Dance teacher Orillia offers free online classes to keep people active

“I just thought it would be a great way for me to stay sane and have structure if I started a course (open) to anyone and everyone from all walks of life,” explains the teacher. local dance

Miriam Goldberger is offering a free eight-week dance class to help people cope with feelings of isolation during the latest round of COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place to combat the rise of the Omicron variant.

“I’ve been teaching virtual dance for almost two years now. Before the pandemic, I was doing classroom sessions with a particular focus on the elderly and people with limited mobility, but with the pandemic things changed very quickly, ”Goldberger explained.

When the pandemic prevented Goldberger from teaching dance in person, she never considered hanging up her dancing shoes.

“I can’t give up on my people, I just can’t do it. So, thanks to the training I did with the National School of Ballet and Dance for Parkinson’s disease, I decided to pivot quickly, ”she explained.

“I started to work in partnership with Art your service to offer a virtual program for people aged 55 and over, and it is related to art and wellness.

Goldberger resumed his in-person classes last summer at Creative Nomad Studios in downtown Orillia. However, Goldberger, like everyone else, has been stuck at home again since the province moved to Stage 2 of its so-called plan to reopen. So she decided it was time to bring virtual programming to the masses.

“I extended an invitation to anyone and everyone from all walks of life. I just thought it would be a great way for me to stay sane and have structure if I started a class where we move around for 45-55 minutes and then enjoy 10-15 minutes of social time. », She explained.

“People talk about the music, what kind of dance they like to do, the weather or whatever they want. It’s just a great way to connect.

Goldberger says his virtual classes are making a difference for many during the pandemic. Friendships and memories have been made through her weekly classes.

“We always start the class sitting down, then some of us get up depending on the mobility issues. I always provide a choreography that will work for everyone in the class. I respond to requests for different music and dance, and it becomes something that people really enjoy. It’s just fun, ”she said.

“I want everyone to have a positive experience and to feel individually welcomed. An important part of what I do is make people feel seen, appreciated and recognized rather than just being just another screen in a Zoom class.

The Dance Balm class takes place every Tuesday morning at 11:30 am on Zoom. The program will run for eight weeks and started on January 10. To register, click on here. To contact Goldberger, you can email them at [email protected]