BY EMMALY WIEDERHOLT; PHOTOGRAPHS BY GREGORY BARTNING
It’s Labor Day, and thus I want to share with you my recent labor: the Dancing Over 50 Project, a collaboration I have had the honor of working on over the past two years with photographer Gregory Bartning.
We have just completed a two-week tour from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area to Portland to Seattle, interviewing 25 dancers total and hosting five events (one in each city and two in the Bay Area) to promote the project and raise awareness.
This is in addition to the over 30 interviews we have done over the past two years.
Through this process, I have learned one important thing: you have to shamelessly plug what you’re doing if you want people to get behind it.
Let me be clearer: for $50, you can pre-purchase the book, a compilation of interviews and photographs with over 50 dancers over age 50 along the west coast. Go to our Indiegogo campaign and purchase the book at the $50 level. Next summer, you will receive a beautiful book full of beautiful photographs and beautiful reflections on motivation, success, legacy and advice.
In other words, this project is big. It is way beyond Gregory or I, and way beyond the singular dancers we’ve interviewed. It’s about being in a body, having a passion and aging in that body with that passion.
So please, consider supporting the project by buying a book. It will surely be easier than endlessly referencing Stance on Dance for your favorite quote or photograph.
Thanks in advance for all the love and support!