Choreography by Rae

Virtual Backgrounds

Giving Your Online Class a Little Variety.

Hang up a simple sheet to substitute for a green screen.

Background Set Up

Set Up:

Virtual Backgrounds are available by opening the Zoom classroom and clicking on the arrow next to your camera icon. You will see a menu list. Select “choose virtual background”. From there you will see a few preset backgrounds. You may add any of the backgrounds on this page to your list of virtual backgrounds. 

Click on the background you would like to use and close the settings box.

Note that Virtual Backgrounds work best when there is a solid color flat surface (a wall or curtain) behind you. You do not need a green screen. Virtual backgrounds do work if you do not have a solid color behind you, but they can be glitchy. You child may “disappear” into the background.

Your child should not wear the same color clothes as the flat surface. 

Your child should not wear the same color clothes as the virtual background.

Approved Backgrounds

Background Rules:

Backgrounds are fun, but they can be distracting. Inform your child that the class will stick to one background per session

This helps remind kids that the virtual background is not the main focus of class. A 4 year old might get upset if they like someone else’s background better. For a 9 year old, a virtual background can offer a way to state their own interest without using words. It’s a good idea to invite your child to pick a virtual background with you.

Backgrounds are optional.

If the instructor finds the backgrounds are preventing student learning, the class may be asked to turn off their backgrounds.

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Tips for a successful On Line experience:

Getting Set Up:

    • Your confirmation email should include a link to Zoom. You can join the class using a web browser or the Zoom app. download the Zoom app.
    • Decide whether your using a smart phone, laptop, or computer. If you screencast to a t.v. be sure your microphone and camera are still nearby.
    • Be sure to share your microphone and camera so Rae can see you and hear you (not required for free reading time, but recommended for the interactive portion of the reading group).
    • For Private Lessons make sure Rae has the correct email/ phone number for you so she can learn more about your lesson goals. 

Suspect Illness?

If your child has signs of illness now, it is better to cancel at least 15 minutes before class.Just email or text Rae. You can always reschedule your artist is feeling better.

Email: or text Rae directly at (646) 617-9376


What equipment do i need?

Classes are taught through Zoom. You do not need to download the Zoom app to attend. You may use a computer, table, laptop, or smartphone. If you prefer to simply call in, know that the instructor cannot see you.

Do I have to pay per child?

If the children are sharing the same electronic device you do not need to pay per child.

Do I have to share my camera?

Sharing your camera is necessary for private lessons and group classes.

You do not have to share your camera during reading time or dance jam.

If your child is concerned about other students “seeing” them then let Rae know so arrangements can be made for only Rae to see your child in a group class.

What if we need to cancel?

You may register for class at least 2 hours before the scheduled class time. 

Private lessons may be scheduled at least 1 hour before the scheduled start time. 

Reschedule request may be made no less than 1 hour before the scheduled start time. 

If you are experiencing a health emergency that prohibits canceling with 1 hour notice, please contact Rae to discuss.

Do You offer Refunds?

We understand that restrictions on movement has impacted many families differently. Group Class enrollment remains open up until 15  minutes before the class. Private lesson request are available up until 1 hour before the start time and rescheduling request are accepted up until 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. 

We are unable to provide refunds, but will work with you to reschedule.

Do you offer private lessons ?

Yes! You can schedule a private lesson. The private lesson can be used for 1 child, all the kids, or for the whole family. To schedule visit Private Lessons page or contact Rae direclty.