I have completed 20 years with Tremaine Dance Conventions as of July, 2019.
Here are 10 extremely random statements/observations:
- Videos have changed the dynamics of the industry. In the beginning recordings were prohibited. Today the vid is everything.
- Some parents give me updates on their kids when I say to the parent, “How are YOU doing?”
- I still get lost in hotels – including ones I’ve been to more than a dozen times.
- Room service is not for me given the financials. My hotel bill is always the same: zero. I travel with sustenance.
- Some of my best friends are dance educators. Where would the industry be without them?
- I’m ok adjudicating 100+ competition numbers in one sitting. As the daughter of a dance studio owner, I know a thing or two about the work involved readying performers for stage.
- Contemporary dance is in fashion. As of this writing, the “knee-drop” trend is on it’s last leg.
- Showing lots of derriere while performing is not cool. Butt cheeks belong in seats, not on display under bright stage lights.
- Flexibility does not a dancer make. Additionally, excessive tricks, splits, and flips when executed without artistry, technical foundation, or purpose – leave me yearning for… well, DANCE.
- Faculty positions on dance conventions are coveted. I understand why: we make nice money, do what we love, and receive compliments throughout our working weekends. I’m grateful for the tappy years.