Young people across the islands have been forced into isolation along with the rest of society during the Coronavirus outbreak.

But while for some learning is easy enough at the kitchen table, others have been challenged to keep their skills live.

Imagination has come to the fore, with every available space, technology and some unexpected props standing in for school and community facilities.

Dancers from the Kerry MacDonald School of Dance have been using remote technology and dance homework set by Kerry to keep them on their toes. One routine she has put in place uses the platform SeeSaw, used by Sgoil Lionacleit for remote learning.

Kerry has invited all 100 of her dance students across Uist and Barra to join in with ‘two stars and a wish’, where dancers film their practice and their friends give feedback on two things they did well and one that could be improved.

The positive notes that dancers get from friends keep them inspired and encourage dance practice wherever there’s a big enough space at home to go through the moves they need to perfect.

Krysta Bray from Aird Tong in Lewis is determined to let nothing stop her in her aim to make the Island Games, according to Stornoway Running and Athletics Club. She’s seen here testing herself against a makeshift set of hurdles in her back garden.

Fellow athletes from SRAC had already been put through their paces with a tough virtual circuit session set by the club for all its members last month – here’s some of the members using their back gardens as a training ground during the punishing workout.

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