Updated as of Monday, June 29th
All of us at AIM hope that you & your families continue to be healthy & safe.
As we approach a Phase 3 reopening in Massachusetts, we have started rolling with our plans for our in studio recital, as well as preparations for Summer and Fall Dance classes. Please know that the safety of our dancers and families is always our top priority. We plan to reopen with in studio classes with an option of virtual classes in the fall. We will be adhering to all Massachusetts requirements regarding cleaning, sanitizing and social distancing rules.
We hope that you will join us for Summer Dance in August.
Until then, please stay well.
All of us at AIM hope that you & your families continue to be healthy & safe. Yesterday, Governor Baker mandated that all public schools throughout the Commonwealth remain closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year. This obviously has implications for our recital at Oliver Ames High School. We have now begun to implement and execute our contingency plans that we have been preparing for since mid March. Please rest assured that your dancer will perform their routine(s), in their costume, at some point in the near future. Even though May 1st will be the final tuition payment for the year, we will continue to run our Virtual Studio past the May 10th recital date throughout the entire month of May and thereafter, leading up to our performance.
We will have more information on our plan in the coming weeks, as we receive updates from the State.
We sincerely hope that all of our dancers and their families continue to enjoy all the content from our Virtual Studio, keep moving, stay flexible and practice at home. We sincerely appreciate your support and thank you for your patience and understanding.
Updated as of Monday, April 6th
All of us at AIM hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during this pandemic.
We want to extend our most sincere THANK YOU to our families and teachers that are on the front lines as first responders or working in the hospitals.
We hope that you are enjoying all of the hard work that the staff has put into our Virtual Dance School. This was certainly no small undertaking and the work that goes on behind the scenes to plan, video, mix and upload our classes shows how dedicated my staff is to each and every dancer in our AIM Family.
We sincerely hope that you continue to watch, move and rewatch all of the content that we’re providing on a daily basis! We will be offering make up classes to the extent that it is possible.
Our AIM Families have now contributed over $1,000 to a fund for families affected by the economic downturn. We know that many of you may have suffered a job loss or other hardships during this time. We ask that you reach out to Melissa directly and we promise to work with you.
Please continue to keep moving, stay flexible and practice at home – to the extent that you are able to. Virtual lessons are ongoing daily. Days and times are available on our website and our AIM Members Only Facebook page.
We appreciate your support. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Updated as of Wednesday, March 25th
Thank you for your patience as we have been trying our best during these uncertain times to keep everybody as updated as possible. When we receive updates, we plan to pass them on to you as soon as possible. We hope that you are enjoying all of the hard work and dedication that the staff has put into our Virtual Dance School.
Virtual Dance Studio:
We do hope that you are enjoying our virtual dance studio during this time outside the studio. This has been a MAJOR undertaking and if you cannot tell, my staff has risen to the challenge. Please feel free to repeat any of the classes either on the Facebook page or on our Website!
We do not have any update on our recital from Oliver Ames. As of today, we are still booked for May 9th & 10th. We continue to have discussions every day about contingency plans, should the venue cancel on us. We guarantee that you dancer WILL PERFORM their recital dance at some point.
We would like to share some goodness with you that we hope will brighten up some families gloomy day. Late last week, the studio received an anonymous donation of $500 from one of our dance families that we have applied to a few accounts that have reached out to us prior to our closing to help them continue dancing through these difficult times. As a small business, we are certainly not immune to any of the issues going on around us, but generosity like this certainly helps solidify how we envisioned our AIM Family would stick together in the most difficult of times.
The past few weeks have been a challenge for people all over the world. None of us are excluded from the challenges this global pandemic has brought upon our communities and families. Having two boys hanging over our shoulders while we try our very best to bring you dance classes and other fun content helps us sympathize with all of you as parents. This is why we continue creating and delivering our absolute best virtual content for your dancers and hopefully their siblings.
If you’ve been following our virtual class schedule on our AIM Members Page or on our Website, you have probably noticed your teachers putting in hours and hours of work creating content and classes for our dancers. Whether in studio or at their homes (with their kids hanging over their shoulders), our teachers have gone WAY above and beyond all of my expectations to be able to deliver these virtual lessons to your homes. We sincerely hope that you continue to watch, move and rewatch all of the content that we’re providing on a daily basis!
My expectation is to be able to pay our teachers their normal pay during this time away from the studio. I will not be drawing a paycheck to ensure that our teachers, who rely on this pay from the studio, can continue to receive their regular pay.
To that end, we will be charging our regular April tuition on the 1st of the month, but it will be capped at 5 classes. We will not be charging tuition for the Acro Dance program, but will continue to provide some virtual classes over the next few weeks. In the weeks to come, teachers will be providing music and choreography for their classes so dancers can continue to prepare for the recital. We will reevaluate our May tuition as this situation unfolds over the upcoming weeks.
We will be offering make up classes to the extent that it is possible. There will be more information on this in the coming weeks.
We know that many of you may suffer job losses or other hardships during this time. We ask that you reach out to Melissa directly (mailto:email@example.com) and we promise to work with you.
Please continue to keep moving, stay flexible and practice at home – to the extent that you are able to. Virtual lessons have become available this week and dancers are encouraged to continue and mark themselves in attendance. Days and times are available on our website (http://www.artinmotion.dance) and our AIM Members Only Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/656431798466010/) page.
We appreciate your support. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
March 16th update:
Dear AIM Families,
I have spent the better part of this week reading, listening, watching and collaborating. Talking with staff, as well as our network of Dance Teachers all over the country on how to proceed. I, as business owner, employer and mom have so many detailed decisions to make, and I make none of them lightly or without thorough consideration. After hearing about Norton Public School closing and surrounding towns we have decided to take this week by week, as we know things can change quickly, at any time.
The Studio will be closed for all classes for 1 week – Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March, 22nd.
We know this situation is beyond everyone’s control right now. We went back and forth, over and over on the right thing to do. Ultimately, we know taking this week by week is the best thing for our AIM Families and our Staff. With many of the staff having kids of their own, we know that a lack of routine, especially from activites kids enjoy, can make for a long break from reality. In the weeks to come, we have a better understanding on how will be proceeding with make up classes and giving back to our AIM Family. In the meantime, we hope that you can utilize our virtual dance classes.
We can’t thank you enough for your support as we best navigate our next steps as a community.
Our goal is to provide our students with some fun, virtual classes and segments over the next week to help them remain motivated, engaged, and – just maybe- entertained long enough for the parents and guardians to toss in some laundry or prep a meal.
We are hoping that with some fun content and these virtual opportunities, we can all make this difficult time a bit more tolerable. We hope you take advantage of these new opportunities that are truly testing our creativity.
As a small business owner, I am doing my best to take care of my team while we make these necessary modifications. We appreciate your support and willingness to stick by us as we all work through this together. We will do our very best to keep kids in their normal routines and infuse a little joy into your upcoming weeks as we always do. Please use patience as we navigate this situation. Thank you for your continued support!
A reminder of best practices:
- Most Important: If you or your child is not feeling well, please stay at home.
- Please continue to maintain good hygiene.
- We are deep cleaning the studio this week. This includes sanitizing and disinfecting commonly touched areas, such as barres and doorknobs.
- When we return, in order to follow the CDC’s recommendation about keeping distance between yourself and others, we are suggesting (not recommending) that you drop off your dancer and wait in your vehicle, to the extent that you feel comfortable. We know this will not apply to all families, but we are focusing on best practices.
~Melissa and the AIM Staff