UPDATES ON RE-OPENING OF STUDIO
To Our AOD families,
In the days and weeks ahead, the re-opening of business across counties in Wisconsin will begin to take place. We still have a long road ahead of us. We have faith in our business and the neighborhoods we adore to act responsibly. No one wants to go back to the starting line of all of this and all want the best for our communities. With that said, we are all incredibly anxious and excited to BEGIN TO SLOWLY RE-OPEN our studio back up to in person classes. In the interest of safety, we will need some additional time for schedules and procedures. Our intent is to PHASE IN the opening of our studios starting, Wednesday, May 27th with the goals to be fully open within the next couple of weeks. The entire AOD studio team truly cannot WAIT to see all our beautiful and talented dancers again! Given the continued cautions recommended by federal, state and local governments, we will carefully plan a safe and respectful reopening experience for all. In the coming days, we will send out updates about phasing in class schedules and new policies that we will implement for the health and safety of the AOD community. We will also share that our studio will continue to offer the online class option for the weeks we are involved in the phased re-opening. It is important that we take every step we possibly can to provide you with clear information. Our AOD community is diverse. There will be many opinions. We intend to continue to provide options for this very reason, so that you as families can make your decision as to what works for your families in this environment. Chris and I appreciate your continued support of our studio and faculty and strive to continue to provide a place, that your kids can belong, share, grow, learn and shine! They have been asked to be resilient and persevere through troubling times and together we are succeeding in the face of this challenge. Your children are so lucky as artists to have the gift of dance which provides for both their mental health and their physical health. We look forward to being able to meet in our beautiful studios once again!
Please know, your love, support and continued loyalty has given me and Chris and our faculty the strength and courage to keep pushing. We are here for you and are overwhelming grateful you have been there for us! THANK YOU for moving furniture, cars, humans, pets, mirrors, floors and rugs to make space for AOD in our temporary home away from home in your home!
Stay tuned for more information to come.
#Wegotthis because of you!
Kellie, Chris and our entire AOD faculty!
UPDATES ON THE YEAR END RECITAL/TICKET SALES
Given the unprecedented times of navigating COVID-19, we are holding off on our TICKET SLAES for the June production. We are currently looking at a variety of experiences for our students and dance families to celebrate the end of year. We will continue to monitor all the factors involved but anticipate needing to make changes to our typical recital format. As you know, details are changing every day. AOD will make the best decision possible, based on the options that are open to us for that last week in regard to performances. We will let you know when decisions regarding the year end have be solidified. What ever format we go with, it remains important to us at AOD that these dancers have a feeling of joy with completion and memories to last a lifetime!
CLASSES TO RESUME! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR DETAILS!
Thank you for all the support you have given the studio during these uncertain times. Because of it, we have remained strong, grateful and inspired. While we had hoped to be instructing our first week back with in person studio classes, we will move forward as planned ONLINE with the continued Safer at Home restrictions.
As of MONDAY, APRIL 27th we will transition the first of our remaining 9- weeks along with the quality, style, content and character you have come to know from AOD and our incredible faculty to VIRTUAL LEARNING. Our faculty is ready to make this happen and we can’t wait to see and share with our dancers again! We will move forward in this manner for the time being, changing over to our beautiful spacious studios when possible in the future. A combination of LIVE ZOOM/PRE-RECORDED VIDEO for class and connection will be used.
5 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL VIRTUAL LEARNING WITH AOD (PRE RECORDED AND LIVE)
1.) SET ASIDE A PRACTICE SPACE (free of obstacles) FOR YOUR DANCER. It can be transitional and multi purposed - hallway, living room, basement, bedroom, garage. PARENTS, Remove as many distractions as possible for your dancer - siblings, pets, additional TV’s , phones...
2.) Have your dancer dress in proper attire to facilitate movement and correction.
3.) Be prepared. Have water bottle and all your shoes with you.
4.) For tap: We do not recommend tapping directly on your hard household floors with tap shoes. If you want, you can use a small piece of plywood. (Make sure you put a blanket/towel in-between your tap floor and your house floor to prevent damage.) Unfinished basement would work great for your tap class. Your dancer can have success on a small piece of carpet/rug with their tap shoes on too. Dancers can practice tap without their shoes as well.
5.) ACCESS YOUR CONTENT FROM THE AOD WEBSITE or ZOOM and ENJOY CLASS!
Hello AOD families!
All our best goes out to you as you move into the new normal of home/ online schooling with your families and adjust to the situation asked of all of us. We understand your new priorities and the additional stresses it may present. In an ever changing environment, this is what I know now.
Accent On Dance Studios is still committed to providing you the quality instruction, studio space and in person class/teacher interaction your dancer deserves and signed up for. When possible and for as many of the remaining weeks as we can, this will be our goal. Our AOD faculty are all in agreement that if we can postpone/pause the season for these next weeks and still be able to present the remaining 9 in person lessons and Recital at the end of it, that is what we should do. Our best case scenario would be to be back in classes the week of April 27th.
