ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - With the state's ban on large social gatherings, the annual closing recital that has traditionally been a rite of passage for senior dancers at Robbinsvill's All for Dance Studio has been canceled this year. However, the 12 soon to be graduates are still going to get a special send off, and their time in the spotlight, social distancing style.
On Saturday, All for Dance will host a car parade for their graduating dancers. Each dancer will be in, or near, their cars that will be spaced apart in the Foxmoor parking lot. Family, friends and well-wishers are invited to participate by driving slowly through Foxmoor to honk, wave and share in the experience at a safe social distance.
The All for Dance car parade will be held on Saturday, May 16 between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
"Dancers pivot in their choreography all the time, so we had to pivot our business in a big way, too," said Holly Yablonowitz, one of the owners of All for Dance.
Since the closure of the physical studio while New Jersey battles the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), All for Dance has "rebuilt the studio" to provide four virtual Zoom studios. This allows students to continue their training while at home and keeping their dance spirit going.
"We are hoping that these classes have touch as many lives as possible and kept as many kids dancing as possible," said Yablonowitz.
Yablonowitz added that virtual classes can be challenging for younger dancers while other students are busy completing remote learning classes that may not leave time for dance class at the end of the day. Unfortunately, not every All for Dance students have been able to participate in the virtual classes because of lack of WiFi or necessary computer technology.
As far as the year-end recitals for the classes, students have been given choreography to learn at home and tape videos of their performance. A compilation of the videos will be created and made as a movie at the end of June.
Meanwhile, the 12 graduating seniors will have an opportunity to take their final bow in an "alumni dance" next year when they will be able to perform their long-awaited solo.
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