Ballet4Life, the dance studios founded by Donna Schoenherr, is experiencing something of a renaissance as an online experience. Since the pandemic took hold, Donna and her fellow dance professionals have been teaching online classes, moving their entire extensive dance, wellness, and fitness programme to the online platforms.
“Dance can help in so many ways” says Donna: “Joining a class is sociable; instils a routine in what can otherwise be an unboundaried life; helps maintain a strong and healthy body. Moreover, physical expression is a fantastic channel for pent-up frustrations. Joining our community is a great act of self-care.”
A professional ballet dancer, Donna performed with the Festival Ballet of New York, the Cleveland Ballet and Dance Chicago. She opened Ballet4Life in Chiswick in 2004. The name reflects her passionate belief that dance – she teaches all sorts, not just ballet – should be something for everyone, at every stage of life and fitness.
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Donna also founded and directs Move into Wellbeing® a dance-related charity. Inspired by her father’s fight against Parkinson’s for nearly 30 years, it provides dance and movement classes for people with Parkinson’s and other physical and neurological conditions. The classes are also offered online plus they have a 24/7 accessible library for participants to dip into when it suits them.
The pandemic has sparked other new ventures to meet people’s changing needs. Ballet4Life has started to work for people with Long-Covid, seeing that there is enormous potential for Move into Wellbeing’s work to help many more people keep well, re-build strength, and connect with others on a regular basis.
They also offer on-demand dance and movement class offered free of charge for NHS workers and others in need of improved self-care routines.
To find out about classes, contact Donna at email@example.com and 07714 324 961.
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