Dance Department

Reed College Dance Department Statement on COVID-19

Dear dancers, students, colleagues, friends:

We hope you are all safe and well. Each of you is in our thoughts during this unprecedented time.

Though the current necessity for physical distancing limits many ways we might dance together, it has also initiated a generous outpouring from the international dance community. Dance artists everywhere are responding to the crisis with resilience, creativity, and open hearts. Linked here you'll find many opportunities (many of them free!) to connect with dance artists around the globe, including online dance classes and dance performances you can access wherever you might be. 

On March 25, 2020, choreographer Andrew Simonet posted "This is What We Train For," an open letter to artists everywhere. Simonet writes:  "Your skills are sorely needed. If you mostly hang out with artists, you might think your skills as an artist are normal. They are not . . . We create the images and songs and dances and stories that are needed, that comfort and challenge and inspire, that return us to our deeper selves or urge us forward into transformation. . . You don’t need to save the world. You need only carry your gifts and skills into this present challenge. A concert out your window. A public ritual you and your neighbors can do from your front steps. An expressive moment added to an online conversation. A project to mourn what is lost, a project to invite what is yet to come. . . "

As you move forward through the present moment, please know that the dance department is here for you. Your health, safety, and education matter to us, Please don't hesitate to reach out.  


With our best wishes and thoughts,

Carla Mann
Minh Tran
Victoria Fortuna
Charlie Wilcox


Online Resources

Dance classes

Online Dance Classes (Facebook Group)
Dancing Alone Together (Ongoing)
Alicia Graf Mack Ballet Class at Juilliard (One-time)
Ashley Boulder Ballet Class (One-time)
Ballez Classes (Free)
Corvino Ballet Classes (Ongoing)
Dance Church (Free)
Dancing Diaspora Community Class (Ongoing)
Dancio Classes (Two Weeks Free)
freeskewl (Ongoing)
Gaga Classes (Donation-Based)
Gibney Online Studio→ (Ongoing)
Graham Classes (Ongoing)
Hip-Hop & Social Dance with Quilan “Cue” Arnold ($11-$50 One-time fee)
Kelly Slough Ballet Barre & Adagio (Ongoing starting 3/25)
Kinetic Light Instagram #CreateConnectKL Project (Ongoing)
Modo Yoga Classes (Ongoing)
Movement for Hope Classes (Ongoing)
Movement Sessions with Jessica Chen (Ongoing)
New York City Dance Alliance (Ongoing)
NYC Community Ballet (Ongoing)
Operation: Tap ($15–$40/month)
Rachel Slater / Muddy Feet Dance Co (Ongoing)
The Red Curtain Project (Ongoing)
Restorative Contact (Donation-Based)
Rhythm & Motion Classes (Ongoing)
Simonson with Rachel Feinerman (Free)
Steezy Classes (7 Day Free Trial)
Vogue Classes with Slim Xtravaganza (3/30 – 4/5)
Yin Yue/YY Dance Company In-Home Classes (Ongoing)