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From Karen X. Cheng: People who watch me dance today sometimes assume I’ve been dancing for many years. I made this video so you could see the awkward body that started just one year ago.
Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.
This isn’t a story about dancing, though. It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway.
From NY Times: Some of the best-remembered moments in entertainment are dances set in New York City, in shows and movies like “Guys and Dolls,” “On the Town,” “West Side Story,” “42nd Street” and “The Band Wagon.” Now comes a campaign that urges New Yorkers to support dance as an art form. The campaign, scheduled to get under way this week, is being sponsored by Dance/NYC, a nonprofit organization that was spun off in January from the national organization Dance/USA. The campaign, which is being created internally at Dance/NYC, carries the theme “New Yorkers for dance.”
From 99%: Elizabeth Streb is all about action. An extreme choreographer, action specialist, teacher, and player, she has pushed the philosophical and physical boundaries of modern dance for over 35 years. Always skirting the edge of danger, Streb’s “PopAction” choreographic style challenges performers to push themselves to the limit, and then go beyond it. Just a brief tour of past performances sees the dancers dangling off a 21-foot rotating ladder, diving through sheet glass windows, and dodging swinging steel I-beams and cinderblocks.
At TEDIndia, Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer/actor/politician, tells a transformative story in dance — and argues that the arts may be the most powerful way to effect change, whether political, social or personal.