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No Classes: November 25-27, 2020

We will be closed next week on Wednesday-Friday (Nov 25th-27th). Classes scheduled for Monday and Tuesday will still take place.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Dance Student Application

Click here to download your 20-21 application & releases

TUITION PAYMENTS:
  • EACH ONE HOUR CLASS IS $50 FOR A MONTH.
  • MONTHLY PAYMENT IS DUE BY THE 10th OF EACH MONTH.
  • TUITION IS BASED ON A MONTHLY PAYMENT REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF CLASSES A STUDENT ATTENDS. THERE IS NO ADJUSTMENT TO THE FEE.
  • TO DROP A CLASS NOTIFY SUSAN BARNES AT dancewillow@gmail.com AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT MONTH. YOU WILL BE CHARGED AND RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT IF THIS PROCEDURE IS NOT FOLLOWED.
  • WHEN PAYING BY CHECK INDICATE ON THE MEMO LINE THE FIRST AND LAST NAME OF THE STUDENT AND THE CLASS BEING TAKEN.
  • WHEN PAYING BY CASH PUT IT IN AN ENVELOPE WITH THE FIRST AND LAST NAME OF THE STUDENT AND THE CLASS BEING TAKEN.
TUITION REFUND POLICY:
  • BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS – 100%
  • NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN IF YOU DECIDE TO DROP THE CLASS OR YOU MISS A CLASS DURING THE MONTH YOU HAVE PAID FOR.
  • IF YOU MISS A CLASS WE WILL FIND ANOTHER CLASS TO MAKE UP FOR YOUR MISSED CLASS.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL at Willow Street Studio

WILLOW STREET STUDIOS COVID PROTOCOLS

The well-being of our students and their families is our number one priority.

The following are procedures and measures being taken by Willow Street Studios to keep dancers, teachers, and staff members safe. As CDC and Illinois guidelines change, these procedures and measures will be adapted to reflect current best practices.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the studio directly or call the office.

Studio Capacity

  • Class size will be kept between five and ten students depending on the size of the classroom to provide appropriate distancing.
  • The number and scheduling of classes has been spaced to provide less traffic in between them.

Inside the Studio

  • The lobby area and hallway outside the studio will be closed to non-dancers. Parents will need to either wait in their vehicles or drop off their child and return at pick up time.
  • Dancers should come dressed ready to participate, as the locker room will be closed until further notice.
  • Please have your dancer bring their own water bottle, as the drinking fountain will not be usable.
  • No dance bags, book bags, etc are allowed in the studio. Carry in dance shoes, stretch bands, etc. needed for class.
  • Each dancer will have a designated, distanced area in the classroom.
  • All dancers must wear dance shoes or socks in the classroom.
  • We will leave doors and windows open with fans running to maximize air circulation as weather permits.

Mask Protocol

  • All dancers and staff are required to wear face masks in the lobby and during class.
  • Instructors will adjust their lessons to assure dancers do not reach full exertion so they feel comfortable in the mask.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • Dancers must use sanitizer before entering the building. Additional hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
  • Barres, music equipment, door handles, common areas and bathrooms will be disinfected between every class.

Health Screening

  • Please do not bring your dancer to class if they are not feeling well, have had a temperature in the last 24 hours or a cough. We will be happy to find an alternate class as a make-up for their missed class.
  • All staff members will be screened and have their temperatures taken before they start their shift.
  • Dancers will be screened and have their temperature taken before participating in the dance class.
  • Students who appear to be symptomatic will be dismissed and a family member will be contacted for pick up.

Drop off & Pick up

  • Being on time is critical! Arrive at least 5 minutes before class. Once class is started there will be no one to do screening and temperature check. The teachers need to start class on time and to end class and pickup in a timely manner to allow enough time to properly clean, disinfect and prepare for the next class.
  • Drop off or walk your dancer to the front door. A staff member will be in the lobby to screen, do temperature check and take your dancer to class.
  • Parents should pick up their dancer at the front door. Dancers 11yrs and up may walk to their parent’s vehicle.