Over the next couple of weeks, AOD will have additional activities, suggestions for fun online dance classes and coloring pages added to our website under each CLASS heading. Teachers may introduce an additional step or two to our recital dances to get a jump start on the work we will need to do once we are back in session. Please continue to have them practice at home when they have time with our videos.
EVOLVING COVID-19 NEW AOD CALENDAR;
As of now, with a few changes to the calendar, we still see a way forward to finish the season in person. We hope to be a light at the end of the tunnel for your children and something they can look forward to at the end of all of this!
OUR RECITAL moved to the week of JUNE 22-28
(Monday Dress Rehearsal, Shows Tues - Fri / No Shows Sat / two on Sunday)
Remaining dance classes will be held:
April 27 - May 2 (ONLINE/RECORDED CLASSES)
May 4 - May 9 (ONLINE/RECORDED CLASSES)
May 11 - May 16 (ONLINE/RECORDED CLASSES)
May 18 - May 23 (ONLINE/RECORDED CLASSES)
May 25 - May 30
June 1 - June 6
June 8 - June 13
June 15 -June 19
Please note: We will schedule a make-up class on available Fridays/Sunday in May/June TBD to count for the 9th lesson.
We miss our AOD dancers! We miss the positive energizing studio atmosphere our classes and teachers create together. At some point these trying times will be behind us and we will be ever grateful to have each other to come back to!
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we continue to assess the evolving news and recommendations concerning COVID-19.
The safety and health of our valued families and faculty is certainly a priority. We wanted to reach out to you to let you know we are working on and discussing many possibilities as we move through this uncharted time.
For now we are postponing classes an additional week. It is our goal to have your child’s dance classes and training routine with AOD up and running again as soon as it is logistically possible with the goal being back by APRIL 6TH.
More than ever, our kids need to be moving and dancing, filling their hearts and souls with positive energy, inspiration and hope for the future. We understand that. We know you understand the positive benefits to dance not only physically but mentally as well. With your patience and our desire to provide, there is no doubt in my mind that we can’t get through this together.
With 9 dance weeks left in our current semester, our best option looking ahead at this time is to dance through most remaining breaks that lead up to our June Recital. (May break 5/25-5/28 is still off at this time and available if we need it. )
Please mark your calendars to reflect this change and new schedule.
Monday: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8 and recital week 6/15
Tuesday: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9 and recital week 6/15
Wednesday: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10 and recital week 6/15
Thursday: 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11 and recital week 6/15
Saturday: 4/11,4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13 and recital week 6/15
Developmental classes: We will be sending out choreography/videos to practice with until classes resume. This way, we can continue right where we were when we left off when we come back. Working on this currently.
Competition Team Dancers:
It is so important that you find time to stretch, condition, move, express, improv during this break. You know what to do to get started. I’m sure most of you have begun already. I will post/suggest some free online classes that are being offered to help and plan to create some of our own with our faculty. Please go through your competition routines and keep them fresh. Make contact with your teammates - I know you miss them. We are working to connect all through BAND in the near future. It seems to be the app that fits our program the best.
Answers to questions you may have:
If schools are closed for the remainder of the school year is dance also off?
Not necessarily. Options include but are not limited to offering adjusted schedules to decrease the number of dancers in the building at one time and or extending the season to make up for missed hours/weeks. We are committed to you and your dancer(s) during this temporary situation and will work with state mandates, increase our cleaning and hygiene requirements, implement new “sick and personal travel policies” as well as move to a “Drop-off only” (no one in the lobby or waiting areas) when the time comes to re-open.
What about the Recital?
We at Accent On Dance Studio are moving forward as planned toward an end of the season recital to showcase our amazing performers and all of their hard work. These students deserve it! We are hoping to be in the clear by then. If not, we will either restructure our June production or consider postponing to a summer recital. I will reassess in a month. We don't have to rush and decide now.
What about costumes?
All costumes have been ordered and I will continue to receive them as they come in. They are beautiful! I can’t wait until classes resume in the studio to hand them out!
What about competition teams and and our upcoming events?
At this time, all dance conventions/competitions are POSTPONED through the weekend of APRIL 6th. They are working to re-schedule anything that has been missed. I will let you know as soon as new dates are put forward. As more information regarding this becomes available, it will be covered in a separate email to our competition teams.
We miss your kids already!
We know you are freshly adjusting to this new type of school week and everything that comes with it. We are so lucky to have the amazing community of families we do here at AOD and know you are keeping things positive, embracing your loved ones and using this time to refuel for the future. I know that’s what we are trying to do too!
Once again, AOD is here to provide and honor our commitments to you in as timely of a fashion that this situation allows. We need your support during this trying time if we are to continue to be a fixture in this community once this passes. We have faith in our community and country to meet this head on. I know if we stay positive and work together we can ride this out and get our amazing lives back to normal.
I look forward to communicating with you again soon!
Kellie Plath, Owner