“Open dance classes are now closed”


The government’s decision to keep dance schools closed while pubs reopen has been called “illogical” by parents.

Kids’ dance lessons should be run in isolation and via a Zoom call with their instructors during lockdown.

Rachel Baker’s daughter Georgia is training on Sandbanks beach as her dance school in Poole has been closed since March.

Georgia, 10, and her fellow young dancers were hoping they could return to the studio when the lockdown eases on July 4.

But they remained deflated when it was revealed that all dance schools will have to stay closed longer.

This despite the fact that pubs and restaurants were given the green light to resume their activities on that date.

Ms Baker said: “Georgia absolutely lives and breathes dance, it’s her passion.

“His dance school, Steppin Out, has been excellent at running online dance classes through Zoom even before the official lockdown began.

“We all had high hopes that they would return to the studio soon, but we were devastated when the government said dance studios should remain closed.

“It seems illogical that adults can soon go back to pubs and get drunk, people can rush to the beaches but my daughter cannot go back to something that is so good for her physical and mental health.

“The mental health and education of our children is very neglected by the government.”

Angela Taylor, director of Steppin Out Academy, said it seemed bad that adults could soon get drunk again in the pub, but kids are being prevented from pursuing their passion.

She said: “I am sad for our young students and all the young dancers and young performers in training following the government’s announcement that dance studios must remain closed.

“So nothing for kids has been revived – while adults can shop and go to the pub, kids can’t dance.

“We give diplomas and future careers.

“Science said the kids are safe, so let them come back and dance and help save the sanity of our future generations and give them something back.”


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