Organizational Updates Regarding COVID-19

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KDT has made the following changes in response to the pandemic:

  • KDT’s office and studio locations have closed until further notice. All employees are working remotely and all classes have moved online via Zoom.
  • We have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming performance of Black Candle, which was scheduled to take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in May.
  • Our tour stop to St. Cloud has been canceled due to Paramount Center for the Arts’ decision to postpone all scheduled events through May. We hope to reschedule this performance as soon as possible.
  • We have decided to postpone Sadhanaour annual school showcase. The performance will take place this Fall on a date TBA.
  • Throughout May, we offered a Virtual Benefit Concert Series in support of our programming. We created the event with the intention to bring the KDT community together to bond over a shared love of the arts. For one week, a benefit version of one of our recorded performances streamed on Vimeo, donation-optional. All shows are still available to watch in full here.
  • In conjunction with our venue, the Park Square Theater, we have decided to postpone our performance of Shaamya – Of Equality to November of 2021. Final dates forthcoming.

This post will continue to be updated as the situation evolves. To our beloved community members, thank you so much for your continued support of KDT during these uncertain times!

An Important Message Regarding COVID-19

Please note that this was written before KDT made the decision to move all classes online until further notice.

Dear friends,

With concerns about COVID-19 on the rise, I wanted keep the entire KDT community apprised of the precautions we are taking in response to the outbreak. As I’m sure you are aware, the health and safety of our Company dancers, students, parents, patrons and staff is our absolute top priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the steps we have already taken:
  • We are regularly cleaning and sanitizing our studio and office spaces.
  • We are continuing to hold classes as scheduled, but are asking students and instructors to wash their hands thoroughly before class and engage in as little direct contact with each other as possible.
  • With full knowledge that every family is likely taking all necessary precautions against the virus, we are encouraging any student who feels sick or whose family member(s) feel sick to stay home from class.
  • We will gladly exchange or refund any tuition fees if we decide to cancel future classes.
  • We have made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming performance of Black Candle, which was scheduled to take place at the Cowles Center in May. A decision about our school showcase performance, Sadhana, is forthcoming.

Because the virus is so easily transmitted through person-to-person contact, large gatherings of people are becoming less safe. Should the virus continue to spread in Minnesota, we will take the necessary steps to postpone or cancel other public performances and events and will be in touch when that occurs.

This virus poses serious questions that performers and arts organizations across the globe are currently grappling with. In all cases, the safety of our community takes precedence over our artistic goals. We are hopeful that more drastic steps will not be necessary, but are preparing as well as we can for the possibility of such circumstances. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you so much for your continued support of KDT!

– Rita Mustaphi, Artistic Director of Katha Dance Theatre