A Timeline of updates during the pandemic
Update 28/12/20 – Tier restrictions & Christmas Period Opening hours
As we write this we are currently in Tier 3, as per current guidance, the tiers will be revised every 2 weeks. While we operate in a tier 3 area we are open with limited services.
We are currently in our Christmas opening hours, which are reduced during the holiday period. These are:
Monday 28th Dec 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday 29th Dec 9am – 4.30pm
Wednesday 30th Dec 1pm – 3.30pm
During the above hours we are open for private sessions and open practice sessions with limited availability. All are booked in advance.
We are planning to open with usual opening times from 4/1/21 if we are in tier 1,2 or 3. If the area we are situated in moves up or down a tier we will operate based on the restrictions of that tier.
For a full list of what services we can offer in each tier please click here
Update 30/11/20 – Tier 3 restrictions and Opening from 2/12/20
Thanks for your patience and even more so for your enthusiasm for coming back to train with us and possible open practice sessions. I am so pleased you feel safe to return to the studio 😃 And I am excited to tell you – we CAN OPEN!!
So the good news is that we can reopen our doors to the public from Wednesday 2nd Dec. Following current guidelines for our studio while we are in tier 3, a taught class is not allowed however we are permitted to run an open session and one to one private sessions. Details below:
We will be open for the following:
💎 Private (one to one) sessions from WED 2/12/20. These can be semi private with either another person(s) from your household or bubble. On any equipment with any instructor. We have a couple of family (adults and kids) sessions booked as Christmas family things to do together 😉
💎 Massage sessions with Beckie on Wednesday eve and Saturday from 2/12/20
💎 Kids and under 18 classes/workshops are running from 2/12/20 and we have two holiday camps open 10am-2pm on 22nd and 23rd DEC for under 18s to help parents with child-care while the schools are closed. See www.facebook.com/blushdancekids for more information on under 18s classes and events.
💎 Open practice sessions for adults with equipment will commence from Saturday 5/12/20.
With regards the open practice/training sessions we want to make sure the sessions are properly prepared, safe and effective. We are preparing videos of moves/combos/routines to assist you when training and we will write out training plans and combinations on a white board for you to follow. A coach will be present to assist you during the sessions. These are a great opportunity for you to work on progress checks and key moves from our syllabus.
I will be reassessing risk assessment etc, insurance and policies this week. It’s important for us to have these things in place before we open so that you continue to feel safe at the studio and give you the service you are used to at Blush. 💖
As soon as we are removed from tier 3 restrictions we will run the adult classes as normal.
I will keep the same time slots for open training sessions and you will remain in your same time and day as prior to lockdown. With the same options to unhook and rebook and use the wait lists if you wish to switch your training day. In sessions everyone will train one person per piece of equipment, all other guidelines are the same.
If you were in a class with shared space, you will be contacted today/tomorrow and offered another time slot so everyone is working independently. If you have already let me know you would prefer to continue online, thank you, I will remove you from open practice session slot. If you haven’t got a regular slot or would like to amend yours please get in touch, I will do the best I can. If you would prefer to continue online and haven’t let me know, please contact me and I can arrange this for your membership.
With regards online classes we will offer the same we were offering prior to lockdown and, where possible, we may offer a few more as others have proved popular this time around.
Workshops & Semi Private Sessions already booked:
💎 XXXmas Heels Workshop, Pole Silks & Aerial Cube semi private sessions, these cannot run while we are in tier 3 restrictions. It is unfortunate that these will have to be rearranged (again) I am sorry I was over hopeful when rearranging with you. The pole silks and aerial cube sessions can still run as a private one to one sessions or as a semi private with someone from your household or bubble or can be rearranged as soon as we are out of tier 3 restrictions. Semi privates, workshops are permitted in tier 1 or 2. I will message you all so you can let me know which you would prefer to do.
We have a reassessment of tiers on 16/12/20 so this all could change for us after then. If this is the case we may run semi private sessions/workshops etc on 21/22/23 and 28/29/30 December.
Once again, thank you SO SO SO much for all your support this year. Things are changing quickly and we have had some confusing and vague restrictions after this lockdown, so we are grateful of your patience while we understood what this meant for us.
We are excited to be able to see you at the studio again soon and get back in the air before Christmas. 🙌
We have our exciting Christmas online party scheduled for 11/12/20 and some brilliant performance videos all ready for this get together!
Please give me the next 24 hours to update team up on the above but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Update 5/11/20 – Closing studio for Lockdown 2 – back to online!
Following the government announcement we are unfortunately closing the studio to face to face classes from 5/11/20. We will remain online for the next 4 weeks.
