The dance world’s reaction to the recent rash of dance reality TV shows runs the gamut. We decided to ask our contributing editor Siobhan Burke for her personal take on these programs. In “Who Needs the Drama?” she waxes gently sarcastic about the “gotta win” mindset of the competition shows. But she arrives at a surprising conclusion—one that all dancers can relate to.
At right: Is anything private in reality TV? Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton of
Breaking Pointe. Photo by Matthew Karas.
Not only are more dancers performing for screens large and small—and tiny—but more tech-savvy people are transforming three-dimensional dance to two dimensions. With this issue we introduce a new section called “Media Maven.” It will profile various people who use their artistic skills to bridge live dance and media dance. (Find it in “Plugged In,” on page 54.) First up is Lindsay Thomas, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s videographer. She not only documents ballets by choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, but she creates videos that are themselves works of art.
On another note, body image is a constant struggle for dancers. In our desire for perfection, we tend to denigrate ourselves for our flaws, no matter how slight. In “Making Peace With My Body,” associate editor Khara Hanlon talks to six dancers who lament their limitations: One is too curvy, another wants cashew feet, and a third is too tall. But they have all found places in excellent dance companies that continually give them artistic challenges. So go ahead and wallow in self-criticism—but then get past it and dance your heart out.
Wendy Perron, Editor in Chief
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