In recent weeks, pandemic regulations have changed the face of dance instruction. With public spaces closed and social gatherings forbidden, many dance teachers have turned to a method of teaching they’d never considered before: the online dance class.
Being unable to go to your favorite local dance class can be a bummer, but now you have unprecedented access to an incredible number of talented dance teachers!
Here are some of our favorites:
Solo Jazz with Stina
Stina Dallons is New York City based swing teacher now teaching live solo jazz classes every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 7 PM EST. Stina’s classes are streamed via Facebook live on her personal Facebook page. Classes are donations based, so you just pay what you can. Stina gives half of her donations to You Should Be Dancing Studios and the other half to charity.
Swing Classes with Laura Keat
Acclaimed Lindy Hop and Balboa instructor Laura Keat has taken a temporary break from teaching at large swing conferences to offer one-on-one instruction and workshops for Bal follows. She’s also working on launching instructional videos. Information about Laura Keat’s classes can be found on her website.
Dance Breaks with Jess Grippo
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to cut loose and dance intuitively then consider tuning into Dance Breaks with Jess Grippo. This published author, entrepreneur, and ballet teacher currently hosts Dance Breaks every Wednesday at 1PM EST. Jess’ Dance Breaks are free but donations are welcome.
Follow Focus with Natalia Eristavi
Love Lindy? You can now learn from international Lindy Hop instructor Natalia Eristavi! Natalia is creating online instructional content for swing and jazz dancers via her Patreon page. There are three tier options you can subscribe to receive online dance instruction from Natalia.
West Coast Swing with Jérome & Bonnie Subey
Want to learn some solo WCS drills via Facebook live? Then join Jérome & Bonnie Subey in their online dance dojo! Classes are available to anyone, but a donation is requested. Suggested donation is $10. Check out the Subey’s Facebook page for upcoming online dance classes!
Low Intermediate Ballet Bar Classes with Mané and Roger Plaut
Washington D.C. based couple Mané and Roger are a dynamic duo with decades of experience and they want to teach you ballet! This charismatic teacher team offers hour-long lessons every Tuesday and Friday at 7 PM EST. Classes are $10 or 4 classes for $35.
Structured Swing Instruction with Syncopated City
Want to work through a comprehensive library of exceptionally produced lessons at your own pace? Want live coaching and access to a community forum? Consider a subscription to Syncopated City. For $25 a month you’ll receive instruction from experienced professionals on floor craft, bodywork, solo or partnered movement, and more!
West Coast Swing Phil and Flore
Want a West Coast Swing class every Wednesday? Tune in to Phil and Flore online from Montreal at 7 PM EST on Wednesdays. Take 4 classes for $43 from this Canadian based couple of international West Coast Swing champions.
Wine Down-Dog with Jes Ann Nail
This chill Vinyasa yoga class is perfect for any dancer. All you’ll need for this 45-minute flow is your yoga mat, a glass of wine (or other drink of your choice), a quiet space, and $10. Jes Ann also teaches a variety of dance classes including solo footwork drills and more. Follow all her classes on her Facebook page.
Want more options for epic online dance classes to take this Spring? Check out our website’s curated list of upcoming online dance classes!
Now that we’re all in stay-at-home mode, it’s time to finally dust off that checklist of things I’ve always wanted to do. If you’ve ever said to yourself, “Someday I’ll learn to do a handstand properly or get flexible enough to reach the ground in full split,” then we have something in common.
Up until recently, it seemed like I could never find the time to be at home with myself, all sprawled out on the living room floor dressed in athleisure with nowhere to go. And now, there’s a golden opportunity to teach my body something new. This is where Lana comes in.
Lana Heintjes is an aerial and AcroYoga instructor based in New Paltz, New York. A little more than 10 years ago, the summer after high school, she got her yoga certification and immediately began teaching at her college. She’s been teaching full-time for the last six years. She worked hard to build up her yoga and circus career her first two years out of college, training and teaching part-time at a local studio. Beyond acrobatic arts, clients come to her for everything from AcroYoga and flexibility training to mastering the handstand.
Before the recent stay-home-fight-COVID-19 movement, Lana taught regularly at Vitality Yoga, Hudson Valley Circus Arts, and Mohonk Mountain House, an old-timey hotel with a luxury vibe. At Mohonk, she teaches AcroYoga to an older crowd — even folks in their 70s “rock it” she says.
In the past week, Lana has gone from teaching around weekly 15 group lessons and weekend workshops to transitioning her career to all online instruction. Her first online class happened last Sunday. It was a partner workout class geared toward people who live with a partner or roommate. Five couples attended and even some people joined by themselves for the solo exercises.
Here’s how they set it up: They asked everyone to have their cameras on but audio muted, so they could see everyone and give feedback, without the risk of random background noise. Lana and her partner, Kelley, demonstrated the stretches while Casey, her other partner guided the class verbally, from the computer.
Best friends and roommates Lana and Casey have been working together for 3 years. They met through a mutual friend, and soon after Casey began training at Vitality Yoga. Now the two, along with friend and roommate Kelley, teach and perform together regularly. They’ve even started what they call “Acro-lele” where Casey sings and plays ukulele while Lana holds her up in the air with her feet, laying on her back.
The pair are planning to record online classes including topics like AcroYoga, inversion training and handstand coaching. That’s right. You, too, can realize your dreams of playing a musical instrument while dangling from the pedestal created by your partner’s feet.
Lana offers virtual private lessons for $80 an hour. For those who are now out of work and still want coaching, she’s offering AcroYoga lessons at a sliding-scale cost, starting from $40. Her live weekly group classes are donation-based and you can reach out to Lana on her Instagram to join. See the class schedule here.
Lana’s Must-Have AcroYoga Tools:
- Acumobility Ball– It sticks to surfaces, like walls, so you can massage yourself by rubbing against it.
- Topricin Sports Cream– Fast pain relief for all the muscle pains that might come from being highly active.
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