Local dance teacher offers online classes for kids during pandemic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local dance teacher is offering parents a much-needed break with online dance classes.

Normally, Danielle Terrell’s Zeal for Life dance studios in Matthews and University City are filled with loud music and young performers.

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But, like so many other teachers right now, Terrell is making the best use of her time with weekly classes.

Parents have shared videos online highlighting the positive impact the classes are creating during such an uncertain time.

“The parents were real receptive to the online classes because it gives them a break. They’re homeschooling, they’re cooking, they’re cleaning and they’re entertaining,” she said.

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Terrell believes her students are able to express themselves in a way that makes memories and also creates a sense of normalcy.

She hopes when they get back to class, they can pick up right where they left off.

“You cannot lose your passion just because you can’t be in the studio together,” she said.