This update was created on May 4, 2020 at 6 pm
I hope you are doing well. At the same time, I want to acknowledge that I have no real understanding of how the pandemic may be affecting you. So, please accept my wishes for your health and the health of your loved ones.
As a customer of ours, I want you to know that we are ready to serve you, whenever you are ready. If you need us now, we are ready. If you need us in the future, we will be ready. And if you need us in an entirely new way, we will do everything we can to get ready. Please let me know if there is a new or better way we can serve you.
We continue to decipher the information we are getting from the state, the CDC, OSHA and our licensing companies in light of what would make sense for our families.
When Not Just Dance reopens it will not look quite the same. We are actively working on our new procedures, following all of the guidelines. So far, the studio has undergone a very DEEP cleaning. We will continue to enforce new cleaning procedures. When we open, we will have new procedures for entering the building (using both the front and back door, locking the door, etc.), how many people can be in the building, wearing of masks, washing of surfaces, checking students, teacher health, etc. In addition, the schedule we used to have can not remain in place as there were too many overlapping classes. And, NOT all classes will immediately be invited back to the studio, they will remain “virtual”. For those students invited into the studio (for those things we just can’t do virtually), it will be an “optional” invitation, meaning, everyone needs to do what is best for your individual families. Every class will continue with a virtual presence, so that all students will be able to participate.
That being said, and assuming there are no changes to what Governor Northam announced today, Not Just Dance will open “for some classes” and at a “level 1” starting on May 15th. The following shows will be postponed: A Chorus Line (already postponed), Seussical and Willy Wonka. We are also considering moving Twisted Tales (we will make that decision soon). Level 2 is needed for full rehearsals and for performances. According to what we heard today, level 1 will remain in effect for 2 to 4 weeks. With a May 15 opening at level 1, counting forward 2 to 4 weeks puts us between May 29th and June 12th. Performances are only possible at level 2 IF the licensing agencies allow for streaming licenses. We are seeing some promising new information (as of today) from MTI – the licensing agency for Seussical and Willy Wonka.
We will follow up later this week with a draft performance schedule and our policies/procedures. We will then follow up with individual e-mails to particular classes to discuss specific plans.
The good news… we now can start making a real plan for re-opening! We are less in limbo. 🙂
And, we know that we will be good to go for all of our summer camps!!!!
Seussical and Willy Wonka performances WILL be postponed.
Not Just Dance will clearly communicate our NEW policies for opening at a level 1 for May 15th with an understanding that we will continue with virtual learning, at a minimum, until we are operating at a level 2.
Thank you for allowing us to continue to provide you with excellent service and for YOUR support of us. Your support, in whatever form that takes, means the world to all of us at Not Just Dance.
Reminder: Sign up for a virtual audition for the Pancake Benefit. Auditions are Wed from 6:30 – 9:30. Sign up for a virtual time slot via the parent portal.