Magazine article Dance Spirit

Social STUDIES

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Social STUDIES

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How much time would you say you've spent scrolling your feeds today? It's pretty much impossible for anyone to resist the allure of social media-but it's especially appealing to us dancers. Platforms like Instagram are tailor-made for gorgeous visuals, and dance is a gorgeously visual art. And developing a social media presence can be a way for young students to get the kind of recognition-and, sometimes, professional opportunities-that hopefuls of previous generations could only daydream about.

But anyone who's ever gone down a dark Insta rabbit hole (and, tbh, who hasn't?) knows that navigating the world of social media can be incredibly challenging. Dance students face pretty enormous pressures in their real-world lives; add in the pressures of living up to the seemingly impossible standards set by Instagram and YouTube stars, and you could end up with a recipe for burnout-or worse. …

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