MARCH 2021 – UPDATE: classes will be reconvening 3 days a week at Alexander Park!
* Please advise Mr. Ben of absences as soon as you are able to
Outside classes will be held at Alexander Park, in the Ainsley Wood neighbourhood of west Hamilton.
The next session session begins January 5th!
Alexander Park is in the Ainsley Wood neighbourhood of west Hamilton, in the southeast corner. There is a free parking lot at the southwest corner, and then it's just a short walk across the field to the grove of trees where we'll be:
WHEN YOU ARRIVE, I will have orange soccer cones spaced about 15' apart. This gives each family enough space to dance and move while still maintaining distance from others. Please pick a cone and stay near it; these classes will only work if we work together to maintain safe distancing. While I know it can be difficult, it's important that we corral our kids a bit to make sure we all respect and maintain appropriate space, so unless you are "bubbled" (or "podded"?) with another family in our class, please only interact from a distance of 6' or more.
Every effort will be made to hold our class outside as planned, however in the case of substantial inclement weather, we may need to change course and do that morning's class over Zoom (what might that look like? Check out examples HERE).
Decisions will be made morning-of, so if it looks like the weather might not cooperate, please keep an eye on your email and/or our FB page! If there is no announcement to the contrary, class will go ahead!
BATHROOMS (or lack thereof):
Unfortunately, there isn't really a bathroom on-site per se. There are bathrooms at the NW corner of the park, and I hope – but cannot guarantee – they'll be open. Please plan accordingly. NB: It is a public park, and I will be holding up to 8 classes per week, so I'm afraid over the long-term just letting your kids go in the surrounding bushes is not a great option either.
WHAT TO BRING:
Part One: Because we will be outside, please remember to dress for the weather, bring something to sit on, apply sunscreen, bring lots of water and possibly snacks, and as the weather cools remember sweaters and maybe even blankets!
Pro Tip: interlocking foam floor mats work GREAT for wet and cold weather!
Part Two: Every week we'll use different kinds of percussion instruments, but due to our current circumstances you will need to bring your own – I'll email at the start of the week so you know what you'll need for that week's classes.