In addition to damaging and ending lives, COVID-19 is shutting down cities and businesses. It will cause setbacks, crises, bankruptcies, and so on, and will hit small businesses and entrepreneurs especially hard.
It can also disrupt your aerial training. Your studio may temporarily close, and it may even permanently close. Or, you may opt to stay home from class to avoid spreading contagions.
So what do you do? First recognize that the above facts are interwoven.
I'm writing this article for two purposes:
1. To ask aerialists to continue to support their studios even if you do not attend class.
2. Help aerialists continue to learn (silks) and/or maintain strength and flexibility at home (all aerial apparatuses).
How to support your studio
1. If classes are still running at your studio but you have chosen not to attend, if you can afford to, continue to pay. If your income has not been affected by coronavirus, you can help keep your studio afloat while you wait things out. If your studio is temporarily closing, offer to continue to pay and urge your classmates to do so as well. You want there to be a studio ready for you when it's time to go back. Even a week of losses can be devastating for small businesses.
If the studio does close, reach out to your teachers to check in and let them know you are hoping things turn out okay. They will appreciate it and if they are anything like me they'll shed a tear, too.
How to support yourself
2. There are ways for you to continue to develop as an aerialist without leaving your home.
Thank you for reading. I hope your aerial studio bounces back as we get control of the virus.