Following the Government’s latest advice, Dance City Newcastle and Sunderland are closed until further notice.
In these incredibly testing times, we wish to recognise first and foremost that this global pandemic is impacting everyone in different ways. Our thoughts are with those who are most impacted and of course with staff working in the National Health Service.
The health and well-being of our students, staff and visitors remain paramount. We are following the Government’s advice to close our buildings and have moved to remote working in accordance with the latest guidance and play our part in stopping the spread of the virus. Please do not travel to our building as it will be closed and this poses unnecessary risks. If you need to contact us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please DON’T phone as the phone lines are not being monitored regularly.
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Training Academy Update
A huge amount of work has been going on to ensure that existing students on our BTEC, BA and MA courses are able to keep studying while social distancing measures are in place, and the team has made a number of changes and adaptations to both teaching and assessment methodologies to create a digital learning environment.
CAT has been postponed for the time being until social distancing measures are less restrictive.
Follow the Training Academy on social media for daily updates: Facebook and Instagram: @dancecitytrainingacademy
Our artistic team has been very busy supporting artists through this challenging time. Although most of the Spring/Summer performances have been postponed, there is a commitment to honouring both commissions and bookings for shows when it becomes possible.
On 2 April we hosted our first ever Artist SOUP event online via Zoom. 69 people joined the virtual event to hear from 11 artists who pitched for 4 x £500 bursaries. It was a fun and informative event and a testament to the creativity and passion of our artistic community in these testing times.
You will have seen that social media has become an essential resource for connecting and engaging with each other in this period of social isolation. Dance City has been signposting audiences to online classes and dance performances. Make sure you follow us for all the latest updates:
Facebook: @dancecityNE @dancecitysunderland
We are devastated for the impact this necessary closure is having on our programme of classes, courses and performances for audiences and artists alike. This crisis poses unprecedented and very real financial challenges to all of us, our communities and our businesses. Dance City employs hundreds of people as permanent and casual staff and works with many freelance dance teachers, artists and visiting companies. Like everyone, we are trying to find a way through this difficult period and continue to support the livelihood of our community.
The generosity of our audiences is making a huge difference to our ability to weather this storm. Just 11% of our bookers have requested a full refund for cancelled or postponed events and classes, and we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the amount of people that have donated their ticket fees to Dance City as a charitable donation. By leaving booking costs as credit to use for future shows and classes, our customers are making a huge impact on our ability to keep afloat and pay employees during this time.
If you wish to make a donation to Dance City you can do so here.