Keep Alberta Dance Studios Open

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Following other provinces, Alberta dance teachers  are asking the Government to reconsider the targeted closing of childrens dance studios across the province and are asking that the words 'dance classes' be removed from any future Provincial Health Order. 

Allowing educational services like daycare and schools to stay open, but closing dance studios is bias, violating rights and potentially destroying the livelihoods of many dance studio owners and the teachers they employ.

Although dance is not a sport it is a physical activity that we, as owners, have managed to provide safely while maintaining social distancing since June 1st. Many studio owners have invested thousands of dollars to create a safe space for children to access physical activity.

It is unfair for us to be targeted. We have suffered from March onwards as we have navigated covid protocols with no overseeing sports or arts organization, with decreased participation due to reluctant parents and little rent relief as it was left optional for our landlords. We have worked tirelessly to keep dance spaces safe so children can return and continue what they love. 

We understand that Alberta is in the middle of a health crisis and increased measures need to be taken but we also think it is unjust to ask us to shoulder this burden when we are already providing the safest environment possible and we are not responsible for the recent dramatic increase in cases. To ask us to close again, even for two weeks, while schools and other child-centric activities stay open is unreasonable, unfair, and unwarranted.