20 May 2020 16:51

RAD Australia offers guidance for teachers returning to the studio

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease across Australia, RAD Australia has produced a set of guidelines to assist teachers in their planning to return to live teaching in the studio environment. As the national recovery process is measured and cautious, teachers are faced with a multitude of challenges as they navigate their return.

The guidelines reference the Australian Federal Government Roadmap to Recovery and signposts teachers and studio owners to key information, dates and requirements which will all need careful review before reopening studio doors. It also encourages them to observe  State specific guidelines which may differ slightly from the national standard. To aid them in their planning and help them apply these standards to a dance studio specific environment, we outline some points to consider both when preparing to return and once students begin to attend classes in person. You can read the guidance document here.

Alongside this work, we continue to develop resources to support those continuing to teach online and dealing with new challenges such as mental health and adapting to technology. We continue updating and sharing both our own efforts and content and that of respected external sources in the wider dance industry, as part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring our RAD dance community is best informed, supported and activated.

To advocate on behalf of our Members and the wider sector we continue to liaise with Ausdance National our peak industry body and through them with Government and Arts representatives Australia wide. Find out more about this here. Ausdance have also released their own Return to Dance Principles and Framework document.

Step 2 in our recovery from COVID-19 is just the beginning of our return to dance journey but as dancers, we know the importance of discipline, commitment and resilience, and we look to a future filled with dance together again.