Enjoy these fun ideas from dance classes to streamed performances

What an unusual year it’s been for dancers all around the world but on the positive side, the virtual world of dance has never been more accessible. Enjoy these fun ideas from dance classes to streamed performances. 


Online Classes, Performances and Events


Jane Franklin Dance Presents Virtual Kick-Off

Featuring: Jane Franklin Dance in real time and pre-recorded dances will be live on Saturday, Sept 12 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are by donation and $10 is the minimum. The online link will be emailed following donation. Donations of $20 and above receive a FREE Vimeo on Demand performance. Visit https://www.janefranklin.com/kick-off 


Watch Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions, I’ve Been Waiting For This by Joseph Gordon and Adrian Danchig-Waring

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presented the premieres of new commissions from Joseph Gordon and Adrian Danchig-Waring; and Alejandro Cerrudo and Ana Lopez. “I’ve Been Waiting For This” by Joseph Gordon and Adrian Danchig-Waring is now live on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MgUGJW1Jgw. This is commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Co-presented by Allies in Arts, Dyamant Pictures, Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, and New York City Center. “I’ve Been Waiting For This” is a reflection of our time spent in isolation during the beginning stages of the coronavirus pandemic. 


The New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020 (Online)

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute presents the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020 online, October 15-25, 2020. The Festival will feature an exciting program of butoh workshops and exclusive Zoom performances of works by butoh dancers from Asia, Latin America, South Africa, New York, and the United States. Vangeline’s nonfiction book, Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, will also be released during the Festival with a free book giveaway. Tickets are $5-$10 and can be purchased at www.vangeline.com/online-tickets


Aged forty+ Project with Brynna Wilder

Jane Franklin Dance Presents Forty+ Fall Project 1, explore movement and performance in a creative project. Featuring: Choreographer Brynna Wilder in the Virtual space. The Wednesday, weekly class will run from, Sept 16 – Oct 21, 2020 from 1 – 2 pm and the tuition is: $100. Visit https://www.janefranklin.com/adult-dance/forty-plus. Forty+ celebrates the collective creativity of people past the age of 40. Forty+ Fall Project 1 features choreographer Brynna Wilder in weekly sessions on Zoom with one or two meetings outdoors and in-person as conditions allow. Forty+ is frequently seen in concerts presented by Jane Franklin Dance and for organizations serving older adults.


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Free One-Hour Company Classes on Zoom

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is keeping its dancers in shape by conducting regular Company Classes and rehearsals online from Nai-Ni and Company dancer’s living rooms using Zoom while inviting intermediate/advanced level dancers around the world to join the class at no cost. On July 20th,  Nai-Ni Chen relaunched the classes and renamed the program: The Bridge. The new title signifies the Company’s focus on supporting artists of color whose practices are embed-ded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance. The mission is, through cyber-space, to provide the physical experience in the boundary-breaking dances from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) Community. Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s website: http://nainichen.org/company-class.


Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center Present a Reimagined “Table of Silence Project 9/11”

The socially-distanced performance will be live streamed from Lincoln Center beginning at 7:55am on Friday, September 11, 2020 and conclude at 8:46am, the time the first tower was hit on 9/11/01, followed by welcome remarks from industry leaders, a new world premiere film featuring dancers from around the world, and the full 2019 Table of Silence Project 9/11. Part of Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome), the offering will be streamed at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center’s Facebook Page. The video will also be available on-demand on LincolnCenter.org/TableOfSilenceProject and Buglisi Dance Theatre’s YouTube channel following the premiere.


Free Virtual International Dance Festival

DDCF’s Choreographers Showcase is an opportunity to bring together artists and dancers from around the world to share their current projects with each other, and DDCF audiences alike. Tune in September 12th at 7 p.m. to watch! Subscribe to their YouTube channel to engage with the festival! This year, DDCF is proud to present 9 artists from different areas of the United States in this presentation of diverse dance work. To learn more about each artist, visit the Official DDCF Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/artlabj


American ballet dancer Misty Copeland has classes for you

Misty Copeland has been featured in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms  and is providing dance “Masterclasses” online. The 12-minute videos are aimed at dancers of all ages and levels. You can sign up here and they offer a free trial. 


Watch New York’s LaneCoArts virtual performance 

During these past few weeks LaneCoArts has been working on a virtual creative project with the incredible dancers Gabriel Berger, Nina SF Chong, Dominique Dobransky, Caleb Patterson, Anne-Marie White and Fabricio Seraphin. See their online experimentation here: https://vimeo.com/447227343


Image courtesy of Jane Franklin Dance, Virtual Kick-Off