DIYdancer

DIYdancer Interviews, conversations, previews, and criticism, by dancers for dancers: http://www.mag.diydancer.com On twitter @diydancer On instagram @diydancermag
Movers and shakers making connections and starting critical conversations about dance, art, culture, politics, and business.

Candice Thompson, Stephanie Wolf, and Nicole Cerutti founded DIYdancer (Dd) in September 2010. The three worked together at LOLAstretch Dancewear, a company Thompson started and ran for five years. Building out annual calendars and directing photo shoots for the dancewear line, Thompson, Wolf, and Cerutti discovered they worked well together. They also found a commonality in their diverse artistic interests and desire to push conversations about dance into a more critical light. Dd began as a digital platform for thoughtful dance criticism and journalism. An initial goal was to broaden the context of dance in order to understand its cross-relevance to the rest of the world. It was less about advocacy, and more about challenging the status quo of how we talk and write about dance.

Mission: {DIYdancer} brings together dancers, artists, collaborators, and friends to empower the arts community from the inside out. Through an online forum and critical response, the site aims to build awareness, facilitate conversation, and inspire curiosity. {Dd} strives to broaden the context of dance in order to understand its cross-relevance to the outside world—pushing the boundaries and blurring the lines.

UPDATED Link for Today's Workshop with Bobbi Jene Smith - https://mailchi.mp/a15c7daf7281/with-care-bobbi-jene-smith-wor...
04/24/2020
UPDATED Link for Today's Workshop with Bobbi Jene Smith

UPDATED Link for Today's Workshop with Bobbi Jene Smith - https://mailchi.mp/a15c7daf7281/with-care-bobbi-jene-smith-workshop-2735988

As we enter into another month at home, we hope you are all continuing to stay healthy and keep up your movement practice however you can. Today, we are excited to announce a very special event in support of dancing at home: WITH CARE: A Workshop with Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, followed by ...

Move, Ask, Share and Stay Connected to the Dance World While At Home - https://mailchi.mp/8b9f45db2902/with-care-bobbi-j...
04/24/2020
Move, Ask, Share and Stay Connected to the Dance World While At Home

Move, Ask, Share and Stay Connected to the Dance World While At Home - https://mailchi.mp/8b9f45db2902/with-care-bobbi-jene-smith-workshop

As we enter into another month at home, we hope you are all continuing to stay healthy and keep up your movement practice however you can. Today, we are excited to announce a very special event in support of dancing at home: WITH CARE: A Workshop with Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, followed by ...

Dancing At Home: We've Got You - https://mailchi.mp/6ecc4b75120c/dance-at-home
03/18/2020
Dancing At Home: We've Got You

Dancing At Home: We've Got You - https://mailchi.mp/6ecc4b75120c/dance-at-home

We hope you are able to stay put and stay healthy in this uncertain time. We know all arts organizations and artists are taking a big hit and having to cancel events and classes, so we are running alongside you as fast as we can. In lieu of our On Our Radar series of live art previews, our social me...

👯 Season 02 of UnSequenced 👯 - https://mailchi.mp/72013e65e172/season-02-unsequenced
02/18/2020
👯 Season 02 of UnSequenced 👯

👯 Season 02 of UnSequenced 👯 - https://mailchi.mp/72013e65e172/season-02-unsequenced

Our second season of Unsequenced has begun! We invite you to put on some headphones or turn the volume up in your car, and listen to our latest episode with Dublin-based choreographer Liz Roche.  “I suppose my first reaction was to just think about making a piece in Belfast at the moment and what...

DIYdancer's cover photo
10/22/2019

DIYdancer's cover photo

10/21/2019

Dance plus Monday motivation...in a field where being a hard worker is basically the cost of entry, we have been shocked by Jacob Jonas' work ethic and drive. In the biggest feature of our forthcoming Issue 03, Jonas produced 15 separate photoshoots in a love letter to the dance artists of L.A. Meanwhile, in true DIY-dancing spirit he is directing his own Jacob Jonas The Company and producing yet another magical @CamerasandDancers event in Berlin with @staatsballettberlin, oh and choreographing a stellar spot for Entireworld...


