Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts studios are temporarily closed to mitigate the spread of infection and adhere to the social distancing order. We are transitioning to online instruction and we look forward to remaining connected with our students and families during this challenging time. Thank you all for your continued support.
1) Is the studio staying closed? – Originally we hoped to re-open as scheduled on Monday March 30th. Unfortunately, we will need to be closed for one more week from March 30 – April 4th and re-open on Monday April 6th through real time virtual classes. An information email was sent out regarding this change to class location and how the virtual classes will be run. We are working hard this week and next setting up the parameters of the program. Teachers will be completing year end dances and competition classes will continue to polish their routines. Musical Theatre classes will work on scenes and songs and continue to prep for their upcoming shows. Private vocal lessons will also continue through this program.
2) What happens in a “Virtual Dance Class”? – In short it’s pretty much exactly the same as a regular dance class except we’re all connected online instead of all in the studio together. Look for a detailed outline of what to expect as well as an amended Authorization, Release, and Acknowledgement form, similar to what you signed at registration, with a home waiver amendment added. Chad and several of the teachers have taken part in a webinar regarding virtual classes during the COVID-19 situation and there are many studios all around North America that are going this route for the safety of their students and staff. It’s just going to take a bit of time to finish getting everything set up and we ask for your patience.
3) Will the upcoming scheduled productions happen? – We are committed to ALL of our planned productions being produced at some point in the future. This will not be a lost year! At this point in time we are unsure of when exactly the productions will be or if alterations will need to be done to the finished product. But we want to assure everyone that we will have a chance to perform and celebrate all the hard work we’ve done so far this year. This is why it is very important to keep up with our classes and home review.
4) Will the remaining Competitions still happen? – Yes, however they are being rescheduled. I know this may cause some conflicts but Ms. Nicol will be sending a separate email to all our competition families outlining the postponed changes.
(From Chad Matchette, Artistic Director:
I know that these are tough times but I’m sure that by working together we’re all going to get through this. I am overwhelmed by the thoughtful emails and phone calls I’ve been getting from our families offering their support and well wishes. I’ve always said that I view Lindbjerg as a family and in times like these families pull together. We can and will overcome these setbacks.) Hoping everyone stays safe and healthy!
Chad and the Lindbjerg Team