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COVID-19: Studio Owner Town Hall - Shared screen with speaker view
Alana Hess
08:16
Hello all! Alana here! I’ll be today’s moderator. Misty will begin momentarily. If you have questions, please hold until the open discussion portion at the end of the call. :) Excited to begin!
Nicola Kozmyk Jones
08:36
Thanks Alana! :)
Lewis Hatkoff
08:45
We at FLY Dance Competition are excited!
Sandy Arce
09:10
Got it!
Adam Bathe
09:45
Tututix Is happy to be here and involved! Thanks Alana!
Noriko Malaby
10:00
Thank you!
Alana Hess
10:13
This is the chat box! :)
Nicola Kozmyk Jones
10:34
Hell from Calgary, AB, Caada!
Whitney Zimmermann
10:38
Hello from Tonawanda Dance Arts in Buffalo!!!
Hillary Parnell
10:40
Hello! From NC!
Carrie Green
10:40
Carrie frim Rochester NY
Becca Heye
10:40
Hello! Becca from Plainfield IL!
DANI SANDERS
10:41
Hello! Austin Tx
Amy Bodnar
10:41
Hello! Amy from Dance Elite in Lynnwood, WA! Happy to be hear!
Susan DesRoches
10:42
Hello, this is Susan from Maryland
Becca Moore
10:42
Hello! Becca from Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta, GA!
Tara Pizer
10:42
Hello from Tara- 8 Count Performing Arts Academy in Green, OH!
Jennifer Renfrow
10:42
Hello from Missouri! Jennifer from Center Stage Academy!
karen Flores
10:43
Hello! Karen fro Encore Studio in Midlo VA!
Michelle Pittman
10:43
Hey all! Michelle from 3D Centre of the Arts in Spartanburg here! So excited!
Noriko Malaby
10:43
Hi, I’m Noriko from California
Sandy Arce
10:44
Hi,
Ree Wood
10:46
Hi Renee from Michigan
Kimber Schumann
10:49
Kimber Schumann from Marquette Michigan!
Dawn Morin
10:49
Hello, Dawn from Dawn's School of Dance in Mass
Missy Steers
10:51
Hi from Missy in MO!
Jody DeLoria
10:51
Hello from Rochester, NY
Annette Siguenza
10:52
Annete S from Queens NYC
Sandy Arce
10:52
from El Cajon, CA
Kevin Bender
10:53
Phoenix AZ Kevin and Meri Bender
janet bracale
10:53
HI from Dance Unlimited in CT
Tamara Levi
10:55
Hello from Tamara @ Shine Dance Festival in Vancouver, Canada!
Heather Campbell
10:55
Hello! I’m Heather with Kaleidoscope Dance Academy in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Kathie Bernard
10:56
Kathie from Calgary!
Emily Moorefield
10:56
Hello! Emily Moorefield Midwest Dance Center in Burlington, Wisconsin!
Z Company Arts
11:04
Cincinnati, OH, hello, everyone!
Tabitha Colmary
11:24
KMC Dance -PA 💖
Adam Bathe
11:32
Adam and Harlie, Phoenix, Arizona!
Darlene Ceglia
11:38
Darlene Ceglia from Buffalo,NY
Kelly Gagliardi-Dieguez
12:02
hello from Velociy Dance in CT....Kelly
Nicole Costa
12:03
Nicole from Carmel, California
Rosemary Moore
12:25
Hi from Wells, Maine
Amy Blake
12:52
Hello from Friendswood, TX
carol baskinger
13:00
HI This Carol Dance Designs Studio New Jersey
Alana Hess
13:01
For all who are just joining… WELCOME! Alana here, I’ll be today’s moderator. Please direct questions to the Q&A portion of the call located on the bottom on your screen. Please hold questions until the Open Discussion portion of the call. This chat box is great for interaction with other guests and panelists. :) Glad you’re all here!
Zuhairah McRae
14:24
Hello, This is Zuhairah from Creative Movement Expressions Performing Arts Program in Queens, NY
Alana Hess
15:11
Hi Nicole - The call is being recorded on our end. We will have replay options available post-call. :)
Alana Hess
17:14
We have over 1,200 registered participants today!
Chris Wright
18:44
For those of you who answered doing live classes, how are you handling that? Are you staying with normal class hours? Have you redone your schedules? How are you finding attendance?
