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!
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"
Taking an online dance class has many benefits, and sometimes one of the benefits is an opportunity to do good. For the month of June, many artists have pledged to donate their class proceeds for causes that fight racial inequality. Check out this list of fundraising dance classes that are happening this week and throughout … Continue reading Dancing for Good (A List of Dance Classes that are Giving Back)
Hello dancers! If you are temporarily not working or working less, I feel you, and so I want to share a few ideas that I have used to make some extra money from home. I have done all these before, and while they are not meant to be a full-time dance income replacement, they may … Continue reading Side-Hustle Ideas for Out of Work Dancers
In honor of Frankie Manning’s birthday and #FrankieMonth, The Frankie Manning Foundation is holding a global shim sham relay! No matter where you are in the world on 26 May 2020, 8pm your time is now Shim Sham time! If you want someone to dance with, I will be sharing my Shim Sham Demonstration during … Continue reading It’s Shim Sham Time Somewhere! Join the Shim Sham Relay for Frankie Manning’s Birthday
Finding space to dance at home is not always easy. Right now, I am fortunate to have a designated space for dancing in my house, but that has not always been the case for me. While the available space may be difficult to control, there are many hacks and tools available that can help. In … Continue reading My Favorite Equipment for Dancing in Small Spaces
The digital dance industry is exploding with new teachers and students. Online dance classes can provide students with additional value from that of in-person lessons but teaching and learning dance online also requires some extra considerations. Repeated technical difficulties can discourage students from wanting to learn, and I have already felt this myself while taking … Continue reading Old Dogs and New Tricks: Tips for Teaching Dance Classes Online
When it comes to ballroom, there are a lot of steps to learn. The good news is, almost every step can be broken down into three basic elements: walks, rocks, and box. In this video tutorial, I break down the three basic elements of ballroom dance to get you started on your dance journey. I … Continue reading JUST THREE STEPS: The Basic Elements of Ballroom Dance
Welcome back to our weekly reflection prompt post. Each Tuesday I post a new question or activity to get us thinking about our whole dance experience. One of my favorite topics is at home dance spaces, which have become much more popular in recent times because of social distancing requirements. I wrote a post layout … Continue reading DANCE JOURNAL PROMPT | A Dream Space for Dancing
The Martha Graham Dance Company is hosting a "Show Us Your Graham" challenge on Instagram. For this challenge, all you have to do is reinterpret one of Graham's 19 poses into an everyday task. Then, post your creation to social media with hashtags: #19poses and #marthagraham and tag a woman who inspires you. Martha Graham's … Continue reading DO IT FOR THE GRAHAM | A Dance Challenge Anyone Can Try