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 Post subject: An Introduction
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2001 6:55 pm 
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I posted a time or two in the past but it has been a long time since I have been back here. Now that I am back I thought I should say hello and introduce myself.<P>I am a choreographer/teacher/dancer who just relocated from NYC to Connecticut. I recently founded my own contemporary (or whatever label you like) dance company, Bare Bones Dance Project.<P>My background is varied. I am a dance mutt. I prefer modern and contemporary work but have danced with ballet companies and done my fair share of entertainment work.<P>I write a jazz dance article at danceart.com.<P>I look forward to the discussions here. I look forward to meeting all the personalities gathered here.<P>I will end with a question....why the title CriticalDance?<P>Regards,<BR>James<BR><P>------------------<BR>My Home Page: <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/james+robey/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.geocities.com/james+robey/<BR></A> Got Jazz!?: <A HREF="http://www.danceart.com/gotjazz/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.danceart.com/gotjazz/</A> ]<P>Manhattan Motion: <A HREF="http://www.manhattanmotion.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.manhattanmotion.com/</A> <P><BR>

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 Post subject: Re: An Introduction
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2001 10:45 pm 
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Welcome, James, and I see you've already made yourself at home by asking some interesting questions.<P>As for the name, we had a discussion about it awhile ago in this thread:<P><a href=../../../ubb/Forum1/HTML/000033.html><B>What's in a name?</B></a><p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited March 18, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: An Introduction
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2001 6:35 am 
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Welcome to the board, James, a pleasure to have you rejoin us.


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 Post subject: Re: An Introduction
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2001 8:28 am 
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Took a quick peek at your website James, you've had a very interesting dance career! I'm sure you've got a wealth of knowledge to share here at CD. Image


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 Post subject: Re: An Introduction
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2001 7:17 pm 
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Thanks for the welcome everyone. Marie, interesting is the perfect word I think. Especially related to some of the clunker jobs I have lived through!<P>I read the thread about the name 'criticaldance.' Very interesting views. I know it is way too late but I thought I might share my thoughts.<P>It is courageous to put the words critic and dance together. Dancers seem to spend much of their careers fretting at the mere mention of the word critic. <P>Critical mass is probably less often an association that comes to mind for a dancer than critic itself.<P>For the sakes of recruiting new readers I think the name may be detrimental.<P>However, the name does imply discussion of a more serious nature. This fills a definite void. <P>So I see it as a double edged sword. With the word critical having such negative connotations there may be many that never venture through these cyber doors. That is conducive to serious conversation when it comes to weeding out the less serious dancers.<P>But the negative connotation may also serve as scarecrow to many serious professionals who take a more visceral and less cerebral interest in dance. A whole point of view may be lost.<P>Besides, the threads are much more educational and light hearted than the name would indicate.<P>What difference does this make? None. Just felt like sharing. <P>Babbling on,<BR>James

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 Post subject: Re: An Introduction
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2001 7:32 pm 
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BTW, I highly recommend everyone take a peek at Marie's site: <A HREF="http://www.faux-pas.net" TARGET=_blank>www.faux-pas.net</A>. It's worth it.


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 Post subject: Re: An Introduction
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2001 7:40 pm 
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Thanks Azlan - I just checked it out. Marie your sight is highly impressive!<P>James

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 Post subject: Re: An Introduction
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2001 7:56 pm 
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For what its worth - here is one of the definitions from the New Oxford dictionary for the word "critical":<P>"expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music or art."<P>I have to admit that at first I wondered at the name - but it grew on me. <P>It could also mean that we think dance is critical - as in important.


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