Barre-d From the Studio

Fordham/Ailey BFA students, used to a packed schedule bouncing between classes at Fordham and rehearsals at the Ailey School studios, suddenly find themselves forced to stay in place for the time being. Fordham suspended all face-to-face instruction on March 13, forcing a university-wide transition to online instruction. Because dance is a physical art form, dance classes have not translated to the online format as seamlessly as academic classes have. We spoke to 11 students in the program to see how they’re adjusting. While there is certainly a collective sense of disappointment, and even frustration, students also share a sense of pride in the adaptability of their tight-knit dance community.

All reporting for this video was done by Roxanne Cubero and Jacqueline Pierce. Video editing was done by Emma Seiwell.

Read more Observer coverage of how arts students are adapting to the current circumstances here.