Pennsylvania’s Twirl Dance Studio Hired Out of Work Disney Performers to Help During the Pandemic. Prior Disney Parks Performer and Twist Dance Studio Owner Sam Sinns was one of many small business owners who was directly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Though Sinns was able to adapt to the changes needed to keep his business going, he knew he needed help and decided to reach out to furloughed Disney Parks performers and offer them a job at his studio.
Sam recently spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer on the inspiration behind hiring fellow Disney performers, sharing: “I thought, ‘Why don’t I reach out to them first before I go anywhere else [to find job candidates] to see if they would be interested?’I knew they needed the work. They are like family to me, and my heart just went out to them.” Sam continued, “Pretty much everything I’ve needed came from the Disney performers, which was awesome. It’s just such a talented group of people, and they all had skills.”
Sinns’ plans for the studios included virtual/remote job offerings so the furloughed cast members didn’t even need to leave the Central Florida Area in order to hire them! Sam hired several cast members to do video editing, accounting, webmaster, and costuming for Twirl. One of his hires includes Charles Stevens who helped Sam with some much needed video presentation and editing for the studio.
“Since you couldn’t have full classes together [because of social distancing], you would edit one half of the kids and then edit the other half and make it look like they were all together,” Stevens continued, “There is a bond because we both understood the process, and there is a level of respect and understanding. We were able to hit it off easily.”
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Sam Sinns himself was a WDW Cast Member for 10 years and was even a part of the 2006 opening cast for Finding Nemo The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Sinns and his family moved to PA in 2016 where he opened Twirl Dance Studio. Twirl currently hosts approximately 315 dance students ranging in age from 3-years old to adults.
“It’s totally mutually beneficial,” he shared with TPI, “I really needed people to help. That I could line it up with my friends and coworkers at Disney? It’s been awesome.”
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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer