Bridging the Worlds of Social Media and Contemporary Dance

Last week I sat down with The Chimera Project, a unique and edgy contemporary dance company in Toronto, for a social media workshop. You'd think social media and contemporary dance would be worlds apart but the truth is that the two actually complement one another wonderfully. Social media is all about building and cultivating a community and it just so happens that contemporary dance (and dance in general) already has such an organic and vibrant community around it. This comes as no suprise because really, is there anything that brings people together more than the arts?

Below are the slides from the social media workshop with some tips on how dance companies can form a social media strategy and engage their followers. What's important to remember is that social media provides an amazing opportunity for dance companies to tell their story beyond the stage and to continue celebrating the beauty of physical movement with an audience that is truly passionate about their work.



Okay, me crazy but this tribute to So You Think You Can Dance was inevitable. I've been in love with this show since Season One. We're dawning the end of Season Five now and throughout the seasons, my love has never faltered. The show has brought so much joy in my life (yes...I'm talking about a TV show). Never would I have imagined that I could be moved by dance the way I am week after week. Take Travis Wall's choreography above, for example. I watched this routine over and over again and couldn't help but cry! It's stunning! An absolutely gorgeous sequence...proof that actions speak what words can never say...Like Debbie Allen so eloquently said when critiquing the piece, this show has transcended the levels of's become a conversation. It is just that. A conversation. A conversation through movement that the mass is only now taking an active part in.

So yes...I love So You Think You Can Dance. I love it because it's allowed me to discover and appreciate yet another dimension of human expression...