As you all know, due to the coronavirus outbreak, businesses are shutting down left and right. And dance studios are no exception. Luckily, regardless of your location or skill level, there are still resources at every dancer’s disposal to continue his/her training. Yes, I’m talking about online tutorials. Check out the list below of websites for dance tutorials.
For the above websites, you will need to pay to access tutorials. See the website for specific payment details. Some even offer a free class or a free week to try out their products.
But, trust me, I didn’t forget about everyone’s favorite online video platform. There are a ton of dance tutorials on YouTube. It can be overwhelming, actually. (Recommendation: Matt Steffanina has a handful of tutorials that I think are great.) Since there is a surplus of tutorials on YouTube, just make sure that the people you are learning from are qualified dancers and choreographers.
Another popular resource is CLI Studios. This company, however, only works with studios, not with individual consumers. Studio owners and teachers, be sure to check them out at http://www.clistudios.com.
At this time there is an abundance of choreographers teaching free live dance classes! There are so many options; it is hard to keep track of them all. I suggest following @freedancetraining on Instagram. They have an up to date list of free classes for dancers. Bonus! They also have some workout classes specifically for dancers listed!
For those of you who don’t find the use of online tutorials a very appealing training option, consider the benefits before rejecting the option:
- When the COVID-19 crisis passes and your studio reopens, there may still come a day when you miss a rehearsal or a practice. At that point, you may have to learn your part from a video. This may even happen to you for a professional job. Using online tutorials now will allow you to get used to learning off of a device rather than from a person. It never hurts to be prepared to learn choreography off of a video. Consider it a skill-building exercise.
- Training via online tutorials is a great way to practice movement pick-up. Test yourself: follow the tutorial and then don’t rewind it. See how quickly you can actually pick up the movement. If you discover that movement pick-up is a struggle for you, no worries! You can rewind and watch it as many times as you need. The benefit of online tutorials is that you can take things at your own pace and not worry about falling behind in an actual class.
- This is a perfect opportunity to try new dance instructors. Maybe you can’t take some instructors’ classes because they are on the other side of the country, or maybe you find their classes intimidating. Studying with a new instructor through an online tutorial is a great solution. Take advantage of this opportunity, because taking class from new dance instructors only makes you a more versatile and well-rounded dancer. Everyone dances differently and everyone teaches differently. Being able to learn from all different types of people, no matter their teaching style, is a great quality to have.
- It’s a perfect way to get you out of your comfort zone. Try a new style! Perhaps you are scared of looking silly or being embarrassed in front of others. This problem disappears when you are in the comfort of your home.
- Online tutorials will force you to (1) be more observant and (2) take more responsibility for the learning process. You can’t ask questions when watching a tutorial. If you have a question or are confused about something, you will have to go back and watch on the video again in order to figure it out for yourself. This is an important skill to develop, because sometimes, in a packed class or at an audition, you can’t ask a question. You just have to figure it out. Practice doing so now.
If you give dance tutorials a try and find that they aren’t for you, that’s okay. There are plenty of ways to improve your dancing without taking an actual class. As dancers we can always work on flexibility, strengthening our bodies, and our freestyle! There is an abundance of workout tutorials online as well. No matter what you prefer, we can all do something to maintain our training for when we step back into the studio. Best of luck to everyone and stay safe!