Inspired by Giving Tuesday Now in early May, Battery Dance instituted a series of free virtual Mindful Movement classes for frontline health care workers. The 15-minute Zoom classes require no prior dance experience and are designed to provide a small dose of tranquility for workers immersed in giving aid to others in dire circumstances. Those interested may fill out this form: batterydance.org/givingback/.
Battery Dance has reached out to hospitals across the U.S.; NY Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine, NYU/Langone, Montefiore and Jacobi Hospitals have included the offering of Battery Dance’s free classes in their resources for staff members.
“Day after day, we work in isolation and see our audience growing on Battery Dance TV, speaking to the need for sharing a physical, creative response to the very real toxicity around us,” said Founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Hollander. “On the other hand, we also see daily images of health care workers out in the field captured by our friend the fearless photographer Jimin Kim. These images speak powerfully of courage and self-sacrifice and have been a call to action for us. The Mindful Movement classes are the result.”
Battery Dance’s expert trainers have devised easy-to-follow sequences of movements to allow for the release of physical tension and psycho-emotional stress. They are conducting these Mindful Movement sessions on the following schedule:
- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 6:15 a.m. and 8:15 p.m.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays at 12:15 pm
Other timings will be added as demand builds and hospitals in different U.S. and international time zones come on board.