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
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
The Katherine Dunham Dance Company was the first black modern-dance company in North America. In this video, Dancer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham describes the historical moment in 1944 when her dance company was asked to perform for a segregated audience in a Lexington, Kentucky theatre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_h0PBtv5-c&feature=youtu.be "Katherine Dunham (June 22, 1909 -- May 21, 2006) … Continue reading Katherine Dunham on Overcoming 1940’s Racism (Jacob’s Pillow Dance)
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)