Both Dance Creations and Dancin’ Kids Slave Lake (DKSL) are offering online dance classes.
DKSL co-owner Heather Auger says, of their Zoom classes, “we figured that was the best way to not disrupt our dancers’ training.”
Dance Creations owner Jennifer Hansen says, “Dance Creations had to close our physical studio doors to students and suspended tuition, but have opened its virtual studio instead.”
Both studios were scheduled to compete at festivals throughout Alberta.
The dates have passed for the first of these festivals already. All festivals have been postponed, but the dates haven’t been set, or if they have are still tentative.
Both studios are offering live classes, on Zoom, and prerecorded classes.
With spring break at the end of March, DKSL only lost one week of classes.
DKSL’s first live class was on March 30th.
The classes went “really good,” says Auger. “There was a little bit of lagging time,” but otherwise it went well. It was important that the students could reconnect with each other during the live video. The focus of the classes will be on technique.
“The parents and the kids really love it,” says Auger. They like to “have something to look forward to during the day.”
DKSL performing dancers range in age from five to around 40. They compete in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and acrobatics.
The goal with the Dance Creations virtual studio is “to find ways to keep the kids dancing and connected,” says Hansen. The classes help maintain flexibility, strength, and work on technique.
On April 1st, Dance Creations students were supposed to be on their way to their first festival. The night before, Hansen posted on Facebook asking for people’s favourite festival memories. Within a few hours, there were over 100 comments.
A lot of the dancers are sad, says Hansen. They are used to being surrounded by their friends. She continues, “my classes will help bring a little bit of routine into their lives.”