CovidSafe Plan and FAQ

Hello Main St Funk Family and welcome to Term 1 2021…we are so proud and happy to be here. After everything we overcame as a community last year, here we are, with arms open wide, ready to welcome you all back into our dancing home!

We are thrilled to see so many returning dancers enrolled and equally as excited to welcome many new faces, who will begin their dancing journey with MSF this year. 

In 2021, Main St Funk turns 15 and we are so excited to celebrate on the dance floor with you all.

CLASSES RESUME MONDAY, FEB 1ST.
But, before we get our dancing shoes on, there a few things you need to note.

COVIDSAFE PLAN
No, we aren’t out of the woods yet. The health and well-being of our community is priority and MSF is a covid safe studio. Enrolling, attending a class, or visiting our facility indicates that you agree to comply with our covidsafe procedures. Please ensure you read through it thoroughly so that you and your child know what to expect when attending our studio. 

The general gist of the covidsafe plan is:

  • Drop off ON TIME, dressed for class
  • Parents, don’t stay on-premise, unless your attendance is absolutely essential
  • Don’t bring anyone extra to the studio, if you can avoid it
  • Parents staying must sign in using QR code
  • Clean your hands before and after class
  • Stay away from the studio if you are unwell or have been advised to isolate.

Read the full covidsafe plan here: https://mainstfunk.com/2020/06/29/covidsafe-plan/

FAQ

As a new year of dance approaches, please see below a simple guide to all of your quick and easy questions. Of course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the MSF team if you have more questions.

When do dance classes start back?
Main St Funk runs inline with the public school terms. Term 1 begins Monday, Feb 1st and finishes Thursday, April 1.

When are fees due and how can I pay?
Fees are due in the third week of each term and are payable by electronic transfer, cash or cheque. We do not have eftpos facilities at this stage and in this post-covid environment, we do prefer electronic payment (transfer). You will receive an invoice, via email, which will list your balance and the MSF bank details for payment. Please make sure you have added mainstfunk@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure you don’t miss our emails. 

What does my child need to wear?
To start with, just wear loose comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. eg: leggings and a t-shirt. Main St Funk Does have a uniform policy in place, however, we allow the first term as a grace period to give the students time to settle in and decide on their classes and to give their parents the opportunity to source good quality and affordable options. Please read our uniform policy here: https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-shoe-hair-requirements/

What kind of shoes are appropriate for dance class?
For hip hop, we recommend a supportive sneaker, similar to what the kids wear on sports days at school. Eventually, you will require plain black shoes for performances however these are not compulsory for weekly classes. If enrolled in ballet or jazz, you will need to buy the correct dance shoes from a dancewear store. These are also outlined in the uniform policy linked above. 

Do we need to bring anything else to class?
Yes, every child is required to bring a water bottle to each class. Please ensure this is filled up before class starts and is clearly labelled with your child’s name. If your child requires medication, eg. Asthma Puffer, please pack that in their dancing bag each week and if they are at the studio for a big block of classes, eg. 3 hours, feel free to pack a quick, healthy snack.

Where is the studio?
Main St Funk is located at factory number 6 at 13 Lydia Court Epping. We are tucked away behind the Epping Bunnings on Cooper St.

Where do we park our car?
There is ample parking available in Lydia Court and Taryn Drive. It is street parking only and parking is not permitted inside the complex or out the front of our studio. This is out of respect for our neighbors, who have not expressed permission to use their car spaces but more importantly for the safety of our students who walk up and down the thoroughfare to and from the studio.

What time should we get to the studio?
Aim to get to the studio 5 minutes before class starts. This will give you time to park, take your child to the toilet, fill up drink bottles, change shoes if needed and will help your child settle in. Arriving rushed or late can create an anxious and stressful situation for your child and may mean they miss out on important things at the beginning of class.

Can I sit and watch my child’s class?
In general, no, we don’t allow spectators in the studio during class as we find it to be disruptive for the children and teacher. We do however believe it is important that you know what happens in an MSF dance class and for you to be assured the class is suitable for your child, so we do allow you to sit and watch your child’s first class with Main St Funk. Please refrain from talking while the class is on and remember not to take any photos or videos during class. *Please check the covidsafe plan in regards to parents at the studio as this is updated regularly.*

Why can’t I take photos or videos of my child while they are in dance class?
Main St Funk has a strict “No Photos or Videos” policy. This is in line with our child safety code of conduct and copyright laws. We understand the importance of capturing special milestones so we encourage you to take photos of your child before and after class but never during. You agreed to our policies and procedures upon enrolling in our classes. Please have another read if you need to clarify anything: https://mainstfunk.com/code-of-conduct-child-safe-policy/

I’m not sure if my child wants to dance or what style of class they will like. Can they do a trial class?
Absolutely! Your first class with Main St Funk is always an obligation free trial. This means if they try the class and it’s not for them, you won’t be charged. We do still ask you to enrol online before your trial class. This helps us keep track of who is attending the studio and ensures you have secured a spot in your class of choice.

What happens if I or my child can’t make a class?
Main St Funk encourage full attendance where possible but understand that sometimes illness, school camp and holidays can get in the way. If you’re going to be absent, a courtesy email or text is appreciated. Please remember, missing lots of dance classes can cause stress and anxiety for the child who will need to work extra hard to catch up. Please avoid missing dance class where possible to ensure a more positive experience for your child and to help their confidence grow.

Do you offer make-up classes?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer make-up classes for missed lessons. Each of our classes are taught by different teachers and working on different lesson plans and choreography. We also find that attending a class time that is out of their ordinary routine, with a group of students they don’t know and a teacher they haven’t met, can actually end up being a stressful experience for the student and of little benefit to their progress.

