10 Tips To Help You/Your Child Get The Most Out of Zoom Dance Classes.

 
1. SPACE: Make sure you have set up a clear space, free from distractions and safety hazards. This means you might need to push coffee tables and couches back.
 
2. TIDY UP: A cluttered learning space creates a cluttered mind and can cause poor focus and poor concentration.
 
3. TURN THE HEATER OFF: Having the heater on during dance class will dehydrate the body and can cause headaches and nausea during class. If it’s cold, start class with a jumper on and take it off after warm-up. Have a water bottle nearby.
 
4. DON’T MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR: Parents should be close by to supervise but shouldn’t be involved beyond helping set up. Siblings and family members sitting around watching, offering input/feedback, or trying to participate can be distracting for the student and diminish their confidence.
 
5. GET OUT OF YOUR ISO CLOTHES: Put your dance uniform on and the correct footwear. Tie your hair back and splash some water on your face to refresh and wake up. Get out of “slouch mode” by rolling the shoulders back and making a conscious effort to stand up tall. Look like a dancer, feel like a dancer, act as a dancer.
 
6. DO YOUR OWN WARM UP BEFORE CLASS: Everybody’s body needs something different right now. If you’ve been experiencing stiff or sore muscles from spending more time on the couch, you may need to take extra time to ensure your body is ready for class. This will also help you get in the right frame of mind for dance class.
 
7. ELIMINATE REASONS TO LEAVE YOUR DANCE AREA: Go to the toilet and have a snack before class. Have your water bottle full and nearby.
 
8. ELEVATE YOUR SCREEN: If you need to continuously look down at your device to see the teacher, you are practicing poor posture and will develop bad habits that can cause injury over time. If watching an iPad or laptop, elevate these to eye level or above. Shelving, stands or a pile of books can help with this OR use an HDMI cord to connect your device to a large tv screen. If using an iPad or MAC you may need an adapter.
 
9. BE EARLY: Sign-in and set up 5-10 minutes before class to allow for technology hiccups, forgotten passwords, etc. It is especially hard to jump into a dance class late, remotely.
 
10. BE AS CLOSE TO YOUR INTERNET MODEM AS POSSIBLE: To help with internet speed. Ask family members to refrain from using the internet/downloads during your class time (it’s only 30-45 minutes!) A wifi extender may be helpful if you are struggling with lagging.
 
And a bonus one…
 
11. BE PATIENT: This set up is not perfect or seamless but we are all, including you, trying our best. Be patient with technology, it is out of your control. Be patient with your internet, it is in demand more than ever. Be patient with your teachers, this is new for them too and most importantly, be patient with yourself. You have gone weeks without dance class and it will take time to get back to where you were. You are also likely facing more challenges and more distractions than you ever have before. Your body and mind are understandably exhausted from all the change and setbacks you have endured. Keep trying your best and know that it’s ok if your best is not where you want it to be right now. We promise to be patient with you too. 🧡

The Benefits of Online Dance Classes

Well, with nearly all of us confined to our houses, I bet you are just about sick of hearing about online subscriptions, at-home workouts, and “our response to covid-19”. But, I am going to test your patience here and keep talking to you about online dance classes. I know I am on thin ice but don’t worry, I promise not to mention the words “unprecedented times”…

Last week Main St Funk announced the launch of our brand new online dance program “MSF Live Online”.  As far as small-businesses-adapting-and-moving-to-the online-platform-during-a global-pandemic goes, you could say that we were a little late to the party. This is because we wanted to be sure this was the right move for our students and for our business. We wanted to be sure we could deliver an online dance program that was safe, effective, worthy of your time and money, and mirrors the culture and community of our school. 

