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MacKinnon Dance Academy owner says she must close due to COVID-19

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Otis Gillespie, a salsa dance instructor for the MacKinnon Dance Academy in Oxnard, uses a scissor lift to remove the studio’s sign on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, as it prepare to close after more than four decades due to loss of revenue from COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo: ANTHONY PLASCENCIA/THE STAR)

Joy MacKinnon opened up a post on her Facebook page and started to type.

But the words didn’t come easily. She didn’t want the message to be too wordy or a sob story or “woe is me” at all.

Mostly, she just kept thinking: “Oh my gosh, I really have to say this now.”

In March, the coronavirus pandemic hit California and soon public health officials ordered closures and people to stay safe at home. The 45-year-old MacKinnon Dance Academy canceled its classes and had to close its doors, like thousands of other local businesses.

MacKinnon expected to

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Business Intel: Dance studio to open in Salem | Business Local

A new dance studio is coming to Salem.

Arianna Thompson plans to hold the first classes at En L’air Academy of Dance and Acrobatics on Oct. 5. Thompson said she’s been a dance educator for 11 years and has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in dance.

Her studio will offer ballet, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, modern and contemporary styles of dance to students ages 3 to 18.

Thompson said she’s been dreaming of opening her own studio her whole life, even when she was a little girl. She enjoys teaching kids, who can gain confidence from dance.

Thompson, who is a speech language pathologist for Roanoke City Public Schools during the day, is new to the area, though she attended Radford University.

“There’s a lot of artistic

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Teacher’s new business helps families dance to their own music

“Private lessons and special events offer flexible options,” Kahn said.

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the traditional live music classes offered by the South Shore Conservatory and other music schools, “I decided to create my own business,” the early childhood music teacher said. “I find families appreciate doing music classes with me in their homes. They look forward to them.”

Kahn said her research-based approach to music education places the emphasis less on learning rules and more on doing what comes naturally.

“Research shows we’re all wired to be musical,” she said. “And because children learn from their parents, they want to do what their parents are doing. I ask parents to follow along with what I’m doing — to sing along, tap their sticks, or shake their scarves — and it doesn’t matter what age the child is, they want to follow along with their caregiver.”

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Did Michael Jordan Start a NASCAR Team to Get Back at Brad Daugherty For Not Watching ‘The Last Dance?’

Brad Daugherty and Michael Jordan. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Michael Jordan is coming to NASCAR. Jordan has teamed up with Jordan Brand’s first NASCAR athlete, Denny Hamlin, to start a single car NASCAR Cup Series team. The driver of the car will be Bubba Wallace. The motoviation behind Jordan joining NASCAR? Probably to resume destroying Brad Daugherty’s life.

Daugherty played eight seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, making four All-Star teams. During his playing days, he wore number 43 because of Richard Petty. The Cavaliers made the playoffs five times during Daughtery’s career. In four of those seasons, the Cavaliers were eliminated by Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Daugherty retired

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Trump’s TikTok dance: the politicisation of American business

Donald Trump was on a flight back from Florida in late July when he announced the US faced a new threat that needed to be banned: TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app which has become hugely popular among younger Americans.

Delivered to reporters on Air Force One, the president’s decision came as a complete surprise to the lawyers and White House aides who had been working to finalise a deal that would place TikTok’s US business in the hands of Microsoft, the Seattle-based tech giant. “We are not an M&A country,” Mr Trump said, using a term for mergers and acquisitions.

The presidential intervention set off a frenetic two months of wrangling, intrigue and lobbying that has marked the most politicised takeover battle in recent American history — and one that has still not been concluded.

Oracle, the technology group chaired by Larry Ellison, one of the very few senior figures

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Sign up for ballroom dance classes

Ballroom dance classes are returning to the Anderson Arts Center this fall with COVID-19 precautions in place. Beginner and intermediate classes will be taught in the Kemper Center’s Simmons Gymnasium in four-week sessions in September and October.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 15, couples can join the Introduction to Ballroom Dance class from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, or join the Technique Enhancement class from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 17.



To ensure local and state safety regulations are being followed, instructors and students will be required to wear masks through the duration of the classes. Capacity will be limited so that couples can socially distance while they dance together.

Former Broadway dancer Geri Dougherty returns as dance instructor for students no matter their experience or age.

Dougherty has been teaching Ballroom Dance at Kemper Center for seven years, and was previously a dance instructor at Arthur Murray for 12 years. In her youth,

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