Pleasant Hill Diablo Ballet Dance Company Reinvents Itself On Social Media By Starting In-Person Ballet Lessons
TO Ballet DiabloSummer intensive in person, 12 masked girls in leotards in one room, each standing in a seven foot box with no air conditioning – practicing their folds and throws. They say the county and four medics weighed in to come up with a safety protocol.
They are training in Pleasant Hill after months of excluding the dance world from theaters and stages to reach their audiences. Diablo Ballet says patrons, corporate grants and a PPP loan are keeping them afloat after their gala and spring performances are canceled.
They reinvented themselves online with a dancer posting videos of himself wearing a mask doing everyday things like shopping for groceries. The aim is for the dance to create joy. Videos attract attention online, allowing the company to move forward with toes pointed in the right direction.
“We can make videos and share them on social media, and share them with even more people than we could even fit into a theater. I think it’s wonderful and it can be shared at globally, ”said apprentice dancer Olivia Cole. .
The company publishes weekly vignettes in line on how movement can fight anxiety and depression. They continue to deliver content to John Muir Hospital and County Juvenile Detention Center through a new online platform.
“It attracts a larger audience that hasn’t necessarily seen Diablo Ballet in the past,” said Lauren Jonas, artistic director of Diablo Ballet.
The teenage interns were happy to get permission to return to the studio for three weeks of in-person training this week. Students line up six feet apart as their temperature is taken. Then, they sanitize their hands, one at a time, and remove their shoes as they walk to pre-assigned positions in the studio.
There is no air conditioning for security reasons, so windows and doors open in the summer heat provide ventilation.
“Is it difficult to dance with a mask?” I asked Cole. “The first few days it was tough, but now I’m getting used to it,” she said.
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