Stepping Out

Last chance for virtual dance with Smuin

Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s virtual dance classes are scheduled to run through Sunday.

Launched shortly after the shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19 and spearheaded by Smuin Ballet master Amy London, the virtual classes are taught by company artists and alumni. They provide at-home dancers of all levels an opportunity to participate in Zoom-based drop-in lessons in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz and more.

The schedule and details of each remaining ballet class follow.

• Beginning Adult Ballet, noon Thursday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Led by Ian Buchanan, the class focuses on the fundamentals of ballet, working off of them in later sessions.

• Beginning/Intermediate Adult Ballet, 10 a.m. today and Friday. Taught by Valerie Harmon and Mengjun Chen, the class centers on fundamental ballet techniques through barre work and short (small space) center practice.

• Intermediate Adult Ballet, 6 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday. Led by Terez Dean Orr, Brennan Wall and Tessa Barbour, the class focuses on continuing to strengthen techniques with barre and some center work.

Several dance variety classes are offered as well; see Smuin’s website for details.

All classes cost $5-$20, and people must register 30 minutes in advance to receive a Zoom link to participate.

To register and for more information, visit

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