Live to Dance

In many ways, the DIY dance movement has been a long time coming. As an art form, dance is amazingly accessible—all you need, after all, is a body and some space to move around in; music helps, but isn’t necessary. But while house shows, underground galleries, and warehouse theater have long had a local presence, dance has had a harder time gaining a foothold. When Urbanite published its “State of the Arts” article last year, Baltimore dance ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Mary Hartney - Feb 23, 2011 - 7:02 AM PST
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Gin Ferrara
3.5
by Gin Ferrara - Feb. 24, 2011

An introduction to a new wave of local dance projects, focusing on an upcoming event. The discussion of dance in the community is informative, focused more on the now than the past.

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Kevin Griffin Moreno
3.3
by Kevin Griffin Moreno - Feb. 24, 2011

The article shows initiative and originality in its coverage of the local DIY dance scene, which has not received much attention to date. However, one would have liked to see others quoted besides Ms. Susskind.

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Khalilah Harris
3.6
by Khalilah Harris - Feb. 24, 2011

The writing is pretty dense for such a fun topic. I also understand the desire to be hip and authentic, but, the cursing is a little extra and adds little. However, it was quite informative. Who knew the dance scene is so robust in Baltimore? Would have liked to have heard from some participants in the round robin who don't consider themselves "dancers."

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Asia S. Hinton
3.8
by Asia S. Hinton - Feb. 24, 2011

This story is a bit lengthy but is has all the elements of good journalism. There are extensive examples of the kinds of dance and a brief description of each. There are also various quotes from the subjects, the story even plays on a past article written by the Baltimore Sun. It also does a great job in describing the emotion and passion of the two subjects in the story. Only suggestion I may have (which many of my teachers at Towson tell me to do) is for the writer to possibly interview someone who is thinking of attending the performance. Overall the story was edited well, and I love the ending quote which ties the story back to its introduction.

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Stacy Spaulding
3.5
by Stacy Spaulding - Feb. 24, 2011

The DIY dance movement? So that's what they call it these days! As an active member of the lindyhop/swing community, I'm thrilled to see this reporter pay serious attention to the thriving social dance community in Baltimore. Perhaps this is the historian/anthropologist in me, but there's room here for more in-depth cultural/literary reporting--each of the genres mentioned deserve a more in-depth look at their history and culture. (What exactly is aerial vogueing, and is it related to lindyhop's aerial steps invented by Frankie Manning at the Savoy in the early 20th century?) If only there was a publication in Baltimore that covered regional street/social/academic dance as thoroughly as the New York Times covers professional dance...

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Marty Katz
by Marty Katz - Feb. 23, 2011

OK as far as it goes, which is a narrow Station North focus, but barely touches on the other 90% of what makes dance in Baltimore so rich, from the Friday Night Swing Dance Club to the modern dance and ballet at our colleges to our Baltimore Tango events (I'm affiliated)...so it's a nice glimpse but basically a promotional piece for the upcoming weekend.

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