Can I get a refund for missed classes?
Unfortunately, Main St Funk cannot offer a refund for occasional missed lessons. As our fees are all-inclusive, we charge the same amount per term regardless of the number of classes. In the event of an extended planned absence, i.e. a family holiday for 3 weeks or more, we can on occasion, adjust the fees. Please talk to the MSF team in advance of your planned, extended absence.

Do dance classes still run on super hot days?
Main St Funk do have a Hot Weather Policy in place. On days where the temperature is 38 degrees or above, classes will be cancelled. Students/Parents will be notified via text, email and social media at the earliest possible time. Makeup classes will be offered where possible, but refunds will not be available. On days where the temperature is 33 degrees or above, we will run modified classes appropriate for the heat. You can access the full policy here: https://mainstfunk.com/hot-weather-policy/

How do I get in touch with the MSF team if I have questions or concerns throughout the year?
You can send us an email, text or give us a call.

Remember to leave a voice message if we don’t get to the phone in time.

If you need to talk to us in person, just come up to the front desk if we are not teaching at the time. Otherwise, please call ahead to make an appropriate time to talk. Usually, your teacher will have classes either side of your child’s so they will not always be available to chat before or after your class. Please also refrain from contacting the MSF team on their personal Facebook or Instagram pages. If they are on social media, they are not at work.

E: mainstfunk@gmail.com PH: 0433220973 (Chloe)

Uh oh, the holidays got away from me and I haven’t signed up for any classes yet. Is it too late?
No, it’s not too late! Some of our classes are full but we do have lots of options still available. Enroll for your class of choice here: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/mainstfunk

Are there any important dates or events I should know about?
Yes, Main St Funk students work towards a big end of year concert! We also hold a casual mid-year performance, one compulsory rehearsal and are often invited to perform at local community events. The dates + events page on our website is updated regularly and already lists our end of year concert and rehearsal dates. Check it out to stay organized: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

Still, feeling nervous?
Have a read of our article “My Baby’s First Dance Class, What do I do?” for further hints and tips. Even if you are not a first-time dance parent, there are some great tips in there: https://mainstfunk.com/2019/01/23/my-babys-first-dance-class-what-do-i-do/

Want to stay in the loop?
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NOVEMBER 2020 – BACK TO DANCE INFO AND SURVEY!

Hello Dance Fam!

Finally, an email with some good news! We’ve taken a second to stop happy dancing and throwing confetti bombs to touch base with you all about our RETURN TO DANCE plan! Hooray!

In case you missed yesterday’s grand announcements, it was confirmed that dance studios like ours, will be able to re-open from Monday, November 9th. It took a few moments for the news to sink in, but then we got straight to work getting ready to throw open our doors and arms for you all in less than two weeks!

There’s still a bit to figure out, but here is how “Term 4 part 2” is shaping up:

  • This “block of classes” will run IN THE STUDIO for 6 weeks from November 9th – December 19th
  • We will have a covid safe plan in place.
    • We will need to adhere to the guidelines set out by the DHHS.
    • We are just waiting on further information to ensure we have all our ducks in a row before we release an update to the Covid safe plan we published back in July
  • There won’t be a concert or photo shoot.
    • With only 6 weeks to prepare and no certainty yet on easing of restrictions for performance venues, it’s not possible to hold a concert this year.
    • We know this may be disappointing, but it does give all us all the opportunity to ease back into dancing at our own pace, without the pressure of remembering choreography or performing in front of an audience.
    • Let’s all just relax, have fun, reconnect with our bodies and catch up with our dancing friends. While there is no concert, we do hope to make the end of year, fun, exciting and special for our dancers.
  • Fees
    • Our term fees usually include include weekly tuition, costumes, professional videography of the concerts and other theatre costs
    • We always strive to be as affordable as possible so we have a special fee structure for this block of 6 weeks, tuition only.
      • 1 hour classes: $80
      • 45 min classes: $65
      • 30 min classes: $50
    • Our normal discounts for families and students taking multiple classes will also apply:
      • Family with 2 classes: 10%
      • Family with 3 classes: 15%
      • Family with 4 classes: 20%
      • Family with 5+ classes: 25%
    • As you know 2020 has been tough for all, and as a small business who’s been closed for 7 months we have definitely felt it. You can help us by:
      • Paying your fees on-time
      • Paying early, if you’re able
      • Let us know your circumstances if you’re having trouble paying
  • Timetable & Return to Dance Survey
    • We are preparing a timetable that accommodates all of the covid safe practises required. Some classes will need to be capped (in line with government requirements) and some classes may be put on hold if numbers are low
    • Please help us plan the timetable by filling out our quick survey to let us know your dancing plans for the rest of this year. https://forms.gle/oxNVUbJU1UqydGNe8
    • We understand some circumstances have changed for some families and you may not be in a position to return to dance right now, please use this survey to touch base and let us know where you are at.
    • Lots of you filled out a similar survey back in June, please fill this one out anyway as it is slightly different and to let us know if your circumstances have changed. 
  • Enrollment
    • Enrollments will open ASAP once the timetable has been set.
    • Please note the survey is not an enrollment form, but priority re-enrollment will be given to those who fill out the survey so make sure you get your responses in quick!

For us, this has been a long time coming. The past 7 months have been gruelling. Not just from a small business standpoint but because dance and these kids are our absolute passions. For the past 14 years, we have poured our hearts and souls into dances, costumes, concerts, events, parties, photoshoots and these kids! And this year it was all, temporarily, taken away from us. 

