The Milwaukee Ballet is one of only a few ballet companies offering "in person" summer intensives this season. Because of COVID-19, most of the programs in the United States this summer are virtual.
The modified program runs from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 31. Sign-up is happening now.
The Milwaukee Ballet's program is modified for the health and safety of the staff and students: everyone must wear masks, the common areas and lockers will not be in use, dancers will not partner, there is increased cleaning and sanitizing of the facility and more.
"We are able to do this for a few reasons," says Anne Metcalfe, the managing director for the Milwaukee Ballet.
According to Metcalfe, the main reason this is possible for the Milwaukee Ballet is because the new facility is built for physical distancing. The building has seven huge studios, 8-feet-wide hallways, large stairwells, lots of outside space for breaks, many bathrooms and an advanced HVAC system.
The Milwaukee Ballet also has two doctors on their Health & Safety Committee – an ER physician with a Masters in public health and a neurologist.
"We have been incredibly cautious and science driven in our approach," says Metcalfe. "We are incredibly motivated to make this work."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.