Earlier today, I posted my newest article for Examiner.com, a review for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance’s Spring Soiree. At the show, I ran into a well known NYC teacher. He thought it was wonderful that I was doing so much writing these days and asked if I am still dancing. Of course I am! He found it curious that I was able to continue my performing career while writing. This got me to thinking about several things. First of all, most of the freelance writing I do is non-dance related, so I guess I never really considered how my writing would affect my performing career. Then I found myself getting rather self-righteous. I’m sorry, but as a dancer am I not allowed to have an opinion? And am I not allowed to voice my opinion? Would this really make me a less appealing hire as a dancer?
Luckily for CLD and myself, I loved the performance and found it easy to write flattering things about Lavagnino’s company and choreography. Yet, I like to think I have the freedom to write honestly; express how I truly feel about topics. Do I need to censor myself to continue working in my profession? I’m just thinking out loud here.