The more stir crazy we get stuck at home, the more important it becomes to shake it off. While our studios and gyms are closed, we’ve all had to be more creative to find ways to have fun and exercise at home. There’s a Vancouver business owner who’s responding to the crisis by throwing at-home dance parties every week and it’s totally free to join.
Saschie MacLean-Magbanua is the founder of Formation Studio in Vancouver. Even though they've had to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she's not letting it stop her from getting people to turn off, turn up, and get down.
Now, she’s leading a community of Beyonce-worthy dancers in Vancouver even as they’re all stuck at home.
Their online classes are streamed live on their social channels, she recommends checking out Facebook Live. You can see the full schedule of free classes online.
"It's perfect for the time we're in right now," she said. "There are so many people who are going through a lot and I feel dance is a great way to physically and mentally escape and give you what you need."
Joining in as part of the community and feeling the vibe is so much more fun than following your standard at-home routine.
Plus, the dance class can be an intense cardio workout if you give your all to the follow-the-leader moves.
“It's nice to feel like we're still collectively in something,” she said.
“You're collectively building this energy and there's a real sense of community...it's nice to know other people in their homes are doing the same thing as me together!”
The 31-year-old entrepreneur just launched her company in September 2019. "It's a crazy time to be so new," she said.
It all started off as a small side project and took over five years to get it to where it is today. Launching her own studio helped her find her voice.
Her advice to other millennials in the city hustling with their own businesses and working on their goals? “Be open to the path that unfolds for you and whatever that looks like,” she said.
“I'm really happy with the timing that's worked out now. I think things happen when they're supposed to and being patient with yourself as an entrepreneur."