So How are you? Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week and it’s theme this year was ‘Express Yourself’. This is such a fitting theme for us here at Inspire Academy of Dance as dance is all about expressing yourself and we love how much we see of that week in and week out. We made a little video to check in with our dancers.
You can watch the video here: https://fb.watch/3wQ58A7WHN/
Here is a link to some free resources from the Children’s Mental HEalth Week website which may come in use at any time: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/schools-and-youth-groups/
With the third national lockdown, we had to take our classes back on to Zoom and although we appreciate zoom classes just are not the same as face-to-face classes, they do have some positives. We are trying really hard to keep these classes as fun, exciting and challenging as we can. We know that some of our students have found zoom challenging, but we have also had some wonderful feedback. We had one mum say “I am delighted you’re doing the zooms again while face to face can’t happen as this as been so good for M’s mental health and well-being – I noticed a big difference between first lockdown without any dance and second lockdown with zoom dance – she needs to dance in whatever way she can! I know zoom isn’t the same but it still makes a big difference to them and gives them a sense of some normality with familiar faces and routine as well”.
We also believe that the benefits of completing the classes on Zoom and include:
- Important for their physical and emotional well-being.
- Our dancers still get taught by their dance teacher who will continue to correct and improve technique.·
- Provide our dancers with a community and connection with their class friends.
- Classes on zoom will teach our dancers that ‘the show must go on’.·
- Classes will provide structure and normality in this crazy time.·
- Our classes keep young minds stimulated.
If you would like to find out more about joining our classes online (and then you can trial properly when we can resume classes back in person)please let us know. We have also teamed up with Star-Tastic Gymnastics to offer some gymnastics class as part of our online offering! If you need to chat then we are always here for you all. Don’t forget to ask others around you – How are you? too.