Kristina DiCarlo, a dance major from Huntington, NY, had planned to finish her senior project at an elite program in Barcelona. When the coronavirus crisis interrupted her final semester and canceled those spring plans abroad, DiCarlo found she needed not only a new senior project, but a way to lift her spirits and those of her classmates. The result is a video she conceived with the help of Adjunct Professor Cathi Murphy. DiCarlo reached out to students, faculty, campus dance clubs, and alumni to participate. From beaches to backyards, basements and bedrooms, dance studios and kitchens, dancer after Hofstra dancer shows off their talents and virtually passes a sign with the message “Covid-19 Can’t Stop Hofstra Dance.”
“Who said in the middle of a pandemic we can’t still dance together?” DiCarlo says. “I’ve been really missing dancing with everyone, and I thought that passing a sign that reads ‘Covid-19 Can’t Stop Hofstra Dance’ would create a powerful message and a sense of unity for everyone.”
DiCarlo says she recruited dancers for the video through email and social media, and gave a week and a half notice for submissions. Then the videos began flooding her “in” box.
“Receiving videos every day for a week and watching everyone dancing in different spaces and locations was incredible. I think this video is proof that the art and dance community is stronger than any virus!”
Professor Murphy could not be more pleased with the six-minute video. “I am so proud and thrilled with Kristina’s project! I think she has shown us all the importance of the arts in education, as well as how dance can be a powerful means of communication.”
DiCarlo, who has studied ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, pointe, and musical theater dance at Hofstra, has not given up hope on dancing abroad. She changed her plans so that she will attend a musical theater program at London’s West End Academy later this year. “I love to travel. My goal is to perform and experience the artistry of dance in many different countries.”
She sees her video and the work other performers are posting online during this crisis as vital to the public’s well-being. “As artists it is our job not to dwell on the negativities and curve balls of life, but to turn it into something creative, positive, and inspiring.”