Welcome to ACS Dance Centre
Dance School and Teacher Training College
IDS International Dance School of the Year Award
for four years running!
RE: COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
Until further notice we will have to suspend classes, it is with a heavy heart and probably the right thing to do. Do keep an eye on our facebook and website for updates and news of online classes.
Notice from the Trustees
As Trustees to ACS we are in constant admiration of the way Mark and Diana, the principals, work in running the dance school. Their handling of this emergency situation has been exemplary, working to keep classes running but with the safety of both students and staff uppermost in their minds. The time has now come to make the decision to close in line with government advice and we fully support that. Mark and Diana run the school from their hearts; their interest is in providing excellent quality dance teaching enabling all students to reach their potential far and above any financial gain. We are well aware from our overseeing position just how closely the budget is run with them constantly balancing funds in order to keep the school going under normal circumstances let alone the current situation. We have seen them time and again apply imaginative solutions to unexpected issues and they are again thinking and acting imaginatively by seeking to provide virtual dance lessons, thus enabling some form of continuing level of classes whilst we pass through this uncertain period. We appreciate in financially difficult times often it is the extra-curricular activities that are the first to be affected but we ask that you try to continue to support the school to whatever extent you can so that ACS can weather this storm and continue in the future.
We are working on contingency plans to keep some classes operational with other resources available to keep you entertained through this period. Our aim is to keep you moving and engaged in dance.
As communities around the world struggle with the current situation we wish to reassure you that we are monitoring the situation and following official advice carefully, at present we are open as usual. Needless to say the safety of pupils, their families and our staff are our number one priority, ACS already have a strict policy on hygiene but we want to assure you that we have increased this and are doing all that we can and are following all advice from the uk government ie. more regular surface cleaning, and encouraging washing of hands frequently plus adapting our teaching to limit person to person contact during classes. We ask you to continue washing yours and your children's hands before and after lessons ( 20 secs or more please) and if feeling unwell please inform us and stay away from the studio. We do urge you all to keep looking at our website, facebook pages and ACS Dance Family Group page, and if you have changed your email, contact details lately please make sure you inform us of your address by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep you fully informed of any and all changes.
We hope to offer classes in some fashion even if Video links of dance lessons, and exercises etc, for you to do at home if we are forced to close our doors and we will need to let you know about this resource and other information on exams particularly, as easily as we can. Many Thanks for your support in these challenging times,
Diana, Mark and the ACS Team
More advice on the NHS website
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We are a registered charity and a CDMT recognised school, our aim is bring the benefits and joys of dance to as many people as possible!