In this unprecedented and challenging time, we at Discovery are thinking of all of you, your children, and your caregivers. First, we hope you are safe, healthy and adjusting to this “new normal.” Of course, there will be ups and downs, new learning curves and challenges to face, but it has been amazing to see the Upper West Side community mobilize together through Facebook groups, volunteer groups and virtual sing-a-longs, read-a-louds, and classes.Over the course of this week, we have also been thinking about how we can engage virtually with some of you on a temporary basis within our limited resources. It is important for us to stay engaged with our community as it gives us some purpose and something to hold onto. In whatever ways we are able to engage with you, we know that this does not replace in-person classes. When we re-open, we will handle details of refunds, extensions, or credits as necessary at that time.
Please find below how we are starting to engage with our community. We are experimenting over the next two weeks until Discovery’s Spring Break starts on April 7th. While this does not cover our wide variety of classes, it’s just a step into what is possible and we will re-evaluate as we progress this week and weeks ahead.
Social Media and YouTube!
Be sure to like/follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for announcements and community engagement linked at the bottom of this email. We have also started a YouTube channel, linked here.
On My Own
We will continue to be in touch through email and will be inviting our classes for a Zoom sing-a-long and meeting.
We will begin 35-40 minute Zoom classes this week. We will see how these go during the first week and determine if it is sustainable and how the turn-out is. See the schedule below and please join in if your child is a ballet student in that age group, even if your usual class time isn’t listed. Parents if you are comfortable, take a picture or video of your child doing the Zoom ballet and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message on Instagram. We will upload it to our Instagram story or feed.
Schedule starting today, March 23rd
Monday 3:30pm ages 4/5 with Katie
Wednesday 3:15pm ages 3/4 with Katie
Wednesday 4:00pm ages 6/8 with Katie