Hello DWK families,
End of Fall Session
The Northwestern Health region is moving into “Yellow-Protect” under Ontario’s response framework. DanceWorks Kenora is already setup and operating at a level that meets the Yellow level restrictions so there will be no changes necessary for our last few classes in the current session. Our final day of Fall session classes is happening on Monday and will be running as usual for the Dance Foundations, Pointe, Senior Ballet, and Senior Modern classes (this is our make-up class for the Thanksgiving Monday closure). As well, Friday Hip Hop classes have one last day on Friday, December 4 as a make-up for a previous class cancellation.
We couldn’t have our typical “parent viewing” week at the studio but we did take videos during class over the last few weeks so that you can see what your dancer was working on. Those links will be sent out to each class over the next few days.
Winter Session – Starts in February
Given the increasing cases in our region and the possibility of higher transmission over the holidays we will not be beginning our Winter session until February. Fall session dancers and families will have the first opportunity to register when we release the schedule in early January (we are aiming for it to be similar to the Fall schedule but changes may be needed based on restrictions at that time).
A small group of dancers have been invited to participate in dance exam classes for December and January. The timing is good to offer this training as it further reduces contacts at the studio with fewer classes and a max class size of 4. This will be our first time offering dance exams and assessments to our dancers. We are excited for the opportunity to train towards a specific goal and look forward to seeing how dancers respond to the experience.
As most classes have now finished up the Fall session Ms. Erin wanted to send a quick thank you to everyone for doing such a great job of following all of the COVID-19 procedures at the studio. Thank you for choosing virtual classes or taking a week or two off when you were concerned about any symptoms or contacts, thank you for wearing masks and for your understanding when we pivoted to wearing masks for the entirety of class, thank you to the dancers of all ages who followed distancing guidelines and showed their resilience and adaptability, and most of all thank you for your continued support of the studio and for trusting us with your dancers. We appreciate all of it and we are so thankful for our DWK dance family.
PS. Stay tuned for some Christmas gift ideas for the dancer in your life. While we encourage everyone to shop locally as much as possible this year to support our local small businesses we also will be posting links to some dance specific ideas that you can’t usually find locally – including dance books, movies, training tools, etc. We will also be continuing to sell our DanceWorks Kenora clothing as well.