You have probably seen the news that lockdown is being lifted - gradually.
And while many businesses can start to operate, gyms, which I have been using as the best proxy for dance studios, must be outdoors. Therefore, it is still not quite certain when Destine Dance can return. Or indeed what form it will return in.
That's why this week I thought I would first share an interesting dance experience I had some time ago and then tell you more about the formulating plans for when Destine Dance does come back.
TANGO IN PRISON
If you watch the TV series Wentworth, then you might have seen this scene
I can give you some interesting background on this. I did the choreography for it and trained the actors.
First thing that I think is of interest is that it was not possible to show just how well they could really dance. One of the actors had injured their back, and a body double was needed. That meant it was hard to have a close up of them dancing many of the more advanced figures they had learned.
And that's a shame because they had all learned to dance really well. There were two reasons I noticed for this:
THE NEW DESTINE DANCE
A few weeks back I asked for some ideas on what you would like to see when Destine Dance returns. A number of people got back to me with some ideas - thanks you were one who did. Based on those ideas, I am going to create a survey to bounce some ideas off you and other students. I will use the results of the survey to see which ideas are worth trying first to see what gets traction. The survey will be sent out in next week's update.
Have a great week
As you likely know, restrictions are easing. So you do know, I plan on opening up when gyms and sports clubs are allowed to open. That is unless dance studios get special mention.
Hopefully we will see each other soon.
Also, apologies for any delays in responses or if the updates come at odd times. I have been engaged by Planet Innovation as a manufacturing engineer to set up a manufacturing facility for the production of 2000 ventilators. You might have seen a mention of the plan in the news. The process is not as smooth as one would like so my hours can fluctuate.
Until next update, I hope all your experiences are good ones
First off: how are you? Each time I post or send an update, I often get a number of responses from various people. These have dropped off of late. So I do wonder if some people are a little dispirited of late given all the social isolation. And that's why I thought I'd ask to see how all is going.
Did you check out the video shared on the Facebook page? It has scenes from a dance show that includes a few people from the studio. If you did not see it, then go take a look.
Finally, if you are looking for something to do at home to improve your dancing, then I recommend Salsa on the Beat - http://www.salsaisgood.com/Salsa_Timing_Package/Salsa_Timing_CD.htm. It's the music I use at times in salsa class with the counting. If you can keep time so salsa music, then you can keep time to pretty much anything! A handy attribute to have.
This blog is written by the staff at Destine Dance and is inspired by the questions and challenges faced by our students