The Dance YouTubers Support Network is a group that I started to bring together dancers and performing artists who want to grow on YouTube so we can have a central place to come together and chat about our experiences using YouTube for dance-related activities. https://youtu.be/XaLW1lDm_vg Even if you have not started a YouTube channel and … Continue reading Come Join the Dance YouTubers Support Network!
"Dance is a language, and social dance is an expression that emerges from a community"Camille A. Brown In this Ted-Ed video, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown talks about the history of African-American social dance, communities, and connection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpCBMwAweDI&feature=youtu.be
One of my favorite ways to start the day is by launching my local Classical Music Radio Station and feeling myself into an ecstatic morning dance. Today my joy popped at this piece by Valerie Coleman, called "Umoja", a Swahili word meaning "unity". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23Yx9gWHh0E Imani Winds performs Valerie Coleman's "Umoja"
Welcome back to the Tuesday dance journal! As some studios are opening back up, let’s take some time to reflect on how our online dance experiences compare to in-person classes. There are many potential benefits that may come with online dance classes, however, there are also many challenges that can make the experience less enjoyable. … Continue reading DANCE JOURNAL PROMPT | On Online Dance Space
I recently found this post that @mishiDance shared on their Instagram with a list of non-profits and companies that are focused on supporting BIPOC artists and dancers. I definitely recommend that you have a look at the links below, and support however you can! https://www.instagram.com/p/CBBRGiol112/ NONPROFITS @laundromat_proj@iabdinc@movenyc@blackartfuturesfund@baadbronx@mobballet COMPANIES @firstname.lastname@example.org@collagedance@dallasblackdance@dancetheatreofharlem@deeplyrooteddance@_move_you_@modarts_dance@slmdances DONATE @blklivesmatter@thelovelandfoundation@campaignzero@naacp@aclu_nationwide@colorofchange@reclaimtheblock@eji_org@fairfightaction@splcenter Books @ijeomaoluo@diangelorobin@ibramxk@versobooks@haymarketbooks Podcasts @nprcodeswitchearhustleq … Continue reading How to Support BIPOC Artists
A lot of dancers will tell you not to compare yourself to others. The issue with that is,we need to set goals and it's not really possible to do this without some comparison to what is possible. There is nothing wrong with noticing something about another dancer that you want to achieve for yourself! It … Continue reading DANCE JOURNAL PROMPT | (Don’t) Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Dancers
Take a look around you. The dance world is changing! Recently, I have taken some time to reflect and redefine what it means to me to be a good dancer. It is one thing to have good technique, but we can take it so much further and use our dancing to do good things. This … Continue reading Follow these Dance Leaders! (A List of Dancers Who are Doing Good Things)
There are two petitions going around to demand that two big dance-wear companies, Bloch and Capezio to offer more inclusive color options for their products. Since the petitions went live, Bloch has already announced it will be offering more more shades in fall! Bloch is joining Freed as one of the only big companies to … Continue reading Petitioning for More Inclusive Dance Product Options, and Where to find Them Now!
Theatre spaces are reopening, but this time it is not for a production. The Open Your Lobby movement is a call for theatre spaces that have been closed down recently to reopen as a safe place for protesters. Check out some of the theaters that have been joining: In support of #BlackLivesMatter and the many protesters nationwide … Continue reading Open Your Lobby! Theaters Reopen to Provide a Safe Place for Protesters
Dancer Adie San Diego shared this message for dancers on their Instagram profile: "It is just as important to know about black dance pioneers like Master Juba, Josephine Baker, and Pearl Primus as much as we are taught to know famed white artists like Agnes de Mille, Bob Fosse, and Jerome Robbins. It was only … Continue reading A Letter to Dancers from Adie San Diego