Whilst we have had a lot of interest and support from our community, we also know, that with the current information overload we are all experiencing, we wouldn’t blame you if you briefly glanced at the information about online classes and thought “ugh, this all too hard.” We can understand why you might feel overwhelmed and under enthused about adapting and changing yet another aspect of yours and your child’s life. Trust us when we say we understand and that we feel exactly the same way. We even considered for a minute, not offering online classes and instead, waiting out this storm and returning to the studio to teach when it was safe to do so. 

When we decided to push aside our own doubts and fears, which were mostly personal and not related to the school (so likely what you are feeling now) we explored what the benefits of providing online classes would be. Yes, for us as a business but mostly how we would be impacting our community. So if you’re unsure, just like we were, about pursuing a dance education online, here are just a few reasons to give it a go.

 

  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: This one is the most obvious and probably doesn’t need to be said but exercise and staying active is important for not only physical health but mental health and emotional wellbeing too. The department of health recommends a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day for children aged 5-17 years of age. We know lots of our students usually participate in weekly swimming lessons, sport games, and training, gymnastics, and P.E class at school, all on top of their weekly dance classes. Children who are usually so active will need to maintain as much as their routine exercise as they can to ensure they don’t lose their fitness or skills.
  • A SENSE OF NORMALITY AND ROUTINE: Children thrive off routine and structure and in fact, so do many adults. Whilst in isolation, it’s important to maintain as much structure as possible, and scheduling your usual weekly dance class will help with this. You may also find when the social distancing directives are lifted and we can return to the studio, that your child is more mentally prepared to return to dance class then they would be if they had spent months not participating in a class.
  • IT ENSURES THEY WON’T FALL BEHIND: While Main St Funk won’t be working on concert work, we will continue to build on our technique, skills, musicality, and confidence. Dancers are known for their determination and work ethic. They owe it to themselves to not only continue with their growth and improvement but to also maintain the skillset they have already built. Not participating in the class does not only mean they miss out on “what’s next” but an extended period of time without dance can mean a loss of strength, flexibility, and technique. Just think how you feel when you miss a week or 2 of going to the gym.
  • THEY WILL FEEL CONFIDENT RETURNING TO CLASS: Missing class for an extended period of time can dampen confidence and self-esteem. Returning to the studio after weeks or months of not dancing can be daunting or stressful. If your child participates in online classes they will feel ready to return to the studio, knowing that they haven’t missed out.
  • IT TEACHES THEM TO BE ADAPTABLE: It is such an important life skill to be able to say “the show will go on!” when life throws you a curveball. Our students will come out of this situation strong, versatile, and adaptable, knowing that there is always a plan B.
  • IT TEACHES THEM TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN LEARNING: What a great opportunity to take ownership of their motivation and energy. Dragging yourself off the couch and switching from “free time mode” to “dance mode” takes real strength. Being a self-motivator is a great skill to have and one that builds up over time. After this experience, your child will be further motivated to practice dancing at home because they are familiar, comfortable, and well-practiced in doing so.
  • IT KEEPS THEM CONNECTED: We hold a strong reputation for the community and family feel that runs throughout our school. Every student is valued, special, and is an important member of our dancing family. The friendships created in the studio are their own kind of special. Dialing into class each week will help your child feel connected to our community, will further develop their sense of belonging, and will help them maintain the beautiful friendships they have built at dancing as well as their relationship with their dancing teacher.
  • DANCING IS THEIR HAPPY PLACE: Dancing brings joy! Our students have already sacrificed so much of what makes them happy already, birthday parties, school, seeing friends, visiting family and grandparents, trips to the movies… by providing online dance classes we are ensuring there is just one less thing they have to give up. We hope that not only will we be assisting in continue your child’s growth and education, but that we will be supporting their happiness too.

 

It is hard to believe that we ever considered not offering online dance classes as an option when the benefits of doing so are undeniable. In this trying time, offering online dance classes at an affordable, discounted rate is our way of supporting our community and our students. We understand that you might find this new concept a little overwhelming, so we are here to help you through it. If you have any questions or need help setting up your tech or dance space. Please get in touch so that we can continue to support you and your children. Dancing is our happy place and that doesn’t have to change. The studio may be closed but our school is still open! We are working harder than ever to keep delivering the joy of dance.

