Perhaps one of your goals this year is to learn something new or discover a new hobby. It's harder to do that when you're trying to avoid social contact and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
But it is still possible to branch out of your comfort zone while remaining safe from the virus.
The "Do Something" campaign
The "Do Something" campaign, created by Visit Seattle and the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, encourages people in King County to try new things (or enjoy old favorites) in their own community. That includes virtual classes and virtual learning!
Very similar to what local schools are doing, dance studios are adapting to the pandemic and safety protocols by offering hybrid models of in-person and online training. This allows people to learn with the method that makes them feel most comfortable. Whether you want to come into the studio or stay in your home, you can learn to dance while you wait for things to get back to normal. Plus, if you're easily embarrassed when you dance, you can hone your skills as a beginner at home until you become more advanced.
Here are some options to check out in South King County!
Have you ever dreamed of learning the elegant art of ballroom dance, but you don't know where to start? This dance studio in Auburn is offering beginner and intermediate ballroom and Latin dance courses for adults, as well as a variety of youth courses.
Think of a type of dance and you'll probably be able to learn it at this dance studio, located in Kent. Their instructors are well-versed in a wide variety of dances, including but certainly not limited to ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. They welcome all ages and skill levels, and the classes are tailored to your specific needs as a dancer. In-person and online courses are available.
Learn a unique and challenging dance style that you can perform in front of crowds when the pandemic is under control. This Renton studio offers both in-person and online instruction for all ages.
These dance studios are committed to providing high-quality instruction without compromising your health or the well-being of their instructors. That's why you'll see social distancing protocols, extra sanitation practices, and staff members wearing masks if you choose to visit the studios in person.
Thanks to the technological advances of the digital age, you don't have to be in-person all the time to try learning something new. It's not the location that matters. Rather, your desire and curiosity are the most important. When you commit to learning and having fun locally, you'll benefit small businesses and learn to appreciate the hobbies you can do in your own backyard.
If you ever run out of ideas for new things to do in the Pacific Northwest, visit SeattleSouthside.com for information about activities, hotels, deals, restaurants, shopping, and more.