Santa Barbara Dance Theater; Photo by Brandon Whited
Santa Barbara Dance Theater; Photo by Brandon Whited

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What We Do

How we support dancers and the people who love them AND how YOU can become involved!


Our Mission:

The Dance Enthusiast is a vibrant, engaging digital news site  and arts service organization. Our mission is threefold: to serve the dance community by sharing its stories and news; to offer audiences unique access to the compelling dance companies and moving artists of New York City and the world; and, to invite audiences, artists, and writers into a conversation about dance. Our new media work, as well as our offline initiatives illuminate, educate and inspire audiences to understand the deep value inherent in dance.

The Dance Enthusiast's founding editor-in-chief, Christine Jowers, with her ever growing team of dance journalists, is devoted to creating and nurturing dance enthusiasts - people passionate about dance, its artists, and the world we share.

We connect our audiences to people who make dance happen by:

1.Covering the news of the dance world.
2.Creating original content.
3.Interviewing, Photographing,video-ing, writing about and constantly looking for new ways to keep dance alive beyond the performance.
4.Supporting dance companies and dance artists  to share their stories on our site.
5.Encouraging audiences to advocate for the dance field by sharing their opinions about what they see.

6. Enthusiastic Events! Offline engagements that combine performance with formal and informal conversation, bringing the pages of The Dance Enthusast to life.


We educate  audiences, future dance communicators, and dance advocates.

We celebrate,question, and discuss issues in the dance field.

We encourage involvement.

The Dance Enthusiast Features:


A. IMPRESSIONS are thoughts on what we see. (click here to be connected to our The Dance Enthusiast's Impressions)

An IMPRESSION is The Dance Enthusiast’s brand of review.

We call them IMPRESSIONS because we want to be absolutely clear that what you will be reading is simply one persons educated IMPRESSION of work, not the final word of judgment on an artist.

We value and encourage clear writing and the expression of a variety of opinions. We urge our audience to comment on our IMPRESSIONS whether they agree or disagree with us. We urge our audience to share their own REVIEWS of work in our AUDIENCE REVIEW section.

Lively dance conversation, clear expression of opinions, often and by many --this is what we are aiming for.

B. POSTCARDS are what dancers share with us from the field. (click here to be connected to The Dance Enthusiast's Postcards)

Remember when you, or perhaps an older relative, sent postcards via snail mail? The Dance Enthusiasts POSTCARDS section aims to revisit this idea online. With a postcard the dance community can share what you are up to with our audience!

We invite dancers and dance enthusiasts to share with us their travels from home as well as their unique personal experiences right here in our backyard. In POSTCARDS you can tell us about a tour, or about your work preparation for a concert, you can share a photo shoot, or discuss a particular performance event, or adventure that inspires you, or …. well, anything at all.

We are interested sharing your unique stories with our audience, If you are interested in submitting a POSTCARD to The Dance Enthusiast please contact us. We want our audiences to learn about you.

C. BAREFOOTNOTES... opinions, notes and observations by Founding Editor, Christine Jowers and Guests(click here to be connected to The Dance Enthusiast's Barefootnotes)

D. THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST ASKS ... (click here to be connected to The Dance Enthusiast Asks)

Q+A with The Dance Enthusiast.

E. A DAY IN THE LIFE ...(click here to be connected to our Day in the Life section)

Behind the scenes stories of dance artists features and previews with video and/ or photography. Don't miss our Dance Up Close Video series that takes you into the rehearsal process with famous companies.

F. AUDIENCE REVIEWS...(click here to be connected to our Audience Review section )

The Dance Enthusiast is committed to communication about our art form. We encourage dance audiences to use their words in support of our ephemeral art and have created several ways for audience members to share their opinions easily on the world wide web. We periodically run contests and sweepstakes to encourage audiences to participate. Look for more audience reviews as we expand this important section of our dance news site.

G.NYC Dance Listings (click here to find out what is going on in our dance world.)

The Dance Enthusiast wants to help our audience navigate the performance world of our home-base NYC and other dancing cities. Here you will find listings of dance performance and other special events; information on classes and special workshops; opportunities for auditions, internships and other job searches; and information about galas, benefits, and seasons.