As 2018 draws to a close, I’ve decided to try something new (and potentially too labor-intensive to produce with any regularity, but I’m getting ahead of myself): a newsletter!
For a long time I’ve wanted to explore writing outside the parameters of any publication, just to see what comes up (or doesn’t) creatively, without the pressures of a word count or deadline or other (often helpful) rules. I sort of already do this on Twitter — and plan to continue — but as much as I’d like to believe otherwise, tweeting is not really writing. I’ve also been feeling some pretty acute social media fatigue, and writing letters (even emails) strikes me as a relatively inviting, manageable form of communication right now, though I’m fully prepared to be wrong about this.
I’m approaching Danceletter as something like messing around in the studio, a place for working out ideas and airing unfinished thoughts, shared with anyone who wants to follow along. While it could go in any direction, I’m envisioning a mix of stray musings on dance in New York (and wherever the year takes me) and links to things I’m reading, writing, and watching. (One thing Danceletter isn’t is a listing of upcoming shows, though I might recommend events I’m looking forward to.)
If you’d like to receive future dispatches (roughly twice a month), please subscribe! And if you enjoy them, please tell a friend. Subscribing is the best way to receive letters as they’re published (and to support my work as a freelance writer). But if you’re trying to declutter your inbox, I totally get it; all letters will also be posted here.
Before I sign off, a special shoutout to my dear friend and one of my favorite artists, Pia Howell, for the rad logo design. Check out more of her work on Instagram.
Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!