InnOVATION Arts Academy
Happy Fall 2020! InnOVATION Arts Academy Welcomes You!
This is the updates and information page for all things related to COVID-19. It's time for a fall update! We had an amazing summer, full of short-term online classes, and a big, super-cool project for middle and high schoolers. We rehearsed (online and in-person) and filmed a WHOLE MUSICAL, using social distancing and other techniques to "make it work" for Heathers High School Musical. The filmed performance of Heathers High School premiered at the Kentucky Theatre on August 17th, 2020.
I learned a lot from the Heathers experienced and feel more equipped to serve all of our studio families in fall 2020. We will offer three types of venues for learning at InnOVATION this fall: ONLINE ONLY, IN-PERSON and HYBRID classes.
For ONLINE CLASSES and PRODUCTIONS: We have big things in store on Zoom! Monday dance classes are online only, and full of action-packed adventures with Miss Stephanie. We will also have a new experience producing our first online-only Zoomsical called The Big 1-0! This musical is full of unique, quirky, hilarious characters the students will love.
For IN-PERSON CLASSES: The studio is equipped with gloves, face shields, face masks, and hand sanitizer. We will tape out spots to stand in the large studio. The studio will be disinfected before and after classes, and students will wear masks in and out of the building, practicing distancing in each class and during transitions. The studio will have a traffic pattern that allows for minimal contact with other classes.
For HYBRID CLASSES: Students who opt for in-person classes will take turns participating in classes, alternating between online classes and in-person classes. Students who opt to be online only will receive the same classes, participate in the same productions (by submitting videos of scenes that are rehearsed online) and will not be lonely, as in "hybrid mode," we rotate who is online and who is in-person, so that in-person students are sometimes online, taking class with the online-only students. In-person students will wear a face mask and distance at all times while in the building when they come to classes and rehearsals. The Edge, The Climb, and the March Musical will be in hybrid format.
JOIN US ONLINE FOR OUR COMPANY'S SIGNATURE EVENT - THE ANNOUNCEMENT BALL ON OCTOBER 17TH at 6PM! WE will reveal the Mystery Musical, as well as summer productions. Students can get dressed up and dance the night away with our online DJ. We will also feature some new games and experiences for our students. As always, the butterfly release will be the special time when each of our students release a butterfly, signifying their wishes and dreams for the coming year.
With all its twists and turns, the school year of 2020 and 2021 should hold some very interesting adventures. This is our time to be creative and to enjoy the arts on our terms. We will continue to make musical theatre magic happen, whether from our living rooms, or with our masks and Lysol ready! Whether you join us online, in-person, or a combination of both, I am committed to ensuring your student learns and grows with us while keeping them healthy and safe. As always, InnOVATION will continue making musical theatre magic with the help of our supportive teachers, students and parents. Thank you for believing in our dream to keep long-term training moving forward for our program students, reaching out to the all students in Lexington and surrounding counties.
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 or to be distanced 6 feet apart in all directions. Face shields will be added to face masks when singing indoors.
- teachers at no-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 when moving between classes.
- in-person classes to have lowered registration caps, with class rooms limited to 10 students maximum.
*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 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 will offer maximum inclusion for all students who love the performing arts. I hope to see you and your student soon. Whether online or in-person - you are valuable to us!
- Miss Mary Joy