We're Obsessed with This TEDx Talk on Dance Diplomacy
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Y'all already know that dance can—and often does—change the world. For a super-powerful reminder of that truth, look no further than the work of Movement Exchange, a nonprofit that brings together social justice and dance through a strong network of college chapters, international dance exchanges, and year-round programming in disadvantaged communities.
Movement Exchange's Co-Executive Director Adele Switzer recently got a chance to spotlight the impact of that incredible work at TEDx Towson University. In the 15-minute talk, she speaks eloquently about how we as dancers can change people's lives by making dance education more accessible and by connecting deeply with movement artists across the globe. Through fascinating personal stories, Switzer shares her journey with dance and with Movement Exchange, highlighting how a few chance encounters guided her towards a network of "dance diplomats"—artists dedicated to making dance a tool to enact positive social change.
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.
In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:
Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.