OLDSMAR, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Dance Academy in Oldsmar is busting a new business move during the coronavirus lockdown and hosting live online classes to keep kids — and the school’s employees — moving and grooving.
The dance teachers raise their arms.
The dance students raise their arms.
The music plays.
And everyone starts moving! Smiling and having fun.
The energy an sisterhood is still strong at Tampa Bay Dance Academy.
There’s just one difference.
Director Alicia Murcko and teacher Macy Holstlaw are alone in the studio.
The preteen students are on a giant TV screen. Fresh, happy faces beamed in from all over the Tampa Bay area.
“It was a little bit of a struggle for them and us at the beginning,” says Murcko of her new plugged-in business plan. “But now everyone’s excited to have this in their day to look forward to.”
The academy is still open for business, welcoming students of all skill levels.
All classes are live and online now.
Classes will continue during the quarantine, with instructors and students all participating in front of computers at home.
“These kids need activity,” says Murcko, whose business shift has helped keep her open. “They need normalcy. They need to move.”