First and foremost I hope you are all safe and well in these extraordinary times.
I am writing to you on behalf of Southside School of Dance to let you know the position regarding future classes. Our first priority is the health and safety of the pupils and staff in our school.
Following on from the PM’s press conference, and the closure of UK schools, we have taken the decision to:
Cancel all classes immediately from today Thursday 19th March. From Monday 23rd March classes will be provided online
It’s Southside Dance’s hope, dependent on Government advice to be able to run normal classes again by our summer term and potentially during the summer. We are looking at ways in which we can support parents, such as holiday courses and/or home education groups which might enable those who are not able to work from home some respite (including medical professionals).
With regards to any examination we know how disappointed your children will be and how hard they have worked. We shall certainly try to rearrange this for a later date and I am liaising carefully with the examination board with regards to potential filmed entries, this may be possible for those with uka examinations booked
This decision has not been taken lightly; as a small business we rely on our income from classes to support the organisation and I have responsibilities to our freelance teachers and landlords. However, we believe that at this moment it would be unwise for us to carry on as normal.
At this difficult time, I would ask you to think of our team who are all self employed whose livelihoods depend on the income Southside Dance provides. They will do their upmost to continue a great service for child with online lessons and while I understand we are in the midst of social and economic uncertainty, we hope there will be a dance school to return to when this crisis ends.
However, It’s not all doom and gloom!
From Monday 23rd March we will be holding ONLINE VIDEO CLASSES.
The format of these will be sent to you in due course and we hope these will be accessible through any laptop/tablet or smartphone with internet connection. We hope to see you all through our webcams soon! We will all need something to keep our ‘little darlings’ entertained for the 153 days of no peace whatsoever..yikes!
We know these are strange and uncertain times, and we thank your cooperation and understanding.
With kind regards and every good wish to you all,
Miss L & the Southside Team xx
Established in January 2005 by Louise Squires A.I.S.T.D B.A Hons, Southside Dance aims to provide children with opportunities to learn the joy of dance, in a fun, friendly and safe environment. We pride ourselves in our professional, caring approach to dance training and education with expert tutition from RAD and I.S.T.D. qualified teahers, Southside Dance offers a truly comprehensive dance training for all ages and abilities
We are committed to delivering high quality dance training whether that be simply for fitness, fun, confidence building or making friends or in preparation for entering the arts on a professional level. There really is something for everyone at Southside Dance.
We offer instruction in a wide range of dance styles in Midlothian and the Borders including I.S.T.D. Ballet, Modern, Tap, Street Dance, Contemporary and Acro classes. We also offer a series of adult dance and fitness classes. Children have the opportunity to enter I.S.T.D. recognised examinations as well as perform in school shows.
8A Hopefield Place, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, EH19 2NP