Dancing Together, Apart
In China, where the virus first emerged last year, DJs and nightspots started live-streaming performances at the beginning of February when the country’s outbreak was at its pinnacle.
Shanghai and Beijing venues pioneered live-streamed clubbing on Douyin, China’s version of TikTok, which also allows fans to buy gifts which can be swapped for cash.
Beijing club One Third attracted over a million viewers and generated nearly two million yuan ($280,000) in rewards from its fans in a five-hour live-stream, according to news website iFeng.
Closed nightclubs and DJs stuck at home are also hosting virtual dance parties in New York, the epicenter of America’s worsening outbreak.
Live performance outfit “The Dance Cartel” has started hosting “Social Disdance” parties for “dance nights together, apart” three times a week.
Participants dance with one another over the Zoom video chat app, with some donning costumes and others setting up colorful disco lights.