Updated: Mar 23
March 21, 2020
We hope you are well and staying healthy. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, shelter in place restrictions, and with health and safety as our top priority, we are asking for your patience, as we adapt to the evolving conditions:
As we adapt, we remain dedicated to providing a healthy and creative outlet for our dancers to continue their training during these challenging times. This would not be possible without you.
We are asking for your support to help us to continue providing the highest level of training. We ask for your support and understanding to reduce the devastating impact this is having on the arts in our community. As detailed in the “Background” research enclosed below, COVID-19 is already having a devastating effect on arts organizations and artists, globally.
During the past couple of weeks, our faculty has come together to develop a program that is designed to bring dance from our homes to yours. We will deliver supplemental educational materials, which will complement their training program. We are looking forward to working with the dancers to continue developing their technique and artistry, and restore some normalcy, while creating an artistic refuge during these challenging times.
Moving Forward & Next Steps (Students of Bayer Ballet Academy)
We will be starting our online classes (Zoom), Monday, March 23, 2020, at slightly adapted regularly scheduled start times. Virtual Training Schedule posted here. Thank you for your patience with us, as we try remote learning for the very first time.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, as we do our best to navigate the situation with our community's best interest in mind. Our priority of providing a safe space for young artists to grow and learn remains steadfast.
Vaganova Center of Excellence
The coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America’s nonprofit arts sector—financial losses to date are estimated to be $3.2 billion. Since the first U.S. case was reported on January 20, cancellations and closings have been reported in thousands of communities spanning all 50 states.
In a national survey by Americans for the Arts, 91% of responding arts organizations indicated that they have cancelled one or more events. Many arts organizations have closed their doors for months to come. More than one-third of respondents expect to make reductions in staff; 26% have already reduced their creative workforce. Given that losses documented in the survey have occurred only in the last two months, Americans for the Arts anticipates additional billions in potential revenue losses for the nonprofit arts and culture field.
These estimates are based on more than 2,000 respondents to Americans for the Arts nationwide COVID-19 impact survey, and then further extrapolation of those data nationally using IRS data about nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
“‘Americans for the Arts’ research shows that the coronavirus is already having a devastating effect on arts organizations and artists. “There will be a measurable economic and social ripple effect that will be felt in every city and town as arts organizations and performances close, leading to further losses for restaurants, bars, parking facilities, hotels, and much more. The economic damage will be in the billions.”
March 17, 2020
As we adapt to the evolving conditions, we are striving to provide a healthy and creative outlet for our dancers to continue their training during these challenging times.
We are in the process of preparing to provide online classes for our students. This week, we will observe Spring Break and will proceed with online classes beginning on Monday, March 23rd.
During this week, you will receive directions for accessing the online portal.
We look forward to virtually dancing with you next week.
Thank you for your patience, as we make this transition.
Bayer Ballet Staff
March 14, 2020
#together Guided by our top priority of protecting the health and safety of the Bayer Ballet Academy families; as well as, our responsibility to our community to take proactive steps in slowing down the spread of COVID-19, Bayer Ballet Academy will officially close starting Saturday, March 14 through the end of spring break, Saturday, April 11, 2020.
We have continued monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 by keeping a close eye on official information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Santa Clara County Public Health Department. The decision to close was made after much thought and deliberation.
While school is closed, please practice social distancing. This means staying at home as much as possible, avoiding large groups and limiting visits to public areas.As we navigate through this uncharted territory, thank you for your support and flexibility. Let's work together to maintain some sense of normalcy in these difficult times. Let’s keep dancing (at home).
🎈 A teacher brought balloons to school and asked the children to blow them all up and then each write their names on their balloon. 🎈 They tossed all the balloons into the hall while the teacher mixed them from one end to the other. 🎈 The teacher then gave them 5 minutes to find the balloon with their name on it. The children ran around, looking frantically but as the time ran out - nobody had found their own balloon… 🎈 Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than 2 minutes everyone had their own balloon. 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈 Finally the teacher said, “Balloons are like happiness. No one will find it looking for theirs only. Instead, if everyone cares about each other’s they will find theirs, as quickly as possible.” ~ Source unknown