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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

New Classes

Tango lessons session
 Alex Plumage will give tango lessons on Saturday, December 20, from 6-8pm and Fridays, December 26th, January 2nd & January 9th from 7-9 pm at the studio -- Hosanna Dance, 104 E Pleasant. Call 605-945-1044.

Shotokan Karate - ongoing
Richard Hathaway, a 3 time black belt, will teach Shotokan at the studio on Wednesday & Friday nights beginning January 14th from 6-8pm. For information call 605-945-1044.

Dress Rehearsal & Performances schedule

We have two more run-through rehearsals with everyone at the studio - all classes - Nov 24, Dec 1, 5:30-8:00 pm. Make sure you are there. If an emergency comes up and you can't make it please let Ms Sunny know.

Everyone (except the guys) need new PINK tights for dress rehearsal and performances.
Dress rehearsal at Riggs theater is Dec 4 from 5 - 8 p.m. Be there at 5 pm to find dressing rooms and get situated. Warm-up at 5:30 pm for all dancers except PreBallet. Notes for everyone - dancers, adults, actors included - at 6 pm. Then costumes on for all levels at 6:30 pm. Hair properly fastened but no makeup required.
Performances are Friday, Dec 5th  & Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m.
            Makeup for Ballet IV & V at 5 p.m.
            Makeup for Pre-Ballet, Ballet I & II/III at 6 p.m.
            Warm-up at 6 p.m. required for Ballet II/III, Ballet IV & Ballet V
            Notes for everyone are right after warm-up
            Costumes at 6:30 p.m.

PHOTOS after the show on Friday for all levels.  Please DO NOT LEAVE the theater until after your group photo is taken!!!

Monday classes - practice & costumes. Tickets

Ballet 1 and Ballet 2 (Ballet II / III) parents. We will be giving your kids their costumes Monday, November 24 after runthrough is over at 8:00pm and having them do one of their dances in costume so they will need them to stay until 8:30 p.m. Bring tap shoes.

PreBallet and Ballet IV will practice their dances after runthrough on Monday, December 1. Bring tap shoes.
There has been a delay in the costume shipment for those 2 groups so they will not receive all their costumes until the night of dress rehearsal. The costume company did not keep the require delivery date.

TICKETS: Parents will be given their tickets Monday night, December 1st, after rehearsal as they are picking up their children. You will receive 2 tickets per child.

Dancers & Parents

Reminders - mark your calendars today!

Runthrough rehearsals at the studio - all classes - are Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 1 at 5:30 pm. Make sure you are there.

Dress rehearsal at the theater is Dec 4.
Performances on Dec 5 & 6.

There will be classes in December after the performance.

Mark your calendars (whether planner, wall calendar, phone calendar, or sticky note on your mirror)  

HD Newsletter, Holiday Edition 2014

Hosanna Dance Newsletter
Holiday Edition 2014 104 E Pleasant Pierre Artistic Director, Sunny Hannum Vol 4

Two down and one to go, workshops that is.  We enjoyed a wonderful weekend of dance with Ballet Magnificat in Sioux Falls October 10, 11 & 12 and the following weekend, five Hosanna dancers and Ms. Sunny all passed their Cecchetti testing with a “pass commend.”  We will be traveling to Mitchell the weekend of October 24 & 25th for the Dance Network of South Dakota classes.

Most of the dances for the December performance of Greatest Gift of All are needing completion and need a lot of practice.  Because of that we are not starting run through rehearsals until Monday, November 17th, from 6 to 8 p.m.  This will still give us 3 run through practices and the dress rehearsal to pull the show together. 

Remember all your costumes need to be paid for and class fees paid up to date, before you can take costumes home.  Costumes will be handed out at regular class times as soon as they all have arrived.  The requested arrival date is November 21st so costumes will be given out that week.

We will begin working on our June performance of Prince of Egypt (The Deliverer) in January.  The first week of January we will take registrations for the second half year.  This would be a good time for children to sign up who missed the fall signup.  No registrations will be taken after January 30 until July 1st.

