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To all active Patron Families, get on the studio "Remind" app.
On your phone, call “81010” and enter the studio code “@balletwmrh”
Foot Arching Device: $25
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Returning to In-Studio Lessons
All students must be registered IN ADVANCE for any lessons they take  when we re-open. ALL students, ALL lessons, ALL teachers.
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How to enroll or do makeup lessons:
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NO drop-ins or makeup lessons without prior permission. You MUST contact Mr. Hirschl directly & in advance. Limited class size, so register early! In-studio (soft opening) lessons start June 15th. Full schedule will start Monday, July 6th.
Post-Pandemic procedures will be in effect: Masks for anyone not taking lessons, distancing in class & in lobby, hand washing, reduced class size, facility sanitation.
May 25th, 2020:
Note to all HSDA Patrons: Even though I had no "symptoms", I had the COVID-19 test done last week. The results came in negative. I want to make sure that when we re-open, I was not a possible asymptomatic carrier.
Temperature checks: As per the CDC & OC Health Department orders, we are checking the temperature of every person entering the studio with a no-touch infrared thermometer.
Current Policies:
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We will enforce the social distancing policies set forth by the CDC as of June 18th, 2020. Update  June 25th: We will be taking temperature of all persons coming into the facility before lessons.
Get to the school 10 minutes  BEFORE your lesson begins, or you will be turned away! The health and safety of all persons entering the HSDA facility is always the main objective! 
To make a donation to the Sunrise Ballet, contact Mr. Hirschl via e-mail at info@hirschlballet.com
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You can send the donation to Sunrise Ballet, 1012 north Tustin Avenue, Anaheim, CA, 92807. If it's donated this way, there are no fees taken out (like on Venmo, Paypal, etc.)
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Our California non-profit organization status number is #33-0829097  
As of Sunday, July 12th, 2020, we are keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation. We will continue to make any changes needed as required. If another closure is needed, all active HSDA Patrons will be notified.
QUESTIONS?
If anyone has any questions about anything concerning re-opening, scheduling, or ANYTHING else concerning the HSDA, contact Mr. Hirschl directly.
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DO NOT contact the staff, as that's the way you'll get inaccurate information. The teachers have been hired to do a professional job of teaching, not to provide you with logistics.
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Use the HSDA "Remind" app, or e-mail:  info@hirschlballet.com

July 2nd, 2020

A mistake led to overcount of coronavirus testing in Orange County. ‘Serology tests never should’ve been included as they are not an appropriate diagnostic test,’ county health officials acknowledge

First, it’s important to understand the differences between the two most common COVID-19 tests. The only test that counties are supposed to report is the diagnostic test, which finds active infections. It’s called the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test, and uses a cotton swab to penetrate high into the nose and throat to collect gunk. That material is then examined for the virus’ genetic markers. PCR tests can identify the sick, but can’t detect if someone once had COVID-19 and then recovered. The serology, or blood antibody, test offers that window to the past. A positive result means the body mounted an immune response to the virus in recent weeks or months — but serology tests are notoriously unreliable for determining who’s sick right now. That’s why it’s not supposed to be used, or counted, in officially reported testing numbers. But for five weeks — from April 28 through June 3 — Orange County mistakenly added about 30,000 serology test results to its “cumulative tests to date” figures, according to Orange County Public Health Services. That made it appear testing was greater in O.C. than it actually was, to the tune of some 13 percent by the time the extra tests were removed. Positive serology tests were not counted as positive COVID-19 cases, the county said. The mistake may have made the pandemic appear less intense in Orange County than it really was to people who were following the numbers closely.

June 29th, 2020

Coronavirus is spreading quickly enough locally that on Monday state health officials put Orange County on a watch list of counties in danger of facing new lockdown orders. In its assessment, California’s Dept. of Public Health cited outbreaks at assisted living facilities, memory care facilities and other communal homes in Orange County as key drivers behind the boost in positive tests for coronavirus and an upturn in hospitalizations.

Orange County is one of 19 California counties to be put on the state’s monitoring list, which closely tracks metrics such as rates of new cases per 100,000 residents, averages of positive tests and new hospitalizations. Others include Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. 

On Monday, June 29, the county reached 108.9 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents, exceeding the state’s threshold of 100. range County’s rate of positive tests of 9.2% on Monday also surpassed the state’s limit of 8%. The county first exceeded the state’s testing positivity limit on Friday with 8.5%. There are currently 485 people with COVID-19 in Orange County hospitals, a 66% increase since June 1, when local hospitals had 292 COVID patients, according to Health Care Agency data. If the uptick in hospitalizations and other metrics isn’t reversed, Orange County could face renewed lockdowns that could again limit operations of non-essential businesses. At least one other county is being urged to reverse its opening plan. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked Imperial County to reinstate stay-at-home orders due to a jump in COVID-19 hospitalizations that led to area hospitals offloading patients to centers in surrounding counties. Before taking such a step in Orange County, however, state health officials want local leaders to work on a multi-part plan to tamp down the county’s infection rate. Recommended measures include amplified public messaging about the importance of social distancing, small to no gatherings, and wearing face masks in public. State health officials also want Orange County to roll out more coronavirus testing sites and take bolder steps to educate skilled nursing facilities and communities with high case rates on infection control practices and the proper use of protective equipment. Marc Meulman, chief of operations of the Health Care Agency’s Public Health Services, said the agency collaborated with the state in drafting the action steps, but no state resources will be dedicated to implementing them. “Nothing deviates from what has been in place. However, these are strategies identified as efforts to counter the increase in disease transmission in O.C.,” Meulman said. On Sunday, Newsom ordered seven counties, including Los Angeles, to immediately close bars and other businesses that only serve alcohol, citing a disturbing growth in cases. Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of UC Irvine’s public health program and an expert in social epidemiology, said that early in the pandemic, Orange County residents did a good job of heeding public health warnings and slowing the virus’s spread. An urgent issue now, Boden-Albala added, is that coroanvirus-related hospitalizations are rising at the same time that patients with other ailments are starting to return to hospitals. On Wednesday, June 24, Orange County’s hospitals were 65% full, according to an Orange County Emergency Medical Services report. That day, 467 COVID-19 patients made up 12% of all patients at 26 hospitals.

I check the OC Health & CDC sites daily to see what's happening concerning the best safety protocols for the school, and for the possibility of requiring the facility to close again. Thank you for your patience !

Reasons to choose the Hirschl School of Dance Arts: What makes us UNIQUE.

Will we close again? The uptick. It's airborne. With your help, I'll double up on my mandates at the studio. And I'll keep everyone informed on the situation & any changes as they happen. Great mutual communication is the currency of the 21st century. It is invaluable in any context, personal or professional. Keep in touch, and stay safe. Mr. H

It’s that time again!
HSDA Summer teacher trainee recruitment.

The Hirschl School is always looking for new blood. For the last 35 years we’ve been known as the wellspring for great dance educators. Catch-22: Most studios don’t hire unless you’ve had teaching experience. It takes a lot of effort, time and gamble to take potential and refine it into a true educator. I’ve been putting my 48 years teaching experience on paper, all the things I’ve learned along the way. I’ve put together an extensive publication that I share with a special few who have shown the qualities to becoming a natural educator.

We’re also looking to expand our horizons:

We’re looking for teachers in Ballroom, Hula, Irish, Modern/Contemporary, Hip-Hop,
Shuffle dance, Acting and acrobatic/Tumbling.

If you know someone, please send them our way!

The HSDA has dance floor space for rent for lessons, meetings and a wide variety of other uses. Contact Mr. Hirschl for details.