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Everybody Knows This Is Now Here:

September 23, 2014

The Mountain Empire Performance Collective explores ways of making work beyond geographic limitations. Utilizing both traditional and contemporary methods of communication, including video chats, telephone calls, letter writing, emails, and traditional methods of working together face to face, they make works that test the limits of communication and technology. Read Eliza Larson and Rachel Rugh in a collaborative piece that replicates in written form how they choreographically merge ideas and movements across the country. Technology, initially a means to an end, has become an integral part of the choreography, both in process and in performance. Read how they do it here.

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Tags: Artistry · From The Studio · Mind of the Artist

Performing Tradition, part 2

September 10, 2014

The past decade has seen the emergence of interesting hybrids between old and new technologies and aesthetics. An example is the evolving phenomenon of house concerts -- small, acoustic music and dance performances held in private homes. The ambiance is informal. Usually the audience is limited; anywhere from 10-20 people, who contribute a comparatively small fee for the privilege of hearing music up-close and personal. These events are rekindling what music must have been like when it was enjoyed socially in people’s homes, and yet they thrive in the era of social media, and are marketed via Facebook, and captured and shared using Instagram, Vine and other media outlets.

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Performing Tradition, part 1

September 09, 2014

If there is a single question that bedevils nearly all the dance communities I have encountered, it is the quest for authenticity. So many of the dancers and musicians I have worked with talk about “balancing tradition with innovation” that it feels a bit trite. Countless bios I have read include some variation on that phrase. And the thing that strikes me as weird about it is that there is an implicit assumption there that tradition and innovation are somehow at odds. Read more about building a traditional dance career in the 21st century.

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So, You Think You Can Ace College Dance?

August 20, 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about the transition from college to the professional field of dance and all the places that dance study can take you. So it was fun when a friend asked me to think about study skills for dancers just entering college. If you and I were to sit down for coffee, read on for some ideas I’d encourage you to think about and discuss with your new classmates.

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Dance and Parenthood: A Case Study

March 02, 2014 · 1 Comment

Despite the daunting landscape for independent and freelance dance professionals, we’re seeing encouraging trends in how some dance companies regard the family lives of their employees.

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Balancing Acts: Dancers and Their Experiences With Motherhood

February 27, 2014

George Balanchine didn't hide his disapproval of dancers having children.  Doubtless, such overt pressure from a director would not fly anymore, but many issues that more indirectly discourage parenthood have not changed. Dancers still deal with issues like taking parental leave, juggling child care, physical recovery from childbirth, and health care.

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A Dancer & Health Insurance

January 14, 2014

I have been without health insurance for one year, three months, and 10 days as of today. I am 27 years old, physically active, have no chronic health problems that require treatment or medication. I don’t smoke. I only drink on occasion (and then in moderation), and as a freelance dancer and part-time non-profit administrator in New York, I make about $22,000 a year after taxes. I am at once exactly the kind of person the Affordable Care Act was written for, and exactly the kind of person they are afraid won’t sign up.

If I choose not to sign up I will be penalized $224 (1 percent of my income). Read on to find out more about the options Alexander Thompson faces.

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Ballet’s Biggest Annual Party: Freelancing ‘The Nutcracker’

December 19, 2013

The period between Black Friday and Boxing Day is commonly the most financially rewarding for big and small businesses alike. Ballet is no exception. During this period, ballet companies across the country throw their biggest annual holiday party, which helps keep many a ballet company afloat, providing essential operating funds. Just as big and small businesses benefit from holiday spending, freelance dancers like Barry Kerollis benefit from The Nutcracker. Read on to see how this Philadelphia-based dancer navigates the ups and downs of Nutcracker madness.

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What I Learned From Ballet

December 10, 2013

I am passionately in love with being onstage. It’s terrible. The can’t-eat-can’t-sleep-euphoric kind of love. When you find that love early in life it’s hard for much of anything else to stand up in comparison. And when it does, you fall in deep because that’s the only way you know how.

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Autism-Friendly Performances Offer Potential To Bring In New Dance Audiences

October 22, 2013

For parents of children on the autism spectrum or families coping with a member with social cognitive disorders, finding artistic and cultural activities that are appropriate can be challenging, if not impossible. A number of theater and dance companies are beginning to offer these families options for a non-judgmental, expressive theater-going experience. Read on to see how companies are adapting classics like The Nutcracker and creating new works for this small but important -- and growing -- segment of their audiences.

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