Farewell, Dance Advantage

To friends and readers all over the world,

 

It is with a heavy heart that I write DA’s final post. Those of you closest to me may have suspected this day would come. I began Dance Advantage six years ago with no inkling of where it would take me and I am so proud that it’s become a resource for the dance community.

Over the past few years, changes in my life have made the site more difficult to administer. I teach, I care for my children, I manage my home, I freelance. Through it all, I’ve fought to make time for DA in my schedule and surrendered hours and hours of sleep in order to check off the mounting number of tasks required of me as editor and contributor of a growing site.

My decision has not come lightly, and I know that many of you will be disappointed. However, the time has come for me to move forward on a new path. Don’t worry, our former posts will remain at this domain for as long as I can maintain it.

I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and inspired me through the years, and who stand by me now as I make this difficult decision. I have appreciated our time together more than you could ever know.

With love,

Dance and dream out loud,

Nichelle

 

 

April Fools!

Was that mean? Or, did you totally know I was pulling your legwarmers?

Dance Advantage isn’t going anywhere. I repeat, this is not our final post – far from it. It’s just our… 813th.

Okay, parts of that letter are actually true. First of all, I really would like to say THANK YOU! I’m quite sure that I have the smartest, most creative readers in the universe. And, yes, more hours than I can even calculate have been spent working on Dance Advantage – my own, and that of our contributors and our friends. Growing has its pains but Dance Advantage hasn’t been a pain at all. In fact, I honestly love what I do.

Stepping out on this limb six years ago (yes, it’s our blogiversary!) is possibly the best thing I’ve EVER done, aside from giving birth to two fantastic children.

What an amazing journey.

There are over 5,000 comments on our posts and almost none are SPAM. I know because, well, remember those mounting tasks I wrote about?

And, did you know that since 2009 (when I actually started counting in earnest), DA has had 1.4 million visits? I know Facebook gets like 600 times that in a day, but hey, for an independent dance site, we’re doing okay!

Climbing stats and number of visits at Dance Advantage

 

 

 

What are the musts to keep a dance blog going for six years?

Two things:

1. Love it.

2. Stick with it.

That’s what I’ve done so far with dance and with dance blogging, and neither pursuit has let me down so far. Instead, I’m continually blessed and fulfilled by what they bring to my life.

How has DA helped you in your dance life? Tell us in the comments.Even though you’ve given me a lot, I’m humbly asking if you’d honor me with just a few words in the comments.

I’d like to know if Dance Advantage has ever helped you with something in your dance life. Yes or No?

If you can, elaborate on ways or instances that it has.

I’m asking because it will highlight more ways I can help you in the future.

Again, thank you. Here’s to another six years!

Nichelle (owner/editor)
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world.
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Comments

  1. Oh Nichelle, you shocked me.

    I have just been reading Dance Advantage for a couple of months, but yes, you have helped me with a lot of stuff. First of all, you have helped me to understand that one can teach both technique and creativeness in one class. And then, I love looking through the archives and getting inspiration for my own teaching. Keep going and keep focusing on teaching how to teach, because you are definitely the best resource a teacher can look for. Thank you for that!

  2. Bahhaha you had me! I hate April fools day- I always forget & am so gullible . Glad you’re joking- xxx

  3. Aaaaauuughhhh… you totally got me! I was having palpitations there for a moment.

    Thanks for all you do for the dance community. This is such a great resource and I hope it continues for a very long time!

  4. Ha ha! I really wasn’t sure this would fool anyone. Glad to know it worked AND that DA would be missed! Thank you both for reading! And, Marie, nice to find your blog. 🙂

  5. Didn’t fool me for a minute 🙂 I know you’re a multitasking wizard, Nichelle. How has Dance Advantage helped me? It has brought hundreds of new visitors to my own blog, and introduced me to some wonderful folks on social media who love dance just as much as I do. Ultimately, all of us out there writing about dance are aiming at two big goals: 1) to get more people into dance class (and to keep them from leaving! – dance can be so HARD, and students don’t always understand that it takes an intense commitment, you can’t treat it like a casual hobby or you won’t make any progress) and 2) to get more people into the theatre to watch live dance. Nichelle, you give us this great space to connect with each other, and enable us to reach more people than we could on our own. So… a big thank you!

  6. AUGH!!! I thought you were serious and had heart palpitations when I saw this. “What?!! No!!”

    Congrats on being one of the best dance websites ever – and that ain’t no joke! You always have great inspirational essays and informative articles. Thank you for all that you do!

    ~Leigh

  7. Ha Ha! So very convincing!!! I have been so thankful for your blog over the years. Dance Advantage was my “go to” blog when I first started making plans for my business. It is still my
    “go to” blog for excellent articles and resources. I’m still pleasantly surprised, and thankful, that our paths have crossed. You are amazing! Thank you for staying the course, and indeed helping to equip me, as a business owner, by sharing your passion for movement education. Your blog has definitely given my business a “Dance Advantage.” No foolin!!!
    Blessings and strength,
    Sandy

    • Georgina Coleman says:

      Good One Nichelle!!! I wonder how many gasps out loud ecoed at the time as mine … I SO look forward to your site in my inbox.
      Thank you for making your dream a reality – it is truly a wonderful passion you are sharing with us!

  8. I am delighted that you were fooling. I love Dance Advantage and look forward to the emails every week. I teach Let Your Yoga Dance and with only one other intructor in our Province, I feel a little isolated at times. Your emails really make me feel more connected to a greater source. Some of the posts do not apply to me or what I teach but I find them really interesting to read anyway.
    I thank you for your inspiration and dedication. 🙂

  9. Oh my gosh. You totally got me! I’ve been out of touch for a little while so thought maybe I had missed something. So glad you aren’t going anywhere!!! 🙂

  10. Nichelle,
    I coach a team of equestrian vaulters in PA. Equestrian vaulting is the art of gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse. Your site has given me guidance and inspiration which I pass along to my vaulters. I am grateful for having this wonderful resource and look forward to your posts. We, too, need to know about expressing music through movement and keeping our audience engaged. Thank you for the wisdom you share and please don’t stop! If you would like to know more about vaulting, see the American Vaulting Association website.

  11. Diana N says:

    Whew – you really had me going Nichelle! I’ve been a fan and follower since your first post! Dance Advantage helps me stay connected to the dance community on a National level. Great place to find out about new products, share ideas on technique, inspiration for improving syllabus, I just love Dance Advantage, it has enriched my life and helped me to become a better teacher.

  12. I have to say, you definitely had me convinced…my heart dropped a little!!! Then I continued reading. I love your blog and as a studio owner I find all of the information you share “priceless”. I check your blog every morning…It is part of my morning ritual. Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge with us and can’t wait to see it continue and grow 😉

  13. Christine says:

    That was a good one! I am very glad you are continuing to keep up with DA! I love all the great articles and have benefited from many of them! Some have been great teaching tricks and tips that I have used in my classes, and other have been inspirational and informative! Thanks so much for all you do!

  14. Just a big THANK YOU to you all for taking your precious time to comment. It means a lot to me to see long-time and new (to me) readers come out of the woodwork and share such wonderful, kind words. Your support and appreciation keep this work exciting and satisfying!

  15. Dance Advantage has helped me feel informed and connected to a vast community of talented dancers, teachers and business owners. The inspiration alone is so valuable, so thank-you for that! And, I’m glad you’re not saying good-bye. All the best for the future of the blog!

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