4 Signs You Need a Social Media Detox
Whether you're using social media for promotional or personal purposes, it could be having a negative impact on your mental health—or your dancing.
Nadine Kaslow, resident psychologist at Atlanta Ballet, tells dancers to watch out for these red flags:
You spend all your free time on social media.
If you find yourself on your phone up until the moment class starts, and then reaching for it the moment class ends, you're probably overdoing it.
Your relationships are suffering.
Notice if you can't have face-to-face conversations without looking at your phone.
You let social media define your moods.
"You get reactive," says Kaslow. "Something positive improves your mood in a significant way; something negative really sends you down."
You're being bullied or are bullying others.
Negativity on social media can harm self-esteem, and impact your reputation.
If any of these sound familiar, Kaslow suggests imposing limits on your social media usage, like no screen time before bed, or only one hour per day. If this doesn't help, or you have trouble sticking to these rules, you may need to go cold turkey.
"Social media can be a good thing," says Kaslow. "You have to figure out how to keep what's good about it."
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At the top of the line, dancers have plenty of quality footwear options to choose from, and in most metropolitan areas, stores to go try them on. But for many of North America's most economically disadvantaged dance students, there has often been just one option for purchasing footwear in person: Payless ShoeSource.
When Sonya Tayeh saw Moulin Rouge! for the first time, on opening night at a movie theater in Detroit, she remembers not only being inspired by the story, but noticing the way it was filmed.
"What struck me the most was the pace, and the erratic feeling it had," she says. The camera's quick shifts and angles reminded her of bodies in motion. "I was like, 'What is this movie? This is so insane and marvelous and excessive,' " she says. "And excessive is I think how I approach dance. I enjoy the challenge of swiftness, and the pushing of the body. I love piling on a lot of vocabulary and seeing what comes out."
Back when Robbie Fairchild graced the cover of the May 2018 issue of Dance Magazine, he mentioned an idea for a short dance film he was toying around with. That idea has now come to fruition: In This Life, starring Fairchild and directed by dance filmmaker Bat-Sheva Guez, is being screened at this year's Dance on Camera Festival.
While the film itself covers heavy material—specifically, how we deal with grief and loss—the making of it was anything but: "It was really weird to have so much fun filming a piece about grief!" Fairchild laughs. We caught up with him, Guez and Christopher Wheeldon (one of In This Life's five choreographers) to find out what went into creating the 11-minute short film.
When Hollywood needs to build a fantasy world populated with extraordinary creatures, they call Terry Notary.
The former gymnast and circus performer got his start in film in 2000 when Ron Howard asked him to teach the actors how to move like Whos for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Notary has since served as a movement choreographer, stunt coordinator and performer via motion capture technology for everything from the Planet of the Apes series to The Hobbit trilogy, Avatar, Avengers: Endgame and this summer's The Lion King.
Since opening the Industry Dance Academy with his wife, Rhonda, and partners Maia and Richard Suckle, Notary also offers movement workshops for actors in Los Angeles.