When I first read the news of Lou Reed passing earlier this week, I had no idea how deeply affected I’d be. I spent Monday in tears listening to Transformer, and found out later in the week on a tram that I’m not ready to listen to Lou’s music in public yet. Reed has always inspired me to disregard convention, and his interviews remind me why I love making and sharing art. Henry Rollins compiled a wonderful tribute show that I recommend listening to, and there are some lovely tributes floating around the internet. And, because the title of the song is reason enough to share Lou Reed dressed as a chicken, here he is performing ‘Modern Dance’.
I loved reading that dance is Kickstarter’s most successfully funded category…
Across all of Kickstarter, 43 percent of projects get funded, but it’s the small but dedicated collection of dance projects that boasts a funding rate of 71 percent.
“Dancers are hard-core,” says Roche Janken, part of a San Francisco dance group known as vîv, noting that the community is as supportive as it is competitive. “It’s the offline part of dancing that makes the online work so well.”
Samba seems to be popping up more regularly on my radar at the moment, most recently in a post over at Dance the world! about how to become a samba queen in Helsinki.
Wonderful stories of mixed ability ballet, belly dance to empower women, ballet and flamenco to be included in next year’s London International Mime Festival, and Alonzo Thompson Jr, who is teaching west African dance in order to raise funds for his training with the Joffrey Ballet School.
Enjoy flamenco until sunrise with dance tourism in Madrid.
How to eat healthily on a road trip covers some great ideas for keeping your body happy on the road.
Travelling dancers and dance-loving travellers, you’ve all seen Virgin America’s new safety video, right?
I’ve been reading… Dance Studies, and have also been following research into the impact of visualisation on dance technique. This stuff is fascinating, and I’m working on a post that explores it further, but for now you should take a look at the concept as observed by Laura Stanyer, Albert Foong, and Don Baarns of The Unlikely Salsero.