HOW THE DAILEY METHOD IS CULTIVATING COMMUNITY…
Jul 6, 2020 | Around Town
By: Rebecca Asfour
Here’s what I know. I love community. I love being around people, sharing positive energy with a group, and I love hugs and high fives. I cultivate this deep sense of connection and community at my studios and when COVID hit us, we had to shut down all of our in-person community. This was a devastating blow.
Quickly, we pivoted to virtual classes, which are amazing and super convenient. Our barre classes translate really well online (we’re super articulate and specific, so are classes are easy to follow from home!) and we even figured out how to teach online cycle classes. We actually realized we can still find a real sense of community online when we share our screens and move in unison. And a few weeks ago, we launched outdoor barre and cycle classes in Mellody Farm in Vernon Hills and in West Park in Lake Forest. These outdoor classes definitely check the community box! We can be in each other’s presence (of course 6 feet apart) and still get the energy from each other. Amazing.
Phase 4 states that we are allowed to have indoor classes. My question now becomes – how do we get our community back together in person, how to do we create a space that is safe and comfortable, and what can you do to be a part of it?
First – our indoor class schedule is rolling out slowly. That means we are teaching one class per day at each studio, and the attendance is very limited. Clearly these indoor classes are popular because they are full with growing waitlists. New classes are announced every Sunday for the week ahead so check our schedule and book your spot quickly.
Second – we are creating spaces inside the studio that are as safe as we can possibly make them. Bikes are spread out and barre spots are marked 6 feet apart. We ask you to wear a mask all the way from your car to your spot in the studio. And we are going to check your temperature on your way in. Hand sanitizer is available for you and we have a small mountain of Clorox wipes ready to clean your station before and after each class. We are limiting the use of props and we are forgoing our hands-on adjustments. As guidelines shift and change, we’re going to do the same. Safety first and foremost.
And now, what can you do? Join us for whatever level you are comfortable with – we will have virtual, outdoor and indoor classes for a while, if not forever. This might just be our new normal. And embracing that change, cultivating a community in all the ways we can, is going to keep us strong, both mentally and physically. Please be empathetic to what your neighbor is comfortable with. Please wear your masks, follow our guidelines, respect our community’s healthy and safety. This is said a lot, but we are in this together. And together is where I want to be.
I‘d love for you to join our community in any way you are comfortable. It’s really the most wonderful, positive and supportive place, I promise.
Rebecca Asfour is the owner and master teacher at The Dailey Method Barre + Cycle studio in Vernon Hills and Lake Forest. She is passionate about community, movement and wellness, and strives to bring that to everyone she meets. Rebecca lives in Lake Forest with her husband and their two children, and their new puppy. When she’s not working or working out, she’s probably reading a book or tending to her garden.
*This post is sponsored by The Dailey Method.