I wanted to send an update about where we are in our re-opening plan as it's been six weeks since we re-opened on a limited basis and to let you know how things are going on our end!
It has been really wonderful seeing my teams again, I truly missed them. I decided to push back opening for In Person group classes which was originally scheduled for August due to various COVID spiking trends around the US which made me a little nervous to bring the general public back at this time. So we are currently only open to the public if it's private lessons, and for Company members that are in rehearsals.This allows me to keep a better eye on the situation and to continue being slow and cautious as we move forward. This also has been good for those back at the studio (about half of my current students are attending in person, and the other half choosing to do our virtual option,) as it allows them time to get used to this new normal of ours.
Dancing with masks can be challenging, but having the best kind of mask can be a great help! Whether you're coming to us or not, I wanted to pass along this link: Reebok Athletic Face Masks - I have started using these masks when I'm at the studio and it's a huge difference. I believe Adidas and UnderArmour also make these - I hope that helps!
Also, wanted to clarify for transparency's sake - my students are required to wear masks from the second they enter the building until they leave, my management staff does not have to wear them when we are working on something and we are the only ones in the studio (four of us total,) but they do have to wear them when they're in rehearsal and/or not teaching. I'm sure you've seen pictures of me without my mask on, and they're usually taken at the end of my practices - when I'm not teaching groups I put the mask on. I assure you we are doing everything we can to navigate this pandemic in a way that's most safe for you and us, while allowing us to make it through to dance another day - thank you for your patience and understanding through these times.
By far, joining Kat's bachata dance team has been my favorite activity I have discovered in the Washington DC (DMV) area. Kat Arias has built a dance community around her self that is founded on her vision of unity on the dance floor. The comraderie, fun atmosphere, supportive teammates, and most awesome of all: bachata skills workshops and different types of lesson she offers makes you grow into the bachatero/-a you were always meant to be!