Dance Studio Update – Plan For Coming Weeks

Dance Families,

The past few days have seen a lot of rapid-fire changes to our everyday lives. We have kept up with all the local and state news. We know everyone is experiencing major disruptions and having to adjust. While we would love to stay open and provide a sanctuary for you and your dancer, we know we need to change and shift the attendance and classes at this time.

As of 3/12/20 the San Mateo-Foster City School District has shifted to at home learning for the following 3 weeks. We know other local school districts including Burlingame, and Belmont-Redwood Shores have also followed suit.

Our plan is to close the public studio for 19 days, from 3/13/20 through 3/31/20. This includes all Small Fry Dance Club and Principal Arts classes. We are predicting classes will resume on 4/1/20.

During this time, we will come up with a plan for how we move forward with the missed class time. We will email you with more details as soon as possible. We will also look at the possibility of live streaming some classes, so dancers can practice at home and continue moving, training, and prepping for performance time.

Regarding future performances, we do not foresee any changes. All recitals and performances will go on as scheduled. This includes the PCPA Recital, and the June Small Fry Ballet Performances. Summer camps and intensives will also proceed as scheduled.

When we return to our regular practices, we will continue to ask dancers to wash their hands before and after classes. Our regular weekly deep cleanings will continue while students are away, and all new and current cleaning procedures will also remain in effect. All company policies will also remain in place during the closure.

We are organizing plans and videos for you to use at home as part of your daily/weekly lessons and essentially what is a bay area wide home-schooling plan for the next few weeks.  We intend to keep business and dancing flowing as much as possible given the need for social distancing.  We are keeping enrollment and billing in place and functioning in line with the usual monthly patterns.  We will also piece together a more flexible make up plan once the public space is being utilized.

We feel many hats of responsibility in this situation, first and foremost everybody’s health and safety. We also are thinking of our part time hourly staff, whom for some we are their only source of income. Our sense of community reaches to all our dance family and we want to make moves that support thriving teachers, dancers, and parents.  We feel a wave of support and trust each day and we hope that bleeds into navigating the next few weeks with grace and compassion. Without talking in circles please support our teachers and small business in this stressful and tense time. We are a tenacious and creative team.  We’ve got this!

We are repositioning office hours and employees plans at this time. We will do our best to answer questions quickly, but please give us 1-2 business days to get back to you.  This would be a great time to follow us on social media if you haven’t done so already. We will be uploading videos and live streaming from our accounts.

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Thank you,

Jana & Carlos Chapeton