My first piece of advice is to never underestimate the power of positivity in a crisis.
At the start of Covid-19, the world went into lockdown. I thought that my business would end, I would lose my pupils and also my studio. I spent the first two weeks grieving for a loss that hadn’t happened yet. After two weeks of no dance in my life, I picked myself up and realised how much my mental and physical wellbeing relied on it. When I choreograph, I feel the music, visualise routines and whole performances so I have been grateful for more quiet time to listen to music and be even more creative. It’s been a lifeline. Embrace and grow your passion for dance during this time, it will fuel your positivity.
Open your mind to new ideas.
I could never have imagined using technology to teach dance, but I now strongly believe it will give more people access to the discipline in the future. People don’t have to leave their homes, they can participate in classes and receive the same personal feedback on technique. They can, in some cases, feel more relaxed and confident and less intimidated by being in their own space. Teaching dance has probably changed forever. Even when the studio re opens, I will use Zoom to hold parent meetings and offer extra practices before exams and performances.