Photo provided by Ann Sovak.
Photo provided by Ann Sovak.
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TORRINGTON —  Despite having to close its physical studio due to the COVID-19 crisis, Dance ‘n Beyond is continuing to hold virtual lessons via the Zoom app.
According to studio owner and founder Ann Sovak, the physical studio shut down in March due to the crisis.
“As soon as we were not able to hold classes in the studio, I started to think outside of the box with the idea of virtual classes,” Sovak said. “I was very nervous about doing this because I’ve never done anything like this before since I started this studio in 2001.”
Sovak said that the classes have gone very well despite the differences between virtual and in-person classes.
“The main difference between Zoom classes and in-person classes is that students really need to listen to verbal instructions,” Sovak said. “If we were holding classes in person it would involve me going around the studio physically correcting the students. There is a big difference with virtual Zoom classes.”
Sovak said that the virtual classes are being held at the same times that were previously scheduled for in-person classes.
“It’s a nice thing to use previously scheduled times because it makes them adhere to the same structure and routine that they are used to,” she said. “Routine and regime helps to keep these classes going. The students all come to class in their same attire that they would be in for in-person classes.”
Sovak said that the studio currently has 35 students from age three all the way to adult students.
“We teach a variety of dance styles, including jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap,” said. “This is my 20th year with Dance ‘n Beyond and I won’t give up teaching. We’re all staying very positive and it’s wonderful seeing our dance family through Zoom. We’re having fun with this.” 
For more information about Dance ‘n Beyond go to https://www.facebook.com/Dancenbeyond/

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