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Steven Weisz

  • by Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal Back in May of this year, I posted the prelude to this article entitled Stories From The Dance Front Lines. It was a look at how randomly selected dancers, studios, and companies in our community were financially surviving during this pandemic. I offered anonymity in exchange for their providing me with real numbers and budgets for analysis. The article evolved into a collection of stories from the front [...]

Lew Whittington

  • FringeArts Virtual Studio
    by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal Since 1996, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival has occurred on a variety of venues throughout the city with a panorama of shows and events in every performing arts genre. The 2020 Festival was to be as wide-ranging as ever between curated shows, and self-producing artists signed-on to present their work. Suddenly, everything came to a halt in March because of the Covid crisis with all public gatherings prohibited. [...]

Winfield Maben

  • Digital Dissolving Doors
    by Winfield Maben for The Dance Journal The performing arts have been uniquely affected by the ongoing pandemic as not only are in-person performances essentially halted for the foreseeable future, but rehearsals too have been made nearly impossible given the close physical proximity many performers require to get the most out of the rehearsal process. Where digital classes over Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, and more have filled the gap when it comes to physically engaging in [...]

Debra Danese

  • By Debra Danese for The Dance Journal | photo credit Alexander Iziliaev It was an emotional hour for BalletX on the Wednesday evening of July 22, 2020. Dancers, choreographers, friends, and family, gathered via ZOOM to pay tribute to Caili Quan as she retires from the company after 7 years. Memories and anecdotes of Quan’s time with BalletX were shared as 171 viewers watched from home. Christine Cox, BalletX Artistic/Executive Director, and Co-Founder opened the [...]

Jane Fries

  • by Jane Fries for The Dance Journal “We need to keep creating,” urged Christine Cox, Director of BalletX, in a Zoom panel discussion interspersed with the virtual premieres of four short dance films by the Philadelphia dance company. “We need to keep dancing.” BalletX was set to perform live at the Guggenheim museum in New York last Sunday as part of its Works and Process series. When the COVID-19 stay-at- home order was issued in [...]

Olivia Wood

  • by Olivia Wood for The Dance Journal | photo credit Mike Hurwitz I’ve never liked the term, “starving artist.” It implies failure, a lack of purpose, and disconnection. To me, calling someone who is pursuing a career as a performer a “starving artist,” is belittling to the artist and diminishes the value of the work. While it is true that the arts are not the most lucrative of pursuits, their value transcends words. During times [...]

Amy Smith

  • You Are Not Alone

    You Are Not Alone – Thoughts On Coping with Financial Uncertainty in a Pandemic

    by Amy Smith for The Dance Journal Dance artists, this is a terrible and uncertain time.  I believe that as artists we can play a role in imagining and creating new structures that are more equitable and humane.  Our arts community is practicing radical wealth redistribution with the many emergency grants and relief funds that have been created in recent weeks.  But for many dance artists, accessing those benefits, grants, and safety net programs will [...]

Courtney Colón

  • In the Middle of a Pandemic, Dancers Re-frame What It Means to Stay In Motion

    by Courtney Colón for The Dance Journal Around the world, a coronavirus culture has quickly materialized. Instinctive, inventive, bred from mass public fear and the endless tedium of quarantine, people are seeking out a connection in this time of social distancing. But what of fostering a stronger connection with our bodies, our own selves? As the pandemic timeline extends, it will continue to alter what events make up our everyday. Any daily ritual we have [...]

Nicole Bradbury

  • University of the Arts

    The Dance Continues – Renegotiating Farewell to Undergraduate Years at University of the Arts

    by Nicole Bradbury for The Dance Journal Preceding the spring of 2020, the question, “What are you going to do after school?” is something I heard often going into my last semester as a dance major at the University of the Arts. Even though a few opportunities lay ahead of me after graduation in May, I often would reply with, “I’m not entirely sure. I want to see what unfolds.” On March 6th of 2020, [...]

Gina Palumbo

  • Asya Zlatina

    When The Doors Close: Asya Zlatina, Artistry Fully-Remote

    by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal  | photo credit Rob Li March and April have been anything but smooth sailing, as COVID-19 continues its worst, threatening the livelihoods of working artists and dancers.  Yet, amidst all the suffering, a path to healing is beginning to evolve. While healthcare professionals are on the front lines with those who have been stricken by the virus, artists and dancers everywhere are banding together virtually to bring joy and [...]