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Write About Dance

Why write about dance? There are many different reasons. You might want to:

  • Describe and analyse a dance performance in a review
  • Record your own responses to a performance in your journal
  • Document a piece of choreography in words
  • Explain an artist's method during the creative process in the studio
  • Tell a story in a biography or a profile of a dancer or choreographer
  • Discuss and debate a period in history or an issue in dance training

You can probably think of even more reasons to write about dance. For now, look back at that list. Do you notice that some of these formats involve writing about people and ideas, while other formats involve writing about the dancing itself?

Writing about dancing can be challenging because it involves putting movement into words. This process of experiencing and reflecting on dance can also be very creative and rewarding.

The best way to learn how to write about dance is by doing it. The simple guidelines below will help you get started. When you're finished, you might choose to submit your writing to ArtsAlive.ca Dance.