As the pandemic rolls on and on, I am committed to dancing on with you!
But first things first — A HUGE THANK YOU to Neela Reed for creating the container for your dance in this “gap” time. I have felt so displaced and unhinged during this time, and Neela has been the one to take care with you, and with me. She has had a great experience dancing with you as well, and is considering adding a class to her schedule so you can continue to zoom-ballet with her, too, on Mondays. More information about that to come.
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Life in Palm Springs is “interesting,” to say the least, and we are still in lockdown here. In other words, I do not yet have access to the ballet studio (can you hear it calling my name?) in our community, but I simply cannot wait any longer to dance with you again.
So, I have an idea for the meantime . . .
Due to my limited space, I would like to begin with an Enhanced Barre, 4x each week. Some returning material, but also mostly new material, coming to you from my dining-room-turned-movement-room in Palm Springs.
beginning on Sunday, February 7, 2021:
Floor Work + Enhanced Barre SUNDAY at 9:30am TUESDAY • WEDNESDAY • THURSDAY at 8:30am total time: 1 hour
The floor work really helped me to navigate the new physicality of the pandemic, so I would like to keep that as part of the readiness for bigger movement. As usual, some folks will join in, and some will log on and sip coffee till the barre work begins.
Enhanced Barre — I have new material along with a shout-out to some material that you know very well. Our first few classes will be meticulous so we can learn the new sections. And then, just as before, we will be able to dance for longer periods of time because the opening sequences are set.
You will be able to move around at the barre (or the kitchen counter) as we have always done — but due to space limitations, I will not be presenting a centre section till I move to the studio. I promise you will work hard and get to move — some of you have already figured that out for your personal spaces!
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The zoom link is the same, but here it is again for your convenience:
Meeting ID: 675 030 198 Passcode: 369324 One tap mobile +16699006833,,675030198#,,,,*369324# US (San Jose) +12532158782,,675030198#,,,,*369324# US (Tacoma)
Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 675 030 198 Passcode: 369324 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kebUC9vXbp
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Best way to pay for classes: Venmo — some of you are already doing this, and it is my preferred method. @JoanLazarus-Dobkowski
Suggested donation: $5 per 30 minutes. (If you take the entire class, that’s $10.) I anticipate that some folks will have to run to work or family commitments, the material may be progressively more difficult for less experienced dancers, or you just aren’t interested in the opening floor work. Make it work for you — as material and cost.
Meeting ID: 675 030 198 Password: 369324 One tap mobile +16699006833,,675030198#,,1#,369324# US (San Jose) +12532158782,,675030198#,,1#,369324# US (Tacoma)
Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 675 030 198 Password: 369324 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdYIM7sZeV
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NEW! Absolutely Beginning Dancers! This is especially for you. A video of the first 15 minutes of our Zoom classes, recorded on Sunday, April 19th. We did it!
Topic: Ballet with Joan Lazarus Date: Apr 19, 2020 07:56 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Modern Dancers And one more thing to add for the modern dancers among you . . . Here is the link to the advanced modern dance floorwork, featuring Jane Schnorrenberg, Anna Dal Pino, and yours truly. Enjoy!
If we learn the 8 body positions and pas de bourrée, we will know 40% of ballet! So, the Absolutely Beginning dancers, get ready to focus on those two areas in the next few classes. Here’s a link to the Beginning Ballet Handbook that is posted on my website:
If you plan to join us at our new studio, and would like to save time on your first day, please download and fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and bring it with you!
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