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Dance Criticism

One Dance Critic's View On Choreography and Criticism

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

Personally, I never considered myself a dance critic, and it's a title I'm still not entirely comfortable with. At my core, I'm one of you. I'm part of the community.

Through the Eyes of a Dancer: A New Book by Wendy Perron

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

Perron's book flows like a choreographic retrospective. The reader has an opportunity to witness both the writer, and the work, evolve.

PSA for Small Dance Companies: Why You Aren't Getting the Press You Want

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

I've had several conversations lately with small-scale choreographers and company directors who are frustrated by the dance press. The little guys hav...

The Role of the Contemporary Critic

Phil Chan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

To all critics: I'm not asking you to be kind. That does no services to our community. However, I ask that you consider your role in the community and the power your words have over the common reader or the new audience member:

NY Times Critic Alastair Macaulay: Judging Bodies in Ballet and Beyond

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

When we speak of fat, chubby or plump ballet dancers, we are referring to dancers certainly below medically recommended weight. Let us not forget we have a responsibility to the vast number of young dancers watching and reading about dance.

Nutcracker: Alastair Macaulay, Senior Dance Critic for the New York Times

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay's recent review of The Nutcracker has stirred up quite a controversy due to a line saying one dancer "looked as if she'd eaten one sugar plum too many".