To be honest, it still doesn’t feel real. It will feel real when we finally have our dancers back in our beautiful dancing home.

For the millionth time this year, thank you dance family for your continued support, patience, understanding and love during this terrible time. We are so thrilled to finally see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Kristie, Carla and Chloe xx

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The Forgotten Industry

Dance studios around Australia felt the sting of Covid-19 before their year had even started. 

Parents were calling in “We will be staying away until this dies down.” Parents who had family overseas were warning us, “it’s worse than they’re letting on.” 

As an industry that is forever ahead of the times, dance principals and dance teachers put their heads together and devised communication templates, cleaning strategies and covidsafe plans! Yes!! Dance schools across Australia had implanted Covidsafe plans before they were even a thing. But it was mid-March when despite our best efforts, anxiety in the community was at an all-time high. There was no government directive regarding dance schools but there was advise issued byThe Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to parents. “Consider whether your child/young person’s out-of-school activities are essential”  

This saw classes that originally had up to 20 students, dwindle down to 2-3 dancers as parents made the responsible decision to practice social distancing and stay home. 

My sisters and I, who have owned our dance school for 14 years, all agreed that it did not feel right to keep our doors open. We, like always, had a responsibility to our students and our wider community. We needed to lead by example, set the expectation and temporarily close our doors to do our part, in keeping our community safe. 

Days later, it was confirmed we’d made the right decision when it was announced that all non-essential businesses were to close. We still cried though. We cried for our students, predominantly children, who were about to have everything they’ve ever known and understood taken away from them, we cried for our colleagues in the dance industry and we cried for every small business owner because we were sharing in their pain. We were comforted, knowing that “we are all in this together”. We were reassured that this was temporary and while we knew things would be hard financially, we had confidence in our government who had talked up small business grants and payments. 

Well, fast forward to 6 months later. We are still here, feeling like this is very much the opposite of temporary AND with little to no financial help from the government. Each dance studio’s situation is different, but for us, we didn’t qualify for ANY grants and our inbox is a chain of rejection emails. This is because, like most dance schools, we don’t have any employees, we employ contractors. As a partnership of three people, we did qualify for job keeper but for only one of us. That’s right, only one of us gets to take home a wage. 

Recently a new grant was announced. A $3000 payment for sole traders with commercial property. While this is a step in the right direction, $3000 is laughable. $3000 barely covers the cost of one month’s rent. Our small business has lost 90percent of our revenue, so far this year and 92percent of our fellow studio owners have reported that they are worried their business won’t survive to see March 2021. $3000 is simply not enough for us to survive. 

As soon as the restrictions hit, the dance industry adapted and took to online platforms, offering dance classes to their students and the wider community. It was an effort to keep dancers active, connected to their community and friends and of course to generate some sort of income. With many parents having lost jobs or endured pay cuts, dance school’s around Victoria dropped their prices dramatically hoping to keep some families on board. It wasn’t just the cost of classes that deterred many, usually very keen dancers, away from online dancing. Many parents expressed that their children were experiencing fatigue, they were spending hours a day online for school and needed to step away from the screens. Many still felt disconnected, that it just “isn’t the same” and others were simply overwhelmed with technology. Our school had less than a quarter of its students enrol into online classes into term 3. 

Just as an added kick in the guts to dance teaching professionals, the Victorian Government, after providing no financial support to our industry, started offering FREE dance and other fitness classes online as a “commitment to help keep Victorians active and healthy.” Even though, our industry of professionals has been committed to keeping Victorians active and healthy in lockdown since day 1 of the restrictions. This initiative is completely tone-deaf, and many dance teachers were left in shock. Not only do we not have any support from our government, but they are now competing for our clients. With no financial assistance, we can only rely on our paying students and who would pay for a service that is being provided for free? We are sure, the Victorian Government wouldn’t stand out the front of a local café and start handing out coffee for free, so how is this ok? 

Back in January, when our country was absolutely rattled by the bushfires, dance studios around Australia stepped up. Classes, workshops, and performances were put together as fundraising events and it was the arts and dancing communities that are now being neglected, that were so eager to help. Our dance school alone raised close to $1000 for the Bushfire Appeal. Each year dance schools contribute to The Good Friday Appeal, Red Nose Day, Ronald McDonald House Charities and more. Every year our school runs a Mother’s Day drive, collecting and donating essentials to the St Kilda Mums organisation as well as collecting and donating warm winter clothing to the Big Group Hug. We are a body of people who continue to volunteer our time, resources, and energy to others in need and they are the kinds of people we are raising on our dance floors. Now we are the ones in need and the Victorian Government is turning a blind eye.

As they say, “the show must go on!” Our dance industry is determined to open our doors again because our students need the connection and the community that we provide. They need the activity, the chance for self-expression and they need the opportunity to continue developing their art. Our latest hurdle is getting on the map, the roadmap out of lockdown. 

Yesterday it was announced and then almost immediately retracted, that dance studios do in fact fall under the “creative studios” banner. This means dance schools across regional Victoria could open, with restrictions, immediately and dance schools in metro Melbourne were set to open October 26. But the premier reconsidered in just matter of hours and decided that no, dance schools, where creativity lives and breathes, are not considered a creative studio. What is a creative studio then? Apparently, it is a deathly quiet, empty dance school where just one, professional dancer can attend. This makes absolutely no sense. It is extremely rare that a professional dancer would be rehearsing on their own with majority of performances opportunities including a choreographer, director and other dancers at the very least. On top of this, gigs, performances and events aren’t even running under the current restrictions! So what is this lonely, professional dancer rehearsing for in their big empty space? 