...so should we all just get after this week or what?! You can start by PRE-ORDERING your copy of Issue 03 SEEN unSEEN today, link --> bio

📹: #bts of shoot with Megan Lawsone by Jill Wilson

Also featured in said photo essay: Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY BODYTRAFFIC DIAVOLO #danielezralow Katherine Helen Fisher GROOVALOOS Bradley Rapier Ryan Heffington Jacob "Kujo" Lyons #vincentpaterson Jermaine Maurice Spivey Spenser Theberge #TonyTesta Micaela G. Taylor Wewolf ❤️🤗

👀 the remaining illustrations of @anniecoggan’s #nightof100drawings today and tomorrow 12-6 as part of @artsgowanus open...
10/19/2019

👀 the remaining illustrations of @anniecoggan’s #nightof100drawings today and tomorrow 12-6 as part of @artsgowanus open studios!

181 Lorraine St. #50

And SHOP them on our site —> in bio. ❤️🧡💛💚💙

#mercecentennial #merce100 #nightof100solos @bam_brooklyn @mercetrust

Dance plus an appreciation...👏 @errez ❤️💛#dancephotography #architecture #inspoimages #wcw #lendingahand #youbetterlunge
10/02/2019

Dance plus an appreciation...👏 @errez ❤️💛

#dancephotography #architecture #inspoimages #wcw #lendingahand #youbetterlunge

We say 👋 to September and our foray into fall dance fashion with @spiridonakou + @sabateeny_. Discussing her unique tran...
09/30/2019

We say 👋 to September and our foray into fall dance fashion with @spiridonakou + @sabateeny_. Discussing her unique transition into couture after a fantastic dance career with @miamicityballet (among other companies and Bway!), this glimpse into the world of Andrea Spiridonakos could also have been titled ‘How to Debut at Bergdorf Goodman.’ 📝 for next time and for all of you dancing, designing, aspiring fashionistas...Happy Monday!

READ with link in bio 🎈SHOP this unbelievable coat on the 2nd floor of BG 😲

@ Bergdorf Goodman

“While all of the pieces in @fullradiusdance’s 25th MAD Festival were captivating and had unique themes, Corian Ellisor’...
05/16/2019

“While all of the pieces in @fullradiusdance’s 25th MAD Festival were captivating and had unique themes, Corian Ellisor’s ‘My People,’ performed by Ellisor and Alejandro Abarca, was the work that gave me goosebumps and made me think deeply about the different ways movement can be used to encourage political change.

Opening the work, Abarca moved fluidly across the stage without ever letting his limbs lift from the ground, fully embodying the smooth voice of Mahalia Jackson singing the classic “Summertime.” When Ellisor took over the solo work, growing from his casual lying position on the ground, he shifted versions of Abarca’s movements to the vertical space. He maintained the slow, almost casual, energy of the opening, before joining Abarca for a more intricate duet with jumps, rolls, and lots of sustained inversions. Dancing side by side in blue and red jumpsuits, the duo had a maturity that comes from a longtime dance partnership like Ellisor and Abarca’s. They are longtime friends and collaborators, and both came to Atlanta after meeting at the University of Houston. Although their movement qualities are quite different, with Abarca shining in effortless floorwork and Ellisor captivating with expansive gestures, their textures blend together powerfully. After the tranquil voice of Jackson slowed and stopped, a recording of a newscaster jolted the space with a new sense of urgency. The recording spoke of teenage boys being detained at the Mexican border and described families who were separated after trying to enter the United States. Ellisor and Abarca’s heavy breathing added to the soundscore, enhancing the struggle and anguish displayed with the choreography. The recording brought in a harsh reality and dissolved the fantasy world of smooth jazz, but Ellisor and Abarca continued to move together, supporting one another. The piece concluded with Abarca and Ellisor embracing each other, which seemed both a hopeful gesture and a desperate attempt to hold onto loved ones.” @sydneyburrows1 #criticaldraft #changedemandsmovement

📷: @jmehopper @ Atlanta, Georgia

We celebrated the Merce Cunningham Centennial year and covered one of 2019's marquee events: 'Night of 100 Solos' with a...
05/04/2019
Night of 100 Drawings – { DIYdancer } Magazine

We celebrated the Merce Cunningham Centennial year and covered one of 2019's marquee events: 'Night of 100 Solos' with a conversation from LA, NYC, and London with new contributor Oluwaseun Samuel Olayiwola in London, longtime contributor Annie Coggan in Brooklyn, and our creative director Lara Wilson in Los Angeles.

