CBM Online Classes and Studio Updates, March 29, 2020
CBM is moving online!
What a joy it has been for us to see our dancers moving together online last week! We will continue to use Zoom to provide your dancer’s class(es) through April 28th as recommended by the state CDC. We will reassess at the end of April. Until then, you can access your dancer’s class(es) via Dance Studio Pro which is our online parent portal. On your home page, your dancer’s class will be listed. Click on the video camera button to start class during your dancer’s normal class day/time. View a tutorial here: Accessing your class link through the parent portal.
Please let us know if your dancer has to miss class for any reason and your teacher can easily record class so your dancer can practice at their convenience! Prior to your dancer’s first online class, please take a moment to review and agree to our online class waiver. In addition, we will be uploading performance music to the parent portals for every class participating in our Spring Concert! Yes, we are still working toward our Spring Concert scheduled for June 20th.
Please email Kate, firstname.lastname@example.org, for help accessing your parent portal, Zoom class link, or just to say hello!
Our studio goal is to continue to provide our students with a sense of normalcy, a great workout, and hope for the future as we continue to prepare for our annual end of year Spring Concert!
Tips for taking a class online:
*Find the largest, open space in your house that ideally has hardwood or laminate flooring. Dancing on carpet or on cement in a basement is not ideal but will work in a pinch
*Treat online classes as you would at the studio by having your dancer in class attire with hair secured back.
*Be sure to have a water bottle handy.
*Have a chair available to act as a Ballet barre for Ballet classes levels 1 and up.
*Tap dancers make sure you have a parent-approved space to Tap. Tap shoes will damage most residential flooring. A piece of plywood or a flattened cardboard box can work well. Dancers can also Tap barefoot or in sneakers if need be.
*Using Zoom: be sure to have your speakers and camera on. To make a teacher larger, change the view at the top right corner of your screen by “pinning” your teacher’s feed. Dancers will be on mute for most of the class to avoid sound interference. If your dancer has a question have them wave into the camera and your teacher will unmute your dancer to hear their question. Accessing your online classes through your Parent Portal
*Always be safe and smart while dancing. If you have an injury, let your teacher know before class starts.
All tuition will continue to be collected electronically each month via Dance Studio Pro. Our goal is that every dancer can continue dancing during these stressful and uncertain times. Should your family need assistance due to job loss, please reach out to the studio via email (email@example.com) immediately. We can get through these hard times together!
Keep dancing, be healthy and we will see you in class!
Kate, Elizabeth, Rachel, Elly, Allie, Amanda, Vanessa, Emily
March 15, 2020, Update
Dear CBM Families,
We wanted to send an update on classes, events, and performances here at CBM. In the interest of the safety of our dancers, staff, and community at large, we will be closed Monday, March 16th – Sunday, March 29th. We will update all CBM families on Sunday, March 29th to confirm our opening day. Ultimately, we will go with the CDC and state recommendations on how to safely proceed forward in reopening the studio. Please read below our game plan to transition to offering online courses over the next couple of weeks. Our goal is to provide all our students with stress relief through dance and a sense of normalcy.
We will be working remotely, and one at a time at the studio as needed. Please feel free to reach out with questions or just to say hello via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message at 207.871.1013.
After you get some fresh air and vitamin D, you may enjoy some dance videos. PBS is an amazing resource! https://www.pbs.org/search/?q=dance
Our friends at Collective Motion Arts Center recorded a yoga class with CBM faculty, Rachel Schwartz. You can view that here at your leisure to take down stress levels and move those bodies. https://www.facebook.com/collectivemotionartscenter/videos/220127556061493/
We are so very grateful for the kindness and generosity that has been displayed over the past few weeks by our community. We will get through this together.
Stay safe and healthy,
❤️ Kate and the CBM team
Week 1 (March 16th -22nd)
This week will now become our April Break, therefore we will not be holding formal classes. Regularly scheduled classes will instead be offered during the previously scheduled April Break (April 18th-April 23rd) Our faculty will be taking time this week to learn how to transition classes online, uploading recital music and videos to parent portals, and continued class and recital planning.
Week 2 (March 23rd – 29th)
During this week we will be offering our usual class schedule via Zoom or private Youtube links which will be sent to students via your Parent Portal. We ask that students take the first week to figure out a safe space to dance at home. We recommend that dancers dress in their attire just like you would at the studio. Have dancers pack all the usual items: water bottle, dance shoes, etc. We recommend dancing on hardwood or linoleum before carpet. These classes will run in a similar format to what we always do: warm-up exercises, stretch, across the floor patterns, and continuing choreography for our end of year performance.
Tuition & Make Up Classes
All March late fees will be lifted. If you still owe March tuition please consider paying as soon as you can. All of our teachers are paid hourly and we plan to continue to pay our teachers, office and janitorial staff. If you missed class this past week, remember our make-up class policy. Dancers can take a future class in any style at the appropriate level and age group. We are always happy to help find the best class to make up in so please reach out. Additionally, we will be offering make up classes during April break!
End of Year Performance
Our June 20th show is not postponed. Our goal is to have our end of year performance music for each class available to our families by Monday, March 23. You will be able to access the links via your parent portal under shared files -> class music. This way our dancers can successfully practice their dances anytime! Have dancers remember: what is their dance about, what the mood is and what the sequence of steps is.