“Phase Two”

Thurston County entered Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe-Start program on May 27th. Phase 2 allows partial reopening of some businesses previously deemed non-essential. We are so excited that we are approaching the time when we can see all of our students and families again! We miss all of you so much, and even though we’ve loved how our streaming classes have kept so many of you in touch and up and moving, we know they aren’t the same.

 

For anyone who is unaware, Miss Lexi is a licensed cosmetologist and we have a small hair salon in the studio. She specializes in hair and eyelash extensions, coloring, balyage highlights and Brazilian Blowout treatments. Phase two allows Miss Lexi to resume cosmetology services, and we know that some of us need some hair love to fix our at-home hair trims and adventures in coloring. We applaud everyone’s can-do attitude over the last few months, but we all know that even the most skilled and experienced hair professionals aren’t so great at self-service. We promise not to judge. If you’d like Miss Lexi to help you prepare for a reentry into the world, give us a call or email us so she can learn what you’d like done and schedule an appointment.

 

Shortly before Thurston County qualified to begin Phase 2, the Governor updated the Safe-Start program to allow the partial reopening of “fitness and training” businesses, and Kinetic Dance Academy fits the definition of these types of business. We started Kinetic Dance Academy with the belief that physical activity is very beneficial for our health, and that exercise opportunities which combine social interaction and positive peer-pressure amplify the benefits. We are glad that the Governor has come to realize the same thing. Unfortunately, the requirements for Phase 2 make in-studio classes highly impractical. All of our students know that Miss Lexi and Miss Jul work their students hard, and we don’t want anyone passing out from working hard while wearing a mask. Even though we are chomping at the bit to see all of our students in person, we believe that we can better serve our students by continuing the online streaming classes during Phase 2.

 

We are actively planning our Summer Intensive Program, which is common in the dance world, and has even more significance this year. As schools get out for the summer, studios have the opportunity to step-up the physical training, focus on those trouble techniques and begin preparation for recitals, performances and competitions. This year, many of us have spent more time binging our favorite shows, sitting on the couch and napping than we’d like to admit. Miss Lexi and Miss Jul are preparing programs that can help all of us recover from the effects of being home-bound and boost our confidence as we reemerge from the cocoon of social isolation.

 

We have fought our desire to keep in touch with our students and families during this time to be sure that we aren’t perceived to be spamming anyone. We will be sending out detailed information on our plans for Phase 3 and our Summer Intensive Program as soon as the information is complete.

 

We are required to have any students or Hairy Potter Girl Salon clients sign our Washington State Safe-Start Phase 2 and 3 waiver and consent form. We prefer that our customers print and sign the document available here before entering the salon/studio but will have pre-printed copies available in the studio/salon.

Helping our Community

We at Kinetic Dance Academy have a long history of supporting OlyMEGA, a nonprofit makerspace in Olympia. We support the organization so much that one of the Kinetic Dance Academy family is a member of their executive board.  They helped us brainstorm and implement some of the technology in our studio, and OlyMEGA members helped us with our initial remodel of an empty warehouse into a beautiful, safe space to teach and learn dance.

 
OlyMEGA has been producing Personal Protective Equipment with their three 3D printers at least eight hours per day since mid-March, and their members are also making reusable cotton face masks at an impressive pace.  They are making and handing out tools to other crafty people, so that they can also make this equipment easily and quickly. They are running out of raw materials and the funds to purchase more materials to continue production.  As a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, any donations are tax-deductible.  The members who are producing this equipment are volunteering their time, so any donations will be used to purchase raw materials or equipment to continue making PPE.

 
As of April 17th, they have created 562 face-shields, 347 face mask ear relief extenders, and more than 100 handmade cloth face-masks.  They have donated this equipment to South Sound Behavioral Hospital, Northwest Bloodworks, the Olympia Police Department, the Olympia Post Office and other organizations.

 
In an effort to ensure that they can continue producing this equipment, OlyMEGA started a GoFundMe campaign, and will use any funds generated to purchase the raw materials to continue this production.  When we pull out of this crisis, any remaining funds raised will be used to help the local maker community grow, by ensuring a place where anyone who is curious can learn how to use tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and sewing machines to name just a few.

What are “Terms?”

The studio lays out our schedule by “Terms.” This is a 3-month period like “quarters” or “semesters.” We structure our classes so our students get the most out of each class they register for. Recreational students have the ability to start at any point during the term, but are committed to complete the term period. Our Lifestyle Program students have the ability to enroll within the first two weeks of each term and are required to participate for the full term. At the start of each Term we have the ability to update the schedule and any events which fit that season.

Performances / Teams / Recitals

As a studio, it is our goal to provide opportunities to perform for all of our dancers, but also understand not all want to. Each year we will hold a recital which virtually all students have the ability to participate in.

We also have a Performing Team with the goal of providing many performance opportunities within the community for all ages and levels, to spread the joy of dance and improve our students’ public confidence.

Along with those, we intend on introducing a Competition Team eventually which will cater to a different type of dancer/performer.

All of our Teams are picked during our Spring Term and are committed for a year. We then close registration until the following year.

If you are interested in joining one of our Teams, please contact us or watch the website and our social media for updates!