Intellectual Dancer's Newsletter #008
Current state of mind:
I’ve had a lot on my mind since the last newsletter. My brain is continuing to morph and assess lots of different areas in dance. Lots of questions are floating around in my head, and these questions only seem to be leading to more questions!
If you follow me on FB or are a part of the Learntokiz FB group you might have seen some of these questions already that have spanned from instructors claiming students and vice versa to students' right to choose the instructors that they want to learn from without shade from other instructors.
I plan to create a lot of content around this in the Dancepreneur University, so if that conversation piques your interest, be sure to join that list.
I’m proud of myself for releasing another blog around a topic that has been on my mind since January 2021 after releasing the podcast episode about Patriarchy in Kizomba with Julz Tremblay. In the podcast, we listed 9 ways that we have witnessed where the role of the follower is undervalued.
Traditionally, gender is assigned to the dance roles, men lead and women follow, but just as the conversation of gender dynamics in our society has been growing over the past decade, this conversation is also starting to make its way in the dance scene.
It has definitely been a mindset shift for me to change my language and not ascribe gender to a role by default. Assigning gender to a dance role then brings along with it all of the gender dynamics from the outside world with patriarchy and sexism. This is a huge subject that I won’t go into in detail in this newsletter, but definitely check out the blog I posted on the topic. I’m open to hearing feedback.
Song I'm currently jamming to:
A sweet song Sweet Divinity...
Question of the week
Do you use calendar invites to stay in touch with meaningful relationships you are proactively investing in?
Thanks for reading!
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