Dance is one of Australia's most popular after school activities and crucial to the health and well-being of young students, particularly during isolation.
Like many other industries, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on dance and the arts sector, requiring major adaptations in staffing and service delivery.
A swift move to the online classroom has been of vital importance to passionate dance students keen to continue their training from home.
The National College of Dance is a major dance institution in the Newcastle community.
National College of Dance provides many after-school ballet, jazz, contemporary and acro classes, from three years through to pre-professional full-time accredited courses, via it's Registered Training Organisation.
In response to the changing conditions throughout the pandemic National College of Dance has continued to do their utmost to provide dance to students of all ages.
National College of Dance transferred over 600 classes and privates within a week to live online classes via the online program zoom.
The college's 16 teachers quickly adapted their teaching skills to ensure the classes were engaging and professional.
"The response to the online transition at the National College of Dance has been overwhelmingly positive, and our teachers have seen firsthand the importance of dance classes in keeping students healthy, active and connected throughout isolation," National College of Dance director Vicki Morgan said.
"As we transform our business to cater for the changes of post-pandemic society, we know that one thing is not changing: the importance of dance as an art form to our society, and its time our government recognises it as so.
Ms Morgan believes that the effects of the pandemic on the arts industry highlight the need for greater governmental support for dance institutions.
"For these vital industries to survive, there is a necessity for them to be considered more heavily in policy making, rather than left to decay," she said.
"Despite some difficulties, the National College of Dance looks forward to supporting the current and next generations of artists as they grow and continue to contribute to the Australian artistic community."
Throughout the changes of a post-pandemic Australia, staff at the National College of Dance believe that dance and art can provide one constant.
"The need for humans to create, move and express is not going away any time soon," instructor Belle Beasley said.
"At the National College of Dance we continue to strive to provide supportive dance education for the artists of tomorrow.
"After all, in times like these, all of us can take solace in an afternoon boogie - whether on the Opera house stage, or from the comfort of our own loungeroom."
National College of Dance is currently taking new enrolments for Term 3 which commences on June 6.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions classes will continue to be offered via its online platform until face-to-face classes are allowed once the government's Phase 3 lifting of restrictions kicks in.
As restrictions ease, National College of Dance will be reviewing the methods in which classes are offered and looking to offer face-to-face classes in accordance with government requirements.