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Take Virtual Class From Your Kitchen Counter With These Pros

Updated March 20, 2020

One of the hardest parts of hunkering down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is giving up our daily routines. And for dancers, that means class. Last week we shared a number of online teaching platforms (including Miami City Ballet principal soloist Lauren Fadely's new virtual ballet school), but now there are even more options. Over the weekend a handful of pros stepped forward to share that they'll be giving virtual class via Instagram or Facebook Live. So stake a claim to your kitchen counter, and start organizing your schedule for the week.

Have you seen an option for online class that we've missed? Share it in the comments and we'll add it to this list!


Tamara Rojo

English National Ballet artistic director and lead principal dancer, Tamara Rojo, is teaching class via ENB's YouTube and Facebook pages. You can watch today's class here, or tune in tomorrow!

Where: English National Ballet on YouTube or Facebook

When: Saturday, March 21 at 11 am GMT/7 am EST

Tiler Peck

We're excited to share that New York City Ballet star Tiler Peck will continue with another week of daily class. And, in case you truly can't get enough ballet in your life, she's added Saturday. Don't forget to use the hashtag #turnitoutwithtiler.

Where: @tilerpeck Live

When: Saturday, March 21 followed by Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27 at 10 am PST/1 pm EST

NYC Community Ballet

NYC Community Ballet opened up its advanced ballet classes, taught by a rotating list of pros, to the public via Zoom. This week's schedule includes Bethany Mitchell, Michelle Thompson Ulerich and Tyler Schnese. You can check out the full month's listing here.

Where: Zoom. Email nycommunityballet@gmail for details.

When: Tuesday, March 17 and Friday, March 30 from 10:30 am-12 pm EST, and Saturday, March 21 from 2-4 pm

LINES Dance Center

San Francisco's LINES Dance Center, the school affiliated with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, is now offering discounted classes via Zoom.

Where: Follow this link to register on Zoom.

When: See the full schedule of classes, including ballet, contemporary, pilates and more, here.

Ashley Bouder

Ashley Bouder gave us an extra treat this week: live-streamed classes every day. Plus, the NYCB principal is saving the classes to her YouTube channel, so you can come back to them later.

Where: Ashley Bouder on YouTube

When: Available now! Stay tuned for next week's schedule.

Dancewear Royale

Leotard brand Dancewear Royale is hosting a series of teachers on its Instagram account. And better yet, they're posting the classes to IGTV, so you can check them out anytime. The classes range from ballet to pilates to core workout.

Where: @dancewearroyal IGTV

When: Available now!

Patricia Zhou

Los Angeles–based dancer Patricia Zhou taught her first class via Instagram Live today, and just announced that she'll be continuing daily for the foreseeable future. You can catch up on last week's classes on IGTV.

Where: @patricia_zhou Live or on IGTV

When: Daily at 10 am PST/1 pm EST

Mary Carpenter

You might know ballet teacher Mary Carpenter from her popular YouTube channel, Dancewithmary NYC. Carpenter's full hour and a half-long class is now available on Facebook.

Where: @dancewithmarynyc on Facebook

When: Available now!

Sarah Lane

Want to take this time to work one-on-one with a ballet star? American Ballet Theatre principal Sarah Lane is offering virtual private lessons or group classes for students and young professionals.

Where: Direct message @saralaneofficial

When: Anytime!

Alicia Graf Mack 

Ever wondered what it's like to take class at The Juilliard School? Now you can find out. Juilliard dance director (and former Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater star) Alicia Graf Mack is giving barre online on Juilliard's Instagram.

Where: @juilliardschool

When: Available now!

Bloch EU

Bloch EU streamed its first class via Instagram Live today, taught by Christine Shevchenko and Irina Dvorovenko. On Sunday, Camilla Mancuso is taking over. Stay tuned for who else is on deck next week.

Where: @bloch_eu LIVE

When: 5 pm GMT/1 pm EST. Stay tuned for next week's schedule.

The Cindies (aka James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston)

Everyone's favorite ballet duo taught joint class again today. While we don't know what next week will bring, we're thrilled to see that American Ballet Theatre principals James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston are encouraging students to donate to the Dancers' Emergency Fund, set up to create a safety net for ABT artists in need of financial assistance.

In the meantime, you can fill your weekend with a Jane Fonda-esque 80s style workout let by Whiteside, now available on IGTV.

Where: @jamesbwhiteside LIVE or @isabellaboylston LIVE

When: Stay tuned for next week's schedule.

Chun Wai Chan

After the success of this week's class, Houston Ballet principal Chun Wai Chan returns next Wednesday.

Where: @chunner LIVE

When: Wednesday, March 25 at 1 pm CST/2 pm EST

Alison Stroming

Alison Stroming has added her voice to the conversation. The former Dance Theatre of Harlem member and model taught two all-levels classes this week, one for Capezio and a second for AS Dancewear. We're excited to see what next week brings.

Where: @alisonstroming Live

When: Stay tuned for next week's schedule.

Camilla Mancuso

Italian dancer Camilla Mancuso, formerly a member of Hungarian National Ballet, is now posting her daily classes on Instagram. Join in with Mancuso live from Rome, where she's currently quarantined.

Where: @_camillamancuso Live

When: Stay tuned for next week's schedule.

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