FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - These ballerinas are getting extra creative during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doing whatever it takes to keep them on their toes, even if they can't join in the studio.
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Fort Wayne Ballet's Artistic Director, Karen Gibbons-Brown, says, "We’ve been able to share our passion during the pandemic. And that’s a gift.”
The ballet company switched to online classes six times a week.
Gibbons-Brown says, “It’s wonderful to see them [the dancers] on the Zoom platform, but the most difficult part of this is not being able to see them regularly and communicate in the immediate moment.”
But now the professional dancers can practice social distancing while "social dancing" from anywhere.
Fort Wayne Ballet company dancer, Amber Bailey, says,“We’ve been cooking in our kitchens in our pointe shoes and cleaning our cars and figuring out how to take videos of us around the house cleaning."
Dancing through the pandemic helps the ballerinas stick together even if they're far apart.
Fort Wayne Ballet company dancer, Jillian Lee, says,“I think we’ve been really lucky because we have been able to keep dancing...It might be in your kitchen, but you’re still able to enjoy yourself.”
And they encourage you to find your creative edge, too.
Amber Bailey says, "Whatever you can find that keeps you going, whether that’s a new hobby or exploring something that you haven’t had time to do before...I think those are some of the things that can come out of this period as a positive.”