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Welcome to the Quality Dance Program of Hosanna Dance, formerly MainStreet Dance of Ft Pierre, serving Pierre/Ft Pierre and the surrounding area since 2000 ... * Your central South Dakota nationally qualified ballet teachers *
Quick glance at 2017/2018 schedule

DVD showing of Christmas performance!

For Unto Us DVD Showing at New Life Thursday night at 7 p.m. , bring snacks to share. 

Merlyn Hilmoe will have photos and dvds their for pickup if you ordered them.

Workshop coming to Pierre in January.  Learn about your turnout and your feet and how to strengthen them. Important for all dancers.

Dance workshop in Pierre

There will be a workshop in Pierre the third weekend in January at Hosanna Dance Studio.

Improve Your Dancing -  understand and improve your turnout and foot and ankle strength.

Ruth Scott will be teaching a 2 1/2 hour workshop in January. By the end of the session, each dancer will fully understand turnout, how to improve it without injury, how to use it correctly and find the muscles around the hip that are involved in turnout. Dancers will also learn how to strengthen the feet and ankles and correctly use the muscles of the feet and lower leg.

Each dancer will receive a theraband, exercise handouts, golf ball for foot massage and a pinkie ball for release of the lateral hip rotators as part of the fee. Cost is $30 and each session is limited to 10 dancers.

Ruth Scott, PT, is the owner of Great Plains Therapy and is a specialist in dance medicine and sports science. She has received training in dance medicine at NYU Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and became certified in dance medicine at West Side Dance Physical Therapy in New York City studying under the physical therapist for New York City Ballet. She has been a physical therapist for 30 years and has a Master's degree in sports science as well. Ruth has been on adjunct faculty at USD Physical Therapy Department and received the Harry Settles Award from USD. She was inducted into the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association Hall of Fame in 2005. Ruth has been involved in the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association (SDPTA) serving on various committees and as President of SDPTA.

More information to come.

HD Newsletter, Holiday Edition 2013

Hosanna Dance Newsletter
Holiday Edition 2013 104 E Pleasant Pierre Artistic Director, Sunny Hannum Vol 5


   Before we know it, our performance date will be here.  Some of the dances have been finished, others are in progress.  Dress rehearsal will be Sunday, December 15, from 1-4 pm. I have also asked for 2 tickets for each set of parents.  I have not heard back from my contact there to confirm the request.

   Most costumes are here although there were some costumes ordered late for students registering late and one set of costumes had to be exchanged for a larger size.  Another challenge was trying to make some costumes work for our spring show, Lion King.

   We have also been asked to do some dance numbers at the Capitol on Saturday, December 21st at 11 a.m.
We will be taking Ballet IV and Ballet V dance numbers for that time slot.

Class payments and costume payments have to be current before costumes or shoes can be taken home.

This year has been the year of the workshop, testing and training for Hosanna Dance.  A look back:

February-Cecchetti training in Sioux Falls SD
April – Cecchetti testing in Sioux Falls SD
June – Cecchetti workshop, Sioux Falls SD
July – Dramatic Truth Summer Intensive, Kansas City MO
September – Ballet Magnificat Workshop, Casper WY
September – Cecchetti Training, Sioux Falls SD
October – Cecchetti Testing, Sioux Falls SD
October – Dance Network SD Conference, Spearfish SD

   Ms. Sunny, Emily and Noreen Plumage, Josh and Sarah Easter traveled to Casper, WY September 20th for a 2 day workshop with Ballet Magnificat and to see their performance of The Arrival and Deliver Us.  It was so good to see the company again.  We had last taken classes from them in 2010 in Yankton.  Good classes were taken in ballet, jazz, pointe and pas de deux.
   October 27th, Ms. Sunny, Emily Plumage, Josh, and Sarah Easter traveled to Spearfish for the 32nd Annual Conference of Dance Network of South Dakota with excellent classes in modern, tap and musical theater with another Limon dancer, Kurt Douglas, and Brian Marcum, former Broadway dancer, and now instructor at Oklahoma City University.  A special treat were the Flamenco classes with Lena Jacome.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.Rev 1:8

Fall classes and costume deadline

Space Available in All Classes but students registering after October 1st will not be able to be in the December show because costumes will already have been ordered.