Waiver

  • Parents will need to sign a release of liability which will state that the COVID Protocol has been read and understood and agree to not hold Willow Street Studios responsible.

Studio Re-Opening

The studio will be reopening starting with a few classes in mid September, and if all goes well, adding more classes in October.  We will be taking precautions against Covid-19, and a detailed list of procedures will be sent out soon so you know what to expect.  A schedule will also be made available through email, our website and Facebook page as soon as it has been set.  More updates to come.

Thank you to all who contributed to The Go Fund Me account, it truly made a difference and kept the studio viable.
~Susan Barnes

Studio updates: March, April and May

Students & Parents:

During the past few weeks I have come to the realization that business as usual will not be possible for an indefinite period of time. As much as all of us at the studio want this to be different, the reality is that we will be closed for April and most likely May as well. Because of this, the dance recital will not be able to take place on May 23rd as planned.  My hope is that we will be able to open our doors in July and August for the scheduled dance camps and resume classes in September.

Because of March cancellations, some classes are only being charged 50% of regular tuition. If you do not receive an invoice via email within the month or if you have questions about the credit, please contact Kamea at dancewillowfinance@gmail.com. If your account has a positive balance, please understand that we cannot give refunds. You may either use the balance towards future classes or, if you are able to do so, count the positive balance as a donation towards helping cover studio expenses. Those using the credit as a donation, please let us know by emailing the above address. We appreciate your understanding and support.

Some online classes will be starting starting April 7th, 2020

Online classes will be conducted via Zoom. A computer with a webcam, tablet, or smartphone will be needed to access a class. Invitations will be emailed to students who have signed up. If you are using a tablet or smartphone you will need to download the zoom app. 

We are offering our online classes at a 20% reduced price. Each class will be 1 hour long at $40 per month. However, if you are comfortable with continuing to pay full tuition, that would be greatly appreciated during this time. Some classes are being combined and more classes may be added at a later date. If you have not already been contacted by an instructor and are interested in online classes, please email Susan at dancewillow@gmail.com to sign up.

Current online classes:

Tues 4:00-5:00 – Ballet 6 w/ Emmie

Tues 5:00-6:00 – Pointe Strength w/ Emmie

Tues 6:00-7:00 – Advanced Ballet w/ Emmie

Wed 4:00-5:00 – Intermediate Tap w/ Kamea

Wed 5:00-6:00 – Beginning Tap w/ Kamea

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Sincerely,

Susan

Closed for COVID-19 Containment

Due to recent COVID-19 developments, we will, for the time being, be closing the studio. We will re-open as soon as the situation allows, and hope to see you all again soon.

2020 Recital Date

May 23, 2020: 2-4pm at Shryock Auditorium

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DUE TO A CHANGE IN SCHEDULE AT SHRYOCK AUDITORIUM THE RECITAL DATE HAD TO BE CHANGED TO SATURDAY, MAY 23RD INSTEAD OF THE ORIGINAL DATE OF MAY 30TH.  SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.

Dress Rehearsal and Dancer Portraits will take place May 11-14 at Willow Street Studios.

Dress Rehearsal at Shryock Auditorium will run May 18-21, 2020.

2019-20 Calendar

November 28 – 29, 2019: THANKSGIVING BREAK (Thursday & Friday)

December 23, 2019 – January 1, 2020: WINTER BREAK

March 9 – March 13, 2020: SPRING BREAK

May 25 – 29, 2020: DRESS REHEARSAL WEEK

May 31, 2020: RECITAL at SHRYOCK AUDITORIUM

*We do not observe any other holidays taken by local schools, such as MLK Jr., Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, etc.

Pickup 2019 Recital Portraits

Pre-ordered 2019 Recital portraits are available for pickup at the Willow Street Studio’s front desk.

If you did not pre-order, you may view and order portraits directly from Aimee Wigfall Photography. Password: SusanBarnes19