Returning back to the studioby Amy Greaves on 04/19/21
what a year it’s been! I was very naive and honestly thought we would be in lock down for a few weeks. Who would have thought that a year later we are still
living under restrictions. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Things seem to be starting to re-open and we have a little more freedom. But
what does that mean to us as dancers?
we can return back to the dance studio, as long as we continue to follow all
the COVID guidelines. So that’s really exciting news! And definitely a
returning back to the studio can also be nerve wracking and you may even feel a
bit anxious. That’s absolutely ok to. A lot has happened in the last year and the
pandemic will have affected everyone in different ways.
below my guide for returning back to the studio.
1# Be kind!
kind to yourself and be kind to others! We are all adapting. Most of us have spent
the majority of the last year in our own homes. So being around people or in a
different environment might feel weird. It will take a while to adjust which is
absolutely fine. Take your time and go easy on yourself.
2# You may
have forgotten stuff!
will probably be things that you have forgotten since you have been away. For
example you might have forgotten the names of certain dance steps. Or your body
might not remember how to do certain movements. That’s ok and perfectly normal.
The knowledge will come back but it might take a few sessions.
3# Don’t have
really high expectations!
you haven’t done much dance over the last year, do not come back to class and
jump straight into splits or expect to nail a triple pirouette. The chances are
you won’t be able to! And yes that is ok! Your body might not be as flexible or
as bendy as it was pre pandemic. You will get there. So don’t expect to be able
to do everything you use to be able to, we will all have to work at it.
It’s ok not to be as flexible,
It’s ok not to be as strong,
It’s ok to have forgotten tricks,
It’s ok to not have done an exam,
It’s ok to have changed interests,
It’s ok to have done loads of online classes,
It’s ok to have done none!
What’s not ok is to expect yourself to be the same
as you were before the pandemic. Focus on regrowth, not what’s regressed!