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I like this response to Shivani´s list: http://jezebel.com/5608263/literary-critic-hates-vaginas-ghetto-volume.Funny that 9/15 of the writers listed are women... thought I do agree with him on Louise Gluck.-cj
So what you all say? "Dance is Dead" dance sometime next week???
I guess I shouldn´t say it´s not petty -- because we all are, a little bit. I should have said: It´s not about rules, it´s about attitudes.
"It keeps dance instructors from taking advantage of their students by getting them emotionally hooked and then plying them for money, sex or other personal desires."
Dance mafia??? LOL!
Dancingman, if you ask me, the one who makes your favorite teacher look worst is himself, in the quotes captured by the journalist. Everyone else is just defending their opinion the same way you are.
The journalist interviewed teachers at both of the studios you mentioned--he was at Simply Dance on several occasions--and in the article he chose to quote Glenn.
Glenn was the one who put his politics out there, who showcased his "small town" attitude--the one who´s down on the whole dance scene in Spokane because his business isn´t doing well. His negativity reflects poorly on the entire dance scene--which I think is why people from other studios are so upset and defensive about him being the focus of the article rather than someone from Simply Dance or Dance Street Ballroom or Dance Tales or anywhere else. Glenn talks about not advertising Safeway when you´re at Albertson´s--but when you ban someone from your studio because they mention taking lessons at another studio, or mention a dance on Saturday night (when your studio doesn´t have one going on), there´s something wrong there. Dance is about sharing and collaborating. Music and movement, two minds and two sets of feet working together to make a single dance--and that sensibility should extend our attitudes about the dance scene in general. In what´s shown in this article, it´s clear Glenn doesn´t think that way, and it hurts us all because people outside the dance community might get the wrong impression about us as a whole because of Glenn´s words. That´s why people are so upset. It´s not as petty as you make it out to be.
Also, don´t assume everyone who writes a comment is a guy. That´s sexist.
As someone working at Simply:
Just to note... there are a few errors -- Marianna never worked for Glenn (she took lessons from him), and the price of Saturday Night Salsa was never slashed-it´s always been $5.
Also, Nick´s last name is Kasbar, not Kasbah (it´s spelled bo...th ways in the article).
I don´t agree with some of this article and I wish DW had included some vital info on how dance studios survive -- like Dance Street Ballroom´s and Simply Dance´s wedding choreography -- or dug a little deeper -- like discovering how a bunch of those "dusty trophies" at Glenn´s studio are actually from Value Village -- or interviewed some more dancers who aren´t also teachers like Nick.
He didn´t mention the swing dancers who regularly dance at Indians Stadium or the popularity of "Dancing with the Celebrities" at the Bing this past winter. Or the clubbers Salsa-ing at Uno. Or supposed plans to start a Salsa night at Raw.
Is dance in Spokane dying? I´ve seen kids paying for Saturday Night Salsa with change. Random people wander into the studio "just to see," hungry looks on their faces as they watch the dancers. The dance scene may be a slow ebb because of the economy -- as are many in the entertainment industries -- but it´s not dead yet!
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