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?
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.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.