March 18, 2020
Dear MBT Dancers, Parents and Staff,
We hope you all are staying well and taking the necessary precautions to self-contain as the public receives daily updates from government officials both locally and nationally.
The Board of MBT has decided to suspend all classes until March 31 and spring performances due to the serious risk of contamination. We realize remaining in good physical condition is highly important to our dancers, therefore, steps are being taken to bring instruction to the students using an online platform. Please know we are working diligently to research the best way possible and will be in touch as soon as we have an online platform secured.
In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of concerns. First and foremost, we want to maintain a clean and safe studio by thoroughly cleaning the barre’s, floors, changing rooms, and restrooms, etc. We want to encourage and/or adopt practices protecting the health of everyone coming into contact with the premises of MBT, clients, visitors or others.
We ask all MBT students, parents, staff and board members to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in their environment:
Stay home when you are sick
Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash
Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms
Clean frequently touched surfaces
Do not participate in activities that involve 10 or more people
We know there are many questions regarding when classes will resume, spring performance, senior recognition and summer schedule. We are evaluating all options to consider; from extending the term through June/July or beginning the Fall term earlier in August. We will communicate to you as best we can once decisions are made in the best interest of the dancers, MBT and staff. These are uncertain times, to be sure, and every effort is being made to accommodate all involved.
We ask for your patience and thank you for your understanding.
Maniya Barredo, Founder and Artistic Director