April 27, 2020
Dear DCE families,
We hope you are all staying healthy, safe, and in good spirits as we continue to shelter in place. We desperately miss seeing our entire DCE family of students, parents, and staff. However, we also fully understand the importance of acting in a safe and responsible manner during this challenging time.
In light of the school closure announcement from Governor Pritzker, and in accordance with the stay-at-home order and the public health initiative, we have no choice but to make the following difficult decisions:
- Dance Center Evanston will remain closed to onsite classes for the duration of the Spring 2020 session. We know this is hard. Believe us, we would much rather be back in the studio dancing with all of you. But we feel strongly that the safety and health of our dancers, families, staff, and surrounding community is of the utmost priority.
- We will continue our online classes via Zoom, Dance@Home videos on Vimeo, and Littles Live & Live at Five on Instagram, through Sunday, June 14. The additional two weeks offset the time early in the closure when online classes were not yet available. We know our program of digital instruction is not the same as being in a classroom together, but we are working hard to continue educating our dancers as well as provide a sense of connection under the circumstances. We are encouraged by the number of students attending and the smiles on their faces at the end of each class.
- We are committed to supporting our faculty and administrative staff by fully paying their salaries during this closure. They are being compensated for their work in front of and behind the screen, developing content for students to continue to learn and grow in this new environment.
- Recital 2020 is canceled. We love Recital as much as the students do, but gathering in large groups is unfortunately not permitted for now. All costume payments already processed will be fully refunded on Thursday, April 30 and all pending costume invoices will be canceled.
- DCE is planning an end-of-the-year Video Celebration in lieu of the regular recital performances. We will be requesting photos, videos, and other digital material from our families to help bring this project to life. Watch for more detailed information coming soon.
- All Summer 2020 Camps & Workshops, as currently designed, are canceled. If you have already registered for Itty Bitty Ballets, Magical Creature Camps, Build-A-Ballet, Dance Immersion Program, and/or Alum Pro Intensive, you will have the option of a full refund or an account credit for the full tuition amount. Watch for a separate email with more information.
- We have begun an alternative plan for Summer 2020 programming. We are hopeful that we will again be able to offer some version of our Passport to Dance program, regular classes for Primary Division dancers, drop-in classes for Adults, and pop-up camps or workshops if appropriate. When the stay-at-home order is lifted and we have a clearer sense of how the summer session will unfold, we will release a schedule and registration information via email and on our website.
FALL SESSION & TUITION
- In response to the impact of this unprecedented event on our programming and to say thank you for the support you’ve given, we are issuing each family an account credit. The credit is equal to 15% of your Spring 2020 tuition and can be used on your Fall 2020 registration. You will see this credit on your account by Friday, May 15.
- We recognize that the needs of each family are unique and are being challenged in this difficult time. Our hope is that we come back stronger and more connected when we can return to doing what we love, so we are providing this to help ease the financial burden moving forward.
Over the past few weeks, we have received many positive messages from our families. Thank you for your words of encouragement. We really are going through this together. Every teacher, student, and family member has been directly affected by this event. However, I take such heart in seeing the resilience, the creativity, and the adaptability of our community of movers and makers.
April 2, 2020
Dear DCE families,
We are thinking of all of you and hope that your families are healthy, staying safe, and remaining flexible.
In accordance with the extended stay-at-home order from Governor Pritzker, Dance Center Evanston will remain closed at least through Thursday, April 30, but will continue to assess on a weekly basis.
DCE is working hard to figure out the best way to reach all of you with movement classes and tutorials you can do in your homes. We all know that it is not the same as dancing in a shared space with collaborative energy, but we are hoping to give you the best we can under the circumstances.
Beginning this Monday, April 6, DCE will be offering live online classes via Zoom.
Next week would have been our Spring Break, but rather than take that week off, we are going to begin a series of classes dancers can take online. Our goal is to provide you with level-appropriate, interactive instruction in a more classroom-like environment. The Zoom classes will be available for dancers in the Student Division & Academy Program, as well as for Adults.
As we introduce these classes, certain levels will be combined, but styles will be differentiated. Students may have class with their teacher, or with another teacher who teaches their level. We know that everyone has space restrictions, including the instructors, so you will have to carefully adjust and/or adapt the movement to what is possible. Watch for a schedule and detailed instructions on how to join the Zoom classes in the next few days.
