If there was ever a time to learn something new or pick up a new hobby — it’s now! The ol’ “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy” excuses go out the window if you’re still stuck at home. And until there’s more clarity about the when and how of re-opening, we’re all here. Luckily for you, many local organizations recognized this need and are offering virtual classes to keep people engaged (and sane). You have all this time on your hands so instead of making another TikTok video or scrolling through Instagram for the seventh time today, check out these top picks and start learning!
Miami City Ballet dancers are some of the best in the world and they are sharing their talents through virtual ballet classes. Ballet Basics (in English and Spanish!) is for the true newbies and designed for the whole family to try. For enthusiasts who know their grand pliés from their grand jétés, try the Intermediate level class. And if you’re not quite ready for the barre, start your week with a gentle Stretch & Strengthen class – a warm-up for these artist/athletes – to loosen muscles and relieve stress. If you have always wanted to try ballet, now you can learn from the best. miamicityballet.org or @miamicityballet.
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When the Arsht Center had to go dark, it quickly pivoted to offer new online programs to keep people connected to the arts. Among these, The Art of Making offers free content designed to educate and inspire. Local teaching artists will get you up and moving (and creating!) through fun and instructional videos in visual arts, dance, music, writing and poetry. Make music with your family using ordinary kitchen items or write a poem about what this time felt like for you. New content is added every Thursday and all Arsht@Home videos can be accessed via the Arsht’s YouTube channel. arshtcenter.org/arshtathome
Parla Italiano? Parlez-vous Français? Sign up to learn a language and your answer can be Yes! (or Sì or Oui). The Miami chapter of the Società, which is a society present in more than 60 countries, offers instruction in Italian, French, German and most recently Portuguese and now their programs are fully online. Courses are taught by native-speaking teachers, so you’ll get interactive lessons and live conversation – which is the most effective way to learn a language. New beginner group classes start every week so you can sign up any time. dantemiami.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Music is a proven stress reliever and given our current situation, we could all use a lot more music in our lives. Why not learn to play it yourself? It’s never too late to pick up a musical instrument or to freshen up what you learned as a kid. MFAA is offering free community master classes taught by its seasoned instructors via Zoom – not only in music, but art and dance as well. If you really get inspired, register for one of their ongoing adult programs that welcome all ages and levels. miamifineartsacademy.com
If you never miss an episode of Saturday Night Live, check out JTF’s comedy sketch writing class. The seven-week course teaches you all the basics – strong starts, punch lines, and funny endings – plus a few more tricks of the trade. If a stage and a spotlight are where you belong, try the improv or stand-up comedy classes. Who knows – you could be the next Conan O’Brien or Tina Fey…or just the funniest person in your friend group. justthefunny.com
Cover photo by Miami City Ballet.
Estefania Garcia is a freelance writer living in Miami. She is a self-described wordsmith and AP style enthusiast who prefers to use the Oxford comma. She works in marketing & communications to pay the bills.