August 4, 2020

It has been a tough fews months for us as we work hard to navigate the ever changing environment regarding Covid-19. At the base of all of our decisions has been the safety of our dancers and their families that they go home to. We have sincerely appreciated all of the love and support we've received from our dance families during this wild ride. 

Several families have reached out wondering when and how we will be able to open our business going forward and we wanted to share a few things hopefully to put minds at ease.  As a business we have strict guidelines we must follow in order to open and operate and all businesses have a categorization. All dance studios are categorized as Fitness Centers (not Day Camps or Child Care) and therefore we have had to follow the same openings and closing protocol as gyms. We opened briefly in July for private lessons and small classes, but then things were shut down again and we had to head back to the drawing board.  While the studio facility is completely prepared to open for small inside classes, like gyms, at the moment we are limited to outdoor physical activity.  We are monitoring regulations daily and have a direct contact assigned to us from the health department.  

While the doors of Thrive may have been closed for the past several months, please know that we have been working hard day in and day out to continue to provide programs whether virtually, in-person or outside. 

Over the past few weeks we have been excited to move forward with our Dance Concert schedule and the production of our Dance Concert and today we are very excited to reach out to you with exciting announcements regarding Fall Classes, Registration, Dance Company and More!  

Thrive Dance Center is not just a building but it's our passion and our dream. Our students are not just dancers they are our dance family. Our Thrive families mean so much to us and now more than ever we realize the impact dance has on all of our lives, students, parents and teachers alike. Please know that we will not stop until we are all back together again safe, happy, smiling and dancing!

Get ready because over the next 2 weeks we will be releasing lots of information regarding our upcoming 2020-21 dance season.

We appreciate each and every one of you and from the bottom of our hearts and we can't wait to see you again this September. 

With Gratitude,

Ahjalia Hall & Jennifer Maples

Co-Owners

 

July 13, 2020

The state of California has announced all fitness facilities, including dance studios, remain closed at this time. Therefore, Thrive Dance Center will be closed for in studio lessons until further notice. The safety and health of our Thrive families is our first priority. We are carefully following all announcements and guidelines put out by the CDC, the State of California and the County of Ventura. Stay tuned for virtual class information.

June 20, 2020

We are excited to announce our Virtual July Session!
We are excited to offer our July session for our dancers who are interested in continuing their dance technique, flexibility and training throughout the month of July! 


Our *NEW* July schedule is condensed allowing for more flexibility in your Summer Schedule. We are offering affordable Unlimited Class options that will allow you to take class at your convenience as well as Single Class options for those on the go! We can't wait to continue the bonds built through Virtual classes and we are excited to be able to continue to offer classes for those who are vulnerable or feel safest at home.


In Studio Private Lessons Coming In July!
We MISS YOUR FACES and we can't wait to see you IN THE STUDIO! During the month of July we will be starting our In Person Private Lesson program In Studio! If you are excited to get back into the studio, work one-on-one with our awesome faculty members and see us face to face, this option is for you! Rest assured we are closely monitoring ALL safety guidelines put forth by Ventura County and the State of California and we will be following all business protocols required for in person business (including but not limited to, cleaning in between lessons, hand sanitization stations, regular restroom cleanings, 6 ft social distancing workspace inside the classroom, masks when necessary and more!


SAFETY FIRST!
We are prepping the studio for your return!
We are paying close attention to all protocols required by both Ventura County and the State of California and we are making sure Thrive Dance Center will continue to be a clean, safe, space for our dancers to train.

At this time our list prep includes:
*Temperature checks upon entry
*Hand sanitization at each entrance
*Hand sanitation stations throughout the studio
*Classrooms sectioned into 6ft dance spaces
*Classrooms, doors and restrooms cleaned after each use.
*Limited interaction with staff
*Masks worn by teachers & staff

Stay tuned for a more comprehensive descriptions of our new safety procedures that we will be releasing before the studio re-opens for Private Lessons in July!

