Congratulations to the Top Dance Blogs of 2010!

Top Dance Blogs of 2010

It was a fierce competition in many of the Top Dance Blog categories! You can view the final standings for yourself by clicking View on any of the voting polls here.

The closest race by far was in our Dance News and Criticism group with loveDancemore and Rogue Ballerina separated by only 1% of the votes. However it seemed until the end that it was just about anyone’s game in all of the groups. Below are your winners!


Top Dance Blog 2010 - Dance Company or School WinnerWinner of the Dance Company or School category:

Uptown Dance

Top Dance Blog of 2010 News and Criticism WinnerWinner of the Dance News and Criticism category:


Top Dance Blog of 2010 Student or Beginner winnerWinner of the Dance Student or Beginner category:

You Dance Funny

Top Dance Blog of 2010 Education and Training winnerWinner of the Dance Education and Training category:

Ballet For Me And You

Top Dance Blog of 2010 Dancer Musings winnerWinner of the Dancer Musings category:

Tights and Tiaras

Top 20

Over 1000 votes were cast in the Top 20 poll! Here are the results:
Top 10 Dance Blogs 1. Tights and Tiaras
2. My Son Can Dance
3. Ballet For Me And You
4. Tendus Under a Palm Tree
5. Move. Create. Educate.
TIED Rogue Ballerina
6. Kiner Enterprises
7. Tutus and Tea
8. loveDANCEmore
9. InfiniteBody
10. Uptown Dance
Top 20 Dance Blogs 11. Off Center TIED You Dance Funny
12. Inside Ballet Technique
13. Adult Beginner
14. Thin and Dizzy
15. Ballet For Men
16. Footnotes
17. 4Dancers
18. Dave Tries Ballet

Thanks for voting!

Vote Now For the Top Dance Blogs of 2010!

UPDATE! The votes were cast and the winners named! Click the image below to see the final standings.

Top Dance Blogs of 2010

For our first ever contest, thirty dance blogs signed on to participate. All are sharing themselves, their knowledge, and their experience with the online dance community in their own unique way. Please take a moment to visit their sites. They’d all make great additions to your personal dance “magazine”.

Uptown Dance Footnotes – Boston Ballet Blog En Pointe with Houston Ballet
Turn It Up Dance Challenge
Rogue Ballerina loveDANCEmore InfiniteBody Adult Beginner
You Dance Funny Dave Tries Ballet Dance25 From Plies To Pirouettes
Maria’s Movers – Move. Create. Educate. Ballet For Me And You Ballet For Men My Son Can Dance
Kiner Enterprises Inc. Inside Ballet Technique The Dance Buzz Gail’s Blog – Albany Dance Fitness
BalletScoop by The Classical Ballet Teacher Ballet Shoes and Pointe Shoes Tights and Tiaras Tendus Under A Palm Tree
Off Center Tutus & Tea 4dancers Thin and Dizzy
Dancing Outside The Bun A Dancer’s Days

Thank you for voting!

Dance Advantage would like to thank all of the participants and YOU the readers!

I am thrilled to have hosted this event. I hope you found some new blogs to follow in the process.

Readers and the bloggers themselves came out to show support for all of their favorite blogs in the first round of our contest. Now, those blogs who rallied the most comments have made the cut for the final voting stage. The polls will close at 10AM EST on Thursday, December 30.

In each category we chose the 3 blogs that received the most comments. Now, it’s time to pick your favorites. You may cast your vote only ONCE in each of the five category polls below! Make sure you hit the Vote button when you’ve decided.

Dance Company or School
Uptown Dance NJ
En Pointe with Houston Ballet
Footnotes – Boston Ballet Blog free polls
Dance News and Criticism
Rogue Ballerina
loveDANCEmore free polls
Dance Student or Beginner
You Dance Funny
Dave Tries Ballet
Adult Beginner free polls
Dance Education and Training
Ballet For Me And You
Move. Create. Educate. (Maria’s Movers)
Ballet For Men free polls
Dancer Musings
Off Center
Tights and Tiaras
Tendus Under A Palm Tree free polls

Top 20

The 20 blogs that received the most comments are listed below in random order. Once again, you must vote for your favorite among them: ONE vote ONE time. It will be a tough decision, I know.

Please look over the list carefully and choose the single blog you feel is your #1, your favorite of the 20.

Your Favorite Blog:
Thin and Dizzy
Footnotes – Boston Ballet
Tights and Tiaras
Rogue Ballerina
You Dance Funny
Dave Tries Ballet
Ballet For Men
Tendus Under A Palm Tree
Ballet For Me And You
Kiner Enterprises Inc.
Tutus and Tea
Inside Ballet Technique
Marias Movers – Move. Create. Educate.
Adult Beginner
My Son Can Dance
Off Center
Uptown Dance free polls

Will Your Site Be A Top Dance Blog of 2010?

