I am proud to say that the artists and students of ALB have handled this crisis with an amazing amount of grace and resilience.
When this whole thing started, it didn't seem real, did it? My better half had been talking about some disease in China for months. Quietly stocking up on canned goods while I went about dancing. Good old Chris, always over-prepared. Then, in the middle of one of our last rehearsals for Swan Lake, I started receiving texts from concerned parents. NY was in a state of emergency... we sat down and had a company talk, but were still of the mindset that the show would go on. It didn't. Nothing did. For the first time in the history of ALB/PPB, I had to cancel a show. Then classes, then everything. Just everything. Things looked dark. And sure, this is just a dance school and company, nothing to be sad about compared to the darkness and death that was settling over the world, but this is my world. For some of you, it's yours too.
“Then the suggestion came to offer virtual classes. I was uncertain anybody would care to join us. But you came. And then more and more".
Then the suggestion came to offer virtual classes. I was uncertain anybody would care to join us. But you came. And then more and more. You all have become the light of my days. (I mean, sure, the babies are too... but they also require diaper changes about 30x a day...). Who knows how long this will last really, but I am happy to report that for now, and with great thanks to all of you, ALB is still here. Stay safe out there, and see you all today in our living rooms.