We will once again be offering summer Cecchetti classes in June for students planning to test during the week of the Cecchetti Summer Intensive June 22 -27th.
Ms. Sunny is planning to attend the teacher’s seminar at the Cecchetti International Summer School July 5 -11 in Holland. Michigan, and the Ballet Magnificat Teachers Workshop July 11-18 in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Easters may be offering some summer dance classes both modern and ballet for dancers wishing to stay in  dance shape over the summer.  That schedule has not yet been set.
We are also hoping to offer some summer dance camps for preschool and kindergarten children.  These would be two week sessions of one hour a week.

Greatest Gift of All Cast

Party Guests:  Parents
Claire’s Grandpa: Chuck Easter
Claire’s Parents: Brad & Erika Bruns
Claire:  Kat Bruns
Holy Spirit: Emily Plumage
Michael/Jesus: Josh Easter
Beelzebub: Israel Kanz
Flies: Jazz Class
Mary & Joseph: Brad & Erika Bruns
Mary dance: Sarah Easter
Angelic Host: Ballet V
Little Dolls: Pre Ballet
Big Dolls: Josh Easter & Abbey Nold
Jill In The Box: Natalie Hove
Party Dances: Ballet I & II 
Throne room Frolic: Pre Ballet
Dances of The Nations:
  Spanish: Sarah E, Sarah Nold, Kat, Abbey, Emily
  American: Josh, Israel, Ballet IV, Ballet
  Irish:  Ballet II
  Arabian: Sarah N, Natalie, Sarah E, Jenna McCrea
  Chinese: Kat, Dana Trethaway, Cassandra Ryckman
  Jewish: Ballet I
  African: Modern Class
  German: Ballet IV
  Russian: Mens Class
Waltz of The Redeemed: Ballet V

Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. -- Luke 2:10

October workshops

We will be in Sioux Falls for Ballet Magnificat! performance and weekend workshop October 3-5. Info here.
     There will be no Saturday adult or guys classes.

The following week we will be in Sioux Falls for Cecchetti testing and weekend workshop October 10-12. Info here
     There will be no Saturday adult or guys classes.

October 24-26 we will be in Mitchell for Dance Network of South Dakota's 2014 Convention. Brochure here
     There will be no Saturday adult or guys classes.

HD Newsletter, Fall Edition 2014

Hosanna Dance Newsletter
Fall Edition 2014 104 E Pleasant Pierre Artistic Director, Sunny Hannum Vol 3

We basked in the afterglow all summer of our successful He Lives In You (Lion King)      
Rehearsals began for The Greatest Gift of All (Nutcracker) the first Tuesday of August for advanced dancers, a class of 12 female and 2 male dancers. Hosanna Dance last performed Gift in December 2010.  We will be adding new dances and changing some this year.

New dancers are signed up in all levels and some dancers have moved up to the next level.  All levels will once again be receiving Cecchetti technique as part of their training. Several advanced dancers will be testing in different levels of Cecchetti in October and Ms. Sunny will be testing in teacher’s Level 4.

Twenty dancers participated in summer dance taught by Sarah and Josh Easter.  Classes included Cecchetti, ballet technique, Horton modern, pointe barre, foot and ankle exercises and stretch classes. Kudos, Josh and Sarah!  We look forward to more teaching from you.

Kat Bruns, Emily Plumage, Josh and Sarah Easter, Israel Kanz and Ms. Sunny attended the Cecchetti Summer Ballet Intensive June 24th - 27th in Sioux Falls at Dance Gallery. Excellent classes were taught in all levels of Cecchetti technique, jazz, modern, hip hop, lyrical, and ballroom. Teachers were from Chicago and North Carolina.

Emily Plumage attended Ballet Magnificat summer intensive where she landed a solo in their student gala performance and also auditioned for the Belhaven College dance program. Go, Emily!!!