December performance

Thursday, December 19th
7 p.m. 
Riggs Theater

HD Newsletter, Fall Edition 2013

Hosanna Dance Newsletter
Fall Edition 2013 104 E Pleasant Pierre Artistic Director, Sunny Holloway Vol 4

Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

   After a wonderful summer of dance intensives, summer classes, and worship dance, some of us are ready for fall and excited about what God has in store for Hosanna Dance and how He plans to use us.

   Parents and Students, please be sure to fill out your registration form the first week of dance if you have not already done so.  ALSO, WE WILL BE TAKING MEASUREMENTS FOR COSTUMES FOR THE  DECEMBER SHOWCASE RIGHT AWAY IN SEPEMBER.  Costumes will be ordered by October 1st.

   In spite of the current fad of treating dance like a competition sport, Hosanna Dance continues to maintain a high standard for ballet as an art form. BALLET IS PAINTING AND POETRY IN MOTION.  Dancers are athletes but they primarily compete with themselves in an attempt to master the technique and execute difficult steps. Studying ballet does improve performance in sports like karate, gymnastics, ice skating, basketball, soccer and football testified to by black belt karate students who have studied with me. 

   The Dramatic Truth Summer Intensive was the best we have been to in three years with excellent modern and ballet teachers.  Ian Poulis of Kansas City Ballet also now teaches at Dramatic Truth.  He is a Kirov Academy graduate and the grace, beauty, and athleticism of his classes was awe inspiring.  At only 28 years old, he is already an excellent teacher as was his wife, Paraguayan born, Fabiana Poulis.
   We so enjoyed Durell Comedy and Tobin James’ modern classes.  Needless to say, their classes were moving and took us through both Limon and Graham techniques.  Tobin had been in the original Lion King on Broadway so we were very interested in her teaching since we are planning to do Lion King in the spring.

   We will also be doing a showcase Thursday, December 19th, at 7 p.m. at Riggs Theater. It will once again be a Fine Arts Booster Club fundraiser.  It will be a medley of  Christian and Christmas music focusing on Christ from creation to His return.  We will begin working on choreography right away in September.
Showcase Costume Order Deadline is October 1st!

   Hosanna Dancers joined several worship teams from Pierre and Rapid City churches  on August 18th in Steamboat Park to do spontaneous worship dance for several hours.  This type of lead and follow dancing works well with large groups who haven’t had rehearsal time.  It is a style we have picked up at our summer dance sessions in KC.

  Josh Easter, Sarah Easter and Ms. Sunny also performed Shekinah in a Dramatic Truth showcase in July. Praise the Lord!!!

Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David's throne, has won the victory...  -- Rev 5:5

The dance year has begun!

Adult ballet starts this Saturday - 9 to 10:30 am

Openings are still available in all classes. Registrations can be made at regular class time. Check the class schedule for levels & times.

Classes start September 3rd!

Late Registration Week is September 3rd – 6th.  
Classes begin Tuesday, September 3rd
        Class Schedule

Class highlights:
  We have Pas de Deux classes this year after Ballet V.
  Adult Ballet is on Saturdays mornings from 9-10:30. 

The Winter Showcase will be December 19, 2013.
The Spring Performance will be June 5, 6, 7, 2014.

Fall workshops
We will be attending the Ballet Magnificat Workshop and Performance in Casper WY September 20-22. 
Ballet Magnificat! will conduct dance classes on Sept. 20 & 21.
Ballet Magnificat will be presenting "Deliver Us!" and "The Arrival" on Sunday, Sept. 22. "Deliver Us!" is performed to the music of "The Prince of Egypt".
There will be copies of the flier and registration form at the studio.

HD Newsletter, Summer Edition 2013

Hosanna Dance Newsletter
Summer Edition 2013 104 E Pleasant Pierre Artistic Director, Sunny Holloway Vol 3

Praise the Lord for He has done great things!  What a beautiful summer we are having!  Praise God for the rain in the natural and in the Spirit!

The Hosanna Dancers joined the worship team at New Life Assembly to dance during the West River Aglow Retreat with speaker, Patty Harrington.  The King Is Coming, Shekinah, and Your Great Name were a blessing to the Lord, dancers and viewers alike. Thank you Abbey Nold, Kylie Varns, Annie Varns, Sarah Nold, Sarah Easter and Josh Easter for helping Ms. Sunny bring freedom with dance.  Many wonderful healings were received through worship, word and prayer.

