Hi Dance Fam,
Welcome to lockdown day number 211! Although it feels like day 2011. It’s no secret that these restrictions have gone over and beyond whatever we expected. I naively remember thinking back in March 2020 that it would just be a “few weeks”. Goodness me is there egg on my face!
This is just a little post to check in and let you know that despite not seeing you in person for so long, The MSF Team miss you all dearly. While yes, teaching dance is our job, our students mean so much more to us than just work. They are our passion, our “why” and our greatest acheivement.
Even though times are tough, the MSF team are committed to their students and we will continue to do everything we can to keep the MSF kids engaged and active. We also want to make sure that each of you still feel a part of our community. Even if we haven’t seen you in weeks or months, we want you to know that you are valued, missed and invited to be included in any of our online activities in any way you can. “Once an MSF Kid always an MSF kid” – is our motto in times like this.
If you or your child are feeling a little disconnected from the MSF world, here are some ways to get back in touch with your inner dancer and re-ignite the MSF spirit.
- TAKE AN ONLINE ZOOM CLASS
Our online zoom classes are fun and casual. We purposely don’t practice concert routines to ensure that every student can join in when, and if, they have the capacity to, without feeling like they have fallen behind or need to catch up. Our zoom classes include working on skills, technique, fun choreography, dance games, dress up weeks and more! It’s a great way to connect with the outside world, to see your dance friends and teachers and to keep active.
- CHECK OUT THE FREE MSF PRACTICE VIDEO SERIES ON VIMEO
These are pre-recorded and are designed as “copy and follow along” style practice videos. They are available at any time which means you don’t need to commit to a scheduled class time. You can jump on whenever you feel motivated to move and they are recorded in the MSF studio so you will still see some familiar faces! https://mainstfunk.com/2020/04/10/free-online-practice-video-series/
- DANCE WITH SUMMER ON YOUTUBE
Our gorgeous assistant teacher Summer who our younger students all adore, took it upon herself to create a few YouTube tutorials for our Petite and Mini dancers, to keep them moving during lockdown. They are perfect for our youngest dancers. https://mainstfunk.com/2020/04/03/dancing-with-summer/
- PARTICIPATE IN OUR “STEP INTO SEP” SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE
MSF have planned a fun and easy, dance-based activity for everyday in September. Do one or do them all! Do them in your own time and even as a family but don’t forget to upload and tag @mainstfunk so we can see you getting involved. Keep an eye on your emails tomorrow (August 31st) for the first week of activities.
- STAY CONNECTED WITH MSF ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We post on social media often to keep the kids excited, engaged and inspired to dance. We include videos and photos from class, “flashbacks” to previous performances and events, interactive polls and games and lately, sneak-peeks of our brand new venue. We also have a private fb group, exclusive to Main St Funk parents and students. It’s a great way to stay in touch.
FB GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1904615593183306
While there are lots of ways to stay engaged and active, it is completely normal to have days (or even weeks) where you don’t have the motivation to dance, exercise or even socialise. This lockdown has taken a toll on many people, including our vulnerable children and even our staff. This doesn’t mean they have lost the passion for dance or that they will feel this way forever. On these days it’s important to listen to your mind and body. Rest and take time out when you need. A great way to keep the dancing spirit alive on these days, is to watch MSF dancing concerts from previous years, watch a dance related movie or series on Netflix or even watching some dance videos on YouTube can wake up your inner dancer. Main St Funk has a YouTube channel too! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUoSp7h_2EEbGNCQgYJDkwQ
Remember, the studio might be closed but Main St Funk is still open online, dance is not cancelled!