Message to Families on 3/16/2020


Hello, Families-

We hope you are all enjoying some quality time with your families. Academy of the Arts holds the safety and well-being of our students and staff as our most important priority. As many of you have probably heard, USD232 (along with other local districts) has just announced that they will be closed after Spring Break through April 5th. This is based on the order of Johnson County public health officer, Dr. Joseph LeMaster to close all Johnson County schools through April 5 to help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

After consulting with industry leaders and our county health department we have determined that is it in the best interest of our faculty and families to temporarily suspend all in-studio classes. Effective 3/23, the studio will be closed until 4/5 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our dance season will be converted to online classes and resources until classes resume. In the meantime, our recital date remains unchanged.

Here are some additional dates to note:

April 6th-9th-Placement week (was 3/30-4/3)

April 13th-17th-Bring a Friend Week (was 4/6-4/11)

April 20th-27th-Recital Costume Handout

The following dates are unchanged at this time:

  • May 3rd-9th -Recital Pictures

  • May 10-16th -Crazy Hair week!

  • May 17th-23rd -Wear your PJs to Class

  • May 21st -Recital Program Ads Due

  • May 22nd-26th -No Classes-Memorial Day break (we may use some of this time for make-ups if needed)

  • May 31st -Last day of classes for NON-Recital students

  • June 5th -Dress Rehearsal

  • June 6th -Recital

  • June 8th-11th-extra makeup classes for the closure following Spring Break

The website that we listed previously (Click Here for a link) will also be updated with even more resources for your dancers to continue to train. As mentioned before, we also will be working on live streaming classes. We know that your children will be wanting to get their wiggles out so we will have a test for this system later this week—tentatively on Thursday evening. Watch for an email with a link to this live streaming test.

Again, while it is not required that we make this decision, nor is it ideal, we feel that it is in the best interests of our families. We really do care about our students! Thank you for taking the appropriate steps with us to lessen the risk to our community as much as possible. We greatly appreciate your support during these challenging times.

As always, please don’t hesitate to email back with any questions or concerns. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Note that we are not at the desk during normal hours this week, but we will return calls regularly.


Mrs. Tonya