Robin Nunnally here, Artistic Director and original founding member of the Sister Kate Dance Company. I appreciate you reading my announcement today.
First off, we want to thank all of our incredible fans, friends, and family for your support. So many in our beautiful city are suffering, and it is more important than ever during this time that we are supporting our local artists, service industry workers, and venues.
Thankfully, we (Sister Kate) as a company are in a good place right now, and we know we are blessed in that regard.
But Sister Kate ticket sales and class sales don’t just benefit our company.
We are very aware of the other individuals and venues that we work with, and how our events impact their income as well: dance studios, theaters, bartenders, Brown Paper Tickets employees, photographers, and more.
We are living in uncertain times, other than we know that as a city we need to slow the spread of Covid-19. The following days and weeks are unknown. We are hopeful that by isolating ourselves now, it will mean a quicker turnaround for being able to be in social situations sooner, and that includes dancing together in the same room.
Sister Kate’s “Beach Ball Beauties” April Boot Camp is Postponed
Today, Governor Jay Inslee announced a “Stay at Home” or “Shelter in Place” order that will last at minimum 2 weeks (slated to end on April 6th or 7th, but potentially longer). As you know, our Boot Camp was scheduled to begin April 7th.
Luckily, early on in this process, we made an early back-up plan and have requested space for Tuesdays in June 2020, in hopes that it will be a better time of year to safely hold classes. With the chaos happening in the world, we have not heard back yet from Theater Puget Sound on if this space/time is confirmed. We will let you know the moment we do have confirmation.
At this time, we are planning on shifting our focus to June.
Options for our Students
We understand that this shift of plans to June won’t work for everyone.
That being the case, we are offering up 3 options for our students:
Take the Boot Camp in June with Us
If your schedule is open and everything has calmed down, we’re excited to have you join us still, just at a later date.
“Donate your Ticket”
Donate the value of your ticket back to us – but not to us. We’ll pass it on to another local venue in town that is struggling – a venue that Sister Kate regularly partners with. This would either be The Rendezvous (where we have our shows), Theater Puget Sound (where we hold classes), or Massive Monkees (where we have our regular Sunday practices – a non-profit dance studio in the International District).
Request a Refund
We understand that many of our students might also be hurting financially from the fallout of the current pandemic. If that is the case, we absolutely are happy to send you back your value of your ticket (minus the processing fee from Brown Paper Tickets) – No Questions Asked!
Please contact us via email to let us know how you’d like to proceed.
IF you choose to receive a refund, please just let us know in your message what email account is best for a Paypal refund payment to be sent (we don’t have Venmo).
In the meantime…
Looking to get your solo jazz dance fix from home?
You’re probably familiar with the fabulous Swing It Seattle, the dance company that hosts our Boot Camp performances.
They are offering weekly Solo Jazz classes via ZOOM! They are free, but please donate if you can – teaching dance is their full time income and they have certainly been impacted by the pandemic.
Sister Kate’s Science Lab
At this time, we are crossing our fingers that our May show can continue on as normal. We would request that folks hold off on purchasing tickets, however, and instead spend that money donating to other individuals and organizations who are more in need.