October Dance Workshops:
Ballet Magnificat performance in Sioux Falls & workshop at Dance Gallery
October 3, 4 & 5
Cecchetti Testing & Classes at Dance Gallery, Sioux Falls
October 10 & 11
Dance Network of South Dakota Workshop, Mitchell, October 24, 25 & 26

Greatest Gift of All / Nutcracker - TENTATIVE CAST
Party Guests:  Parents
Claire’s Grandpa: Chuck Easter
Claire’s Parents:  TBA
Claire:  TBA
Holy Spirit: Emily Plumage
Michael/Jesus: Josh Easter
Beelzebub: Israel Kanz
Flies: Jazz Class
Mary: Sarah Easter
Mary & Joseph: Brad & Erika Bruns
Angelic Host & Waltz of The Redeemed: Ballet V
Little Dolls & Angels: Pre Ballet
Big Dolls: Josh Easter & Abbey Nold
Jack In The Box: Natalie Hove
Party & Throne Room Dances : Ballet I, II,III
Dances of The Nations:
African: Modern Class
Jewish: Ballet I, II, III
Chinese: Kat, Josh, Emily
German: Ballet IV
Spanish: Sarah E, Sarah N, Kat, Abbey Emily
American: Josh, Israel, Ballet IV
Arabian: Abbey, Natalie, Sarah
Russian: Boys Class

. . . forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead . . . -- Phil 3:13

FY 2014-15 Saturday dance class for guys!


So You Think You Can Dance . . .
Hosanna Dance
Is offering one month of Saturday classes at a discounted rate
10:30 to Noon
Starting September 6
Only $5 per class
(Full price after September)

Classes for Guys Age 8 through adult will include ballet technique, jazz, modern, hip hop and sports movement in dance.
For more information contact:  Josh Easter 220-2540

FY 2014-2015:  Guys Dance Olympics will be Saturdays from 10:30 to noon for boys & men ages 8 through adult

Classes will include:
   Cecchetti Ballet Technique
   Modern, Hip-Hop, Jazz
   Sports Movement & Athletics including strengthening, agility, coordination

Instructor: Josh Easter, 605-220-2540
   at Hosanna Dance studio, 104 E. Pleasant, Pierre
Limited scholarships available

Studio t-shirt order deadline August 22nd

T-shirt order deadline is August 22nd. Please send your size and a check for $18.50 if you want one for the coming year you will need to order NOW or stop by the studio Tuesday, August 19 between 4 and 6 pm and give us your order.

Guys Dance Olympics- limited number of scholarships available

Guys Dance Olympics will be Saturdays from 10:30 to noon for boys & men ages 8 through adult

Classes will include:
   Cecchetti Ballet Technique
   Modern, Hip-Hop, Jazz
   Sports Movement & Athletics including strengthening, agility, coordination

Instructor: Josh Easter, 605-220-2540
   at Hosanna Dance studio, 104 E. Pleasant, Pierre
Limited scholarships available

Fall classes & getting ready for Nutcracker

Ballet V - Advanced Ballet Classes Begin & Gift/Nutcracker Corps
August 5 - 26, Tuesday nights
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
$63.60 for the month

All other classes will start in September.
Take a look at the schedule of classes here

Advanced dancers don't forget - no exposing or camisole leotards. Here are some tips on making your own recycled tights shirt to wear over or under your leotard. 

Registration week is AUGUST 4-8, 4-6 pm at the studio. 
Late Registration: First week of classes SEPTEMBER 2-6, at regular class hours. 

Registrations received by July 31st for 1st Quarter will receive a free Hosanna Dance tshirt & 5% discount on their first payment. If you have 2 children in dance this will mean an additional 5%.

2014 /2015 Performances Planned - Save the dates
  • Greatest Gift of All: The Nutcracker -- December 5 & 6, 2014
  • The Deliverer: Prince of Egypt -- June 5 & 6, 2015

    Calendar - take note of runthroughs, dress rehearsals, and performance dates and add to your calendar.

