"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way." - Wayne Dyer


Dear DWE Family and Friends:


I hope you and your loved ones safe and healthy. As you know, small businesses across America have been financially devastated by the effects of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home and social distancing mandates. It has been approximately two months now that we closed the doors of DWE, cancelling all classes, events and rentals, which has taken its financial toll.

After trying to negotiate with the landlord, it saddens me to have to announce that at the end of this month (May 30, 2020) I must permanently close Dance with Elegance Health & Fitness Studio at the 2894 Washtenaw address. I am compelled to extend my sincere gratitude to all of you who have helped build DWE in this community. Like I always have said to everyone, “There is no me without you!” Thank you so very much for your love and loyalty to DWE!


On the other hand, let me explain the vision for DWE’s future. So many of you have donated to help keep DWE open which is so appreciated, and I want you to know that your giving will not be in vain. The coronavirus has put the world on pause but in due time, we will hit that “play” button and DWE will reopen! We have a goal of owning our next building and doing bigger and better things!

As you all know, people are not going to want to get right back into the dance world so quickly after the “stay at home” orders have been lifted. Some dancers have expressed that it might be a full year before they will feel comfortable. This will give us plenty of time to continue raising money to put towards a new facility. I am hoping by next year around this time we will be back to some kind of normalcy.


As you know, a Go Fund Me account was created several weeks ago by devoted members of the DWE family; that account remains open and active. The account has a goal of $10,000 – an ideal amount to secure a new dedicated space for DWE, since most commercial buildings request a 15% down payment. For example, finding a building for $100,000 with 15% down would be $15,000; reaching the goal of $10,000 would put us two-thirds of the way there! I am hoping you will want to be a part of making DWE even bigger and better than it has been in the past and continue to grow our presence in the community! All funds raised via the Go Fund Me will go towards securing the new DWE facility. However, if we are unable to purchase our own facility, then the funds will be used to secure a new rental space to continue classes, parties and rentals. This will be a place for us to come together, dance, work on our physical health, and cultivate friendships as we have always done.

In appreciation of your contributions and in recognition that DWE is a place of community, donor names will be listed on a plaque on the wall of the new facility. Those who donate $100 or more will additionally receive a complimentary punch card to be used for 5 DWE dance or fitness classes of your choice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email dancewithelegance10@yahoo with the subject line “Rebuilding DWE.” I want to give priority to addressing any of your questions or concerns.
Again, thank you all for your valued support.

Sherry Hawkins


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