Join us for an online “BYOB” Halloween Sassy Heels special event Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 -9:00 p.m. on Zoom. In this class you will learn a fun, sassy dance — heels optional — with a Halloween theme. We will all have time to show off our costumes, and Josh will be providing a recipe for a signature cocktail that you can make at home to drink during the class if you wish.
New Session of Tap Basics (Level 1) Starts September 12
Never had a tap class before but always wanted to try it out? A new session of our Tap Basics (Level 1) class starts Saturday, September 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. No shoes? We have some loaner tap shoes, or you can wear any hard-soled shoe for your first class. This is a drop in class so if you can’t be there on the 12th you can start later, but it helps to start at the beginning.
Sunday Classes Moving to Thursday
Our Sunday classes are moving to Thursday nights AND they are getting new names to better reflect the actual level of the students in those classes. Advanced Beginner Tap will now be called “Intermediate Tap” and will be Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Intermediate Tap will now be called “Advanced/Intermediate Tap” and will now be Thursdays 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Tap Schedule Starting September 10:
– Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Intermediate Tap (Level 3) (was Advanced Beginner) – Thursday 7:45-8:45 p.m. Advanced/Intermediate Tap (Level 4) (was Intermediate) – Saturday 3:15-4:15 Beginning Tap (Level 2) – Saturday 4:30-5:30 Tap Basics (Level 1)
Our online Sunday Move & Stretch class is getting a new ballet focus — so we are doing the class for free this Sunday, August 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m., so people can try it out.
In this class teacher Natalie Moreira will guide you through a gentle warm-up to wake up the muscles and joints including some floor-barre type strengthening movements, and then will lead you through whole-body stretches (standing and on the floor) to improve flexibility and turnout. The class typically ends with a brief meditation that leaves you relaxed and ready for whatever is next!
To prepare for Re-Opening Phase 4 we did a student survey about switching to in-studio classes and found that the majority of students still preferred online classes. Many were not yet comfortable with in-studio classes, others worried that limited class sizes would leave some students out, and some were worried about our teachers having to take public transportation to get to the studio.
Because of this we will be keeping all of our online classes and adding the following in-studio classes (which had the most requests from the survey):
Saturdays Beginning Tap (Level 2) with Judy Burke – 3:15-4:15 (starts July 11) Tap Basics (Level 1) with Judy Burke – 4:30-5:30 (starts July 11)
Sundays Ballet Basics (Level 1) with Adina Stuhlman – 10:30-11:45 (starts July 19) Intermediate Ballet (Level 4) with Natalie Nespoli Moreira – Noon – 1:30 (starts July 19) Intermediate Tap (Level 4) with Jeremy Burke – 1:45-2:45 (starts July 12) Advanced Beginner Tap (Level 3) with Jeremy Burke – 3:00-4:00 (starts July 12)
In-Studio Class Policies
Maximum of 6 students per class. We strongly suggest signing up in advance to make sure you have a spot.
Students and teachers are required to wear masks.
Temperature checks will be done at the door with a contactless thermometer.
Students experiencing any Covid-type symptoms are not allowed to come to class.
There will be hand sanitizer at the door and we will ask everyone to use it on entering.
6-foot spacing will be marked on the floor for students to use as a guide.
Common touch points will be wiped down before and between classes.
The drinking fountain at the studio has been turned off; students must bring their own water.
Class fees will be the same as the online classes; online class passes will now be good for both online and in-studio classes..
Thank you for everyone who participated in the survey. We are excited to be able to offer this mix of classes for our students.
Tuesdays: Starting this Tuesday, June 2, Josh Fletcher will be teaching two Zoom classes every Tuesday:
5:45-6:45 will be Intermediate Contemporary Jazz Technique. This class will focus on technique with a short combo at the end.
7:00-8:00 is Sassy Heels. In this all-levels class the main part of class is spent learning a fun, sassy dance routine.
Thursdays: Beginning Ballet with Natalie Nespoli Moreira is moving to 5:30-6:45 p.m. The time change means we get an extra 15 minutes of ballet with Natalie!
New Ballet Basics Session Starts Saturday: A new session of Ballet Basics with Adina Stuhlman will be starting on Saturday, June 6. This class meets 10:00-11:15 on Zoom, and it is for adults who have never taken a ballet class before. It is a drop-in class so you only pay for the classes you take, but it does build session by session so you do want to try to attend all classes.
Saturday Beginning Social Dance: Learn a different social dance style every week with Katie DeSalvo in this super fun class for singles or couples or whoever you are quarentined with, Saturdays, 6-7 p.m CST. The schedule for June is:
June 6 – Beginning Cha Cha
June 13 – Beginning Salsa
June 20 – Beginning West Coast Swing
June 27 – no class
FREE Special Event: Contemporary Dance for Absolute Beginners, Sunday, June 21 3:00-4:00 p.m. If you have wanted to try Contemporary Dance but wasn’t sure what the class would be like — this is for you! Teacher Kim Baker will go over all the basics of what you can expect in a Contemporary Dance class and introduce you to some of the techniques and terminology of this expressive style of dance. Sign up with MindBody and the Zoom class link will be emailed to you.
It seems that our online world is here to stay — for a while at least! People have been very generous with donations, but it is time for us to move back to class fees. Starting Monday, May 25 fees for our online classes will be:
$15 Single Class Pass – Supporter $10 Single Class Pass – Regular $5 Single Class Pass – Limited Income
$65 Five Class Pass – Supporter $40 Five Class Pass – Regular $25 Five Class Pass – Limited Income
If you prefer Venmo you can still do that to @Erin-DeWitt-GDS.
Before you take class:
1. Sign up for the classes you want to take. You can sign up with the MindBody app or at https://tinyurl.com/gdsclasses If you have not yet purchased a class pass it will ask you to do that. (Or Venmo us and we will add a pass to your account and then you can sign up for class.)
2. Go the the website for the Zoom link. You must be signed up on MindBody to be admitted to class. Zoom links are at: glenwooddancestudio.com/live-online-classes/
If you sign up for a class and then can’t come you can cancel at any time and use that class pass for a future class. Or if you forget to cancel and we don’t see you in class we will cancel for you and you can still use that class pass.
FAQs About the New Class Fees
Can I purchase these new class passes now?
Yes! They are available for sale, and can be used to sign up for classes that happen May 25 and after.
Are there deals for new students?
Yes! New students can get their first class free!
What if I have an old, un-used class card?
We can keep it on file to use when we have in-person classes again, or you can email us at email@example.com and we can put the value towards our new online class passes.
I’m technologically challenged! Help!
If you can’t figure out the new system just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with what classes you want to come to and we will sign you up! We are also happy to do a phone call or video call to walk you through all the steps.
What if I don’t like doing online payments?
You can mail a check for the amount of your class card to Glenwood Dance Studio. 7017 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626.
I already gave a donation to cover future classes.
No problem! Just email us at email@example.com and we will apply it towards a class pass.
We have decided that we should temporarily close the studio to help promote social distancing starting Monday, March 16. As we understand it, this action is the best thing that individuals can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases to keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed in these next weeks and months.
This means there will be no classes starting Monday, March 16. Our date for re-opening is unknown at this time.
We will automatically extend all class cards that were nearing expiration. Also please know that our teachers will be paid during this time as if we were still having classes.
It was a sad and difficult decision, especially since the studio is a rock for so many of us and dance is such a good way to work through our emotions.
We will keep you posted on any future developments.
Thanks, Sandra Verthein, Erin DeWitt and Robin Pokorski Glenwood Dance Studio Board of Directors