There are a few changes in the fall schedule with all the lower levels on Monday nights and advanced ballet at 5:30 on Tuesday nights followed by pas de deux class.  So please check the schedule closely to see where your child fits in.  Only advanced students who are strong enough on pointe will be allowed to take pas de deux on pointe.  

Other Ballet V students with only one year of pointe may be eligible for pas de deux classes upon approval by Ms. Sunny.  Please discuss before enrolling in pas de deux. It looks like the upcoming Lion King performance will have more pas de deux and pointe than Ms. Sunny first thought.

Ms. Sunny, Josh and Sarah Easter had a blast at the Cecchetti Summer Intensive in Sioux Falls.  Besides ballet classes, they had some really fun classes in hip hop, lyrical, jazz, and Latin jazz.  Material learned there will be shared in the next summer session and all classes. Dancers wishing to become certified in the Cecchetti method should visit with Ms. Sunny at registration.

The Easters and Ms. Sunny will leave July 7 for Kansas City where they are praying for an equally wonderful time of dance and learning new material.  Josh will have the opportunity to take pas de deux classes from Ian Poulis of Kansas City Ballet.  Durell Comedy of Limon Dance Company is also one of the guest teachers.

July 15 – August 15 on Tuesday & Thursday nights as follows:
Beginning/Intermediate Ballet & Tap 5:30-6:30

Advanced Ballet & Jazz/Tap:
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Registration and start of classes
Late Registration Week, September 3rd-6th.
Classes begin Tuesday, September 3rd!
Winter Showcase is December 19th.

2013/2014 performances
Christmas Showcase December 19, 2013 at 7 pm
The Lion King - June 5, 6 & 7, 2014

The Lord roars from Zion, And utters His voice from Jerusalem...  Amos 1:2

Fall 2013 Registration

Early Registration 
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 
10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
104 E Pleasant, Pierre
Registration received by August 3rd for September or 1st Quarter will receive a5% discount on the first payment. If you have 2 children in dance this will mean an additional 5%.

Late Registration Week & start of classes
September 3-6, 2013

Winter Showcase is December 19, 2013 at Riggs Theatre.
Spring Performance is June 5, 6, 7, 2014 at Riggs.

Classes begin September 3rd!

Sleeping Beauty/ Bride t-shirts

We will place another order for the Sleeping Beauty/Bride t-shirts if we can get an order for at least 15 t-shirts.

Mid-May News

Next week:
We have one more Monday run through at the studio on May 20. Dress Rehearsal will be at Riggs on Friday, May 24, at 5 pm.
Schedule for Performance days:
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Bride of Christ (Sleeping Beauty) Performance
Riggs Theatre
Makeup: 5 pm
Warm up: 6 pm
Curtain: 7 pm

Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Bride of Christ Performance
Riggs Theatre
Makeup: 12 noon
Warm up: 1 pm
Curtain: 2 pm

Spring 2014 Performance

Christmas Showcase 2013 TBA

SUMMER CLASSES at the Studio
Two Summer Dance Camps will be offered and registration forms will be available at the studio in May: The 1st Camp will run from June 3-21 and the 2nd Camp will run from July 15-August 15 on Tuesday & Thursday nights as follows:
Beginning/Intermediate Ballet & Tap 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Advanced Ballet & Jazz/Tap 6:30 - 8:00 pm
The cost of summer dance is $10 a class or $47.70 for each session. The first session will be shorter because of the Cecchetti workshop in Sioux Falls that some of us are going to the last week of June.

* We will be practicing The King Is Coming and Shekinah on either Tuesday or Thursday (or both) for those who are at the advanced class. We will be performing those 2 dances for the Aglow Retreat at New Life on June 21st & 22nd.

Summer Intensive opportunities
Ms. Sunny and some of the advanced students are once again planning to travel to Kansas City, MO, for the first week of the Dramatic Truth Summer Intensive July 7-13. 

Dance Gallery in Sioux Falls is having a summer Cecchetti intensive June 24-27th.  It is set up so that each day has a 30 minute conditioning class, 1-1/2 hour Cecchetti ballet class (in your level), and an alternative class in jazz, hip hop, modern, etc. 

Performance Guidelines


Performance Guidelines

Stay organized.

The week before make sure to gather everything that will be needed and put in your dance bag. Gather all costumes, accessories, shoes, tights, makeup, hair supplies (no glitter please unless your costume specifically calls for it). If you don't know how to make a ballet bun please speak with Ms Sunny or Ms Sarah and they can give you some tips.

