A letter from Alex Nagiba regarding COVID-19

Vermont Ballet Theater School
21 Carmichael St. Suite 203
Essex Junction , VT. 0545 2

Re: COVID-19 Update 4/1/20-ZOOM online class schedule

April 1, 2020

Dear VBTS Families,

We are excited to bring you our new VBTS ZOOM Online Class Schedule! These classes will begin on Monday April 6 and we plan to go through the end of May. We will assess whether or not they will continue into June at a later date and as we learn more about the restrictions the state is still under for large gatherings. The full schedule of classes and new tuition rates are on our website now.

While we understand that dancing online with a remote teacher is not ideal, it does have many positive attributes – For our Ballet dancers in the Children’s Division, seeing your teacher and fellow dance mates, keeping terminology fresh, maintaining skills to enable the advancement to the next level of dance to be a smooth one. For the Primary Division, all of the above plus continued work on pointe preparation and pointe work, flexibility, core strength. For our Pre-Professional Division, again all of the above plus a serious focus on keeping skills sharp and refined for the anticipated summer intensives many of you are planning to attend, here at VBTS and around the country. For our Jazz Division, much of the above, plus musicality, strength through warm-up exercises, and memorization of movement skills. And for all dancers, the feedback and corrections you will get from your teacher with a live class is so important!

Celebration of Dance 2020 has been cancelled, sadly. We hope to be able to gather in the studio later in June to meet and distribute costumes.

Finally, we continue to be hopeful that our VBTS Summer Intensive will be held as scheduled June 22nd – July 24th. The deposit to hold your place in the class is due April 10th as outlined in your acceptance letter. If you are not able to send it in at that time we will accept deposits up to the May 10th deadline. If the SI must be cancelled, all deposits will be fully refunded.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate to all families going forward. Feel free to email Michele Fodero at mtf@vbts.org or myself at info@vbts.org with any questions or comments. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging time and we look forward to our virtual classes with you


Alexander Nagiba
VBTS Director