Syrian dancers return to studio after lockdown

Dancing has returned to the studio

for the first time in two months

Location: Damascus

Syrian salsa teacher Aline Srouji

had moved her classes online

Although she is thrilled to be back

there are challenges ahead

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DANCING COACH, ALINE SROUJI, SAYING:

"We have a big problem as we cannot dance while wearing masks because we cannot breathe while dancing or doing any activity related to sports. We cannot wear gloves while dancing. That is why we are focusing on sterilization before and after class. We are spending half of the lesson doing solo footwork and the second half doing partner work."

Date: May, 2020

Students are pleased to be back

after weeks of dancing alone at home

they can finally salsa with a partner

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DANCING STUDENT, SANDRA ARWASHAN, SAYING:

"We were waiting for the news of the reopening. We are happy that we are able to return to class and that we will return our energy to ADS (the dance studio) because we were apart from each other and we wanted to bring back some happiness."

Video Transcript

ALINE SROUJI: 2, 3, go, 6, 7. 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

2 and 3, 5, 6, 7. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 1, 2, 3.

[SALSA MUSIC PLAYING]

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: We have a big problem as we cannot dance while wearing masks because we cannot breathe while dancing or do any activity related to sports. We cannot wear gloves while dancing. That is why we are focusing on sterilization before and after class. We are spending half of the lesson doing solo footwork and the second half doing partner work.

[SALSA MUSIC PLAYING]

ALINE SROUJI: [SPEAKING ARABIC]

SANDRA ARWASHAN: OK.

[SIDE CONVERSATIONS]

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: We were waiting for the news of the reopening. We're happy that we're able to return to class and that we will return our energy to ADS Dance Studio. Because we were apart from each other and we wanted to bring back some happiness.