Russia’s Latest Propaganda Video: the TikTok Sea Shanty. With Fake Nurses. (Motherboard)

Motherboard: Russia’s Latest Propaganda Video: the TikTok Sea Shanty. With Fake Nurses.. “Russian-backed separatists have recorded a propaganda version of ‘The Wellerman Song’ the ‘sea shanty’ that went viral on TikTok last year. The video shows women dressed as First World War nurses doing a coordinated dance routine in front of a projection of the flag of the Luhansk People’s Republic.”

Ohio University News: Ohio University Libraries’ Mahn Center receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Ohio University News: Ohio University Libraries’ Mahn Center receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. “Ohio University Libraries is pleased to announce that Miriam Nelson, director of the Mahn Center, Preservation and Digital Initiatives, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $50,000 grant will be used for a preservation assessment to create a roadmap for the digitization of more than 2,000 audiovisual materials from the Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Collection.”

Lagging ticket sales, sets stuck on ships: The dance world is struggling to get back on its feet (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Lagging ticket sales, sets stuck on ships: The dance world is struggling to get back on its feet. “…shipping woes are only some of the troubles dance groups face as they get back on the road to perform. Arriving at this point after nearly two years without in-person audiences has been challenging enough, with revenue drying up, salaries reduced or eliminated, all under the persistent health threats unique to dance, with its reliance on bodies moving together in time and space. Training and creative processes have been profoundly strained. Now there are new hurdles. To better understand the pressures facing these artists and how they’ll affect audiences, I spoke with presenters, consultants and company leaders about what’s happening now, and what the longer-term story may be.”

‘Ohio: A State of Dance’ profiles pioneers of dance in the buckeye state (WOUB)

New-to-me, from WOUB: ‘Ohio: A State of Dance’ profiles pioneers of dance in the buckeye state. “Since 2016, OhioDance has been documenting and contextualizing the rich history and contemporary presence of dance throughout the state with their Virtual Dance Collection. The Virtual Dance Collection is an interactive, online museum of sorts – featuring profiles of the various prominent movers and shakers in the field of dance in Ohio.”

BBC: Maori tribe tells anti-vaccine protestors to stop using popular haka

BBC: Maori tribe tells anti-vaccine protestors to stop using popular haka. “A Maori tribe has told anti-vaccine protesters in New Zealand to stop the use of a famous haka ‘immediately’. The Ka Mate haka is hugely popular as it is performed by national rugby team the All Blacks before every match. The Ngati Toa tribe, which has legal guardianship of the haka, issued a strong notice after protestors performed the war dance during demonstrations last week.”

University of Texas at Austin: Choreographer Deborah Hay’s Archive Goes to the Harry Ransom Center

University of Texas at Austin: Choreographer Deborah Hay’s Archive Goes to the Harry Ransom Center. “Award-winning choreographer Deborah Hay has established her archive at the Harry Ransom Center, a major destination for the study of dance and performance at The University of Texas at Austin. A founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, Hay is recognized as a pivotal figure in the development of post-modern dance.”

Arizona State University: Cross-Cultural Dance Resources Collections announces online access to rare archival media

Arizona State University: Cross-Cultural Dance Resources Collections announces online access to rare archival media. “The CCDR Collections, in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, collects, preserves and provides access to an aggregation of research materials to support the interdisciplinary study of dance as a human universal practiced in many different ways around the globe and to enrich understanding of dance in all its societal functions and cultural contexts.”

Mixmag: An Online Archive Is Documenting 30 Years Of Dance Music History

Mixmag: An Online Archive Is Documenting 30 Years Of Dance Music History. “The Dance Music Archive is an online database that documents 30 years of dance music and rave culture. Just launched, the website allows visitors to explore each decade of dance music history from the 1980s onwards, through DJ mixes, radio shows, blogs, artwork and more. The team has ripped CDs, gathered physical documents and curated Spotify playlists to create an exciting audio-visual timeline.”

NBC News: ‘Give credit where it’s due’: TikToker speaks out about Black creator strike

NBC News: ‘Give credit where it’s due’: TikToker speaks out about Black creator strike. “The strike is part of an ongoing issue on the platform in which white and non-Black creators use choreography created by Black content creators without crediting the person who came up with the dance moves. Dances have the ability to rocket both songs and creators to viral status. Ultra-famous TikTokers like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae are often cited as two examples of white stars making it big off of Black creators’ choreography.”

AFP: Cuban hip hop group shoots to world fame via social media

AFP: Cuban hip hop group shoots to world fame via social media. “With no other platform on which to ply their trade, 16-member Cuban dance troupe Datway (a play on That Way) have taken to Facebook and Instagram to display their unique brand of hip hop moves, blended with more traditional, home-grown styles. It has launched them to international fame, even catching the eye of Daddy Yankee, dubbed the King of Reggaeton — a Latin American music style that borrows heavily from hip hop and rap.”

EIN Presswire: New Aussie dance music website ‘The DJ Revolution’ officially launches (PRESS RELEASE)

EIN Presswire: New Aussie dance music website ‘The DJ Revolution’ officially launches (PRESS RELEASE). “Based out of Sydney, The DJ Revolution is essentially a network of established DJs, producers and dance music enthusiasts. Focussing on the more underground side of dance & electronic music, they produce industry news pieces, festival updates and feature articles. They also provide various free resources for DJs.”

Penn State Collegian: Penn State student-made database Éclaireur seeks to help ballet dancers further their careers

Penn State Collegian: Penn State student-made database Éclaireur seeks to help ballet dancers further their careers. “Dancers on the website who are looking for programs can search using factors like dates they are available, the location and their tuition budget… Some of the other search factors include in-person or online programs, as well as housing options.” I couldn’t find the actual URL for the database anywhere in the article! It’s https://www.eclaireur.info/ . The site is not finished yet and I couldn’t get some of the searches to work. But there’s already plenty here to browse.

Masked moves and ballet in the bath: a year of digital dance (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Masked moves and ballet in the bath: a year of digital dance. “At the beginning of the pandemic, the dance that appeared online was all about trying to connect. That’s what was moving about Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Swan, or the Alvin Ailey company’s dancers performing Revelations in their New York apartments, or the companies doing their ritual daily class over Zoom and inviting us to watch or join in. It was a way of witnessing people apart but moving in harmony, absorbed in the same actions, finding a rhythm together, closing the distance.”