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
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!
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)
The world of dance would not be what it is without countless contributions from a world of diverse humans. Unfortunately, there is a not so subtle, yet swept-under-the-rug racism that allows an unfair experience for many dancers. I am a white woman, and an academic, so my experience with racism in the dance world has … Continue reading DANCE JOURNAL PROMPT | Racism in the World of Dance
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
Hello Dancers! Welcome back to our weekly reflection post! Personal reflection and journaling are essential to our personal growth as dancers, and I hope the prompts have been helpful. This week we will be exploring how we define ourselves in language with dance. A few weeks ago, we looked at our identities as dancers, and … Continue reading DANCE JOURNAL PROMPT | What’s in a Word?
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