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My previous post sparked some rather interesting conversation in my life. Based on my thoughts for the Young Choreographers’ Showcase, I’ve heard two things mainly: “you were too kind” and “you were a little harsh.” This prompted me to go back and reread what I wrote . . .

I have to disagree with both comments entirely. First of all, I’m NOT a dance critic! Say this to yourself 10 times people. Yes, I do review dance on occasion, but in case y’all haven’t noticed the majority of my writing focuses on profiles, features, events, and, most often, non-dance stuff. I don’t write solely for this site or Dance Informa. Secondly, if you reread the piece, the only ‘negative’ thing I say is about the costumes. Other than that, I say nothing about disliking anyone’s work. I merely offer suggestions as to how the choreographer can perhaps expand or improve on their ideas. And I’m one person . . . they can take it or leave it.

But, this does bring up an interesting point. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when my words can have such a strong impact. But why are dancers so sensitive to hearing anything but pure praise? I don’t love it when I get an article back from an editor asking for a rewrite (yes, this does happen), but it is these instances in which I truly grow as a writer . . . an artist.

Hmmm, something to think about.

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.