Over the past couple of days, I've had some Facebook memories popping up on my feed. I had been posting status updates when I participated my first ballroom showcase 13 years ago. I performed not as a student, but as an instructor. I started teaching ballroom dance very early in my journey. I was new … Continue reading One Foot in the Ballroom Dance Door for 13 Years. Has it Really Been That Long?
Scrolling through my social media feeds, I see that many dance studios are announcing that they will be opening back up for classes within the next week. I have some mixed thoughts about getting myself back out there. While I feel excited to get my toes back into the social waters, I will definitely be … Continue reading Simple Resources for Going Back to Dance Class
In case you missed it, this week on YouTube, I uploaded a brief introduction to search engine optimization, and I also had some older files from this side-hustle blog that I edited together. I have found YouTube to be a fun challenge. I am still working through channeling my personality on camera despite my social … Continue reading Every Room is a Dance Room
Some of you who follow me on Instagram are keen that I decided to leave the studio I had been training at previously, since I was not feeling their vibe. Truthfully, even without the pandemic, dance studio spaces are not my first choice for learning to dance, so seeking an alternative does jive with me. … Continue reading Partner Dancing | Now With More Partner!
I recently found this post that @mishiDance shared on their Instagram with a list of non-profits and companies that are focused on supporting artists and dancers of every culture and community. 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 … Continue reading How to Support Artists of all Cultures and Communities
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!
Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet has created a list of 12 action steps for cultural recovery in ballet, and asks us to "Please read, affirm them by posting and tagging your organizations, leadership friends, colleages, brands who you support or support you... Ask them to post as a commitment to cultural recovery." Memoirs of Blacks … Continue reading MoBBallet’s 12 Steps to Ballet’s Cultural Recovery
On Tuesday, June 2 many businesses in the music and dance industries will be taking part in "Blackout Tuesday. "The call is circulating through the music and dance industries to take “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” and to take “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.” … Continue reading #TheShowMustBePaused (A Call to Reflect on Tuesday, June 2)
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
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