To sign up to an obligation free trial class of our online classes, click here: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/mainstfunk

P.S We know that participating in our online classes will not be a possibility for all of our students. If you just read this blog and are now worried because your child will be missing out, don’t worry! We understand and we haven’t forgotten you. We have a series of free pre-recorded practice videos available on Vimeo and we will continue to keep your child engaged with free and fun online activities. There are benefits in taking time off too, so please make a decision that is best for your family. We look forward to welcoming you back to class at the studio, with open arms, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

How to enrol and access your online dance class.

Hi Dance Fam,

Main St Funk’s Term 2 will launch ONLINE this coming Monday, April 27th. As most of you know, the classes will run via the website/app “Zoom”.

As an added security measure, all participating students will enter the class via the parent portal. We won’t be sending out links, meeting IDs or passwords.
This ensures only MSF members will have access to the classes.
It also means that you won’t have to search through emails for a link each week, you can just bookmark your home page in the portal!

Because of this, it is important that you and/or your child are enrolled in your selected classes (even if you are just trialing the class) to ensure you have access!

Please see below simple instructions to help you enroll and access your classes.

HOW TO ENROLL

HOW TO ACCESS YOUR ONLINE CLASS

A FEW EXTRA HINTS:

  • Bookmark the portal homepage so you can find it quickly before class each week.
  • Allow 5 or 10 minutes before class to sign in to allow for technical difficulties or forgotten passwords.
  • Sign in to the parent portal now to make sure your login details are correct. Click “Forgot Password” if you need to.

If you need help, just sing out to us!

The MSF Team.
mainstfunk@gmail.com

MSF Live Online – Term 2 2020

Hi Dance Fam,

Thanks for your patience as we work to get term 2 up and running in our “new normal”

We have put a lot of thought into what arrangement would work best so that MSF kids can keep learning and progressing from home.

We would now like to introduce our “MSF Live Online” class timetable for term 2! 

How it will work

  • Classes will 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 to suit the at-home format
  • The movements and steps will be tailored to a smaller space.
  • The teaching style will need to be a bit different in the new format- but we will work through it together!
  • 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.
  • A “Zoom” account in the student’s name so the teacher knows who they are admitting into the class
  • 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 or jazz class to keep progressing their foundation technique
  • We have been as generous as we possibly can in discounting fees for Term 2, 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 in Week 3 of Term, Monday, April 27.

 

  • 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.
    • You’ll receive a unique link and password via text and email for each class
    • Log on at the right time ready to dance!
  • Fees will be due in Week 4 (May 4th – 8th), so you can use the first lesson as a trial if you’re unsure if it will work for you

  • We will run three parent/student information sessions This Thursday, April 22nd via Zoom so you can test your own tech set up at home and get to know how it will work.
    • Petites, Minis and Tinies: 4 pm
    • Littlies, Juniors, Inters: 4.45 pm
    • Teens and Seniors: 5.30 pm

We were heartbroken 4 weeks ago when we were forced to close our doors for the safety of our community. The effects this closure could have on our school could be devastating. We are thrilled to be able to provide an alternative way to teach dance classes and to continue bringing happiness into the lives of our students. With your continued support and participation, you can help your child to continue to grow through dance and to help us ensure they will have a studio to return to at the end of all this.

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

MSF Live - Online Video Class Timetable and Fee Structure

Free Online Practice Video Series

Hello Dance Fam,

Well, our school holiday break has felt like the longest ever and unfortunately, with social distancing restrictions still in place, our studio will remain closed for the time being.

Rest assured this closure is only temporary and we will re-open as soon as it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so. 

We know the MSF kids are itching to get back into dancing, and we believe staying active and continuing your child’s development through dance is essential for their health and wellbeing. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this tricky time. We are working on some plans to continue classes from a distance in term 2 and will be back with more updates on that very soon.

