Have you ever been stung, hurt or infuriated by a cutting review? Or have you ever gotten a desperate phone call from a friend who’s trying to recover from a degrading insult that appeared in print?

Now is the time to get help in coping with such reviews. Come to a panel entitled “Protecting Your Passion: Surviving the Negative Review” tonight from 6–8 pm at Gibney Dance on Chambers Street and find out about a new service. The panel is co-presented by the Dancers’ Resource, a program of The Actors Fund (which, by the way, is merging with Career Transition For Dancers). Bebe Neuwirth, who founded the Dancers’ Resource to help dancers cope with injuries of another kind (the physical kind), will be on hand to explain the services that the Dancers’ Resource provides. The Dancers’ Resource coordinator Amy Wilder will announce a new service to help dancers around the country cope with upsetting reviews. Choreographers David Parker, Ann Marie De Angelo, Nia Love and Sam Kim will talk about the impact of negative reviews on them and how they’ve moved past them to continue their work. I will be moderating.

The panel is part of Gibney Dance’s Center Line series. For more information, click here.

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Studio Bleu students Jaxon Keller, Samantha Halker and Alia Wiggins. Photos by Chris Stark

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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