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Ballet class taught virtually to dancers during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 2:48 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 20:10:30-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Local ballet classes are being taught virtually during the coronavirus crisis.

During class, ballet dancers are able to forget that they’re in the middle of a viral pandemic. Never in a million years, did Donna Carver expect to teach ballet via zoom due to COVID-19.

“No, this is so out of space for me,” Carver said, “I was young during the space age, I remember landing on the moon, all those things.”

Teaching virtually has its challenges, especially with counting, since there's a delay.

“That has thrown me, but that’s a very simple thing to get rid of, to not be worried about, because we’re in this new age," Carver said.

Katherine Kennon said the class helps her not go crazy while in quarantine. “And I miss these people, I took a few classes online, but I miss them so it’s nice to be back in ‘studio’ with them.”

Another ballet dancer in the class is Melissa Yokom Koehn, the mom of NewsChannel5’s Alexandra Koehn. The virtual class helps her relive the glory days as a ballerina.

“For us to still pretend that we’re young again, and we’re dancing in our brains, like we did when we were young,” Koehn said.

While a kitchen, or an apartment, might not be a ballet studio, they’re adapting to the times.

Carver said, “It’s just whatever space they have available because you don’t have to fly across the room to work out, you can do it in standing position, and get just as much of a workout with the isolation of the muscles.”

A little piece of happiness, and peace of mind, helps isolation go by a little bit faster for those in the dance community.

Carver teaches her intermediate class through The Studio Belle Meade. As of now, she’s not teaching beginner classes virtually as many of the instructions are in French.