Since my post last week about racism and sexism in dance, I have interviewed Nigel Campbell, an African-American professional dancer. A New York City native who graduated from the Juilliard School, Campbell has since danced in Chicago, Germany, and Sweden, where he currently dances with Gothenburg Dance Theatre. He shared some of his experiences with racism both in the U.S., and overseas.
A few weeks ago, my ballet class at Loyola University Chicago began by sitting on the floor in a pow-wow. We ended up spending over two hours talking about two issues that permeate the dance world: racism and sexism.
Admittedly, I had not thought much about racism and sexism in dance before that conversation, and a two-hour conversation was not enough for me.
I decided to talk to university students and dance professionals about racism and sexism in dance and post what I learned in hopes of continuing a conversation that I believe is integral to changing the dance world—and normal world—for the better. Continue reading
Silk floats on stage, hanging vertically from the ceiling. Dancers glide in and out of the silks, flying and spinning beneath the soft lighting. As the audience watches the aerial dancers perform, they feel a sense of ease, like manipulating the silks is an effortless task.
April 13, Loyola University Chicago’s dance majors participated in a workshop class from Aerial Dance Chicago. Having never taken an aerial dance class before, I gained new perspective that informs both my everyday dance technique and my perceptions of aerial dance. Here are three things this workshop taught my fellow dance majors and me.
Two years ago, Sarah Prinz sat in her Colorado bed disappointed with her dance career. Dance was not an intimate-enough means of expression. She surfed YouTube, looking at dance videos, and stumbled across “1-2-3” by William Forsythe, the first dance film she saw.
Now, Sarah Prinz is a senior at Loyola University Chicago, pursuing dance film.
Why dance film?
Between technique classes, rehearsals, and performances, dancers constantly push the bounds of their mental and physical health. Add academic classes and a job or two, and a dancer is left with no time to replenish the mind and muscles. Here are three easy ways to prevent injury that any athlete can benefit from. Continue reading
What is DanceSpire?
DanceSpire is a brand and company created in 2013 by Deavondre Jones, a current senior at Columbia College Chicago.
Through Dancespire, Jones visits schools and events around Chicago, Illinois, and Michigan where he combines inspirational speaking with hip hop dance. DanceSpire asks audience members to explore how their unique personalities and talents impact society.
Jones is the sole presenter, financier, and relationship builder for the company. Continue reading
Feb. 20-22, Joel Hall Dancers and Center presented a full-length performance celebrating Black History Month, Many Rivers to Cross. The studio and company collaborated with arts communities across Chicago—both young students and professional performers—to create a program of dance, song, and monologue that was as diverse as the people Many Rivers celebrated. Continue reading