Special In Studio Classes Are Coming!
We know many of our students and families CAN'T WAIT to get back into the studio. Trust us when we say, NO ONE wants to get back to Thriving more than we do! We are excited to offer exclusive in person classes with limited enrollment during the month of July. We are watching things unfold and looking forward to dancing in person, safely in small groups and for those who are comfortable our In Person options in July might be for you!

Please keep in mind that we are still offering our July Schedule for those who feel safer at home and we will always be working our hardest to keep Thrive inclusive and accommodating to all of our customers.

Stay tuned for special in person class announcements! More information will be rolling out as we inch closer to July!


June 19, 2020

"THRIVE LIVE" DANCE CONCERT UPDATE
Today our local Bank Of America Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza announced that they will be closed for live events until January 2021. Due to this closure our "Thrive Live" Dance Concert (Plan A) will no longer be an option.
Tickets purchased for this performance will be refunded automatically from your point of purchase.  Due to the high volume of refunds being processed it may take up to 45 days for your refund to be initiated and an additional 10-12 days for the fund to be returned to your account.
If you have any questions regarding your refund please contact the Box Office at (805)449-2787 or BoxOffice@toaks.org


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CIVIC ARTS PLAZA CLOSURE


While our Plan A may have changed, we are very happy that both Plan B (Outdoor Venue) and Plan C (Virtual Dance Concert) are still very viable options and we look forward to releasing more information as things become available. (See the update below from May 26th for more information about Plan B & C)


Regardless of the Dance Concert Plan that we execute, we want all of our customers to know that the safety of our dancers and their families is our number 1 priority. We are working very hard to comply with local and state protocols regarding our dance concert and the re-opening of our facility and we are taking all of the necessary steps to provide a safe space both physically and emotionally for our dancers to continue to develop their confidence and their passion for dance.

May 26, 2020

*We received your questions and we wanted to address them with a few updates. See new updates below in green. 5/27/20.

We hope this update finds you healthy and staying uplifted!  We have exciting news and important updates on our upcoming performances!

 

Below you will find information about our Dance Concert Options and our Summer Classes!

*An email with more information on the Theater Showcase will be coming soon.

 

DANCE CONCERT SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you to everyone who completed the Customer Survey we emailed out a few weeks back.  Your responses were so helpful with future planning.  80% surveyed were a YES to participating in the Dance Concert & Theater Department Showcase, so we are excited to move forward and share our plans!

 

We are working to be flexible and prepared for multiple scenarios as restrictions slowly lift.  We have developed 3 performance options making sure we have all of our bases covered.

 

We have tried to make things straight forward and easy to understand, however please do reach out with any questions or concerns. We are here to help and our main goal is to make sure we celebrate our dancers, showcase what they’ve learned this year and even more importantly at this time give our students something incredible to look forward to! They deserve it!

 

We value your time so we have done our best to make this email easy to navigate. 

 

All Dance Concert Information can be found below. Each header covers the plan, the date, the location and the cost.

 

All Summer information can be found below with Orange Headers.

 

We are excited to get the ball rolling and even more excited to plan to see our students perform their hearts out!

 

IMPORTANT: We will be following State and County regulations and adhering to safety protocols as they pertain to the studio and any public events.

 

 

DANCE CONCERT INFORMATION

3 Plans For Success!

 

DANCE CONCERT PLAN A  

INDOOR THEATER

THE PLAN

We have rescheduled our Dance Concert, previously scheduled for June 18,19,20  to the end of August 27,28,29 (as previously announced last month).  We love having our Dance Concert at the beautiful Fred Kavli Theater and if it is deemed safe we would love to see our dancers performing on the beautiful Kavli stage.

LOCATION 

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Fred Kavli Theater

 

DATE

August 27, 28, 29.

 

COST

Tickets can be purchased as originally planned from the Civic Arts Plaza Box Office and Ticketmaster. Tickets are $34/each.  Currently the Box Office and Ticketmaster are offering ticket refunds for those unable to participate. You can contact them directly regarding ticket refunds.

