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
May 4 - May 9
May 11 - May 16
May 18 - May 23
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. If we are unable to open as scheduled for the first week, we will present the lessons for the week of April 27-May 2 ONLINE.
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