I wanted to send an update about a couple of things and I'll begin by detailing where we are in our re-opening plan as we are approaching the fifth stage which is the re-introduction of Ferocity Group Classes & Workshops to the studio. As you know this was previously planned to happen in September, but I wanted to wait another month to ease out of Summer instead of jumping into something.
Please know that before we talk about opening more to the public, there will be a virtual option for everything, so if you want to dance with us but aren't comfortable coming in, you can still join in on the fun! We were completely closed to the public from March 12th to June 30th, on July 1st we opened to the public for private lessons only, and on July 15th we opened for our rehearsals. On August 1st we allowed small rentals to return to the studio, and we stalled this current part of the reopening until October because I didn't want to start group classes or workshops coming off of a Holiday weekend. I believe that our strict COVID measures have made the experience of coming back a safe one for us, and we have not had any issues so far! Thank you to everyone for their understanding.
All of our In Person classes and workshops will have capped attendance limits and no rotations will be allowed for partnerwork. For partnerwork workshops you must register with your partner, if you don't have a partner, you can contact us and we can see if anyone else needs a partner and doesn't have one. Our full list of COVID requirements are listed on our website on our COVID-19 page and all the pages where our workshops and classes are listed. As promised, all of our In Studio programs will be live streamed for those that want to attend from the safety of their homes or if you end up being quarantined from the studio and can't attend in person. We are getting everything set up now so we are good to go come October! Please know that we have everyone's safety at the forefront of our planning process. I'm sure by now most of you have heard, but I wanted to give a little detail about what happened to me a little over a week ago.
I started having some pretty severe pains a little after midnight on Thursday, August 27th, they were so severe that even though I'm not the type to go to the hospital, I drove myself over to the ER within 40 minutes because I felt myself getting increasingly weaker.
While I won't go into the specifics of what was wrong, four hours of pain later the Doctors realized that what was wrong with me required an Emergency Surgery and they rolled me into the OR within an hour. 12 hours after I left my house to go to the ER, I was home and started my recuperating journey. Recovery time is 2-4 weeks, and I'm really happy to say that I feel I'm closer to the two week part rather than the four! It was an incredibly scary moment in my life, and every possible thought went through my mind along with endless tears. But I wanted to share because I know there's a lot of people like me, we "tough it out" or ignore little pains here and there, but then something like this can happen! I am definitely glad that this time I listened to my body, because six weeks before this happened I had actually had a pain very similar to it, but it went away so I never thought to have it checked. Listen to your body, its only job is to protect us and keep us safe. Thank you all for so many kind words and thoughts, you keeping me in your daily thoughts has been amazing and I can't wait to come back soon!
Kat Arias Owner, Director Ferocity Dance Company
P.S: I am thinking to bring back the Training Team in October as well, if you'd be interesting in being a part of that please let us know so I can make a decision. It's partner work focused and like all other programs, partnerships would need to be set and no rotations would be allowed.
Upcoming In Person Workshops & Weekly Group Classes
By far, joining Kat's bachata dance team has been my favorite activity I have discovered in the Washington DC (DMV) area. Kat Arias has built a dance community around her self that is founded on her vision of unity on the dance floor. The comraderie, fun atmosphere, supportive teammates, and most awesome of all: bachata skills workshops and different types of lesson she offers makes you grow into the bachatero/-a you were always meant to be!