Dance at Karibe Dance Studios?
It’s no easy task.
The company offers dance classes in the District and around the country and it has become a hub for aspiring dance artists.
But when you try to find a class, you run into some of the same problems that are plaguing many dance schools, according to some of its instructors.
Karibe is also one of a handful of dance studios in the nation that does not require students to wear a costume during classes.
While some dance instructors are comfortable with the practice, many students say the discomfort of having to wear costumes while dancing at the studio can cause a barrier for their performance, which can make it difficult for them to communicate with their peers.
“They have to wear the costume, but I have to explain it to them,” said D.J. Williams, a dancer at Kariba, who asked that his last name not be used.
“It’s like they have a barrier between them and the students.
They have to go through the whole thing.”
D.D. Williams dance instructor at Karibi Dance Studios.
(Kariba Dance Studios) Karibibe has a number of rules and protocols that it uses to ensure that its dancers are safe and comfortable.
The most important is that they must be in costume.
The school’s rules say that it is the responsibility of instructors to ensure the safety of students and the safety and comfort of the staff.
In other words, if you are dancing, it is your responsibility to follow those rules.
In many ways, Karibibes rules are the antithesis of those of the rest of the dance community.
In the spring and summer, the studio hosts two classes a week, but only one of those classes is required to attend.
The classes are held on the second floor of the building, where the dance floor is separated from the other buildings.
The rooms have large windows that provide a window view of the floor, making it possible for instructors to see their students from behind.
Karibiba dancers wear black clothing and masks.
(D.D.-Williams) In one class, a female Kariba instructor showed up wearing a white tuxedo and a mask.
After several weeks of wearing the mask, students asked to change it, and the instructor reluctantly agreed.
But a few months later, students told her they did not like it and asked her to remove it.
“That was a tough one, because they said it was kind of inappropriate for a male instructor to wear that,” the Kariba Dance Instructor said.
“I told them that I didn’t know.
They said, ‘We can’t be friends.
This is not something you should be doing.’
She said she did, and her students were happy to comply. “
The Kariba dance instructor said that in the fall of last year, the students began requesting more time off from class, and they told her that she needed to remove the mask as well.
It’s a common practice at Karibu studios, but it’s not unusual for instructors in other dance schools to not wear masks during classes, said Kariba’s director of dance programs, Ryan. “
There’s a lot of guys who wear masks, but we don’t have any,” she said.
It’s a common practice at Karibu studios, but it’s not unusual for instructors in other dance schools to not wear masks during classes, said Kariba’s director of dance programs, Ryan.
“You can wear a mask, but there’s a big difference between wearing a mask and wearing a dress,” Ryan said.
Kariba has also put rules in place to prevent students from using masks during dance performances.
“In general, if students come into the studio and are uncomfortable with a costume, we ask them to remove their mask and to come back in the next class,” Ryan added.
Students who wear mask and dance with a male partner, like D.G. Williams in this Kariba studio.
(Courtesy Kariba) Kariba does not provide any training for its students, but the rules are strict.
When students are in costume, they have to remove all of their masks and their costume.
If they choose to keep their mask, it must be the only one they are wearing.
If a student has a costume that has been broken, they must replace it with a new one before the next dance.
Karibu dancers wear masks and costumes during class, but many are uncomfortable about wearing them during a class.
In fact, the Karibe instructor said, some students have complained about having to remove masks from their bodies during class.
“Sometimes, when a student is in the back of the room, it’s hard for them not to have a mask,” she explained.
“The students will go out of their way to put their masks on.
They’re just afraid that it will cause them to get sick.
They do it so they can keep their head down and focus on the music.”
The Karibi dance instructor also said that many of the students have been uncomfortable with their own costumes at the dance studio.