Right now, in dance, collaborations are in.
Choreographers, dancers, filmmakers, poets, musicians, actors, name it, they come together, throw in their ideas, until an idea goes and have sex with another idea, then ideas get into an orgy of ideas, and bam!.. Everybody gets pregnant with one amazing, groundbreaking, world-class idea that makes the world better in its own way. Collaborating, by the way, is not only a BIG thing in the dance world but also in many other business fields. And I am not promoting it solely because it is a HIT, but because it WORKS. Even just for the reasons that, 1.) It is an opportunity for everyone involved to get smarter, and 2.) For everyone involved to get the chance to drop their ego, and glean WHATEVER valuable lesson they can get from a working relationship.
I happened upon one cool website created by Daniel C. Vega, a student of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. It is called Dance Philippines (link is here www.danceph.com) , an online dance community that is a venue for Filipino dancers in the Philippines and all over the world, both amateur and professionals alike, of any genre, to promote their classes, events, shows, choreographies and ideas about dance.
This is a website where any Filipino can post anything that is dance related. It is also great for meeting dancers and dance makers, and expanding one’s network and contacts. Or getting one’s latest work shown and exposed to the dance community that is followed by dancers in different genres.
Where are the lucrative dance projects? Where are the current dance or choreography workshops in and around Manila? Or internationally? Where are the good, nurturing and competent teachers? Where are the shows, fantastic shows? What other dances are the Filipinos excelling in? Where are the dancers who create and dance with so much heart and joy and mindfulness? What can we learn from which group? What can we glean from these people? What can we learn from watching them? What are dancers in a different genre (hip-hop, belly dancing, ballroom, modern, ballet, contemporary etc.) doing to excel in their craft? How effective are the dance competitions? Where are the competitions? How can we bring more audiences to our shows? How can more people appreciate this and that type of dancing? How does dancing become a venue for self-improvement? How do dancers become better members of the society, through their dancing? How can dance create social impact, that it promotes social change, and betterment? Aaah, so many questions. So many people to meet. So many ideas.
Check out www.danceph.com . It is where you can post your class, your show, your latest choreography, your dancing, your questions, your answers, your ideas. Wherever you are based, if you are a Filipino, I am sure you know, and you are proud, about how Filipinos are naturally very passionate and hardworking, and it simply shows wherever part of the world they are in. Pinoys also have won and have been winning in many international dance competitions, because of that Pinoy ‘passion’. So check out http://www.danceph.com . Post your ‘dance’ thing. So people would come. So people would know. So you could meet other dancers. So you could see who you could work with. So you could post your questions. So you could find out answers and possibilities. So you could share. So they could share back. So, that hopefully.. amazing, ground-breaking, world-class ideas in dance that could make the Filipino community, and the world, better and more beautiful in its own way, happen.