Updated: Jan 6, 2021
(audio ccompaniment for your enjoyment)
"We are dancing in a crisis. We are dancers in crisis. See how we rise."
How ya'll doin'?
Dancers have not felt normal since approximately March 1st, 2020.
Uncertainty is an everyday state of being. Disruptions shakes our industry weekly. For example: shock waves were sent when news broke that Broadway and West End re-opening dates will be January 2021, a few days later Cirque du Soliel filed for bankruptcy, then Hamilton was streamed on Disney+ for the tune of 75 million dollars, the largest purchasing rights for a single show in history; after that, I learned Americans are not allowed to travel to the EU for the foreseeable future.
And that was last weeks news.
Let's list each crisis separate:
1. Global Pandemic
2. Social Injustice & Uprising
3. Economic Depression
4. Ongoing Artist Unemployment
5. Travel Bans
6. Personal Crisis
...I am taking it day by day.
What will be the outcome of this difficult period?
Below are 14 examples of resilient artists of 7 different nationalities proving their strength through difficult times.
(Each photo is linked to their Instagram account so you can follow.)
Nico Jelmoni, Monégasque, performer and specialty act in numerous high profile Broadway, TV, and shows global: ((Read about Nico's full experience in the upcoming blog post))
Katherine Arnold, English, movie actress and specialty act performer based in London:
Guh Madubuike, Brazilian, First State Ballet Theater member and Bolshoi Brazil graduate:
Diana Paula Paredes, American, Nashville Ballet second company member:
Amber Ivers, Australian, dancer extraordinaire of Germany, France, USA and beyond: