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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2020) — As COVID-19 made its way into Kentucky, University of Kentucky faculty and students were presented with the real possibility of a global pandemic having a major impact on the spring semester.
As the reality of this new normal began to set in, faculty had to make a quick turn from in-person classes to an entirely online curriculum. Inside of a week, faculty moved all classes and resources online while students moved out of residence halls and prepared to finish the semester online.
Theresa Bautista, a dance instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance in UK College of Fine Arts, adapted group-oriented classes into online instruction based in the students’ home spaces instead of the large studios on campus.
In the meantime, students like Kelsey Hutchison, an arts administration major from Cynthiana, Kentucky, began the process of adapting spaces in her home so that she could continue her classes in this new era of learning. Watch the video above to see how dance instructors and students are not just managing — but thriving in this new normal.
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