At Future Steps, World Music and Wild Dancing Collide 

I absolutely LOVE this idea.  🙂

“The whole intention of Future Steps was to give dancers an event to call their own, all while exposing them to incredible underground dance music from all over the world. Everything from Bass House, Future Beats, Afrobeat, Baile Funk, G House and Latin Trap, to UK Garage, Future Funk, Jersey Club/Footwork, Soca, Bhangra, Grime, Nu Disco and Juke. Once you experience it in person, it makes perfect sense. With the help of some amazing dancers, each party has gotten bigger and better, incorporating live percussion and visuals.”

Read full story at:  At Future Steps, World Music and Wild Dancing Collide | Miami New Times

The Body Cannot Hide: How Dance Has Been a Vital Response to AIDS

So when AIDS visibly attacked the body and blindly targeted gay men, it also visibly attacked and blindly targeted dance.

But dance, precisely because it can’t escape its corporeal core, was uniquely equipped to respond. True, it doesn’t have the reach of a play, a book, or a film—dance’s impact is deeper than it is wide, both more symbolic and more literal.

Read this beautiful article at:  The Body Cannot Hide: How Dance Has Been a Vital Response to AIDS | Out Magazine

AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum

We all know how the arts help each of us deal with our problems. Anything from mild depression, to boredom, to inspiration seeking, etc. But compared to those featured in this story our issues seem very much “first world problems” and yet – the arts STILL offer relief.

Never underestimate the power of music, art, dance, literature – whatever creative outlet reaches someone – to change their life and give them that one thing they need to carry on, if only for one more day.

Isabela Maia, 10, says she gets nervous when her mother makes her and her 2-year-old sister come inside during a shooting. Her outlet is learning to play the violin.

“Music calms me down,” said Maia, who practices each afternoon after doing her homework.

Read this moving story here:  AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum – Washington Times