BY JACK FLAGLER
E ven at home, Ballet Austin class instructors keep the community moving. Whether it is on stage or in a dance studio, the core of Ballet Austin’s programming has always been live, in-person performance. That all changed in mid-March, when the dance studio closed its downtown Austin space and piv- oted completely to a virtual model. All 46 Ballet Austin dance and fitness instructors are offering virtual classes either on Instagram live or on YouTube. The Instagram classes are free and have had anywhere from 10 to 200 users tuning in. Ballet Austin is also offering drop-in classes for $3 to $7 per class, which can be accessed via YouTube after registering at the Ballet Austin website. Ballet Austin
Stay home and sweat
Café Monet has introduced new ideas to keep business alive, including to-go pottery painting kits for kids and adults and lesson plans to teach kids about famous artists. “PEOPLE WANT SOMETHING TO DISTRACT THEM FROM THE PANDEMIC. THEY NEED LITTLE THINGS LIKE THIS TO KEEP THEMGOING. ART HEALS.”
Despite the fact that Ballet Austin had to transition to virtual classes, the nonprofit organization has been able to keep all its dance instructors employed as of April 13. PILATES MAT WITH BOO WONG • Monday-Friday • Instagram: @boowong
JULES WINSON, OWNER, CAFÉ MONET ART STUDIO
COURTESY CAFÉ MONET ART STUDIO CaféMonet Art Studio J ules Winson had opened a new clay studio next to Café Monet Art Studio’s original Westgate
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CaféMonet Art Studio Triangle: 4700 Guadalupe St.,Austin 512-906-2200 Westgate: 4477 S. Lamar Blvd.,Austin 512-892-3200 www.cafemonet.org kids and a kit customers can buy for a health care worker for $25. “Peoplewant something to distract them from the pandemic,”Winson said. “They need little things like this to keep themgoing. Art heals.”
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location two weeks before stay-at- home orders forced by the corona- virus pandemic kicked in. It was a sharp blow, but Winson said she is trying to focus on the positives. After putting her entire inventory on an online commerce site within days, Café Monet’s to-go options delivered to customers’ doors include pottery painting kits, lesson plans for
• Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
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