A.I.M in Andrea Miller's state. Photo by Steven Schreiber, Courtesy Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture Is Spotlighting Dance for Black History Month

Raise your hand if you've ever gotten sucked down an informational rabbit hole on the internet. (Come on, we know it's not just us.) Now, allow us to direct you to this new project from Google Arts & Culture. To celebrate Black History Month, they've put together a newly curated collection of images, videos and stories that spotlights black history and culture in America specifically through the lens of dance—and it's pretty much our new favorite way to pass the time online.


Google partnered with organizations like Dance Theatre of Harlem, A.I.M, Step Afrika! and Camille A. Brown & Dancers to put together online exhibits comprising stories, images and videos. The result is dozens of multimedia trips through black dance history—like the Harlem roots of the Lindy hop or the founding of DTH—and a look at the work being done by a plethora of contemporary artists, including Kyle Abraham, Brown and Reggie Wilson. Outreach efforts to impact future generations of dancers of color, such as American Ballet Theatre's Project Plié and Step Afrika!'s summer camp, are also highlighted.

The collection touches on a multitude of topics—everything from literature to the loss of local radio stations, police brutality to the spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora—always using dance as a leaping-off point. It might not be the deepest dive into these particular ideas or histories, but we love how easily digestible the information is for the casual reader, as well as the breadth of the work showcased. And if you get inspired to learn more about any of the artists or organizations featured, there's a handy search engine right there.

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How Turning Boards and Practice Mats Can Revolutionize Your Dance Training

When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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