SAFETY

All aspects of the Dance Concert will be well thought out and executed based on the guidelines provided by the state and the county. Potential protocols may include and are not limited to, dividing classes in order to perform in smaller groups, rehearsing in smaller groups, performing in smaller groups, adjusting choreography to allow for social distancing, practicing social distancing while waiting to perform and in all backstage areas, temperature checks, distribution of hand sanitizer, procedure for washing hands and sanitizing restrooms. Our staff will be trained to facilitate these guidelines. We are constantly monitoring the guidelines and protocols and we will create procedures accordingly with up to date information. 

DANCE CONCERT PLAN B 

OUTDOOR THEATER

 

THE PLAN

If the Civic Arts Plaza is not able to safely host the Dance Concert, we are excited to offer the option of an outdoor amphitheater performance experience. Performing outdoors offers several alternatives for keeping everyone socially distanced and safe (both audience and dancers). Audience seating protocol will be determined by the venue.We would organize the performance following State and County regulations and safety protocols as they pertain to public events.

 

LOCATION

Cal Lutheran University

 

DATE

Sunday August 30, 2020

 

COST

$65. Rather than ticket sales, participants would pay a “Dance Concert Fee” of $65 which would include an open invitation to friends and family, as well as a keepsake video of the event.

SAFETY

All aspects of the Dance Concert will be well thought out and executed based on the guidelines provided by the state and the county. Potential protocols may include and are not limited to, dividing classes in order to perform in smaller groups, rehearsing in smaller groups, performing in smaller groups, adjusting choreography to allow for social distancing, practicing social distancing while waiting to perform and in all off stage areas, temperature checks, distribution of hand sanitizer, procedure for washing hands and sanitizing restrooms. Our staff will be trained to facilitate these guidelines. We are constantly monitoring the guidelines and protocols and we will create procedures accordingly with up to date information. 

 

DANCE CONCERT PLAN C

VIRTUAL THEATER - LIVE STREAM

THE PLAN

If public gatherings are not possible when August rolls around, we have planned out a 3rd exciting option. A Virtual Dance Recital! This option would be an incredibly fun and unique experience for our dancers featuring a professional stage, professional lighting and video capture of each dance in an artistic and unique way similar to shooting a music video. Stage set up and filming will take place either in the studio or in a larger local venue.

 

The Dance Concert would be live streamed on Sunday August 30th for all of our dancers and their families to enjoy. Even family from afar could enjoy this cool virtual performance experience and for the first time ever our dancers would be able to “be in the audience” during the dance concert!

 

LOCATION

Filmed in studio or local venue

Viewed in your living room

 

DATE

Sunday August 30 (Live Stream Broadcast)

Saturday & Sunday August 22 & 23 (Filming Dates)

 

COST

Rather than ticket sales, all participants would pay a “Dance Concert Fee” of $65 which would include a Keepsake Video and the Link to the Live Stream on Sunday August 30 to be enjoyed by friends and family. 

SAFETY

All aspects of the Dance Concert will be well thought out and executed based on the guidelines provided by the state and the county. Potential protocols may include and are not limited to, dividing classes in order to perform in smaller groups, rehearsing in smaller groups, performing in smaller groups, adjusting choreography to allow for social distancing, practicing social distancing while waiting to perform and in all off stage areas, temperature checks, distribution of hand sanitizer, procedure for washing hands and sanitizing restrooms. Our staff will be trained to facilitate these guidelines. We are constantly monitoring the guidelines and protocols and we will create procedures accordingly with up to date information.  

 

HOW WILL DANCERS LEARN THEIR RECITAL ROUTINES?

Small Commitment Big Reward!

Student will receive 4 Pre-Recorded Recital Prep Choreography Videos where they can learn their recital choreography at their own pace. They will receive 1 video per week during the month of July through their online portal. They can watch the video once or watch it repeatedly to practice as much as they'd like. The choreography will be delivered by their regular class teacher!

This will allow our families that have plans over the Summer to still be able to participate in the show. Even if your schedule does not allow you to commit to weekly classes in July and August you can still be in the show!


We will be offering 2 weeks of Live Recital Prep Classes during the month of August leading up to the performance. These classes could be Live on Zoom or Live in the studio depending on what is allowed at the time. This will allow our dancers to rehearse with their teacher, ask questions in real time and prepare for the stage.  If a student is absent due to a family vacation or prior commitment, videos will be available. 

