If you are a dancer (any type), choreographer, artistic staff, dance consultant, ballet teacher, or an academic with an interest in ballet, it is very likely that you have been or are a ballet dancer, or trained as one at some point in time. I would like you to suggest a dancing related topic or question in the comments below. Perhaps it could be related to the daily routine of professional dancers moving from classes to rehearsal to performances. I would then rephrase some of these replies as posts for ongoing discussion. This way I hope I will be able to engage others in an open ended discussion on subjects of relevance to current ballet dancers – especially professional ones.
This is a bold attempt by me, an anthropology researcher, to engage in participant observation online. This whole area of ethnography online is relatively new and one of the largest hurdles to overcome is in trying to engage with people who you wish to participate with. I have had some small interaction with people like ballet teachers in a group on LinkedIn. However, this is a very specific group of people, and I would like to open up the discussions to all of those people with an interest in dance.
Don’t be shy. Join in and help discover new ways of looking at dancers.
UPDATE: I have some good responses to this post and need more. I have decided to start a series of posts I am calling “Q from a contributor” where we will discuss some of these questions. If you want to contribute but prefer to remain anonymous, send your question via my “Contact” page and I will respect your privacy.