Currently dance schools are considered “Physical Indoor Recreation Facilities.” Which pushes us further back on the roadmap. It means kids will be able to tackle each other on the footy field, they will be able to share playground equipment and push each other down the slide, they will be able to sit side by side at their school desks, all before they can dance, 1.5m apart without touching another student. When students return to their classrooms, they will also return to dance class within their school’s curriculum. Apparently, dance class is safe during school hours, but not after. 

Dance schools are run by professionally trained, experienced individuals whose priority, even before this pandemic, was to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their students. Dance studios are equipped to provide classes in a covidsafe environment with covidsafe plans having been prepared and been in place before it was a government directive to do so. Dance teachers have taught social distancing before it even had a title, teaching spacial and body awareness to dancers from their very first dance class in an environment that is structured, right from the minute you walk through the door. 

Our industry is on the brink of collapse with many dance studio owners terrified they are about to lose their life’s work. These are not passion projects or hobby jobs. These are businesses that work to provide incomes, put food on the table and contribute 300 million dollars a year to the Victorian economy. On top of that, they provide a safe space, make a difference in the lives of young students, and bring communities together. 

The dance industry is not asking for special treatment or exemptions. We are simply asking for the same respect and understanding that has been shown to other small businesses during this time. We need the government to acknowledge the significance of our sector and to step up and do their part to ensure we make it to the other side of this pandemic. We are constantly told, “we are all in the same boat” which might be true, but dance school owners are riding a very different, terrifying storm, on their own. 

NOW WHAT? Please sign the petition in support of your local dance schools: http://chng.it/sz4bmxDp4M

By Chloe Jobson – Co-Owner of Main St Funk Dance School 

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Term 4 Part 1 – Online

Hi Dance Fam,

Well, here we are again, checking in with you through the power of technology and not in person as we would so love to do. We know we start most emails with “We hope you are well.” Please know this is not said in vain and we genuinely hope our dancing community are safe, healthy, happy and finding little sparks of joy each day in lockdown. Never have we ever had to spend so much time away from our studio and please know, when we say studio we mean the people in it. It’s you we miss so much.

The online classes we have been providing have been a silver lining. Being able to see our smiling students working hard and doing what they love as well as keeping our community connected is what has given us the ability to just keep going. And, of course, your involvement not only means the continued support of our dancer’s physical and emotional wellbeing, but it also supports our small business and will help ensure we will make it to the other side of this pandemic.

Sadly, at this stage we still don’t have a “return to dance” date but we project we will be dancing from home for at least the first 4 weeks of term 4. So, let’s keep zooming on and dance from our lounge rooms once again. Join us for another 4 weeks of online fun and learning starting Thursday, October 8th and Saturday, October 10th. 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If you are currently enrolled in our online classes, you will need to re-enrol for this next block of classes
  • If you haven’t been participating in our online classes, but would like to give it a go you are more than welcome to. We will be starting fresh routines and may even change the teachers up so no one will feel behind.

WHAT WE’VE LOVED ABOUT TERM 3:

  • We have had so many MSF kids, from all age groups get involved. It has been such a positive and energetic atmosphere, even through our screens.
  • Our condensed timetable makes it simple and easy for families. 
  • Having classes on a Saturday has worked well for students who are homeschooling and need a break from screens and learning at the end of the school day.
  • Our back to back classes keeps younger students engaged and keep the momentum going.
  • Our  “package price” means you/your family can take as many classes as you like (within your age group) for the one price.
  • See timetable and fees attached.

How it will work

  • Classes will once again be delivered online via a program called Zoom
  • The MSF teachers will lead the class and students can watch, participate and interact.
  • Classes are shorter than our studio classes to suit the at-home format
  • The movements and steps will be tailored to a smaller space.
  • We will work on some choreography over the course of the term, but we won’t be planning for concert routines at this stage- just practising and enjoying the skill of learning choreography
  • We know these can’t replicate the in-person classes you’re used to, but they’re designed to keep you dancing, progressing, thinking and MOVING as much as we can in these imperfect circumstances.

To participate, you will need:

  • Some clear, safe floor space to spread out, such as a lounge room. You might need to move furniture out of the way. Choose a “public” area of the house for supervision eg: not their bedroom.
  • A computer, tablet or phone, suitable for video calls. 
  • An HDMI cord is helpful to connect smaller screens to a larger tv screen or monitor.
  • Ballet students would benefit from access to a wall, chair or kitchen bench to use as a barre
  • Your MSF uniform and a drink bottle – to get you in the right mindset for class.

Timetable and Pricing

  • The timetable and pricing is different from our usual in-studio timetable- see attached
  • We’ve designed it to enable students to take multiple classes, even if they don’t normally, as we know lots of other activities have been cancelled or scaled back.
  • Feel free to enrol in any or all classes for your age group.
  • We have made a decision not to offer acrobatics in this format, but we encourage acro students to take a ballet/jazz class to keep progressing their foundation technique
  • We have been as generous as we possibly can in discounting fees for Term 4, as we’d love to see as many MSF kids as possible enjoying dance over this time, particularly for families with multiple children.
  • We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and there is a lot of pressure on families at the moment.
  • As a small business, we are experiencing the uncertainty first hand- there is a very real pressure to remain afloat during this time. For this reason, we respectfully ask that you ensure your fees are paid by the due date to confirm your ongoing enrolment.
  • If you’re unable to participate during this time we understand! We encourage you to keep utilizing the free practice videos and activities we’ve provided and just dance if and when and however you can.

What Next?

