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The first Dd Think Tank kicked off this past Saturday in the Chelsea Art District.

David Behringer from The Two Percent started us off with an animated introduction to the neighborhood and some of the galleries we would see. He selected specific galleries, ones he considered to be the best in the area, and printed off maps and press releases for us. Immediately, I liked David – he’s not a dancer, but his zeal for the visual arts is contagious and any Dd contributor or follower can relate to that type of passion.

Here are some TT highlights …

 

After our jaunt around the neighborhood, we gathered at the Drunken Horse, where both the wine and the conversation flowed!

We chatted about what we saw and how it can inform our own art. Once again, the conversation shifted towards the heated topic of dance criticism, but, eventually, we redirected it to the bigger picture … the future of Dd and the role it can have in the dance community.

As I gazed around the table, looking at my fellow dancers, my heart swelled a bit. I know it sounds cheesy, but I felt proud to be in the company of such a remarkable group of talented individuals. Each attendee had a strong clear voice and a passion for all things artistic and thought-provoking.

As Candice said over drinks, “this thing [Dd] has legs.” I agree completely. Where exactly these “legs” will take us … it’s hard to say, but it’s gonna be one heck of a journey!

Thus concludes our first TT of Dd. Stay tuned for the next one, coming up in January!

 

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.