Holding on my feminist values in the dance industry. A personal view from a dancer

Conflating ideas on sexuality and dance is an important, albeit conflicting, issue for any female/professional dancer nowadays; especially in today’s social and political climate and, amidst a profession spent glorifying and often essentialising the human body. As a female and as a dancer, the ever-present reality of displaying sexuality is a constant phenomenon, either in the direction or expectations of others, or the image we believe we are expected to portray.

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Save their souls: The importance of dance and the arts for young people

In short, we need dance. We need dance to reach young people. Otherwise what will we be left with? Dance and the arts cannot be allowed to fade into the background. It is simply not in its nature; it needs the spotlight.

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How to Make a Living Dancing: Seven Opportunities for Young Dancers

by Lucie Le May As a newly graduated dancer, the ultimate goal is to find a contract as quickly as

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Sexual Predation in Professional Dance Culture: Biology, Politics, and Blurred Lines

… why is it that professional dancers continue to face sexual predation by superiors? What within dance culture condones, or even reinforces, such a practice?

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In the in-between…how to survive between dance contracts

We’ve all been there, those times when you’ve finished an awesome dance contract; you’re enjoying the rest and looking forward to jumping right back into the next one. Except the next one is taking a bit longer to come along than you would like. With each negative audition outcome comes a reassuring voice in our head, ‘too tall’, ‘not the right build’, ‘they wanted more classical dancers’ etc.

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Being (il)legal #2: A Dancer’s Run-in With the Authorities

If anyone can attest to the throws of bureaucracy in Europe, it is she. Holding a New Zealand passport proved fruitful for Tessa’s arrival in Europe eight years ago, but has since been the bane of her artistic career as a contemporary dance theater artist. She has been through just about every legal scenario to stay in Brussels and pursue her art – only once escaping deportation by a mere 20 days.

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Review: Didy Veldman’s new production researches the nuts and bolts of this human obsession that is Happiness

What happiness is cannot be condensed in one sole answer, mainly because there isn’t a universal way to it but there are infinite. Renowned choreographer Didy Veldman presents ‘The Happiness Project’ as the cover letter to introduce her own new company Umanoove.

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The Art of Making Corrections in Dance

Corrections, as dancers you need to deal a lot with them. Constructive criticism or a straight comment, helpful or confusing you, somehow you need to find your way of incorporating the given correction into your dancing. Understanding how to process the information in the right way may depend on the manner someone corrects you.

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Being (il)legal #1: A Personal Account of an American Dancer in Europe

Being a foreign freelance artist is difficult in Europe. As a dance artist, I want to base myself in Brussels. More than Berlin and London, this is where I feel most accepted, most inspired, most intrigued, most challenged, most supported. And for what?–– For my art, my research and practice.
I have spent the last three months expending countless hours of energy trying to navigate the Belgian bureaucratic system…

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Being (il)legal: Preface | A multi-part series looking at foreigner’s pushing the legal limits to pursue their art in Europe

Being (il)legal is a multi-part series where I look at the different lengths artists are willing to go in order to pursue their art. The main focus is on non-Europeans in Europe and why Europe is such a “mecca” for the Western (and sometimes Eastern) art world.
From stories about bouncing around from country to country or staying put and hiding from the authorities, this is Being (il)legal.

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Anorexia and Dance. Looking for the perfect body in dance!

As dancers we are constantly judging ourselves: spending hours day after day in tight-fitting clothing in front of a mirror and scrutinising how we look. Dancers are expected to have slim and toned bodies. It is seen as particularly important for females to be of a slight stature for the ease of pas de deux and partnering work. But what is the impact?

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Dancers who overcame time: The dance legacy of Trisha Brown and Sonia Sanoja

This past March, dance communities from different latitudes came together in humble sorrow when two remarkable dancers passed away. Their death was surprisingly synchronized as if they were choreographed. Trisha Brown, who was born in 1936, died on March 17th in Washington, U.S.A., and Sonia Sanoja, born in 1932, died on March 26th in Caracas, Venezuela.

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