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"Choreography in Focus" with Patricia Hoffbauer

Wendy Perron and Patricia Hoffbauer talk about Para-dice (Stage 2), Hoffbauer's work for Danspace that deconstructs racism with an irony-drenched narrative.

Wendy Perron talks to Patricia Hoffbauer about Para-dice (Stage 2), a piece for Danspace that deconstructs racism with an irony-drenched narrative. - See more at:

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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: