WINTER SESSION STUDENT UPDATE
Thank you for your patience and support during this uncertain time, we truly appreciate it. What a strange new world we live in at the moment. A world of necessary physical distancing in order to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you are coping well as you take care of yourself, your family and your neighbours, and as you keep in virtual contact with your friends and colleagues. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing all of us to dramatically change how we live, how we survive and how we thrive.
Due to this pandemic we have had to temporarily close the DJD School, postpone our show and cancel our major fundraiser – the Black & White Ball these cancellations have made a huge impact on our budget.
We have been working hard on creating online classes for our students. Our online class hub gives our students access to classes by your favourite teachers for all ages and levels. We will also be offering live virtual classes 2-3 times per week on social media again for all ages and levels.
Our extraordinary request during this extraordinary time is to ask if you would consider donating your remaining class value for a charitable tax receipt and access to our online class hub which will help us weather the storm, be able to continue supporting our teachers and return healthy, vital and ready to dance!
DJD is a not for profit charitable arts organization. As an arts organization, half of our expenses go to paying people, and fundamentally for DJD we are deeply committed to our people. Our dance school contracts talented instructors that bring you the classes you attend at the DJD Dance Centre. They are all independent contracts so they only get paid when they teach. To support our instructors during this time, we have committed to paying them 50% of their lost teaching fees for the classes we could not run for the remainder of the winter session.
We would like to offer you the following options with respect to your remaining classes for the winter session:
- Please donate the remaining value of my classes, issue a tax receipt for this amount and provide me with access to DJD’s online dance class hub
*Our online video hub will be available for 6 weeks and provides a variety of classes, for adults, teens and youth, to enjoy at home. Our Instagram live videos which we provide 2-3 times a week will also be uploaded to this hub so you can take them at the time that is most convenient to you.
- I would like to convert my remaining class amount to a credit that will be able to be used towards classes at the DJD Dance Centre until July 31, 2021.