A message from Ms Barb

Dear dance families

If you have questions about dance please email me privately and directly

My team is working non stop on solutions to every problem that is arising, while at the same time creating a robust online dance program ( @dbsd_official )

Speculation in a Facebook thread might end up causing a misunderstanding or panic that isn’t warranted. I would rather answer your questions personally.

I have tentatively pencilled in recital dates at the very end of June and am working directly with the Concert Hall on ideas. I know the dance competitions do not want to cancel outright and will be coming up with creative solutions as well.

We all need to deal with this day by day, and be open to things happening at very non-conventional times.

Please trust that we are working on this every day. Please stick with us and pay your dance fees. We are counting on you to keep DBSD afloat. We are creating online content that allows your child to dance between one and four times a day, and will also give make up classes as soon as we can! That means double the value for what you are paying.

Please stick with us, support us, and trust us.

We need you

With much love

Ms Barb ♥️

Update on class suspensions

Dear valued DBSD families, 
Due to response and feedback from many of you we are switching the class suspension dates.
Classes are cancelled effective immediately 
March 16-29 plus Spring break.
Extra rehearsals are still running, and private lessons are available. ( email bbottle@shaw.cafor more information) 
We will plan to return to dance on Monday April 6th. We will re-evaluate that plan closer to that date and determine whether a longer suspension is necessary. Two weeks will be added in June to make sure you receive all of your classes. 
Payments will remain the same. We really appreciate your kindness  and support during this very difficult time 

Barb Bottle 
Artistic Director and owner 
Doreen Bissett School of Dance 

Update re: Covid-19

Dear valued dance families,
As you may know, schools in Manitoba have been closed as of Monday, March 23rd. 
Through consultation with my global dance teacher collective, my colleagues in education, and my staff, we have decided to temporarily suspend dance classes at DBSD. This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution, and is intended to limit the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 and is intended to reduce risk for all Manitobans. 
Unfortunately this means we will not be able to run our brand new Spring dance camp, which makes us all very sad.
At this time classes at DBSD will be suspended from March 23 to April 5th.  We will look at returning to dance on April 6th. As we monitor the situation we may continue with the suspension of classes until April 12th and return to dance on April 13th. ( watch your email and our social media for important updates ) 
I do not yet have final word on the Candance competition. 
We intend to move forward with positive intentions of all activities resuming including our May competitions and of course our June recital. 
Costumes are all being built as we speak, and our small business and my amazing staff depend on your continued financial support. 

Your fee payments will remain the same. 

To ensure you receive the correct number of classes we will extend dance classes into the month of June by the number of classes missed. We appreciate your understanding and help during this very difficult time.

I will be offering my March 31st solo rehearsals as planned. And will encourage my teachers to continue with their small competition rehearsals as well.

If you would like to arrange private lessons with one of our teachers during the break please reach out to me personally at bbottle@shaw.ca, someone would be happy to do that! Remember that large crowds are the concern, one on one lessons will not be an issue.
The dance studio will continue to be sanitized multiple times a day, we encourage thorough hand washing, and ask that folks with flu symptoms of fever, coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breathe do not enter the building.
Likewise, if you or anyone connected to you has just returned from International travel, we ask that you do not enter the studio. 
For this last week of dance please drop off and pick up your children to help us keep the studio less crowded.  

We understand that these are challenging times and ask that we all stick together in a positive way like the amazing DBSD family we are.
Please remember that there are seniors, vulnerable, and immune compromised folks out there that need our help, generosity, and kindness. Look out for your neighbours. Don’t hoard.. share! Let’s all get through this together the best that we can

Barb Bottle 
Artistic Director and owner 
Doreen Bissett school of Dance 

Revisions to our Open House schedule

Changes to the open house schedule

Miss Brooke Waterman will send out a revised open house schedule on Monday evening.

It will include an invitation to watch the performance teams and troupe

Inter Jazz team – Tuesday Nov 26 Ella Steele

Hip Hop troupe – December 2 Greg McGlenning

And all of Miss Mickaela Maxwell’s classes and teams on December 10th

We know you must be excited to see what your dancers have been working on, and we don’t want to keep you in suspense!

Ms Barb