As I have asked myself and my collaborators the question “How are we gonna dance again?,” we at my collective, SLMDances, have taken the ongoing public health crisis as a call to action to fundamentally reconsider our behaviors for the care of ourselves and all those we come into contact with.
Are online-only intensives are a relic of the past? Not necessarily. Here are some things to consider as you make your summer plans this year.
Whether you’re a studio owner, run a dance company or work at a dance nonprofit, you may have started to breathe a little easier lately as operations have stabilized after almost two years of pandemic upheaval. So news of “The Great Resignation” is disconcerting. More than 19 million workers (and counting) have quit their jobs […]
When I was a young dancer, a teacher once told me that a day off in dance was like a week off in any other passion. Although this is a myth that’s been debunked, those words have still haunted me every day for the past nine years.
In 2020, Company XIV prepared to honor the 10th season of its holiday production, Nutcracker Rouge. A libertine twist on the classic ballet, the show features bawdy, rigorous choreography danced with a glittering cocktail of carnal abandon and precision. Throughout the show—which includes opera on an aerial hoop—the cast performs onstage and among the audience. […]
For many dancers, the spring of 2021 brought the long-awaited return to the in-person performing they had been dreaming of since the coronavirus took hold of the world last year. For others, the pandemic’s impact proved too devastating for their companies to recover from. This became the reality for the dancers of Aspen Santa Fe […]
The lurch of conflicting COVID-19 guidance has wildly shifted how we occupy space with one another. Our collective improvisation through the “coronasphere” (as scholar Kate Elswit brilliantly named it) has been subject to an onslaught of rules, reversals and regulations. As part of a shared research project with Dr. Heidi Boisvert and Melissa Painter through […]
As I finished my last grueling medical treatment just over a year ago, my doctor said something to me: “Your body has stuck with you through a lot. Do something special with your life to show your gratitude.” For nine years I have struggled with the debilitating effects of chronic Lyme disease. Now, as my […]