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Here at Dd a substantial part of our mission is bringing rigorous review to dance performances. We think our critics know best how to bring context to their own art form. We believe such thoughtful analysis of our own community can broaden and engage the audience for dance and inspire its creators. In light of our devotion to this topic that is often taboo, we delight in these two videos from the MADE HERE project, tackling both sides of the critical conundrum: how to deal with reviews and getting into the mind of the critic.

WARNING: the f-bomb and other explicit words are dropped liberally in these videos (as the subject dictates).

The Review

The Critic

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Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.