How much will Recital Prep Classes cost?

Recital Prep Classes are $60 per dance.  

Fee Includes: 4 pre recorded instructional videos (delivered via Portal in July) and 2 live rehearsals with their teacher in August during the weeks of August 10th-23rd.

 

WHEN WILL DANCERS RECEIVE THEIR COSTUMES?

We plan to distribute costumes towards the end of July and beginning of August. While the costume companies are closed at the moment, we have received many costumes and are planning on the rest arriving prior to performances.  We will have an organized pick up process that will make it easy to pick up and sign out your costume.

 

DOES MY DANCER HAVE TO TAKE ADDITIONAL SUMMER CLASSES IN ORDER TO BE IN THE SHOW? 

Students participating in the Dance Concert are NOT REQUIRED to take Virtual Thrive Classes or Summer Classes, however continued training in our Summer technique and choreography classes is recommended.

 

Students participating in the Dance Concert ARE REQUIRED to register for the PERFORMANCE PREP CLASSES which include 4 pre-recorded videos and 2 live rehearsals in August.  

 

*We will be flexible with absences and conflicts throughout the summer months.  Our main goal is to provide a performance opportunity to the students and have all of our dancers participate in a culmination of the year shared with friends family and community.

 

 

HOW DO YOU LET US KNOW THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE?

We will be reaching out this week to find out if you will be participating in these performances.  In June, registration for Performance Prep Classes will open.  You will sign up for the dances that you will be participating in.  

 

We are heartbroken to not have our Dance Concert in June as planned.  However, We are excited and 100% committed to honoring the performers in their end of year events.  As you can imagine, we are working hard to create multiple options and contingency plans.

 

 

HOW ARE WE PREPPING THE STUDIO FOR OUR RETURN?

Best safety practices.

 

We are already putting plans in place to create a safe and healthy environment once we are allowed back in the studio. We are equipped with Medical Grade Thermometers, Medical Grade Disinfectant and we are ready to adhere to the guidelines regarding the number of people who are allowed to gather.

 

We anticipate that we will not be using our lobby or student changing rooms and we are very excited that because of the size of our facility we have 4 entrances that can be used to allow students to come and go without gathering in large numbers. 

 

When we are permitted to open the studio to the public we will make that announcement and will of course be abiding by all protocols and adhere to guidelines as set forth by the State and County.  We continuously monitor the situation and look forward to being back in the building in a clean and safe environment.

 

GET EXCITED FOR CONTINUED TRAINING THIS SUMMER!

 

JUNE 2020  

Virtual Thrive, Private Lessons and Special Classes

 

We are excited to continue our current Virtual Thrive Class schedule through the month of June. It is important for us to provide consistent training for our dancers to continue to develop their technique, flexibility, retain their muscle memory and preserve their investment in dance through continued learning. Registration is open and dancers are welcome to join the classes in progress. If you need to make changes to your Virtual Thrive Schedule in June, please let us know before June 1st.  

 

Virtual Private Lessons will continue to be available.  Send us an email if your dancer is interested in working 1 on 1 with one of our incredible faculty!

 

We will continue to offer special classes, guest teachers and unique opportunities for our dancers to learn and grow.  Keep an eye out for email announcements!

 

JULY 2020 

*New* Summer Class Schedule Begins! 

Dancers Begin Dance Concert Prep

Special Classes 

Private Lessons

 

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a special Summer Class Schedule in July! These classes will allow you to keep working on your technique throughout the Summer! We will be offering these classes Virtually, or in person if permitted.

 

We will continue to offer special workshops & guest teachers as well as private lesson options throughout the month of July!

 

AUGUST 2020

Special Workshops

Guest Teachers

Private Lessons

Dance Concert Rehearsals Live

Starting August 10th, during after school hours, Dance Concert dancers will attend live rehearsals with their teachers.  Teachers will review choreography, create formations and help the dancers to rehearse for their performance.  

