D2 Dance Studio has announced that it will close its doors this year. A statement on the company’s social media pages indicates that COVID-19 is the reason for the closure.
“Ongoing closures, capacity restrictions and health and safety concerns have taken their toll on businesses like ours,” the statement said. “We are not optimistic that things will improve soon enough or completely enough to improve the financial situation.”
Read the full statement below:
Twelve years ago, in 2010, we started thinking about opening a space like a dance studio where instructors could give dance lessons and we could hold our social dance events. In January 2011 we opened the Dancey Ballroom, and 3 years later in 2014 we expanded and opened a second studio, D2.
We closed the Dancey Ballroom 3 years later in 2017, and D2 became our main focus. In February 2022, it will be 8 years since we first opened D2 Studio.
The past two pandemic years have been a very difficult time for dance studios due to all the public health orders requiring us to close or operate at limited capacity. We have been grateful for government support programs like the Commercial Rent Subsidy which has allowed us to continue paying rent to our landlord and remain open in 2020 and 2021 as we would not have survived without them.
But ongoing shutdowns, capacity restrictions and health and safety concerns have taken their toll on businesses like ours. 2022 hasn’t started the way we all hoped with fitness facilities and dance studios remaining closed. And we are not convinced that things will improve soon enough or enough to improve the financial situation. It will take years to rebuild the dance community to what it was before the pandemic.
The pandemic has made us reevaluate our priorities, rethink how we want to live our lives, and ask ourselves what we really want and what we don’t want in the future.
We have been fortunate to work with many wonderful instructors over the 11 years since we started our dance studios and will miss many aspects of running. Our studiosbut we think it’s time for us to close D2.
We’ve met so many wonderful people who have become students and social dancers, attended social dancing classes, workshops and events, donated to the many fundraisers we’ve held, and danced at our events. free community events at Robson Square and other locations. We have witnessed love blossom, new friendships and families formed, and have made many dear friends over the years. It was a heartbreaking and emotional decision for us to make, but we believe it is the best one for us at this point in our lives.
Unlike most studio owners who are dance teachers, we started out in the dance community as pre-opening dance event organizers. Our studiosand we will likely come back to this to some extent when indoor events are permitted again.
This is an opportunity for us to explore other options, interests and activities. We firmly believe that when one door closes, others open. We can’t wait to see what life has in store for us in the future, and we hope to see you all when this pandemic is finally over. Crossed fingers!
We hope to see you all again when we can dance and come together safely again!
With much gratitude for your love and support over the years.
Jennifer and Stephen Dancey
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