MLDA and COVID-19

Updates

During this unprecedented time in our society we understand that up to date information and communication is more important than ever. MLDA will post all news and updates important to the sudio and our dance family on this page in addition to emails and/or text notification.

November 22, 2020

 

Dear MLDA Family,

Arapahoe County has moved us to Level Red on the Covid-19 restriction scale. We are implementing a new schedule when we return after the Thanksgiving Break that has been devised to accomplish the objective of getting our dancers in the studio as often as possible, given the limitations of the 10% of room capacity restriction. We will be utilizing cohorts and the hybrid schedule of zoom/in person for the first 2 weeks of December. Cohort placement for company members can be found through your parent portal and details on how the next few weeks will run and an updated schedule can be found on the Company Page. Please check the schedule closely, as this is new! We will continue to do our very best to keep our dancers learning and motivated. We want to thank you for your continued support in helping us to keep our space healthy and to continue providing an artistic, and emotional outlet for our dancers. They need to dance, it is “essential business” to them, and to us, especially now. Please help us in our quest to stay safe and healthy. Thank you!

October 21, 2020

 

Dear MLDA families,


Due to rising numbers in COVID cases nationwide, we are again updating our policies concerning travel. We are appealing to everyone, to please exercise the most caution and to consider the well being of our studio, the health of our fellow teammates and teachers, and to respect the overall objective of having a full season. Our primary goal is to provide a dance season, that is healthy and whereby we can keep our doors open, our students dancing and keep our faculty employed.

We are now asking that if you choose to travel, that you wait a minimum of 5 days and then get a negative COVID test,  before you return to the dance studio. We now know that tests are not necessarily accurate if they are taken under that five day incubation period. OR, your dancer can quarantine for two weeks and then return. If you plan to travel, please follow this protocol and plan ahead by scheduling your Covid test, in advance for that time frame etc.

Luckily, we have a working zoom setup to help assist in this protocol, to help dancers stay in the loop. However, we would much rather prefer our dancers to be in the studio learning , as often as possible!

We so appreciate your cooperation and we are appealing to everyone’s best judgment in our efforts to protect our beloved dance community.

Stay well! Stay safe! Let’s keep dancing!

September 28, 2020

 

In order to keep the studio open for as much in-person instruction as possible, every one of us (parent, dancer, studio family member and MLDA faculty member) has a responsibility to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some of these responsibilities include following the CDC and TCHD guidelines, MLDA’s COVID-19 safety protocols in place and doing the following:

  1. If your dancer is showing any symptoms that could be COVID-related, please do not send them to MLDA.

  2. Please reference the lists below to assist you in determining whether your dancer(s) should attend class at MLDA. When in doubt, keep them home.

In the case that someone in your household begins exhibiting any symptoms (MAJOR or MILD) of COVID-19 or tests positive, please stay at home and notify MLDA. We can then help determine the next steps.

Is your dancer experiencing any of the following MAJOR symptoms of COVID 19? See below and check for all that apply.   PLEASE NOTE:  If your dancer's symptoms all resolve within 24 hours, they may return to MLDA. If your child had a fever of 100.4 or above, they will need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. If symptoms do not resolve within 24 hours, you will need to continue to isolate your student at home.

MAJOR SYMPTOMS:
Fever of 100.4 or higher
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Chills
Loss of taste or smell
Exposure to a person suspected/ positive for COVID-19

 

Does your dancer have any of the following minor symptoms of COVID 19? See below and check for all that apply. PLEASE NOTE: If your dancer's symptoms all resolve within 24 hours, they may return to MLDA. If symptoms last longer than 24 hours but less than 48 hours, you will need to keep your dancer home for an additional 24 hours of observation after symptoms subside.

