PARIS BALLET AND DANCE, AND PARIS BALLET CONSERVATORY – YOUR HEALTH AND CORONAVIRUS.
We know this is a stressful time for all. We do not want to back down from challenges or obstacles.
We are troopers that just keep going and bring ourselves to the studio even in challenging times!
The world is facing one of the most challenging times right now and supporting our fellow dancers
and families while working towards our long terms goals actually means we all need to stay home and
distance ourselves from each other for a little bit in order to move on from this time in history faster.
Challenge accepted, let's do this together in the best way possible!
The teachers and I have been working through plans. As a team at Paris Ballet, we have taught our
students about determination, perseverance, flexibility, adaptability and creativity. Now it is the time to
apply of all these skills. Our staff has come together to help lead your dancers through this. Let's do
this together! We’ve got this!
Throughout Spring Break we have been testing the platform Zoom to support our dancers continued
training in the event that the separation period is extended much like the school systems have been
testing. We have been working with our staff to address all the obstacles and opportunities. We want
to be prepared for anything to make sure progress continues.
Due to necessary state mandates and for the safety of everyone we are forced to close our studio
doors, but that does not prevent us from coming to you virtually through live interactive classes and
prerecorded classes for level 3 Pre-Ballet students. By doing this we will continue the season's
learning process. This process will officially begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 and continue until it
is safe to return to the studio together.
NOTE: We will be doing class/meetings tests this Monday and Tuesday March 30 and 31, 2020
for higher Ballet Levels, Modern and some Tap/Jazz classes. We will host the full classes to make sure. So, if
you get an email with a link please join us on these 2 days. But we will officially start all classes on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Dancers and families will have the classes you normally have at the studio coming to your home virtually. Your Paris Ballet teachers will be participating as well.
Prerecorded classes can be accessed as many times as you would like through the season.
We have decided on the following goals to keep us focused:
1. Assure that students’ progress will continue and this year’s work is maintained so they can continue to improve and not fall behind.
2. Assure our families that Paris Ballet staff has a plan that will take them through the pandemic in the best way possible.
3. Encourage continued remote learning to keep muscles and minds in shape for a seamless transition when the physical studio doors open again.
4. Connect the students, teachers and families together (virtually) through movement. When times are tough many dancers turn to the studio to disconnect and have freedom. Dancers will be able to connect with their close friends through physical movement which will support their mental health and happiness. Virtual classes will have pre class time to join and dancers will be able to socialize before class begins.
5. We want to make sure that Paris Ballet will survive this as a business and we will once again open the physical doors to welcome our families onto our dance floor.
HERE IS HOW IT WILL WORK - Interactive Live Zoom Class
Through the platform Zoom we will be scheduling Daily/weekly class “meetings.” Zoom should be free to participants and can be joined through a browser link or you can download Zoom to your device. During Zoom classes we have the ability to see and hear our dancers and vise versa. We can give corrections and they can ask questions for clarifications. Of course, if you have any privacy concerns, you have the option to turn off the video on your side and we will not see you, but you can still follow along just the same. If for some reason Zoom notifies you that you can only view 40 minutes of a Live session and that you must purchase an updated plan, please let us know ASAP, but this should not happen as Paris Ballet Zoom account is set to avoid this issue. We are just letting you know in case it happens. All of this is new for us all and bare in mind that we at Paris Ballet are still learning.
All live classes can be recorded so if a student misses one for any reason, we will be able to send it to you. This means you can view and practice material online on your own time.
You all will be dancing from your living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms etc. so clear a space and have fun! You will need the ability to connect live. We heard that Spectrum is offering free internet packages for 60 days if you need internet. Parents/Guardians of the children’s levels are welcome to join in and make it a family affair!
Each student in Level 3 Pre-Ballet and older students if needed will receive access to a google drive folder. You will need a google account. Google accounts are free. This does not mean you need a Gmail email. Access to the folders with class videos will be given to the email account provided. IMPORTANT: If you have a google drive account with another email please contact us right away so we can add it and make sure to give you access with that email.
Your class schedule will remain the same as when you physically come to the studio and your classes will be on the same days at the same times. If for some reason we have to change anything we will notify you right away via email. Some of the classes in the higher levels will be a bit shorter than usual so I will be adding a Friday Zoom Ballet class at 5.00pm as a make up, we will send these levels a link so you can join me if you wish. We will also accommodate any level for make up time if needed. Conservatory daytime schedule will be emailed separately.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TUITION?
Tuition will not be affected. We will continue to provide you with as much or more classes or recorded classes (recourses) as we do inside the studio . Also remember that students are welcome to join my free Instagram Live Ballet class that I will keep offering weekly. We will also work out any make up time for group classes and will be offering private lessons as make up sessions at no extra cost for as long as it is needed when we reopen our doors, even if it has to be extended through Summer and Fall.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PERFORMANCES?
As you know, the Kravis center has canceled all their performances through the end of May, we emailed about this last week. They also notified me that there is a big chance that our June 6th show will be canceled. There are many uncertainties. We understand how important these events are for everyone and will do our best with the circumstances. We will keep you updated as uncertainties become more clear and definite plans can be made. All of this is out of our control and we are glad that measures are being taken to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. We will of course perform again once we are back to normal and we are working on show postponements.
There are a lot of “what if's” we will go through. We plan to address new things that pop up as things evolve and as more information is shared. We will continue to adapt as things change.
PLEASE NOTE: Emails will be sent out with a link which will allow you to join each class. It will be a different link for each class/day. Each class is recurring with the same link weekly. The email subject will include the day and time, Style of Dance and level so it should be clear.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We thank you for supporting your dancer and Paris Ballet. Know that you all mean a lot to us.
Thank you to all the families that have reached out to me personally with support. It means a great deal to all of us at Paris Ballet.
Thank you to the staff who has spent time collaborating, learning and creating virtually with us this past week.
If we have to go through a pandemic, there are no better families, dancers and staff to do it with.
PLEASE make sure to read the messages form all of us that were emailed yesterday.
Mr. Jean-Hugues and the entire staff.