Update 1/8/20 – Reopening for face to face classes after Lockdown 1
We are reopening to face to face classes from 1st August, we are COVID compliant and have completed all risk assessments to confirm this. You can view our newly updated policys here and view our new studio layout on our video walk through.
We ran an online timetable of classes suitable for all levels. The most popular ones have now been added to our blended timetable from AUG 2020 to support our students and members who are continuing to opt for training outside of the studio.
Options for Students & Members:
We have an online exclusive facebook group available for all blush members, whether your membership live live or on freeze. Students who were attending classes at the studio at the time of the closure are also welcome to join, as are students who have joined us since we started online classes. You can request to join the group at this link. The group posts regular training and motivational videos to assist your at home training.
We doubled up class allowances and moved to an online booking software. All bronze students who attended one face to face class per week had their class allowance doubled to two classes per week, silver members have been doubled to 4 classes per week, and gold members to 6 classes per week.
We are reopening face to face classes from 1st August and therefore members who are attending face to face have reactivated their memberships to their original allowances.
Update Lockdown number 1 – 20/3/20
On Friday 20th March we unfortunately were left with no option but to temporarily close the studio to face to face classes due to government guidance to close leisure centres and gyms. On Saturday 21st March we launched our first online zoom equipment free class.
Options to Downgrade & Freeze Memberships
Downgrading your Membership:
Many students have felt the financial pressures of the pandemic, as well as a shortage of time to attend the amount of online classes we are now offering. We therefore offered a Covid-19 exclusive option for all members to downgrade to pay less and attend online classes. This was available to all blush members at the time of closure.
Freezing your Membership:
This is an exclusive benefit for all current students to assist with the fast changes faced in the pandemic. We are offering a flexible option to memberships by freezing payments until we reopen. The minimum freeze is 1 month, you can freeze any memberships by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Freezing starts from the 1st of the month and can be applied for in advance only. For more details please see the FAQ’s of Freezing a membership below:
What about classes/photoshoots/workshops owed due to closure?
We have honoured all classes which were missed the term we were running before we closed. We understand this term presented many students with difficult choices whether to attend. We therefore are honouring all classes missed. You can redeem these either at online classes or when we reopen. To redeem online email us at email@example.com.
Photoshoots and workshops which were booked and paid have been credited back to online accounts. We have rearranged new dates for Photoshoots for SEPT 2020 and details of these will be posted in AUG.
Stages to Re-Open the studio
We are reopening the studio from
25th July to private sessions
1st August to face to face classes
We have implemented the following measures to ensure we are COVID compliant:
One person per piece of equipment
5 people per class
Cleaning in between every class with high alcohol % cleaners
Once per week a clean of the whole premises with a cleaning company
One way Entrance & Exit systems
Sanitising stations around the studio
Personal storage systems redesigned to minimise waiting and personal items in the studio
Marked out areas around equipment to ensure maintain social distancing laws
Strictly online booking only to support track and trace
Contactless or bank transfer payment methods accepted only
FAQ of Freezing your Membership during Covid -19 Pandemic
What is a Freeze of Membership?: A temporary hold on a blush membership, only available due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. The student stops any payments to Blush during our lockdown government closure temporarily and Blush hold their monthly membership payments and previously owed classes to be reused when we are fully open.
When will the Frozen Membership be reactivated? We will contact students who are on freeze when we have confirmation of how and when we are reopening. Once we are reopen, the membership will reactivate and the member will make payments via standing order again. The membership will start as it finished. When will the Freeze start and what payments will I make? To start the freeze the member must email a request in advance and state the date from when they wish the freeze to start. The freeze is a minimum of one month for any months we are closed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the freeze starts from the 1st of a month. No payments are made from after the start date of the freeze. All payments up until the start of the freeze must have been made.
Do I have to pay straight away again when you reopen? You won’t need to make any payments in advance, you will only need to restart the standing order the same month we restart the membership. For example if you usually pay on the 1st of the month and we restart your membership on the 1st July, you will restart your standing order on the 1st July, likewise if you usually pay on the 15th.
What is a Membership Cancellation? A membership cancellation is final and there are no membership classes or months owed to the student by the company. A cancellation is made via email 30 days minimum in advance of the cancellation date. The cancellation is made at the end of a month and the month of the cancellation, no payment is made by the student. For example, if the student pays on the 1st of the month. The final payment will be 1st July for a membership cancellation for 31st August. Upon cancellation, the student forfeits all classes and catch ups owed prior to the closure of the studio due to Covid-19.
Can the membership be restarted if I cancel? Yes of course, you can restart the membership, however this will be made in advance of the membership starting. So for example, to restart the membership on 1st July, a full paymnet will need to be made prior to the 1st July. Another payment will then be due in July via standing order.