NOLA Dance Reader is a curated and edited forum for thoughtful writing about dance in the New Orleans community, intended to serve as a supplement to the existing public discourse. NDR will be written by dancers, dance-makers, dance teachers, and dance lovers with an aim to heighten our community’s awareness of, analysis of, and interest in dance. Through the development and publication of vivid, well-crafted, fair-minded dance writing, the NDR forum seeks to address several needs, such as

  • providing coverage for dance events large and small, mainstream and out-of-the-box, well-funded and DIY, well-publicized and under-the-radar;
  • supplying an outlet for a multiplicity of voices to respond to dance performance, including multiple perspectives of the same performance, so that members of our community can have their views and responses represented within the public record;
  • familiarizing audiences with elements of dance technique and history and helping them place performances in contemporary context by letting them “see” dance through the eyes of artists working within the discipline;
  • offering performers and dance-makers informed, constructive, written responses to their work from “dance readers” who speak their language;
  • sharpening the analytic skills of our dance artists and spurring this community on to greater rigor and risk-taking in our artistic practices.

If you want to share your thoughts in writing via the NDR forum, please venture over to the Submit page for more information! NDR will also feature great dance photography, which is its own challenging art form, so if you are willing and legally able to share, please send us your best shot – one great photograph from class, rehearsal, or performance. Guidelines for photo submission are also available on the Submit page.

If you are part of a presenting organization and would like to offer tickets to NDR writers to support our efforts in audience and artistic development and raising the level of public discourse around dance, please contact us at noladancereader@gmail.com.

–Ann Glaviano, Editor