Dear Parents and Students
No organisation has been immune to the sea change brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. When the crisis first hit us in March 2020, we decided to pivot and develop a digital presence to avoid disrupting our ballet classes, thereby protecting the interests of our teachers and students.
As with every crisis, however, this presented a unique opportunity: while students at our pre-pandemic centers in Khar, Kandivali, and Powai started taking lessons with us online, those from distant locations joined us too. This trend has continued since, and according to a survey conducted in early 2021, most BBC students now come from remote locations outside Mumbai including Tier II and III Indian cities—like Mysore, Nagpur, Gurgaon, Amritsar, Nashik, Ranchi—that never had access to quality ballet education before.
On the teacher's side, our digital avatar allowed us to go beyond boundaries and onboard international ballet dancers from prestigious ecosystems like Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippine, Escola do Teatro Bolshoi do Brasil, Montparnasse Ballet (Paris, FRA), Center Nationale de la Danse (Lyon, FRA), Royal Academy of London, Choreographic Center of the City of Rio de Janeiro to give students access to best-in-class formal ballet training. This adaptation has allowed our teachers and employees to support themselves through unprecedented difficulty, giving them (many among them women) the flexibility to work from home at a time of their choosing. On the other hand, students and parents have routinely expressed how taking online ballet lessons gave them a much-needed sense of continuity during the prolonged uncertainty we have lived through this year.
In this context, switching to offline mode would mean many of our students and our highly experienced international teachers lose their means of working together. We are thus determined to continue our online classes to connect our exceptional teachers to our eager students, regardless of their geographic location. We have no plans to resume offline classes in the near future.
Rest assured that the quality of ballet education for your child and their experience with us remain at the heart of everything we do. We are at your disposal and would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on how to improve your experience with us. Please feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last but not the least, on behalf of team Bombay Ballet Company, I invite you to choose from our newly introduced ballet classes (including group lessons for 4-8-year olds and above) and help us continue on our mission to bring barrier-free premium ballet lessons for all.