So, here we all are, all of a sudden. Physically distant. Mostly at home. Keeping ourselves 1.5 metres apart. Missing those dance classes, those rehearsals, those audiences... this was definitely not in the plans for 2020! What to do? Adapt!
Here is how one independent dance artist, Jamie Winbank, formerly Ausdance ACT's Youth Dance Festival Creative Director, responded to isolation and the need to dance - The Social disDANCE Project: Dancing On My Own.
And here is how Dance for Wellbeing at Belco Arts responded - classes, online.
Online is the place to be in the time of Covid 19. Organisations and studios are providing classes using video and virtual 'conferencing' services. Dance companies and choreographers are making work, at home, about being in this strange time - Canberra's Australian Dance Party is active with video.
As we celebrate dance through Dance Week 2020, we see that online is the significant development in dance services and performances. It's something we'll be exploring and featuring.