Plus Annie Coggan was so inspired she made 100 one-of-a-kind watercolor drawings in response! There are about 90 left in this online gallery for sale and each one ships FREE in a simple white frame for $100 thru this Sunday evening. 30% of the proceeds from each artwork sold will be donated back to the Merce Trust the organization responsible for this collaborative and historic evening.

https://diydancer.com/night-of-100-drawings/

Currently loading 100 watercolor drawings by @anniecoggan of @mercetrust #nightof100solos on our site for your viewing (...
04/25/2019

Currently loading 100 watercolor drawings by @anniecoggan of @mercetrust #nightof100solos on our site for your viewing (and purchasing) pleasure. More details on our art sale and conversation with @itsamule @larawlsntown @anniecoggan about the show in our newsletter. Sign up now (in our bio) and stay tuned for it’s arrival in your 📨 tomorrow morning 🙌

In progress: @anniecoggan captures #nightof100solos with 100 drawings! Yes, 💯 ✍️ 😲While she is nailing it, you can suppo...
04/21/2019

In progress: @anniecoggan captures #nightof100solos with 100 drawings! Yes, 💯 ✍️ 😲

While she is nailing it, you can support our unique coverage of dance, the development of our third print issue and podcast, by becoming a @patreon subscriber —> our bio. And if you think you may want to own one of these, framed, keep an 👁 out for our art sale next week (30% profits going to @mercetrust 💋)!

“...you can’t describe a dance without talking about the dancers.” So said Merce (in conversation with Jacqueline Lessch...
04/08/2019

“...you can’t describe a dance without talking about the dancers.”

So said Merce (in conversation with Jacqueline Lesschaeve in the book ‘The Dancer and the Dance’), and so this week we are going to feature a few of the dancers performing in Night of 💯 Solos on 4/16. Look forward to our full coverage of the @mercetrust event with contributors @larawlsntown in LA @cap_ucla , @anniecoggan in NYC @bam_brooklyn , and @itsamule in London @barbicancentre.

This month we will be covering all things Merce Cunningham in honor of this year’s Centennial Celebration. Look forward ...
04/01/2019

This month we will be covering all things Merce Cunningham in honor of this year’s Centennial Celebration. Look forward to bits of history, archival photos, previews, critical conversations, illustrations, and stories from the pioneer, the work, and all that followed and fanned out from his lineage.

📷 of our guiding talisman, our logo embroidered by contributor @withmrose on Merce patterned @libertylondon fabric

“When I first thought of making a dance about boundaries, it was very much in service of personal reasons: for self-pres...
03/25/2019

“When I first thought of making a dance about boundaries, it was very much in service of personal reasons: for self-preservation and to create space and time in my life for the things I want to do and accomplish. What immediately became apparent was the relevance this idea had to our craft. At first I thought about the edges of our physical frames and about attempting to find the limits of our staminas and ranges of motion. I considered boundaries in this way, like endpoints at the extremes of different spectrums. But I soon corrected that line of thinking, figuring instead that a boundary is actually a dividing line somewhere in the middle of two extremes, a point where something shifts and becomes something else.”

Our creative superhero @larawlsntown on her latest dance work for @theassemblydance, premiering in its first iteration 3/29 + 3/30 @highwaysps

READ more about ‘HOW TO MAKE A DANCE ABOUT MAKING BOUNDARIES’ in our story today. Link in bio for show tix ✌️

📷: Megan Guise @ Highways Performance Space

TRIBUTE | “Just by doing. By being. And encouraging us to do the same, Deborah has inspired so many dancers, thinkers, a...
03/20/2019

TRIBUTE |

“Just by doing. By being. And encouraging us to do the same, Deborah has inspired so many dancers, thinkers, and artists. I’m grateful I have a moment...in words and movement, to thank her.”

@djauniversal on the legendary Deborah Jowitt (who graced the pages of our very first print mag).

