• Megan Ross

March 2020

Happy March! Reminder that Spring Break is April 6-11 and the studio will be closed during this time. Enjoy your rest!

Keeping the Studio Healthy:

  • An email was sent out to the studio (included below). I have highlighted in red the action steps we ask that faculty/staff take to ensure we maintain a healthy studio environment:

Dear Barriskill Families,

We hope this message finds you well and healthy. As you know, we are in the thick of flu season and facing the threat of the Coronavirus affecting our region. We want to take a moment to share what we are proactively doing at Barriskill to keep our students and faculty healthy:

  • after each class we wipe down the ballet barres (and dots for preschool classes)

  • we offer hand sanitizer to each student as they enter and leave their classes

  • we continue to have cleaners and Enviromaster (who sanitize the bathrooms) at the studio on a weekly basis

We ask that each Barriskill student and family continue to do their part to ensure the health of our school - please:

  • encourage good hand hygiene, scrubbing hands with soap and water for greater than 20 seconds

  • remain at home if you have a fever (100 degrees or more) and/or rash within 24 hours of dance class

  • beyond a fever, do not send your children to class with a cough or shortness of breath

  • if your child does not go to school on a given day, do not send them to Barriskill on that same day students can freely make up missed classes when they are feeling better

  • be cautious returning to Barriskill after family travels to and from affected regions (such as for Spring Break) The CDC keeps an updated website of affected states

Nothing is more important to us than the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

In good health,

The Barriskill Team


  • Timesheets are due in your mailbox upstairs before Wednesday, March 25


  • Costumes: I am still missing sizes for several classes, please get these to me ASAP. As costumes come in you can have students try them on and take them home.

  • Music: I am still missing music for several classes, please send me song titles/artists or the song file so we can compile the playlist for Duke.


  • Level placements are due to me by Monday, March 16

  • Placement for all genres will be posted on the bulletin board in the hallway on Friday, March 20

  • All ballet students level 4+ are invited to take a placement class on March 6 5-6:30pm to be evaluated for Conservatory and Pre-Professional level. All conservatory and pre-professional ballet instructors are invited to observe and offer feedback. Sarah Anne is teaching - thank you!

Preschool Workshop:

  • Thank you, Heather, for leading a successful first preschool workshop!

  • JoAnna will lead our second Preschool Workshop on Friday, March 13 12 noon-1:45pm. Please wear clothes you are comfortable moving in.

  • Preschool teachers are encouraged to attend, all faculty are invited.

  • Please let me know if you are interested in leading a future continuing education workshop in your genre.

Social Media Request:

  • Please send photos and videos from your classes to or 205-586-8147. I would love to have all ages and genres represented on our Instagram and Facebook page!

Faculty News: (send your upcoming events to

  • Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Workshop on April 3 from 8am-6:30pm. Contact Traci at for more information

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