New Dawn, New Day, New Things Coming Your Way

I’m feeling good over here at Dance Advantage.

Why? Well, this will be my third year running the Top Dance Blog contest. You’ll have the chance to pick which blogs you felt were the best of 2012 this month so stay tuned for that announcement!

Plus, the new year will bring a milestone — Dance Advantage will celebrate its 5th birthday on April Fools’ Day!

There are also cool things happening “backstage.”

The second half of 2012 brought new partnerships, for example.

One of those partnerships included Ovation, a TV network to which, as a frequent viewer, I’ve been happy to bring attention. If you are a dance enthusiast in the U.S., you may know them primarily for their Battle of the Nutcrackers programming, but they bring many fine dance performances and performing arts documentaries to the small screen.

OvationTV - Be MovedOvation is the only network in town dedicated to the arts. You can find them on various cable and satellite providers. Though partnering with them has been exciting, I have a bit of bad news.

Unfortunately, Time Warner Cable recently dropped Ovation from their lineup. Boo!

So, I’ve signed the petition at BringBackOvation.com. Whether you have enjoyed Ovation television via TWC or not, the network could use your support. I know the arts are important to you and that you’d probably like to see a wider variety of dance programming on TV. Please let Time Warner Cable and others know you are unhappy with their decision by joining me in signing this petition. It only takes a few moments. Thank you!

A little disclosure: Though Dance Advantage has previously received compensation for promoting OvationTV and its programming, we are not receiving compensation for the Bring Back Ovation campaign. We just want to use this platform to help out a network that directly supports the arts and artists.

OK, on to some good New Year news!

Another of our recent partnerships has, so far, been developing behind-the-scenes ever since I met Catherine Tully (of 4dancers) in person at the annual Dance/USA conference in San Francisco last June.

4dancers.org logo

In 2013, the relationship is going public as DanceAdvantage.net teams up with 4dancers.org to more fully cover the topics you want and ask for, when you most need them.

We’ve devised a shared calendar for our content to help you read and learn and share in a more focused way. Over the first quarter of the year (January through March), we’ll be diving into the following topics on both sites:

  • Summer Intensives
  • Commercial Dance and Broadway
  • Footwear, Foot care, and Fashion
  • Competitions and Conventions
  • Career and Auditions

These won’t necessarily be the only topics covered during the next few months, but you can expect them to be a major focus.

Each site will still do what it does best, with the same caliber articles and methods of approach you’ve come to expect. We’ve just decided to get ourselves in step.

We think it’s a duet you’ll appreciate!

Got specific questions or concerns in any of the above areas?
Suggest the article topics you’d like to see covered in our comments below!
Nichelle (admin)
Nichelle Suzanne began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. Nichelle holds a BA in dance and is an instructor with more than 17 years experience. She covers dance performance in the Houston area as a freelance writer and balances daily life as a mom to two young children. In June 2012, Nichelle presented the whats, hows, and whys of blogging on a panel at the annual conference for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, to better equip artists and companies for engaging their audience and new readers through online communications and content.
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Comments

  1. I’m upset about the Time Warner decision to drop Ovation TV. I got to see lots of Dance during 2012, including A Chance to Dance. Already signed the petition. Hope it helps.

  2. Nichelle,
    Though I don’t live in the U.S., I think it’s a shame to lose Ovation TV. I read about their Battle of the Nutcrackers (though I did not post on my blog), but I thought it was a fantastic idea!
    I would like to see them come back to TV or online. Is their programming available online?
    Congratulations on your upcoming 5th anniversary!
    -Romy Macias

  3. Thanks for your support, ladies! I hope it helps, too, Gail! Romy, at this point, I don’t think they do online programming. Check out TenduTV for that, if you haven’t already. And thanks for your kind review on Alexa!

  4. Yay for the partnership between your 2 blogs!! I love them both and recommend you all the time.

    ~leigh

  5. Rachel Avery says:

    I was wondering if you could post some pics of young male dancers 3 years and up Perhaps a blurb about what they were doing at the time of the photo. I am looking for a pathway of discovery for teachers who may not be dancers. Thank-you! Also can you suggest some Youtube videos that may be used to inspire teachers and students alike for boys in dance?

  6. Rachel, you may be interested in this: http://www.danceadvantage.net/2011/04/29/male-voices/

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