I still need dancer’s to post their diary entries here.
Archive for January, 2012
I would like to ask a huge favour of all my professional dancer readers. You have been fairly quiet up to now, but here is an opportunity to change that.
You may already keep a daily diary, perhaps you don’t. What I would like you to do for this blog and my research is to write a diary entry at the end of a typical “performance” day. Keep it true to a typical diary, include everything that comes to mind no matter how trivial or important. Even if that includes writing what you had for breakfast, and when, and why. If you prefer to just write one-liners, do that. However, do write. No restrictions, no limits. Write ten words, write 500 words – whatever. Write in any style you like – don’t worry about presentation. In other words, let your mind flow just as your body did through the day.
When you have done that, enter the entire diary entry as a comment to this post. Write once or comment often. If you feel shy, send it to me from the contact page and I will add it to the comments without any identifying information.
Your participation is really needed to make this blog a useful resource for my research and maybe for other dancers
I have renamed this blog which was previously known egotistically as “Mike Barnes Anthropologist (Ballet)”. The new name reflects the real purpose of this resource and that is to follow research into ballet and ballet dancers.
If you are a dancer and feel a need for a new year resolution with a difference, why not participate in my research. It really is not difficult. All I want you to do is talk freely about your experiences as a dancer. In 2011 a few joined in, but I would welcome many more. Let’s make this a vibrant dancer’s blog that has many wanting to return time and time again, or simply subscribe by email.
To make it easier to actively participate in this blog, I have created a “Participation” box at the top of the right hand menu. Here you will find links to categories of posts that ask questions you may wish to comment on. The questions are hopefully about topics dancers would love to be able to talk about. So why not join me in my research and tell us what makes your world of dance a special type of personal endeavour. Even propose a question yourself.
Happy New Year to all my readers and participants – I look forward to “meeting” you all through my blog.