The Iteration Project is Giving You the Choreographic Pen Pal You've Always Wanted

As most creativity/productivity/goal-achieving advice columns will tell you, accountability is key to success—it helps you show up and do the hard work on the days when you really, really don't want to. But what if you're, say, a choreographer who doesn't live in a major dance center and therefore don't have that built-in community support?

Cue The Iteration Project, an online platform that delivers weekly prompts and shares responses from artists working in any medium, anywhere, and its recently announced TIP Partner Program.

The Partner Program pairs TIP users from different locations for one month. They can be dancers, choreographers, writers, visual artists, musicians—anyone who wants to commit to a regular creative practice, or who wants a fresh set of eyes or ears on their work. The duos are provided with a set of conversation starters, access to a 30-day list of prompts and bonus partner prompts, in addition to the weekly ones found every Monday in the free TIP newsletter.

Harper Addison, the Knoxville, TN–based dancer-choreographer who founded TIP in 2016, says, "It's an opportunity for professional artists, hobbyists, and weekend warriors to all meet on common ground. To work one-on-one with a fellow creative for a month. To engage in imperfect creativity. To expand their understanding of the creative process. To hear and see things from a different perspective."

Sign-up for the program, which will run April 15–May 13, is open until April 13 and costs $10.

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5 Self-Soothing Exercises You Can Do to Calm Your Anxiety

Physical stillness can be one of the hardest things to master in dance. But stillness in the bigger sense—like when your career and life are on hold—goes against every dancers' natural instincts.

"Dancers are less comfortable with stillness and change than most," says TaraMarie Perri, founder and director of Perri Institute for Mind and Body and Mind Body Dancer. "Through daily discipline, we are trained to move through space and are attracted to forward momentum. Simply put, dancers are far more comfortable when they have a sense of control over the movements and when life is 'in action.' "

To regain that sense of control, and soothe some of the anxiety most of us are feeling right now, it helps to do what we know best: Get back into our bodies. Certain movements and shapes can help ground us, calm our nervous system and bring us into the present.