Quarantine. Day 5.
This past Wednesday we attempted our first ever virtual rehearsal using an app called zoom. It's not ideal, but during uncertain times like these when social interaction is at a low... it was really wonderful to still be able to have our outlet. ...How did it go? I would say "Fun with room for improvement." Here's how we did it:
Create an account and schedule a meeting. Copy the link and share it with our dancers with instructions of when & how to join in. Zoom is available via PC, Mac, Apple or Android. Users aren't required to create an account, but may need to download the app.
Gather content. Since we are a part time company who only meets once a week for rehearsals, we make sure to record the latest rehearsals so dancers can use them to practice at home. This came in pretty handy when running a virtual review class. I also downloaded a pre-recorded group warm up (sent to us compliments of Emily Bufferd - pictured above).
Practice using the app. Make sure you get a few friends, or in our case board members, to jump on a practice meeting so you can figure out all the features. Here's our tips or what worked best for us:
>> Gallery View:
Up at the top, there are different view modes. We used the gallery mode so we were able to see up to 25 dancers at once. If you are teaching and want all users to see your video as the main video (or another dancer) you can click on the 3 dots and select SPOTLIGHT VIDEO. This will change the view for everyone.