Morning to all the families and teachers of ELITE DANCE ACADEMY. I do hope that you are well and are in good health as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) makes its way through our beautiful country, states and local communities.
Firstly, I want to extend my sheer gratitude to our amazing families who have been working alongside us at this worrying time. The compliance, compassion, support and cooperation has been overwhelming, and for that we cannot thank you enough.
It is with great sadness, in light of recent instructions from our Government that non-essential services are to cease trade within the next 48 hours. ELITE DANCE ACADEMY will be ceasing operation effective Midday on Monday March 23.
Despite the love that I have for dance, our students and studio, the health and safety of our families and staff is of sheer importance to myself and is not something I would ever take lightly.
I have remained open as long as possible to let the kids be in their HAPPY PLACE but now I am forced to temporarily close the doors.
ELITE DANCE ACADEMY will be closed until Term 2.
Hopefully our doors will then be able to reopen if we feel it is safe for our students to return to their happy place. I know that ELITE DANCE ACADEMY is home to the most supportive, kind and caring dance parents/carers that I have ever encountered.
I know you will all continue to support our small family business throughout this difficult time. My ethos has always been, and always will be “put the children first”.
I ask that we continue to do so in adapting to any measures, such as online learning, live classes from home etc. that we deem to be the new norm for the upcoming weeks, potentially months, in this uncertain time.
We have been working on recording some of our classes (Tap and Ballet) and now we will look at moving as many classes as possible to digital format. (so please start downloading ZOOM).
I will do a live feed later today (when I stop crying perhaps) and explain more about this, so keep an eye out for that notification. As always, our communication with our valued families will be maintained and can assure you that we will keep you well informed of any studio updates over the coming weeks.
Please ensure that you are a member of the ELITE DANCE ACADEMY HELENSVALE parent/carer Facebook Parent Portal to keep up with additional information. FACEBOOK GROUP LINKhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/129409845689/
We are in the midst of developing exceptional, creative, yet functional online programs to create a dance studio within your very own lounge room. We have some fun, yet educational activities planned for our students.In the interim, we will be taking one week of absence to allow for our staff to be able to create, film and set up online platforms to continue to provide quality content, to distribute to our families.
I know that all families will be onboard and support my decision, as we all have the children’s safety, health and best interest at heart.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to the coming weeks and the merge of in studio classes to the virtual experience, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
We will be offering workshops and makeup classes during Term 2 to make up for any lessons you have missed ,we ask that all accounts now be paid in full to assist us in paying our bills too such as studio rent etc.
No further credit can be extended unfortunately.
Please contact me if you need payment details.As always, I am here to help, support and answer any questions that you may have.
Please stay safe and in good health.
All My Love to everyone!
ELITE DANCE ACADEMY
Do any of our students attend YMCA before and after school care at Helensvale State School Please contact me immediately. Thank you
I hope everyone is doing well under the current circumstances .
Just a quick update :
At this point we are continuing classes with the following measures in place :
Prevention Steps in the Studio:
● Sanitizer: We have sanitizer in the studio, and we encourage you to utilize it frequently
● Handwashing: We encourage frequent handwashing (for at least 20 seconds before rinsing).
● Discouraging close contact: We have adjusted certain aspects of our classes to ensure dancers are not in too close of proximity. We will not be giving hugs or hi-fives and are asking dancers to skip those as well.
● Surface Cleaning: We are wiping down frequently touched surfaces and equipment.
● Deep Cleaning: Each weekend we are deep cleaning the studio.
● Sneezes and Coughs: We are encouraging dancers to cough and sneeze into their arms, not in their hands.
● Staff: Only staff feeling well (without symptoms) will be in the studio.
How you can help:
● Don’t bring toys from home.
● Don’t send your child to the studio sick or if a family member is sick.
○ Children missing a class due to illness will be granted a make-up session.
● Don’t break any formal quarantine/government restrictions.
● Encourage your child to cough and sneeze into their arm not in their hand.
● Alert us if your child does have COVID-19 and have been to the studio within the last 14 days so we can contact their peers.
Please Note :
Due to the new Social Distancing rules we now ask parents to not wait in the waiting room. Parents are to drop students off and collect at the end of class. The teachers are here and more than happy to assist students with their shoes etc.
We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
A big thank you to all our families for being so supportive of ELITE at this time, I know a lot of you have said how important it is for the students to be able to continue their classes and keep that “normality “ in their life . We aim to do this as long as possible.
We have also been working on some online content for the students to be able to practice and even do some online classes !
The online classes will be on ZOOM ( good idea to maybe download this app now onto the students iPad or phone )
More information to come in the following weeks.
Please remember any lessons missed will be made up during Term 2, we will ensure no one will miss out on classes.
All accounts need to be paid immediately, please contact the office if you have a question about your account please contact the office.
Once again thank you for your support.
ELITE DANCE ACADEMY
Parents and students
If anyone has been to China in the last month we are asking that you don’t commence classes for the next 2 weeks as per advice from the Qld government
All classes will resume 3/2/2020