 

MINOR SYMPTOMS:
Sore throat
Runny nose or congestion
Muscle or body aches
Headache
Fatigue
Nausea, vomiting
Diarrhea

 

We recognize that this could mean a dancer may miss class, rehearsal or other possible opportunities provided by MLDA but the importance of everyone’s safety and health is paramount during this time. Please stay home, even if it is hard to miss something in the moment. MLDA prides itself on offering the best instruction and opportunities for all of our dancers and there will always be other chances and opportunities throughout this season and seasons to come. Thank you so much for understanding and continuing to do your part to keep our dancers dancing!

September 2, 2020

Hello MLDA families

We are sending this email due to recent events regarding COVID and our dancers being back in classrooms. We must be diligent in our procedures in order to protect the studio’s ability to provide dance instruction for as many dancers as possible through this ordeal. MLDA is similar to your child’s school, that while we can switch to remote instruction it is not ideal. All of our faculty and dancers would prefer to be in class, in person as much as possible!  Please understand your dancer and our studio family’s health is our top priority and we are doing the best we can.

We need all our dancers and families to understand that when we sound hyper sensitive to any potential exposure in our student body it is because we cannot afford to make a mistake and then have to tell an entire level (possibly more) and faculty members that they cannot return to MLDA for 2 weeks. We were made aware a couple of times this summer when someone had a possible risk of exposure outside of the studio and they simply stayed away from MLDA, got tested and returned when the test came back negative for COVID. This must be the procedure for all our dance families. If you are in school and receive notice that someone in a classroom you were in has tested positive for COVID, then we implore you to respect your fellow dancers and the faculty and remain away from MLDA for all instruction (group and private) until you know for certain that you are not infected. Additionally, please be aware of members of your household. If a sibling or a parent has a possible exposure to COVID that would cause school or workplace quarantine, then please remain home, stay away from MLDA and take your classes virtually until you know for certain that all are well.

We do understand that testing can cost money, but CCSD is supposed to have free testing for any member of the district as well as other free testing sites available in surrounding areas. If you do not want to get tested, then simply stay home from classes for 10-14 days instead.

Should anyone in your household test positive, we would ask that you inform Michelle by email,  michelle@michellelatimerdance.com as soon as possible and all dancers from the household take classes virtually for at least 10 days. We are obligated by law to keep any information regarding such occurrences private and confidential. We would only use the information for contact tracing and deciding what members of our studio family may have been exposed and require testing or quarantine.

We appreciate everything that our families have done to support MLDA and its dancers through the COVID crisis of 2020. Thank you!

 

Sincerely,

Michelle Latimer and Faculty

August 18, 2020

We have made the decision to lift our original mandatory 14 day quarantine after travel policy. With the return of so many students back to school with in person learning, our 14 day self-quarantine rule would become somewhat unsustainable. We will remain committed to keeping the studio environment as safe as possible, with limited classroom sizes, regular room disinfecting between classes, air purifiers and mandatory mask wearing. We have also purchased touchless hand sanitizer stations and high powered fans to help with better airflow in our studios.

We are asking that families that choose to travel, especially to known hot spots, where there is a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, to communicate with us and to be mindful of the risks of exposure. If you have been in hot spot areas and choose to self-quarantine, Or to get a rapid COVID test, it would be greatly appreciated. If your dancer has been exposed to anyone with a lab positive COVID-19 case, they need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Dancers with any of the following symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath), need to stay away from the studio until the following criteria are met:

OPTION 1:
1. They have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
AND
2.Other symptoms have improved for at least 72 hours
AND
3.At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared

OPTION 2:
1. They no longer have a fever (without fever reducing medication)
AND
2. Other symptoms have improved
AND
3. They have received two negative COVID tests in a row,24 hours apart.

We are hopeful that everyone is considerate of their fellow dancers and the overall health of our community.
It is our g
oal to keep our studio environment as safe and healthy as possible, in order to have a full and vibrant season!

