Studio Update: COVID-19

UPDATED Monday, April 6

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 these past few weeks 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

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.

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

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.

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”. Then select your Smart TV. Click the “Sources” drop-down and select “Cast from Desktop”.
    • 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.