As everyone is now well aware, the world is collapsing due to a global pandemic and everything is rather uncertain at the moment. We’ve all been told to stay home to prevent the spread of the Corona virus, but it seems like only some of us have listened.
If you haven’t, I’m not judging you. I didn’t really take the pandemic seriously at all in the beginning, but fast forward to now and I’m in Vicenza, Italy quarantined with my flatmates’ amazingly generous family. What started as a weekend getaway from a lonely Milan turned into a quarantine. I came packed with literally 3 or 4 pairs of clothes…because I was coming for a long weekend, but two hours after my arrival, they announced that the whole of Lombardia (region where Milan is situated) was a red zone. So the situation quickly went from me saying to them: “Hello, nice to meet you again and thank you for having me here” to them saying to me: “I guess you’re one of us now”. Two days after that, the whole of Italy was made a red zone and put on lockdown because everyone from the Lombardia region who has family down south packed up and escaped to their hometowns.
For those of you who are thinking, why doesn’t she just go back to Milan now that the whole of Italy is on lockdown? Well, because I would need a legitimate reason to enter Milan, and as of right now, I’m still not officially tied to the city and could get fined large amounts of money. So here I am, two weeks and two days later, writing this for you guys.
Italy has officially been on lockdown for 14 days, but my colleagues from La Scala and I had been practicing social distancing from before, since it became known that a singer from the theatre tested positive to the virus (he’s healthy now). So all of us have been “off” for 26 days now.
For a ballet dancer, being home means having restricted access to adequate resources of staying in shape, since most of us don’t have our own studios in the house. So during these weeks I have found new ways of helping my body stay in some sort of shape. 😂
Remember, we started the quarantine before everyone else in Europe, the USA, and the UK so there were none of these “live classes from home” happening for a while. Although it’s an awful situation, I’m glad that the whole world has united in order to stop this pandemic once and for all, and so we all find ourselves at home, which means that we can come together as a community to stay in shape.
Some of you have asked me what I have been doing to keep fit and stay sane, and it’s what drove me to write this blog post. I will share some links with you of floor barre, ballet classes, yoga, and Pilates videos or instagram profiles that I have been using to save me during this whole Black Mirror-esque period. I also made a video of a barre and some center exercises that you can do at home to help you stay in shape no matter what level of ballet you’re at. As soon as it’s ready, I will share it with you all and also will keep you updated to new videos and live classes !
I hope this has all been helpful !! Let’s stay together in this and have loads of patience and hope. I wish this will all be over soon, but until then let’s stay home and help fight this !!! Stay safe and healthy !! 💖
I also use the wonderful Pilates instructor from APPI, Natalie Rogalski!!!
Until next time,