COVID-19 Response & Online Classes
This is a difficult and uncertain time, and our primary goal is the safety of health of our STBDA families. At STBDA we hope that during this difficult time we can provide a “happy place” for kids to safely interact with others, both in person and online.
Now Offering Virtual Classes!
Starting in Fall 2020, Dancers can take all their classes online! Yes, that’s right, STBDA is now offering VIRTUAL DANCE CLASSES from the studio! Our regular class schedule includes the option to virtually take each class from your home. This “hybrid” style of learning is a great way to allow dancers who aren’t quiet ready to return in person to still participate in class. Teachers interact with students both in the classroom AND online via state of the art technology at the studio. If you would like to attend online only classes, please know we will be able to merge your dancer into class once progress in the fight against COVID19 has been made. We will update continually as the situation progresses.
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Elementary School Dancers
We have a full selection of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop classes.
Middle and High school Dancers
We have a full selection of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop classes as well.
How is the studio kept clean and safe?
Each day the studio is cleaned several times. After each class the floors are disinfected as well as “high touch points” such as doorknobs and ballet barres. We use a hospital grade disinfectant that is proven to kill many viruses including SARS-COV2 (Coronavirus). At the end of each day we also run a UV light sanitation system in the entire studio.
To improve air quality, we also installed Air Filtration systems which run non-stop during all classes.
As our lobby is closed until further notice, we are having students place their belongings in small plastic bins which are sanitized after each use. All people who enter the studio must use hand sanitizer and wear a mask at all times. Additional hand sanitizer and hand soap is available for all students at any time.
What happened at STBDA during the shutdown?
When the world changed in March 2020, STBDA adjusted our practices to line up will all Board of Health and CDC recommendations. We upgraded all cleaning and safety measures and used the time away from the studio to get creative.
We developed online media libraries for our students with music and videos to use at home and fine tuned our online education platform. We “got the kinks out” and have a great game plan going forward!
Vimeo Class Information
We have created an STBDA Library of over 70 videos for our dancers to view and learn from. We have class specific videos of recital choreography, combinations, warmups, across the floor work, technique tips and more!! I am so proud of how our staff has come together to create this for our dancers, every level of student has videos they can view and use. To access our Vimeo account please refer to the email you received or contact us for access.
Live Virtual Classes
STBDA now offers LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES FOR ALL AGES! We will run our regular schedule as a hybrid online/in person style class. Our faculty is able to watch and correct at home dancers via a large screen set up in the studio. Dancers at home can see the studio and other dancers and can hear the staff and music very well.
This is a great option for dancers who may not be comfortable returning to class just yet AS WELL AS dancers who may be under the weather and choosing to stay home and play it safe during this unique time.
STBDA is a Studio Partner with CLI Studios. CLI is an online video library of classes from master teachers all over the world. I will be giving out access to the entire studio during this time and invite students to log in and take class. This is a great chance to try a new style in the privacy of your home. It is such a great resource! You will need to add a credit card to the account but you are not charged anything (this is a security precaution since it involves kids and dance, which is a physical activity). All the music is appropriate and a ton of fun! I would say this resource is best for kids ages 9 and up, our middle school and high school dancers will especially benefit from this. I will send out “assignment videos” to Jr and Sr Dance Company next week as well.
We have had lots of requests for virtual private lessons during the time away from the studio. We are all set up for virtual lessons in all styles, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. If you would like to schedule a private lesson with your dancers favorite STBDA teacher, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange it. We are lowering the cost of private lessons during this time as well. 30 and 45 minute private lessons are available via Zoom at the cost of $30 and $40 each. If you would like a 3 pack we are offering that for $80 and $105. Please let me know if you would like to set this up, I know kids are looking for things to o and our staff is as well. It’s a win/win 🙂
As this is a developing situation we will evaluate plans as needed for makeup classes. This could include Sunday classes, April Vacation class and more. We are going to play this by ear for now but will update you of any changes in our weekly emails.
Contests and At Home Activities
We will be doing some fun contests for our dancers, one is posted in our Vimeo page now. Send in some videos for us to watch and we will feature them on our page (unless you opt of out that, which is fine too) and I am going to make a compilation video of our submissions for this years slideshow at the recital as well. This is a great way to get our dancers moving and focused on something fun 🙂
Should the dancers be practicing at home?
Yes. Dancers should be practicing their recital choreography everyday as well as using our videos to learn at home. It is important to use this time and stay active. We are doing all we can to encourage this for our dancers and if they have questions about choreography or steps, contact me and we can work it out.
Thank you all for your patience with us during this time. We are learning new technology and ways to share dance with the kids and we are so grateful to you all for your help in making this possible. Thank you all for supporting the dancers and the studio during this uncertain time and we are looking forward to getting back into the studio as soon as we can. Until then, we will see you online 🙂