March 20, 2020 A Letter from the Southold Board of Directors
Dear Southold Parents and Students,
We at Southold Dance Theater know the suspension of classes, rehearsals, and private lessons are trying for our dedicated students. Students are deprived of not just dance practice itself, but the companionship and camaraderie of classmates and faculty which create a sense of family at Southold.
The situation is changing almost daily, and Southold is adapting to new measures and precautions as they are announced by adopting these new policies:
—The Southold offices will be closed as of the end of business today, March 20, 2020, by following local and state government mandates for suspension of all non-essential travel.
—Staff will be working remotely (at home) following social distancing recommendations.
— Southold has extended our suspension of in-studio classes and activities through May 1, to be in step with local school closures.
Our dedicated faculty have been preparing videos and to live-stream classes for our Level IV - Level VIII students, giving dancers tools to keep up their technique and conditioning, and are pulling together in this uncertain and challenging time to assist students in their daily dance practice. Some students have already taken advantage of the videos, keeping active and engaged in dance. Dancers have even gathered electronically to “take class” together! We are thrilled with this community spirit of maintaining connections while required to remain physically apart during this crisis. Faculty and staff will work remotely, practicing social distancing while creating more online content. Check emails for more class links, and keep dancing!
There are concerns and limits of remote learning, especially as it applies to dance:
—As helpful as the online video/live-streaming is, it’s not the same as in-studio class.
—At-home space limits how much can be done by students remotely.
—Families may be facing work layoffs, resulting in reduced income or no income during this crisis.
For these reasons, Southold has decided to suspend the regular collection of tuition fees until we return to the Southold studios.
—We ask those of you who can do so to continue to support Southold during this time, to help offset costs we still incur. Like you, we still need to pay rent, insurance, and other business-related expenses, even during the shutdown.
— Please consider making a donation to Southold, or continue in making voluntary regular partial/full payments to provide support to the faculty and staff in producing and distributing videos and live-streamed classes, and to support the strength of the Southold organization.
When the all-clear has been announced, and it’s safe for us to return to the studios and come together as a school, we can be proud that we have pulled together as a community and organization, and Southold will remain strong and vibrant.
March 13, 2020 A Letter from the Southold Board of Directors
Southold Dance Theater Proactively Suspending Classes and Rehearsals In Response to Coronavirus
Southold Dance Theater has decided to suspend all classes, private lessons, and rehearsals, beginning Saturday, March 14, through our Spring break ending Saturday, April 11, 2020. Fortunately, Southold has not had a student, faculty member, or staff member become ill with a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 infection. The decision to suspend regular activity is intended to do everything possible to ensure that our dancers and their families, our faculty and staff, and community members all remain healthy. During the closure, we will be closely monitoring local developments and government guidelines to determine when we will reopen. Southold tentatively plans to resume our scheduled classes and rehearsals on Monday, April 13. An official announcement regarding the return to regular class and rehearsal schedules will be made before the end of our spring break. Please watch our website, Southold social media channels, and your email for updates. Until our dancers return to the studios, stay well!
April 2, 2020
Youth American Grand Prix 2020
Eleven Southold dancers participated in the 2020 Regional Youth America Grand Prix competition in Indianapolis, March 5-8. YAGP is a prestigious International Ballet competition with 25 regional locations and eight international locations that include 12,000 dancers annually. Eight of Southold’s dancers competed in a total of 11 solo variations in classical and contemporary dance. Southold Dance Theater is proud to announce that Frederick Stuckwisch took 1st Place in the Men’s Senior Classical Division and Ben Zusi placed 2nd. Both of these young men were invited to compete in the International Finals in NYC (which has subsequently been canceled.) Southold’s ensemble of eight dancers placed in the Top 6 in the Ensemble Division. On the basis of their YAGP performance, these ensemble dancers were all offered positions, with no auditions necessary, in a Summer Intensive Program in Tampa, Florida. Southold takes great pride in our dancers’ accomplishments and in their deportment at the competition as they supported and valued each other and their competitors.
Congratulations to our YAGP Participants
Ainsley Hennel, Jillian Henning, Kendra Mohnke, Regina Murphy, Sophie O’Brien, Olivia Ritschard, Mia Sheppard, Frederick Stuckwisch, Teagan Wright, Ben Zusi, and Julia Zusi.
Southold Remembers Scott Osthimer
The Southold family mourns the loss of Scott Osthimer on June 3, 2019. Scott was a dedicated Southold Dance Theater performer, supporter and board member for many years. His last performance with Southold was the role of Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. He is remembered as a kind soul who enjoyed working with the Southold dancers and they with him.
Our condolences go to Scott’s family. May you find comfort knowing that he was loved and respected by the Southold family.
John Krsul, Jr. presents Pokagon Grant to Southold
Kohn Krsul, Jr., Interim Executive Director of The Pokagon Fund, stopped by Southold's Summer Intensive on June 17 to present a check to Calin Radulescu, artistic director, and Diana Green, director of operations. Southold Dance Theater is grateful for our partnership with The Pokagon Fund. The generosity of this fund allows Southold to share the magic of the Nutcracker with the Harbor Country Community.
THANK YOU POKAGON FUND!!
Southold Dancer, Paul Zusi, was awarded 1st place in the Senior Men’s Classical category and 3rd place in the Senior Men’s Contemporary category at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals in Indianapolis. Paul was invited to attend the final round of competition in New York, one of 550 dancers that were selected from a total field of 12,000. At the Finals competition, there is a very important aspect of scholarships and contract offers from professional companies around the country and the world. Several companies were very interested in Paul. He was offered the following opportunities: a Studio Company contract with Sarasota Ballet, a Studio Company contract with Alberta Ballet (Canada), a full tuition scholarship trainee position with the San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West and Orlando Ballet. Paul will spent the summer dancing at Boston Ballet’s Summer Intensive and was promoted to Boston Ballet 2.
Southold is very proud of Paul Zusi’s accomplishments and we wish him well as he pursues his dream as a professional dancer.
Southold Brings Home the Following Awards
from Youth America Grand Prix 2019
First Place Senior Classical
Third Place Senior Contemporary
Third Place Senior Classical
Top 12 Junior Classical
Southold’s ensembles, Bubble Wrap and Conversations, were invited to
the NYC Finals!
Congratulations 2019 YAGP Participants!
Fionna Barber, Grace Brennan, Ellie Curtis, Hannah Gregor, Megan
Gregor, Ashlyn Hammond, Maggie Harold, Ainsley Hennel, Jillian
Henning, Lauren Holloman, Kylie Hyson, Trinity Koch, Olenka Krostenko,
Arryngton Ladd, Alexis Metoyer, Brieann Neill, Suzanne Nickell, Brigid
Reilly, Olivia Ritschard, Mia Sheppard, Maddalena Stroik, Angela
Thomas, Theresa Thomas, Nina Widerquist, Teagan Wright,
Isabelle Yoder, Ben Zusi, Julia Zusi and Paul Zusi