Label all belongings: costumes, accessories, tights, and shoes. All strings in ballet shoes should be knotted, cut to about an inch in length, and tucked into the shoes so they cannot be seen.

REMEMBER, treat dress rehearsal as a performance. Wear the correct costumes, tights, undergarments, shoes, hair, etc. Have your hair in a proper ballet bun (no mussy buns, bouncy sock buns, ponytails, dangling hair, or side tendrils). Very short hair needs to be pinned back. Avoid glitter sprays.

Keep all your personal items in one area – bag or backpack is very helpful for younger students. If you have a lot of costumes and accessories a small laundry hamper may help. Place costumes in a garment bag for travel.

Female dancers will be expected to bring at least one extra pair of clean tights in case of stains, runs, tears, or holes. Girls, do not wear underwear under your tights - your tights are your underwear. Bras should be nude colored and if possible have clear straps. Undergarments should NOT be visible! For students in multiple dances, a nude camisole leotard is recommended. This helps to avoid feeling uncomfortable during quick changes.

Guys wear a dance belt.

No nail polish, watches, bracelets/ankle bracelets, rings, necklaces, or other jewelry. A simple stud earring may be allowed but you must first ask your instructor for that particular dance/costume and may need to be removed for your other dances. Avoid glitter sprays.

Do not touch or move props that are not yours! If you use a prop make sure you know where it is before each performance. Respect other students’ space and property in the dressing rooms. Stay organized and keep your things together.

Get a good rest! You need your body and your brain to be in tip-top shape.

Be on time so you have plenty of time to dress, warm-up, and be ready for any pre-performance notes. Do not miss warm-up and notes because of hair or makeup. Use the restroom upon arrival. Do not hold up the bathroom for those who need it by using it as your personal dressing room.

Pay attention to when you are supposed to be on stage and be available on time. Know your quick changes! Treat dress rehearsal as a performance and use it to make sure everything works, looks good, and sort out any mid-performance costume issues.
Backstage assistants will help the young children be ready for their cues. Stay in your designated area so people are not running around looking for you. Do not go into the auditorium. Students and helpers must remain backstage/in dressing rooms during performance nights. No running in and out of the auditorium during performances.

Pick up after yourself – everyone tends to move very quickly through the backstage area and clutter is dangerous.  Keep your things together and not strewn around the dressing room. Do not throw costumes or any accessories on the floor. Keep clothes hung up or in your bag or hamper, not on the floor.

Just like at the studio, when you are at the theater the dressing room is for changing clothes, not the restroom in the dressing room. Please keep the restroom open for people that need to go to use it.

If you create garbage and there’s no trash can, tuck it into your dance bag to dispose of later. Do not throw papers, tissues, wrappers or anything else on the floor. Pick up after yourself!


Getting ready for performances: Respect your costumes! When you finish a piece, your costume should be hung up or placed in your "basket." NEVER throw your costume on the floor and allow others to trample on it! If you have a quick change you may lay it over a chair or drape it on a hanger and come back to hang up later... but take care to make sure it is protected (and doesn't get lost) in that short time. -- a small laundry basket may help you keep your things together and not strewn around the dressing room -- 

If performing more than once, organize everything all over again after the first performance, before leaving, so you are ready for the next performance either later that day or the next day. Check over everything all over again when you get back to make sure all is still where it should be. 

After final performance always gather up all your costumes & their bags, accessories, shoes, and anything else you brought and take home. Return borrowed items. Check the gift tables. Put garbage in a garbage can. Pick up after yourself!!!

Keep track of your things and RETURN anything that you borrowed from another dancer or belongs to the studio.


Wear hair in a nice sleek ballet bun or possibly a french twist. It should continue the shape of your head rather than stick out away from the head. No messy buns, sock buns, or "doorknob looking" buns, dangling tendrils, or prom hair. Hair should be neat, clean, secure, smoothed back and off the face and neck. Use hairspray to keep hair smoothed back and control flyaways. You will need hair elastics and bobby pins or hair pins (depending on your hair). A hairnet may also be needed to keep hair in your bun flat and under control. Do not use hair clips, barrettes, or only elastics to secure your bun. Low bun, high bun, or french twist may depend on your costume accessories/hats/headpieces.

Ask Ms Sunny or Ms Sarah for help if you are having trouble getting your hair into a ballet bun.

Here are some videos that may help:

Video - Basic Ballet Bun
Video - Ballet Hair Styles (incls High Bun, Low Bun, French Twist, Classical "Giselle" Style)Video - Short Hair Bun
view more bun (and stage makeup) videos here

Spring Performance

Sleeping Beauty Ballet
The Bride of Christ

Performed by Hosanna Dance
(Formerly MainStreet Dance)

Riggs Theatre

Evening Performance
Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 7 pm


Sunday matinee
May 26, 2013, at 2 pm

Admission: free will offering

Studio website:

HD Newsletter, Spring Edition 2013

Happy Spring!

The month of April is here and it will be our last full month of classes. We will be holding Monday night run throughs for everyone in the show the first 3 Monday nights in May from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Classes will continue in May except Pre Ballet which will only practice Monday nights. Costumes will be given out to parents at your child's last class in April.

Two Hosanna dancers and a former Hosanna dancer competed in the dance division of the Assembly of God State Fine Arts Competition. They were Kylie Varns, Annie Varns, and Natalie Hove. They received an Excellent Rating for their worship dance to "Motions." Ms. Sunny served as one of the 4 evaluators for dance for that event.

Ms. Sunny, Josh and Sarah Easter traveled to Sioux Falls March 2nd for Cecchetti training at Dance Gallery with Ms. Jackie Kriens. They will be testing in that technique April 6. We are exposing our lower level students and beginning adult students to this anatomical approach to ballet.

Ms. Sunny and some of the advanced students are once again planning to travel to Kansas City, MO, for the first week of the Dramatic Truth Summer Intensive July 7-13. Applications are available at the studio and it is possible to pay the fee of $300 on line.

We are also working on the possibility of bringing Ballet Magnificat to Pierre in late September for a performance and 1 day workshop.

Two Summer Dance Camps will be offered and registration forms will be available at the studio in May: The 1st Camp will run from June 3-28 and the 2nd Camp will run from July 15-August 15 on Tuesday & Thursday nights as follows:
Beginning/Intermediate Ballet & Tap 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Advanced Ballet & Jazz/Tap 6:30 - 8:00 pm


There is a signup sheet at the front of the studio for help with the show!

Tentative Cast for Bride of Christ

Prince Desirè (Christ) – Josh Easter
Aurora (The Bride) – Emily Plumage
Lilac Fairy (Holy Spirt) – Sarah Easter
Black Fairy (Temptation) –  Abbey Nold
Prince Vanity – Ryan Hinrichs
King Floristan & Queen Desmonda (God & Israel) – Chuck & Marci Easter
Couriers (The Word) – James Lees & James Want
Fairy Troupe (Fruit of The Spirit)—Ballet V
Countesses (Gifts of The Spirit)– Ballet V
Maidens of Promise – Ballet IV
Lilac Angels – Ballet III
Monarch Butterflies (Eternal Life) – Pre Ballet
Demonic Spirits – Jazz Class 

Tshirts will be ordered May 1. Please pay $15 when you sign up! They are Awesome! Thanks, Sarah

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.  -- Rev 19:7

Summer classes

Two Summer Dance Camps will be offered and registration forms will be available at the studio in May: The 1st Camp will run from June 3-28 and the 2nd Camp will run from July 15-August 15 onTuesday & Thursday nights as follows:
Beginning/Intermediate Ballet & Tap 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Advanced Ballet & Jazz/Tap 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Spring Performance

Sleeping Beauty - The Bride of Christ

May 24, 25, 26, 2013 
Dress Rehearsal on Friday, May 24, 2013
Evening Performance on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
Sunday matinee, May 26, 2013

2013 Summer Dance Intensive

Hi Ballet V,

Here is more information and registration information about the 2013 dance intensive at Dramatic Truth in Kansas City, MO.   link below

Student Examinations

If you or your student are interested in getting started with Cecchetti student examinations let us know.

Ballet III and up are eligible to start working on Grade 1. Examinations take a lot of preparation, study, and commitment.
(Normally 1-2 years is spent studying per grade. More as you progress through the grades.)

Our studio is affiliated with the Cecchetti Council of America. All teachers hold certificates in the Cecchetti Method.

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At Any Age
Come dance with us...
In Him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28