This piece is a reflection of how dancing has changed for me as a result of the pandemic. With COVID-19, many aspects of my life as a dancing physiotherapy student have shifted online. This is reflected in the accompaniment used in the piece, where the typing on the keyboard represents how the world has become more technology dominant and therefore more restrictive. Initially, it was difficult to adjust to these changes, especially with both physiotherapy and dance since they involve in person interactions. Despite the restrictions that the online transition has imposed, my passion in dance continued to remain as I found new ways to maintain my involvement in dance, as reflected through the syncopated movements that contrast the constant rhythm of the typing.
Although there are some negative impacts of the pandemic on the arts, many artists are working hard to overcome the obstacles that have resulted from the current situation. As an individual in the performing arts, I believe that we will be able to use our creative skills to share our art in new and exciting ways.
Hayley is a ballet dancer and Master’s student in the physiotherapy program at McMaster University. She started dancing at age 3, and trained in pre-professional ballet throughout high school, where she competed in international ballet competitions and performed in various ballet productions.
Throughout her university career, she performed soloist roles with Hamilton City Ballet in various full length ballets, such as Coppelia and the Sleeping Beauty, with her favourite being the lead role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Furthermore, as she was obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, she contributed to the McMaster community as a ballet choreographer for the McMaster Recreational Dance Team.
In the future, she hopes to share her passions in dance and physiotherapy as a professional in both fields.
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