Closed this weekend for some roof restoration work

Hello readers! We are very sorry to break the news that the Decoration Ten Dance Company will be closed this weekend due to construction in the studio– or shall we say, on top of it! As per our annual renovation measures, the roof of the building will be completely refurbished and reinforced. The contractor we’ve hired Prompt Roofing said they will work around the clock to get the job done as fast as possible. So to ensure the safety of all members of the company, we are temporarily closing down the studio.

We would also like to announce in advance that we will also be closed the week after next, this time to repair our floors. And floors are very important in a dance studio! Rest assured that after these two weeks business will resume as usual, and everyone taking classes can pick up from wherever they left off. The floors will be in ship-shape condition for the studio’s annual Tango festival, to which we happily invite one and all.

Meanwhile, senior member Abigail has offered the spacious backyard of her home in Roseville as a temporary practice venue for all those involved in the flash mob rehearsals, set to hit the Sydney streets this Halloween. Please contact Abigail on our Members page for more information! The weekend’s ballroom dancing classes will be held in a neighboring studio and presided over by our usual instructors, as well as former ballroom dancing champion William Brown. This will be an excellent opportunity for members to meet the legend!

As for our jazz and hip hop rehearsals, our head instructors are still coordinating an accessible, appropriate venue for classes. If you are taking this class, head on over to the Polls page to vote on a venue.

In the coming few months, the Decoration Ten Dance Company will have more restorations in plumbing and electrical fixtures, many of which will be able to be completed without affecting class schedules and performances. Now, we take great pride in the fact that Decoration Ten plans to utilize solar energy in our studio lighting. A post announcing the shift from electric to solar power can be found in the archives, as well as our endorsement of the company that provided us with solar panels. These improvements will help make the studio a more sustainable, economical building and will minimize our collective carbon footprint– however happy our feet may be! The roof restoration process will be the first step in setting up our solar energy panels.

Again, this weekend’s dance class schedules and locations can be found in the Members and Polls pages. We also encourage students and members to follow us on Twitter for the latest updates, changes and videos of performances in-studio!

Decoration Ten Dance Studio would like to thank its community for their patience and understanding. Stay happy!

How a locksmith saved the day when we got locked out!

Just had a flashback at my previous workplace at a dance studio that I wanted to share. Having operated for nearly thirteen years at a previous dance studio; with excellent reputation, the staff, instructors and senior students have no shortage of funny anecdotes to share, and you can hit the archives just to see a collection of all the fond memories we’ve had. Anyways, for the first time in thirteen years, our staff was locked out of the main office! Although we were rescued by a kind locksmith nearby, we all learnt a valuable lesson. Have a read!

The lock looked similar to this upon arrival as you can see the insert looked a little out of “alignment”:

broken lock photo

The earliest members of staff to arrive were our janitors and receptionist, all of whom had assumed that the key was with another staff member who hadn’t arrived yet. By the time classes should have started, a small crowd had formed in front of the entrance to the studio! It was soon discovered (after some frustration) that intern Jessica had brought the only set of keys home with her after locking up the previous night, and was not coming in to work today as per her availability schedule. When our head instructor Pierre arrived, everybody was relieved, knowing he had his own set of keys. However, he turned up with the wrong ones! They were in fact the keys to his son’s auto repair garage. Owing to a morning of unfortunate caffeine deficiency, Pierre accidentally swapped his keys for his son’s, adding yet another problem to the equation as his son’s garage had to open services later than usual. To make matters worse, a darkening sky and a light rain threatened to make our wait outside incredibly uncomfortable.

After we had determined that Pierre indeed had the wrong keys and the other set was indeed with Jessica, the only option (short of breaking down and damaging the door as per many peoples’ suggestions) was to get the help of a neighboring locksmith service, a nearby business who we honestly hadn’t spoken to since the company opened its doors. Apparently, Key of M has been operating since the 80s, has fitted, repaired and serviced various establishments around the area (including the local Woolworths warehouse) and is run by a family of Filipinos. They were incredibly friendly and helpful, swiftly taking the time to come to our aid. Their oldest son managed to open the door for us with a selection of handy tools, all without damaging the door or any of the studio premises. As the rain started to grow stronger, we were incredibly grateful for their help and were so relieved when the door swung open flawlessly, welcoming us once more into our studio home!

Although classes started a little later than usual, members of the Company managed to have a relatively ordinary day afterward. Key of M (with M standing for the family’s surname Marahuyo) kindly offered to make extra copies of our front door key, which will be distributed among the Company’s senior instructors to prevent any further door-related incidents.

Pierre’s son’s reputation as a responsible auto mechanic was not damaged, nor was Jessica’s internship terminated. But from this entire experience, everyone learned to be more involved in looking after the dance studio– and we made some new friends too!

Come join us!

Welcome to our new blog site. We’d like to take this opportunity to invite anyone interested in learning to dance to apply for our classes. Since we rely on volunteers dance instructors, no guarantee can be made to the availability and frequency of certain dance styles. But what we definitely strive for is to offer free dance lessons for life! If you are a local business who would like to sponsor us, simply email our president:

Anyways, watch out for future posts!