At the beginning of 1995 I started navigating the Web and there were very few places listed under "dance" when I tried the
different search engines. Now there are 1,660,000,000 entries in the
Yahoo Search under Dance, and 476,000,000 under a google search.
Because sites are being added so rapidly,
often with a "Link to other
Dance" page, I thought I would leave the total indexing to other sites and use
this one to introduce you to
some of the most comprehensive entries as well as some of the smaller sites
that interest me, and perhaps you
might find interesting. I will put a few of my own comments to guide you,
but as every web browser knows,
you are going to find everything from concert dance on a world class level to
local classes at colleges, to
country western in Hawaii. They range from Morris Dance to hip-hop dance sites.
Also a dating service with
flashy HTML coding and a dance name, but that one you can find yourself. The emphasis of this list will be on concert dance as opposed to recreational or educational dance, although I am open to adding a few of these. If you have a suggestion for an unusual dance releated link, let me know. You should be able to find others through the links that are comprehensive index sites.
I decided to follow a suggestion from a fellow dancer that as more dance from my part of the country develops Web sites, we might need a special place here for that, so I have added a category for Los Angeles area sites. There is also a fabulous new dance map for Los Angeles dance. Please check the Southern California Dance Directory page for the larger listing of companies in the area. One category here is "Dance Reviewers on the Web." Here in Los Angeles we have been talking about some alternative places for dance reviews for years. I would be interested in hearing of others.
Here are a few from my list of
bookmarks. They may be changed as I discover new places, so if you like what you find, create a bookmark NOW.
(A compilation of dance articles, dance tips, news, forums, dance listings, and educational information for the aspiring and professional dancer. The site is edited by Christie Schambera. It has become a huge site and has both local (Los Angeles) as well as national coverage)
(answers4dancers.com is an environment where "career-shy" and
"career-curious" dancers can get a realistic look at the business of
becoming a working professional. The site is hosted by Grover Dale, who was Publisher/Senior Editor of D & F Magazine. His magazine ran an extended series on the commercial side of how to be a successful dancer. The magazine focused on the Dance Biz, and now there is no hard copy but sections of it are published on this site. Look for a link there for the best audition notice site on the web, also published by Dale.)
- Dance USA
(Dance USA is a national dance service organization. The membership is mainly large budget dance companies, and they administer some excellent programs, such as the California Dance Maker Grants and the The National College Choreography Initiative.)
- Netherlands Dance Theater
(Whoops. Netherlands Dance Theater does't seem to be here anymore, but the creator of their original site, David Heuff, their former Audio Visual person, now has a commercial site called balletcompanies.com. You can still get to the Netherlands by searching the 1400 companies listed, by country, and because of the way things are layed out, its pretty easy to find things.)
Images from Arbeau
(Maintained by Greg Lindahl, these images are from the 1589 book by Arbeau on dance at that time.)
Dance Periodicals and Books >
- Dance Magazine
(Dance Magazine, the oldest and most established of the hardcopy publications mentioned here, has finally arrived on the Web, and it succeeds in establishing a classy image with strong articles that voice specific viewpoints. Other features are a monthly calendar similar to their paper version that includes the entire United States as well as international performances, residencies, festivals, etc. and a selection of excerpts from the magazine. )
- Sacred Woman Sacred Dance
(This site is about a book by Iris J. Stewart. Through images including photos and drawings, Stewart's web site outlines the story behind her book - the intertwining of the role of women throughout civilization and the role of women as sacred dancers. The introduction says: "Today we primarily think of dance as a form of entertainment or as a way to exercise or socialize. There was a time, however, when dance was considered the way to commune with the divine, a part of life's journey, celebrating the seasons and rhythms of the year and the rhythms of our lives. Dance is a language that reunites the body, mind, and soul. While the role of women's sacred dance was most valued in goddess-worshipping cultures where women served as priestesses and healers, dance was once an integral part of religious ritual and ceremonial expression in cultures all over the world, including Judaism and Christianity. In this book the author investigates how dance came to be excluded from worship and reveals how dance is once again being integrated into spiritual practices. " There is enough about the theme for the web site to be a stand-alone, but for those unfamiliar with this idea, a good take off place to read the book.)
Dance Reviews on the Web
- Voice of Dance
(A site for much more besides reviews, a discussion about the role of the reviewer was so impressive, I decided to list it here. There is also a calendar, interactive chats, and more. This one comes from San Francisco.
