Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, dance instructors and students cannot be in the same studio. So, Paula Meola Dance has moved their classes online.
The Sterling dance studio has put together a weekly schedule that consists of almost 60 virtual classes which run on remote conferencing website, Zoom. In addition to their standard ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary classes, Paula Meola Dance [PMD] has expanded to offer some yoga and conditioning classes.
“We know that this is a difficult time for everyone, and we wanted to do our part in helping our dance community. Our virtual classes provide a platform for our students to connect with their friends while giving the parents a healthy, fun alternative for their kids to burn some energy while they are at home. We wanted to give our students a sense of normalcy, to keep them learning, dancing and having fun,” owner Paula Meola said.
As part of their efforts to keep their dancers entertained, PMD is also hosting choreography dance challenges on their social media accounts.
As part of their online dance class offering, PMD will continue to prepare their students for a June recital. Additionally, the online classes allow PMD’s faculty and staff continue to earn a paycheck during the pandemic.
“Our studio is a community and family. We help each other and I felt that I needed to provide for my loyal faculty and staff during these challenging times,” Meola said. “I am so incredibly proud of the energy and creativity that they bring to these online classes and I know that our students and their families appreciate it.”