New York's Lincoln Center is offering free online concerts and classes

Apr 8 2020, 11:47 am

Whether or not you are an entertainer yourself, there is something magical about seeing a live performance.

While a trip to the theatre may not be in the cards right now, you can still enjoy live performances without compromising your physical distancing.

The Lincoln Center in New York is offering live performance content and hosting “daily pop-up classrooms” for families to enjoy at home.

The digital material, which features content such as archived video performances and homemade, documentary, or previously broadcast shows, provides fans with an artistic fix during their time in quarantine.

“In these times of heightened anxiety and vigilance, we are holding on to the important role the arts play in our lives,” the facility explains on its website.

“They nourish our hearts and minds, teach us valuable lessons and critical skills, and help us create community. We are resolved not to lose sight of what connects us, and we hope you will follow us on social media and continue to be part of our community from wherever you are.”

The Lincoln Center cancelled all live performances until May 17 to the public to ensure the health and well-being of customers, volunteers, and performers as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The facility also closed the David Rubenstein Atrium as well as suspended all guided tours and outdoor performances and events.

“In the coming days and weeks we will be taking our work online, sharing unique content, including rarely seen video from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent presentations from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more,” it wrote in another post on its website.

Lincoln Center is also catering content to children in an initiative called #ConcertsForKids, where the facility joins forces with various talented artists who supply “world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives straight from their homes to yours.”

#ConcertsForKids had its inaugural performance on April 5, with a performance from Latin Grammy nominee Sonia De Los Santos.

Moving forward, there will be new performances every week at 11 am ET.

Children and adults alike can also practice their pliés through an online class instructed by New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck, in a course called #TurnItOutWithTiler uploaded to her Instagram.

If refined ballet is not your style, there is also a Line Dance Workshop with Ms. Yvonne, where users can “explore the art of line dancing, and choreograph your own dance alone or with a partner.”

If dancing is not your forte, that’s okay too.

The Lincoln Center Facebook page also posts videos of arts and crafts that are great for kids and families to try.

In a time where we all must stay home, it can be challenging to feel motivated or productive.

Opportunities such as the ones offered through Lincoln Center’s Facebook, Instagram, and website provide great options for those looking to pick up a new skill or indulge in some artistic downtime.