LINX Dance classes will look a little different this year, but rest assured our team has been working incredibly hard to make our classes a premier learning experience!
In response to COVID-19 and for the safety of the entire LINX community, we have reduced the number of staff members who will be onsite at 141 Linden Street at any one time. Nonetheless, we are committed to providing you with the same level of outstanding customer service! Most LINX staff will be working from home in the mornings when we have fewer children in the building and even during our peak afternoon hours much of our non-teaching staff will be working offsite. We will have the most staff available to answer your calls or chats during the hours of 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. After 1:00 pm, our department Directors and teachers may be traveling to LINX and/or teaching classes and thus be less available to connect.
We encourage you to reach out to us in the morning hours so that we can provide you with the most timely response to your inquiry. Be assured, however, that in the event of an emergency, our onsite staff will be reachable for both incoming and outgoing communications.
In line with the shared responsibility of the community and keeping each other safe, if anyone in your family is displaying possible symptoms of COVID-19, or has been notified of a possible exposure to COVID-19, we ask that you please keep your child home and allow them to participate in their Dance class remotely until such time as you receive additional information confirming or clearing the exposure.
We do not issue refunds or credits for class absences, although we have a couple of other options. First, your child may attend class remotely. A second option is to register your child for the monthly make-up class, a virtual class.
The state and Wellesley Board of Health do not anticipate the need for LINX to be closed because of COVID-19 exposure. If LINX is closed, we will offer remote attendance to replace in-person attendance until we can re-open in-person again.
We plan to hold a recital performance in June. Based on CDC and state guidelines the location and audience size may differ. In anticipation of a limited audience capacity, our recital acts will be filmed and live-streamed through Wellesley Media.
Dance T.A.Ps will be invited to be the assistant in virtual classes. We cannot include them as assistants for in-person classes because of limitations on the number of people in a classroom.
We believe there will be competitions this year and we will choose competition companies that have clear safety protocols. The number of competitions we attend as a studio may be lower this year due to these restrictions.
The Wellesley Board of Health has advised us that, based on state guidelines, exposure is defined as spending more than 10 minutes within less than 6 feet of a potentially infected person. We have worked diligently to plan our classes so that no one should ever be within 6 feet of another for anything close to 10 minutes.
In line with the shared responsibility of the community and keeping each other safe, if you or your child has been notified of a possible exposure to COVID-19, we ask that you please keep your child home and allow them to participate in their class remotely until such time as you receive additional information confirming or clearing the exposure.
We have worked diligently to plan our classes so that no one should ever be within 6 feet of another for anything close to 10 minutes. Therefore, under the guidance received from the Wellesley Board of Health, the presence of an individual with possible COVID-19 symptoms in a LINX class will not be considered to have placed the remainder of the students or teacher at risk. This should inform your answer to the daily attestation.
All students will be required to come to class wearing a mask. Please note that a neck gaiter may not be used as a mask.
Students will be required to wear their mask from the point in time that they exit their car.
When students are safely situated in a designated outdoor personal space, and upon direction from their teacher, they may remove their masks from their faces, if they have someplace else on their persons to keep them.
Students that go inside to attend class, or use the bathroom, are required to wear their mask at all times, until such point in time that state, local, and LINX guidelines change.
Each classroom floor will be marked into sections to ensure appropriate physical distancing between students. Each student will have space appropriate to any movement the curriculum requires.
First, we will require all students to wear masks until they are in a designated personal space. When students enter a classroom, they will be directed to designated personal spaces beginning at the farthest one from the door and moving toward the door. This process will lessen the number of times that students cross near one another. Secondly, we will require all students to stop and sanitize their hands, at a sanitation station they pass on their way to their classroom.
The number of students in a class depends on the square footage of the classroom and the currently understood best practice for physical distancing. When classes begin in September 2020, six feet of physical distance will be followed.
We have extensive cleaning procedures in place and we have made physical changes to LINX so that there are fewer times students are required to touch a surface. Furthermore, classroom props will not be used.
