Ian Eastwood Started an Intense—and Important—Convo About Class Videos
Photo by Erin Baiano
You're obsessed with class videos. We're obsessedwith class videos. The passion, energy, and talent showcased in these clips, which give us an insider-y peek at the commercial dance world's hottest classes, are totally irresistible.
But at what point does the phenomenon go from being a good thing to a bad thing for dancers and the dance world? Is the focus on filming distracting from the work dancers are supposed to be doing in class? Are overproduced videos presenting a dangerously misleading picture of the dance world? Is the pressure to be a class video star becoming too much for dancers to handle? These are some of the questions A-list dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood—no stranger to the class video himself—has been asking on Twitter. And they've sparked a lively, important debate.
Eastwood started the discussion with a rant about highly produced class videos, whose slickness seems to imply that the purpose of class
was the video:
Then he posted an example of what is, in his opinion, the class clip done right—simply, with some teaching footage included: