About the site

If you’re a dancer, a patron of dance/the arts or someone who knows absolutely nothing about the art form, I need your help. I started this blog as a social experiment because I am interested in generating discussions about real issues and recurring themes in the dance world – with real people. Through discussions on this site, I hope to grow the national dance community to include people who, before, would have never felt comfortable expressing their opinions about dance-related topics.

Here’s my reasoning: I have been working as a dance writer for about four years, and in that time I’ve observed that the general public doesn’t seem comfortable talking about dance – and especially about modern dance. I’m hoping to dispel some stereotypes about dance as a profession and art form, but especially to make dance more accessible to audiences everywhere. If you are willing to take this journey with me – to ask questions that you have about dance, to share your opinions about trends in the dance world (both commercial and otherwise), and most importantly, to learn a little something along the way, I promise to give you a reason to keep coming back to my site.

My first three posts – one about modern dance history, one about modern dance choreography and one about dance terminology – are a “home base” of sorts for my readers to return to if unfamiliar vocabulary or concepts start cropping up.

Please do not hesitate to suggest new topics or to challenge any opinions that you see on the site.

That being said, thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and please share this site with your friends! I look forward to learning more about all of you!

6 thoughts on “About the site”

  1. A fellow dance professor and friend posted your link on facebook. I’ve now bookmarked and am browsing through. I love your style of writing- it’s articulate and educated without being lofty or pretentious.

    I am wondering where exactly you wish for discussions to take place. On each individual article or is there one common forum for discussions?

    • So far, any discussion about these articles has been taking place through the comment option on individual posts. I would love to eventually host live discussions on Twitter, but I am working now just to establish a base readership. Any feedback you have for me about existing posts is greatly welcomed, and please send any topic suggestions my way as well! I’ll create a post about upcoming Twitter chats sometime soon to gauge interest and discern appropriate topics. Until then, please help me spread the word about my blog and please keep reading! I appreciate your support!

  2. Not a problem- will do!

    I have not finished perusing everything yet, so I may be suggesting a topic you’ve already done- but lately I’ve been particularly interested in the relationship between performer/ choreographer and the audience, specifically in modern dance.

    In college, there was this strange relationship that formed. Inevitably, after a show, the friends and family want to know ‘what was it about?’. They needed a story or they didn’t ‘get it’. I also noticed that amongst my fellow choreographers, there was this sort of contempt towards those questions. They didn’t want to talk about their intent, and didn’t feel they should, more that the audience should decide for themselves what a piece was about.

    I am long out of school, but it’s a topic that really interests me, because both sides have valid needs and points, but it really does create an isolation from the audience….

    • I definitely got a lot of “What did it mean?” questions after my performances in college. My post “Modern dance choreography: What does it mean?” is a response to those questions; it is an attempt to broaden audience members’ perspectives so that they can go into a performance feeling better-equipped to digest it.

      You bring up a good point regarding a choreographer’s willingness to divulge his or her process, which is something that I struggled with in my own choreography. As a viewer/critic, I like to watch a performance blind, form my own opinions and then learn about the piece’s choreographic intent, if it is made public. As a student choreographer at the UIUC, I was interviewed about my choreographic process and intent before my work was performed, and my responses were shared with a group of viewers in advance. This was done to make the dance concert as a whole more accessible, (which as you can see from this blog, I obviously support), but it made me feel like I was limiting my audience’s ability to see deeper into my work.

      I think I may have just found my first Twitter chat topic. Thanks!

  3. I discovered your blog thanks to Twitter. I’m an dance blogger too but I only write about urban dance and especially Hip-hop. So it’s not the same style of dance that we talk about; but I’m really interest by “share your opinions about trends in the dance world”. Good continuation !

    • Thanks for the follow, Kiudee. I’m really passionate about growing discussions about dance in all styles, and I think it’s great that you’re covering hip-hop and urban dance exclusively. I’m looking forward to keeping up with you on your blog!

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