You can read the rest of Djassi’s tribute in our story today and see her perform, along with many others, in honor of her mentor in From the Horse’s Mouth, 3/21, 3/22, + 3/24 @14streety

Link in bio for tix + Issue 01 @ 14th Street Y

"The role of art is to be the voice of the people." @morganlugo_ captures Juliet Burnett in @cote_cour — while we jotted...
03/08/2019

"The role of art is to be the voice of the people." @morganlugo_ captures Juliet Burnett in @cote_cour — while we jotted down a few of her words — for our latest #StudioSessions post. @ Antwerp, Belgium

Dance plus cellular memories c/o @sl_a_ng + @_samlore_ 📷💥: @whitneybrownephotography
02/26/2019

Dance plus cellular memories c/o @sl_a_ng + @_samlore_

📷💥: @whitneybrownephotography

ON OUR RADAR: #Merce100 will be here soon + in the meantime we’re enjoying some paraphernalia like this 1997 photograph ...
02/21/2019

ON OUR RADAR: #Merce100 will be here soon + in the meantime we’re enjoying some paraphernalia like this 1997 photograph of ‘Scenario’ by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders 🗄

"It’s been cold in Michigan and having @marleegrace’s presence, along with the magical musical accompaniment of @fionadi...
02/05/2019

"It’s been cold in Michigan and having @marleegrace’s presence, along with the magical musical accompaniment of @fionadickinson, brought a shift to the grayness that’s been saturating most of my waking hours in this state. Immediately, something opened." Read more about @schmuhlface's experience during Open Improvisation with Grace and Dickinson at @danceintheannex in Grand Rapids after the link in our bio. Heads up: it may make you want to make. 📸 by Artpeers / @erinthomaswilson @ Grand Rapids, Michigan

“And it was thrilling to be in a familiar space with such new norms. The performers seemed empowered by the vocalization...
02/02/2019

“And it was thrilling to be in a familiar space with such new norms. The performers seemed empowered by the vocalizations coming out of the audience, and when the bows turned into a dance party, it was a natural conclusion to this fully-engaging experience.” From @sydneyburrows1’s latest #criticaldraft, this time in response to Komansé Dance Theater’s ‘Skid’ by @raiannacbrown at @georgiatech’s #ferstcenterforthearts. Read now via the link in our bio! 📸: @kemigriffin

Illustrated review of @ndtdance’s #ndt2 by our visual contributor @anniecoggan up now on the site! Link: bio
01/24/2019

Illustrated review of @ndtdance’s #ndt2 by our visual contributor @anniecoggan up now on the site! Link: bio

“But by all means, keep moving.” Dance plus motivation today courtesy of @abraham.in.motion in honor of our great teache...
01/21/2019

“But by all means, keep moving.” Dance plus motivation today courtesy of @abraham.in.motion in honor of our great teacher, #MLK

"Akua Noni Parker (@onlyupward) is one of a handful of female dancers known for transitioning from a classical ballet ca...
01/02/2019

"Akua Noni Parker (@onlyupward) is one of a handful of female dancers known for transitioning from a classical ballet career to a vibrant modern dance career, performing for over a decade with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). I had the pleasure of meeting Parker at the Ailey studios just days before the iconic company's 60th anniversary season at City Center. Below are some snippets from our expansive conversation where we caught up like old friends about her beginnings in dance, ballet vs. modern, being a black woman in the dance world and how this vegan model is also crafting a retirement plan as a ballet mistress and chef." Our newest writer, Djassi DaCosta Johnson (@djauniversal), writes the latest Studio Sessions, our ongoing dive into photographer @jimlafferty’s archives, up now on the site. @ Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

“I feel like I am now doing what I want and what I believe in, and I’m slowly letting go of ideas from my past that peop...
12/17/2018

“I feel like I am now doing what I want and what I believe in, and I’m slowly letting go of ideas from my past that people said I should be focusing upon as a professional dancer. Wellness includes the sloughing off of these ideas and coming into my own as a performer, choreographer, film maker, and teaching artist.” Thryn Saxon

📸: Jim Laffertylafferty 🖋: Jill Homan Randall

https://diydancer.com/portfolio-posts/studio-sessions-thryn-saxon/

@ New York, New York

ON OUR RADAR | BOSTON: “How do we accurately measure the shape of our desire?,” ask collaborators @bobbiejenesmith and #...
12/14/2018

