This is beautiful

Unfortunately, the dancer isn’t credited.  I can’t seem to find this video anywhere else, because I want to find out more about it!  It is a beautiful video and stunning dancing…I interpret the meaning of the videos in two different ways….either to show how dancers are happy just being able to perform and dance (in which case, I disagree, and this contributes to the fact how dancers are okay just getting to dance, and the society forgets that they have to eat…)…or the second interpretation is that dancers are isolated in their own world, but at the end the ballerina was able to break through to reach people outside of that “ballet world.”  I prefer to interpret it the second way of course.  Just my quick thoughts, quickly watching bits of it (since is 2AM).  Maybe I’m completely off track of what they want to communicate, haha!  And we can always just simply appreciate it for the dancing and filming.

Podcast: What’s Art Got to Do With IT?

Just my quick thoughts after coming across this for class! Just my opinion🙂

I am really glad I came upon this post, and I really enjoyed listening to this podcast!

What really stood out to me was when Paloma mentioned how it would be helpful for critics to define their value sets and to explain to readers what lens they are looking from. Sometimes it can be misleading for a critic used to one form to be critiquing on other styles or choreography. I think that this is very true, and I think if this were different, it could really be a breakthrough for more mainstream audiences (who put all their trust on critics) to appreciate other forms of dance.

As a dancer myself, I believe that it is my responsibility to not only train in technique (whatever style that may be in), but to also understand a bit about where the movement that we are performing or studying comes from, the history behind it, and how that dance form has evolved over the years, based on the time and context it was created or developed in. I think that as an artist we bring our own human experience and culture to perform that movement, but we also need to understand the nature of that movement to be able to accurately communicate its meaning.

We tend to label everything as “contemporary” now, because dance today is such a merge of so many different styles and cultures; we take the movements and inspiration for granted, and only like the tricks (leaps, kicks, flips). However, as a dance artist, I think it is important to recognize that all types of movement have history and value to them (not just ballet). Even though jazz dance, for example takes some of its technique from ballet, the movement is also originally inspired by polyrhythmic concepts from African culture. Also, like Paloma mentioned, Alvin Ailey combines gospel with technique.

In my opinion, I don’t know if I can say that art can erase racism, but I do believe that if we can start appreciating movement for its meaning, instead of only perceiving it as aesthetically pleasing, I want to say that dance can actually unite people of different cultures, and help us appreciate and embrace rather than just tolerating the differences! We are already learning from each others’ cultures and embracing them by combining movements in choreography. We can start to see that “contemporary ballet,” is not just good or what it is because it is a “higher art form,” (because of its origin from the French courts in the 16th century), but because there are other influences, history, culture, and meaning behind it…and those “less dominant” or less apparent forms or ideas of dance should be more valued.

The Progress

Can art help to erase racism? In this episode of BREAKING DOWN RACISM, dancer, choreographer and activist Paloma Mcgregor discusses how artists can be effective activists?

Produced/Written/Directed by: Crista Carter, Johanna Galomb and Benjamin Jackson

Host/Executive Producer/Series Creator Robin J. Hayes, PhD

Recorded at The New School in New York City

PICTURED Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, “Revelations” 2012 courtesy Alvin Ailey Theater

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Last Job and Vlogging the Lantern Festival

Finally quit my job and taking a month off to finish off summer school!  Here are some photos shot from the last project, mid-June, as General Manager, at Jennifer Muller/The Works.  The full album can be found at:

Here are a few of my favorites to share:

The photos shot were from Jennifer Muller’s and Margo Sappington’s choreographies.  I simply shot for their archival use, and not for myself or any commercial purposes.

Finally, after leaving that job (and will try to find a new one), I had a bit of time to breathe, so here is a new video from the Lantern Festival in Philadelphia on June 25th!🙂

Enjoy!  More videos to come VERY soon…

No, it’s not okay.

So I don’t know why, but I just came across this “gossip,” you can say, or article two years later.

But it is not okay to tell someone to just “chill,” after you use their choreography and by just giving them credit.  Just like it is not okay to JUST use someone’s music and just crediting them (especially a big organization/company who are making money off of using others’ artistic propertty, AND can afford to pay), and how music is copyrighted and you need to pay royalties… really isn’t okay to use someone’s movement and to not hire them!  You get flagged and called out for using someone’s music….then it should be the same for dance movement (and I don’t mean one movement…I mean whole phrases and sequences of movement).  Granted, it is not as easy to regulate dance, but an effort should still be made…or at least the original choreographer should have the right to call it out for plagiarism.

I don’t want to be a hypocrite, because I do use music and only credit them, but that is also because I am not making money off of anything and simply for sharing purposes.  It is not the same when you are using someone’s choreography that is shown nationwide and internationally…sure, giving them credit is a lot of support and probably leading more audiences to that artists’ work, but don’t take it for granted!  Dancers deserve to get paid and to make a living off of what they do too!

Why do people continually think that it is okay to take advantage of dancers/choreographers just because they are doing what they love?  Why do dancers not speak up about it, and then why do they get hate for finally speaking up?!

Dancers need to eat.  Dancers deserve credit and respect too for trying to make a living out of their dreams.  The only way they can do that, is if people start giving them to respect and support that they deserve, and dancers start fighting for what it!

#RantOver …Sorry…had to write this somewhere, for myself, haha.  I’ll be quiet now and just share something a bit more fun.

I came across this article because I was excited about YG’s new group, Black Pink, and saw this video.

…which was great! And then I saw the original by Parris Goebel!  I am sure this is NOT the scenario as mentioned above, since she seems to have worked with YG quite a few times.  This is definitely not what I was talking about above, just thought I’d share the videos.