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Yoga and Dance Classes Move Online

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:58
Gail Baranello, left, and Adam Baranello are teaching their usual Bridgehampton classes from their Hampton Bays home.
Courtesy of A&G Dance Company

Self-isolation, quarantine, and social distancing don't have to be sedentary experiences. In addition to walking, jogging, and hiking outdoors (by yourself or in very small groups), many fitness, dance, and yoga professionals on the East End are now offering online programs.

Charity Joy Robinson, a dance and yoga teacher who has worked with the Ross School and Project Most, is offering classes on the Zoom app (a very popular app these days). Classes are $10 each or $100 for unlimited classes for each month. Her schedule, including African dance, restorative yoga, and "joy of movement," is at charityjoymovement.com/calendar.

"Even though we are social distancing, we are all still very much connected," Ms. Robinson said on her website. "If you need a hug, hug a tree — their arms are always open to us."

A&G Dance Company, which usually teaches dance and multimedia art in Wainscott, Bridgehampton, Hampton Bays, and Jamesport, has started a subscription-based online program called Open Studio. There are dance lessons for every genre, yoga and Pilates combinations, guided stretching, weekly challenges and check-ins, and even art lessons. The program is $85 per month for an entire family, or $5 per individual video. There is also a sponsorship program to help children whose families may not have the financial resources to pay for classes. More information is online at facebook.com/agdanceco or by emailing [email protected].

Anita Boyer of Our Fabulous Variety Show and DanceHampton is making dance videos for Project Most on YouTube. The first one can be seen at youtu.be/OLRGGmTqCMQ. Project Most, which usually hosts afternoon and weekend programs for elementary school children, is seeking donations to support its programming. More information is at projectmost.org.

Ms. Boyer is also doing a series of hourlong tap dance lessons she calls "QuaranTAP," with combinations suitable for all levels. Rehearsals for Our Fabulous Variety Show have also moved online. Ms. Boyer's classes can be accessed on Facebook here.

Creative Edge Studio, with locations in Montauk and Amagansett, will have its usual class schedule online on Facebook and Band App. Laura Sisco, the owner, is teaching ballet, tap, musical theater, and hip hop for ages 2 and up. New students may send her an email at [email protected].

The Y.M.C.A. centers of Long Island are offering online classes such as high-intensity interval training, youth fitness, post-pregnancy exercise, and yoga. They are at ymcali.org/at-home.

Yoga Shanti has temporarily closed its Sag Harbor and Tribeca studios but is doing live online classes on Facebook several times per day. Payment is by donation of $5, $10, or $25 per class. More information can be found at yogashanti.com.

The Body Shop in East Hampton is also offering online classes. More information can be had by emailing [email protected].

And for spiritual and emotional fitness, the Eastern Long Island Transcendental Meditation Program is leading virtual meditation sessions. "This challenging time provides an opportunity for us to come together as one — one family, one nation, one world, with one collective desire to nourish, enrich, and support each other," Cathy Rowe, a meditation teacher, said in an email. Local and national group meditation sessions can be found online at tm.org, and Ms. Rowe can be emailed at [email protected].


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