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
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!
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
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
Hello dance world! It’s good to be back at it. ...Okay, I never really stopped dancing, but I took a liminal break from teaching and formal classes to pursue new skills and perspectives. This first post is a reflection on leaving and returning to dance. I grew up doing theater and dance around Orange County … Continue reading Welcome Back to the Dance!