At times like these, when it seems like we are the cusp of returning to a sense of normalcy, we cling to the “constants” in our lives to help us see a way forward. For many of the students who dance at To The Pointe of Performing Arts, the return to dancing and creative movement is not only critical to that feeling of “normalcy,” it is indeed “essential.”
For Sheri Masiello, the longtime owner of To The Pointe dance studios, it has been vitally important during this time to keep things going “as usual” for her students. While many of her dancers have been experiencing a sense of loss, she wants them to know she is still there for them – just like she always has been.
As soon as the restrictions on non-essential businesses were announced, Sheri and her talented team of instructors went right to work to find a way to keep their many students dancing and feeling the joy they felt when in studio. They created “virtual” classes which have been held at the same time the “live” classes are traditionally held. The dance instructors who teach these classes continue to teach their classes, all of which can be accessed through “Zoom” technology.
Classes are taught by the staff of twenty instructors who have long been part of the team at To The Pointe, many of whom have been there since the studios first opened. Sheri and her devoted team wanted to keep this virtual experience as “typical” as possible so students will continue to see their favorite instructors right in the forefront where they belong.
The virtual classes offered at To The Pointe include Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary. All ages from creative movement to seniors (and everything in between) are welcome to participate. There is something for everyone here through these longstanding studios. Just check out their interactive website for more details and to sign up for your class this June.
At this time of year, dance students are usually busy getting ready for their end-of-the-year June recital where they showcase a year’s worth of diligence, discipline and dedication. There is still hope that the recital will go forward, so Sheri and her team will focus on techniques and choreography in preparation.
For the studio’s college-bound high school seniors who would be normally preparing for the last recital of their “childhood” years, watch for the “Senior Spotlights” on studio’s website.
Dancers, both new and ongoing, can pay tuition online. The same rates will apply, but in this time of economic hardship, contact Sheri with any questions you may have.
To The Pointe of Performing Arts studios are found at three locations: in Cranston, Smithfield and Coventry. Visit their website at www.ToThePointeofPerformingArts.com for details about how to join their virtual classes and to learn more about their summer programs! Sheri Masiello can be reached at 401-942-5554.