Dancing through the pandemic

13th Oct 2020

For Colette Brazier and her students at Australian Dance Enterprises (ADE), it has been a very different year. Like many other activities in NSW they were required to shut at the end of March. As a direct result of COVID-19 restrictions, dance performances and all local eisteddfods were also cancelled.
“We continued with weekly online zoom dance classes for our students, this was difficult at times but definitely rewarding for students and staff that participated,” Colette said. “ADE felt it was important to remain engaged with all our students during this time and we received a lot of lovely messages from our students and parents.
“We were so proud of our students during this time and we loved just chatting with them during our zoom sessions,” she said. “Our classes opened up again towards the end of June with our ADE COVIDSafe Plan ensuring to keep all our students, parents and staff safe during the COVID pandemic.” 
In the July school holidays, a number of students were able to participate in the “Ballet Workshops Australia” workshops held in Armidale. They enjoyed three days of dancing, experiencing ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and musical theatre.
At the end of term three students participated in ballet and jazz exams through “Australian Dance Vision”. Molly Brazier completed her major ballet and jazz exams, Analiese Wark completed her major ballet exams, Shanae Wark did her prelude ballet exams and Reeghan Woods completed her prelude jazz exam
“Our students were so happy to be part of the workshops and happy to see it go ahead,” Colette said. “Term three was a busy term catching up on all our missed lessons but our students came back with new excitement and enthusiasm. The students worked so hard to catch up on all their exam work and performed beautifully on the day, we are still waiting on results but I am sure they will be amazing.”
Term 4 dance classes in Guyra will start next Thursday October 22nd and students will be working towards their end of year dance recital. The recital will be slightly different to previous dance recitals due to the new COVID restrictions, set out by NSW Health Department to ensure ADE families continue to stay free of COVID-19.
“We feel it is important that our students get to perform in some capacity this year,” Colette said. “I am thankful that I live in a town that is so supportive and encouraging and grateful that my ADE’s Guyra families trusted and supported me during this time so our Guyra dance studio could continue to stay open during this COVID pandemic.”

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