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be the OG…don’t steal from the OG

So rumor on the street is that everything’s already been done before…well that really blows, now doesn’t it? What’s a DYVA to do when the glitter she’s all ready to throw has supposedly already landed…years ago…maybe even centuries ago?

(S)HE MUST FIND A WAY TO REINVENT THE WHEEL, duh. You’re right, it’s not broken, but it’s now his/her responsibility to make this (new, cooler, hotter) version of the (dance-)wheel unique and distinctly NOT the original…unless it’s an updated edition/restaging/ummmm…you get the point.

The line between plagiarism and originality (given the circumstance, of course) can be tricky, but it definitely doesn’t have to fall within that gray area of questionable intentions if you’ve not only done your research, but are also smart about your actions moving forward.

Steal my glitter...I will behead you. Just kidding...sort of...

Steal my glitter…I will behead you. Just kidding…sort of…

Inspiration for a new project often comes from a variety of sources and people, it’s then your job as an artist to take said inspiration and use it as a springboard from which new ideas are developed; as in…move far far away from the original version by layering many your own ideas over it. The goal here is to make sure that even the most seasoned and educated eye will have to take (at least) a second glance to realize the similarities.

Make sure to cross check that any glaring light of familiarity to the OG choreographer/writer/designer is neatly suffocated underneath your layers upon layers of Dyva-glitter. Rest assured that somebody will notice, if not the artist themself…and let’s get serious, nobody wants to be known as a cheater-wiener.  Again, take this advice if and only if you’re claiming to be original, if your intent is to pay homage to a choreographer/writer, make it known.

Loud and proud, baby.

As we approach a new semester, lots of new projects will be conceived and it’s so easy to borrow ideas (sometimes unintentionally) from the people you work with on a daily basis. Just make sure to take a step back every so often throughout process to ensure that what you’re “creating” is actually YOUR creation. There’s nothing worse than finishing a project that you’re so proud of and then having almost everyone refer to it as somebody else’s work.

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dance scholarship, wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care!!!

One week from yesterday, the entire University will shut down for our annual “Scholars Day”, a campus-wide conference where the dance department rules, and all of the other departments drool. It’s always a pleasant surprise for the University to realize how strong the presence of dance scholarship actually is on campus (forced or not…); as I pretend to prepare for my presentation however (I literally JUST checked books out from the library…yesterday…), I’m reminded of how seemingly limited dance scholarship can be, specifically as it relates to recent developments in technology (…like blogging…). The same names dominate the books we read in class, and as I research the democratization of dance criticism, I feel somewhat alone.

What does this say about our field of study?

I found myself pulling more books from the shelves unrelated to dance than the shelves that were. I certainly can’t be the first person interested in the expansion of dance criticism as developments in technology continue to take over the world, can I? I know that relevant dance scholars exist out there somewhere, but I can’t help but wonder why more Susan Fosters, Susan Mannings, and maybe even Kealinohomokus aren’t heard from? What about my fellow dance bloggers???

Additionally, when it comes to my specific topic of research, why do I continue to struggle to find books that discuss (my proposed continuum of) high versus low art? I mean, I know I’m cool, but I’m NOT cool enough to be the pioneer of loving So You Think You Can Dance AND Gallim Dance, all in the same breath! Or am I?…

My interest in pop culture adapts as pop culture evolves, but shouldn’t dance history reflect all of this fun, as it existed yesterday, today, or even tomorrow? One day, today (Thursday, April 5) will actually be our dance history, so why aren’t we aggressively working to report on it now? Do I need to start dance-PEOPLE magazine??—isn’t that actually what this blog already is?

I’ve realized that in essence, my blog is a living record of today’s dance history, but what happens if the standards and codes of validation completely discredit my source 30 years down the road? What’s going to happen to the future of dance criticism, as more and more online sites become the voices of dance criticism? Where will authenticity, validity and legitimacy come to rest when anyone and their mother could essentially publish public records of dance scholarship?

These are the questions that keep me up at night…thoughts?

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