Dancing Helps People Through Social Distancing

Dancing helps people

As people around the world comply with new social distancing guidelines, many videos of folks turning to dance as a way to cope with isolation and raise spirits are going viral.


Stay-at-home orders to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus shuttered non-essential businesses in numerous states and put an end to professional sports, dining-in at restaurants, working out at the gym and going to the movies. Communities and individuals across the country are turning to dancing as a method to connect with people while complying with social distancing regulations.


Check out the people in this neighborhood in Austin, Texas, who hold a nightly neighborhood dance party to help relieve stress at the end of a long day at home.


Complying with social distancing guidelines means many grandparents are unable to visit their grandchildren. An 81-year-old Tennessee grandfather and his six-year-old granddaughter came up with a creative solution to spend time together. The pair participates in a daily dance-off from opposite sides of the street.


Age is just a number when it comes to dancing. Charles Franzke, a 97-year-old WWII veteran, headed out to the front porch of his Waukesha, Wisconsin, home to bust a move to Justin Timberlake’s hit song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”


Check out how these energetic Italians celebrated Easter while continuing to follow their country’s strict quarantine order.


Improve Your Dance Moves to Go Viral

Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ mission is to enrich lives — physically, mentally, emotionally and socially — through the positive, transforming power of dance. The company understands the power of dance to improve mental health and alleviate stress and anxiety. In an effort to help people comply with social distance protocol, Fred Astaire Dance Studios locations are offering online dance classes people can enjoy from the safety of their living rooms. With the Fred Astaire Dance Studios® Online Lessons platform, dancers can choose from more than 360 online dance lessons from certified Fred Astaire Dance Studios instructors and Dance Council members. The online lessons offer a variety of streaming and recorded tutorials that feel like a private lesson at a local studio. In addition to online lessons, there are also free dance videos to enjoy.


If you are ready to film your own dance video, or for more information about online ballroom dance lessons, contact your local Fred Astaire Dance Studios location.