For now, we are pleased to provide you with a series of FREE practice videos.

These videos were filmed in class and are intended for you to follow along by copying the movements on the screen. Whilst it is no replacement for your usual, interactive classes  (when a teacher verbally explains and corrects), they are a great way to keep your child moving and grooving whilst in isolation.

A big shout-out and thank you to our students, assistant teachers, and teachers who helped us film these videos. We put you on the spot and as always you stepped up and shone bright, making us proud every dance step along the way.

Here a few tips before you get dancing…

  • Start with your own age group and style and then branch out to a new genre of dance or the next age group up to give you a challenge
  • The suitable age groups are listed in the description of each “showcase”
  • Book mark each link, so they are easier to find each time your child wants to dance.
  • Make sure there is lots of space around you and the floor is clear from tripping hazards. Push furniture back if need be.
  • Have a water bottle close by
  • Set the video up on a tv or large PC screen so you can see the movements clearly
  • Watch each exercise once or twice before you give it a go
  • HINT: Wear your dance class uniform and shoes to help you feel like a dancer and to switch your brain and body into “dance class mode”
  • Take photos and videos. Upload and tag @mainstfunk #msfathome because we miss seeing you all dance so much and we would love to see your progress
  • Feel free to get family members involved for extra fun!

And lastly, remember this is about enjoyment and keeping active. Work hard but allow yourself to make mistakes and remember that you are still learning!

Click the links below and enter the password – check your emails for the password.

BALLET 1 (Petites, Minis, Tinies): https://vimeo.com/showcase/6975816
BALLET 2 (Tinies, Littlies, Junior): https://vimeo.com/showcase/6980170
BALLET 3 (Junior-Senior): https://vimeo.com/showcase/6975738

JAZZ 1 (Tinies, Littlies, Junior): https://vimeo.com/showcase/6975777
JAZZ 2 (Junior-Senior): https://vimeo.com/showcase/6970323

HIP HOP 1 (Petites, Minis, Tinies): https://vimeo.com/showcase/6974990
HIP HOP 2 (Littlies, Juniors, Inters): https://vimeo.com/showcase/6980751

ACRO (Suitable for Tinies and older): https://vimeo.com/showcase/6970241


We hope you enjoy these practice videos and our Active April challenges.

We have always said “Dancing is our happy place” and with the studio temporarily closed, that doesn’t have to change. 

Stay in touch and remember to keep smiling!

Chat soon,
The MSF Team x

 

A Letter to The MSF Kids

To you, our dance student,

The little one with the big heart,
The grown-up one, independent and smart,
The big kid who is friends with everyone,
You who takes things seriously and you who’s always having fun.
To all who are filled with confidence and to those who are a little bit shy,
To every beautiful ballerina and every cool hip hop guy…

We want to say we’re sorry, we know you feel let down.
We know your heart feels broken and you can’t help but frown.

The world around you is changing and you keep on hearing “NO”,
No hugs, no hi-5s, no special trips and now another blow, 

Unfortunately, for a little while, there will be no dance,
But we want you to know, we would dance with you every day if we had the chance.

You are not being punished, this is not about you.
It’s about keeping the people around you safe, healthy, happy and you too.

Did you know you are a superhero and the world is yours to save?
Making this sacrifice shows that you are clever, selfless and brave. 

By not coming to dance class and other special places,
You are helping doctors, nurses and Australia’s leaders to put smiles back on people’s faces.

As you adapt to all of the changes and learning all of the new,
We urge you not to forget all of the special things that make you, YOU!

Don’t forget about your dancing friends, you won’t see them in a while.
Give them a call or draw them a picture, this will make them smile.

Don’t forget music and how it makes you feel,
Don’t forget to have fun, to laugh, run around and giggle and squeal.

Don’t forget sunshine and to get some fresh air,
Don’t forget to show the people around you that you care.

