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: http://danceadvantage.net/2010/12/08/top-dance-blog/

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.
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. Hi Nichelle,

    I was so excited when I read this post on Facebook! This is awesome! Thank you for giving us dance bloggers an opportunity to highlight our work, and build camaraderie amongst our readers. Here’s the link to my blog post about the competition, http://kinerenterprisesincblog.com/blog/2010/12/08/the-reader%E2%80%99s-choice-top-dance-blogs-of-2010-competition/. I’d like to enter our blog under the, Dance Education/Training category. Thanks so much for this opportunity, and keep up the great work that you’re doing on Dance Advantage!

  2. Leslea Clark says:

    Fun!!

    http://uptowndancenj.blogspot.com/2010/12/dance-advantage-readers-choice-top.html

    The category under which I’d like to be considered is Dance Company/School

    Looking forward to the contest!

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for setting this up Nichelle! I’m curious to see the other superb dance blogs out there. It was tough picking a category, but I’ll put my site for Dance Student/Beginner

    Here’s the link:

    http://dance25.com/2010/12/vote-for-my-dance-blog/

    Thanks,
    Bonnie

  4. Heeey, a contest! Alright!

    Tights and Tiaras fears no challenge, neither this one :) Our application is found at http://www.tightsandtiaras.com/2010/12/contest/ , and although I`m not sure how much I really “muse”, I guess we`ll have to go with the “dancer musings”-cathegory.
    Thank you very much, Nichelle, for the initiative, and may the best blog win!! (yeah, this can get ugly :P)
    PS: of course I`m just kidding. I don`t really care for contests. No competative spirit here, ooh, noo… :D :)

  5. You think of everything!!!! I just admire you for that and I can’t wait to get involved!

  6. Hi!

    This is so so fun! You can find my post at http://mariasmovers.com/2010/12/2010-best-dance-blog-contest-move-create-vote/ I am entering the Dance Education/Training Category. I am really looking forward to this! :) xo

  7. Hey Nichelle,

    This is an awesome idea! Thanks for setting it all up :)
    I’ll throw my hat (or rather, my blog) in the ring for the “Dance Student/Beginner” category. My post is:

    http://www.davetriesballet.com/2010/12/09/contest/

    Now to get rallying for votes :P

    David

  8. You Dance Funny here, reporting for duty and joining the fray…thanks for the opportunity Nichelle!

    http://youdancefunny.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/top-dance-blogs-of-2010-contest/

    I’ve chosen the Dance Student/Beginner category. :)

  9. Yay contest!!!!!!!
    What a fun idea
    Sign me up for the Dance Student/Beginner battle, please!

    http://adultbeginner.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/adult-beginner-nominates-self-for-2010-top-ballet-blogs-contest/

  10. What a great idea Nichelle! I’ve linked our blog here…we want to be considered in Dance Company/School. Good luck to all our fellow dance bloggers!

    http://turnitupdancechallenge.blogspot.com/2010/12/readers-choice-top-dance-blogs-of-2010.html

    Thanks again,
    Lora

  11. Cait from The Dance Buzz here…
    I’m jumping in too! Under the Dance Education/Training category, please.

    Here is my entry:
    http://thedancebuzz.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-dance-blogs-of-2010-we-need-your.html

    I love seeing all the dance blogs people are posting. Thanks for doing this!

  12. What a fun idea! I’m sure it will help others discover blogs that they’ve never seen! Thanks Nichelle for thinking this one up. :) Here’s my post: http://www.4dancers.org/2010/12/top-dance-blogs-2010-a-request/ and I’m taking on Henrik for Dancer Musings – yikes! A fearsome competitor! :) I don’t really know what the best category would be for mine, but since I do a lot of musing–and share other people’s musings, I figured, that would be best! Good luck to all!

  13. Okay…what the heck. I’ll throw my hat in the ring, too. I feel like I’m leaving myself out otherwise!!! If that makes any sense to anyone. After alll, us bloggers must stick together even in competition.

    I guess I’m going with Artistic Process/Investigation, because I don’t fit in anywhere else. Here’s the post: http://mysoncandance.net/2010/12/10/vote-my-son-can-dance-the-best-dance-blog-of-2010/

    Thanks for doing this, Nichelle!

  14. Thanks, Nichelle! Great idea! I’d like to enter under the Dance Education/Training category and here’s my link:
    http://www.insideballet.com/2010/12/10/top-dance-blogs-competition/
    :)

  15. I mentioned this on LinkedIn but want to note it here also:

    DO support and comment on the blogs of others! DO invite dance blogs of all shapes and sizes to join in. Bloggers are readers too. Readers get to support ALL or any of the blogs they like in this first round. This commenting round is a way for even smaller or newer blogs to get value out of participation.

