For the safety of students and teachers, the academy does not allow more than 10 students per group.
Indian-Australian choreographer Ashley Lobo has creatively adapted to the new normal during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since late March, despite the closure of physical studios, his institute, The Danceworx (TDX) has offered online tutorials, workshops and virtual sessions to his huge student base in New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities. Finally, starting the third week of November, TDX started some of their studio classes, and the students couldn’t be happier. As a dance academy and school in its own right, TDX decided it was time to partially open its doors to students while keeping in mind all possible safety protocols.
Ashley says, “Learning and teaching dance is a tactile exchange of energy in real time. Even though we’ve pretty much kept our students on their toes since March, we think it’s time to welcome them back to the studios. However, none of us can take this privilege of meeting face to face for granted any longer and we will ensure that all sanitation and safety protocols are in place.
Ashley, who challenged herself to design new routines in confined spaces and even contributed a snippet of her masterpiece ‘Agni’ for a fundraiser organized by #ArtMatters, is now looking forward to this another step towards partial normalization and says, “In Mumbai, we have opened the studio in Andheri and in Delhi, the studio in Gurgaon is ready for students. We have no plans to open more studios and will just monitor the current situation.”
For the safety of students and teachers, the academy does not allow more than 10 students per group. They will also be following all safety protocols in terms of thermal temperature checks, regular cleaning and sanitizing of studios and restrooms, social distancing, wearing masks, etc., strictly to make sure everything goes smoothly. .
Ashley concludes: “These are amazing times, but we are learning to meet the challenges with absolute humility, care and attention. For now, we are taking some tentative steps towards more organic teaching and learning methods. and hope for the best.
Ashley Lobo is renowned for his Prana Paint technique, a unique awareness-raising approach developed by him that explores movement through yoga, breath, connectedness and touch. This remarkable technique put him on the international map and led him to be invited to teach and choreograph abroad. His choreographic style has a strong influence of cinematic techniques combined with clear storytelling. Lobo has over 30 Hindi films and as many stage productions to his credit and was also a judge on India’s Dancing Superstar on Star Plus.