Friday 15 May at 8:07 pm

Covid-19 Update May 2020

For seven weeks between April - May 2020 during lockdown Level 4 and Level 3 in Aotearoa, NZDC was proud to provide the opportunity for our community to keep moving with Ballet, Strength & Conditioning, Contemporary & Yoga classes. During that time we danced, worked out, and practiced with more than 1,500 people from across the world. Virtual classes are over for now except Feisty Feet. Thank you for joining us!

With New Zealand now at Level 2, we have returned to our home of Wellesley Studios in Auckland and are recalibrating as a Company back into shared space. We aim to have an update on what classes will look like in the future at the end of May/beginning of June. If you would like to offer any feedback about your virtual experience, please find our survey here. We look forward to seeing many of you in person and/or on the screen again soon!

Tuesday 14 April at 7pm

It has come to our attention that there have been fake events and pages created around our Virtual Classes on Facebook. These have been reported/blocked and will hopefully be taken down by Facebook soon, but we want to be sure that our community doesn't fall into the trap of spammers/internet trolls.

Please note that the ONLY legitimate event is NZDC Virtual Classes, which you are able to identify as real because it's hosted by the offical "The New Zealand Dance Company" page.

One fake event to ignore is called: "NZDC Virtual Classes 2020".

Five fake pages to ignore are called: "NZDC Virtual Classes Live Online" (two different pages with this name), "NZDC Virtual Classes", "NZDC Virtual Classes 2020" (two different pages with this name).

Additionally, you may see comments from random strangers pop up with links to live streams across posts and in our events - do NOT click the links in these posts. We are actively trying to spot, report and block these people as quickly as possible, but please be sure to ignore them completely.

Monday 30 March at 11pm

With all of Aotearoa quarantined at home for the next four weeks, NZDC wants to provide the opportunity for our community to keep moving with virtual weekly classes on Zoom including Ballet, Strength & Conditioning, and Yoga for Dancers as well as on Instagram Live with Contemporary.

We are opening these classes at no charge, but just like the rest of our fellow artists and arts organisations, NZDC's livelihood is centred on live experiences. At this time with the impact of COVID-19 closures on the Company, support means more than ever. We are asking attendees if they are able, to please consider a koha with class participation.

Tuesday 24 March at noon

NZ is moving to a COVID-19 Alert Level 4 at 11.59 pm on Wednesday 25 March. Effective immediately all NZDC classes are cancelled and Wellesley Studios, where we are resident company, will be closed. We hope, like the rest of the country, to be back in operation in four weeks and will keep you updated. Wishing all of our NZDC whānau near and far good health in the weeks to come.

Wednesday 18 March at 9pm

A message from our Board Chair and General Manager:

NZDC has confirmed that the STEPS Festival of Dance in Switzerland, where the Company was scheduled to perform next month, will not be able to take place due to COVID-19 closures. This is obviously a huge disappointment; however, we completely understand this position in the current COVID-19 environment.

Our priority is to look after our people – our employees and contractors – whom we have commitments to around this work. As a leadership organisation focused on our future development, our Board met today and confirmed that we will honour all of our contractual commitments to our people for the upcoming European Tour – whether employed or contracted. To that end our Team have been briefed to work through an alternative programme that keeps everyone employed and engaged – and importantly, creating great work that we can share with others at another time. We hope to shed light on those alternatives as soon as we can.

The impact that COVID-19 has had on the arts and entertainment industry since Monday alone is unprecedented. Our hearts ache for our friends and colleagues across the sector who are managing what feels like unending cancellations. However, as always, the arts prevail in the face of crisis and many groups as well as resources are springing up from our incredible community. Here are just a few links that may provide you solace and information during this confusing and rapidly changing time:

Arohanui and may we rise as a community to empower and lift one another in the uncertain times ahead.

Tuesday 17 March at 5:30pm

Our Feisty Feet classes held at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Takapuna will be cancelled for Weds. 18 March, Weds. 25 March and Weds 1 April. Our Feisty Feet classes held at Subud Hall in Pt. Chevalier will be cancelled for Weds. 25 March and Weds. 1 April. Our morning Company Class and Wednesday evening Contemporary Class will resume as normal for the foreseeable future.

Monday 16 March at 6pm

Kia ora NZDC whānau,

We take the health and welfare of our artistic community very seriously. We are working with Wellesley Studios, where we are the resident Company, on health and safety measures regarding this shared, public space. Weekly classes held at Wellesley Studios including morning Company Class and evening Contemporary Class will resume as normal for the foreseeable future. Our Feisty Feet classes held at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Takapuna and Subud Hall in Pt. Chevalier will also proceed per the usual, until further notice. We are monitoring the ever evolving situation closely and will continue to keep you updated with any changes to this decision.

If you are attending any of our classes at Wellesley Studios, please see their statement below:

We are aware of the rising public concern over COVID-19. Health and Safety is a top priority for us at Wellesley Studios and we will be implementing the following steps in addition to our current cleaning regime.

  • We are waiting on hand sanitiser supplies and as soon as these are delivered they will be placed in all Studios, Bathrooms and Reception areas (upstairs and downstairs).
  • Small bins will be going into all Studios from Tuesday March 17th, for any used tissues and emptied daily. These will be in addition to our current bins around the building

According to the Ministry of Health, with continued vigilance widespread community outbreak is currently low. As such, we would like to ask all visitors to Wellesley Studios to take steps to minimize the potential spread of the virus by following best protection practices:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly, especially after using the toilet, coughing and sneezing and before entering the Studios.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your elbow when coughing or sneezing and put tissues straight into the rubbish bins provided.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
  • Stay home while you are sick.
  • As of this week it is Government Policy that anyone who has returned from overseas is required to self-isolate for 14 days and therefore may not come to any classes.

We are closely following the advice put out but the Ministry of Health and here is the first place you should check for the latest updates. You can also free call the COVID-19 specific health line on 0800 358 5453 which is available 24/7. It is your responsibility to pass this message along to all your students and those involved in your rehearsals.

Please get in touch with us if you have any concerns or queries and we will make another announcement if there are any further updates.

Thank you to everyone in advance for your cooperation.
Wellesley Studios Management