Don’t forget what it feels like to be a real friend,
To hug tight, hi-5 and hold hands til’ the end.

Don’t forget about movies and how exciting it is to go,
And don’t forget about exploring and discovering things that you don’t already know.

Don’t forget about your passions whether it be singing, swimming or sport,
Keep them up another way like researching, reading or watching videos of the sort.

Please don’t forget about dance and how it brings you so much joy.
You don’t need a studio to just move and groove and fill that void. 

We want you to keep dancing, that will always be true,
Just for a little while, we can’t dance with you. 

But, don’t forget about your dance teachers, they miss you so so much.
They are not away on holiday or having fun without you or resting as such.

Their whole life revolves around their dancing lessons and they will miss the studio too.
And right now they are feeling sad and a little lost without you.

And don’t forget your orange spot and all it represents,
You are a part of something special, a team, a  family and you will always have an important presence. 

And remember, just as the sun says to the moon,
This is not “goodbye”, this is “see you soon!”

Dancing will be back, that much we know.
But until then we hope you stay happy, healthy and continue to grow!

You are a special person because you are one of us,
Once an MSF kid, always an MSF kid, that much you can trust.

From your dance teachers at Main St Funk.

Written By Chloe Jobson – Co-Principal at MSF.

Coronavirus Update 21/03/20

Hello Dance Family,

As you know, we have been following the news and government announcements closely regarding COVID-19. 

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to finish Term 1 one week early, with last classes being Saturday, March 21

Reasons behind this decision
Up until now, we believed it was appropriate to stay open as long as the schools were open, with significant additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place. 

As the situation has developed The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services have recently issued some relevant advice:

  • Parents have been asked to “Consider whether your child/young person’s out-of-school activities are essential” 
  • Schools have been asked to “Cancel non-essential group activities such as study visits, extra-curricular activities, camps, and sporting events”

While there is no specific directive for us as a dance studio, we believe this advice applies to us. 

There have been no cases of Covid-19 within our school, but we feel we have a responsibility to protect our extended community. Pausing our beloved dance, for the time being, is the gesture we can make toward flattening the curve.

This is a stressful time for the whole community, and we know coming to MSF has been an important outlet for many students and their families and we do not take this decision lightly. 

When will we recommence?
At this stage, we expect a delayed start to Term 2.

We will continue to monitor the advice and be back with bells on as soon as it is appropriate, and we will keep in touch with you about this. Term 2 invoices will not be sent out until we have a starting date. 

In the meantime, we will keep supporting your child’s dance journey
Classes may be on pause, but our dance family will adapt and continue to thrive together. We will be in touch regularly during the break with practice videos and fun activities so that our students can continue to engage with dance as much as possible from home. Please make sure you’ve signed up to all of our social media platforms and keep an eye on your email inbox so that you and your children can continue to participate.

We would also like to extend thanks to you our dance family for calmly getting on with it.
For coming to class with enthusiasm, embracing our new procedures, for keeping us informed of your decisions to stay home, and respecting the decisions of others. This situation has brought out the best and worst behaviors in society, and we are grateful (but not surprised) to be seeing the best from all of you.

A Poem from Chloe to all MSF kids
How you talk to your children about these events is, of course, a personal one. Younger children may simply need to know that there will be a break from dancing (like the summer holidays) and we will be practicing at home. Older children who are aware of the virus and its impacts may need a different approach. Chloe has written a heartfelt poem, attached to this email, to the students. If you think it’s appropriate for your child, we hope you might find it helpful to read some or all of it together.

In any case, you can assure your child that:

  • MSF has not shut down- dance class will start up again when we can
  • None of your teachers are sick
  • During this time away from the studio, we will be busy gaining inspiration and ideas and planning choreography for our concerts, which we hope will be bigger, better and more magical than ever.

