As we get ready for our fall classes to begin (remotely, for now), we’d like to give you an update on our path to reopening.
In accordance with New York State (NYS) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations, the Mark Morris Dance Group will reopen the Dance Center in three distinct stages.
STAGE 1: The Dance Center will not be open to the public and all programs will continue to be delivered 100% online, through live and on-demand video platforms. Starting in September, the Dance Center will be open for limited hours to allow teaching artists to stream live Zoom classes and film on-demand classes from our studios. Limited staff will work on-site. Visitors will not be permitted.
STAGE 2: When it is deemed safe to gather in person, and no earlier than January 2021, we will move into Stage 2. During this stage, education programs will be delivered in a hybrid format blending in-person with reduced capacities and online classes. MMDG will be prepared to pivot from partially to fully online learning if circumstances make that necessary. Visitors and guardians will not be permitted. Other Dance Center programming including rentals may begin if deemed safe.
STAGE 3: When we can safely increase capacity for in-person activities, the Dance Center will move into Stage 3. While we will continue to offer online instruction, most students will take classes in person at the Dance Center. Additional staff will return to work on-site. Visitors and guardians will be permitted. All other Dance Center programming will resume.
MMDG will be prepared to pause, shut down, or revert to a previous stage in response to a decline in the health metrics, suggesting that New York City’s COVID-19 caseload has increased. We won’t proceed with the next stage in the reopening plan until we receive confirmation from the governor’s office that we may once again proceed with our 3-stage plan to reopen the Dance Center.
Dance for PD® programs will remain online for the foreseeable future given that the participants are part of a high-risk population.
Our vibrant community can continue to dance together online! This fall, we have a robust program of music and dance that continues to bring our high-quality, inclusive programming to students of all ages, with and without disabilities.