Alana Hess
19:17
Hi Chris - you will see Misty’s schedule coming up but we have 90% of the classes converted to live on the existing schedule with normal class hours. We have approximately 80% attendance on our “Tech Week” last week. :)
Dawn Morin
20:56
prerecorded lessons custom made for each class is my preference over live, since kids can stop & rewind and focus on the things they need to focus on for extra practice.
Chris Wright
21:06
Are the classes mostly just technique? as formations/staging of pieces is almost impossible?
Alana Hess
21:26
Yes Chris, technique :)
Chris Wright
23:12
I'm trying to talk the "real boss" (aka my wife) into the live classes - I have all the tech and can easily do that. Is there going to be a section on over coming objections?
Sandy Arce
23:31
Cannot see anything on screen.
Mandy Yip
24:25
Amazing job!
Dawn Morin
24:26
our prerecorded videos are focused on recital choreography right now, but will add in technique, since routines are almost finished.
Chris Wright
25:29
Dawn - how are you doing the recital choreo? Are the teachers dancing each person (or group of person) section? Just wondering how that translations into formations. Or has choreo been changes to adjusted for those challenges.
Melanie Gibbs
27:51
Way to go!
Alana Hess
27:58
Hi Sudeesh - I will elevate this question towards the end of the call. :)
Dawn Morin
29:26
It has been VERY time consuming. for example. I have a class that has 'partners' . I literally tape the routine for each part. for example (if a kids is leaning Right, I tape that part leaning right, then I tape it again for kids leaning left) I send the appropriate video to the kids that need to learn their part. Luckily my son does film & editing.
Dawn Morin
31:01
I had tried to continue with privates, but even with a protocol put in place for distancing and cleanliness, parents are still too nervous.
Alana Hess
31:46
Hi Stephen - a recording will be available post-call :)
Chris Wright
31:48
Thanks for the response Dawn - I can see how that's SUPER time consuming.
Alana Hess
32:25
Hi Sheri, we are in a state that in a “Shelter in place” so we are conducting private lessons via zoom.
Alana Hess
32:43
No live lessons for safety :)
Alana Hess
43:27
Hi Pat - great question. Look for options in the post-call communication. :)
Alana Hess
43:56
Kristi - good distinction. I will elevate this questions towards the end of the call.
Nicole Costa
44:12
We have been live and working since 3/12 - lots of lessons learned to share. didn't skip a beat
Ali Sickles
45:03
Hi Alana, I'm sure this may have been answered but will this be available for review after? I want to be sure I'm absorbing everything correctly! Thank you!
Alana Hess
45:27
Hi Ali - yes, more information will be available post-call :)
Ali Sickles
45:37
Amazing! Thank you!
Camille Johnson
45:47
My bank is not ready! Right.
Alana Hess
47:03
Thanks Mary - I will provide that feedback!
Alana Hess
48:34
Super questions Diane and Jenny - I will ask!
Alana Hess
51:13
Hi Barbara, I will ask for calrification :)
Alana Hess
52:00
Hi Ashley - we have heard that the SBA has some delayed communication due to overwhelming demand.
Alana Hess
54:15
Hi Ashley - we are paying employees as normal to teach online. :)
Alana Hess
58:03
Thanks Jessica! Stay well!
Jennifer Turner Long
59:28
Might we review why choosing which set of dates for PPP?
janet johnson
01:02:24
Current question. LLC , also ask how applies to Inc
Rosemary Moore
01:02:32
If we decide to operate on this on line platform through April and May and charge full tuition for April and May but then need to go back into the studio for June to do in person classes in prep for recital, are the studio owners thinking they will charge something for June classes
Melanie Gibbs
01:03:38
Raise hand
Jennifer Kinsey
01:03:42
So PPP ISN’T what the current loan app process is being offered at the top of the SBA page, updated just last night?
Melanie Gibbs
01:04:31
We are looking to engage the ppp for the new companies and not thew old company and need to know the differences
Maygan Wurzer
01:04:33
Mary Jo - If I have a 2.8M loan for TI (we opened a new space last year), and I am wanting to do the PPP, can I apply for SBA small bus loan to switch my 2.8M loan to lower interest rate? And STILL apply for Paycheck Protection Loan?
Rosemary Moore
01:08:10
What’s the best way to calculate the FTEs if we have part timers and full timers? What is full time hourly requirement if we have a some working 5 hours and some 30 hours; how do we calculate that?
Susan Byrd
01:10:58
Same question as Rosemary....
Jennifer Turner Long
01:11:28
Ditto same question as Rosemary
Melanie Boniszewski
01:21:11
That’s so much, Mary Jo!