    It also identifies the blogs with established reader support for the voting round. That round will require an actual vote – readers will have to pick a favorite from those at the top.

    A lot of folks have been concerned that their readership isn’t high enough but I’ll repeat that whether you make it beyond the commenting round or not, this is an opportunity to engage the readers you DO have! You can learn a lot from them by asking readers to not only support you with a comment on your post but tell you WHY they enjoy or read your blog.

  16. This is a fantastic initiative, Nichelle – Thank you! I am a dance teacher writing for dance students, so I would like to enter the Dance Education/Training category. Here’s my post: http://classicalballetteacher.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/you-can-vote-for-balletscoop-for-top-dance-blogs-of-2010/

  17. I have entered my blog, Tendus Under A Palm Tree, to the contest. Check it out!

    http://tendusunderapalmtree.blogspot.com/2010/12/show-support-for-my-dancer-musings.html

  18. http://balletshoesandpointeshoes.blogspot.com/2010/12/readers-choice-top-dance-blogs-of-2010.html Hi Nichelle! I’m entering your fun contest under Dance Education/Training.

    I will enjoy watching the outcome from all of this. Happy Holidays Everyone!

  19. In the category, Dance Education / Training…. Ballet For Me And You is thrilled to announce its entry for the Reader’s Choice Top Dance Blogs of 2010 Competition!

    http://dalissa.squarespace.com/articles/2010/12/12/top-dance-blogs-of-2010-competition.html

    Great idea Nichelle! Let the competition begin!

  20. Hi Nichelle:

    Rogue Ballerina is entering under the Dance News/Criticism category.
    http://rogueballerina.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/ooh-pick-me/

    This is such a great thing you are doing for dance writing. Thanks!

  21. http://infinitebody.blogspot.com/2010/12/do-you-publish-dance-blog-love.html

    InfiniteBody (a general arts blog with dance in heavy rotation!) wants to throw its hand-knitted winter hat in the ring today in the category of Dance News/Criticism.

    I’m actually thrilled to learn about other blogs that I should check out. So, thanks for this, Nichelle!

    Happy holidays,
    Eva Yaa Asantewaa
    New York City

  22. http://www.bostonballetblog.org! Footnotes, the official blog of Boston Ballet, is a multi-contributor blog that features video, fun posts from dancers, Boston Ballet’s Costume Shop, Boston Ballet School faculty and students and many more people! We encourage our audience to post their own reviews of our productions as well. Our category is Dance Company/School. Vote for Footnotes!

    http://www.bostonballetblog.org/2010/12/will-footnotes-be-top-dance-blog-of.html

  23. Thanks for hosting this!

    I’m entering my blog Off Center in the Dancer Musings category. Here’s my post about the competition:

    http://turnedin.blogspot.com/2010/12/help-readers-choice-top-dance-blogs-of.html

    Thanks :)

  24. Below please find the link to my blog post for the top blogs of 2010.
    I would like it to be considered for the Dance Criticism category.

    http://lovedancemore.org/2010/12/14/top-dance-blog/

  25. Hi Nichelle,
    This really is a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for the comment.
    My post is: http://adancersdays.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-dance-blog-contest-dance-advantage.html

    I think my blog would fall under the category of: Dancer Musings. Fingers crossed! :)

    Thanks again!

  26. Ballet For Men is jetéing into this contest! Great idea! Good way to get everyone to reflect on 2010. Good luck everyone!

    http://www.balletformen.com/2010/12/14/vote-top-dance-blogs-of-2010-competition/

  27. What a wonderful idea!!!

    My post is at http://albanydancefitness.wordpress.com/

    and falls under the Dance Education/Training category.

  28. Hi folks! Just popping in to remind that supporting comments must be on your own post to be counted. Please look over the post at your blog and be sure this is super clear in your request for comments.

    Thanks to those who are eager to support your favorite blogs. We so appreciate your participation! But you WILL need to go to your favorite blogs and post the comments. THANK YOU!

  29. I would be honored to be considered for this award. My blog, ‘TuTus & Tea’ is a unique blend of a ballerina’s discoveries from the stove to the stage.
    I believe it could best be classified under the ‘Dancer Musings’ Category of the Competition. Here is a link to my post:

    http://tutusandtea.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/readers-choice-top-10-dance-blog-competition/

    Enjoy!

  30. http://houstonballet.wordpress.com

    Dance Company/School

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