Covid-19

CDT is still here for the love of dance

Thursday 9 April

Our global society is responding to the Covid-19 challenge in a variety of ways, but Australian health authorities with the support of the Australian Parliament have clearly said that we can no longer gather in groups and we need to practice social distancing. This has meant the suspension of many joyful activities in our community, including the suspension of dance classes in all dance studios including CDT.

This does not mean that CDT is going away, but it does mean that we are looking at new ways of contacting our dance community and conducting classes. For the moment, many people are working hard to create new ways of dancing on-line through Youtube, Vimeo, or the Zoom meeting app. CDT is conducting Zoom classes with the GOLD group thanks to the generous involvement of Philip Piggin, and Zoom Hilal class with Danielle Cook at the normal time of 6pm on Tuesday.

You don’t need a large device – David from the GOLDs shared how he has been connecting on a tablet. You may also check out new online resources, such as Sydney Dance Company’s new online classes, and David McAllister’s barre classes on Youtube.

Rest assured CDT will come through this with careful financial planning and the support announced by the Federal Government and the ACT Government. It may take many months for the situation to be resolved, and we are hampered by suddenly having no class or hire income, but CDT will be there for you when the curtain again goes up on the arts and we can again enjoy dance class in the studio. Rest assured Dance Cards will be honoured.

Dance Artists
While the studio is quiet, we encourage dance artists to contact CDT if they need a safe studio to create and conduct their practice. Including for the new ArtsACT grant program.

For Hirers
Hirers are also subject to the same regulations as CDT. The studio is still available for individual hire but hirers must practice all recommended sanitation including sanitising hands on entry and exit. Our greatest concern is the studio being used by someone who is virus-positive.

Good hygiene includes:

  • Washing your hands well with soap and water. Please do this before and after class.
  • Using a tissue and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. There are extra tissue boxes in the studio, halls and change rooms.
  • Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching.

As usual, if you feel unwell, especially if you have cold & flu symptoms, please do not attend the studio even if it is unattended.

Current health advice is available at https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

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