News letter

                    October & November 2021 Newsletter

    The fall season is upon us and the first month of dance has gone very well! Students are settling into their class schedules, following the Covid guidelines and we are very proud of how everyone is handing the circumstances that have been presented to all of us. It is great to hear the laughter and music coming from all three studios again!!

    We want to remind you that tuition is due on the 1st of each month, with a grace period until the 15th. If tuition is paid after the 15th of the month, an additional $15.00 late fee will be added. This policy will be strictly enforced. This season we DO NOT offer the automatic payment option. Payments can be made on our website or can be sent in an envelope (check or cash) with the student and given to their instructor. You may also come into the studio to make a payment, but you must call first 978-343-7700 and wear a mask to enter.

All students should have the proper dance attire and shoes by October 9th 2021. Required shoes can be purchased at Dancers Boutique located on John Fitch Highway in Fitchburg, MA. NO STREET SHOES ARE ALLOWED in the studios.

IMPORTANT DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR!!

The studio will be OPEN on Monday, October 11th 2021 (Columbus Day)

Wear Your Halloween Costume To Class
The week of October 25th through October 30t 2021 the following classes will be allowed to wear their costumes to class. Creative Movement ages 2.5 – 3yrs (Monday 5:00pm & Saturday 10:00am), Pre-School Combo classes ages 4-6 (Thursday 4:00 Ballet/Tap, Friday 4:00 Hip Hop/Tap, Saturday 11:00am Trio and Saturday 1:00pm Ballet/Tumble), Monday 4:00pm Intro Ballet/Jazz ages 5&6, Thursday 5:00pm Hip Hop ages 5+ and Saturday 9:00am Acro ages 5+ classes ONLY. We ask that students wear costumes that they can dance in, as they will not take them off. We will play Halloween dance games and each student will receive a coloring page to bring home. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 guidelines the studio will not give out any candy.

The studio will be OPEN on Thursday, November 11th 2021 (Veterans Day).

The studio will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving break, beginning on Wednesday, November 24th through Saturday, November 27th 2010 and reopening on Monday, November 29th 202

Make-up Class Policy

Students may schedule up to seven free make-up classes for their first class and one make-up for each additional class taken from September 2021 to February 2022 to offset any missed classes due to illness, snow days, Holidays (that we are closed), Thanksgiving Break and Recital dates. Students may only schedule three make-up classes per month and cannot be scheduled in the same class for two consecutive weeks. Please take advantage of this benefit, as you will gain more classes in the annual season. It is your responsibility to call to schedule individual make-up classes.

We are a “paperless” studio (with the exception of some company notices). Please check with the front desk staff to make sure that we have a correct email on file to receive important information including newsletters, recital information, any weather-related class cancellations, etc.

    We are asking that parents/guardians please be on time to drop -off and pick-up your child/children, as we are not allowed to have them wait in our wait areas due to Covid guidelines and if class has begun, instructors may not know that they are outside waiting to get into the class. Students will NOT be allowed in a class if they are 10 minutes late. If you are going to be late to pick-up your child/children, please call the studio so that we can make arrangements. We are also asking that you are aware of the studio that your child/children will be dropped off and picked up at, as we are using three different entrances and exits to allow for social distancing.

    We are planning on having an in-person recital in June.  The tentative dates are Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th 2022. There will be two separate Dress Rehearsals. Wednesday, June 8th and Thursday, June 9th 2022. The venue is Leominster High School. An invoice for recital costume deposits in the amount of $50.00 per costume will be sent out via email in October and payment will be due on or before Monday, November 29th 2021, if you are planning on participating in our annual recital. If paid after the due date, a $10.00 late fee per costume will be added weekly thereafter. Cash or Checks ONLY made payable to Miss Tanya’s School of Dance are accepted. NO credit cards please!!! You may send in a payment in a sealed envelope with the student’s name on it. Students will give envelopes to their instructor. You may also come into the studio, but must call first 978-343-7700. We are also asking that you not include monthly tuition with costume deposits. We will send out separate invoices in October with the amount that will be due for each student’s costume deposits. We will be measuring students in the month of December and we do try to allow for some growth. Unfortunately, once costumes are ordered, they CANNOT be cancelled for any reason Parents/guardians are responsible for all costume balances, even if the student decides to drop out of a class or if the studio is ordered to close by the state of Massachusetts or if we cannot have an in-person recital. An invoice for the recital costume balances will be sent by email in the month of February.

    Let’s all work together to try and stay healthy this season. If your child has a fever, chills, cough, muscle & body aches, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, please do not send them to class. Call and schedule a make-up class. While we have procedures for the studio to follow today regarding Covid 19, we may be required to change in the future based on the recommendations of the state of Massachusetts, CDC and medical professionals. If there are any changes, we will update them on our Website and send out emails. Our number one priority is the safety and health of our students, families and staff.

