What is Stance on Dance?

Stance on Dance expands conversation beyond studios and theaters to illuminate the hilarities, breadth and impact of dance as a practice.

Updated every Monday and Thursday, Stance on Dance’s wide array of content — essays, interviews, cartoons, artwork, poetry, podcasts and more — paints a portrait of dance through the lens of the artists. There are no reviews or previews, and we won’t tell you what pointe shoes to wear to prom. Instead, Stance on Dance is dance as we experience it: poignant, funny and endlessly complex.

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The Dancing Over 50 Project is a collaboration between Stance on Dance’s Emmaly Wiederholt and photographer Gregory Bartning. Through interviewing and photographing dancers over 50 along the West Coast, the project aims to show there is movement, grace and beauty in a body of any age. Read more here.

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The Bunion is the dance version of the satire publication The Onion. (Get it?) A collaboration between Stance on Dance’s Emmaly Wiederholt and dancer/illustrator Maggie Stack, it seeks to poke fun of and mock the more absurd elements of dance culture. Chuckle more here.

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 The “Making It” series asks different dance artists at various stages of their careers whether they feel they’ve “made it.” It begs the introspection of what success and recognition mean in the pursuit of dance. Read more here.

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Where Dance Is offers an alternative perspective to the paradigm that high level dance only exists in big cities. From the desert to the countryside, dance is not relegated to high rents and competitive resources. Read more here.

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In honor of National Poetry Month every April, Stance on Dance features poetry written by dancers and/or inspired by dance. Read more here.

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 The “Where Are You With Dance Right Now?” Project tracks a group of young dancers’ growth each year. The project hopes to chart how one matures through dance. Read more here.

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Dance Cast is a series of podcasts by Silva Laukkanen, who interviews non-traditional dancers or dance artists utilizing dance in non-traditional ways.  Listen more here.

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Men Who Dance is spearheaded by dancer, artist and costume designer Liz Brent. It looks at the experiences of male dancers navigating stereotypes. Read more here.

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Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Other topics have included women in leadership positions, social activism in dancean examination of contemporary dance, discourse on ballet’s relevance, the changing face of dance journalismthe experience of being a solo artist, what it means to quit dance, self care and more. In addition, several hundred dance artists have contributed to Stance on Dance. Check out more interviews, essays and funny stuff by following the links or searching the site. Or follow Stance on Dance on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up to date with all the stances on dance!