Letter from Jessica Rae, Owner, to the community:
Dear Rae Studios, Staff, Instructors, and Community,
Jessica here with Rae Studios. First off, I want to take this time to say a huge Thank you to our community and team leaders for continuing to show their positive support, attending classes, online social posts, air fives/ air hugs, and just being amazing teammates during this time. In light of the recent news and the fluidity of the current situation of (COVID-19), it has become clear that drastic measures are vital to slow the progression of the virus and to eliminate exposure for as many people as possible. We at Rae Studios stand behind this mission and prioritize the well-being of our community as our top priority. With that said, it is with great difficulty that I have decided to temporarily close the studio, effective Sunday, March 15th 2020 until further notice from our city and state governments. Rae Studios will discontinue group classes, spotlights, and other "group class" social gatherings effective immediately.
It saddens my heart to know that we will be unable to support our team, as we currently house 28 instructors, 10 hosts, and 5 core managers; all here to help serve a community through dance and fitness. Our instructors are all local community leaders who've dedicated their time, energy, arts, and craft to their instructor positions and their classes. Our hosts and core team are members who've lead behind the scenes in efforts to deliver meaningful customer service and day-to-day operations.
As a staple in the community, we are grateful for our students and family who continue to support us during this time. We are ecstatic to see our community join us online as we transformed our classes into virtual experiences.
We created this gofundme to continue the momentum and continue to support the studio and staff who dedicate their livelihoods to the arts and fitness so they may safely get through this economic bump. All funds will go toward the operations of our small business, so we can continue to provide our community with our services through the shelter-in-place (May 3, 2020).
We look forward to bringing you new ways to experience dance and fitness and we'll see you in the studio soon!
- Suzanne Earle
- Sarah Gabot
- Sandhini Agarwal
- Suzanne Earle
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