Studio Update: COVID-19

As a studio, we are committed to preserving a sense of normalcy and routine in these trying times for our students, staff, and all KKD families.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support over this past couple of months since announcing our decision to suspend in-studio classes. We have a responsibility to do our part in minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 virus throughout our community and the safety of our dance families is our number one priority.

COVID-19 Updates

UPDATED Friday, May 29

Final Costume Pick-Up

  • Kenner on Monday, June 1st from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm;
  • Mandeville on Tuesday, June 2nd from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm;
  • Destrehan on Wednesday, June 3rd from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. 

All balances through April tuition have to be paid in full prior to picking up costumes or you may come with a check with your remaining balance.  

This costume pickup DOES NOT include anyone who had to return costumes over the last month due to sizing issues. We will let you know when those costumes come in. 

Remember, you still are responsible for May tuition. However, that has been extended through to July.

UPDATED Tuesday, May 26

Fall Registration:

We are working on the fall schedule and plan to open registration for fall classes to current students and their siblings in mid-June and to new students in mid-July. 

Summer Registration:

Our revues are currently tentatively rescheduled for August. If we can proceed with the August revues, we will unfortunately not be able to hold summer classes this summer. 

If we are unable to proceed with August revues, we will try to schedule summer classes. 

As soon as we receive enough information and guidance from the state to make a final determination about the August revues, we will make a final decision about summer classes. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  We are doing our best through many uncertainties and evolving guidelines while keeping our dancers and their families safe.

We very much want definite answers, and we know that you do too.  We’re working very hard behind the scenes to bring you the best classes and recitals that we possibly can.

All current students along with everyone who has signed up for updates will be notified as soon as registration dates are announced.

UPDATED Tuesday, May 12

5th year pictures will be held in June.

Additional picture dates will be held the second week of June. Sign-ups for June pictures will open Thursday, May 14 at 10 am.

UPDATED Sunday, May 10

We have been working hard behind the scenes to continue on a path to holding our revues. We realize so much has been up in the air, and we have been doing our best to plan around very uncertain circumstances.

Since the revues and rehearsal are now scheduled in August, we will be rescheduling our summer break.

The summer break usually held in July and August will be moved to the remainder of May and June. May and June tuition installments will cover July and August. (June tuition was already paid at the time of registration.)

Classes will resume to finish preparing for the revues on Wednesday, July 8th. Hopefully, by this point, we can have in-studio classes leading up to the revue.

The last day of classes for 2019-2020 will be Tuesday, August 11th.

Rehearsal is Wednesday, August 12th. We have plans for the rehearsal to begin in the late afternoon if school has started. If school has not resumed, the rehearsal will begin early afternoon.

For those of you who have danced with us before or attended one of our shows, you know the show that we are capable of putting on for parents and guests. Depending upon what phase we are in in August, this year’s show may be different. It is possible that only parents will be allowed in attendance. Again, we do not have answers yet, we wish we did. Please know that we are trying our best to give advance notice at a time when we do not have advance information.

Please be sure to fill out your child’s trophy information.

As always, we truly do appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to navigate our way through this.

UPDATED Saturday, May 2
KKD COVID-19 Studio Updates

• PICTURES – Due to the stay-at-home order being extended to May 15th, we will have to postpone our first weekend of pictures set for May 8th-10th.

We are keeping the weekend of May 15th-17th, however, due to the lack of space in Destrehan, Destrehan pictures will be moved to the Kenner studio. We have plans in place to practice social distancing that we will be emailing out the day before so please make sure to look out for those instructions as it gets closer. 

We have another set of dates for pictures to be held June 9th-13th. Locations, times, and sign-ups for those dates will be released soon.

• REVUES – We will not be able to hold our revues in June. We have been working closely with the Pontchartrain Center to acquire back-up revue dates in August.

TENTATIVE DATES for August are:
Rehearsal – Wednesday, August 12
Mandeville – Monday, August 17
Destrehan – Tuesday, August 18
Kenner – Wednesday, August 19

UPDATED Sunday, April 26

If you have not yet received your costume, please check your email/JackRabbit messages for pickup information

UPDATED Friday, April 24

• CLASSES – We are awaiting state and parish guidelines on reopening. We believe we fall under phase 2 of reopening. Most likely classes when they occur will be held without parents in the waiting areas.

• PICTURES – Once again, we are awaiting state guidelines, but we are very hopeful that we can hold pictures on our currently scheduled dates in May. Likely with changes to how many people we allow in the studio and waiting room at a time.

• SUMMER CLASSES – We will not be opening summer session registration until we have a final answer on if/when we will be able to hold classes.

• REVUES – We have been working closely with the Pontchartrain Center to acquire back-up revue dates in July and August if we are not able to hold our revues in June. These will depend upon the current state guidelines for gatherings along with other cancellations at the Pontchartrain Center.