Thank you for your continued support!
Michelle

June 30, 2020

 

Hello MLDA Families,

 

In an effort to protect all MLDA dancers, instructors and their families we are asking that any family that chooses to travel out of state, to please refrain from booking private lessons, semi-private lessons or attending group classes (once available) for 14 days upon returning to Colorado.  With the current pandemic numbers rising, risk of exposure and guidelines constantly changing we feel it is in our studio’s best interest to provide the safest environment possible for our dancers, instructors and their families. If “Summer Jam” takes place as scheduled, MLDA plans to start classes and preparations for this event on July 20th as originally scheduled. Thank you for your understanding, in regard to this request as we navigate these unprecedented times.

 

Sincerely,

Michelle Latimer

June 22, 2020

 

Hello MLDA Families,

After much consideration, we have decided not to go forward with a summer recital this year. With the current restrictions on group gatherings, as well as other limitations, we believe it would problematic and too costly.

Recital Costume Pick Up – July 20th

We will have a costume pick up at MLDA, July 20th using the following protocol:

-        Arrive at MLDA during your assigned window of time and park, please stay in your car

-        Place a sign with your dancer’s Last Name, First Initial on the dash (ie Latimer, M)

-        A faculty member will bring out your dancer’s costume and place them in your car/trunk

 

Please arrive during the assigned window of time, thank you!

5:30-6:15pm - Dancer’s Last Name A-L

6:15-7pm – Dancer’s Last Name M-Z

7-7:30pm – Any client unable to come at assigned time above

 

MLDA is offering a special edition 2020 Star!!!

We know for many of our dancers this is a recital tradition they enjoy and we are excited to be able to offer a unique star for this year! Recital stars are $5 and can be purchased through Venmo made payable to @Sharlyn-Metsker. Stars must be ordered no later than Monday July 6th and will be distributed with your dancer’s recital costumes.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email info@michellelatimerdance.com

Thank you!

May 8, 2020

 

Dear MLDA dance families,

 

 

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy. We are reaching out to let you know that we have been informed that the Lone Tree Arts Center will not be holding any events this summer, and we will no longer be able to present our annual recital, that was originally rescheduled for June. We will be strategizing about possible alternatives for recital...possibly some sort of virtual solution etc., in order to try and give our dancers an outlet to perform and have some closure on their class season. We will keep you posted as things develop. We will distribute recital costumes when we are able to get back in the studio, and details on those dates will be provided once we return.

 

We will continue online classes until it is deemed safe to open dance classes in the studio, and that is an ever evolving situation. Please stay tuned!

 

Thanks again for your continued support, as you can imagine, all of this news feels very heavy and emotional for our dancers, as well as all of their teachers. They are experiencing disappointment and many are feeling pretty disheartened. It is our goal to continue to try and uplift them, by helping to maintain a sense of normalcy, community and connection for them.  They are trying to make sense of the losses of so many milestone events,that they had been striving for and looking forward to. We will continue to keep you updated on scheduling for June and July. We are hoping to be back in the studio in June, but we are working on plans to fit either scenario, in case that's not possible. We will keep doing our best in our weekly classes with the dancers to help them remain positive and to keep them on track with their dance training. Please be patient with us as we try to navigate this new set of circumstances. 

 

Grateful for your business and for your positivity, it truly has meant a lot to know we have your support.

 

Thank you,

Michelle

April 29, 2020

 

Dear MLDA Dance families,

 

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our dancers and our faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to provide dance instruction via Zoom and online class content on our Virtual Dance studio platform through the month of May. Our hope is to return with a somewhat modified system in June, however, we will continue to reassess as we learn more. Our virtual classes will go on through May 21st, we will be providing three weeks of instruction, at a discounted rate of half- month’s tuition. We know that times are uncertain for everyone, and our top priority is to keep our dancers engaged, connected and positive. We will continue to offer online class “extras” for our dancers via the studio website in an effort to provide the most opportunities possible. Stay tuned for new offerings posted weekly!

