The Social dis-Dance Project
You helped us build a better sense of the pandemic.
Social Dis-Dances from around the World
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"Touch Me Not"
Michelle Thompson Ulerich
Michelle Thompson Ulerich 2
Giovanni Lampitelli 1
Giovanni Lampitelli 2
Betsy Boxberger Khalil
Sofia Klein Herrero
"Pas de Toilet Paper"
"The Arts Will Continue"
Social Dis-Dances of Our Instructors
Social Dis-Dances of Our Student Dancers
Amilia and Elizabeth
As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts our daily life and forces us into isolation, many of us are suffering not only from limited physical communal activities but also from mental stress and anxiety. In order to help our dancers to cope with this difficult situation, Amherst Ballet is launching the Social Dis-Dance Project.
The Social Dis-Dance Project is a free program intended to provide Amherst Ballet and other dancers with a creative outlet, social connection, and feeling of unity and support. To participate in this project, fill out the entry form below and submit a video of no more than two minutes in length—shot at home, in a studio, or outside where no one is around—of an original dance solo (or duet). The theme of these short pieces of choreography can be: 1) the experience of the coronavirus pandemic; 2) the social distancing ordinance; or 3) the general circumstances and emotions this crisis has brought about. The submitted videos will be posted on our website after screening by the artistic director for appropriateness of content. The program includes the option of choreographic coaching and artistic mentorship by UMass professor Paul Dennis.