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Update! Winners of this year’s contest have been named. Check ’em out here.

Over the last year I’ve been contacted by a handful of websites who have created lists of 50 Best Ballet Blogs, Best Blogs for Dancers, etc. Usually… well, always, they come from outside the online dance community and are designed to get links back from the blogs they list. No offense to the list-makers – it’s nice to be included, but it got me thinking that it’s high time readers of dance blogs voted on their own list.

So, I’m grabbing the bull by the horns, as we say (especially here in Texas 😉 ) The number of dance-related blogs have certainly grown in 2010. No time like the present!

Here’s the plan:

  • If you have a blog and roughly more than 60% of your posts revolve around DANCE (any form or genre), you are eligible to participate.
  • Each blogger or blog owner will enter their own blog into the competition by publishing a blog post that links back to this one.
  • In your post, you will ask readers to show support of your blog with a comment on YOUR post. You will have until December 22 to round up as much comment support as you can.
  • Only blog posts with the most comments will qualify for the voting round.
  • Voting will take place between December 27 and 30.
  • The votes will be tallied and the results posted during the first week of the new year.

What to do first:

Decide which of the following categories is the best fit for your blog:

  • Dance News/Criticism
  • Artistic Process/Investigation
  • Dance Company/School
  • Dance Education/Training
  • Dancer Musings
  • Dance Student/Beginner

I know that these do not perfectly cover every unique voice in the dance blogosphere. In reality you may be in a category of your own but for this competition, you must choose the ONE category listed that suits you best. You may feel that you fit into multiple categories. You must choose only ONE.

The TEN most supported blogs (according to comments) will qualify for the voting round of each of the above categories.

All blogs entered will be eligible to compete for the Top Dance Blog of 2010 title. Comment support will be compared in all participating blogs and the 20 with the most support will qualify for the voting round. Readers’ votes will decide the winner and ranking.

How to enter your blog

Top Dance Blogs of 20101. Write a post on your blog about the Reader’s Choice Top Dance Blogs of 2010 competition.

DO link back to this post. Here’s the URL:

DO add the cute little button over there (right click, save as)

DO encourage your readers to rally their support by commenting on YOUR post about the competition.

DON’T be sneaky about comments. If it is discovered you are padding your comment count by encouraging your readers to make multiple comments, accepting or creating bogus comments, or offering incentives to commenters, you will be disqualified.

DON’T throw your support to any other blog and suggest that readers vote for them as well OR suggest that readers withhold votes for another blog OR even mention another competing blog (positively or negatively) in your post. This one is all about you, baby, or you’ll be disqualified.

2. Come back here and place in the comments below a link to your post about the competition AND the category under which you’d like to be considered.
3. Start promoting your post and drumming up your comment support.

Answers to questions you haven’t asked

Is Dance Advantage throwing its hat in the ring?

No,  I’m just the ringmaster for this circus. If Dance Advantage is your favorite dance blog, help out by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, in forums or statuses and encouraging worthy dance blogs to participate. You’ll also have a chance to show your love to DA later on.

Why should I enter my blog?

I’m delivering an opportunity for you to engage your readers and find out why they love you. This is valuable no matter your readership or chances. Even if you don’t qualify for the top ten or twenty, you’ll enter 2011 with encouragement to keep blogging!

What do I get for being a Top Dance Blog?

Read the above question… you’ll get that. Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you were chosen by actual dance readers as a Top Dance Blog, and you’ll have the opportunity to display and leverage your ranking. Winners will also be announced and linked to from this site. Beyond this, 2010 is a trial year. Help me grow this community event and new developments like prizes for winners may be possible in the future.

What does Dance Advantage get out of it?

Like the list-makers I mentioned at the start, I get linked to by participants, reach new types of readers, and thereby grow my audience.

I get to be a connector. I connect readers with new blogs that suit their interests. Readers like that, so it is a win for me.

I get to give back and step up. New dance blogs pop up every day but enter a more crowded blogosphere than the one I stepped into nearly three years ago. In this environment, it is easier to miss the interdependent nature of blogging but blogs depend on each other to grow and survive. This contest is a chance to build a stronger sense of community. Yes, this is a competition. But a successful, positive, and friendly competition indicates that dance occupies a significant, healthy, and thriving corner of the blogosphere,

What didn’t I answer? Feel free to comment below or contact me with your question.