  • Classes will commence Thursday, October 8 and Saturday, October 10.
  • Enrolment will work the same as it does for our studio classes
    • Log on to the parent portal here: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/mainstfunk
    • Enrol in any or all classes for your age group by clicking “Register for Classes”
    • We will send you an invoice which is payable via electronic transfer. MSF’s bank details will be listed on the invoice.
    • To access your class, log on to the parent portal 5 minutes before class.
    • Click the video camera icon underneath “Todays Schedule”
    • Students participating in back to back classes will only need to log in once.
    • More detailed instructions and a visual guide can be found here: https://mainstfunk.com/2020/04/25/how-to-enrol-and-access-your-online-dance-class/

On the 21st of September, it will mark 6 months since we announced that our doors would close temporarily due to covid-19. With the exception of one week in June when we got to see a handful of online students at the studio, we really had no idea of the huge impact this crisis would have on our dance school. For those who have been following our story on social media, you will know that we, along with majority in the dance education industry, have not qualified for ANY financial assistance from the government while we continue to pay for our beautiful dancing home and all its overheads. 

We do remain positive that Main St Funk will open it’s doors again in 2020 and that we will return to a busy, buzzing and happy studio full of our crazy and quirky MSF kids. There is one sure-fire way to show your support and help us make that happen and that’s to enrol in our online classes. Your kids need dance and we need your kids. We are all in this together.

SEE YOU ONLINE! 

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch. We LOVE hearing from you.

The MSF Team (Kristie, Carla and Chloe)

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Chloe: 0433220973

Help Save Our World.

We ALL know that this year has been anything but rainbows and butterflies. Small, and even medium and big, businesses are feeling the brunt of this global crisis.

We know that our small, suburban, family-run dance school, is just one tiny speck in our big giant planet that is currently crashing and burning. 

But the thing is, those four walls in Epping, those mirrors, that barre, the staircase and the mezzanine that we fought so hard for, the pictures your kids drew for us that are stuck up on the wall and THEM, their smiley faces, their laughs, their tears….those things are our world. Our whole world.

This is not just business for us. This is where our own kids dance. Where 14-year-old Chloe discovered a passion for teaching and eventually became “co-principal” alongside Kristie and Carla. This is where we watch our students work hard and turn into assistant teachers and then teachers themselves. This is where Nakarin felt at home. And where we celebrated his Australian citizenship. We’ve helped write resumes and provided reference letters. We’ve given advice and taken it too. We’ve celebrated all of your success and we’ve felt all of your loss. We’ve announced babies and engagements here and we’ve cried tears of joy and tears of angst too. We’ve cheered for every milestone and cheered for every milestone that was just missed. This is where we show up after the longest and hardest days and let it all go. This is where we feed our children, where we chuck our dinner in the microwave and get on with it, where we do homework, where our family shows up unannounced, where our family shows up when we need them. It’s where we have quiet cups of teas and loud, passionate “discussions ” too. Where we catch up with friends because our work and social life are all intertwined. This dance school is so much more than a small business. For one thing, it is HUGE in purpose and impact. It’s our whole world. And we hope,  at least a big part of yours or your child’s world. 

In term 1 2020, we opened our doors to our anticipated biggest year ever. MSF was thriving. Classes were full, the parent lounge wall to wall with happy, chatty, parents and kids. We felt like a full-time call centre because our phone was constantly buzzing and if we weren’t answering calls, we were replying to emails. 

Numbers were never important to us but, we did celebrate when we reached an incredible 300. 300 enthusiastic boys and girls of all ages were filling our world with even more dance and even more purpose. 

Then covid hit and in that last week, before the restrictions were announced, the studio felt eerily quiet. Not the calm before the storm but the quiet after. 

In term 2, like many dance schools and with little choice, we moved online. 85 students joined us on zoom to trial our classes and 62 enrolled…

The prospect of term 3 returning to face-to-face classes was exciting! We had held out hope that our dance family would come back to us and we were right. We had 200 kids ready to return to dance and a huge number who were waiting in the wings, riding out the wave. Then lockdown 2.0 came crashing in like a tsunami.

It’s now time for us to resume online classes and so far we have 30…30, important, special, valued individuals who will join us for class online. Just 10percent of our term 1 family.  This is the smallest student base we have ever had. Even smaller than our first year back in 2007.  

Dance family, we need you now more than ever.

The simplest way to support our dance school is to enrol into our online classes if you can afford it. This way, you are also supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of your child and their dance progression. Not only will you be making a small financial contribution to our school but you will be helping our community to stay connected, to stay as one.

However;

We know that the structure of online learning does not suit everyone. If it’s not for your child or they are not interested, we understand. We don’t want to pressure them into doing something they don’t want to do.

We know that an overwhelming majority of our families are experiencing some form of income loss or employment loss. We don’t want you to spend money on dance classes if you can not afford to. 

What we don’t know is how far will we get, without the continued support from YOU our big, extended dance family.

So, if you won’t be continuing your dancing online, there are other ways you can show your support and help us see through this crisis to the other side.

  • Please follow and keep engaged with our Facebook and Instagram pages.
  • Please share our post about online classes (or any of our social media posts) on your Facebook and Instagram pages
  • Tag people who you think might be interested in online dancing
  • Tag people who might be interested in dancing at the studio when this is all over
  • Leave a review on our Google or Facebook page 
  • Upload a photo of you/your kids at an MSF event 

These gestures might seem small but they will make a huge difference to us. We are so grateful to every single MSF student and parent. Whether you’ve danced all the way through iso or we haven’t seen you since term 1. Even if you’ve just been keeping up to date with our emails, we are thankful. Hey, if you’ve come this far on the longest social media post ever, that says a lot!! 

