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
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!
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! 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
The digital dance industry is exploding with new teachers and students. Online dance classes can provide students with additional value from that of in-person lessons but teaching and learning dance online also requires some extra considerations. Repeated technical difficulties can discourage students from wanting to learn, and I have already felt this myself while taking … Continue reading Old Dogs and New Tricks: Tips for Teaching Dance Classes Online
Hello Dancers! This week we will look to our dance teacher and mentors and reflect on this unique relationship. While there are many ways to dance alone with no guidance, those who have taken formal classes know how important it is to have a good teacher. Even without formal dance classes, we rarely find inspiration … Continue reading DANCE JOURNAL PROMPT | Lessons Learned