We didn't have the same technology in the past. I remember playing bootleg recital pieces on VHS tapes with the television cart facing the mirror while we danced behind it to learn (pre-digital screen-mirroring). Nowadays, it is much easier to set up to record and replay performances and practice sessions. A few weeks ago, I … Continue reading Thoughts on Recording Practice Footage
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
If you know me, you know I'm obsessed with the concept of liminality. In fact, I named my very first blog endeavor Liminal Anthropology. I did that for irony at the time, but the concept stuck with me perpetually as a lingering interest. If you are not yet familiar with the word, liminality refers to … Continue reading These Liminal Dance Days
The start of this week I found myself discouraged while looking at job postings for dance studios. I have not feeling the spark to go back and learn on the job like I have usually done, especially when I never felt that I fit in before. With an over-saturated movement toward online dance, most possibilities … Continue reading Welcome to Whatever You Wish
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!
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
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