City Ballet COVID-19 Update
Updated Thursday, March 19, 2020
These are unprecedented times.
The health and safety of you, our patrons, students, dancers, staff, and stakeholders are of the utmost importance to us.
We, at City Ballet, have been diligently monitoring the information coming out of CDC, WHO, city and state health agencies, as well as the national/international dance community regarding responses to the global pandemic, referred to as novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Under the authority of the March 17, 2020 announcement, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has instituted emergency actions, including further restrictions on public gatherings within the city for at least 2 weeks or until the emergency has been lifted.
City Ballet has rescheduled or canceled productions and events through the end of the season and the school through the end of Third Quarter. City Ballet School will be closed and not offering classes beginning March 17 through April 11, providing restrictions on public gatherings have not been lifted.
Romeo and Juliet, previously set for May 8-10, will now take place November 6-8, 2020 at Spreckels Theatre. All ticket holders for Romeo and Juliet will have their same seats for the production in November.
- Bubbles and Ballet fundraiser at the University Club, May 2
- Beauty and the Beast school assemblies during April
- City Ballet II (Junior Company) Outreach performances
- All School classes through Third Quarter, April 11
- Snow White school recital, May 17
Continuing via remote attendance
- Monthly Board meetings via conference call
- Gala Committee meetings via conference call
As a valued member of our City Ballet family, you can appreciate the impact these adjustments can have on our financial health. As a nonprofit arts organization, City Ballet resources are put to the test during a civil emergency like this one. If you can’t attend the re-scheduled performances of Romeo and Juliet, we are asking you to consider giving your tickets to friends or donating the cost of your tickets as a gift to City Ballet, for which we will gratefully issue you a tax receipt. In recognition of your generous support, your name will be listed in our programs throughout the 2020-2021 season.
Third Quarter Students
Since classes have been canceled for the remainder of Third Quarter, our teachers will be offering live streaming, interactive classes via ZOOM for different levels. Currently registered students will receive information via email for class times and more information.
In The Mean Time…
Due to our studios closing beginning March 17, some employees are working remotely, however, one staff member will maintain limited office hours for phone calls and emails on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 11am to 2pm. We ask that class inquires be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and all other ticketing questions be sent to email@example.com.
On behalf of everyone at City Ballet – dancers, musicians, staff and faculty – we truly appreciate your investment in City Ballet. Together we can ensure City Ballet will be here to provide its artistry with the community when this crisis is over.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now to assist City Ballet during this difficult time.
We are wishing all of you good health and the stamina to weather this storm. And, as soon as we are able, we will be back to performing, teaching and sharing this art we hold so dear. In the meantime, watch for our weekly emails as we will share special moments from past performances and other exclusive content via our social media pages, Facebook and Twitter, because we know that dance has the power to transport us, if only for a moment, to a place of peace and joy. That is what we all need more of right now.
Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, Directors and Jo Anne Emery, Managing Director
The Centers for Disease Control recommends:
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet)
- Stay home if sick
- Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, wash hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces
The Centers for Disease Control’s full recommendations can be found here.