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Latest Tier 3 Guidance for Ballet Classes

Government Approved Guidance from the Royal Academy of Dance – Updated 2/12/2020

England’s national lockdown will end on Wednesday 2 December. England will then move back to a regional, 3-tier system. The tier each area falls in will be formally reviewed every 14 days. The current national restriction rules are still in place until 2 December and must be followed until they expire.

What does this mean for Dance?

All Higher Education, Further Education and Vocational dance training continues across all three tiers.

Across all three tiers, dance schools can remain open, and classes and exams can continue for the under 18s.


Laud Ballet, Dancing Through Lockdown and Now Back to School

How We Danced Our Way Through Lockdown

There are new rules to be followed which will require social distancing on arrival during and as you leave class.

Students will be required to sanitise hands before and after each class. Floors, barres and any other equipment used during teaching will be thoroughly cleaned after each class.

These measures are necessary to enable the school to function safely and in line with the new compliance requirements set by the Government.

To accommodate these measures, notably social distancing we had no option but to seek new locations large enough to afford the 3m square space per student we are required to work with.

The safety and wellbeing of our students is paramount so we ask that ALL students follow the guidelines and adhere to teachers requests during this period of transition before an ‘ALL clear” and return to a more normal way of teaching can be permitted.

During the initial lockdown we created a YouTube channel with content for ALL classes. The online classes are not publicly accessible but if you’re already engaged with Laud Ballet as a student or parent of a young dancer drop me a text or WhatsApp to 07771 722289 or email Jo@laudballet.co.uk and I’ll send you the link.

There is more than one way to “Keep Calm & Ballet On”

Take care,

Jo x

Billingham Community News

IF you have always fancied giving ballet a spin then you might want to hot foot it to the SRC Sports Centre
in Billingham. There, dance instructor Jo Laud is now offering lessons for all age groups from twinkle toed toddlers
to Silver Swans.

“I tend to get more enquiries about the adult classes than any other,” said Jo, who as a Royal Academy of
Dance (RAD) registered teacher has been teaching ballet for more than 15 years.
Describing ballet as a great form of exercise, she said: “For the over 55 age group in particular, there is
research that proves dancing is one of the best things you can do.”
Working just about every muscle group, she said it is good for both the body and mind, and that, along
with the social aspect, can help make people generally feel better in themselves.
One of the first teachers in the country to be licensed by the RAD to teach Silver Swans (over 55s), Jo has been dancing since she was nine.

Training as a child with Anne Jeanes at the Forum, it seems only fitting that she should now be teaching
in the town. With opportunities for everyone from complete beginners to advanced dancers, Jo believes ballet
brings benefits whatever your age. For children she said: “As well as the obvious physical
benefits of dance related exercise, there is the social aspects of being part of a group of friends outside of
school. It also teaches self-reliance, focus and when it comes to balancing dance around homework the
ability to prioritise your time.”
The good news, for both adults and children, is that you can take it up at any age.
Want to know more about the ballet opportunities coming to the SRC Sports Centre on Marsh House
Avenue?

Call 07771 722289 or email jo@laudballet.co.uk for details or to
book your place.