For our Primary Division dancers, particularly Tippy Toes and Pre-Ballet, we will be starting a Littles Live program on Instagram Live beginning this Saturday, April 4, at 10:00am. Primary level teachers will take turns leading this class – this week will be Miss Allie! Tune in by following @dancecenterevanston on Instagram.
In addition to the Zoom and Littles Live classes, we will continue to add to our Dance@Home library on Vimeo. While the pre-recorded Dance@Home videos will be the main source for Primary Division and Tap classes, full classes and class excerpts at all levels will be there for you whenever you’re ready to move.
And don’t forget about our Online Resources Library! We’ve compiled lots of great performances, articles, activities, and more for you to peruse and enhance your dance education.
There are bound to be blips along the way, but we ask for patience, kindness, and understanding as we plan for ways to keep dancing together. Thank you for your help as our community stays moving while staying safe.
March 25, 2020
Dear DCE families,
In accordance with the stay-at-home order from Governor Pritzker, Dance Center Evanston will remain closed at least through Tuesday, April 7, but will continue to assess on a weekly basis.
As we adjust to this ever-changing situation, DCE has been developing some creative options to help keep us moving while we’re sheltering in place.
Our Live at Five series is offered daily on Instagram Live. You can dance along with DCE faculty as they lead abbreviated classes in a range of styles every day at 5:00pm. Coming up this week:
We’ve created a Dance@Home video library on Vimeo with recorded class excerpts and supplemental material for you to follow along with at any time. Check out this Creative Movement video from Miss Allie. It’s perfect for little ones! Videos are being added regularly, so keep checking back for new content.
In addition, our faculty has some other helpful videos for practicing at home, including this Hip Hop wave tutorial from Monte (Part 1 and Part 2) and these playlists of Tap steps and combos from Glenn’s Adult classes (Tap Basics, Beginning, Advanced Beginning, and Continuing).
Other links to dance-at-home resources, articles, dance history lessons, fun activities for young movers, and more can be found on our Online Resources Library. You can also access music from our Live at Five and Dance@Home classes by following us on Spotify (@dancecenterevanston).
We miss you all and thank you for your part in keeping the community healthy and safe. Please continue to take care and we hope to see you all in person soon.
March 18, 2020
Dear DCE families,
As more information comes in, we will continue to update you via email and on our website about the closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Dance Center Evanston will remain closed through Sunday, March 29.
While we miss our students and would love to get back to class as soon as possible, we are taking every precaution to keep our families safe and reduce exposure in the area so as to not overwhelm hospitals and other healthcare providers.
As a community, we are living through unprecedented events. In this time of constant change, we are striving to provide some kind of normalcy in a situation that is anything but normal.
Here are the steps we are taking:
- We are committed to fully compensating our teachers & staff during this hiatus.
- We are researching and developing new ways of keeping everyone moving, including a Live at 5series on Instagram Live, as well as recorded class excerpts and online resources. Watch for more information coming soon.
- We are investigating the possibility of extending our session and/or providing make-up classes when restrictions are lifted.
- We are determining the way forward for Recital. While we are not yet sure what shape the end-of-year performances will take, we are hopeful that we will have an opportunity in some capacity to share all that we’ve accomplished together.
As with most things in dance, flexibility is key. We thank you for your understanding as we plan for the present and the future.
March 13, 2020
Dear DCE families,
Dance Center Evanston will be closed beginning Friday, March 13 in a precautionary measure against the coronavirus outbreak.
There have been no reports of positive cases or exposure to positive cases from DCE faculty, staff, students, or families. We are following the lead of local school districts and the recommendation of local government officials to proceed with closing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. We feel it is our duty as an
organization ingrained in this community to support the public health effort in this way.
We do not yet have a set timeline for the closure. We can say with certainty that we will be closed all of next week through Sunday, March 22. While we hope for the best, it may be necessary to remain closed for the entire period that local public schools will be closed, which is through Sunday, April 12. We will keep you
informed via email and with updates to our website.
We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make a plan for the future. While the office will be closed, we will be checking the firstname.lastname@example.org email remotely as well as voicemail at 847-328-6683, though email is preferred.
Thank you for your help in striving to keep us all healthy and safe. We look forward to dancing with you again soon.
Béa Rashid, Director