Calls for dance classed to be permitted under Level Three and Four Covid-19 guidelines

Calls for dance classed to be permitted under Level Three and Four Covid-19 guidelines

Ballet class at the Lucy French School of Dance in Kinsale

A Cork dance teacher has called for class to be permitted under Level Three and Four Covid-19 restrictions.

The Irish Ballet Teachers Association (IBTA) are urging the government to reconsider regulations to allow them to open for their students who rely on in-person training for both their physical and mental health.

Speaking to The Echo, Lucy French from the Lucy French School of Dance in Kinsale and member of the IBTA said: “The most important thing is for the ones who want to go ahead with this as a career," she said.

"They have been completely forgotten about and what we’re doing for them is incredibly important and for all of my student’s mental, emotional and physical health, they badly need the arts to continue.” 

Ms French’s dance school, like all schools across the country, was forced to close in March. When dance school reopened reduced class sizes, social distancing and pods were implemented.

However, dance schools were forced to close their doors again under Level 5 and to move online, which Ms French said is not suitable as a long-term solution.

“Dance is something that needs space. When they’re at home they just don’t have the space and the floor is not suitable generally and also, it's incredibly difficult for them to dance properly at home," she said.

For Ms French, the mental health of children who attend dance classes, is her biggest concern at the moment.

"It’s so important for them to have an outlet and be able to go somewhere and express themselves. Sports are not for everyone.

"We are asking to be included in Levels Three and hopefully Four and to be acknowledged for the value that we give to our students,” she added.

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