HAMILTON, NJ - For the instructors and dancers at The Rech Center of Performing Arts the show must go on, even, as communities across New Jersey and beyond face a global pandemic, if that means virtually.
When forced to temporarily close due to the current crisis, Kelly Rech, owner of the Hamilton based dance school, did a masterful pirouette and took her classes online. Rech knew that keeping her dancers connected would be an important part of getting through the social isolation, and after just a few classes her suspicions were confirmed.
“Our first week of online classes was emotional! The dancers were excited to see each other and I also got a little teary eyed when I saw them”
Parents of students agreed that the virtual classes have been important to their children. Included in them is Kim Cook who said that they have kept her two teenage daughters “sane during this difficult time.”
“They look forward to class and it’s giving them some much needed normalcy.”
Cara Fletcher, whose daughers Briana and Caitlyn were “having a hard time and missing their friends when this crisis began,” agreed and credited Rch for going “above and beyond to make sure that the TRC dance family ‘sees’ each other.”
“My daughters continue to practice their love of dance but also virtually hang out weekly with their dance family”
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