TENTATIVE DATES for August are:
Rehearsal – Wed, August 12
Mandeville – Mon, August 17
Destrehan – Tues, August 18
Kenner – Wed, August 19

Nothing is finalized yet, but we want you to be able to keep these tentative dates in mind on your calendars.

We are eager to make a decision soon, but for now, we are proceeding as if we will be able to hold our June revues. Along these lines, we will be ordering trophies in May. Please fill out this form with your student’s information. If you already filled out the form through the emailed link or Facebook post, please do not submit it again. Fill out the Trophy Form here

We very much want to keep you up to date, but unfortunately so much is still up in the air right now. We know that you want concrete answers. SO DO WE! We will post and email as soon as we have any more information. Please know that while we don’t have all the answers at this time, we are working diligently behind the scenes. We thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

UPDATED Tuesday, April 21

[IN THE NEWS] Our online classes were featured in stories in the L’Observateur and St. Charles Herald-Guide newspapers! Check it out: Dance Classes Keep a Sense of Normalcy and Dance School Doesn’t Miss a Beat – Goes Virtual Amid Pandemic.

UPDATED Monday, April 6

For security reasons, Zoom has added passwords to all meetings. Please check your email and/or JackRabbit messages for more information.

Due to the week of dance class that we missed while transitioning to virtual classes and the fact that we know our students are home and in need of some activity, we WILL hold online classes the week of April 10-16, our previously-scheduled Spring Break.

UPDATED Sunday, April 5

We have adjusted our picture dates. Please see kelliskreativedance.com/pictures/ for more information.

For those who did not yet receive costumes, we are monitoring the government recommendations and will make a decision about costume distribution as soon as possible.

UPDATED Tuesday, March 24

We know this virus has affected all of us in one way or another, so we have decided to discount April tuition by offering each family a 20% discount from your monthly tuition. For information on how to mail payment, see: How to Pay Tuition.

If you are on Facebook, please like our public page and join our private parent group if you have not done so already. The facebook group is an easy way for us to quickly get information out and answer questions. To join the private group, you must be a parent or guardian of a current student and answer the membership questions so that we can verify you.

In following guidelines from our community officials, we will continue to pause our regularly scheduled classes at the studio.

Physical activity, movement, mental stimulation, fun, and social interaction are all going to help kids (and adults!) get through this trying time. While this situation will impact our classes inside the studio, we will continue to deliver the experience you know and love at KKD, just in a different way.

Thanks to technology, our studio staff will be providing you with an online studio experience for our dancers to keep them moving, learning, and interacting with their friends while having fun during this time.

Virtual Dance Classes

KKD Goes Virtual

We have transitioned all of our scheduled classes online. We aim to offer the same classes your child/children are used to, as well as additional resources to improve strength, flexibility, and new skills.

It is also a WONDERFUL way to keep some normalcy in your daily routine and to keep the boredom away!

We will be providing all recital music (as well as choreography for the little ones who may not remember on their own) so you can continue to learn and practice for the recital.

All of our current students may join our online group classes for lessons both pre-recorded and live.

Online classes are held during your child’s regularly scheduled class time beginning Monday, March 23. Please check your emails for instructions from your teacher to log on to class.

Many, but not all, of our teachers are also forming private class groups on Facebook to share music, videos, and virtual class links. Please check your email for exact instructions from your child’s teacher.

If you are not receiving emails from us please logon to the parent portal and double-check that your email address is correct. If it is correct and you are still not receiving emails, they may be going to your “junk” folder or getting caught by a spam filter. You can view all previously sent emails in the “Messages” section of the JackRabbit Parent Portal.

We are working to find ourselves a new normal for the time being, and we are committed to continuing to offer you the best customer service and studio experience during this time. Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated. Our staff has worked very hard on learning a new platform to be able to connect with our students. There will be a few hiccups along the way as this is new to all of us.

Zoom Tips

We’ve learned a few things in our first virtual classes. Here are some tips for using Zoom.

  • The first time, log on a little early to give yourself adequate time to set Zoom up on your device.
  • If you would like to enlarge the teacher’s window, click the pushpin icon that’s found in the corner of their window.
  • If you want to see more of the other students in the class, connect on a laptop instead of a phone or iPad.
  • If you have a smart TV, you can cast your device to the TV screen.
    • For a laptop, make sure your laptop and Smart TV are hooked to the same wifi. Open Zoom in Google Chrome. Click the three dots in the top right corner of the Chrome window and select “Cast”. Click the “Sources” drop-down and select “Cast from Desktop”. Then select your Smart TV.
    • For an iPhone or iPad or Mac, you can use AirPlay.
  • If you do not have a Smart TV, you can connect your laptop to your tv with an HDMI cable.
  • Unless your teacher asks you to unmute or asks you a question, please keep your window muted. You can mute/unmute by clicking the microphone icon on your window.

We deeply thank you for your support while we are navigating through this crisis the best way we can. Your continued dedication to our mission to provide your child with invaluable life skills through the performing arts ensures that we can continue doing the work we do.

We will continue to send emails and update this page as new information becomes available.