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Just me and a bottle of red . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not the name of a country song, but rather how I spent my Thursday evening – me, my wine, my notepad, and the TV tuned to Fox for the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance. Recently, I took a freelance writing job as a ‘news writer’ for the pop culture site Wetpaint. It struck me the other day, as I was watching a live stream of past contestants Alex Wong and Kent Boyd, how different this world of dance is from what I know of dance ( cough . . . kind of cheesy . . . cough), yet how much I am LOVING this job. It’s stressful and exciting all at once because I have to post content everyday. This is the first gig I’ve had with such a rapid turnover rate. Normally, I agonize over the editing process for days.

Research has always been a part of the writing process for me in the past, but nothing like this. I have several Google Alerts set up to notify me of recent news about the show. I also joined Twitter to follow all and anything related to the show. I fell like a ‘professional stalker’ as I wake up in the morning to see what tweets pop up from SYTYCD judges, alumni, and choreographers. I scour the internet in search of ‘newsworthy’ content. All of this to produce a quick blurb about Cat Deeley’s self made fashion, Mary Murphy’s return for season 8, or what former contestants are up to. The ‘research’ is the most time-consuming part.

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.