(This interactive site has recently caught my attention. www.criticaldance.com and www.ballet-dance.com are hosted, maintained, moderated and published by CriticalDance, an international non-profit entity founded for the purpose of promoting and supporting the dance arts, including dance arts professionals, organizations, companies, presenters, writers and audiences. There is quite a variety of dance types covered, and space for you to add your opinions.
- The Beverly Hills Outlook
(The Beverly Hills Outlook is billed as "A Biweekly Review of the Arts and Culture in Southern California." With an on-line circulation of over 210,000 at the beginning of 2003, the paper has critics in all areas of the arts. Their dance reviewer is Diane Monroe, who unlike many dance reviewers actually comes from a professional and educational dance background. She tends to call it as she sees it, and attends and reviews 2 performances in each edition. Thank heavens for another dance reviewer in Southern California. Do we ever need it! In January their annual Awards Edition featured touring as well as some local dance people. As it will only be up for two weeks, and as I see my own name there, here is a listing of the winners and runner-ups. Dancer of the Year: Nagisa Shirai, , Runners up: Cindy Ricalde, Rasta Thomas, Maria Serafica, Val Halon. Dance Ensemble of the Year: Ballet Preljocaj, Runners up: Aeolian Ballet, Jazz Tap Ensemble, Bolshoi Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet. Choreographer of the Year: Angelin Preljocaj, Runners up: Marat Daukayev, Debbie Allen, Louise Reichlin, Scott Heinzerlin. Performance Artists of the Year: Compania Marta Carrasco.) And now in January 2006 the current list is up. Go there now to see it!
- Dance Reviews from Los Angeles and Dance!90210 Home Page
(Barry Weiss, a writer with a great sense of humor, includes eight reviews from Los Angeles. For more about this page, please check further along this list under "Los Angeles Dance.")
Dance Indexes or Search Engine Results
- Yahoo - Performing Arts:Dance
(One of the best! Includes all concert categories as well as Indexes.
It also includes small companies and is
neatly laid out and world-wide in scope. It is crossed indexed when you search under both Art and Dance and they have recently added a dance message board.)
- Dance Links
(A well organized and comprehensive page geared toward dance including many links not found in other places. Besides Dance Company pages, it also lists Dance Presenters, Dance Fundors, Universities with Dance Departments, Dance Publications, and more. The page is produced by James S. White from a list compiled by Amy Reusch on behalf of the ballet-modern newsgroup "alt.arts.ballet" founded by Eliot Aronstern. It is now hosted by Gaynor Minden. )
Folklorico or Specific Cultures
- C.K. Ladzekpo - African Music and Dance
(These pages are the bountiful site for the knowledge, music, and dance art of C.K. Ladzekpo. Besides brilliantly colored photos, video and audio clips, perhaps of greatest interest is a preview of a forthcoming CDRom course in African Dance Drumming. This is one of the most exciting excerpts of written words combined with examples I've seen on the web. Credit must also go to the page designer Richard Hodges.)
- Dance In Bangkok
(This site presents dance classes in Bangkok, Thailand: contemporary dance, ballet, modern and modern-jazz as well as dance schools and volunteering by Yoona Crals and Patrice Leroy. It is very well executed and includes a definition of contemporary dance as well as broad description and images of the work of the two artists.)
- Doris Batcheller Humphrey
(An unusual approach for a pioneer in modern dance, this is a witty page written in the first person as Doris Humphrey might have if she were alive.)
- Troika Ranch Home Page
(This was one of the first dance pages on the web. I was delighted to
find it, as I had met its author
Mark Coniglio when he lived in LA. He has always been "out there"
finding innovative ways to use
electronic technology. I had first heard about him from my husband and
partner Alfred Desio who invented
Tap-Tronics(tm), electronic tap dancing. Mark's page includes a quick-time video, as well as a Geek
page with real facts for those
who are electronically oriented.)
Return to Southern California Dance and Directory (home page)
- Tap Dance Homepage
(Created by Paul Corr in Pennsylvania, a college computer person
with an interest in Tap Dance,
this has been one of the inspirational pages on dance for us. He puts on line
some of the Newsletter
information for the International Tap Association, and goes out of his way to
try to include the tap dancers
of the world. Included on his page are everything you might think of
associated with tap, including
companies, dancers, films, books, etc. A current calendar of tap events around the world is included. A must see on the Web.)
- Jazz Tap Center
(Founded in Israel and now in New York. The Center produces major Jazz Tap Festivals, markets the Bufalino-Miller Tap Shoes, and is a home for Avi Miller, Ofer Ben, and the Tap Tel-Aviv Dance Company. )
Some Los Angeles Area Web Sites
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