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12/31/2013 05:29 pm ET Updated Mar 02, 2014

Some Dance Wishes for the New Year

The New Year is upon us, and I'm hoping all dance lovers continue to help support the art form in 2014. Whether you're an amateur or a pro, a dance fan, a student, a parent or someone who just loves to dance, your actions count! There are many things we as a community can do.

Here is my wish list for 2014:

  • Support your local dance companies.
  • Spread the word and encourage family and friends to see a performance.
  • Voice the need for governmental support of the arts.
  • Support arts education programs in the schools.
  • Enroll your child in dance classes.
  • Bring a child to see dance -- and live theater -- open their world!
  • Realize that dance in all forms, whether modern, contemporary, classical, dance/theater, Broadway, tap, jazz, ballroom, tango, flamenco, hoofing, classical Indian dance and beyond -- count and need your support.
  • Be vocal -- demand dance coverage in newspapers and magazines. Space is being cut -- critics are disappearing. Raise awareness or we will disappear.
  • Buy a ticket. Fill a seat.
  • Do what you can to participate in, and encourage, private and corporate giving.
Let's do what we can to support dance in 2014!

Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham

I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance - George Balanchine

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself - Mikhail Baryshnikov

You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive - Merce Cunningham

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once - Frederich Nietzsche