Dear DDA Dance Families,
First of all, we sincerely miss seeing each and everyone of you at the studio!
In uncertain times, we feel the importance of coming together as a community. Our goal is to lessen the adverse impact of the coronavirus threat on those who love dance, and are accustomed to its regular practice as a lifestyle, emotional/physical outlet, and so much more. We recognize that being confined to home can initially
seem, to your kids, like a welcome reprieve from school. However, after a short amount of time, children may experience some stir craziness and, for the serious dancer, may fall out of the regular practice of dance. This could mean potentially losing momentum and flexibility, among other things and lead to an increase in anxiety (because the world can be a scary place amidst this health threat, and because many of our kids use dance as an anti-anxiety/stress relief tool!)
Having said all of that, we are all working hard to come up with solutions to allow continuity of training, including virtual dance classes. (Which seem to be dance studios across the globes only option at this point in time.)
Stay tuned for updates about how we intend to address a temporary hiatus from our physical studio space, which seems to be inevitable at this point.
We know how much you care about your wonderful teachers who invest so heavily in your kids on a daily basis. We ask is that you hang in there with us as we devise alternative solutions in the short-term to continue training your dancers. Our teachers will be working hard to deliver these alternatives to ensure continuity of quality services for their students and job security for themselves.
Our instructors work very hard to make ends meet and do not have the luxury of an income gap. In order to keep our studio running we will need your help & support.
Please partner with us in helping to support these deeply passionate teachers and young dancers while we find new and
innovative ways to continue classes during this time.
In the short term we are working on the best possible solutions in these unprecedented times for our valued dance families. We are currently working to provide our students virtual classes to get them back to a sense of normality with their usual dance schedule and to stay healthy and active at home, as well as continuing to learn/practice their recital choreography which they need in order to participate in our Recital, which as of now they are still in the books but if the schools close we will have to postpone. *But WE WILL have our Recitals! It may just be at a later date still. *Recital photos (Mar. 30th-Apr. 3rd) have also been postpone to a later date and we will keep you updated on that as well. *Company Auditions Apr. 6th will also be postpone to a later date.
We are taking this week of spring break to regroup and plan out our virtual dance classes.
(Of course these classes will be at a discounted rate since we understand this is a difficult time for everybody & it is virtual lessons/choreo. But keep in mind this is just as much/if not more work for our instructors.)
These options will include:
Weekly live/Interactive dance classes on Zoom, (This will be the most like normal dance class,where dancers can see/talk to their instructor as well as their dance friends while taking class virtually. All you will have to do is download zoom for free on your phone, ipad/tablet, laptop/computer, or smart tv & click "join meeting",
enter the Meeting ID number we give you specifically for each class and boom you're in & ready to dance!)
Another option will be Facebook/Instagram Live (these would be offered in private groups for each class)
(where your dancers can tune in & follow along with our instructor as well as ask questions in the comment section.)
Our last available option will be our youtube channel where we will post specifically tailored videos per each class/age group to use
at their own convenience . (Which will be private and only available to whomever is in that class/age group. And will include recital
choreography they need to work on/learn as well as other things such as stretching, workouts, across the floor, fun routines and more.)
**In addition, we are planning makeup sessions with flexible scheduling for our families, to commence when this health crisis dissipates.
More information on these plans will be released some time in the future.
**Also on a side note we will be in communication with our competition families on what we plan to do for their weekly competition rehearsals.
We will also keep you updated on what competitions are deciding to do as soon as we hear.
Thank you to all of our dance families who continue to support our studio during this unprecedented time.
All of us at DDA are working harder than ever to keep the studio operational, and continue to offer the best in dance instruction, and hopefully keep your children busy and moving during this crisis.
We appreciate your understanding & rely on your support.
Stay Safe. Stafe Healthy. We Love You All.
P.S. Stay tuned for dance challenges! At least quarantine can be fun!!! :)