zoom classes during lockdown
During the current provincial lockdown, all classes will be taught virtually using the Zoom app. We looking forward to returning to in person instruction and are currently scheduled to resume in person instruction beginning January 23rd. You can access your child's Zoom classes at their regular scheduled times by using the links that were e-mailed.
TIPS FOR THE GETTING THE MOST OUR OF YOUR ZOOM CLASSES
- Change the screen name to your child’s first name. It’s important that we are able to identify students when admitting them from the waiting room.
- Come dressed for dance class. We request that students dress in their dance clothing and have hair tied back while attending classes on Zoom.
- For primary classes, be ready to help your child. You child may need help with un-muting their microphone, following instructions or staying focussed during the class. If you are there to participate and encourage your child, it will help them to stay engaged in the program.
- Cast your device to a larger screen. If it is possible to use a large screen for the Zoom meeting it will make it easier for your child to see and to stay engaged in the class.
- Make sure that your child has an appropriate dance space. It’s important that your child has a cleared space to dance in. We will make adaptations so that the dance class can be completed in a smaller space.
- Ballet students in levels 2 and above will require something to use as a barre. A chair back or counter top both work well.
- We recommend that students keep their camera on in order to get the most from their virtual classes. Position the camera so that the teacher can see your child. It’s best if the camera is positioned so that the teacher can see your child’s full body. This will make it easier for us to see and interact with your child and to help them to follow along with the dance instruction.
- NOTE FOR TAP DANCERS - Tapping on your home floors can damage flooring. Tap dancers may want to wear jazz shoes or dance on a piece of plywood. There are wooden tap boards that can be purchased or made specially for “tapping at home” – if you would like more details on these boards, please send us an e-mail and we will forward details – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Directions – Sometimes, directions (right, left, front, back) can be challenging for the students when learning on Zoom. In dance, each wall and corner has a number. We’ve included a diagram below which may be helpful to the students. #1 is the front and would be where their device is set up.