Families enjoy socially distant dance recital by performing outdoors, spreading out routines

The adorable dance moves were all there. So were the smiles. But it was a dance recital unlike any you’ve probably seen before.With COVID-19 forcing many dance recitals to be canceled this year, Melissa Hoffman Dance Center in Hudson, New Hampshire, got creative.The center hosted a socially distant recital. The outdoor event has been broken up into 18 half-hour mini shows spread out over the weekend.“It was about a month ago when I said, ‘You know what? Let’s do this outdoors,’” said center owner Melissa Hoffman.Hoffman said so much was taken from the 500 kids at the dance center this year because of COVID-19 that she wanted to do something special.“It’s been like a family fun day. It’s kind of like a carnival in some ways with great performers,” she said. “We’re used to going from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. all day doing every show, so this is awesome,” said parent Kristen D’Entremont.“They’ve done Zoom classes and story hours and just kept in contact. I think that says a lot about what we’re all here for,” added parent Marlana Grela.Safety measures include temperature checks, masks and disinfecting the stage between shows. Families were allowed to bring four people and sit 6 feet apart.It’s been such a hit that Hoffman may consider making it permanent.“The kids, the joy that they got just from something more normal, something that they didn’t think they were going to be able to have,” she said.Watch the video above to learn more about this story.

The adorable dance moves were all there. So were the smiles. But it was a dance recital unlike any you’ve probably seen before.

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With COVID-19 forcing many dance recitals to be canceled this year, Melissa Hoffman Dance Center in Hudson, New Hampshire, got creative.

The center hosted a socially distant recital. The outdoor event has been broken up into 18 half-hour mini shows spread out over the weekend.

“It was about a month ago when I said, ‘You know what? Let’s do this outdoors,’” said center owner Melissa Hoffman.

Hoffman said so much was taken from the 500 kids at the dance center this year because of COVID-19 that she wanted to do something special.

“It’s been like a family fun day. It’s kind of like a carnival in some ways with great performers,” she said.

“We’re used to going from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. all day doing every show, so this is awesome,” said parent Kristen D’Entremont.

“They’ve done Zoom classes and story hours and just kept in contact. I think that says a lot about what we’re all here for,” added parent Marlana Grela.

Safety measures include temperature checks, masks and disinfecting the stage between shows. Families were allowed to bring four people and sit 6 feet apart.

It’s been such a hit that Hoffman may consider making it permanent.

“The kids, the joy that they got just from something more normal, something that they didn’t think they were going to be able to have,” she said.

Watch the video above to learn more about this story.