As a new normal begins to settle across the world amid the coronavirus pandemic, many in-person activities are converting to online spaces. For some this may be challenging, yet the difficulties of using technology are not stopping Anna Marie Leo from teaching her dance classes on Zoom. Born in 1930, Leo began dancing when she was four years old after she tagged along to her sister’s classes in Wilmington, Delaware. Her sister gave up dancing, yet Leo discovered her lifelong passion in those classes. When she was twenty-one, Leo teamed up with her husband to open a dance studio in Wilmington: Anna Marie Dance Studio.
“That year maybe I got 75 students where lessons were just one-and-a-half dollars a week,” Leo told The Today Show. “Think about that! A dance lesson for a buck-fifty. My rent for that building was maybe six hundred a month. Boy would I like to be paying that now!”
From there it escalated, and over the past sixty-nine years her studio has inhabited six different locations. Despite selling the business to her great-niece a few years ago, she still teaches three days a week.
Even though COVID-19 has forced this small business to shut its doors, Leo is not letting the pandemic stop her from teaching.
When I was in grade school I took dance lessons, and in high school enjoyed attending dances. I also delighted in watching the movies of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Dear readers, what experiences have you had regarding dancing—whether enjoyable or disheartening? What are some creative ways you have used or witnessed others using online platforms/social media during this unprecedented time? All comments are most welcome.
I draw many benefits from dancing even alone with good music in my living room. It makes may heart beat and my body move. Consequently, I feel less tired , more optimistic and in better shape. I recommend this practice during these difficult times.