COVID-19 may have stopped most of the entertainment industry, but Medowie dance company Dance ‘n Dazzle Studio went above and beyond to arrange and perform a Live COVID-19 safe concert.
For 26 years, the studio has celebrated students success through mini concerts, eisteddfods, public performances and examinations, however, with such an unpredictable year, all of these events were cancelled.
Studio Principal, Corynne Darcy tried to remain optimistic all year even after having to shut the studio down for four and a half months.
Finally restrictions eased and the studio began to plan an end of year concert to bring hope.
“When we were allowed to re-open, we began ordering costumes from Australian companies as we knew they were needed and welcoming sales and sewing opportunities.
When costumes began arriving you couldn’t wipe the smiles off the kids’ faces, they were so excited and the parents were even happier because it gave everyone hope and something to look forward to,” Corynne said.
The COVID safe concert was the only opportunity for students of Dance ‘n Dazzle Studio to perform all year and was held at Irrawang High School, allowing for a very small audience.
Implementing the customary Service NSW check in and social distancing, the studio also hired a professional videographer and photographer to ensure that all family and friends were able to experience the concert.
From the youngest students of the studio, Tiny Dazzlers (aged two to four years old) to Adult Ballet, Jazz and Tap classes, the end of year concert ensured that everyone involved in the studio still had something to look forward to in such a difficult year.
By Tara CAMPBELL