“I’m so thankful and glad that Opus is holding classes and over zoom during this crazy time. It gives me something to do and the fact that it’s ballet is even better. It makes it so life isn’t so up in the air and unknown. Even if things are crazy I have at least one set thing I can rely on.”
Online classes will be held using the Zoom video conferencing platform that allows you to view the class from essentially any device.
You can download the Zoom links for the summer session using the links below. Please note that passwords are required to enter kids Zoom classes - registered students will receive the password via email. If you are a new student or didn't receive a password please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see our dress code page for details on proper class attire.
Online Class Information:
DO - Approach online classes in the same way you do when in the studio. We expect our students to be just as present and focused on Zoom as they are in the studio
Get to class early. We would love it if students could log into their classes a few minutes early so that we can start class on time. Teachers are waiting 5-10 minutes to begin class and we’d like to use all the time we can get!
Wear the proper attire, without layers. Please see Opus’ updated dress code on our website.
Come to class with your hair in a bun (ballet) or tied up (all other classes)
Limit distractions - We encourage you all to minimize distractions as much as possible. This might mean that your attention-seeking pet needs to spend the hour of class in a different room from you. Talk to your family about your need to concentrate.
Bring a water bottle
Use the restroom before class
Would you sit down in class? Would you eat during class?
DO - Ask your family for privacy.
It’s hard to stay focused with family members around. If you're working in a space where true privacy is impossible, ask family members to be respectful of your teacher and classmates by staying quiet and out of the way.
We do ask for parent’s help to keep students under the age of 8 focused and attentive. We have seen students sitting, eating and doing cartwheels during class. Even though we are studying at home, the same rules of class etiquette apply.
DO - Set up your space 10 minutes early.
Set up your device in a place that can show your child’s entire body. Teaching online is a challenge and instructors will need to be able to fully see the students. You can log into zoom fairly early and test out that your child is in the frame and the audio is working. This might mean that your device is positioned low and angled up high so that we can see as much of their bodies as possible. We are having some students adjusting cameras in the middle of exercises and others who we can only see their arms. Dance is full-bodied!
You will likely need to move some things around so that you have a space to move around in. Make sure that you won’t kick anything (Grand Battements!) and be aware that you may have to adjust your facings to avoid such obstacles.
Remember your charger! Make sure your device is fully charged and set up your device
Keep your video on at all times during class.
Remember to mute. Feedback makes it difficult for us all to hear one another.
Find the best internet connection in your house so we don’t “glitch out”
Ballet & Contemporary Classes: Here are some ideas of things you can use as a barre, something that is ribcage height and stable for Ballet I-A, Contemporary I and above: