COVID-19 Update

June 1 Update

SUMMER CLASSES AND CAMPS

WEEKLY CLASSES (JUNE 1 – AUGUST 1)

  • Classes for ages 12 months through age 4 and class especially for children with special needs have been cancelled in studio for the summer due to COVID19.
  • Classes for Kindergarten to adult dancers WILL TAKE PLACE ON ZOOM FOR JUNE AND IN STUDIO FOR JULY.  Fees have been revised.
  • Class sizes will be limited to ensure the engagement and active participation of every student on zoom and to allow for social distancing in the studio.

CAMPS 

  • 4K camps have been cancelled.
  • Camps have been shortened and will not include lunch time together.
  • June camps have been moved to July and August.
  • Camps will have a smaller number of campers than normal to allow for social distancing as much as possible.

Click here for the summer schedule and fees.

 

May 6 Update

Hello from The Dance Foundation as we stay home to stay well. Because it is not safe to gather together in person for classes and performances, we will not re-open for classes this 2019-20 school year and will not have in-person spring performances. As you know, we had a hopeful scenario to finish the year when we first closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we see now that is not possible. We are as disappointed as you are, but have a plan to help us virtually celebrate together!

VIRTUAL END-OF-SEASON CELEBRATIONS
We hope to see you there!  Zoom links will be sent the Monday before the celebration date.  If you do not receive the email, please contact Shellie@thedancefoundation.org (for 3rd-12th grade) or Blakely@thedancefoundation.org (for ages 2 through 2nd grade).

2 year old classes  – Thursday, May 21st 11:00am
For our dancers in 2 year old classes, we will have a special Zoom gathering to dance together!  Dancers are encouraged to wear their recital costumes.

2 1/2 year old classes (Sylvia and Bird) – Thursday, May 21st 11:45am 
For our dancers in 2 and a half year old classes, we will have a special Zoom gathering to dance the recital story together!  Dancers are encouraged to wear their recital costumes.  TDF teachers will be there to help read the story and lead the dancers in a fun recital-themed adventure.

3 & 4 year old class (Apple Pip Princess) – Wednesday, May 20th 11:00am
k-2nd grade classes (Apple Pip Princess) – Wednesday, May 20th 1:00pm 

For our dancers in 3 year old through 2nd grade classes, we will have a special Zoom gathering to dance the recital story together!  Dancers are encouraged to wear their recital costumes.  All of the TDF teachers will be there to help read the story and lead the dancers in a fun recital-themed adventure. We will sing the finale song all together. If you have not had a chance, you are encouraged to have your dancer view the recital finale song video – click here.

3rd-12th grade classes (Ever Wonder) – Wednesday, May 20th 2:00pm
Dancers will join together at 2:00 on May 20th (in a recital costume if they wish) and be the first to preview the finale mashup video. All dancers will get a link to download the video as a keepsake for the season.
To be included in the finale mashup video, dancers…
1 – should learn the finale choreography via YouTube (CLICK HERE) and/or Zoom.  Please, if you can, have your dancer join us TODAY, May 6th, at 1:45 PM, on Zoom (link was shared in Monday’s email to DAP/DEP students.  Email shellie@thedancefoundation.org if you need it again).  Mrs. Shellie will review the choreography, and to go over the instructions for making a video. 
2 – Make a video that is 60 seconds or less of yourself performing any combination of: the finale choreography, improvised dancing to the song, dance phrase you choreograph yourself to the finale song (Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin'”)
3 – Send the video to Shellie@thedancefoundation.org. The preferred format for sending videos, so as not to lose quality, is by uploading/sending the file via http://www.wetransfer.com, a free online service for transferring files.

PHOTO PICK UP
If you ordered photos, you may pick up your photos during Photo

SUMMER AND FALL SEASON PROGRAMS
We will be sending information soon about our plans for summer programming which was scheduled for June 1-August 1.  It would be very helpful if you will share your feedback about your participation in summer programs in the parent survey, linked below. Our Fall 2020 season schedule will be posted online in the coming weeks, and registration will begin mid-summer.  More details to come!

SEASON PARENT SURVEY
Your feedback on this season is valuable to us.  Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey about the 2019-2020 dance season via THIS LINK.

TUITION REFUNDS
We will issue refunds for tuition and fees beginning May 11 – by check or credit to your card we have on file. I want to let you know that the Board of Directors has made a commitment to continue to pay our faculty and staff. Each and every one of these people make The Dance Foundation a welcoming, creative and unique place to dance. With that in mind, if you can, please consider how you can help support us through this time of uncertainty either by declining your refund or choosing that amount to be a credit to your account for Fall 2020. Please click here to let us know if you can help.

I want to share a heartfelt THANK YOU to the parents who have already donated their refunds to us during our closure. This generosity has a very real impact. The arts inspire us, especially now, and confirm our human connection even when that connection is through a screen. Thank you for your support now more than ever while we wait to dance together again. Until then, stay home, stay safe, and keep dancing.

Diane Litsey
Executive Director

In the top right corner of each video below is a drop-down menu of other videos in the playlist that are all available on The Dance Foundation’s YouTube Channel.

From our faculty – TDF 2019-2020 Season Classes (more videos coming soon!):

Great resources for dancers in 3rd-12th grades:

Hair and Makeup for the stage:

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