Dancing in the Digital Age

Trey McIntyre of the Trey McIntyre Project has noted, “Popular culture tells us that people want greater access…Interaction captures the imagination.” Dance. The days are gone where audiences would pile into seats at a historic old (don’t get me wrong) theatre.  All the traditional things we used to think dance is no longer. Mainstream America is finally recognizing that dance is integral to health, happiness, and living a long and rich life.  Dance is everywhere.  flash mobbing.   So You Think You Can Dance.  Digicel Rising Stars, and dozens of other similar competitions throughout the hemisphere.

According to a recent report published by the National Endowment for the Arts, “How the Arts Influence Participation,” over half of all U.S. adults (53%, or 118 million) participate in the arts through electronic and digital media.[1]

Without question, the world of dance has been greatly impacted by the technology surge of the past 3 years.  Artists of all kinds are branding, producing and distributing their product faster, more efficiently, and definitely more cost effectively than ever before.  Dance companies, individual artists, video editors, filmmakers, and designers are working seamlessly together to create portals and projects, creating offerings and opportunities which just scratch the surface of the types of installations, streaming, and projects we will see in the future.

Bigup to several inspiring creators who have made a wickid presence online with their constant blogging and posting of videos, pictures, events, and goings on in the dance world from New York City, to Kingston, Jamaica, to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and beyond to Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, and Finland.  CDF will be writing an article for the newest edition of Caribbean Intransit which chats more in-depth with them about their work in technology age.

In the meantime, check their videos, footage, products (LOVE the Dance or Die tshirt by RepJA) current shows, projects, etc.

Dance in 59 Seconds
Dance Ja
Hanna Herbertson
Trey Mcintyre Project

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One Comment on “Dancing in the Digital Age”

    March 1, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    So true!!! I have to admit I love watching dance videos on-line. I travel the world this way without having to buy an airplane ticket. 🙂 I get dance lessons for free. And I get inspired in just a second. Gotta love the internet! 🙂

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