The first week back was one of the most remarkable for Destine Dance.
I was honestly unsure about what would happen. And it was indeed pleasing to have a week that had:
Check out the photos of some of the classes this week to see how happy people were to be
The group classes last week were mostly focused on recapping and that seemed to work well for most. So that's the plan for this week too. The only thing to change is that we will focus on some different dances this week. To recap the basics of the styles we teach. This week the classes will be:
Finally, thanks to everyone for the speed with which they were able to leave space for the capoeira group. It helps in these times to keep as much social distance between groups as we can.
I look forward to seeing you on the dance floor
It's an eventful update this one:
You might recall that our instructor Scott Everard was studying education. Well he now has work at Caulfield Grammar helping out around the school in different places, particularly around the boarding house doing administrative stuff for the heads of boarding. He will also be doing relief teaching. That means it is time to move on from Destine Dance. He was a great recourse for the studio. He had excellent rapport with students - I am sure his private students will miss him - and he brought great expertise on the swing based dances that highlighted his overall dance knowledge and ability. He did say he will also come in from time to time. So as well as wishing him all the best, we look forward to seeing him around in the future.
And this is the week of our return!
I am very keen to see you back on the dance floor and also simply interested to see what things will be like given the past. The next 4 weeks will be a time of reflection on what things are now like (I have little idea what to expect) to establish plans on what to do next year. It is a very interesting time full of potential and I am glad to be sharing it with you.
Also, I wanted to remind you of a few things:
See you on the dance floor
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You might have seen the post on facebook and you might have noted that indoor contact sports are now allowed.
Whether you have or not, the point is, we will be teaching classes for the end of November and into December to see 2020 out. Not a bad way to finish the year I reckon.
So starting on the week of the 23rd, we will be running group and private lessons.
You can see the details of the group lessons below:
If you want to pick up your private lessons, then drop your teacher a line or they will contact you. We do not have as much available time for private lessons so get in quick by contacting your teacher if you are interested and you want to secure time.
We are only teaching because contact indoor sports are now allowed. Our plan is within this context. We will ask that you:
Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you - even if half your face will be covered.
This blog is written by the staff at Destine Dance and is inspired by the questions and challenges faced by our students