ON OUR RADAR | BOSTON: “How do we accurately measure the shape of our desire?,” ask collaborators @bobbiejenesmith and #keirgogwilt. The title of their work, ‘With Care,’ refers back to the etymology of that word, “accuracy,” which Bobbi’s movements are built to exude. Playing tonight through the weekend in Cambridge, MA at American Repertory Theater in the Run AMOC! Festival. #getinsidedance 📸: Matthew Placek @ American Repertory Theater

There’s still time to sneak our newest issue under the tree or into a stocking! Enjoy Christmas morning reads when you o...
12/11/2018

There’s still time to sneak our newest issue under the tree or into a stocking! Enjoy Christmas morning reads when you order by Dec. 18 at 11:59pm PST. We can’t wait for the dance lovers and the dance curious in your life to unwrap us 🎄

ON OUR RADAR | NYC: Twyla Tharp’s ‘Minimalism and Me’ playing now at @thejoycetheater. 📸: David Levene for @guardian
12/09/2018

ON OUR RADAR | NYC: Twyla Tharp’s ‘Minimalism and Me’ playing now at @thejoycetheater. 📸: David Levene for @guardian

Dance plus design inspiration c/o @jgchoreo and @lorrinbrubaker, bound and captured by @rubberlegz ⠀📸: @wewolf.works #pr...
11/10/2018

Dance plus design inspiration c/o @jgchoreo and @lorrinbrubaker, bound and captured by @rubberlegz ⠀
📸: @wewolf.works #prayforLA 😥

Curious to know more about our cover artist @suzie_rz? We were too—follow 🔗 in bio to enjoy a #friyay read.📷: the inimit...
11/09/2018

Curious to know more about our cover artist @suzie_rz? We were too—follow 🔗 in bio to enjoy a #friyay read.

📷: the inimitable @jimlafferty for #issue02 #howto #studiosessions

10/28/2018

ON OUR RADAR | BOSTON: @william_forsythe_’s intimate screendance, “Alignigung,” is revealed as a gray wall turns white. "William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects" opens Weds, Oct. 31 at @icaboston. 📽️ @curator_on_the_run

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Issue 03 | SEEN unSEEN is our biggest endeavor to date and grapples with themes of visibility. Producing these stories (and some images too!) has taken the better part of our year and we need your help now as we finish the job: PRE-ORDER a copy today via our crowdfunding link in bio https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/seen-unseen-issue-03-of-diydancer-magazine#/ Photo: @co_henry and Jimmy Robert from 'Joi Noire' CONTRIBUTORS Morgan Rose Beckwith Kathryn Boland Sydney Burrows Sarah JG Chenoweth Tori Jane Duhaime Jessica Gadzinski Courtney Henry Alejandra Iannone Jacob Jonas The Company Celine Kinerr Haley Kostas Jordan McHenry Jill Homan Randall Erica Gabrielle Sabatini Elizabeth Schmuhl Candice Thompson Lara Wilson Townsend Stephanie Wolf FEATURED ARTISTS Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY Alex Apt Eva Yaa Asantewaa BODYTRAFFIC Eric Von Christison DIAVOLO Daniel Ezralow Katherine Helen Fisher Tushrik FredericksEric Garciai GROOVALOOS Bradley Rapier D. Sabela Grimes Ryan Heffington Jacob Jonas The Company Anna Kazanova Megan Lawson Laurel Lawson Kevin Lopez Jacob "Kujo" Lyons Long Le-Khacred Mirelle Martins Vincent Paterson Ellice Patterson Shamel Pitts Mark Travis Rivera Jimmy Robert The Waldorf Project Allegra Searle-LeBel Cole Rise Alice Sheppard Jermaine Maurice Spivey Spenser Theberge Rosy Simas Danse Bobbi Jene Smith Tony Testa Micaela G. Taylor Wewolf Itai Zwecker P.S. If you already subscribe via @patreon at the $5 level--we already have your support and you automatically receive a copy! P.P.S. A perk of pre-ordering is getting a vote in the final selection of our cover!!