Social Distancing for Dance Lovers - How to Get Your Dance Fix - Detroit Opera

Social Distancing for Dance Lovers – How to Get Your Dance Fix












Social distancing means no live dance performances for a while, but that doesn’t mean the dancing has to stop! With online performances, digital classes, books and movies, MOT’s got you covered until we meet again!

Watch dance performances online

In lieu of being able to offer live performances, numerous ballet companies throughout the world have made videos of their ballets available online.  

    • Swan Lake, March 30- April 5 
    • Tribute to Jerome Robbins, April 13-19 
    • Cinderella, April 18-June 19 
    • The Tsar’s Bride, April 1 
    • Marco Spada, April 4 
    • Boris Godunov, April 7 
    • The Nutcracker, April 10 
    • Creations 1-111, April 1-7  
    • Don Quixote, April 4 
    • The Metamorphosis, April 17 
    • The Winter’s Tale, May 1 
  • Find more here! 

Take class

Do you dream of the stage? Now is your time to practice! Dance companies and dancers all over the world are offering free online dance classes for all ranges of skills! Learn from the experts! 

Watch dance films

Don’t let isolation make you go full on Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Get your popcorn and pajamas and enjoy one (or all) of these popular dance films! 

  • Black Swan 
  • Center Stage 
  • The Turning Point 
  • The Red Shoes 
  • White Nights 
  • An American in Paris 
  • Billy Elliot 
  • Singing in the Rain 
  • Dirty Dancing 
  • Happy Feet 
  • Save the Last Dance 
  • See more here! 
  • BONUS: Check out Australia’s TV dance drama Dance Academy! 

Read dance books

Expand your dance knowledge and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse on the dancer experience with a good dance book. With memoirs, history, photography and fiction, get started with the list below! 

  • Life in Motion, Misty Copeland 
  • Tiny Pretty Things, Sona Charaipotra 
  • Bunheads, Sophie Flack 
  • Apollo’s Angels, Jennifer Homans 
  • Holding on to the AirSuzanne Farrell 
  • Marius Petipa: The Emperor's Ballet MasterNadine Meisner 
  • Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today, Simon Morrison 
  • Ballerina Project, Dance Shitagi 
  • Private Domain: An Autobiography, Paul Taylor 
  • Alvin Ailey: A Life in DanceJennifer Dunning 
  • Jerome Robbins, by Himself: Selections from His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, and an Unfinished Memoir, Jerome Robbins 
  • Out Loud: A Memoir, Mark MorrisWesley Stace 
  • Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life, Twyla Tharp 
  • Merce Cunningham: After The Arbitrary, Carrie Noland 
  • Dance Legends Alphabet Book, Beck Feiner (children’s book)