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Imagine a few professional dancers taking up a screen to the sounds of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Rhianna while giving general instruction on how to move your body and when without it being a fully choreographed class. It’s more interpretive dance than Zumba.
“There's no choreography. There's no front,” says Dance Church’s founder Kate Wallich. “It kind of feels like a dance party, like it has a club mentality to it.”
Wallich founded dance church 10 years ago after graduating from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. Rather than take the traditional route of auditioning for dance tours or moving to New York to audition for dance companies, she created Dance Church as part of her personal practice, then opened it up to the public. Now, it helps fund Wallich’s personal dance studio and has expanded to New York, LA, Portland, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. So, when COVID 19 hit and Wallich realized she couldn’t do Dance Church in person, she set up a livestream. Each Dance Church session she’s done in the past week she’s seen 10,000 people view the stream.
“It blows my mind that that is happening,” Wallich says.
Sound & Vision host Emily Fox caught up with Wallich to talk about why movement is so important during the coronavirus pandemic and why Wallich decided to take Dance Church online.
You can stream Dance Church classes at 5 PM Pacific on Wednesdays and 10 AM Pacific on Sundays.
Sound & Vision host Emily Fox spoke with musicians on Twitch about creating online fanbases and making money live streaming.
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Thirty-three years after his first release on the label, Mudhoney’s frontman is still shipping out copies of his records as the Sub Pop warehouse manager. This is part of Sound & Vision’s Day Jobs series which explores musicians who juggle day jobs with their passion in music.