HSPA Update May 8th
Dear HSPA Dance families,
First and foremost, on behalf of the entire HSPA faculty and staff, we thank you for your continued love, encouragement, and support during this time, and even more importantly, your patience. We know you have all been anxiously awaiting for the answers to some questions regarding Recital, Gym Show, Spaghetti Dinner, Picture Day, Summer Lessons, Camps etc. As you may have guessed, we were not able to make definite decisions until we ourselves had received word on whether or not facilities would be open and available to us, and what the government mandated numbers would be in reference to large gatherings. The following information will help to answer the majority of those questions as best we can at this time.
We just received the news and share with a heavy heart, due to Holyoke high school not being available to us, we are unable to hold our annual June recital. Needless to say this news has been tremendously difficult for us, needing time to accept, regroup, and move forward. BUT have no fear, we are not about to let the season pass without celebrating our dancers and all their growth, improvement, and accomplishments. They each deserve their chance to shine and we are determined to make that happen. We are of the mindset that "The show must go on", and merely looking at this time as an "Intermission." So after a great deal of thought, discussion, and taking everything into consideration, rather than canceling it, we are planning to reschedule for late August or maybe even early September. This will all be pending on what situation we are in, on both a state, and global level. We do realize this may not be ideal for everyone, but feel it is the best solution for the majority. As it looks, most of the graduating seniors would still be in the area with college campuses not expecting to open right away. Here is how we would work this: We would consider our summer break for June and July, starting back up with rehearsals in August, to review all Recital numbers, and try to piece together opening number, finale, Senior tribute, etc. Once we have a more detailed breakdown schedule of what that would look like, and a definite date from Holyoke High, we will get that information out to everyone.
Our plans for the recital will also apply to our annual Gym Show with a date TBA.
LAST WEEKS OF CLASSES
Our final week of zoom classes will conclude the last week of May, in regards to running the weekly schedule as we currently are. Monday dancers would have their last Team class on 5/18 due to Memorial Day weekend. We will take off the first two weeks of June so our dancers and faculty can take a break, regroup, and rejuvenate. We will then start up our optional summer program with our weekly classes, mini camps, and 1 day intensives, whether that be via zoom or in person with all the necessary *precautions in place- when allowed. And we would still offer a Zoom option for those of you not comfortable sending your child into the studio, even after it has been approved. Then we would take a week off after the conclusion of the summer classes mid/late July before returning to prepare for our recital. Private lessons will still be available, either via Zoom or one on one at the studio. Again, we will provide exact dates once we receive all the necessary information before moving forward.
CLI's 2020 SUMMER DANCE EXPERIENCE
As studio partners with CLI, we are excited to offer all of our dancers a discount for the 8 week summer program they are currently offering. That information will be sent in a separate email, so stay tuned to see how that will all work for our HSPA dancers.
In place of our annual spaghetti dinner, we are considering an outdoor family picnic. We know that's always a fun annual event for our Dance families as well as another opportunity to celebrate our dancers and our graduating seniors. Depending on what the restrictions are, we may have to divide into smaller groupings with everyone bringing their own picnics, but could still offer the fun raffle prizes with each team donating per grouping. As soon as we are able to make decisions with the size of gatherings, we will let you know the when and where. Please feel free to offer suggestions in regards to outdoor park facilities. So far we are looking in to Conant park in Southampton or Look Park in Northampton. ￼￼
As far as picture day~ for right now we will ask all of our students to take individual pictures of themselves at home (preferably outdoors) ￼in their costumes and we will put together some fun class/team collages. And then when we are able to gather by August/September, we will set up a date for our regular picture day photos.
STUDENT PINS & RECITAL T-SHIRTS
Per usual, we will still be presenting our annual achievement pins to dancers, which could either be at the outdoor family picnic, or upon return to the studio. ￼And yes will still be having our annual recital T-shirts made available.
In regards to our team competitions and what our plan is for using this seasons numbers, so all the hard work and great choreography is not wasted, we will participate in a couple that we hear are scheduling in September and October. Of course we will do our absolute best to work around our graduating senior college schedules making that a priority when choosing. Then by November we can start fresh with new dances and get back on track, with a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing we were able to finish out our 86th season despite the challenges we faced.
We do realize that no matter what are decisions may be, there's bound to be some issues, loopholes, and obstacles. There's no easy answer but we are determined to make the best of it and not give up.
HSPA season 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as the year when we pushed ourselves beyond what we would have ever expected, stretched our creative mindsets, allowing us to grow in ways that we should all be very proud of, both faculty and student alike. While so many studios have sadly closed around the country, we at HSPA will continue to fight to keep ours heading into season 87!! Together we can do this and come out on the other side stronger, wiser, and filled with more gratitude than ever.
We love you all so much and miss you like crazy. When they finally give us that go ahead~ it's going to be a magical reunion for sure.
Alison, Lisa & HSPA Faculty