We said in a recent email, this year has been a rollercoaster. And it has, but one that has broken down right before the free fall and left us hanging. Stomach-churning, heart in our throat, we are just hanging out here looking out over the world. OUR world and that’s you, our dance fam. 🧡

With lots of love, we hope to see you on the dance floor soon.

The MSF Sisters,

Kristie, Carla and Chloe. xx

MSF Live Online 2.0

Hi Dance Fam,

We hope you have all settled back into lockdown and are doing well under the circumstances. 

We are so devastated that we aren’t heading back into the studio this week but we are excited to be once again delivering our “MSF live online” classes and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue dancing with our students whilst they are safe at home.

What’s New?

    • Our new and improved zoom program will be offered to you in a 5-week block. 
    • Our condensed timetable makes it simple and easy for families. 
    • We hope our new Saturday classes will work well for students who are homeschooling and need a break from screens and learning at the end of the school day.
    • Our back to back classes will keep younger students engaged and keep the momentum going.
    • Our new “package price” means you/your family can take as many classes as you like (within your age group) for the one price.
    • See timetable and fees attached.

 

How it will work

  • Classes will once again be delivered online via a program called Zoom
  • The MSF teachers will lead the class and students can watch, participate and interact.
  • Classes are shorter than our studio classes to suit the at-home format
  • The movements and steps will be tailored to a smaller space.
  • We will work on some choreography over the course of the term, but we won’t be planning for concert routines- just practising and enjoying the skill of learning choreography
  • We know these can’t replicate the in-person classes you’re used to, but they’re designed to keep you dancing, progressing, thinking and MOVING as much as we can in these imperfect circumstances.

To participate, you will need:

  • Some clear, safe floor space to spread out, such as a lounge room. You might need to move furniture out of the way. Choose a “public” area of the house for supervision eg: not their bedroom.
  • A computer, tablet or phone, suitable for video calls. 
  • An HDMI cord is helpful to connect smaller screens to a larger tv screen or monitor.
  • Ballet students would benefit from access to a wall, chair or kitchen bench to use as a barre
  • Your MSF uniform and a drink bottle – to get you in the right mindset for class.

Timetable and Pricing

  • The timetable and pricing is different to our usual in-studio timetable- see attached
  • We’ve designed it to enable students to take multiple classes, even if they don’t normally, as we know lots of other activities have been cancelled or scaled back.
  • Feel free to enrol in any or all classes for your age group.
  • We have made a decision not to offer acrobatics in this format, but we encourage acro students to take a ballet/jazz class to keep progressing their foundation technique
  • We have been as generous as we possibly can in discounting fees for Term 3, as we’d love to see as many MSF kids as possible enjoying dance over this time, particularly for families with multiple children.
  • We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and there is a lot of pressure on families at the moment.
  • As a small business, we are experiencing the uncertainty first hand- there is a very real pressure to remain afloat during this time. For this reason, we respectfully ask that you ensure your fees are paid by the due date to confirm your ongoing enrolment.
  • If you’re unable to participate during this time we understand! We encourage you to keep utilizing the free practice videos and activities we’ve provided and just dance if and when and however you can.

What Next?

 

  • Classes will commence Thursday, July 23 and Saturday, July 25,
  • Enrolment will work the same as it does for our studio classes
    • Log on to the parent portal here: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/mainstfunk
    • Enrol in any or all classes for your age group by clicking “Register for Classes”
    • We will send you an invoice which is payable via electronic transfer. MSF’s bank details will be listed on the invoice.
    • To access your class, log on to the parent portal 5 minutes before class.
    • Click the video camera icon underneath “Todays Schedule”
    • Students participating in back to back classes will only need to log in once.
    • More detailed instructions and a visual guide can be found here: https://mainstfunk.com/2020/04/25/how-to-enrol-and-access-your-online-dance-class/
  • Fees will be due Wednesday July 29th  so you can use the first lesson as an obligation free trial if you’re unsure if it will work for you. Even if you have already tried our online classes once, we encourage you to try again! With a restructured schedule, a less lengthy term and a fresh face teaching your class, you might find new drive and inspiration to keep dancing. We don’t expect too much from our students, it’s just about giving it a go!

We are heartbroken to be closed again, but we understand this is for the safety of our community and we all need to do our part. With your continued support and participation, you can help your child to continue to grow through dance, and support our business during this devastating time.

Dancing is our happy place and that doesn’t have to change. Just because we are in isolation doesn’t mean we have to dance alone. We are separated by distance but never by heart! 

We can’t wait to keep dancing with you and to see all of your smiling faces soon!

SEE YOU ONLINE! 

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.

The MSF Team (Kristie, Carla and Chloe)


mainstfunk@gmail.com Chloe: 0433220973

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Covid 19 update – Confirming closure during lockdown.

To our beautiful dance family,

As we are sure you are aware, yesterday the premier Dan Andrews announced that Metro Melbourne will re-enter stage 3 lockdown restrictions.

We are now back to only 4 reasons to leave the house and unfortunately, dance is not one of them. This means that Main St Funk will once again close its doors and our plans to start term 3 this coming Monday, will sadly not go ahead.

To say we are devastated is an understatement. We are sad for our students who have already sacrificed so much this year, we are sad for our dedicated teachers whose lives simply revolve around dance and their kids, we are sad for every family who is suffering through this with us and we are sad for our business that we have worked hard to build year after year.

But, just as before, this closure is temporary and if this year has taught us anything, it is that Main St Funk is resilient and a force to be reckoned with. With your continued support, we will come out of the other side of this and open our doors when it is deemed safe to do so.