 

We consider our dance studio to be our extended family and we treasure those relationships and value our time with each other. Seeing our students in their Zoom classes and witnessing those moments of shared community truly bring a much-needed sense of normalcy, and a tremendous amount of joy. Going forward, we will continue to keep all of our customers updated on the status of the Recital. We are hopeful that this event will take place, if there are changes to this event, with postponements or cancellations, we will inform you promptly, as well.

 

This pandemic has brought our dance community together, in an unprecedented way and the COVID-19 outbreak has revealed that our greatest strength is our ability to come together. We are reminded of the incredible resilience of the human spirit. Our students are so important to us and to witness them pushing and striving to be their best despite the many obstacles, has been nothing short of inspiring. We are so proud to see them continue to rise and push themselves weekly. We can see that they are focused and they want to maintain their technique and training!

 

We are so grateful for your business and your continued support during this crisis and look forward to the day when we can all be together again in the studio, dancing our hearts out! 

 

With gratitude,

Michelle 

April 26, 2020

Due to the frequency the virtual studio is being updated please be sure to refresh your browser to guarantee you are viewing the most current information. We do not want any of our students missing out on anything! Thank you for your continued support and business during these unprecedented times, it is greatly appreciated.

April 17, 2020

Hello dance families,

Due to COVID-19, we will continue virtual dance instruction until stay at home orders are lifted and we are able to conduct classes in the studio. We are grateful to have your continued support and we are so happy to be able to bring a sense of connection and normalcy to our students. Seeing our students online each week truly brings us joy, and we hope it gives them some comfort to feel connected to their company, their teachers, and their dance community. We will give updates going forward, in regard to May. Hoping to be back in the studio soon!

Thankful for your support and your business.
Stay safe and healthy,
Michelle

March 27, 2020

Dear MLDA dance families,

 

In regard to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that this is a difficult time for everyone and the adjustments may feel a bit strange in the beginning. We feel that our students will get more comfortable with this temporary situation as virtual class/ online class content progresses. While taking dance class from home is not ideal, we are adapting to this new normal and trying to provide consistent training and engagement with our dancers. We know that this is a good opportunity for everyone (including our MLDA faculty!), to be creative and learn how to work outside of the studio and in new unconventional settings. All of our teachers have been working extra hard to make sure we can keep the dancers positive and engaged, so that when this is all over we can get back in the regular classroom together and pick up right where we left off! 

 

We recognize that these are absolutely unprecedented times for us and we are doing our very best to continue to provide a valuable service to our customers. It is our goal to make this a time of concentrated work and a time to help our students to direct themselves, sometimes on guided assignments and tasks that we will prepare for them, and other times in virtual classes. This is an uncertain time for everyone, but we want to make sure our classes are moving forward and our dancers are not missing out on this time to learn and to connect with their fellow teammates through this new platform. We will be updating our website daily with new content and special offerings of additional classes and activities, as well as a variety of zoom classes. Please check daily, as the schedule will not always be the same!

 

We will be charging tuition in an effort to keep our students dancing, our faculty employed and our studio open and going forward.We truly appreciative your continued support and value your business. Thank you for supporting the studio and helping us to go above and beyond in this unfamiliar terrain. We love our dancers! 

 

Stay safe and stay healthy!

xx

Michelle and the MLDA faculty 

March 26, 2020

Legacy Dance Competition has rescheduled for June 5-7, 2020 at Bellco Theatre.

All original entries of MLDA have automatically been moved to the new date. More details will be released as we receive them.

March 23, 2020

MLDA is pleased to announce the launch of our online studio!! We want our dancers to be able to continue their dance education during this time of remote learning. ​

March 21, 2020

We’ve had several responses to our new recital date asking if the new date is actually on a Tuesday, I’m sure everyone is understandably assuming that it’s an error. But, it is actually accurate. Unfortunately, when a performing arts venue is required by mandate to cancel almost two months of scheduled events, everyone is scrambling to get space for their postponed events after that ban is lifted. As you can imagine, most of the May and June dates were already reserved for other shows way in advance, for instance, we had booked our original date way back in the Fall. 

