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 In Adult Programs, Featured, Important Message To Community, Youth Programs

411 CARES for Our Community, and Our Community is Caring Right Back.

Youth Dance 411 Performance Company (Father of Member):  “After losing jobs to COVID-19, we know of several families that couldn’t afford to keep their membership payments going anymore.  Some of us chipped in because that’s just what this community does.”

**The Basis for 411 CARES Community Initiatives**

Dance 411 Origins: Community Organizing & Resource Support

Dance 411 began 2001 as an e-newsletter for dance enthusiasts to find and share Atlanta-area classes, locate job opportunities, dance-related event info, and to connect with like-minded performing artists online. Their mission has always been to organize, inform, empower, and of course… care for our community.   They don’t ever plan to change that, definitely not during these difficult times.

Virtual Offerings During COVID-19 - Members Only

The beloved Dance 411 Studios is not currently in operations for on-site group classes during COVID-19, but they have been silently hosting virtual classes only for their members, closest followers, and community supporters.  Close sources claim that one particular official of the 411 organization had said on a private call:  “There is just something about the fond memories of sharing our love of dance with our favorite people every day.  This keeps us going, despite the enormous burden.  Dance 411 members are our family, and we think that family always comes first.  

Since quarantines began in Georgia, 411 took a “members-only virtual classes” approach on an online platform and named it “Dance 411 TV”.   Members recently interviewed on a group teleconference stated about the virtual classes:  

However, the consensus was that many didn’t really realize what was being born during all of the quarantine craziness.  Something bigger for Dance 411 had been waiting for just the right time to show up and introduce itself… and must be guiding the organization into a beautiful place hiding right under our noses all of these years.

Great Community Appreciation Comes as a Result of 411 Corporate Responsibility.

**Purpose of the 411 CARES Initiatives Bill**

Edward Schneider, CEO: Risks of Returning to On-Site Operations Too Soon

Edward Schneider, CEO of the 411 Organization stated: “We all want our local Dance 411 Studios back right now, and it’s financially painful at this time to remain closed.  To some on our remaining team, it’s too soon to put our own staff and community at risk.  Yes, we need the on-site income and yes… most of our previous staff are laid off as a result of the  COVID-19 closure.  We even have started receiving calls recently from music artist managers and TV casting agents again, asking for rehearsal space, production assistance, and choreography services. We see the hope that must be right around the corner!  But, how far away is that [censored] corner?   Returning to on-site operations too quickly would put our company’s financial needs in front of the health of our community and the rest of our world.  How could we even consider those on-site operations right now?  Is there a middle ground?”

Communication Concerns During COVID-19: Limited Staff and No Clear Information Resource for Members

Regarding some of our “less-than-stellar” communications from Dance 411 and Open Member Concerns:

Being low on staff, our communication has been, well… awful.  We have staff returning again soon (thank goodness) and have plans for dedicated departments for much-improved member communications.   We are excited to be able to soon program-specific info next week as well in more private forums… regarding things like program prepayments, upcoming scheduled events, refunds & credits, and upcoming and/or transferable virtual and/or on-site dance classes, camps, intensives, workshops, and more.

Look for more info to follow.

Who is the CCC, and What Do They Do with 411 CARES?

“Our currently limited staff is focused on planning, future ability to pivot and adapt, and continuing to perform well on-demand.  Sindy and I are grateful for our 411 Core Contagion Crew (the “CCC”) who are working non-stop to make this all possible.  You will meet them very soon.  In the meantime, while intending to safely follow the USA’s important “Phases” to reopen our country, and train the heck out of our returning staff that should be back very soon.  Look out sometime next week for the CCC’s official “Phases of 411 CARES” program to reopen the studio.  A committee including several professional advisors has helped in the writing of the 411 CARES Bill, and it’s up for a final vote sometime next week.”

CCC Leadership seems to currently all agree with almost every section of the 411 CARES Bill.  Once approved, the bill will be sent up to the 411 Executive Office Department for official signing into law.  Once a law, the bill will become an official “act of the leadership”, then making items in the 411 CARES Package available to the Community until they run out.  Due to quarantines and overwhelming interest, the 411 Community will need to apply quickly in order to take advantage of some of the limited accompanying relief packages available to their members initially and then the general public. Schneider closed the short interview by saying . . . “Details on when to apply will be released soon.  If you know someone in our 411 Community that can benefit from aid supplied, please share the application with them once released.  The 411 CARES website is almost complete.

Youth Dance 411 Performance Company (Father of Member):  “After losing jobs to COVID-19, we know of several families that couldn’t afford to keep their membership payments going anymore.  Some of us chipped in because that’s just what this community does.”

What’s Next for Dance 411, and What Exactly is 411 CARES?

**Purpose of the 411 CARES Initiatives Bill**

On-Site Studio Operations

Edward Schneider, CEO of the 411 Organization stated: “We all want our local Dance 411 Studios back right now, and it’s financially painful at this time to remain closed.  To some on our remaining team, it’s too soon to put our own staff and community at risk.  Yes we need the on-site income and yes… most of our previous staff are laid off as a result of the  COVID-19 closure.  We even have started receiving calls recently from music artist managers and TV casting agents again, asking for rehearsal space, production assistance and choreography services. We see hope that must be right around the corner!  But, how far away is that [censored] corner?   Returning to on-site operations too quickly would put our company’s financial needs in front of the health of our community and the rest of our world.  How could we even consider those on-site operations right now?  Is there a middle ground?”

Communication Concerns During COVID-19: Limited Staff and No Clear Information Resource for Membes

Regarding some of our “less-than-stellar” communications from Dance 411 and Open Member Concerns:

Being low on staff, our communication has been, well… awful.  We have staff returning again soon (thank goodness) and have plans for dedicated departments for much-improved member communications.   We are excited to be able to soon program-specific info next week as well in more private forums… regarding things like program prepayments, upcoming scheduled events, refunds & credits, and upcoming and/or transferable virtual and/or on-site dance classes, camps, intensives, workshops and more.

Look for more info to follow.

“Being low on staff during COVID-19, our communication has been, unfortunately… awful.  We have staff returning again soon (thank goodness), and have plans for dedicated  departments  for much improved  member communications.”

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