Each mat will only be used by one student during each class. All mats will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes between each class.
Students 3-5 years old will be given a “prop bag” that they will bring to class each time. No props or supplies will be shared.
Students must come to class in their required dance clothing. Dressing rooms will not be available and bathrooms may not be used as changing spaces.
Our teachers follow the Acrobatic Arts model of certified instruction of only advancing a student to more rigorous moves when the student is strong enough and skilled enough to complete the move with minimal risk on their own. Our teachers will continue to verbally spot dancers in the same way they have in past years.
If due to current regulations your in-person class may only be offered for remote attendance, your rate will adjust to our virtual rate with the next billing cycle.
Due to strict class size numbers and in the interest of reducing cross-class exposure between students, we are offering one make-up class each month in each of our departments of Dance, Enrichment, and Theater. This class is delivered to all students through remote attendance. Registration for each monthly make-up class is closed three days before the class so that we can plan for appropriate staffing and curricula.
In the interest in reducing cross-class exposure between students and operating in a way that supports physical distancing, we cannot offer Clubtime.
No, in-person and virtual classes have different rates and benefits. We offer multi-class discounts for both in-person and virtual classes.
Virtual classes are not impacted by any changes to in-person classes.
Our virtual classes have the same emphasis on individual attention, community interaction, and socialization as our in-person classes. For this reason, we limit our virtual classes to 14 students.
We strongly encourage families to join a virtual class waitlist. We are prepared to launch additional virtual classes to meet interest! Alternatively, if you have a group of friends or a pandemic pod who would like a private enrichment class or classes, please let us know using this form.
All of our recreational dance classes are 55 minutes long. All of our competitive dance classes are 55 minutes long in our 2020-21 program year.
Our recreational classes are month-by-month, but we do highly encourage remaining in the same class after January. At this point, our instructors begin to choreograph recital routines and base their routines off of the dancers in class at the time. We also encourage dancers to be committed to attending class each week starting in January.<br><br>Our competitive program is a season-long commitment.
Classes typically start with a warm-up that lasts about 15 minutes. In a ballet class, dancers usually begin in a circle and start with floor stretches. In jazz and other classes, dancers typically warm-up in the center of the room with floor stretches, standing stretches, isolations, standing technique, etc. Dancers then work on across-the-floor technique, continue onto centerwork, and then to from-the-corner technique. These techniques include kicks, turns, leaps, etc. Some classes end with a combination, where the teacher will teach a choreographed phrase to the dancers and the dancers perform it in groups.
LINX has a 5:1 ratio at all times. Each dance class has a specialized dance teacher, and depending upon class size, may have a teacher's assistant (T.A.P.).
Our recreational dancers are only required to take one dance class, however we typically see that dancers are interested in taking at least two classes a year!
Dancers Image in Newton and Capezio in Wellesley carry all of our dress requirements.
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Competitive dance classes require more time commitment from dancers and families. Competitive dancers are expected to attend class several times a week and participate in at least 3 mandatory competitions throughout the year.
LINX Dance Studio requires our competitive dancers to attend three mandatory competitions throughout the year. There are also other optional competitions that our dancers can take part in if participating in a solo, duo, trio, or small group.
Each dancer will be given a required schedule of classes that they are required to attend each week. Electives may have team/company members in it but are not exclusive to team/company members only. Required classes are invite only - electives are not by invitation.
Our instructors will assess the level of the dancer throughout the year, and will express any concerns that they may have to their director. The director will find an appropriate level for the dancer and will contact home if necessary.
LINX Dance competitive dancers who are in middle or high school may apply to participate in our Teacher's Assistant Program (T.A.P.).
For recreational dancers, you may book a make-up class online or call us at 781-235-3210.
For the most up-to-date information about the flu please consult the Mass. Department of Health’s “Flu Facts."
LINX Dance Studio does not issue credits or refunds for sick days. If your child misses class or is sick you can schedule a make-up class or book time in our Clubroom.