Well, 2020 has certainly been a year like no other so it was no surprise when a 100 mile an hour wind tore out trees, ripped roofs off buildings, and brought down power poles. This has been a year of the weird and unexpected for sure. The first pandemic in 100 years, an earthquake, and temperatures that broke records on both the warm and cold sides of the thermometer. We are into the 9th month this year, and hopefully the windstorm was the worst we will have for the rest of the year. Maybe by the end of the year we will even have a COVID19 vaccination.

We had a different, but awesome recital the first part of August, and we were grateful to be able to do that. Hopefully by next year we will be back to a full production. On the fun side of things, we are back at the studio and going strong. We have made contingencies for Covid19 at our studio, including a lot of cleaning and sanitizing and keeping the kids 6 ft apart and socially distanced. The parents have been incredible in helping with all this! We have gone back to allowing parents to wait in the lobby for their children, as long as they wear a mask and social distance. That way parents can watch their children dance on our front TV screen.

In September, if you sign up now for classes, we are offering $20 off for the first month. That is the best deal we have ever offered and are excited to see many of our last year students take advantage of this special. Just use coupon code FLASH when you sign up online. We have a talented new tap teacher, Eddie Hoyt, who is doing a lot of fun things for our tap program. Or take advantage of our all boys Hip Hop class with our Hip Hop teacher Brooklyn. The kids really love her, she is so spontaneous and fun.

In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy and come dance, dance, dance.

It is almost time for our annual recital (s), and we are so excited to see our dancers show you what they have learned this year. We are hopeful that by next year we will be able to have a normal recital. But we are happy for our dancers to have the opportunity even in this pandemic environment to show off their skills.

A few items to note:

  • Our classes for 2020 - 2021 are posted online at the website. Go out and sign up for a class or two! Or stop by and say hi and sign up at the studio. Classes fill up quickly though, so if you want a certain time, day or style sooner is better. We offer a discount for siblings.

  • Our Openhouse is August 14th from 10 AM to 2 PM. We will be having cotton candy so come get a cotton candy, see our studio, ask any questions you might have. We are excited for our new year of dance!

  • We want to keep all of our students, teachers and parents safe during this global pandemic. So we have put into place sanitation procedures and social distancing procedures. You can read what we are doing at:

Back in mid March we thought we would be suspending classes for maybe two weeks, then it turned into six weeks and then 2 1/2 months. Who could have ever anticipated the way COVID 19 has impacted all of our lives.

We have missed all our parents and students so much! We are so glad as of June 1 we can open our studio back up, with precautions. We are being very careful in our sanitizing practices. One of the things that has happened is no parents waiting in the lobby. I have to admit I miss our parents chatting on the bench. I hope someday in the future we will be able to have our happy crowd back in the studio while our students take their classes.

In the meantime, we are sanitizing the studio before and after every use, wiping down the doors, spraying students hands with sanitizer before and after class, and keeping belongings and drinks separated for each student. The drinking fountain is off limits, and the bathrooms are sanitized hourly, or after each use. Doors are wiped down after the start of the class, and again before the class ends. We now have a door for entry and a door for exit. I don't know about all of you but one of the hardest things for me to get used to has been the directional isles in the grocery store, and I chuckle that now we are doing the same thing here at our studio.

We know we have the best students of any dance studio, but after this situation, I think we have incredible parents. As we have tried to stay in touch, there are things that have happened and such care has been given that it brought tears to our eyes. Hoping to keep a business going has been very stressful, but into this stress have come many funny memes that have made us laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine for any situation and brings a little sunshine. I especially liked the facebook posts about toilet paper. I salute you mothers who have stepped up to be teachers, physical ed coaches, activities director and so many other roles in your families.

Luckily for us, we put into place a contingency plan in case we had to be closed for an extended period of time and just moved everything forward. So now April is June, May Is July, and August 4 and August 5 is our recital. Our landlord was good to work with us and give us some time to get things addressed. Although we enjoyed the time to spend with our families, there comes a point where you just want to get back to a normal schedule in life. We were at that point, just needing to get back to some semblance of normal. Of course, life will never look the same as the life we had before COVID 19 came along, but we are aiming for a "new normal".

So as we go forward into June, we are excited to welcome all of you back to dance!

Leaps and Bounds Dance Blog


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