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Student Resources during COVID-19

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How can I continue dancing during this time? 

Below is a list of online dance classes that students can take from home, as well as some helpful manuals on how to stay in shape in-between semesters, written by the former chair of the Cornish College for the Arts Dance Department, Kitty Daniels, and physical therapist and anatomy instructor, Carla Corrado. 

Online Dance Class Resources

Individual Teaching Artists 
  • eXitSpace– A dance studio in Seattle offering both Live and Pre-Recorded classes
  • Gibney Dance Center – A dance studio in New York City offering a variety of dance classes.
  • Lines Dance Center – A dance school in San Francisco offering a variety of classes via Zoom.
  • ODC - A dance school in San Francisco offering a wide variety of classes via Zoom.
  • Peridance– A dance studio in New York City offering a variety of dance classes.
  • PRICEarts  – A dance collective in Seattle that offers a variety of pre-recorded dance class.
  • Salsa Con Todo– A Seattle based studio offering Drop-In classes in Salsa and Bachata. Some classes include partner work. Some are solo. 
  • Velocity Dance Center– A dance center in Seattle that is offering some classes
Online Dance Options Created Pre-Covid 

Many people are offering live stream technique classes for free or with donation over social media platforms. This is an ever-evolving area. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram, and visit local dance studio websites to see what they are doing through this challenging time. 

More Dance Resources:

  •  Google Sheet list of resources compiled by UW Dance community.  Know a great resource you want to share? Click HERE and add to the list!  
  • Dance Class Directory: aggregates classes of a variety of styles from all over the world. Very comprehensive. Double-check time zones.
  • Dancing Alone Together: A website to find online dance classes of a variety of styles from all over the world. Double-check time zones. 

Financial Support

Short Term Loans

The Office of Student Financial Aid has short term loan funds available to students who are experiencing temporary cash flow issues. You may receive up to $2500 or $3200 for undergraduates and graduate students, respectively.

State Unemployment Benefits for Workers

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. More information for workers and businesses here:

WorkSource Critical Job Opportunities

"The outbreak of COVID-19 in our region has caused widespread social and economic disruption, including layoffs and changes to the business landscape. In the midst of this, critical workforce needs have emerged in response to societal changes, including hiring increases for grocery stores, cleaning companies, healthcare, social services, and others." WorkSource has highlighted opportunities here for people looking for immediate work.

Food Resources 

Campus Food Pantry

The Campus Food Pantry is open three days a week in Poplar Hall. Anyone with a Husky ID may access the pantry. Appointments for urgent need are also available and can be set up via email or phone call.

University District Food Bank

The University District Food bank is still open and providing pre-made boxes of food.

City of Seattle Safeway Emergency Food Vouchers for Seattle Families

On March 20, the City of Seattle will start distributing a series of $20 vouchers to approximately 6,250 families who may be experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak. Families will receive two mailers of 20 vouchers (a total of $400 a month) over the next two months. The City is exploring additional investments from private businesses and hopes to expand this program to up to 100,000 Seattle residents. Vouchers may be used to purchase items from any Washington Safeway store, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, fuel, or lottery tickets. For more information, check out this Emergency Food Vouchers Frequently Asked Questions page.

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door. There is no need to enter the facility. This is open to anyone of ANY AGE. SODO Community Market is located in Seattle's SODO neighborhood at 1915 4th Ave S, near the corner of 4th Ave S & S Holgate St. More location and transportation information can be found here.

Utilities and Rent Support


Comcast is offering two free months of internet to qualifying families. 

Xfinity WiFi is Currently Free for Everyone

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, you can select the "xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

City of Seattle

The City of Seattle is offering low cost internet options for residents. 

The City of Seattle has free and discounted devices available. 

Residential Evictions in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak

Residential evictions for non-payment of rent have ben temporarily halted. This is effective immediately and will last for 30 days or until Seattle's coronavirus emergency ends, pending the council's approval. For more information, you can access this FAQUtilities will not be Shut Off During this Outbreak

City of Seattle Utility Discount Program (UDP)

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60 percent and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50 percent. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to:

Mental Health Resources

University of Washington Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides free support services that can help with the stress and emotion that comes with unexpected circumstances.

University of Washington Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness office offers student care, support, and education on important mental and physical well-being topics.

Crisis Connections 

Crisis Connections connects people in need to access the state safety net, whether it’s for mental or emotional support services, housing assistance, or help with financial needs.

Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Together We Will

The University of Washington is united and committed to supporting our community together. As a community, we will persist together. Please visit the web page below to see how you can get involved: