from the U of M dance team. We are encouraging any dancer who would like to be on the varsity team this coming season or in the future to attend this camp.  

The camp is schedule for the majority of Monday's and Wednesday's in June and July from 2:00-4:00. The dance team will pay for the transportation of any dancer who would like to go. If we have 5-12 dancers go, the fee will be $231. If we have 13+, the fee will be $206. There will be a $16 registration fee for every dancer. The sign up sheet at the bottom of this post has all of the dates and times. The medical form also needs to be filled out for the studio.

Please have the sign-up form and medical form turned in by MAY 12! This will give me time to get final numbers to set up transportation, as well as, an exact amount the camp will cost for each dancer. Payment does NOT need to be made until the first day of camp

REMEMBER: Any dancer who participated in the Pizza Kit Fundraiser can use the money they raised towards camp fees. Please see Miss Mayo if you are unsure on the amount that you raised.

2) Melrose Dance Camps
Two dance camps will be offered through Melrose Community Ed. this summer for any dancer who can't make the JFK dance camp commitment. 
    A) Jazz/Kick Dance Camp - Coached by Miss Mayo
        This camp will focus on Jazz/Kick technique. If you want a taste of what the dance team season is like, this would be a good camp to sign up for. Dates: June 14, 16, 21, 23 from 1-3 PM in the elementary gym. This camp is on Tuesdays and Thursdays for any dancers who are also in the JFK Camp and would like to participate.
    B) Ballet Camp - Taught by Sasha Savinov
Sasha has trained with the Russian Ballet. He has choreographed all around the world. We are very lucky to have him here for a camp. He will be focusing primarily on ballet technique on barre, leaps, and turns. Dates: July 19, 21, 26, 28 from 1-3 in the elementary gym.

Both of the community ed camps are $25. You can sign up for them online or in the community education office.

As always, please let Miss Mayo know if you have any questions or concerns.

Winter Show

posted Dec 3, 2015, 11:46 AM by Caitlin Mayo   [ updated Dec 3, 2015, 11:47 AM ]

Hello everyone,

Here is the schedule for this Saturday. You should note that our Future/Alumni Dance Camp has been cancelled. This schedule, along with the required list of items needed for the season, are being sent out today. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Schedule for Winter Show

December 5, 2015

12:30 PM - Any parent who would like to help decorate for the show will meet at the elementary gym. The more that participate, the faster this process will go.

4:00 PM - All dancers will report to the school to learn how to do their hair for the season. They should have all of the necessary items for competition with them.

5:00 PM - Mark times for all performing teams

5:30 PM - All dancers will learn how to put on their makeup for the season.

6:00 PM - Doors open for the show

6:30 PM - Show starts

After the show, we will be selling cookies and hot chocolate for $0.50 each. Dancers will pass out candy canes to children and JFK dancers.

Dance Team Apparel

posted Oct 22, 2015, 10:10 AM by Caitlin Mayo

Hello all,

We are so sorry for all of the team apparel confusion. This year we decided to try a new clothing company. We started the process of getting the order ready over two months ago and the company we chose was not very efficient. Last week we decided to take our business elsewhere. With a new company comes a new order form and deadlines.

With the new company we are going through, there will still be the option to order online. This is our prefered form of payment for apparel. The order form is attached and was handed out today to the whole team. The online store is open today and will stay open until November 6th. All orders must be completed by then. I have samples of most of those clothing items if the girls would like to try them on before ordering. The tank top and shorts are still required for practices and mark times at competitions. 

If you are completely and totally against ordering online, or you do not have a credit/debit card to use, you may print off the order sheet from online and give me a detailed list of what your dancer would like to order. Payment must be in the form of a CHECK made out to Midwest Screen Printing. No cash will be accepted. 

I will be ordering the dancers warm up 1/4 zip and leggings for competitions. The reason we did this was so they could be here in time for our team pictures on November 6th. Payment for the 1/4 zip ($35) and leggings ($33) will be due on Wednesday, October 26th. Checks should be made out to Melrose Area Schools. If your daughter sold 15 pizza kits or more last spring, she will NOT have to pay for a 1/4 zip. I have a list if your daughter does not remember if she sold enough. We will be using these 1/4 zips and leggings for the next two years. 

Finally, parent dance team apparel will be available to order between November 9th-16th online. If you would like to try on any samples, I will have them available during the week in my room or after practice when you pick up your daughter. 

Dancer clothing orders: Due November 6th
Payment for warm-ups: Due October 26th
Parent clothing orders: Due November 16th

Shoe, tights, and makeup orders will be made after JV tryouts so we know who is on what team. We do this because each team has a different performance uniform that requires different colors of tights and shoes.

That is all for now. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. 

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