Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Streaming the National Summit on Arts Journalism

I don't think I'll sign up to be a satellite site for the National Summit on Arts Journalism, but I'll still be streaming at the SDC office if anyone is interested in "attending"--sitting around my computer and watching the talks. It should be interesting to see what they say at this point as everything shifts from print to "new media."

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Summit on Arts Journalism--sattellite?

Would anyone be interested in coming to a satellite of the National Summit on Arts Journalism? I think we could fit a few people around a computer at the SDC office. It's Oct. 2 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. (isn't that the Eastern timezone version of 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pacific?) If there's a LOT of interest and someone has a better technological set up where we could project a larger version of the video, we could try that as well. But I know we could do the small screen version at SDC. Just let me know if you're interested?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Formal consensus

Here is a Guide to Formal Consensus. We use this structure/method for our meetings at Several Dancers Core and I am proposing we use it for future DanceATL meetings as well, so that we have a structure and roles that we all understand and can use our time in meaningful discussion (crossing fingers!) There's a lot of detail but most of it is pretty straightforward, the notetaker takes notes etc. Comments please on what you think about adopting this structure for future meetings.(from those of you who've used it or if you're a veteran of other processes.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Preview for "Come Fly with Me"

Preview for the new Twyla Tharp show at the Alliance "Come Fly with Me" by Cynthia Bond Perry at artscriticatl.com

Critics' Picks for fall

So I'm catching up with some critics picks for the fall dance line-up:

The local fall picks from Cynthia Bond Perry ArtsCriticATL include the bigger, more classical companies like the Atlanta Ballet, Alliance Theater and Georgia Ballet, and the smaller like Dance Canvas and gloATL and the dance truck at Le Flash in Castleberry Hill (home sweet formerly-industrial-warehouse-turned-gallery-district!) I put "Come Fly with Me" in the ballet category even though it's Twyla Tharp. How do you categorize her work? Obviously it's a premiere so I haven't seen it, but a lot of what she did more recently for the American Dance Festival has been very balletic, and she does most of her work with classical companies and classically trained dancers, so we'll see how it turns out stylistically when she revisits Sinatra.
Some of the same from the AJC including Parsons Dance Company dancing to rock opera at the Ferst Center. I do have tickets to this one (hey, taking advantage of that student discount as long as my hubby's at Tech!) Parsons is always athletic, great dancers goes without saying, but their last show at the Ferst stayed very monotone--all upbeat and frisky, not much texture or emotional range. It should be fun nonetheless!

Monday, September 14, 2009

and the winner is...

So the totally unscientific polling here on the blog seems to indicate that peoples' preference about naming the service organization goes to "DanceATL." So until we have a wider survey, that's going to stick as far as this blog is concerned anyway. Thanks to everyone who voted! yay, dance!!(If you don't like the outcome, please comment your thoughts on what it should be, in your opinion. It's not set in stone by any means yet. Thanks!)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Org name

Ok, so it's too funny that there's one day left to vote on the poll I put here on the blog to see what people think the name should be of a dance service organization in Atlanta--and the 8 votes are completely even across 4 possible choices! We're going to send a survey with that same question (and a few others) to everyone on the list soon, but we can drop out the one here that has no votes! If you want to add suggestions for a name that isn't on the poll, comment and we can put them on the survey!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Thanks to the folks who have dropped off their flyers with me at SDC! We should have all sorts of good materials for our next dance info tables, the first of which will be this Sunday at the Overture for the Arts at the Cobb Energy Center (need volunteers--it's an all day affair, anyone able to go in the morning? I have rehearsal.) And then we've been given the go ahead to put out a table during the "Come Fly with Me" run at the Alliance. Should we still try to "man" the table before shows? I think it does help to have someone there to answer questions, especially once we're going to have a great deal of information out for people to see.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dance info table at Decatur Book Festival

The first dance info table went up today at the Decatur Book Festival! Thanks to everyone who sent info to put out. Keep it coming for the fall, we've got more festivals and shows to get to. Let us know if there's a particularly good place you can think of to have a table present, too.
I set up in front of Several Dancers Core, which was hosting The Escape teen stage inside, so we were right in the thick of things there on the Square. Keif took some photos of the set up. (I'll see if she can get me and I'll post them.) I went ahead and used the SDC display board because that's where we were and I wanted to let people who were coming for the festival know what goes on in the space they were entering/passing. But the info on the table represented at least 6 or7 other artists/groups. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen and let's keep it going!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dance Table cont'd

So here's what I have so far for volunteers at the DanceATL (name? see poll on the left) table at the Alliance for "Come Fly with Me," the Twyla Tharp premiere.
Wed., Sept. 16: Carolyn/Good Moves
Thurs., Sept. 17: Nicole/D'air Project
Wed., Sept. 23:
Tues, Sept. 29: Elizabeth/SDC
Wed., Sept. 30: MJ, can you do this?
Tues, Oct. 6: Elizabeth/SDC
Wed., Oct. 7:
Two slots left! It's a really hard time for me because it's baby's bedtime. I plan to be at the Decatur Book Festival with a table outside SDC during the day this weekend (please send/drop off things by this weekend, if you'd like to be on that table. If that's too soon, the deadline for these other dates is Sept. 11.)
You can mail materials to: Claire Horn, Several Dancers Core, P.O. Box 2045, Decatur, GA 30031 or
Alyson Brock, Atlanta Ballet, 1400 West Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.
 Thanks guys!! Yay dance!