ABOUT —

DANCING ALONE TOGETHER

Dancing Alone Together aims to be a central resource for the dance world during this time of “social distancing”. Dancing Alone Together does not host classes or events, but rather collects information about the following types of online opportunities to make them easily accessible:

MOVE — Live-Streamed Dance Classes
In the spirit of togetherness and shared experiences, MOVE’s emphasis is on live-streamed classes as opposed to pre-recorded videos. The website listing is currently focused on dance classes (no fitness, wellness, mindfulness, etc.) with a recently-added section featuring multi-day workshops.

CREATE — Dance-Making Prompts and Communities
Aiming to foster new collaborations and movement exploration, CREATE shares dance-making challenges and choreography opportunities issued by choreographers or companies.

WATCH — Dance Performance Footage & Films
WATCH plugs the professional companies, presenters, and venues around the world who have made dance performances and dance films available online.

Katherine Disenhof

THE CREATOR

This project is currently being run single-handedly by Katherine Disenhof, a professional dancer who has been furloughed indefinitely from her dance company due to COVID closures. She is donating her time to keep Dancing Alone Together running.

To support Dancing Alone Together and her work, you can donate via PayPal or Venmo:

PRESS

By Emmaly Wiederholt, Stance on Dance, 4.20.2020

“Katherine Disenhof is the one-woman show behind Dancing Alone Together, a website she launched in March that has become a hub for the increasing number of virtual classes, performances and creative prompts being offered as a lifeline to dance artists during the coronavirus pandemic. Here, she shares how the website has grown, some of the unexpected ways it’s being used, and what she foresees is the future of digital dance.”

By Rebecca J. Ritzel, The Oregonian/OregonLive, 4.8.2020

“One of the most popular pandemic websites for dancers — from appreciative amateurs to laid-off Broadway stars — isn’t an advice page from the CDC or a source for DIY mask patterns, but an online repository of classes and streaming performances created by a Portland dancer.”

By Lauren Wingenroth, Dance Magazine, 4.2.2020

“When dancer Katherine Disenhof found out her company, NW Dance Project, would be shutting down indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic (on Friday the 13th, no less), she immediately went in search of ways to stay connected and in shape.”

By Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, 4.2.2020

“Dances are made in time and space, a minute or an hour in a dancer’s life never to be seen again. Dances do not last—they have to be made new each time and evaporate as they are appearing. Today, small freedoms—moving, gathering, and connecting—have been restricted to limit the movement of a virus that, whether we want to admit it or not, is showing us just how connected we are.”