An Open Letter To Our Dancers, Tumblers and Families... The Dance Factory Is Permanently Closing
NOTE: This information was already shared with those who we knew were planning to return this year for classes.
For the past twelve years, dance and tumbling have been a passion of ours, consuming multiple days and nights a week of planning and teaching students sound technique and terminology in an environment of structure and fun. There have been tears of joy, tears of frustration, and tears from learning pains but we wouldn’t change a thing about owning this business. Each experience that we’ve had the privilege of being a part of throughout the 12 years has helped us grow and molded us into who we are today. We have loved your kids, worked to nurture their skill and kept a focus on helping each of them to develop in positive ways. What we have learned through this journey is precious and valuable to us and we will carry so many wonderful memories with us. We hope that our love of movement and fitness has left a lasting impression on each of your kids and that they never stop learning in life.
Unfortunately, last week, Jenn’s orthopedic surgeon found another issue, that the right knee has slipped down and her surgeon suspects another compromising issue with her quad muscle not being able to hold the knee in place. Her surgeon is referring Jenn’s case to a second Orthopedics Surgeon. She has been instructed to moderate/low use of the leg while we wait to learn what needs to be done to save the leg. Jenn’s health would be at risk if she were to try and continue to perform her duties at the studio. Perhaps us bringing her back so quickly each time after her rehab absences was not in her best interest either as we reflect back. We feel it would be unfair to our clients, in Jenn’s absence each time it is needed, to scramble to provide consistent dependable scheduling and competent, seasoned instructors to fill the gap.
It is with great sadness, but also with knowing that this decision is right and fair to everyone involved, that we are closing The Dance Factory. The effective date is August 15. For those of you who planned to return to the studio this year, we apologize for the short, regrettable notice. Discussions with our business advisor and our landlord confirmed to us that this is for the best, to make the decision now, before we begin a new session. We are so grateful for the patronage and support you each have given our business either in the past year or, for some of you, for many years. If any of you would like, we would be comfortable recommending a local dance or tumbling studio for you student to transfer to. We have appreciated everyone over the years who taught for us or assisted us in the front office.
Since 2005, from Itty Bitty Precious Toddlers to Our Older Awesome Kids-and everyone in between-we have celebrated Halloween Dress Ups, Open Houses, Crazy Hair Weeks, Wild and Wacky Sock Weeks, Holiday Shows, Jammie Weeks, Lots of Practices…and More Practices, Parties, Gifts, Fundraisers, Fun in Weekly Technique Classes, Celebrations, Smiles, Friendships, Growth in Ability, Picture Days, Outreach by Dancing at Retirement Homes, Team Building, Conventions, Rehearsals, Super Recitals and Competitions. We have so many wonderful memories to carry with us.
As we close our doors for good, we want you to know that we will miss everyone and wish all of you a great year whether it be as dancers, tumblers or doing other activities. Remind your kids to pursue their passion-whatever it might be-with strength and determination. Our relationship with each of you started with a simple hello and is ending with a difficult goodbye, but we plan to smile because we had the wonderful experience of knowing each of you, not to cry because it is over. We hope to see you all as we live and move about our community!
Jenn and Judy
Please contact us at https://www.facebook.com/tdfshawnee/ if you have questions.
The Dance Factory 6442 Vista Drive Shawnee, KS 66218
Our students are works in progress striving for excellence.