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How Much Arts Journalism Is Too Much Arts Journalism?

January 26, 2015

Anecdotal and other reports note the obvious: classical dance audiences are aging and declining, and new work seems to have a hard time gaining consistent audiences. Many of us agreed on the need to develop audiences, and out of those conversations author Robert Bettmann, who founded a small arts magazine, Bourgeon to help artists develop audiences. But the question arises: are publications like these part of hte problem or solution in engaging new and existing audiences.

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Tags: Advocacy · Commentary · Criticism

Ten Steps To Enhancing Dance Writing in Your Community

January 13, 2015

Want to jump-start dance writing opportunities in your city or region? Check out these 10 tips from founder of thINKing Dance in Philadelphia.

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Tags: Criticism · Mind of the Artist

Upping the Ante on Writing About Dance

January 13, 2015

Good dance writing informs potential audiences about interesting dance in their midst, helps acquaint presenters and funders with artists’ output to frame artists’ work within a wider cultural, artistic and socio-political context. With shrinking space for dance coverage at traditional media outlets, new forms are taking hold. Learn how a collaborative community-based effort to publish high-quality dance writing is taking hold in one city. Lisa Kraus, founder of thINKing Dance, reports.

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Tags: Criticism · Engagement · Mind of the Artist

Dance and Computer Gaming

December 22, 2014

Dancer, choreographer, and assistant professor of computer game design at George Mason University Boris Willis explores the relationship between game design and modern dance choreography. Learn about how the principles that make good choreography are the same as those that make good video games. A game of PacMan will never be the same.

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Tags: Artistry · Technology

Generosity in the Land of Ballet

December 16, 2014

Stephen Manes spent a year at Pacific Northwest Ballet researching his 2011 book, Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet. He recently summarized one aspect of his findings in this holiday post, which we return to in this season of giving.

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Tags: Commentary · From The Studio

Simple Gifts: The Spirit of Sharing

November 06, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and you know what that means. It means that we are in the homestretch of the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) mentorship program. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share with you the gifts for which I am most thankful.

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Tags: Arts Administration · Mind of the Artist

World Ballet Day and Sustainable Audiences:

October 29, 2014

October 1, 2014, was a big day for the dance field. Around the world, five of the world’s best ballet companies joined together for a full day of behind-the-scenes live streaming on YouTube featuring rehearsals, interviews and company class. On the same day, the Wallace Foundation announced a six-year, $40 million initiative to support building audiences for sustainability. While I wondered if the planners of the two events were each aware of the other, I also found myself staring at the negative space between the two and wondering if anyone else noticed the solution to be found within. Combine these two events with Dance/USA’s recently announced “Call for Questions” for next year’s conference and I figured it would be as good a time as any to posit a few questions that I know are seldom asked (or answered properly) across the arts community.

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Tags: Advocacy · Artistry · Internationalism · Technology

Search Engines:

October 21, 2014

Hiring a new artistic director can be a daunting task especially if your organization has had little or no experience in doing so. Where to begin? Who to involve in the hiring process? What steps to take? These were some of the questions facing Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, and Ballet San Jose recently when they went through the lengthy process of examining and defining company goals in order to lay the groundwork for an artistic director’s search. Read on to learn more.

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Tags: Arts Administration

2014 Legislative Forecast

October 01, 2014

For the first time in a few years, this fall update is not as dire as it has been. Funding proposals for the National Endowment for the Arts are relatively stable and there is no looming fiscal cliff. However, that doesn’t mean that we should take a break on our advocacy. This is a key time to educate our lawmakers about the issues that impact dance and the performing arts as an integral part of moving the needle on policy and legislation. Read on for more on how to do this.

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Tags: Advocacy · Arts Administration · Government Watch

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


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