Like many of us, I went from complaining about Zoom teaching to accepting our fate and preparing with enthusiasm to keep students engaged through it. I discovered I’d rather have dance in my life that not have it at all, even via Zoom! And after seeing the happy faces on the screen, I knew that there had to be, somehow, a light at the end of the tunnel.
Every day I heard of some ballet company or art organization closing its doors and cancelling their season. I became anxious and restless trying to find a way to cope with this base-line trauma and grasp our “new reality”.
Fortunately, in my case the extremely resilient leaders at the Ballet Arizona family had done a fantastic job keeping the company and school working, the company season going. They were quick to come up with new and creative fundraising strategies, while still engaging the community with virtual and social distant performances. Our audience, supporters and community did answer the call!
And I am sincerely grateful for the generosity and the outpour of love coming from the community I now live in. Our leadership team and development staffed worked extremely hard and were successful. Their creative alternatives and combined efforts to keep supporters engaged worked. They stepped up big time and our organization is thriving because of them.
It was nice for me to see how many creative individuals in the dance community stepped up and so many alternatives were designed to keep creatives creating and audiences engaged.
Despite the loss of jobs, screen fatigue and the overall toll of the pandemic, the dance community kept supporting each other; dancers began teaching more, teachers began to study more and the need to keep up with technology became more urgent and inevitable across the board.