AMDA and Covid-19
A Message from Miss Andrea
What an uncertain time we are all living in! On March 16th, 2020 AMDA closed our doors due to the spread of Corona Virus in New York State and our nations shut down. Not knowing what the future held we took the last 2 weeks in March to plan and re-group. I created a private Youtube channel where my staff and I posted dance classes, recital choreography and "Story Time with Miss Andrea" for our families to access while away from the studio. I also emailed and posted Youtube videos every 2 weeks to my dance families keeping them up to date with what my plan was moving forward. Keeping the lines of communication open between myself and my dance families while we were all trying to navigate through daily changes in our lives was important to me.
We started running all dance classes via Zoom during their regular class days and times beginning in April. We completed our Recital dances and put on individual Zoom Dance Recitals for our dancers. Dancers dressed in costume and were able to perform for friends and family who they chose to share our meeting IDs with. We had a lot of guests!
In May, our final weeks of the "dance year", we had themed dance weeks-princess week, spirit week, beach week. Our Jr. and Sr. dancers were introduced to influential choreographers and dancers in the industry-past and present. AMDA Staff and I enjoyed meeting with our dancers each week! We were not only able to continue teaching dance (which we all love) but we were able to keep in contact with our students! Seeing their smiling faces and being able to check in with them each week during class times created a sense of normalcy for not only them, but for us too!
As our "dance year" will end in May I am looking forward to beginning my plan to re-open! I have been brainstorming many ideas to keep our families, dancers and AMDA staff safe and healthy! Please check back on the website in July for registration information for the 2020-2021 dance season and new Covid-19 safety protocols that will be implemented at the studio as we move forward! If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my email daily!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy summer!
I am looking forward to seeing all our dance families-old and new-back at the studio in the fall!
AMDA participating in the 518 Rainbow Hunt