Monday March 27, 2017

Empowering a culture of change in the dance industry

Saying ‘no’ to negativity

Dancehub Magazine recently engaged with several industry professionals across the globe on topics surrounding the dance industry. A recurring hot topic among the dance community, including highly respected dance professionals, was the negativity that filters through various social media groups, verbal attacks of eisteddfod co-ordinators, adjudicators and dance teachers who represent ‘good values’ within the dance community.

The term ‘toxic’ was said a few times. It is a strong word, yet in the context of the conversations heard, was an accurate adjective. As you know, Dancehub Magazine are an independent dance media company who pledge no specific allegiance to any business, genre, governing body or school. Our motto is to ‘connect the dance community’. We want to bring about positive changes and outcomes that benefit the dance industry as a whole, yet the very fabric of dance is being torn apart by some people who consider themselves “Facebook Famous”. I encourage these people to use their social media platform to help, not hinder the dance community.

I feel that the time has come to stamp out the negativity and say, “That’s not acceptable behavior”.

Every sentence and paragraph you type is captured and aired in your name. Consider the digital footprint you are leaving behind. Consider the legacy you leave online. It’s your name, your son or daughters name and your character that is laid bare for all to ‘pull apart’ online. Employers and casting agents often research candidates social media accounts and groups they partake in as part of the selection process. I beg you – ask yourself these questions before you press enter on your keyboard.

Are you really adding value to the dance industry with your post, comment, tweet or image upload?

Did you really stop and consider the feelings of the person you are about to challenge online?

What if their mental state of mind is fragile and your comment is the tipping point for another tragedy? Walk in their shoes first. A great man once said, …

I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.”
Mahatma Gandhi

It made me think about how Dancehub Magazine, along with key industry experts could create a culture of change. A change that could be adopted by the wider dance community. A culture where support, encouragement and positivity empowers growth. Once voice saying the same thing, repeated over and over again by tens of thousands of positive like-minded people within the dance community can bring about change.

The question is … “Are you ready for change?”

In 2015 Dancehub Magazine will engage with industry professionals, dance teachers, choreographers, adjudicators and even parent groups in a bid to discuss and facilitate changes that will benefit the dance community. Feel free to email us if you want to be involved.

Please note that this post is not pointed towards a person, group or business, nor is it a reaction to a previous post or article. This is a topic that I have wanted to cover for several weeks and I hope you will join Dancehub Magazine on our journey for change.

Written by Phil

Dancehub Magazine Co-Director

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