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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.

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 weather the closure,

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“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.”

People naturally

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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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The founder said she has grown her dance business bigger than ever before.

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Since the pandemic started in March, business has shuffle-ball-changed for San Marcos dance studio “Lovely Leaps.”

Founder, Lisa McCabe, closed her doors due to the health order and took a split leap of faith, moving her dance classes online.

“I told my husband I had no idea what we’re doing, so I was like ‘let’s switch to virtual and tell all of our parents they get to take the class for free’,” said McCabe.

Her in-person classes had a total of 68 students. Five months later, her virtual classes have grown to more than 2,500 paying students.

She has had to hire four new dance instructors to help.

“What sets us apart is we don’t try and perfect the kids’ dance moves. They are 10 and under. We become their best friends. In

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CITYWATCH



a woman standing in front of a building: Many of New York’s bars and nightclubs remain closed, while others are offering outdoor dining.


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Many of New York’s bars and nightclubs remain closed, while others are offering outdoor dining.

Nearly four months after COVID-19 shut down House of Yes — a nightclub in Bushwick, Brooklyn, known for its psychedelic circus vibe and fabulous dance parties — the business got some of its groove back on July 2. 

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“Open for outdoor drinks and food in a seated, limited capacity, socially distanced environment,” the 10-year-old nightlife business noted early last month on its website. “You can also order to-go cocktails from the bar.” 

While it’s a far cry from a freaky dance party, the pandemic pivot helps pay the rent. “It’s a Band-Aid,” said co-founder and creative director Kae Burke, who ballparked the monthly rent at around $15,000. 

Like other New York City club operators, Burke is holding on for dear life. She is also thinking creatively about alternative uses

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