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Question of the Month


  • Alexandra B. - Getting multiple opinions during my work-in-progress showing, made me add extra dimensions to my dance.
  • Lily G. - I do not care if someone likes my dance or not. However, I am open to feedback about successfully communicating my ideas.
  • Jodie K. - Sure. I would like to know if the message of my work gets through.
  • Phoebe S. - Choreographers, especially beginner ones, need feedback in the form of constructive criticism from both dancers and other choreographers to develop their work.
  • Hanna S. - Yes, it is helpful to hear different perspectives, but I might not consider all of them.
  • Vlad A. - Feedback is needed, especially after clarifying what feedback is. Reaction, impact, response, opinion, analysis, interpretation, or advice?
  • Sofia B. - Sure thing. A good feedback can nurture choreographer's approach and help him keep all ideas on track.
  • Helen H. - This is a matter of ego, I think. Choreographers don't NEED feedback, however choreographers who are open to feedback/critical response may develop work that has clearer intention and composition.
  • Annabelle L. - Yes, especially when the feedback is nicely said and it is intended to help the choreographer improve the work.
  • Cynthia W. - I think feedback is valuable to a choreographer IF that person is clear enough in their vision to take the feedback of leave it. It's not useful if it pulls the artist off their original inspiration.
  • Nejla Y. - Sometimes is very useful and other times it is not. Directors have a chance to get a birds view of the piece, refine and clarify and make adjustments until the premiere. Choreographers don't have that and movement doesn't exist on its own.
  • Desi J. - Feedback is something all people and creators count on for different reasons. Once the art creations are shared with public, artists want to know if their artistic work has fulfilled their goal.
  • Septime W. - Most choreographers need honest editors who can look objectively and give feedback about the work. The act of building a dance is intrinsically “trees” and can get in the way of a choreographer focusing on the “forest”.
  • Liz L. - Feedback for me is often just a dialogue and I love that!
  • Diana M. - Yes, a good feedback can make the piece better.
  • Richard S. - Yes, sure. And the best way to learn how to give feedback is using "Critical Response Process" by Liz Lerman. Get the book! I highly recommend it :-)
  • Naima P. - Feedback is essential for choreographers who need various kinds of feedback. It is always urgent to have other sets of eyes and different mind sets to view your work.
  • Elizabeth S. - I tend to ask for feedback from my dancers, with final decisions and editing coming mostly from my own aesthetic interests. I am always happy, however, to consider thoughts from colleagues.
  • Nancy F. - No, I personally don't think choreographers need feedback; however, depending on WHO gives the feedback it can be an interesting and provocative response or reaction.
  • Elizabeth N. - Feedback helps choreographers to know if their intended message is clear. It also challenges them to be innovative and explore questions about their work that they may not have otherwise considered.
  • Angela G. - Yes, because choreographers are too close to their own work and can not always have the most objective eye.