Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Update for the JOMDC Community

March 30, 2020 Update:

You may have heard that one of our instructors has tested positive for COVID-19. Tiffany Haughn, who had given us her permission to relay this information, only teaches in the Bethesda Studio once a week, on Tuesdays, and was last in our studios on March 10. She did not come into contact with anyone positive for COVID-19 until March 15 and did not start showing symptoms until March 18. Tiffany has only had mild symptoms and has even been able to teach her class via livestream from her home.

Please stay safe, please stay healthy, and if you are experiencing any symptoms at all, please contact your primary care physician.


We are excited to announce the Joy Online Learning Library to keep our community together, moving, and most importantly, dancing during this uncertain time. 

This is a community and we are here to support one another and we will continue to reach out on a routine basis by posting here, emailing, and posting on our social media pages:

For more details on the CDC’s recommendation on how you can protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, please see below.

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Additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) News, Resources, Advice:

March 23, 2020 Update:

Your health is our top priority. To protect the wellbeing of all of our dancers, our three studios locations are currently closed and the online learning library is open!

We are excited to announce the Joy Online Learning Library to keep our community together, moving, and most importantly, dancing during this uncertain time.

MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE: Your health is our top priority. To protect the wellbeing of all of our dancers, our three studios locations will be CLOSED the week of March 16, 2020 through March 22, 2020.  This includes ALL of our programming for youth and adult students.

We WILL be open THIS WEEKEND from SATURDAY, MARCH 14 and SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020 for ALL adult and youth classes. We will be contacting students about specific classes via email and social media if individual instructors are unable to teach their classes.

Please know that we did not make this decision lightly.  We will be monitoring the situation daily to ensure that we are maintaining the safest recommended protocols.

Additional information regarding our status after March 22, 2020 will be communicated to you as decisions are made.

We are also exploring additional digital resources in the interim that will keep our community together, moving, and most importantly, dancing during this uncertain time.

This is a community and we are here to support one another and we will continue to reach out on a routine basis.

A Message from Executive Director, Mary Chase for our Community


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For more information regarding our closure, go to TRANSCRIPTION: Good evening. My name is Mary Chase, and I am your Executive Director. Thank you so much for being a part of the Joy of Motion Community. This evening I want to tell you a little bit about our plans for the next week. After a lot of research, hearing from all of you, and making a hard decision: we have decided to close our doors for one week, starting on Monday so that we can take care and make the priority of your health and our community the most important thing we’re doing right now. You know, the arts are really the best way to show compassion and be able to connect; but at this time the health of our community is more important. So I hope that when we do return, back into the studio, when we’re dancing together again, that I will join with you and we can celebrate what it is we do together. But for now, please stay healthy, take care of yourself. Because Dance is for Everyone but your health is the only way we can do that together. Take care and goodnight.

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MARCH 5, 2020 UPDATE: Your health and safety are our highest priority and we strive to provide a healthy dance environment. We will continue to provide as many resources as possible to promote hygiene and cleanliness for our Joy of Motion community. We advise all our students and faculty to partake in these resources for the continued well-being of our community.

-PLEASE NOTE-  Joy of Motion plans to remain OPEN while following the guidelines of CDC and local officials.

As a precautionary measure due to the possible spread of COVID-19, Joy of Motion is upping the disinfecting game in the studios. In an effort to prevent the spread of any unwanted germs, we ask that students please:


Staying healthy requires as much practice as becoming a great dancer. Please practice these proven methods to help keep our dance family healthy. We are asking our faculty and staff to reinforce these strategies during the day and are asking that you help reinforce them at home!
Sign emphasizing the importance of frequent handwashing for the prevention of Coronavirus
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  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizers to clean hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze (both mouth and nose) with a tissue, immediately discard that tissue into the trash, and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wipe down frequently used surfaces in your home, at the studio, at school, and at work. In the studios, we’ve provided disinfecting wipes to use on the barres and mats before, during, and after class. We also recommend bringing your personal yoga mats from home to use during floor work.
  • Greet people with jazz hands instead of handshakes, hugs, or high-fives



  • PLEASE STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK! We know that for a lot of our community, coming to class is how you start to shake off the groggy, sick feeling. Please do not push through. We are also asking our staff and faculty to stay home if they are not feeling well.
  • PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE POTENTIALLY BEEN EXPOSED! We want to keep our community safe and healthy. If your school, office, church, or community organization closes due to potential COVID-19 coronavirus exposure (read: not out of “an abundance of caution), we ask that you stay home for as long as your school/office/community organization remains closed or until you receive a clean bill of health from your doctor.


We’re committed to delivering an enjoyable and safe experience for our dancers. Our faculty will be washing and sanitizing their hands before and after each class, but we are also taking extra precautions to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, all non-essential physical contact for the time being. As a result, you may be getting fewer hands-on corrections in classes and may see some adjusted choreography or class flows. Our studio staff will be wiping down the check-in iPads, door handles, barres, sound carts, and other high-touch surfaces in the studio with increased frequency.


We’ll be keeping our community up-to-date on our website, social media, and via email!



If you have any questions or concerns, please call or text 202.813.9505 to speak to a studio staff member the next time you come to class.

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Stay healthy, stay informed, happy dancing!



8 thoughts on “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Update for the JOMDC Community

    1. Hi Bridgette! We’ll be making an announcement as soon as humanly possible regarding our status.

    2. See the new update above! We are closing for one week (March 16 – 22) starting Monday. All classes this weekend (March 14-15) will run as scheduled.

  1. Hi, my daughter has enrolled in the Ballet 1 with joy of motion, and we are glad to see this online library. Yet, the online library requires password and we could not have the access. No instruction about the online library is posted and no one is responding to the email. We hope someone could let us know the instructions on the access to the online library. Thank you!

    1. Hi Tingting! We’ve received an very high volume of emails since the closure and our small, but mighty, team is working tirelessly to respond to every email as soon as possible. Please email, and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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