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Has Influencer Culture Affected How Dancers Are Hired?

Has Influencer Culture Affected How Dancers Are Hired?

Has Influencer Culture Affected How Dancers Are Hired? New York City–based choreographer and director Jennifer Weber once worked on a project with a strict social media policy: ” ‘Hire no one with less than 10K, period’—and that was a few years ago,” she says. “Ten thousand is a very small number now, especially on Instagram.” The commercial dance world is in a period of transition, where social media handles and follower counts are increasingly requested ... Read More »

Beyond Talkbacks: What Audience Engagement Looks Like in 2019

Beyond Talkbacks: What Audience Engagement Looks Like in 2019

Beyond Talkbacks: What Audience Engagement Looks Like in 2019 What happens during a performance is the product of the painstaking process of realizing an artistic vision. Whether held beforehand, afterward, offsite or online, audience discussions tend not to be so preordained, easily thrown off track without a skilled moderator at the helm. “I’m someone who dreaded talkbacks and Q&As,” admits Bill Bragin, former director of public programming at Lincoln Center. “While I was in New ... Read More »

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"I Dance as an Investment in the Next Generation"

"I Dance as an Investment in the Next Generation"

"I Dance as an Investment in the Next Generation" I dance to encourage others. The longer I dance, the more I see that much of my real work is to speak life-giving words to my fellow artists. This is a multidimensionally grueling profession. I count it a privilege to remind my colleagues of how they are bringing beauty into the world through their craft. I recently noticed significant artistic growth in a fellow dancer, and ... Read More »

How to Use Social Media As A Learning Tool—Without Letting It Take Over Your Life

How to Use Social Media As A Learning Tool—Without Letting It Take Over Your Life

How to Use Social Media As A Learning Tool—Without Letting It Take Over Your Life Social media has made the dance world a lot smaller, giving users instant access to artists and companies around the world. For aspiring pros, platforms like Instagram can offer a tantalizing glimpse into the life of a working performer. But there’s a fine line between taking advantage of what social media can offer and relying too heavily on it. Seek ... Read More »

Why University of Arizona's Dance Program Is the Ultimate Prep for Company Life

Why University of Arizona's Dance Program Is the Ultimate Prep for Company Life

Why University of Arizona's Dance Program Is the Ultimate Prep for Company Life If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again. The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you’re looking to get a head-start on your professional ... Read More »

90 Years Ago Today: The Death of Sergei Diaghilev

90 Years Ago Today: The Death of Sergei Diaghilev

90 Years Ago Today: The Death of Sergei Diaghilev On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal ... Read More »

Nominate Your Favorite Dance for Our Readers' Choice Feature

Nominate Your Favorite Dance for Our Readers' Choice Feature

Nominate Your Favorite Dance for Our Readers' Choice Feature Yes, we realize it’s only August. But we can’t help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019. We’re getting ready for our annual Readers’ Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can’t stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about. ... Read More »

This Dancer Almost Lost Her Leg to Cancer. Now She's Heading Back to The Washington Ballet

This Dancer Almost Lost Her Leg to Cancer. Now She's Heading Back to The Washington Ballet

This Dancer Almost Lost Her Leg to Cancer. Now She's Heading Back to The Washington Ballet Chiara Valle is just one of many dancers heading back to the studio this fall as companies ramp up for the season. But her journey back has been far more difficult than most. Valle has been a trainee at The Washington Ballet since 2016, starting at the same time as artistic director Julie Kent. But only a few months ... Read More »

At What Point Does Appreciation Become Appropriation?

At What Point Does Appreciation Become Appropriation?

At What Point Does Appreciation Become Appropriation? Michele Byrd-McPhee’s uncle was a DJ for the local black radio station in Philadelphia, where she was born. As a kid she was always dancing to the latest music, including a new form of powerful poetry laid over pulsing beats that was the beginning of what we now call hip hop. Byrd-McPhee became enamored of the form and went on to a career as a hip-hop dancer and ... Read More »

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