Keep the change

When the industry changes, it’s easy to feel stressed. The purist inside needs to meet the innovator somewhere in the middle. It’s easy to shut down when there is so much noise coming into your feed. Instagram live classes! Zoom classes! Downloadable classes!

Are you doing enough? Are you doing it the right way? Should you charge? Are other people doing it better?

Those who stick their feet in the mud and don’t budge may still be around when we emerge from this unprecedented crisis. They need to ask themselves, though, why they aren’t budging. If it’s rooted in panic, I challenge them to dig in and open their minds.

It took a beat to figure out how I wanted to share my work in this new reality. The important thing is to keep moving, imperfection and all, and to do it in a way that is true to you. I’m sharing my work like this over here, and dancers that want to work like this will come over here.

It’s more productive to embrace change than to shun it and shut down. All we have is right now and all we can do is our best work.

By Denise Caston-Clark

Hi! I'm Denise Caston-Clark, a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator. I am a former Radio City Rockette and currently direct Tap Dance Detroit and the annual Motor City Tap Fest.

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