Its been 4 weeks since our last blog post and how things have changed! With nearly half the worlds population staying at home, the COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of dancers stuck indoors and unable to go to their regular dance classes, studios and competitions.
Over the last few weeks there has been a growing number of free dance lessons and performances appearing online.
We thought we would list some of the classes and performances available to you from the comfort of your own home. Perfect for seasoned dancers or a great opportunity to try something new!
Sadler’s Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance, wherever you are in the world.
Dance – Family Dance Workshops https://www.youtube.com/user/sadlerswells/videos
Free online activities for people to dance along to at home, with Family Dance Workshops specially created to connect with younger children, and Company of Elders Workshops for older audience
For their 20th anniversary year, the BalletBoyz bring together some of the world’s most innovative choreographers and composers
An enchanting dance-theatre fairytale directed by Liv Lorent.
Directed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant, The Thread is inspired by ancient mythology and set to explosive electronic music
Our house to your house
Watch – Offering a schedule of free broadcasts and live content https://www.roh.org.uk/streaming
The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School perform Matthew Hart’s Peter and the Wolf, choreographed to Prokofiev’s charming music. This recording was originally made in 2010 and is available to watch on-demand until 26 April 2020.
The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet present Wayne McGregor’s production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea
With The Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nunez, sharing three of her most memorable performances
A dark, surrealist nightmare is conjured up in Arthur Pita’s dance-theatre adaptation of Kafka’s novella
Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes the most masterful of narrative ballets in Christopher Wheeldon’s inspired adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot, broadcast free online as part of the Royal Opera House’s #OurHouseToYourHouse series.
Dance – The Royal Ballet’s daily class takes part online and share snippets on their social media feeds
Home from Home
Dance – A special 90 min ballet class led by Dominic Antonucci Part of BBC’s Culture in Quarantine
A poignant and unique solo performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Céline Gittens. This “gift to you”, The Swan, has an ending specially adapted by Director Carlos Acosta. He says this “dance about life, about hope”, which was filmed in performers’ homes, is “a new beginning”
Dance – Series of online dance classes for all ages and abilities
Free online ballet exercise classes, designed to get the older generation moving to the music at home. Royal Academy of Dance teacher and Silver Swans expert practitioner Sarah Platt as she brings her motivational ballet classes directly to you at home. A series of classes aimed at the over 55’s.
ENB at Home
Free access to great content, as well as ways to keep you fit and moving.
Dance – Online Ballet class
Beginners ballet class with Sarah Golightly
Professional ballet class with Tamara Rojo
Watch – ENB Philharmonic working from home
Listen – Feel Good Ballet playlist on Spotify
Northern Ballet from Home
Based on George Orwell’s masterpiece and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins, 1984 pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet and won the dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in June 2016.
From NYCB with Love
Watch – Virtual collaboration between NYCB dancers of a short excerpt from The Times Are Racing
Excerpt from Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth
Lauren Lovette Principal Dancer Creating a piece in real time throughout April
Move with MCB
Dance – You’re invited to join Miami City Ballet’s livestream dance classes via @miamicityballet Instagram. These classes are a fun way to get your body moving, and cater for beginners to experienced dancers. Everybody is welcome!
Keep on Dancing
Dance – Ballet Barre lessons
As you can see there is plenty to do in lockdown! But if you are already doing all of the above, then have you discovered TikTok yet?!
If you haven’t this is the time! It was made for dancers 😉
Its great entertainment and has fun dance challenges to do with the whole family, or you could just watch!
Check out our favourite dancers on Tiktok
Leticia Stock @brazilianballerina
Ava Grace @fettuccine.alfredo.baby
Olivia Jacobus @livijacobus
Joe Hughes @joe.hughes
Emma Barret @thewaisan
And that’s it for now! If you know of any other online dance activities please share your links below in the comments section.
And remember Dancers in Lockdown, Stay strong, Stay Safe and keep dancing