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March 25, 2020

Dear Maine State Ballet Family,

On behalf of the Maine State Ballet staff and Board of Directors we hope you are well.

Through the years, Maine State Ballet’s top priority has been taking care of our people – staff, dancers, our families and the greater community.  This is reflected in our mission “to uplift the Maine community through the medium of dance.”

With this foundation the decisions we make are relatively simple, even in world crisis.  While this is a difficult financial time for us as a non-profit, we are going to be a part of the shared sacrifice to combat the virus.

Here is what we are going to do:

  • Suspend April and May’s tuition charges until further notice, pending a change in the situation.  We are hoping to be able to salvage the end of the school year in late spring/early summer with some sort of recital, but this is obviously up in the air.

  • Continue to provide free “Dance from a Distance” online classes.  It will be LIVE on Maine State Ballet’s Instagram and eventually saved to YouTube for later viewing.  We will send a weekly schedule in advance.

  • Summer Workshops - June and early July’s “Very Young Dancer,” “Ballet Pre-Intensive” and “Musical Theater” workshops MAY have to be pushed to early-mid August.                    “Ballet Intensive” workshop dates in July/early August are tentatively still on.

 

We hope this plan will help ease some of your financial and other concerns, and provide for your dancers’ emotional and physical well-being.  Please hang in there and stick with us.  We will all get through this together!

And Maine State Ballet promises to be here for you when this worldwide crisis comes to a close.

Be safe and well.

Kind regards,

Glenn Davis, School Director

March 14, 2020

Dear Maine State Ballet Family,

 

After discussion and consultation with our board of directors and full-time staff over the last 48 hours, we have decided to implement the next level in our plan of action regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

As of Monday 3/16, we are canceling dance classes for the next three weeks.  We will do this by moving April break to next week, and using our remaining two weeks of planned snow cancelations for the following next two weeks.  Classes would resume Monday April 6th and continue straight through to our Spring Recital (without a spring break) on May 15th and 16th.

 

This will put Tuesday and Thursday classes over our limit of snow cancelations (see below for an explanation).

 

Assuming we can hold Spring Recital at Westbrook Middle School Performing Arts Center on May 15-16, this plan will work.  If for reasons beyond our control (pandemic worsens, Westbrook closes their auditorium, etc…), we have other performance venue options available including our own theater here at Maine State Ballet.

 

If the pandemic worsens, other options include opening even later in the spring and moving recital to June.  A worst-case scenario would be a cancelation of all dance classes and Spring Recital for the remainder of the school year.

 

We thank you for your continued support of Maine State Ballet.  We look forward with hope of reopening and celebrating a recital with your wonderful dancers in the spring.  We’ve been around for over 100 years and have weathered many things throughout our nation’s history.  We will be back to continue our mission of uplifting the Maine community through dance.

 

Full-time staff will be in the building during this hiatus for any of your questions.  Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Kind regards,

 

Glenn Davis, School Director

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