GRAFTON—The Novel Coronavirus 2019 has rapidly swept through the nation, and now the state of West Virginia, effecting everyone in its path including the youth of Taylor County. With the closing of all public schools and postponements of sporting events, one local dance teacher is doing her part to keep kids active, while providing them with sense of normalcy.
Having three young children of her own, owner of Studio C, Casey Cox, immediately saw a need to offer something that would keep kids active during this pandemic and developed an idea that could help make that happen.
Cox recently announced that she will be hosting a weekly virtual dance camp completely free of charge, to boys and girls throughout the area and even to those beyond the Taylor County community.
“Being cooped up all day is hard on younger kids,” she commented. “The weather is ever changing and it’s not always as simple as being able to go outside and play.”
Cox shared that she will be going live on Studio C’s Facebook page each Friday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m., to teach participants basic dance moves, along with an exciting routine, that she says will have your child wanting to be up and dancing all week long.
“The routine I have prepared is a 32 count number, which is about 30 seconds. I can assure you the kids will love it so much that you’ll catch them dancing around the house between classes,” she exclaimed.
While the routine Cox plans to teach is geared more towards those ages four and up, she noted that those under four are welcome to jump on and move along with the beat.
“I am hoping our virtual dance camp will offer kids in our community, as well as those in surrounding communities, an outlet to expel some of their energy, get moving and have some fun,” she voiced.
In addition, for the protection of her regular dance students, Cox has closed the doors of her studio, but is also using the virtual world to keep her students dancing during this time of social distancing, which was the inspiration behind hosting the virtual camp.
Although teaching dance in this manner has its challenges, it has proved to be successful thus far.
“I use an app for the studio and start a live stream video during each class’s regularly scheduled time, this way we are able to continue with learning our dances in a way that will keep us all safe and healthy. Students and parents can even comment on the stream throughout the class if they have any questions,” she explained.
According to Cox, students and parents have had a great response to the virtual classes and expressed the pride she feels that her students are so committed.
“I am so proud of every one of my students,” she boasted. “This is an unusual method of teaching dance, but they are all adapting so well. I am thankful to be able to stay connected with them in some way. I miss them all terribly.”
Those interested in participating in Cox’s free virtual dance camp should visit https://www.facebook.com/StudioCdancing, every Friday, at 6:00 p.m., to join in on the fun. For any additional questions, please call Studio C at 304-903-8675.
“This is a heartbreaking time for so many young people in our town, who are unable to play their favorite sport, go to school or even see their friends. This is the least I can do to provide them with something positive and fun during this time of uncertainty,” said Cox.