Focus Section: State of Dance

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State of the Art: Middle Eastern Dance by Lori Clark

"Middle Eastern dance schools play upon harem-mother-goddess fantasies of adult students. One has to give credit for business savvy, but what is being sacrificed in terms of art and ethics? In a bid to take over the local market, unskilled student dancers have been sent out on behalf of the studio to perform for fees that are either shockingly below the going rate or, which is worse, free."

A College Degree: What is it Good For? by Gesel Mason

Choreographer, Dancer, and Teacher Gesel Mason considers the purpose of a college dance degree for aspiring dancers - learning to master Fear.

The State of American Dance by Nejla Yatkin

Dancer, Choreographer and Dance Educator Nejla Yatkin discusses tensions between commercial and concert dance, and how funding styles (American v. European) impact the development of work.

Sex and Sexuality in and out of Dance by Robert Bettmann

To the degree that we as artists prepare the audience to see the world in stereotypes, we perpetuate a society that only knows how to know through separation. Whose identity is it anyway – ours or the audiences? Whose character is it anyway?

Finding Space for the Metropolitan Areas Youth by Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes, the Director of Joy of Motion's Education program, discusses her joys and challenges in creating a meaningful opportunities for young dancers in D.C.

D.C.’s Dance Scene: Are the Questions the Same? by Helanius Wilkins

Helanius Wilkins discusses why D.C. is a wonderful city in which to build a dance company.

Distinctive Voices Moving Together by Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson discusses increasing collaboration and friendliness in the local dance scene.

The State of the Art: World Dance by Christel Stevens

Christel Stevens writes about challenges toward creation of professional World Dance performances, including funder preferences toward traditional concert dance styles, and the recent trend of combining European and 'World Dance' forms.

Introduction Focus Section “The State of Dance” by Dr. Naima Prevots

Naima Prevots introduction to the "State of the Arts" focus section originally published in Bourgeon Vol.3 #1

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Two Poems by Eric D. Goodman

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Three Poems by Juliana Schifferes

Abandoning Reasonskittering propositions declare love a superstition damned to believing itself we choose not to control the burning breakdowns in logic we’ve opened between us Love, Past Continuous there are no forevers for...

Three Prose Poems by Laura Costas

The Bending There are whales in the sky. The last of the day’s sun presses upbrilliant, flat, white bellies; the higher-ups’ downward pressure, astrongly moral...
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