Once again, I’ve been a bad blogger but I have a good reason – really I do! I’ve been a bad blogger because I’ve been working on being a good professor. I’ve been so busy writing and re-writing my syllabi, reviewing and choosing text books, class prep, and teaching itself that there has been room for little else besides working and… working. I’ve even had to cut down my dance classes (quelle horreur).
In the meantime, I’ve been nominated for a couple of blogging awards! I actually was nominated for an award last year and didn’t play because I didn’t really get it. Like life itself, experience and time have a way of changing your perception and broadening your horizons of understanding. Blogging awards are a way for bloggers to acknowledge and give props to fellow bloggers. It’s also a way to network with other bloggers and to give strength to our cause. I’m sure a few of us got into this to try to become an overnight success (and make some extra cash) but I believe that most dance bloggers are more interested in exploration and community. It’s our way of having a voice, of sharing our love of ballet, and of exploring our own journey in dance. Some of the best blogs out there are deeply personal and I think that’s amazing. It’s also a wonderful way of strengthening our community – both the international society of dance lovers and the growing community of adult dancers! Our words and photos share our collective experiences and our individual triumphs and tragedies. We are able to verify to theaters, dance companies, and dancers themselves that we are a strong and vibrant community of fans who will not stand by and watch our beloved art form die out. We are able to voice our ideas and our criticisms and although we might not always see the results of our complaints, we are a voice that is being heard. And we are directing the growing need for dance classes for adults across the globe as we take to the internet with our love and devotion to learning dance at all phases of life.
Stay tuned, I’m in catch up mode and I’m going to get to posting about the awards SOOOOOOON!!!