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Most Americans are at least in their second week of quarantine, and if working or taking classes from home is something new to you, the walls in your house are probably starting to feel like they are closing in. It’s important to remember though that keeping a regular routine including physical activity is one of the best things we can do for our mental health. Many workout programs and gyms have already shifted to online services for the time being, but if you get your weekly exercise from taking dance classes, CLI Studios has your answer.
In response to the country’s actions against the Coronavirus, CLI Studios owners Teddy Forance, tWitch, Allison Holker, Jon Arpino, Caitlin Kinney, and Justin Rucker quickly put together a plan to provide services to the dance community. As part of their #KeepDancing initiative, the company offered a series of free online live dance classes from March 6-22 taught by industry-leading dancers and choreographers. These classes were in support of dance studios, dancers, and a global dance community struggling with Covid-19 related studio closures. Each day, classes were offered in a variety of styles including contemporary, ballroom, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and lyrical. Some of the instructors included: Teddy Forance, Allison Holker, Talia Fava, Brian Friedman, Tyce D’orio, and Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson. You can still visit http://www.clistudios.com/keepdancing to learn some of last week’s routines and to enter the #keepdancing video contest.
"We have been speaking to our studio partners and the wider dance community, and they really needed a way to continue to support their dancers through this difficult time. We wanted to offer studios and their dancers a way to continue to train where traditional options were restricted by Covid-19 related health concerns. We reached out to our faculty, and they were thrilled to help offer this to the global dance community," said Jon Arpino, CEO of CLI Studios. Said to broadwayworld.com.
On March 24, CLI Studios announced a shift in their #KeepDancing campaign to a Strong Studios Initiative, which is a comprehensive plan to attract new studio partners and to provide aid to its existing partner studios. First, the company is offering one month free to new dance studios who join their Studio Partnership Program and will waive the annual contract requirement for new and existing studio partners.
CLI Studios will also provide its studio partners with the ability to give their dancers access to its dancer program, free of charge, so they can take dancer appropriate online classes to supplement the training their studio is providing. It will also provide support for dance teachers such as weekly assignments for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers, with lesson plans that tie to the videos in the CLI Studios Dancer Program.
In addition, the company will build new technology features on the CLI Studios website that allows teachers to create their own assignments and send videos directly to their students. Hundreds of new classes and courses will be available for studio partners in every style and level of dance. And, finally, CLI Studios is launching national advertising campaigns encouraging dance families to support their local dance studios, featuring its world-renowned instructors sharing their stories of how they got their start and love for dance at their local dance studios.
CLI Studios is a company founded by dancers and dance teachers. They've spent years researching and talking to teachers, choreographers, studio owners and dancers, focused on one question - "How can we help you be your best dancer?" After working with some of the most innovative studio owners and teachers from around the world, they know that it starts with a fun, energized, and inspired dance studio. The company partners directly with dance studios to offer live or prerecorded master classes as well as continuing education for faculty members and competition choreography. There are currently more than 150 hours of training available online and studio partner membership begins at $100/month.
For more information on CLI Studios and its Strong Studios Initiative, visit http://www.clistudios.com/strongstudios.