|Photo: Anton Titov
Since April, I've been taking class on Zoom. Laurie, our ballet teacher teaches from her carpeted loft. I dance on the wood floor of the dining room after scooting the chairs and the table to the side. Most of us use a chair for a barre, though one of the younger students has a barre at home.
This setup works fairly well for me unless my cat Ozzie decides to stretch out on the keyboard. It may be comfy for him, but he blocks my screen view or sometimes presses a key to shut off Zoom. So, after I move Oz (who then sits on my makeshift barre) I follow along by listening and watching my teacher. When we've completed thirty minutes of barre exercises, we push our chairs out of the way to do center work. Here's where it gets tricky. Most of us have limited space, so our adagio (slow) and allegro (fast) movements are more confined. We don't have the luxury to spread out for waltzing, pirouetting, and leaping across the room.
Then in July, ballet studios in Kentucky opened their doors with safety measures in place. I joined Laurie's in-person class which had been limited to ten dancers. All students wore masks when entering the studio, used hand sanitizer, and did temperature checks. The waiting area was divided into spaces six feet apart so that dancers could spread out to pull on leg warmers and step into ballet slippers. Each student had their own barre to promote social distancing.
À la prochaine!