LETTER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DANCE EDUCATION:
Studio 48 has committed itself to continuing excellence in dance education. During these times of uncertainty, Studio 48 has done its best to continue offering dance classes in order to reinforce the strength of our community and its love for the performing arts. Because of the economic strain surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, we must unfortunately cease with the remainder of our Spring 2020 Season.
Beginning May 4, 2020, Studio 48 will no longer be able to host virtual or actual classes directly. Those who have paid for May tuition will receive a credit on their accounts, that will be used when we reopen in September. Studio 48 will cancel all payments for June. However, you can not stop us dancers.
Our faculty has graciously offered to continue holding lessons to some extent. Each instructor will be in contact with their students in regards to the new expectations for their classes: i.e. which will be held or canceled, the costs involved, and schedule changes if any. Please keep an eye out for an e-mail from your instructor. These classes, although aided by the use of Studio 48 platforms and connections, can no longer be associated with Studio 48's Department of Dance Education at this time.
Thankfully, by closing our doors now, we will be stronger and more secure for the opening of our Virtual Summer Dance program, our Triple Threat Workshop, and our plans for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Seasons. Considering the new guidelines proposed in the Reopening Stages of the State of Maine's CDC, we may be able to reopen fully by August. Please check our website or contact us directly for updates in regards to changes. We look forward to dancing with you on the other side!
Studio 48 Artistic Director
ANNOUNCEMENT OF STUDIO 48's RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
At Studio 48 Dance Center and Performing Arts Center the health and safety of our students and instructors are our highest priority.
Studio 48 is committed to doing everything we can to support the health and safety of our students, their families and our instructors. In recognition of the community and statewide effort to reduce possible exposure to the coronavirus or COVID-19, all regularly scheduled Studio 48 dance classes and musical theater classes between Monday, March 16th and Sunday March 29th will be canceled. We will monitor the situation closely over this two week period to determine if any further adjustments to this plan are required. If students would like to consider the option of private dance instruction during the next two weeks, please contact Rebecca Beck on her cell @ 207.319.5148 to make arrangements with your instructor.
Private music, voice and violin lessons are available to current students. If you want to come to your private lesson, contact Rebecca to make the arrangements. All necessary precautions will be observed before, during and after the lesson.
We understand and appreciate that cancelling dance and theater classes for a period of time will be disruptive for students and their families. Our intention is to continue to prepare for the annual showcase scheduled for June 14 at Freeport Performing Arts Center despite the interruption in the class schedule for the next two weeks. An update on the showcase and how we will approach preparing for this important event in light of the near term suspension of classes will be provided in early April.
Please be vigilant in taking steps to reduce the risks for exposure to the coronavirus for all members of your family. The Federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a series of guidelines for addressing and mitigating these riskes that are well worth reviewing. The link to these CDC guidelines is www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-html.
UPDATE ON VIRTUAL SUMMER DANCE AND COVID-19:
Dear Studio 48 Family,
We want to thank you for your continual support of the Dance Department and our attempt to plan for a safe, and socially distant Virtual Summer Dance program. Unfortunately we were unable to meet the registrant requirements for any of the courses this summer, and therefore, are canceling the program. Those who have registered and payed for the courses will receive a full reimbursement.
However, all is not gone. We still plan on holding our Triple Threat Workshops at the end of August. This week-long masterclass series will run in two sessions, the first at our Brunswick studio from August 10-14, and the second at our Yarmouth studio from the 17-21. The daily class schedule goes from 9am - 3pm and includes classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acting, and Voice. This series is a great way to try a bunch of different styles and with different teachers before we resume classes in the fall. If you are interested there is more information at our website: www.studio48pac.com. The sooner you register the sooner we will be able to take the proper steps to successfully run the series.
Additionally, we are able to safely open our doors for private instruction and coaching. Those who are interested in scheduling lessons with specific teachers at either our Brunswick or Yarmouth studios should contact the Department of Dance at email@example.com to reserve your time and space. The rates, payments, and scheduling of private lessons are determined by your instructor, so we encourage you to get in contact with them to take advantage of the now available studio space!
We know that you are all anxious to get back into the studio and practice the arts we love so much, but it is important that we do it safely and in accordance with the guidelines set by Maine's CDC. This is why we have made the decision to prolong opening our doors until the start of our Triple Threat Workshop. We want to thank you all for your patience and understanding. Please feel free to contact us at anytime if you have any concerns or questions. We are here to help you through this pandemic the best way we know how: through our love and dedication to our students, our parents, and the arts.
Keep dancing, keep singing, keep moving forward.
Studio 48 Artistic Director