Hello! And welcome to my new blog entitled DanceTalks. I chose the name DanceTalks because no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you may be going through, dance can speak to you! There have been times where a piece of choreography has left me happy, inspired, or literally brought to tears.
A little bit about myself. My name is Caryn and I am a native from New York. I grew up dancing. I loved listening to music and coming up with my own choreography. I used to watch music videos by some of my favorite artists at the time such as TLC, Aaliyah, Backstreet Boys, N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott and Ciara to name a few. I was also that person who kept up to date with the latest dance craze and taught it to all my friends. I also studied ballet for eight years in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) technique. As an adult, I moved away from ballet to focus more on tap and was able to join a company in NYC and perform at a number of venues in the area.
I love dance! I wanted to start this blog because I was interested in initiating and engaging others in various conversations about dance. I personally feel that in the dance field there are so many things to talk about. Some of my mains topics of interest include talking about dance events. There are always some amazing programs (many of which I consistently attend) out there including, performances, a series of classes, professional development, thought-provoking conferences, networking events, and the list goes on. As a supporter of dance I want to get the word out there of these great programs.
I’m also interested in different trends in the field when it comes to funding, shifts in audience engagements and technology. Another fascinating area for me is education. As a current educator, I am always curious to see how we as artists can bring dance to all people. Government policies are also important because where a politician stands on any issue whether it be spending, education or war, these areas can have a positive or negative effect on the arts. I am very much interested in what challenges our field continually faces and what opportunities they produce. Finally, I think it is key to give recognition to those who came before us and paved the way for people like you and me who came after them. We wouldn’t be where we are if someone didn’t have the courage to be confident in their creativity.
I definitely want you as my readers to be engaged in these conversations. I encourage you to comment as I would love to hear your thoughts. I also encourage you to let me know if you have any ideas for a new topic of discussion. My list is not meant to exclude anything and I feel that this is an ever changing creative process. And please sign up for my email list! That way I can stay connected with you.
Stay tuned for more!