Winter is right around the corner, which means snowstorms and cancellations. To check if the studio is closed, please call the studio one hour prior to the start of your scheduled class or check our website www.misstanyasdance.com & our Facebook page. It is your responsibility to check if the studio is open. Unfortunately, we cannot call all students to notify them of cancellations. If schools are closed, the studio may still be OPEN

Thank you
MTSD Staff

       

                                                    September 2021 Newsletter

    We at Miss Tanya’s School of Dance, would like to welcome and thank you for choosing us to educate your child/children in the art of dance! We hope that your child/children will have a wonderful experience filled with lots of fun while gaining dance knowledge and making new friends! During these unprecedented times, we hope to bring some normalcy back into our students lives.

Miss Tanya’s School of Dance teaches five basic dance philosophies:
1.To provide the finest dance environment for students to succeed to the best of their individual ability.
2.To treat and work with each student as an individual.
3.To realize physical and mental strengths and weaknesses of each student.
4.To provide an environment that encourages confidence, self-esteem and technical growth.
5.To provide a qualified and certified staff to teach proper technique and self-worth.

Classes begin on Friday, September 10th 2021. September tuition payment will be due when your child/children have their first class. You can pay on our website (the payment button is at the very bottom of the home page on our website) or send a check or cash in a sealed envelope with the students name clearly written on it and they can give it to their instructor.

Emails were sent out to students that were missing some of the required forms or had not paid the registration fee. If you received an email, please send back the forms as soon as possible. Covid in-studio form is required to allow a student in the classroom.

Newsletters will be sent by email this season; no hard copies will be distributed through the studio. If you have changed your email address, please let the front counter staff know, so that we can update it in your account. Newsletters will be posted on our website

Tuition is a set rate, based on an annual fee, divided into 10 equal monthly payments from September 2021 - June 2022. Vacation weeks and some holidays are taken into calculation when establishing tuition prices and you are not charged for them. Payments are the same each month; tuition is not prorated if a month only has 2 weeks or increased if the month has 5 weeks. The average yearly season is based on 35 weekly classes. Dress rehearsal in the month of June is considered a class. Tuition is non-refundable and will not be prorated to accommodate for missed classes. Tuition is due the 1st of each month with a grace period until the 15th of the month, with the exception of the month of June which is due on or before May 23rd 2022. If tuition is paid after the 15th of the month a $15.00 late fee will be added. Payments can be cash, check or credit card for tuition only. Competition fees, competition costumes, recital costume deposits and recital costume balances are cash or check only. We are accepting payments on our website or you can come into the studio by calling 978-343-7700. When entering the studio masks must be worn.

Students may schedule up to 7 free make-up classes in advance for their first class and one make-up class for each class taken from September 2021 – February 2022 to offset any missed classes due to illness, snow days, holidays (Thanksgiving & Memorial Day) & Recital. Make-up classes must be schedule in advance by calling the studio 978-343-7700.

*ALL students must wear a mask while dancing (even if they are vaccinated, due to the new Covid variant). All staff will be required to wear a mask. We are asking that students DO NOT wear a neck gaiter or bandana, as they fall down as they are dancing. Face shields are also not allowed, (mask only). Students are allowed to bring in a water bottle, clearly marked with their names. Due to the state guidelines, we cannot have a lost and found basket and all water bottles will be discarded if they are left in the studio.

*PLEASE look at the studio that your child/children will be in, as this will be the entrance in and exit out of the studio. Studio A is near the front entrance and Studio B is in the back of the studio. Students may only be dropped off 2 to 3 minutes prior to the start of their class and must wait outside the studio door.

There will be a drop-off and pick-up only policy for students, as the wait areas will remain closed due to the state guidelines. Please read the guidelines listed below for Creative Movement and Pre-School classes. If a parent would like to come into the studio to make a payment or if their child is having any issues, they will be required to call the studio 978 -343-7700 to be allowed in. Only one person at a time will be allowed in the studio and also must follow the rules to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. We ask that you pick-up your child/children ON TIME, as we are not allowed to have them wait in the closed wait areas. If you are running late, please call the studio 978-343-7700 and we will do our best to wait with your child until you arrive. We will never let a student wait outside unattended. We ask parents of younger students to pick them up at the studio door.

*Guidelines for students moving from classroom to classroom. The instructor will let the students out one at a time and they will be required to stand on a red marker to allow for social distancing into their next class. This is for students that have back-to-back classes only. Students that have classes that have a gap in between are not allowed to remain in the wait areas. When leaving the classroom or bathroom use, students must wear a mask.

*Guidelines for the Creative Movement class (45-minute class) – One parent/guardian will be allowed in the class with their child. Parents/guardians must wear a mask at all times. Students are required to wear a mask while dancing, no neck gaiters or bandanas are allowed as they slip off of the face while dancing. If a child needs to use the bathroom, masks must be worn in the lobby areas.