Please bear with us while we decide on a plan of attack for the next 6 weeks. We do plan to offer online dancing opportunities and we will be in touch with more information when we are set up and ready to get started. In the meantime, we will extend our school holidays in alignment with the schools, and commence our term 3 online in the week of Monday, July, 20. 

If you have already enrolled for term 3 face to face, we will keep your place in your class/es of choice which means you are enrolled to continue dancing as soon as we get the “go-ahead” for face to face classes. We will, of course, touch base with all of you to confirm your place at that time.

This year has been nothing but a rollercoaster and like all of you, we have had to take this situation day by day. Every decision and announcement we make in regards to Main St Funk is always based on the latest government advice, which seems to change almost daily. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we ride this wave. We just can’t wait to get these kids back on the dance floor, doing what they love.

We understand the impact the re-imposed lockdown and the MSF closure will have on each of our students and their families. We are thinking of each and every one of you and genuinely hope you reach out to us, should you need anything. We are a dancing family and even though we are all in isolation, please know that you are not alone. 

With lots of love and virtual hugs,

Kristie, Carla and Chloe xx

Covid-19 Update – June 30

Dear Dance Family,

We know you are all looking forward to getting back on the dance floor and our team has been working extremely hard to prepare a safe and exciting return to dance.

Whilst we are confident in the new procedures we have in place to keep you all safe, we have made the decision to cancel this week’s school holiday program and our planned early start to term 3. We will now start term 3 aligned with schools on Monday, July 13th.

The premier announced today that a number of postcodes will be placed on stage 3 restrictions again, starting midnight tomorrow. While Epping has not been placed in lockdown and we are not being forced to remain closed, we are aware of recent cases in the area and we are very aware of the anxiety and worry within our community.

We believe the responsible, safe and fair thing to do is to remain closed until the official start of term 3, Monday, July 13th. We hope this extended time off will allow for some peace of mind for our community and will relieve them of the pressure of deciding if they should come back now or not.

We know there are some families in the MSF community who will be directly affected by the newly imposed restrictions and we wish you love and positive vibes during this time. If this is you, please contact us about your delayed start to term 3.

We thank you for your understanding and continued support during this time. It has been a tough 3 months and we know there will be many disappointed dancers and their parents. Please know your teachers are just as disappointed as you and we are just itching to get you all on the dance floor again.

Stay safe and well!!

The MSF Team xx

COVIDSAFE PLAN

MSF CovidSafe Practises – Updated January 2021

Enrolling, attending class or visiting the MSF studio indicates that you have read, understood and agree to comply with the MSF covidsafe policies and procedures listed below, so please ensure you have throughly read this document and if you need to clarify anything, please ask.

We are excited to get back to class and the fun, energy and friendly faces you remember from MSF haven’t changed. However, there are some things that you will need to commit to doing differently in and around the studio, so it’s important that you understand what these mean for you and talk to your child about it before returning to class.

This document outlines the practises Main St Funk will implement as we return to in-studio classes for Term 1 2021.

These practices ensure we comply with the current Victorian Government Restricted Activity Directions. We have also implemented additional measures to ensure we are doing everything we practically can to protect the health and peace of mind of our community.  These align with recommendations from industry bodies relevant to our business. We will update this plan from time to time in line with DHHS requirements and industry advice.

While many of the requirements have been relaxed since we were last in the studio, there are a few specific things we need to implement going forward.

What’s new?

LIMITS PER SPACE

  • We must adhere to the 4sqm per person rule. This means each space in our facility has a limit.
  • The downstairs studio is limited to 20 students per class
  • The mezzanine studio is limited to 15 students per class
  • The lounge (rear end of the foyer) is limited to 7 people at one time
  • The front foyer is also limited to 7 people at one time

Due to the strict 4sqm rule and the limited amount of space in the waiting areas, parents are asked to “drop and go” unless it is absolutely essential for you to be there for your child. Essential means, your child needs your help to go to the toilet OR it is your child’s first class at Main St Funk and they need your support. 

QR CODE – CHECK IN
Main St Funk are required to keep a record of who attends the studio. We will do this by marking the role each class and by providing the government required QR code (like what you see at cafes and restaurants.) Any parent or non-dancer (over 12 years old) who is attending the studio for more than 15 minutes will need to check in by scanning the QR code (on your smart phone) upon entry. 

STAFF HEALTH CHECK
Staff attendance will also be recorded and they will also be required to complete a health survey at the beginning of their shift. This is to verify and have on record that they are well enough to be at work. This health survey will include temperature checks.

 

What’s changed?

  • MASKS: Are no longer required but please feel free to wear one for your own peace of mind.
  • TEMP CHECKS: Are no longer required for students or parents. If you/your child are not well, please do not attend the studio. 

Around the studio before and after class (the purpose of this is to facilitate as much distance as practical in our foyer space)

  • Our foyer/waiting area must adhere to the 4sqm rule (14 people across two areas) and facilitate social distancing for adults. To comply with this:
    • Parents are asked to “drop and go” – and are not permitted in the premises during class
    • Parents of students who are in “Minis” or “Petites” who are Kinder aged or younger,  are permitted to stay only if their presence at the studio is essential. (For example, their child needs assistance with going to the toilet).
    • Parents of brand new MSF students are permitted to stay, if their child needs their support.
    • Strictly one parent per child. 
    • Please don’t bring anyone other than students to the studio unless you really need to, especially if you need to stay to assist your child.
    • Students are asked to arrive on time (rather than early), dressed for class 
    • Students will enter the studio via the front door.
    • Parents who are picking up their children are asked to wait outside, rather than coming in.

