Last year, I found myself in a foreign dance workshop whilst visiting a friend abroad. And when I say foreign, I mean a completely different dance style, language and even dancers.Read More
During Broadway’s heyday, the world was seemingly full of hope, where the generation to come would clearly inherit a better world than you. Now, with everything unclear, unsure, unknown large, splashy dance numbers are harder to justify and perhaps less palatable to audiences.Read More
You may not notice me as much as the other dancers, but I’m here and I’m listening.
As you know, every student is unique and I’m no different. Sometimes I feel I learn just a little bit differently then all of my peers. Sometimes I think I have to work even harder than my peers to keep up with everything that’s going on. I see my friends pick up choreography perfectly at rehearsal, while I have to go home and work on it for hours. Even though this is the case, I still want to be here, I want to perform and I want to do my very best.Read More
I started learning Kathak (a classical dance form of northern India) when I was five. My parents wanted my sister and I to be as fully immersed in the Indian culture as South African Indians possibly could be. Even now, I can still clearly hear my guru (teacher in Sanskrit) telling us to smile through the pain of strenuous dancing, reciting beats along with us and even the sound of her ghunghroos (bells tied around the ankle) as she walked around the dance studio watching us try stamp our feet along to the recital music.Read More
These are hard words to hear from a friend. They’re certainly not the sort of words an arts journalist might expect to hear spoken by an artist from her death-bed, but then my relationship with the late, Brisbane-born but Edinburgh-based dancer, choreographer, and producer Janis Claxton wasn’t necessarily typical of what commonly transpires between two people occupying professional roles that some might (typically and erroneously, in my opinion) view as combative.Read More
I just cannot help but feel a little betrayed as I watch these trailers. I want to be excited by the visual spectacle, and I know both Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston are capable of telling a good story, but the fact remains that this is not The Nutcracker,Read More