Summer Dance Classes

Summer Dance classes
Summer dance classes start this week!

2 week sessions with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (ballet & modern) with optional Monday Cecchetti/ballet class (we will start with grade one). If you are going with us to the Cecchetti intensive in Sioux Falls at the end of June it would be good to take the Monday class so you will be familiar with the class material. Also, you may decide you'd like to test in Cecchetti. :)
flyer & registration 
flyer registration document here

Classes are on Tuesday & Thursday nights from 5:45 – 7:15 pm.

Tuesdays are Ballet and Thursdays are Modern. There is an optional Monday Cecchetti Ballet technique class also from 5:45 - 7:15 pm.

Session one (June 9-20)
     Tues & Thurs Ballet & Modern 
        Cecchetti Mondays (optional)

Session two (July 7-18)
        Tues & Thurs Ballet & Modern 
   Cecchetti Mondays (optional)

Session three (July 21-Aug 1)
         Tues & Thurs Ballet & Modern 
         Cecchetti Mondays (optional)

Class prices
$45 per two week session*
Payment due before first class

*If you will gone during some sessions but would still like to take class let us know…  it will be $45 for four classes… then add $12 for each additional class you can attend.

Performance Week reminders!

Lion King Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, June 5
5-8 pm
Riggs Theatre
*pictures follow dress rehearsal*

Lion King Performances
June 6 & 7
7 pm
Riggs Theatre

Summer Dance starts next week:
flyer & registration

* Advance Ballet Classes begin Tuesday, August 5, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
* Nutcracker Rehearsals (The Greatest Gift of All) begin Tuesday, August 5

Getting ready for Lion King

Save the date!
We will be performing the Lion King on June 6 & 7 at Riggs Theatre.

Dancers & parents:
Run-throughs are Monday Nights, May 5-June 2, at the studio.
Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, June 5, at Riggs Theatre.

We are now taking tshirt orders at the studio.

Deadline to order is May 1!

HD Newsletter, Spring Edition

Hosanna Dance Newsletter
Spring Edition 2014 104 E Pleasant Pierre Artistic Director, Sunny Hannum Vol 2

Think Spring! Think Summer!

It has been an unusual dance year so far for absences due to illness and injuries occurring in other activities apart from dance making it difficult to complete the list of 20 dances. The dance pieces have been challenging because almost all of them have 3 or 4 dances and groups within each dance. I am blessed for this show to have Josh and Sarah Easter and Emily Plumage doing some choreography.

We are also blessed to have two new young male dancers join us to help with some of the pas de deux work. They are Logan Baker from Murdo and Israel Kanz here from Pierre. Israel danced in our first performance of Sleeping Beauty in 2005.

The physical therapy workshop in January was excellent and benefited everyone but especially those with recurring injuries or recovering from injuries. I would highly recommend Ruth Scott for anyone that is not getting results from treatment they now receive. Her clinic is Great Plains Therapy, Beresford SD.

In February Ms. Sunny, Josh and Sarah Easter and Emily Plumage traveled to Sioux Falls for coaching for their next round of Cecchetti testing. Sarah Easter, Emily Plumage, and Ms. Sunny will be returning March 29 for testing.

We are planning to attend the Cecchetti Sumer Ballet Intensive June 24th-27th in Sioux Falls at Dance Gallery. Any students interested in attending should see Ms. Sunny for a brochure. There will be alternative classes offered in jazz, modern, hip hop, lyrical, pilates and yoga. There is an optional Aladdin musical theater session for younger students 2nd grade through 5th grade. Older students may get to learn choreography from Grease.