During Class:

      • We are encouraging social distancing as much as practical 
        • We will adapt our classes to encourage the children to stay spread out
          • We will use floor markings as a guide
          • This includes changing how we start class, line up for activities etc

Specifically for younger classes (petite, mini, tiny):

    • Incidental touch is inevitable and often necessary to run an effective class for young children.
      • We will try to keep physical contact to a minimum 
      • We will make a special effort to avoid hand and face contact 
      • We will encourage foot taps or elbow bumps instead of high fives

Personal Hygiene:

  • Students are asked to clean their hands
    • Before and after class
    • After using the toilet, sneezing or using a tissue
    • Teachers may request your child clean their hands during class where appropriate.
  • We will ensure hand sanitiser and hand soap is readily available

Please do not attend the studio if:

  • You are unwell in any way
  • You’ve been identified as a close contact of COVID-19
  • You’ve been advised to self-isolate
  • You or anyone in your household is waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test
  • This applies to ANYONE attending the studio for any reason: Students, parents, siblings, and staff.
  • If your child becomes visibly unwell during class we will ask them to separate from the rest of the group and call you to collect them.

Cleaning

We have increased our regular cleaning schedule to include:

  • Teachers will sanitize between each class: Disinfecting the Barre, door handle and stair bannister (if used)
  • MSF team will thoroughly clean the whole facility daily before classes commence and additionally as needed.
  • The studio will be professionally cleaned twice weekly.

Contact Tracing

  • MSF teachers will be vigilant about role marking to ensure we always know exactly who has attended class
  • Parents staying at the studio will need to sign in and sign out via QR CODE.
  • Please call ahead if you wish to visit the studio outside your enrolled class times
  • In the event that a case of COVID-19 is identified at Main St Funk we will comply with any and all directions given to us by the Department of Health and Human Services. This may include providing your contact details for contact tracing purposes. 

PARKING REMINDER!
At Main St Funk we have a strict “street parking only” rule. This is even more important now that parents will be waiting at the outside to pick up their children. Just prior to lockdown, we had many complaints from our neighbours because MSF patrons were parking in their spots and blocking their doors. Under no circumstance should your car enter the gates on Lydia Court. It is not safe for our children walking to and from the studio and you do not have permission to park there. Please park in the street and walk your child down the driveway to the studio, thank you.

KEY POINTS TO TAKE AWAY

Minimise contact around the studio:
Drop off ON TIME, dressed  for class
Don’t stay on-premise, unless your attendance is essential
Don’t bring anyone extra to the studio, if you can avoid it
Sign in using the QR code
Park in the street

Clean hands:
Before and After class
After the toilet, sneezing or using a tissue
Whenever asked by your teacher

Stay home if:
Unwell at all
Tested for, or in contact with, COVID-19
Advised to self-isolate

During class:
Spread out
Keep your distance
Hands to yourself

We thank you for taking the time to read and cooperate with our new safety and hygiene standards. We understand that for some parents and children, these will be a big adjustment. We will, as always, do our best to ensure you and your children feel safe and comfortable whilst in our facility.

Enrolling, attending class or visiting the MSF studio indicates that you have read, understood and agree to comply with the MSF covidsafe policies and procedures.

The best Covid update! Term 3 enrollments now open!

HELLO DANCE FAM!

We interrupt your Sunday with an amazing Covid – 19 update (yes, who knew that they existed).

Further easing of restrictions have been announced today and excitedly “Indoor sport and recreation activities can resume, and play centres can open, maximum 20 people per space or zone, with up to 10 people per group class. There are no limits on the number of people per group or class if all participants are 18 years old or younger.” 

What this means for Main St Funk.

  • Term 3 classes will run, as per the term 1 timetable!
  • Classes in the ground floor studio will be capped at 20 students
  • Classes in the mezzanine studio will be capped at 15 students
  • The following classes will be capped at 10 students because some of our students are over the age of 18.
    • Tuesday Inter/Teen/Senior Acro
    • Tuesday Senior Hip Hop
    • Tuesday Senior Ballet/Contemporary
    • Thursday Senior Jazz
    • Thursday Senior Hip Hop

WHAT NOW!?

Enrollments for Term 3 are officially open!

  • Those of you who filled out the survey to let us know you are returning, have automatically been enrolled in your class of choice.
  • Those of you who were undecided or yet to fill out the survey, are urged to enrol asap so that you don’t lose your place!
  • If you are a new student or parent and have been waiting to hear back from Main St Funk, we will be in touch with you personally to discuss your options.
  • If your circumstances have changed and you will no longer be dancing with Main St Funk, please let us know.

TO ENROLL IN YOUR CLASSES OF CHOICE, CLICK HERE:

https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/index.php?account_id=2834

Social distancing, sanitization stations and extra cautionary procedures will still be in place throughout term 3. 

  • This includes the waiting area being closed to all parents of students in the “Tiny” age group and up.
  •  Parents of “Petites” and “Minis” are able to stay, only if their presence at the studio is essential. For example, their child needs assistance with going to the toilet. However, strictly 1 parent per student and it is asked siblings do not accompany you to the studio where possible.

We are just so thrilled and relieved by this news and we hope you are just as excited as us to get back into the studio. TERM 3 WILL START MONDAY JULY 6TH, one week earlier than school. We will still be running our free school holiday program and the last week of term 2 online, will run in the studio. Lots of emails coming your way, stay tuned.

As always, if you have any questions please get in touch.

Please note, phone calls will be answered Monday – Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. If we miss your call, please ensure you leave a voice message.
Thank you!

Kristie, Carla and Chloe.

mainstfunk@gmail.com

0433220973

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