We do hope we have your continued support and we thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the kindness, patience, and understanding you have already shown us in these uncertain times. In 14 years of business, we have jumped many hurdles, illnesses, had babies, moved twice and then the construction back in 2018. We were blown away by the patience, loyalty and understanding our dance families showed us back then when things didn’t go to plan, you stuck by us through it all. We never thought we would have to ask the same of you again so soon but here we are.

It is uncertain times for ALL, so please know you can always reach out to us if you or your child need anything.

We wish you all the very best. Stay safe and healthy and you will be hearing from us very soon.

Lots of love,

Kristie, Carla and Chloe.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 18/03/20

COVID-19 UPDATE – 18/03/20

Hi Everyone, 

Just a quick update in regards to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic and a few reminders.

 

  • WE ARE STILL OPEN AND CLASSES ARE RUNNING AS NORMAL. We will continue, as always, to run in line with the Victorian Public School system and for the time being, will remain open as long as the schools are open.
  • THERE HAVE BEEN NO CASES OF COVID-19 AND NO KNOWN CLOSE CONTACT CASES OF COVID-19 WITHIN OUR DANCE COMMUNITY. In the event that either of these does occur, we will take any necessary action as advised by the department of health.
  • IN THE EVENT THAT THE SCHOOL, KINDER, CHILDCARE OR WORKPLACE YOU ATTEND CLOSES DUE A DIAGNOSED CASE, WE ASK THAT YOU STAY HOME FROM THE STUDIO FOR THE DURATION OF THE CLOSURE.
  • PLEASE INFORM US IF YOU ARE CHOOSING TO DISTANCE YOUR CHILDREN FROM DANCE CLASS. We understand many of you will make this decision, please let us know if this is the case. Classes with a significant amount of absences will be canceled or rescheduled.
  • PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT AND KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM DANCING IF THEY ARE UNWELL. And please let us know if they will be missing class, as above.
  • PARENTS IF YOUR PRESENCE AT THE STUDIO IS NOT ESSENTIAL, PLEASE DO NOT WAIT FOR YOUR CHILD AT THE STUDIO. Please practice social distancing by dropping your child off and returning for pick up.
  • IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS ASSISTANCE WITH GOING TO THE TOILET OR CHANGING IN/OUT OF DANCEWEAR, PLEASE STAY. In line with our limited contact policy, MSF staff members will not be assisting students with going to the toilet or changing their clothes.
  • CONTINUE TO TAKE CLASS WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, EAGERNESS TO LEARN AND TENACIOUS ENERGY. The show must go on! And, we know emotions are high and many in our community might be feeling stressed or anxious. Please make a conscious effort to continue to speak with kindness and care. Dancing is our happy place, let’s keep it that way.

 

If you missed our previous update on March 13, please click here: https://mainstfunk.com/2020/03/13/corona-virus-update/

To inform of absences, or discuss concerns please contact mainstfunk@gmail.com 

Thank you.

Kristie, Carla & Chloe x

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

Dear MSF Families,

What a unique and interesting start to the year we are having! We are talking of course about the COVID-19 Corona Virus. We are writing to you to inform you of the steps and measures the MSF team are taking or may have to take, to ensure that our studio remains a safe space and you or your child’s happy place.

Main St Funk will continue to listen and follow the advice given by the government bodies and so at this stage (13/03/20) Main St Funk will remain open, with all classes running as normal but with added procedures in place, with our student’s health and wellbeing in mind.

WHAT WE ASK OUR PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO DO:

  • Don’t come to dancing when sick. Keep your child home from dancing if they display cold, flu, gastro or otherwise contagious symptoms. If you’re sick but your child is well, please consider dropping your child off at dancing and picking up after class, rather than waiting for them in the studio or have another adult take them to dance that week. Keep sick siblings home too.

