Dear Steps Dance Center families,
Steps will be closed, effective immediately, through April 30th in accordance with the current stay-at-home order . Our #1 priority is the health and safety of our families, faculty, and staff. We currently plan to resume regular classes on Friday, May 1st.
We feel it is more important than ever to keep dance a part of your children's lives as an outlet for physical activity and self-expression. We also want to help your children feel connected to their dance teachers, their fellow classmates, and their friends.
In order to establish consistency with your dancers' training, we will resume all regular classes virtually beginning Monday, April 6th. These will be different from the live classes held this week because they will only be open to the dancers registered for your particular class. As a reminder, these two weeks we have been off of regular classes (beginning March 14th and through March 27th) will be available to you as two weeks of makeup classes when we return to the studio.
What does this mean?
Over the next week, we will be sending out a unique Zoom meeting ID and passcode for each of the classes in our dance and acting program. At your regular class time each week, you will log into Zoom to take a live class with your child’s teacher. This includes all recreational classes, company technique classes, and company rehearsals. You can join our Zoom meetings on your phone or computer by visiting https://zoom.us/. We highly recommend downloading the Zoom app from this website.
What should I expect?
You can expect a full virtual class for your child similar to the class that they would be taking in the studio. The primary reason that we want to offer live versions of our full class schedule is to resume personal attention to your dancer. Your child’s teacher will be able to watch your dancer over the screen and communicate personal attention and correction. Holding regular class each week also allows us to resume your class’s curriculum, establish consistency in your dancer’s training, and move forward with your recital pieces. Our teachers have been working very hard to prepare for these online classes as well as compile extra exercises for your dancers that can be executed in smaller spaces.
What is the dress code for these classes?
In order to see proper body placement, we will expect dancers to follow our studio dress code. This includes all attire, shoes, and hair. The dress code is available here for your reference:
What if I do not have a dance floor or equipment at home?
No problem! We have found many ways to substitute dance equipment at home. A kitchen counter or the back of a chair serves well as a ballet barre. Cans of soup or beans work well as a substitute for handheld weights. A cardboard box works great for a tap floor. We want your dancers to stay moving but also your home to stay intact!
We still plan on hosting our 20th Anniversary Recital at Neuqua Valley High School and are looking forward to this event. We will notify you at a later time if the dates need to be pushed back. Your teachers will continue moving forward with new choreography so that your dancers are prepared for the show.
We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during this unpredictable time. Thank you for your support and please stay safe and healthy!
Cathy Rosenberg and Rebecca Rosenberg
Steps Dance Center