Ballerina Soraya Nathasya Dwinandry teaches an online class for Namarina Dance Academy from her home in Cinere, Depok, on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Dancer in the Pandemic


MAY 06, 2020

Nineteen-year-old Soraya Nathasya Dwinandry is a ballet dancer and teacher from Namarina Dance Academy. The ballet school, the oldest in Jakarta, is closed during the pandemic, but Miss Asya, as she is known by her pupils, continues to teach her classes via the teleconference app Zoom from her home in Cinere, Depok, just south of Jakarta. 

Asya has been teaching the online classes since the Jakarta provincial government started imposing a large-scale social restriction (PSBB) in the city in the beginning of April.

"At first we did the class on Instagram TV, but once the government decided to extend the PSBB, we started using Zoom," Asya said after finishing a session with her pre-primary class – young dancers between 5 and 9 years old – on Wednesday. 

"The online classes have been going very well. We give the children choreographies they can practice at home. The exercise also keeps them healthy," Asya said.

Asya, the first Indonesian ballerina to have entered the finals of the Royal Academy of Dance of London's Genée International Ballet Competition, teaches her online classes from her living room in Cinere with the same professionalism she always shows on stage.

She always wears a leotard and pointe shoes during class. She also decorates the room to resemble a Namarina classroom.

Asya teaches her online class several days a week from 4.30 to 5.30 p.m. Each class has up to 20 students. After a short break, Asya continues with her own online classes to practice her repertoire and keep herself in shape.

Soraya sets up her phone for the online class. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Asya sets up her Zoom class on her mobile phone. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Soraya touches her phone as she communicates with her pre primary class students. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Namarina's online classes start out on IG TV but then move to Zoom. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
As the original ballet classroom, Soraya puts a one big mirror to provides immediate visual feedback, to evaluate the height and shape of her movement, to correct her placement, and body line. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A large mirror in her living room allows Asya to check her movement and placement. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Soraya doing a leg split during online ballet training. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A perfect split. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Soraya shows some notes to her students during ballet online class. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Asya shows her handwritten notes to her students. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Soraya performs a simple stretches move. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A final stretch before the class starts. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Soraya performs some choreography in front of her students during online class. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Asya performs a choreography for her students. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
As a young ballerina, Soraya spends her quarantine day with learning ballet through online video communication after conducted an online class with pre primary students. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Asya uses a plastic bottle as prop to demonstrate a move. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)