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!

Wouldn’t it be cool to get to the end of the rainbow and find a Pot of Gold? As kids we probably all dreamed of that. At Leaps and Bounds Dance Academy your children are our Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow, and are precious to us.

Because they are so precious to us, this coronavirus really makes us nervous. This is totally unprecedented in the history of the 66 plus years I have been around! I am sure that it is making us all on edge. With that in mind we have carefully considered the following:

1) Per Governor Herberts direction to close all UTAH schools for two weeks we made the decision to close the studio for two weeks. As the situation progresses we may need to extend that. The truth is right now we just don’t know. We are as in the dark as anyone is at this point in time, but again, we want to keep our students and staff safe.

2) We are exploring options about holding makeup classes, moving the recital, and what to do as we go forward. Currently it is our plan NOT to run April tuition IF we have to extend the studio close. We look forward to our recital as much as you do, so even if we have to push it out a little while we still plan to hold it. As we become aware of more information we will keep you informed. In the meantime please stay safe and healthy!!

3) To help our little dancers stay in tip top shape there are the “Technique Tuesday’s“ videos on the website. Miss Katie will also be adding some videos of steps and exercises so you can work with your child on at home learning. She will also have the recital videos on your parent portals for your child to practice. None of these will have any cost to you, they are just to help.

However, at Leaps and Bounds Academy we believe that dance instruction is a hands on experience so that the teacher can watch and correct any form. Having classes that you pay for and the child do online does not fit that criteria, so we will not be doing that.

4) It is, and always will be, our studio’s policy to put the children first and give direct, prompt communication to our parents. If you have questions please reach out to us and we will try to help you navigate this difficult time. Know that we are always motivated by a desire to be a good community citizen as a business and welcome feedback that is considerate in the way it is given.

Again we thank all of you for giving us the opportunity to educate your children in the artistic endeavors we all love. We feel blessed and privileged to be able to be a business in American Fork and to have your business at our studio!

Now if we could all just get a peek at that pesky Leprechaun🍀😊

Leaps and Bounds Dance Blog


119 S Pacific Dr Ste 105 American Fork, UT 84003

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