1st DAS Informal Lecture!

We are so excited to present our first DAS EXTRA online video for you, which is also the first in our DAS Informal Lecture Series!! Our first talk will be given by Caelia Gardiner and will focus on Motivation and Trauma Responses.

What this lecture will cover:

  • Different types of motivation (intrinsic & extrinsic)
  • Executive dysfunction and its relationship with motivation
  • How stress and trauma play with each other
  • WHY YOU FEEL A LACK OF MOTIVATION RIGHT NOW
  • How you can help yourself through this time healthily and sustainably!

This will be a LIVE ZOOM EVENT happening on Friday, April 24th at 7:00 pm. Access to DAS Extras are $25 per class, live or recorded. Please sign up with the link below if you want to join for the live event!

If you know you cannot attend the live event, but you’d like access to the recorded video, please submit a Drop-In Registration Form with the title of the video (DIL#1 or Motivation & Trauma Responses):

**NOTE: All students who attend the live event will be given access to the recorded video. Those with Unlimited Access still need to register for the Live Event but do not need to pay, and will automatically have access to the recorded video. Visit our Registration Page for more information on Unlimited Access Subscription!

We can’t wait to see you there!



Studio Update

It’s been about 2 weeks since we launched our brand new DAS Online Program, and things are going well! But we want to check with you otherwise. We hope you’re doing well, and we want to let you know how things are going with us! Please stay up-to-date while watching the video below:

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Important points from the video update:

  • Don’t be nervous to ask about the studio’s plans in the future!
  • Online classes are going well, consistency is a struggle – thank you for your continued patience
  • We have 25 subscriptions so far, which is awesome – thank you!
  • Drop-In Access is still available too (see Online Previews), you don’t need to only choose subscription
  • Weekly Workouts are a new thing added – cardio & fitness indoors & outdoors run by Lauren Gardiner
  • Scheduled LIVE Zoom classes are a maybe – stay tuned, they may be announced in the future
  • Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser was super successful – sold almost $2000 in chocolates, 4 times our minimum required amount!
  • We may have a Gift Card Fundraiser coming soon, if anyone is interested.
  • Fundraising money can be donated to the studio if you wish, but not necessary at all – your fundraising account can be applied to anything you wish and it will go towards the studio anyway.
  • Costume balances will be calculated at some point in the next month.
  • Guessing that we will not be in the studio until late summer/fall – just a guess! Don’t know for sure.
  • The plan for now is to take a breather, relax with our time off, engage in online classes if you want – we are NOT expecting you to maintain your training!
  • If we don’t get back until September, we’ll just start the season over again with training from Sep-Dec and choreography starting in January.
  • We can plan to recycle our choreography and costumes from this season, re-space as we need to and re-learn the whole things!
  • No stress, no pressure, no expectations – let’s focus on gently getting back into the groove of things.
  • Small group Zoom Social Calls are being organized to keep you all in touch with me and each other, just to maintain contact.
  • The studio is doing fine! All teachers have an outside source of income, and Caelia has supplemental income through school, so all people are taken care of.
  • Our goal right now is transparency, support, and consistency – we are trying to support other small businesses through paying rent and professional fees, we have minor operating costs for our online platform, and we will continue to provide video content.
  • Remember that we have Compassionate Pricing and Karma Payments – pay what you can, or trade us services!
  • Engage with us, even if it has nothing to do with dance! Join us on Zoom calls, share with us your past-times, shoot us an email.
  • Make sure to suggest new ideas if you have any!

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. We are eternally grateful for your support <3



DAS Online Launches!

We have been WORKING HARD this past week to bring you the all-new DAS ONLINE PROGRAM! A complete description of how it works is available under the Studio Info webpage or click the button below:

If you don’t want to click through the website to explore, I’ve explained everything you need to know in this video below:

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Also, for our current loyal members of Dance Alive, I have a few general studio updates that don’t necessarily have to do with the Online Program, which I filmed in a second video here:

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Important points from the video update:

  • The studio is still closed to in-person classes – but we have exciting new DAS ONLINE offerings!
  • DAS Team is working hard – most videos will come from Caelia, Maddi & Kersten, Christine is very busy with her day job, Tyneal is working behind the scenes.
  • Scheduled Zoom live classes are not in the plan just yet but we are open to the idea if you want that!
  • If you paid for April already, Caelia will get in touch with you about future plans.
  • DAS Online will be the main program throughout April, but we would like to continue it in May, whether we get back in the studio or not.
  • If you want any refunds or credits for March, PLEASE reach out to Caelia via email, text, phone call, etc.
  • Do you have anything you’d like to film and contribute to our DAS Online platform, please let me know!
  • Stay tuned for group social calls and activities!

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. We are eternally grateful for your support <3



One-Week Update

One week after our studio shut-down, we have further updates. Online materials are still being supplied under the DAS Online page in the Student Centre:

Another video update is provided:

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Important points from the video update:

  • The studio is still closed to in-person classes.
  • Online materials are provided in the Student Centre above as well as on our DAS Dancers & Friends Facebook page and our Instagram stories.
  • It is looking likely that all competitions will be postponed, but hopefully rescheduled for summer.
  • Studio updates will continue to be made on a weekly basis.
  • Announcements to come about a new online program hopefully to launch in April.

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Hang in there!



Studio Shut-Down

As of March 16, 2020, all in-person classes at Dance Alive Studios have been cancelled until further notice. Online materials are being supplied under the DAS Online page in the Student Centre:

I’ve recorded a video message to you all explaining the current status of the studio:

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Important points from the video update:

  • The situation will be monitored as the week progresses and an update will be provided this weekend.
  • Online materials are provided in the Student Centre above as well as on our DAS Dancers & Friends Facebook page and our Instagram stories.
  • Our first priority is to the immediate safety of our dancers, and our second priority is to your sustainable wellness over the long-term.

