Updates on our main page.
We hope that you all have been able to stay safe and in good health during the COVID-19 pandemic. As many of you already know, Joy of Motion closed all three studios on March 16, 2020 to protect the safety of our students and staff, and to comply with orders issued by local health officials. These mandatory local restrictions have removed our ability to provide the in-person classes that account for nearly 80% of Joy of Motion’s revenue.
These are unprecedented times. Our biggest priority is making sure Joy of Motion can survive this closure so that when we are permitted, we can quickly reopen. With that in mind, we wanted to inform you of some extremely difficult decisions.
We are canceling all remaining classes and performances, with the goal of resuming operations in Summer 2020.
We have laid off all of our faculty and part-time staff. Faculty will still have the opportunity to contribute to our online learning library. We are looking at resources that will help them through this tough time and are committed to staying connected.
Full-time staff will stay on to maintain some basic operations, but they have all taken a significant reduction in pay.
Those of you who have already paid for spring and summer camps have a few different options. We have the ability to offer you an account credit to use when our doors reopen, a receipt for a tax-deductible donation of the pro-rated tuition dollars (if you are in a position to donate), or a pro-rated refund for the services that we are unable to provide at this time. Should we not hear from you by July 31, 2020, your account will be granted a credit equal to the services we are unable to provide at this time.
Joy of Motion remains strongly committed to our community. We don’t make these decisions lightly and we are eager to come back even stronger once this crisis is over. In the coming months, we will be developing our new online programming pillar, and releasing as much on-demand content to the public as we are able. We believe this new asset represents a unique engagement opportunity for our organization that will only strengthen our community even after the pandemic passes.
How can I stay connected and help Joy of Motion?
Dance with us! Browse our Online Learning Library and keep dancing.
Chat with us! Our community Slack channel is going strong, and we would love for you to join the conversation.
Donate! Now more than ever we need your financial support. Your donation will help us re-hire faculty and open our doors as soon as we are permitted.
Our dancers mean the world to us and we are committed to making sure our community thrives. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and we will do our utmost to respond as soon as we can.
Stay safe everyone.
With hope for the future,
Mary Chase, Executive Director
Natalie Adler, Chair of the Board of Directors
Dear Joy of Motion Community,
In case you missed it on our main page!
Joy of Motion is open this morning, January 18.
Inclement Weather Update January 7, 2020: all studios will be closed at 4:00 PM! All programming (adult and youth) is canceled for the evening.
INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATE JANUARY 7, 2020: Youth classes are canceled today. Adult classes (drop-in and series) will proceed as scheduled. The next update will be at 4:00 PM.
NITEMARE ON H STREET
WHEN: October 26, 2019
WHERE: Joy of Motion | H Street
HOW MUCH IS IT?: $15 in advance/$20 at the door 11+
💃 Come by in your best Halloween costume and learn the Addams Familia Shuffle with choreography by Jasmine Andrews to a Halloween mashup of songs, including the classic Thriller and My Family, the Migos song from the new Addams Family movie. If you loved Thriller on H Street, you’ll love this workshop! Hosted by Vibe Tribe, a Joy of Motion Youth Performance Company with special MC Arrian Maize, Joy of Motion Faculty member and founder of VXN Dance Collective.
👻 Costume contest! Prizes for the two best costumes are a 5 drop-in class pack ($90 value) or a $50 JoyPl of Motion Gift Card.
🧟♀️ Star in a music video! After the workshop, participants will have the chance to perform the choreography and be filmed for a special Joy of Motion music video.
🦇 Show off your moves! Join in a freestyle circle after you learn the choreography.
👽 Watch a performance! Vibe Tribe, one of our Youth Performance Companies, will be hosting the event, helping out with choreography, and performing at the end.
🍬 Candy! Because it wouldn’t be Halloween without a sugary treat. Grab some candy or play a game in the lobby before or after the workshop.
Sign up at joyofmotion.org/halloween2019