I just wanted to drop you a line to say a great big thank you to you and the whole ATA team for all you have done, and continue to do, for my four children who, collectively, have been attending ATA for more than 12 years.
It is difficult to put into words the massive part you have played in all their lives, not only with the amazing training you provide, but the numerous performing opportunities you offer. This has always been the case, however, I have to also mention the outstanding provision and support you have delivered during these difficult and unprecedented times, particularly for these young people.
All of mine would have been lost without you these past 14 weeks, you have given them a much needed routine and, particularly for my son, a way to hone his performing skills and still be able to see and chat to his friends in the ‘green room’. A much-needed release from the daily pressure of his self-taught schooling. The morning warm-ups are, in his words, ‘the only reason he wants to get up in the morning’! As you know, he has been through some difficult times and ATA has always been his ‘happy place’ – I honestly don’t know how he would have got through those challenging times without your support. We have all benefitted so much from the 3 classes per week – many more than they attend under normal circumstances – and I get the chance to sing along and learn the dances too !
We were all so sad when lockdown was announced and you contacted us to say that you were unsure of the future of ATA. The thought of not having you in all our lives, even mine, is not something we like to even consider.
We are truly grateful for your continued efforts during lockdown and are looking forward to all the exciting things you have in the pipeline. Having said that, the children cannot wait until normality resumes and they can all be together again in person with both their friends and the ‘family’ they call All the Arts.