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Hang in there!



DASwear Merchandise Order

We are opening up another DASwear merchandise order! We have the following items available (last season’s designs, click the links of each to see images):

    • Jogger-style sweat pants ($60) – available in grey & black
    • Zip-up fleece hoodies ($80) – Custom lettering on back; available in black, grey, and grey/black
    • Mint flowy tank top ($40) – “Dance for body/mind/soul, Dance Alive” slogan on front
    • White RISE UP shirts ($40) – “RISE UP – A Second Chance to Dance” on the front; available in flowy tank, fitted tank, flowy long sleeve and unisex long sleeve)
    • Black duffle bag ($45) with embroidered logo & custom initials
    • DAS logo stickers ($3 each, 4 for $10)
    • Cable-knit leg warmers ($35) with embroidered “DAS” (available in black & white)
    • Green fitted leg warmers ($45) with screen printed “Dance Alive Studios” down calf

We are working hard to create an online store for easier ordering in the future, but for now, please fill out the following Google Form to order:

The tentative order deadline is February 22, 2020. Sample sizes will be brought to the studios for dancers to try on items, or you can view this sizing chart online.

*PLEASE NOTE*

    • Pants, shirts, and bunnyhugs require a minimum order of 12 items for each style. If there are not enough orders for an item, you will be added to a wait list for it to be ordered once we have enough. 
    • There are limited amounts of black hoodies in stock at a reduced price. If you order the correct size, you will be given the option to order a new one or buy an in-stock item. 
    • All leg warmers are limited quantity and experimental items. We may not have the exact same style again, but we are trying to design a studio leg warmer for regular order. 
    • More items will be designed this year in the next few months – more shirts with the new show title on them, and some competition gear as well. Please let us know if you have any requests for new items. 
    • If you are interested in items but need more time to pay for an order, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can work out together!

As always, please contact us with any questions or ideas you might have for our studio attire!


For simplicity, we also have links to our other two clothing orders (DAS Comp Gear 2020, and tights/earrings) happening here:



DAS Holiday Party

Our holiday party is a time to get together and celebrate the first few months of our season with food, drinks, games, and dance! All are welcome, but please RSVP as the space has a limited capacity. Details are listed below:

Date:Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time:5:00 – 10:00 pm (Come & go!)
Place:Living Sky Café (245 3 Ave S)
Cost:
OPTIONAL $15 donation
(to help with venue rental)
Details:


* Food & drinks ordered off menu
* Automatic 18% gratuity charged
* Board games welcome!
* DAS Show viewing throughout evening
RSVP:Google Form RSVP Link

We look forward to seeing you there!



Fundraising – Purdy’s Holiday Chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate around the holidays?? We’re doing another round of Purdy’s chocolate fundraising for the holiday season. Everything can be ordered online and we get 25% of the profits!!

Please visit the link below to register with our campaign and do some online Easter candy shopping:

Order Purdy’s Holiday Chocolate!

You will be asked to provide an email address and some more contact info in order to join our campaign. While your individual email address is required, feel free to use the studio’s cell phone number (306-914-5565) if you prefer not to give yours. Then you can shop online and pay with your credit card and your order will automatically be added to the group under your name.

If you don’t have a credit card or prefer not to use it online, there are some PDF links below to the catalogue and the order form. You may peruse the catalogue and email me (caelia@dancealivestudios.com) with your order – I’ll place it for you! Then you can pay by cash, cheque, or e-transfer.

* You may also order online through the link above, but choose to “pay later”, and Dance Alive can cover the payment.

Purdy’s Christmas 2019 Catalogue

Purdy’s Christmas 2019 Paper Order Form

All orders need to be placed by November 25, 2019 so that we get our goodies in time for the holidays. We need to reach $1000 in sales for the order to go through! Tell all your friends 🙂

Contact us with any and all questions. Thank you for supporting local business and being a patron of the arts in our community!!

Please check out our Events & Deadlines Calendar for more events this month!



Fundraising – Gift Cards (Nov ’19)

It’s time for another order of Gift Cards through FundScrip! FundScrip allows us to generate funds from you buying gift cards AT COST and using them for your usual groceries, fuel, dinners out, and more! Check out our original post for more info on FundScrip and how the fundraising works.

Order & payment deadline is November 30, 2019, which means you’ll receive your gift cards in time for Christmas! Click on the image below to fill out an order form that is only submitted to DAS. After submission, you’ll receive an email from Dance Alive summarizing your order, at which point you are welcome to change anything you need.

Contact us with any and all questions. Thank you for supporting local business and being a patron of the arts in our community!!

Please check out our Events & Deadlines Calendar for more events this month!



Usborne Books Fundraiser

Another regular fundraising activity we have is Usborne Books at Home, facilitated by Donna Dubé.

Usborne books are from the UK but are sold through mostly direct sales here in Canada. A few titles are available in stores through other retail stores at a discount but Donna has access to the entire inventory of over 2000 titles. There are baby and young children interactive books (touchy feely, sound, lift the flap, fold out) as well as more advanced readers, phonetic books, graphic novels, and illustrated classics. Beyond that, there are sticker books, “wipe-clean” workbooks with dry erase pens, crafts, puzzle books, search and find, science experiments, intros to other languages and more! There are so many options to choose from and they make great gifts for friends or excellent additions for your personal library at home.

There will only be a 5 DAY WINDOW open for ordering from the time you choose your items to payment. Orders will be accepted from:

Tuesday November 19 to Sunday November 24

All orders will go through Donna and she has graciously agreed to donate back 15% of the proceeds for fundraising! Follow the link below to learn more about Usborne Books and get in contact with Donna: