Some of our favorite dance companies are offering free online tuition for all ages and abilities.
It’s impressive how quickly the dance community has reacted to delivering dance online. As well as some fantastic performances, there are a huge number of live and recorded online dance classes being delivered by some of the finest dancers and companies in the country. Through the incredible reach of the internet we are suddenly able to take a class, for free, wherever we live in the world.
Whether you are a beginner, a student or a performer, there is something for everyone. We have picked out some of our favorites to keep you all moving during the lockdown.
BODYTRAFFIC - L.A. Contemporary Dance Company
Every Monday BODYTRAFFIC will be posting their Company Ballet Class with a focus on placement and strength. Classes fuse ballet with cross training exercises for a total body experience. We love the class conducted by Guzman Rosado, Artistic Associate at BODYTRAFFIC
Dances for a Variable Population - Creative Movement for all
‘Dances for a Variable Population’ focuses on inspiring strong and creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities. Usually, their free programs are only available at their studio in New York City but now we can all join in! We like their ‘Park Bench Exercises’ Videos for older people - keep moving in the fresh air whilst social distancing.
Backhaus Dance - O.C. Contemporary Dance Company
Orange County contemporary dance company Backhaus Dance have just launched ‘BD Online / Move With Us’ virtual classroom. They are offering varied technique and conditioning classes and their free content will be delivered weekly. The BD mantra? “Take a break, catch a breath of fresh air, and dance with us.”
Tiler Peck - New York City Ballet principal ballerina
‘Turn it out with Tiler’ Take a live ballet class with Tiler Peck direct from her home. She is broadcasting every day on Instagram Live at 10:00am PST. She invites special guests to join her every day. Last week she had Jennifer Nettles sing live to accompany the class!
Jacob Jonas The Company - LA Contemporary Dance Company create #adigitaldance
’Let’s create something together while we are apart.’
Usually we love to see Jacob Jonas The Company’s mix of breakdance, acrobatics, and contemporary ballet on The Barclay stage but during this virtual moment they are inviting you to join them in creating a new digital dance piece. Every Monday and Friday they are sharing a new #adigitaldance task via social media and asking us all to film our outdoor performances.
Watch their inspiring #adigitaldance video announcement
To find all the dance tasks so far follow them on social media and check out #adigitaldance Jacob Jonas The Company
Stay Home, Stay Safe and Keep Dancing!
(Photo: Dancer Guzman Rosado of BODYTRAFFIC. Image credit: Skye Schmidt)