 

  • Stay home for the recommended 14 day isolation period if you have traveled to any of the affected countries. Inform the MSF team if this is what you are doing and if you have recently traveled.
  • Bring your own drink bottle. In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, MSF will no longer provide communal cups and glasses for drink breaks. Bottles of water will be available to purchase for those who forget. Don’t share bottles with another student. Mums and Dads who would like a tea or coffee, please BYO cup.
  • Practice effective handwashing and encourage your children to do the same. Soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Try to wash your hands on arrival at dancing.
  • Refrain from human to human contact. Limit hugs, holding hands, etc. 

 

WHAT WE HAVE ASKED OUR TEACHERS TO DO

 

  • Refrain from student-student contact and teacher-student contact. This means no holding hands, partner work, no hugs or hi-5s, etc.
  • Refrain from the use of props and refrain from the use of the ballet barre. As these are high traffic areas. Ballet teachers have been advised to disinfect the ballet barre before and after class if it is a vital necessity in their lesson plan.
  • Extra vigilance with disinfecting equipment, including the acro mat, between classes.
  • Call in sick. We have asked our teachers to take extra caution and to stay home when sick, even when they might usually be capable of choosing to push through with their classes. Please be understanding and remember by calling in sick, your teachers are practicing their duty of care. This may mean substitute teachers will be called in to take classes or classes may be canceled.

 

WHAT ACTION IS BEING TAKEN AT THE STUDIO

 

  • We are closely monitoring the situation and will take action as advised to do so by the government and also keeping in mind decisions made by our local schools, childcares, and kindergartens.
  • We uphold a high level of hygiene and cleanliness. We have increased our weekly professional clean to twice weekly and on the “in-between” days the studio is maintained by the MSF team, including but not limited to mopping, vacuuming and disinfecting common areas including the bathroom and toilet.
  • We have removed all communal items. Including cups, glasses, and cutlery.
  • Water bottles will be for sale. For those who forget their own as it is important to remain hydrated.
  • We will show understanding towards absences. We understand the extra caution you will take when you and/or your child are sick so we understand a lower attendance rate than usual.
  • We will get on with it. The show must go on as they say and we will not take any drastic measures unless it is necessary to do so. We ask that if your child is well, they continue to take their dance classes as normal (following the above guidelines) because, during stressful times, children thrive off normality, structure, and consistency. We acknowledge that closure may be a possibility and so coming to dance class, whilst it is still available to them, is more important for their progress and to ensure they don’t fall behind.

Please know, this email was in an effort to reassure you and not to panic you. We will continue to keep you informed and we hope that our studio can be a place of calm for you and your children.

So for now, let’s kick up our feet and keep dancing!

Kristie, Carla, and Chloe.

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FEBRUARY 2020

WOW! What a great start to the year we have had. The twenties are off to a roar just as we thought they would be. It has been so lovely to meet so many new and eager dance families so far this year, as well as welcome back so many loyal and committed returning students too. This newsletter contains some exciting and important information about two upcoming performance opportunities available to all students from Minis-Seniors, so keep reading!

SMCM SCHOOL FETE

One of our local primary schools, St Mary of the Cross Mackillop, where many of the MSF kids attend and MSF Principal Kristie also teaches, is holding a fun and exciting school fete to raise funds for the Save Our Sons foundation. This event is in honor of a local boy who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy disease which causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. The MSF Kids have been asked to perform and entertain the crowd! This is a great opportunity to practice performing in front of a relaxed and encouraging audience, bond with your classmates and get involved with the local community for a great cause. The fete will also include, rides, food trucks, face painting and more fun activities which you are invited to join in, after your performance.

WHEN: Saturday, March 7
ARRIVAL TIME: 1.00 pm
PERFORMANCE TIME: 1.30 pm
WHERE: SMCM Primary School located on Farmhouse Boulevard in Epping.
WEAR: Class uniform as outlined on our website: https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-shoe-hair-requirements/

CITY OF WHITTLESEA COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

For the sixth year in a row, Main St Funk has been invited to perform at the City of Whittlesea Community Festival. This event is always a highlight in our dancing year and it is a great day out with family and friends. Performing at the festival has always been a positive experience and in 2019, we had close to 100 Main St Funk students attend to perform on the day. We highly encourage you all to come along, get up on stage and have fun!

