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The 7 Stages of Dancers Adjusting to Social Distancing

We don't want to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic (please stay safe, everybody). But, because we could all use a chuckle right now: Here's a walk through the feelings dancers have been feeling as we figure out what it means to "dance remotely."


Shock

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Wait—you're telling me I don't have 5 hours of class and rehearsal every day? Is this…real life?

Denial

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There's no way they'll keep this up for long. Dancers can't work remotely. The show must go on, right?

Guilt

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Why, why, why didn't I go full-out in that last run-through? Who knows when I'll dance that piece again in a space larger than my kitchen?

Anger

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I can't BELIEVE this! Of course it's all happening THIS year, when I had that epic solo in my now-canceled show.

Sadness

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Everything feels gray when I can't get to the studio. I miss my dance friends. I miss my teachers. I'm even starting to miss that dressing-room foot stink.

Reconstruction

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OK. Your technique isn't going to maintain itself. Let's start streaming those online classes. Also: Maybe it's time to become a TikTok star?

Acceptance

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This isn't forever. With the help of the internet (specifically Mark Kanemura), I will survive. And I'm NEVER going to stop dancing—even if it's just in my living room!

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Class of 2020, These Ballet Stars Have a Heartfelt Video Message Just for You

Congratulations to this year's graduating seniors!

You might not have had the chance to take that long planned-for final bow, but we're here to cheer you on and celebrate all that you've accomplished. And we've brought together stars from across the ballet world to help us; check out the video to hear their best wishes for your futures.

To further fête all of the ballet grads out there, we're also giving away 100 free subscriptions to Pointe... plus, one lucky bunhead will receive a personalized message from one of ballet's biggest stars. Click here to enter!


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Is the #EsmeraldaChallenge Quarantine's Next Big Thing?

By this point in the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, people are completely burned out on dancing at home. So it's no surprise that last week, all-around dance superstar Alex Wong posted a video on Instagram performing the famous La Esmeralda variation... but in his living room. And with a frying pan instead of a tambourine.

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Updated: Mark Your Calendars for These Online Ballet Performances

Updated on 5/27/2020

Since COVID-19 has forced ballet companies around the world to cancel performances—and even the remainder of their seasons—many are keeping their audiences engaged by streaming or posting pre-recorded performances onto their websites or social media channels. To help keep you inspired during these challenging times, we've put together a list of upcoming streaming events and digital performances.

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