 

We chose the earliest availability date that would work with our nationals prep schedule. The date is Tuesday, June 16th, and we will have shows at 5pm and 8pm. More details to follow!

 

We understand that a weeknight is not ideal, but we know our dancers have worked so hard, we want to make sure they still get to perform. And with this ”new normal” we are trying to be as flexible as possible to allow our dancers to take the stage! Thank you, in advance, for your support and your understanding.

 

Thank u,

Michelle 

March 21, 2020

Because of the current restrictions on large gatherings due to COVID-19, our annual recital has been postponed until June 16, 2020. More details will be released in the weeks to come. Classes and rehearsal for choreography will continue to take place remotely either through recorded content and/or livestream, until MLDA is able to resume classes at the studio. More details on classes and rehearsals will be released soon!

March 19, 2020

In a continued effort to help decrease the spread of COVID-19,  MLDA will follow the guidelines set out by the local government and CDC recommendations and the physical studio will remain closed (following the school districts) until April 17th. We will continue to follow those guidelines on this developing situation and reassess as things develop. MLDA will have an online platform that will go live at the beginning of next week so our dancer's can continue their dance education.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michelle and faculty

March 17, 2020

 

Dear Dance Families,

 

We understand you may have a lot of concerns during this uncertain time dealing with COVID-19. We want to take the time to offer you some reassurance and support. It is so inspiring to see the dance community come together to help each other like never before and we want to do our part. In the spirit of navigating these times together, we are strategizing on the best way to keep our students dancing and keep them up  to date on their training, so that we may be able to pick right up where we left off, when we get through all of this.

 

We want to reassure you that we are working hard this week to record class content and techniques videos, daily warmups, etc for our dancers of all ages and levels. We will be putting those up beginning next week, for our enrolled students, in an effort to keep them on a somewhat regular dance schedule. We will also be adding choreography add-ons weekly, for classes that were in the process of learning recital dances. An email will go out soon with instructions on how to access all of this content. We still are uncertain if our scheduled recital will be able to go on as planned. 

 

We are so proud of our amazing dancers and how hard they have worked to have such an incredible season, and we are heartbroken for the losses they are enduring. It’s hard to be so focused and on such a great track to suddenly see your season take on a different trajectory than you had planned! Our hearts ache for those seniors who are missing out on so many “lasts”, we want to try and help ease all of the anxiety and sadness they are feeling by attempting to keep as much routine and normalcy as possible. 

 

We will also be including some fun extras in our videos and are trying to navigate this new normal, as best we can! We will do our best to communicate frequently and keep you updated on free online postings from the dance community, as well! Please refer to the studio Instagram, I post on that feed and story daily! If you are a parent if a competitive company member, I also post in the closed FB page, as well.

 

We love our MLDA dance family and strive to be the best we can for you! Please stay connected and positive. More details to follow!

 

Best,

Michelle and faculty 

March 17, 2020

 

All regional dance events until April 5th have been canceled or postponed. Decisions on events after April 5th will be considered on a weekly basis. As MLDA receives communication from these events we will pass on this information to our company member families.

March 12, 2020

 

In accordance with recommendations from health officials, We will be pulling ALL of our entries from Spotlight Dance Cup this weekend in an effort to keep our community safe.


**IN ADDITION, we are making the decision to close MLDA starting TODAY, going through our Spring Break as well. There will be no rehearsals, or classes, until after Spring Break, we will reassess the developing situation, at that point. This includes our planned Dance event that was scheduled for 12-6pm this Saturday. We will keep everyone posted as this progresses. We want to act responsibly and do our part to keep, not only our students safe and healthy, but to protect our families and communities that might be more susceptible. It is our responsibility to encourage everyone to consider those people in their lives that could be very seriously affected by this pandemic. We are all in this together, we have to act like it. Please stay smart, stay healthy and stay woke.

Michelle Latimer Dance Academy : 8925 East Union Ave, Greenwood Village CO 80111 : 303-290-6246