We know this has been a very disappointing time for all of us as everything in our collective worlds has been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. The arts in particular have been hit hard with the suspension of performances and events worldwide. For those of us behind the scenes at NBT, it has not been easy to deliver disappointing news to our parents, student body, and faculty; in addition to our dancers, board members, patrons and subscribers. As an organization, we are grappling with these changes and challenges as we know you are too.
While this announcement won’t be a surprise, it does not make it any less difficult to communicate. With the extension of CCSD closures and the Governor’s Stay at Home mandate until April 30 (and with the understanding that it could go on even longer), we made the decision to postpone the annual Spring Concerts. This is heartbreaking for us as we know how hard the students have worked. These performances not only give young dancers an opportunity to showcase their skills, but they provide valuable theatre experience which is an essential part of their ballet and dance training.
It is times like this that we need to rely on the power of dance to uplift us as we find ways to be inspired and move forward; even if that means doing things differently, and at a different time, then we had originally intended. We are committed to our students and we will make every effort to honor the hard work they have put into their dance training this year. Therefore, we plan to present the May spring concerts in November, after the start of the new school year. ANBT students will still move up to their next level of ballet or applicable level of dance as previously planned; and all students will spend the first two months reviewing the syllabus from the weeks that were lost. Additionally, students will resume rehearsals from their spring concert numbers and will perform them in costume (with venue TBD for now). We believe this is the best possible solution at this time and while our performances will likely be presented on a much smaller scale, we are committed to seeing this through to the best of our ability. As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will have more information on payment schedules and other matters of business in subsequent communications.
As you can imagine, there are still questions we cannot answer regarding the remainder of the school year into summer, but please know that we are exploring all options. If our present social distancing guidelines are lifted by month’s end, it is our sincere hope that we can resume classes in May, if only for a few weeks. While we wait and watch together, we will continue looking at our annual summer intensive and other summertime classes and performance opportunities that may exist for our student body, in an effort to help bridge this gap. We will continue to keep you informed in as timely of a manner as we can, with our limited hours and staff.
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this most stressful time. We can’t wait to see all of you, once it is safe to do so. We wish you all peace and solace and most of all, wellness.
With Sincere Appreciation,
Anna Lantz, School Director
Terané Comito, Head of the Pre-Professional Dance Program