*Guidelines for classes ages 4-6, Intro Ballet/Jazz ages 5&6 and all 5+ Classes (such as Acro & Hip Hop) – The first & second week of class, one parent/guardian at a time with their child will be allowed in the studio to get the child settled in the class. Once the child is in their designated area, parents are required to leave to allow another parent and child to enter the studio. All parents/guardians and children must wear a mask to enter the studio. All students are required to wear a mask while dancing, no neck gaiters are allowed as they slip off of the face while dancing. We are asking that parents remain in the parking lot, just in case we need to call you regarding any issues with your child, such as bathroom use as our staff is not allowed to take them to the bathroom. The first week of class, please leave a phone number where you can be reached at the front counter.

All students are required to have the proper dance attire and shoes by the third week of class. Please visit our web-site www.Misstanyasdance.com for the required dress code under each class description. Street Shoes are not permitted in any studios. Shoes must be carried into the studio not worn in from the outside. Dancers Boutique on the John Fitch HWY has our complete dress code and required shoes.

An In-Studio Covid 19 waiver form is required to be filled out and signed directly online. The “In Studio Waiver” forms can be found on our website, under “Recent News” on the home page. This form MUST be filled before their first class.

Listed below are the Covid 19 studio policies:

There will be many guidelines that we must follow, as the safety of our students, families and staff is our number one priority. We are closely monitoring policy changes and public health organizations and will continue to make changes, as necessary. Please keep in mind that these guidelines mentioned in this letter could change tomorrow, due to the new Covid variant. Even with all of the precautions, Miss Tanya’ School of Dance Inc. cannot guarantee that you or your child/children will not become infected with COVID-19.

*Please look at the studio that your child/children will be in, as this will be the entrance in and exit out of the studio.

1.Students may only be dropped off 2 to 3 minutes prior to the start of their class and must wait outside the studio when entering. Students will exit through the same door, unless they have another class that may be in a different studio. If that should happen, they will exit through the door of their last class of the day.

2. There will be a drop-off and pick-up only policy for students. If a parent would like to come into the studio to make a payment, they will be required to call the studio 978 -343-7700. Only one person at a time will be allowed in the studio and also must follow the rules to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.  Payments can be sent in with students and there will still be the option to make payments online for tuition only or you can call the studio to make a payment. Recital costume deposits, company payments and final recital costume payments will be cash or check only.

3. Students must wear a mask at all times (even if the student is vaccinated, due to the new Covid variant). All staff will be required to wear a mask at all time. Neck gaiters and bandanas are NOT allowed, as they do fall down as a student is dancing.

4. Students will be required to use hand sanitizer as they arrive in the studio and wear face masks in the lobby areas, bathrooms and classrooms. We will have a touchless sanitizer station that will be in the lobby for use and there will be touchless sanitizer stations in each classroom and throughout the studio. We will follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitization. We have purchased the correct cleaning products recommended by the CDC and are EPA approved for all hard surfaces, bathrooms and also for our Marley floors and will clean the studio surfaces in between classes. Each day the studio will be thoroughly cleaned, including the carpeted area. Bathrooms will be cleaned hourly.

5. Dancers or staff experiencing any health symptoms should not attend class. The symptoms include; fever, cough/shortness of breath, excessive sneezing, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, body aches or headache.

6. We have purchased H13 HEPA Air purifiers for all three studios and one in the lobby area.

7. There will be no chairs in the wait areas, all water coolers will be removed from the classrooms. Students may bring in their own water (ONLY) labeled clearly with their name. The NO FOOD policy will be strictly enforced.

8. The changing room will not be used. Students will be required to come in full attire. We are asking that students bring in their own small bag, which will be brought into the classroom with them. Cubicles will not be used. Dance shoes will be required to be worn with the exception of Acro, which is bare feet. We will use sanitizer on the student’s feet before and after class for Acro.

9. Students may not gather in the back area near the bathrooms and changing room.

10. We hope to have two scheduled class observation dates scheduled for the 2021-2022 season. We will monitor the situation closely to determine if we can safely schedule some dated.

11. We will use different entrances and exits for each class. Please look at your schedule to know how to enter and exit.

12. If a student has traveled in any areas in the US or out of the country that have elevated Covid 19 cases, they must self-quarantine. The state list changes daily, so please check the CDC guidelines.

13. If there is a Covid 19 positive exposure at the studio, we will notify all students and families immediately. During that time the studio will be thoroughly cleaned.

14. All parents will have to sign an In-Studio Covid 19 waiver for in studio classes. The waiver form can be found on our website www.misstanyasdance.com

Additional Covid 19 Policies:
1.In the event that we are required to close in-person classes per a state order, we will switch to Zoom classes and regular tuition prices will remain the same if this should occur.

2.We are still planning an end of the year recital. Once recital costumes or competition costumes are ordered, they are non-refundable.

3.In the event that we are unable to have an in-person recital due to state guidelines, we will try to have a virtual recital.

We are so happy to be dancing back in the studio and are excited to see familiar faces and some new ones. We look forward to dancing through the 2021- 2022 season with you!!

Thank you
Miss Tanya & Miss Tammy