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Dancing from a distance: Staying connected through COVID-19

Neighbors hold distanced dance party
Dancing from a distance: Staying connected through COVID-19
Posted at 10:52 PM, Mar 27, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — The constant coronavirus updates can get some people a little down, which is why one Colorado Springs neighborhood is trying to help. Neighbors living on Corona Street have organized dance parties, where they all come outside and listen to music, while still practicing social distancing.

The first dance party on the street happened on Monday, after Lydia Andrews and her husband were feeling a little stir crazy. "So, we messaged the whole neighborhood and we're like, what if we just put a song on the radio and we all got out and danced in the street," said Andrews.

Andrews said the neighborhood loved the first distanced dance party so much, that they organized another one for Friday. This time, Andrews reached out to iHeartRadio, and several different radio stations agreed to play the same song starting at 6 p.m. Those stations even continued with 30 minutes of non-stop music following the first song. "I hope that the rest of the city, the state gets involved, and we can really make Colorado go viral for a good reason," said K Cheeba, a DJ at 96.1 The Beat.

Neighbors said this dancing from a distance helps them cope with what's going on in the world. "When the music starts, I don't have to think about it anymore... It's a serious situation, but at the same time, it doesn't have to rule our lives," said Marvin Harrell, who's participated in both dance parties.

Andrews said her neighborhood is likely to have many more dance parties, and will for sure have another this coming Friday. If you want to join in on the fun, Andrews says to make sure and post a video of the dancing, with the tag #DancingFromADistance.