Joy Johnson and ODT bringing dance classes online

April 7, 2020 | 12:05 am

Updated April 6, 2020 | 11:00 pm

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Johnson’s Dance Studio and Owensboro Dance Theatre have opened their digital doors by teaching virtual live classes, hoping to provide some normalcy amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The studio will use the video-conferencing app Zoom to teach students classes in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, and more in their own home.

Joy Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Dance Studio said in a release, “Johnson’s Dance and Owensboro Dance Theatre rallied quickly and adapted our programming and classes, seeing this as an opportunity to encourage movement and dance to our students. As we enter this uncharted territory, we should not lose sight on the bright light within, that makes dance a treasure.”

JDS is utilizing videos to continue teaching its dances and the choreography they will perform at their recital in June, a performance JDS staff are still hopeful they will be able to hold.


“Using Zoom has provided our teachers a connection with our students by bringing a little bit of movement, dance, and joy to their lives,” Johnson said. “We as teachers feel the excitement in seeing them on the screen and communicating through dance. Zoom will never surpass the live connection of dancers and teachers together in a classroom feeling the energy, giving corrections, encouragement, and exploring the world of dance together.”

Erica Houston, mother of JDS dancer Hadley Houston, said, “I love how Johnson’s Dance does not miss a beat by allowing our kids to see their teachers, see their classmates, and stay connected to their passion during this time of being Healthy at Home, through online dance classes.”

Owensboro Dance Theatre is continuing many of its Triple-A (Arts Access for All) outreach service programs through videos and online services including Rising Stars: Adaptive Therapy program and the Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Dance Therapy program.

Johnson’s Dance Studio and Owensboro Dance Theatre appreciate the community’s support as they embrace the benefits technology can bring to its dancers and families.


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April 7, 2020 | 12:05 am

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