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Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

I am about to begin my final year at Middlesex university studying Dance Performance. As well as blogging for Cloud Dance Festival, my writing consists of reviewing London shows for TheatreFix, and writing features for A Younger Theatre. I have recently finished interning at English National Ballet in the Marketing department, where I am learnt unquantifiably. I have previously interned for Society of London Theatre, East London Dance, Southend Theatres Ltd and the ISTD dance examination board. In place of sleeping (!) I am also a National Youth Dance Ambassador for Youth Dance England, focusing on young people's access to dance. I very much look forward to contributing to CDF; watch this space!

Including Inclusivity



The term ‘inclusivity’ has resonated far and wide in recent years, with dance companies deeming themselves inclusive by providing inclusive or ‘integrated’ practice in their work, with particular examples regarding gender or the integration of able-bodied and disabled-bodied dancers. The increase of inclusivity is indeed commendable, but arguably the use of the term highlights how long our arts practices have previously excluded this. Are able bodies and disabled bodies not all performers? If I am...
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The relevance of repertoire in the twenty-first century



With the world of dance evolving at such an overwhelming pace, it is comprehensible that some may argue that a dance company’s repertory is no longer relevant to the sector. Focusing on two of the most predominant strands – ballet and modern dance – we see such an influx of new choreographers and new work that older works may get forgotten. Alternatively, with such innovative ideas and collaborations emerging, artistic directors may feel it necessary...
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Musings: Is Zumba devaluing the dance aesthetic?



Many dance crazes throughout the years have come and gone yet with a programme boasting over 12 million participants, Zumba looks as though it is set to stay. With classes taking place in over 110,000 locations in 125 countries it is clear that Zumba has taken the fitness, and possibly even dance world by storm.   Where does this leave dance? As a fitness regime, Zumba is renowned for its catchy beats and vigorous workouts...
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The value of an audience...



It is arguable that one of the main aims of a dance company as a whole is to ensure “bums on seats” at every opportunity, no matter what. However, many larger companies schedule “child-friendly” performances within their runs: are they turning away business by pandering to the majority of their audiences? To me, a child is an audience member in the entirety of the title. Why do companies employ such measures? It many appear elitist...
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Power Struggles – Something to think about...



First and foremost, no two arts organisations are the same. And why should they be? The length, breadth and depth of the arts, and more specifically, the dance world, is almost incomprehensible in the twenty-first-century, with new avenues to explore cropping up left, right and centre, filled with the new, the funny, the plain and the downright strange. Nevertheless, without two organisations advocating identical principles or sharing the same ethos, it is extremely difficult to...
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Opportunity Knocks



So here I am, about to step into the big, bad world of dance blogging. Perhaps a little over-dramatic, but I am a dancer after all, and who doesn’t love a bit of drama? The dance world generally is continuing to expand its arenas and mind, and is a never-ending cycle of new work and new ventures. Having only written reviews and dance features to date, to say blogging is unknown territory is a huge understatement....
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