A Fun Story About the Waitlist …

Alright, we’re going to break it down for you with a little storytelling sesh. Here goes:

Sally Sue is DESPERATELY trying to get into Lindsay’s Disco Friday 8:15 p.m. class and sees “0 open.” Ugh she thinks. I want to do my standing long jump with pink lights on a Friday night! It’s like the SOHO house but so much better!

Trust us when we tell you that we want Sally Sue to come to Lindsay’s Friday club night class just as much as she does. What can Sally do to make sure she gets into her favorite class?

Sally needs to click “Sign Up Now,” even though The Studio (MDR) website reads “0 open.” The webpage links her to the wait list. “YES!” she exclaims. This has to be encouraging. She places herself on the waitlist on Monday night for Friday night’s class. The computer tells her she is  #8 on the waiting list.  Damn, she thinks, as she pets her puppy and resumes watching Orange is the New Black.

All week, Sally keeps checking the wait list, continuously taking pleasure in watching her name go up. By Thursday night she slides all the way to #2. “I just need two more people to cancel!” Sally screams at her computer.

It’s now Friday morning, the day of Sally’s beloved class, and after her first cup of coffee at 8:15 a.m. (12 hours before the class time), she still hasn’t received an email from The Studio (MDR) saying she’s made it off the waiting list. And now the wait list is closed.

Damn.

BUT wait! Sally remembers how the wait list works: 12 hours before a class begins, the wait list gets obliterated — poof, into virtual Never Never Land. Although this sounds like the worst news ever, it’s actually GREAT news. That’s because in between 8:15 a.m. and 8:15 p.m., people are bound to cancel. (They will just get charged $15 late-cancel fee). What this means is that even though Sally used to be on the wait list, now it’s gone — so if she wants to get into class, she needs to check The Studio (MDR) website throughout the day, looking to see if there are any spots open in Lindsay’s class.

While Sally’s at work eating lunch at her desk, she checks out the studio’s website to see if anyone’s cancelled. And she’s in luck! She see’s “1 Open” and clicks “Sign Up Now.”

And at 8:15 p.m., Sally Sue is in her Lulus, on her favorite machine at The Studio (MDR), holding standing long with lights off, Justin Timberlake’s Holy Grail blaring in the background.

The (HAPPY!) End.

Morals of the story:

1. Always use the wait list. It works! Even if you see “0 Open” when you go to sign up for class, click “Sign Up” and it’ll take you to the wait list.

2. Remember that 12 hours before the start time of the class you want to get into, the wait list CLOSES. That means spots can open up at any time throughout the day (that’ll happen when someone who’s in the class late-cancels), and you can keep checking the site to see if there are any available spots.

3. When you see an opening within 12 hours of the class you want to get into, click “SIGN UP” — even if you used to be on the wait list.

4.Make sure you are opted in for e-mails from The Studio (MDR). These will notify you if you are taken off the wait list and placed into a class!

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