Monday Night Run Through Rehearsals 
May 5th through June 2nd
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Lion King: He Lives In Me Cast
Mufasa: Josh Easter
Adult Simba: Josh Easter
Sarabi: Emily Plumage
Adult Nala: Emily Plumage
ZaZu: Abbey Nold
Rafiki: Natalie Hove
Gazelle: Natalie Hove
Young Simba: Kat Bruns
Young Nala: Ashlyn Geuther
Scar: Ryan Hinrichs
Pumba: Logan Baker
Timon: Sarah Nold
Lionesses: Pointe
African Buffalo: Ballet V
Hyenas: Jazz Class
Zebras/Water/Grass: Ballet IV
Giraffes/Grass: Ballet II
Flamingos: Ballet I
Lion Cubs/Rainbow Birds: PreBallet

Deadline to order Lion King performance t-shirts is MAY 1!

Hosanna Dance Summer Schedule
* Advance Ballet Classes begin Tuesday, August 5, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
* Nutcracker Rehearsals (The Greatest Gift of All) begin Tuesday, August 5

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

...Behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, had prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals. Rev 5:5

Dance workshop in Pierre

The dance workshop with physical therapist Ruth Scott has been rescheduled for February 15. If you want to attend and hadn't already registered for the workshop please do so soon.

Physical Therapy Workshop for Dancers/Athletes
Location: Hosanna Dance Studio, 104 E Pleasant, Pierre, SD
Time: February 15, 2014,  2-4:30pm
         come early if you have an injury you would like looked at
Cost: $30
To Register: call Sunny at 605.945.1044

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 February. 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.

Bring your questions about any issues you may have with nagging injuries. 

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.

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HD Newsletter, New Year Edition 2014

Hosanna Dance Newsletter
New Year Edition 2014 104 E Pleasant Pierre Artistic Director, Sunny Hannum Vol 1

Happy New Year!

Kudos to the dancers and parents for a successful December 19th performance of For Unto Us A Child. We braved a very snowy night that kept our audience at home but we danced as if we had a full house.  Viewers were moved to tears by the beauty of the dances and supportive scriptures attesting to the birth of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ.  This show although in more of a recital format still shared the Greatest Story Ever Told.

We will be off and running in January with preparations and planning for the June performance of Lion King: Lion of Judah.  Our plan is to have this performance point to the return of Jesus.

Watch for posting of additional costume charges for the June show.  Fees will need to be paid by the end of January so costume orders can be sent by February 1st.

Preliminary Cast for Lion King: Lion of Judah

Mufasa/Simba: Josh Easter
Nala:  Emily Plumage
Zazu:  Abbey Nold
Rafiki:  Natalie Hove
Young Simba:  Kat Bruns
Young Nala:  Ashlyn Geuther
Scar:  Ryan Hinrichs
Pumba:  TBD
Timon:  Sarah Nold
Lionesses/Gazelles:  Ballet V
Hyenas:  Jazz Class
Zebras/Water Ballet:  Ballet IV
Giraffes/Grass Dance:  BalletII
Flamingos:  Ballet I
Lion Cubs/Rainbow Birds: Pre Ballet

We will begin in January to prepare for our next round of Cecchetti testing.  Cecchetti Grade III will be taught in advanced and adult ballet classes.  Ballet II will be learning material from Cecchetti Primary III.  Ballet 1 will be reviewing Cecchetti Primary 1 and begin work on Cecchetti Primary II.

Hosanna Dancers performed at the Capitol Rotunda December 21st.  Dancers from Ballet IV performing were Dadra Scott, Malia Schumacher, Jessica Hays and Ashlyn Guether.  Ballet V dancers performing were Josh Easter, Sarah Easter, Ryan Hinrichs, Cassandra Ryckman, Emily Plumage, Dana Trethaway, Abbey Nold, Sarah Nold, and Natalie Hove.
 Josh Easter, Sarah Easter, Natalie Hove, Emily Plumage, Abbey Nold and Sarah Nold performed Breath of Heaven for Christmas Eve Service at New Life Assembly and the same six dancers performed Breath of Heaven and For Unto Us A Child for St Johns parish dinner December 27th.  

Thank you for sharing the joy of Christ thru dance!


New in 2014:  Boys Ballet Athletics Class Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  taught by Josh Easter

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


...Behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seal -- Rev 5:5.

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.

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