WHEN: Sunday, March 15
WHERE: Whittlesea Public Gardens, Barry Rd Lalor – Meet at the Youth Stage.
ARRIVAL TIME: 12.00pm
PERFORMANCE TIME: 12.35pm
WEAR: Class uniform as outlined on our website: https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-shoe-hair-requirements/

RSVP TO THE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES HERE: https://forms.gle/Bi489pMeu7bMsgEv5
Even if you can’t make it, please fill out the form so that we know to stop bugging you. 😉

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

HOUSEKEEPING

MEDICAL RECORDS
At Main St Funk we aim to look out for every child and cater our classes to ensure they are a positive and safe experience for all involved. If your child has a medical condition or takes medication, please get in touch with the MSF team so that we can discuss what we can do for your child. Other things you may like to let us know about are learning difficulties, injuries or any personal or family situations that you feel may affect the way your child learns or behaves in class.

STREET PARKING
Thank you to everyone who has kindly respected our ‘Street Parking Only’ rule. We have seen a significant improvement since last year. We ask parents to park in the street to ensure the safety of our students walking up and down the thoroughfare and to maintain a good relationship with our neighbors, who require access to their spots at all times. The three car parks out the front of our studio are for MSF staff only. Thank you again!

UNIFORM
Main St Funk has in place a set of uniform guidelines. Please start ensuring you/your child start coming to class dressed in accordance with these. A uniform promotes a sense of unity and teamwork and helps students get into the right mindset for dance class (dress like a dancer, feel like a dancer) and it helps the teacher see the student’s body line, ensuring they can correct technique and prevent injuries. See uniform guideline here: https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-shoe-hair-requirements/

END OF YEAR IMPORTANT DATES

COMPULSORY THEATRE REHEARSAL: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14 
The theatre rehearsal is the one and only compulsory event we run throughout the year and attendance is mandatory for all students who wish to participate at the end of year concert. This year we have secured a Saturday rehearsal for the whole school. This means no late-night rehearsals on a school night and our senior school, who perform in all three shows, will only be required at the one rehearsal. Arrival and finishing times will be confirmed closer to the date. For now, please keep the day free to ensure you and your child won’t be disappointed.

CONCERT GROUPS AND DATES

  • In 2020 MSF will hold 3 ends of year concerts. Most classes will perform in one concert only.
    • All seniors, teens, inter/teen jazz and inter/teen ballet/contemporary will perform in all 3 shows.
    • Petites do not perform in the concerts.
    • The symbols marked under each class on the timetable refer to the concert group. If you have enrolled siblings or in multiple classes, please ensure you have chosen classes within the same concert group. 
  • The concert dates were originally sent out in December 2019, however, due to our videographer’s availability, we have had to make a very slight change. Please note down your concert group’s date in your diary. See below.

UPDATED CONCERT DATES + GROUPS

SOCIAL MEDIA
Make sure you are following Main St Funk on Facebook and Instagram. We love to post daily to give you inspiration, a sneak peek into our classes and to stay connected with our dancing family. www.facebook.com/mainstfunk www.instagram.com/mainstfunk

One last thing… most important thing to remember this year is that Main St Funk students dance for fun and because they love it. We encourage an inclusive, harmonious environment where our students are dedicated to their class and committed to working to the best of their ability, as a team. We are proud of the way we have mastered the balance of working hard and having fun and we are happy to have each and every one of you on board for the roaring twenties.

THE MSF TEAM xo

“I’ve got a question, how do I get in touch?” – The best way to get in touch with the MSF team is by email mainstfunk@gmail.com We welcome phone calls but we can’t answer during teaching hours so please leave a voice message!