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Full Circle

It was fun to grow up analog, to be a part of the generation that grew up analog. In the dance community we somehow figured out what was good, which dance studio would provide the best training and where the dance conventions and tap festivals were. When we got home at the end of the day, we were away from everyone. With a few exceptions, everything was local.

Adulthood combined with the ever growing internet made everything very big. I traveled to L.A. and New York City to study with as many dance artists as possible, to know them and for them to know me.

“Hey! You’ve been in my class before.”

Then came social media. Who remembers MySpace? You can now connect with anyone in your industry anywhere in the world. It’s an infinite realm of choices and possibilities.

I’m ready to go back to small. I don’t just mean geographically, although I can’t wait to be able to sit at the counter again at the tiny diner around the corner. I’m ready to continue doing my best work for the small group who shares my excitement and spirit. I’m back where I started, but so much better.

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.

One reply on “Full Circle”

I enjoyed reading these truths! I Grew up in the Dance School, with Recitals @ the end of the Year! Today, the Total interests for Dancers, is Competitions & Trophies! I am Not too Big on winning Trophies @ Competitions! We also received them @ Our Recitals, but I Believe We should Focus more on Technique! There are Great Teachers, Dancing Schools & Great Teachers! I am so Very Happy that People are Dancing! Every Day there is an Opportunity to Learn, Get Involved, & Participate! Love to All Who Make Learning How to Dance Possible & Encouraging!

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