COVID-19 has been detrimental to many local businesses and small nonprofit organizations like ours. Forced to cancel classes, our three Annual Performances and our two largest fundraisers, we have lost 20% of our budget to COVID-19. We temporarily closed our doors on Friday, March 15, 2020, moving from recital planning to contingency planning within the span of 48 hours, and suspended all in-studio classes; we didn’t miss a beat! Recognizing that many of our dancers rely on routine and consistency, danceability immediately began providing virtual dance classes four nights a week for dancers and their families.
None of us knew how long this closure would last. Now, after three months, danceability faces an uncertain future. COVID-19 is not the first challenge danceability has faced, but it is by far the most serious. You might recall the story of when we opened and struggled to get the lights on for our first registration. We had laid all the groundwork for starting a non-profit, but we forgot one small detail; having the electricity turned on! Now, with the windows dark once again, the founders find themselves wondering if the lights in the studio will ever go on again.
From our first year in 2007 where we welcomed 64 dancers, our danceability family has now tripled in size. So many of our dancers rely on danceability for their health and friendships. Within our walls they find acceptance, love and empowerment. Thirteen successful years later, we never imagined the danger of the lights going out (possibly for good).