Typically my posts at Dance Advantage strive to be informative for a variety of dancers within a wide range of locations. Although, I try to offer my personal thoughts, views, and voice within the articles here, I’ve mostly avoided getting too personal. Posts are rarely about me. These, I relegate to my personal/professional dance blog. However, as I mentioned in a recent post, I am currently rehearsing for a performance that opens this Thursday and therefore, strayed from my typical posting patterns. As I wrote some quick thoughts about the show elsewhere, I realized that perhaps 1) you may be interested in what I’ve been up to (if not, my apologies for this brief diversion) and 2) that there actually were tidbits that might be useful to readers here.
In particular, there is a passage that helps to answer a common question voiced by those who view modern/contemporary dance performances – “So, what it is about?”
In our daily lives, we are used to seeing dance, theater, or movies that tell a story, that have a plot, and characters. So much so, that it can be unsettling when we view something that simply doesn’t have any of those things. The link above does not seek to address all of the relative concerns in this matter, but it may give some insight for anyone that may be trying to explain such an idea to a student, friend, or family member, or even seeking to understand or interpret contemporary dance for themselves. Therefore, I thought it was worth sharing with all of you. Here is the link.
As you will see, if you visit the above link, this particular performance will end March 15. I am looking forward to returning to my normal routine, both in life and in blogging but am excited to share this performance with audiences. Feel free to send positive thoughts my way as I enter into an exhausting week of tech rehearsals and performances!
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. Read Nichelle’s posts.