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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UPDATE: SM Hanson cancels Heartland Bluegrass Festival

UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.

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The Temple in Salina. Salina Post photo

SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.

The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.

"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."

Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.

"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.

This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.

"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."

The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.

The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.

Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.

According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.