GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A dance company in Grand Rapids that was founded right before the pandemic in March 2020 figured out a way to still get together for class, even when they weren’t allowed to meet in person.
It will show a film Saturday to showcase its progress throughout the season.
“It is amazing to see just challenge after challenge after challenge, and we adapt, we’re flexible,” Arye Shannon-Carmichael, the founder of Atelier Dance Company, said.
Atelier is for dancers who have chosen a different career path but miss creating and performing. They come together for practice once a week.
“(I was looking for) more than an adult dance class but less than a professional career in dance, and when I couldn’t find that, I decided to found Atelier Dance Company,” Shannon-Carmichael said. “It’s very open and inclusive to any and all.”
Shannon-Carmichael said that during the pandemic, she and her dancers found any way possible to practice: online Zoom calls, pre-recorded videos, in person outside and even going through the motions in their own living rooms.
“After some trial and error, we found a virtual platform that did work for us,” Shannon-Carmichael said.
Now at the end of the season, the dance company will showcase its journey by showing a film of routines.
Shannon-Carmichael said the resilience shown has been inspiring.
“Being able to find a way for us to experience and share our art and I find that absolutely wonderful,” she said.