 

A full schedule of August rehearsals will be forth coming.  We will be flexible and mindful of conflicts and scheduling difficulties.  Again, our #1 goal is to create an amazing performance opportunity for all of our dancers.
 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE OWNERS

 

It has been a difficult time, but we have felt your support and kindness along the way.  Thank you for your messages, well wishes, gifts, and love!  We sincerely hope to be back in the studio sooner than later, but we will continue to work hard and tirelessly on behalf of our students, our faculty and our community no matter what our circumstances.  We are determined and filled with excitement for what the future brings. 

 

We hope you and your families are safe and healthy.

 

All of our Love and Appreciation,

Jennifer & Ahja

COVID 19-UPDATE 

March 2020

HOW DO I MAKE UP FOR MISSED CLASSES IN MARCH?

We have noted all missed attendance for the month of March.  We have noted all of the make up classes that each dancers is due and everyone will have unlimited time to use make up classes for the rest of the season and potentially through the Summer and Fall months of next season.  We will be open during the Summer months (if deemed safe) and during other holiday breaks for make up classes to be used. We will make sure that many class options are available for all ages and levels and we will be flexible with the timing needed to use them.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY ACCOUNT IN APRIL?

We are currently going along with the CVUSD school closure, advice from local officials and of course the order from the Governor to “Shelter iIn Place” therefore Thrive will remain closed through the month of April and ALL 2019-20 ACTIVE ACCOUNTS WILL BE FROZEN UNTIL WE -REOPEN.  We fully recognize the seriousness and necessity of social distancing and staying home.  We are thinking about the health and safety of our local and global communities in this decision. Once we re-open all customers will be contacted prior to any future charges to your account. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS NOW THAT THE STUDIO IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED?

While our physical studio will be closed, we are pleased to announce the opening of “Virtual Thrive” Online dance classes! Thrive’s Online Classes are being offered through ZOOM which is an online meeting platform that allows for live classes to take place remotely and for students to connect face to face with teachers.  Teachers and students can see each other, talk to one another and have the class experience together.  We want our kids moving, expressing themselves, working on their dance goals, and having fun!  Online dance classes will also offer a potential break for the dancers and parents from the monotony of being home from school and work for such an extended period of time. Classes started on Wednesday March 25th and it’s never too late to join! 

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL CLASSES?
Online classes are a great way to see our children active, excited, mentally healthy, focused and positive during such a difficult time.  As dancers we are not just athletes that use our bodies, we are also artists that express ourselves through dance and we cannot imagine our dancers going several weeks without both dance training and expression. 

 

In addition to dance classes we also know that Thrive is a community and in many cases a second home to our dancers. Their classmates and teachers are part of their world and we want our dancers to continue to do what they love with their classmates and teachers by their side. We weren’t sure if this connection could be accomplished from home with “Shelter In Place” however the more we thought about it the more we felt that this experience might be the most bonding experience our dancers and teachers have had thus far. 

 

We definitely want everyone to make the choice that is right for their family.  However we would emphasize the following points when making this decision:

 

#1  We want to protect your investment in your dancers.  They have all worked very hard in classes this year and for some of them for many many years… continuing to dance is important for their development physically, mentally, spiritually, but also to maintain the skills, steps and knowledge that they have gained so far.  

 

#2  Thrive Dance Center isn’t just a building, it’s Ahja, Jennifer, our staff and faculty and our family of dancers … we are fighting for our studio to remain the positive, inspiring place that it always has been.  We want and need our dancers to keep dancing.   We are still committed to providing top notch dance instruction and we are passionate about seeing our students and Thrive Community through this storm.  We are with you and we hope you will be with us.  Even though we are a large dance studio, we are a small business in the wake of a very large storm. 

 

#3  Just like our regular classes, our Virtual Thrive Classes will be fun, challenging, inspiring and age appropriate.  We will be mindful that the students are taking classes in their homes.  We will also be considerate of this time in their lives.  We will work extra hard to ensure that we are a shining light and source of positivity through dance.

 

#4  Through our Thrive Village, we offer a platform to share videos from online classes so that the students will still be able to support each other, be inspired by each other and enjoy each other as we express ourselves.

 

HOW DO VIRTUAL CLASSES WORK?

