When lockdown started and all my work stopped, I also stopped after having really busy start of the year. Stopped to have a time to myself and thinking about my work as much as everything else that has been happening. Work has always meant to me a lot, but dance is not just work for me, it's a way of life. I know that sounds cliche, but it's true. :) So really soon after lockdown started, my thoughts went to how can I continue my work and how could I also help people to go through this awful time?
(I am sorry if there is any misspellings, I have hard dyslexia. And sorry for this longer post.. )
Whole of my life dancing has always been the one that kept me going forward. So for having the pleasure to be in this field already over 15 years, I hope to help others to find the same from dancing and movement what I have found.
Facing situation with COVID-19, uncertain times that hit all of us. No one at this point can't really understand what this all can do for our physical and mental health as well. Being in lockdown, possible also away from family and friends as well uncertain feeling about the work field. It is a lot for anyone to handle.
I started to think would the Online Live Classes help others as much as myself? Keep going forward and dancing! So after asking around would people be interested of online live classes, I got many answers back in short time. I thought I need to have ago. Jump out from my comfort zone. I have never been big fan with any type of online learning and dance training for me is also that social aspect of it. Being there with students and other dancers and share that moment with all of us. How this all could really work?
So on 22th of March 2020 when I had the first Online Live class I had so many questions in my mind and asking myself could this really work... After the first class, the feeling was just was something that words can't describe. So much happiness and positive energy was floating around. I still don't know where this all could go, but I will have ago. Definitely this all has open my eyes for new ways to work.
First 11 weeks with the classes I did for free and got contributions as well. Which I am really grateful for!! I felt so blessed having people dancing with me every week! And I still DO!! Now over 13th weeks and over 100 classes I felt we had that social aspect as well, at least in some way. Of course it's never the same as in the normal class. But for that hour we all were connected from different countries as well. And that is priceless and couldn't happen otherwise!! After whole of my career, teaching in different countries I found a way to see the same students again even when I am not physically there. These weeks have definitely taught me a lot and after every class, my heart is just filled up with so much joy.
The classes definitely has helped me to stay sane and keep on dancing, working and sharing that time with lovely people has been again for myself the thing that has kept me going forward. And I truly hope it has given the same for everyone who has been in the classes. I got many lovely messages through these weeks and it gave me more strength to continue even when some classes got more quiet. I also wanted to understand more the impact what these classes has given to my participants. So I set up the survey to understand that.
After launching my own Summer Online Training program, it was again moment of jumping into unknown. Really scary moment.. what will happen... Would it still work.... Even though when lockdown starts to easy up, it still doesn't take the problems away that I have heard through out all my career: Can't make the class after work. Didn't have enough time.....
I hope through this program I will help people to find away to continue dancing even if there is not much time or chance to go into classes physically. Also finding away to try something new in dancing and just find your groove back!
My goal is to create more chances for all to learn more about different styles, what works for you and what doesn't. Create more chances to dance anywhere and anytime! Creating our own Online dance community where every one is welcomed no matter what is your background, age or your training level. Teaching with a passion for dance and training for healthier mind and body. Motivating you all to continue no matter what challenges comes in your way.
So these are my goals and I hope I will continue this journey with you all.
Below you can see the feedback I have got so far. I am so thankful for each of you who has given me your time to participate into the classes and answering this survey! Thank you all!<3
You are always welcomed to the classes, first timers or "old" students!
Don't think I will start tomorrow, signed up now and get on going. :) It's never too late to go back in your training and getting that groove back.
Come and join in our; "THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, BUT ONLY GOOD SOLOS" community. :D
Thank you all again and I truly hope to see you in the classes!
I am still looking forward to hear from you, the survey is still open for your feedback:
If you have any comments or thoughts, just stay in touch.
You can also email to me firstname.lastname@example.org
What kind of experience the classes has given you ?
It is lovely to keep dancing as it's the best therapy and way to forget about the world situation for an hour. The fact that they're online and not a video on YouTube makes it somehow easier to commit to a weekly routine. It's also incredible to see your spirit is equally high as it would be on real class - just that makes it worth participating.
Makes the quarantine easier to handle
It's been good to be involved in a lot more classes than I would be able to do in person. Its given me a routine and something to get up for during lockdown. It's made me feel connected. Its helped me stay fit. Its helped me experience different styles I wouldn't have tried before. Its given me a better view of what you demonstrate than in person sometimes.
They give me a lot of energy and they are good exercise. I also like the different options for some of dances.
Fantastic. My laptop not working so need to get a new one to continue
Just wonderful- I love that I can do more classes with Pirita because I don't have to travel into Edinburgh or stay late after work.
It's a highlight of me week. It's so great to play and move about it. The instruction is really helpful.
The classes have been really fun and uplifting, and it's nice to carry on doing something that feels normal and get a bit of exercise at the same time.
A proper, full dance workout and routine with professional instruction which I could not get otherwise. The fact that it's live and not pre-recorded gives me extra motivation and the feeling that I'm connected to the outside world (although the fact that classes are recorded and I can catch up on them later is