Mar 25, 2020 9:31 PM

Tamara Howe School of Dance launches THSD Online

Posted Mar 25, 2020 9:31 PM

The Tamara Howe School of Dance (THSD)has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by creating an online way for dancers to learn.

With COVID-19 shuttering schools, parents everywhere are turning to home-schooling options and exciting activities for their young ones. Offering dance for all ages, THSD now has found the perfect solution to bring the studio into the home: THSD Online. 

Classes began on Monday in all genres of dance for ages two and up. In addition to online courses in ballet, tap, jazz and street jazz, THSD also offers tumbling and adult classes. THSD’s outstanding teaching staff will lead students in exercise, choreography, song and more from the comfort of everyone's home, keeping staff and students healthy.

Instructors will offer full schedule of livestream interactive classes in both dance and tumbling for ages two through adult. Parents will have access to resources for child engagement, including puzzles, games, goal-setting activities and more. Additionally, students will have access to online rehearsals to keep up performance ready and a private web-page (private and moderated by teaching staff) so students can socialize in a safe and closed setting.

For full details on how to enroll your student in THSD Online, visit

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Look for ways to help children cope during crisis, experts say

MANHATTAN – Children and adults experience and react differently in times of crisis.

“We sometimes only think of disasters as weather-related events, but we know that anything that disrupts daily life and community well-being on a large scale is a disaster,” said Bradford Wiles, associate professor and extension specialist with Kansas State University’s College of Health and Human Services. “Thinking about and being compassionate in how we all feel and process our emotions is crucial to our own, our families’, and our communities’ resilience in the face of the current pandemic.” 

A K-State publication, written by Wiles and associate professor and extension specialist Elizabeth Kiss, includes information that can help communities recognize the negative effects that tough times have on the mental well-being of children.

The publication, titled Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover, is available online from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore.

Wiles and Kiss outline suggested ways parents can help children cope during hard times:

  1. Reassure the child that you are still together and that you will be there to help as long as you can.
  2. Return to pre-disaster routines to the extent possible, including bedtime, bath time, meal time and waking up times.
  3. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. It can be difficult to take care of a child if you are not feeling well.
  4. Talk with your child about your feelings.
  5. Encourage children to draw, write or tell stories about their experiences. Talking about how the disaster or tough time has changed them can be beneficial.

The publication also includes signs to look for in children and how to emerge in a positive direction from times of crisis.

K-State Research and Extension has compiled numerous publications and other information to help people take care of themselves and others during times of crisis. See the complete list of resources online.

Local K-State Research and Extension agents are still on the job during this time of closures and confinement. They, too, are practicing social distancing. Email is the best way to reach them, but call forwarding and voicemail allow for closed local offices to be reached by phone as well (some responses could be delayed). To find out how to reach your local agents, visit the K-State Research and Extension county and district directory.

Signs of depression

Signs of depression in early childhood: tantrums, physical complaints, brief periods of sadness, listlessness or hyperactivity, lack of interest in activities, withdrawal.

Signs of depression in middle childhood: new phobias, hyperactivity, conduct disorders (lying or stealing), refusal to leave parents, periods of sadness, vague anxiety or agitation, suicidal thoughts.

Signs of depression in adolescents: changes in appearance, withdrawal, fatigue, eating problems, substance abuse, risk-taking, sudden change in peer group, loss of interest, sleep problems, hostility, suicidal thoughts.

-- Source: Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover