Published 4/3 at 1:15 PM
I can not even begin to tell you how much we all miss dancing with your sweet kids. We know this is a difficult time for everyone and we want you to know our hearts are with you.
With the Governor implementing the stay-at-home order until June 10th, we wanted to touch base with you and share how we plan to proceed for the remainder of the dance season.
Our recital is the most important event we put on each year. We want to assure you that we will have our recital, as well as the classes leading up to recital. We currently have a June date in place, but with the Governor moving the stay-at-home mandate to June 10, we are now looking at a July date.
At this time we are working with the Choral Director and the administration at Manchester High School, and we will release the recital dates to you as soon as they become available. This situation changes daily so we appreciate your patience and understanding.
We had hoped to be back in the studio by the end of April, but with this new order, that will not be possible. Because of this, the original April (final) payment will not be be due until May.
If you would like to go ahead and make your April (final) payment now, please contact the office. We apologize for the confusion and any inconvenience this may cause.
For anyone who has turned in checks for tickets, take creative forms, ect.
All pre-order ticket forms turned in are at the studio and have not been cashed by the MHS Choral boosters. They will continue to be held until the new date is put into to place. If you would like to have your check returned to you (and write a new one when you return) we can absolutely do that.
We are talking to Take Creative to see if they will be available for our new dates. If in the event they are not, all payments that have been received and/or cashed will be fully refunded to you.
Trophies, food orders, and yearbook orders are handled by our Company Boosters. At this time they will hold onto checks turned in and will continue orders once we have our new date.
Again, I can’t thank you enough for your continued support and understanding as we navigate these times. We care about our Prestige families so much and can’t wait to dance with our students again!
Published 3/24 at 1:35 PM
Yesterday we were all given some very disappointing news, but news that will help us and our families stay safe and healthy. I know these times are tough for all of us, but we have to continue to stick together. I have to say, this past week just wasn’t the same at the studio. The lobby and classrooms should have been filled with the love and laughter our dancers and families bring, instead it was quiet and empty. Our hearts miss you all more than you will ever know!!!
In these uncertain times there are many unanswered questions for all of us. The one question I will answer for you is that we do plan on having a recital. As for the date of the recital - I am unsure at this time. The Manchester Choral director and I spoke yesterday after the Governor's speech, and with the schools closing, we are unsure if we will be able to hold our shows on May 15 and May 16.
That being said, we are now looking at some June dates after the school year would have ended. If we can not make it work with Manchester because of it being at a school, I will be looking into other venues. I will keep you all posted as the information becomes available to me.
Katie Kraft will still be taking pictures, but we are still unsure about our picture reschedule date. Depending on when we can resume our classes, we are looking at two options:
1. Continuing with our usual picture week but with different dates
2. Having a picture weekend (If we move to having a picture weekend we will give each class its own time slot for their pictures. The dancers will come to the studio to take their pictures only on this day).
Lastly, I want to assure you that when we return back to the studio, we will jump in right where we left off. Although it looks like we still have weeks before we will be dancing at the studio, (since the Governor has mandated we cannot open for 30 days) our goal is to get in as much practice as possible leading up to our recital.
I want to thank you all for your continued support; all of your messages truly mean the world to me and my staff. You all are part of our family and we would not be Prestige Dance Studio without you.
Published 3/13 at 2:46 PM
Our biggest priority is everyone’s health and well-being, so it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close starting Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 28. We will be closed to students for two full weeks. We will continue to assess the situation, and decide later if we need to extend this period of closure. You will be notified as soon as possible of all changes.
We realize that this will cause us to miss our scheduled picture week; we will reschedule after we return to dance.
Our 6th annual recital is still on for the time being, and we will continue to keep you updated should changes occur.
During this unexpected situation, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. We will continue to conduct additional cleaning of studios, lobby, bathrooms, and kitchen.
Please know that this is not a decision that we made lightly. We realize that any change to schedule is disruptive and inconvenient. However, our priority must always be the health and safety of our dancers, staff members, and community.
We will continue to post updates (via email and social media) and appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we continue to prepare for and respond to this evolving situation.
Published 3/12 at 1:53 PM
We are still closely monitoring the situation and will continue to post updates relating to any impact on our operations going forward.
For now, we will continue to have classes through Saturday, March 14.
We have taken additional precautions within the studio to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.
Such precautions include thoroughly disinfecting surfaces in all common areas, bathrooms, and studios, providing hand sanitizer in every studio, and ensuring there is soap available in the bathrooms and kitchen area.
While we do our part, we kindly ask that you do not send your dancer to class if they have a cough, runny nose, fever, or any other indicator that they may be sick. In an effort to maintain the safety of our community, teachers at Prestige reserve the right to send a dancer home if they exhibit any of the above symptoms. Parents also reserve the right to keep their child at home. There will be no penalty for missing class at this time.
We also ask that you encourage your dancer to keep their hands to themselves while in class, and as a precaution, Prestige staff will limit contact with students, especially our younger dancers.
Again, we will continue to post updates (via email and social media) and appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we continue to prepare for and respond to this evolving situation. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our dancers, their families, and our staff.
Published 3/9 at 6:45 PM
As always, your well-being, along with our staff, is always at the top of our priority list. For these reasons, we're reaching out to share recommendations with you, along with the extra precautionary measures that many businesses are taking due to the recently diagnosed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the US and Virginia.
While at Prestige, we encourage everyone to use their best personal hygiene practices, as recommended by the CDC. These include:
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
For more information on best practices, please visit the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
The studio is regularly cleaned and sanitized to prevent illnesses. Hand sanitizer is available in all three studios, and our bathrooms and kitchen area are stocked with hand soap.
If your dancer or friends/family members are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, please do not attend class.
The remainder of our year is scheduled to take place as planned. We will continue to diligently monitor the situation and should anything change, we will act in accordance with direction from government authorities.
We’re confident that these efforts by both the staff and dancers/families will help ensure a safe and healthy environment at Prestige. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.