To Know, or not to know?


So, does it enhance your enjoyment of a work of dance if you are aware of certain facts, such as the genre, choreographer, any story line or thematic thread?  Or, is it better to go in with absolutely no preconceived notions, and just react to what is before you?  That is the question, and some various presenters have come up with some interesting solutions:

Do you agree, that not knowing is a better way to go (after all, there’s no bias to affect you, based on previous likes/dislikes) or that marketing based on a choreographer’s reputation is essential in the digital world (will you go to a dance event that you know NOTHING about before hand)?

Give me some feedback, after you’ve read through the article from The Guardian.

A Dancer’s Story

Alexander Hardy has written an excellent piece on his life in dance, and his return to life at the barre. Humorous and evocative, I loved his candid observations and writing style. Dance Reality is a Dance 6 topic coming up in a couple of weeks – read this article as a preview of coming dance attractions!


Who knew?

The Huffington Post has been running a series of articles using the experiences of ballet dancers to comment on workplace issues. I’ve only caught the last installment, but I will be checking out the first two soon. Do you have any comments on this unique perspective?

Spring is flinging!

Welcome to the blog, Dance 6 and Dance 6H students! It’s been a good start for the Spring semester, and I look forward to our interaction as we head into the next fifteen weeks of dance discovery! Feel free to look through the archives for past discussion posts, and respond to anything that catches your fancy.

An article from Wired magazine caught my eye, and I’d like to know what you think about it:

See you in class!

MacArthur Fellowship recognizes tap dancer & choreographer Michelle Dorrance!

Every year, the MacArthur Foundation recognizes the work of artists, writers, scholars and the like for their ongoing efforts.  The cash award has no conditions, other than “keep on keepin’ on…” I did not recognize Michelle Dorrance’s name at first, but after a profile on NPR, I thought what Ms. Dorrance has accomplished has been a worthy addition to the many contemporary choreographers who have been given the “Genius” grant, such as Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, and Twyla Tharp.  Here’s the link to the interview that was featured last week:

World Ballet Day!

In the spirit of “all-things-in-the-world-must-have-a-yearly-designated-day”, (hey, it was National Coffee Day on Tuesday), someone, somewhere thought October 1st should be a day when ballet could be celebrated all over the world via the internet! For 23 hours, live streaming video feeds will reveal the inner workings of The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.  Why not take a look today?