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Lafayette dancers forced to take their show on the road because of pandemic

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 07:14:34-04

A Lafayette dance company's recital was originally scheduled to be held at the Heymann Center in Lafayette, but the pandemic meant other plans had to be made and the company thought it best to step in a different direction.

It was a break in tradition for the Gerami Dance Academy. For years, they've held their recitals at the Heymann Center, but amid confusion over capacity limits at the Heymann Center, they brought the show to Rayne and the Frog Festival Pavilion.

July in south Louisiana isn't an ideal time to be performing outside, but the dancers at Gerami Academy had to make the best of the situation.

"We were going to do it at the Heymann, but there was uncertainty during the course of all this as to whether or not it could happen or it would be postponed," explained owner Rebecca Landry's husband, Don. "My wife was really determined to do this for the students."

But in the crowd, guidelines on social distancing and masks weren't always observed.

"We're doing what everyone else is doing. We encourage it, but we can't make them," said Landry.

As for the dancers, they were just happy to show off their moves, even if it was during a hot summer night.

"I was shocked," said Blair Anderson, a teacher and dancer at Gerami Academy. "I'm just so proud of all the students this year and their hard work. We're all dancers. We're all used to performing in different climates."

Meanwhile, according to the Heymann Center, other dance companies are still planning to go ahead with recitals at the facility and will be following capacity limits.

READ MORE: Dance recitals scheduled at Heymann Center could change due to capacity

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