InnOVATION Arts Academy 

COVID-19 Updates

It's SUMMER 2021!  InnOVATION Arts Academy Welcomes You!

Summer is upon us, the COVID vaccine has helped decrease dramatically the number of COVID cases in our state.  We are now seeing a teen- and youth-safe vaccine in its early distribution.  As a result of many advancements, it is exciting to be experiencing in-person classes and rehearsals, and COVID-safe live performance with friends and family once again.  This is the updates and information page for all things related to COVID-19.  Summer updates!!  

We have had an amazing year!  In the fall, we offered online dance classes on Mondays, in-person classes on Saturdays, and produced our first ZOOMSICAL - The Big 1-0!  Our students also contributed their singing and dancing talents to create Christmas performances which we have shared on our YouTube channel.  We released our hopes and dreams and watched our live butterflies sail to the sky, carrying our wishes on their wings.  We also brought Christmas hugs and cheer to our penpals at The Willows Retirement village, and our student's submitted individual videos to add to our group performances for a 30-minute Christmas concert that was streamed there.

In the spring, we moved to our new location *Arts Place* and enjoyed larger studios as our program continued to grow in number and talent.  Saturdays and Sundays were bustling with singing, dancing theatre kids from age 3 to age 18.  Monday dance classes moved from online to in-person and we all delighted in the joy and wonder of being together again.  In March, InnOVATION Arts Academy produced it's second filmed musical, The Little Mermaid Jr, which rehearsed in person (in masks) and filmed over a 10 day period in 3 locations.  The final edited performances of the Guppy and Dinglehopper casts premiered at the Bourbon Drive-In Theatre on March 21st.  

 

InnOVATION will produce a live production of Matilda/Matilda Jr in late May.  This will be our first live production since March of 2020, and will feature 3 enormously talented casts in 7 different performances at the Lexington Christian Academy Theatre May 26-31.  Two of these casts have been together since the Spring of 2020 and have been patiently waiting for their opportunity to come together and finally tell this incredible, magical tale.  Miracles do happen - Matilda is a testament to that fact!

Summer 2021 will feature IN-PERSON DANCE CLASSES and PRODUCTIONS:  This summer, we will offer in-person tap and ballet/jazz/musical theatre classes.  Also, we will produce an elementary/early middle school musical Winnie the Pooh Kids, and and Middle/High School musical Xanadu Jr.  The students will continue to wear face masks, and the studio will always be equipped with cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.  We will practice distancing, disinfect before and after classes, take temperatures, and monitor the health of our students.  At the discretion of the program director, classes may go online temporarily if it is in the best interest of the students and teachers.  We anticipate live performances for both productions.

With all its twists and turns, the school year of 2020 and 2021 has held some very interesting adventures.  It has been our time to be creative and to enjoy the arts on our terms.  We will continue to make musical theatre magic happen, with our masks and Lysol ready!  Whether you join us in summer, spring or fall, I am committed to ensuring your student learns and grows with us while keeping them healthy and safe.  InnOVATION has been fortunate to have avoided any COVID outbreaks at the studio, in part due to the diligence of quarantining and reporting of parents.  Thank you to our parents for helping us keep the studio safe, and for believing in the InnOVATION dream to keep long-term training moving forward for our program students.  As always, InnOVATION will continue making musical theatre magic with the help of our big, supportive community of teachers, students and parents.  



For in-person classes, we are following Governor Andy Beshear's Guidelines for Childcare and Guidelines for Youth Sports to ensure the safety of our students.  Here are some examples of precautions taken when offering in-person classes to students:

- students to wear face mask during classes and/or to be distanced 6 feet apart in all directions.  Face shields or singers masks for indoor singing.

- classes held in large, open, well ventilated spaces.  

- teachers at minimal contact.

- high touch areas of the studio to be disinfected prior to student's arrival.

- student's temperature to be taken upon arrival, and checked for symptoms of illness.

- no one testing positive for COVID-19 or showing any symptom of illness will be admitted on the premises.

- students will not share items.

- students will wear a face mask when entering the building, as well as in class and  when moving between classes.

- in-person classes to have maximum registration caps appropriate to the size of rehearsal room/classroom.

*We will update our practices as needed, always with the safety and best interest of our students, teachers, and their families in mind.  



If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at innovationarts.lex@gmail.com or phone at 859-489-2683.  We will continue to stay safe and healthy as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  It is my hope that the scheduled programs will offer maximum inclusion for all students who love the performing arts.  I hope to see you and your student soon. You are valuable to us!

- Miss Mary Joy