Lori Phelps
01:21:15
Thank you Mary Jo!
Jennifer Turner Long
01:21:15
Thank you to Mary Jo and Misty! So very helpful!!!
Carrie Green
01:21:17
Thank you!!!
Tamara Howe
01:21:19
Thank you!
Angela Probst
01:21:19
Thank you so much!
Noriko Malaby
01:21:19
Thank you all!!!
Rosemary Moore
01:21:22
Thank you so much!!
Maygan Wurzer
01:21:22
Thanks Mary Jo!
Kimber Schumann
01:21:24
Thanks Mary JO!
Sioux Duddy
01:21:35
Thank you Mary Jo. So helpful!
janet johnson
01:21:42
Thank you all! This has been very helpful.
Adam Bathe
01:21:43
Thank you Mary Jo!
susi Martucci
01:21:49
Very grateful for the advise and support!
Alice Williams
01:21:55
Thank you Mary Jo and Misty! This has been great and you have helped so much!!
Trina Robinson-Kemie
01:22:11
Awesome ! Info Mary Jo and Alana, Of course Misty too ! Thanks so much for this info !
Adam Bathe
01:22:27
Thank you Mary Jo!
Nicole Costa
01:26:30
We are providing free content on a broadcast channel, and live content with pro video production and audio as a per class - or pay as you go model. Discounts for monthly April Tuition if they pay in advance or free studio rentals when they come back.
stephanie moller
01:27:07
Have u had to layoff your desk staff??
Nancy Solomon Rothenberg
01:27:23
thank you Mary Jo! So lucky to have you help us all out. I haven't taken so many notes in a while.
Nicole Costa
01:27:59
We are recruiting new teachers that can pivot - can't drag people to the future, they have to want to go. This is a long term new revenue model
Susan Byrd
01:28:32
Fully agree Nicole!
Nicole Costa
01:28:42
Parents are in control. They hold the money - we have to give them options and give them the power - our job is to create content and expand outside to those that want us
Kimber Schumann
01:30:10
Thank you so much!
Nicole Costa
01:30:14
In California we have this nasty ab-5 law that requires us to recat our contractors to employee status. We have no direction yet as to how this will benefit us with new Care act. crazy times. Any insight
Pam Wurdeman
01:30:25
Thank you!
Nicole Costa
01:32:37
We are tapping into govt. standard grant programs to give hardship scholarships - we have a huge non profit donor network and the community needs ways to support performing arts and education. Change your focus to we are vital to children development and away from be a dance studio
Rima Oganesyan
01:33:02
Nicole we are in California too and not sure what it will hold for us
Sarah Quie
01:37:29
I have a studio in MN of 500 families… I wanted to charge full tuition and make decisions family n=by family - please share with me who is charging full tuition for online learning - thanks
susi Martucci
01:38:18
We are giving everyone a 25% discount for April and haven't made a decision about May yet.
Sarah Quie
01:38:45
thank you - what did you do for March :)?
Alana Hess
01:38:46
Stay tuned for a post-call follow up with more information! So thankful for all of you taking time to be here and provide such valuable feedback and questions. Appreciate you! Let’s be sure to thank Misty, Mary Jo, Karen and Joanna for all of the incredible information - proud to be part of this historic call! ♥️
Takisha Brown
01:38:49
thank you Misty and team!
Nancy Solomon Rothenberg
01:38:51
Thank you Misty! so incredible for you to help soooo many
Trina Robinson-Kemie
01:38:52
Wow! Thank you so much !!!!! Alana Absolutely Amazing Info !
Ree Wood
01:38:53
Thank YOu Misty and your incredible affilates and associates <3 love
Kimber Schumann
01:38:57
Thank you!
Melanie Gibbs
01:38:58
Thank you!!!
Alice Williams
01:38:59
Thank you Misty!
susi Martucci
01:39:00
We charge full tuition in March
Melissa Hargett
01:39:04
thank you!
Adam Bathe
01:39:08
Thank you Misty!!!
Sarah Quie
01:39:13
Thanks :)!!
Darlene Ceglia
01:39:13
Thank you so much!
Jennifer Turner Long
01:39:19
Truly beneficial! Thank you very much for all of your time and investment!
Zuhairah McRae
01:39:26
Thank you
Sarah Quie
01:39:34
this was n=very helpful !
Sarah Quie
01:39:53
meant to say it was very helpful :):):Thanks Misty
Amanda Standard
01:40:11
Outstanding Thank you