To the Riverfront Community-
1. There will be no classes from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 22nd.as we make necessary preparations to resume instruction both virtually and at the studio (limited).
2. Classes of all levels and forms will be available online, including masterclasses and classes on specialized topics (port de bras, articulation, musicality, etc.) Links to other online classes will be posted on our Face Book page as they become available.
3. Starting on Saturday, March 21st, there will be individual instruction available at the studio for students from Beginning Ballet through Advanced. There will be many available morning and afternoon hours, Monday through Saturday.
There will be online sign-up for 50 minute sessions. One session per student until the designated day when you may take unfilled slots. Slots may also be used for jazz or contemporary instruction by teacher or video. Hip hop and tap will be online only unless otherwise designated.Students with auto-immune health concerns may only partake in online instruction and will not be allowed into the studio. Beginning and Elementary students may sign up for 1 session per week (2 if with tap or jazz) Intermediate students 3 per week, Advanced 4 per week. On the day of anyone may fill any open sessions. (No drop-ins, sign-up only) Siblings and close relations may sign-up together for a session if the same or approximate levels (i.e. Int I with Elem.) Two to three unrelated students may partake in instruction maintaining a 12 foot distance and with a parental release form. They should enter and leave the studio separately, waiting in the car until called in by cell phone Special arrangements of two back to back sessions may be allowed for some families travelling 30 minutes or more. Teen-Adult Ballet, Creative Movement, and Baby Ballet will be cancelled until this crisis subsides. There will be no-charge online videos for all these classes.Musical Theatre Workshop is cancelled for the rest of the school year.
Protocol for In-Studio Instruction
The dressing room, lobby and small studio will be closed off with no access allowed. Between students, all barres, handrails and bathroom fixtures will be sanitized. Students shall enter the front entrance, not more than 5 minutes before their lesson and take off their shoes which will be brought to the studio with all their other belongings. These will be placed in front of the studio door. Students must be dressed for class. The student will then use the restroom 1 as needed and WASH THEIR HANDS thoroughly. Parents may accompany their students inside the studio, but must follow all the above conditions and watch sitting by the piano. Otherwise, they should accompany the student to the door. There will be no waiting in the hallway or lobby. These are closed areas.The studio door will be opened after the previous student leaves. The student shall pick up his belongings and take into the studio to be placed by the piano.The student shall only use the designated barre. Staff and students shall maintain a half-studio distance (12 feet). At the end of the session, the student shall go to restroom 2 and wash their hands, depart through the back door and be picked up by the parent promptly in the back. Please stay in the back until your parent arrives. Avoid touching any handrails if possible.
We did not choose this situation, it chose us. Let’s stand tall and make the best of this situation. By creatively addressing the significant problems we face, let this be an opportunity for us to learn and grow. We hope to be able to count on the support of our parents and students as we develop innovative solutions to continue Riverfront’s artistic and educational mission. And, as always, be kind, and be there for each other.
As citizen artists we must be conscious of our social responsibility and act as stewards of public health. Take care of yourselves. Keep our community strong.
Annmarie Carlson Drake, director
Riverfront Performing Arts
“…there are many issues that confront you as performing artists that did not exist fifty years ago. In recent years the very arts…have been put in question as positive or even important, forces in our nation and our culture...I would contend that this final assumption is totally false. In fact it may very well be the arts-and you as artists- who can provide the stimulus and focus needed to energize this nation…”
Joseph W. Polisi “The Artist as Citizen”