As always we will offer a variety of genres for all ages and levels.  Ballet/Tap and Jazz/Hip Hop for our tiny dancers… Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theater and More!  The Online Class schedule is available on our website and you can register at anytime from home. Our online tuition has been discounted to accommodate the needs of our families during this uncertain time. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR VIRTUAL CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

ARE VIRTUAL CLASSES THE SAME PRICE AS REGULAR CLASSES?

No. Our online tuition has been discounted to accommodate the needs of our families during this uncertain time. We have a discounted price structure as well as an unlimited class rate of $225. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR VIRTUAL CLASS TUITION.

 

 

WHAT ABOUT THE ANNUAL  DANCE CONCERT “THRIVE VIBE” IN JUNE?

“Thrive Vibe” our Annual Dance Concert Series is set to be held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza June 18-20, 2020 is still on the calendar as of now.  We are monitoring the situation and we will keep you posted on any developments.  We will make another announcement regarding the Dance Concert in mid April as things unfold. 

 

We sincerely hope that all of our students will be still be able to perform in both of our “end of year” events as we know they have been working so hard towards these big moments in their lives.  Online classes are not required to still be in the performances, however continued training in our Virtual Thrive Online Dance Classes is strongly recommended for the dancer’s benefit.

 

 

WHAT IF I ALREADY PURCHASED TICKETS FOR THE ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT?

If you have already purchased tickets for the Annual Dance Concert “Thrive Vibe”, please don’t panic. We will wait to hear if the venue will be open during our scheduled recital dates and once we hear from the venue we will tackle the next step regarding ticket sales accordingly. We have been assured that tickets are refundable.  We’ve got your back!

 

WHAT ABOUT THE ANNUAL THEATER DEPARTMENT SHOWCASE “THRIVE LIVE” IN MAY?

“Thrive Live” our Theater Department Showcase is set to be held at the Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center May 17, 2020. This event is still on the calendar as of now.  We are monitoring the situation and we will keep you posted on any developments.  We will make another announcement regarding the Theater Department Showcase mid April as things unfold.

 

All Theater Department students are encouraged to continue to rehearse their showcase material. 

 

We sincerely hope that all of our students will be still be able to perform in both of our “end of year” events as we know they have been working so hard towards these big moments in their lives.  Online classes are not required to still be in the performances, however continued training in our Virtual Thrive Online Dance Classes is strongly recommended for the dancer’s benefit.

 

 

WHAT ABOUT THE DANCE COSTUMES THAT I’VE ALREADY PURCHASED?

If you have already signed out your Dance Concert Costumes, please keep them in a safe place.  If you have not signed out your costumes yet, they will be held safely at the studio until we return to the building.

 

 

WHAT IS THE THRIVE VILLAGE?

Staying inspired & uplifted is so important right now as we practice being Safer At Home. To help our dancers and their families stay connected we've created the Thrive Village. A place where we can be apart, together. 

 

There are activities posted to keep the entire family going in Mind, Body and Spirit. From dance challenges, bonus classes, dance history, games and inspiration to free tutorials, check-ins from teachers and live visits from the Thrive Owners, Ms. Ahja & Ms. Jennifer, it's all happening right now in the Village!

 

We already have over 250 families participating in the community and if you haven't joined us already we would love to see you there!

 

 CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE THRIVE VILLAGE

 

 

THANK YOU

We, the owners, Jennifer & Ahja, began Thrive Dance Center 9 years ago with 35 students who walked through the doors in a small temporary facility.  We have worked very hard over the past 9 years to build something that we are extremely proud of.  We love what we do with every fiber of our being.  Our hearts are hurting now, but we can feel your support and we have faith and hope that we can weather this storm and rebuild on the other side.  We can feel you there for us and it means the world right now.

We hope to see you on the Band App in the Thrive Village.  We are excited to begin Virtual Thrive Online Classes and as always we thank you for your love, trust, and support. 

 

Take care of each other. 

Be patient and kind.  Stay positive. Keep dancing.  We are in this together!

Thrive Dance Center * 3623 Old Conejo Road Suite 100 * Newbury Park * CA 91320 * (805) 375-9988