Art Intercepts is more than a dance blog. It is a platform that creates opportunities to engage Chicago’s dance community and its audiences in discussion and research to better the field.
How this began…
As a graduate student in Kinesiology, I (that’s me – Lauren) found a large gap between the dance community and the scientific community.
Dancers and researchers aren’t talking to one another.
Scientists don’t always understand the needs of the people they study, or write and publish in accessible ways.
My initial goal in starting this site was to fill that gap by bringing research to the dance community in plain language. In 2009, I created a series of fact sheets based on a review of the literature about common dance injuries. I started writing about technique, teaching, and dancer health for Dance Advantage and 4dancers.
In 2012 I wrote my first review, and it changed the trajectory of this site. While I continue to be passionate about teaching, academe, and bringing research forward to the people who can actually benefit from it, the specific goal of Art Intercepts has become about critical discourse on dance and performance, mostly in Chicago (because that’s where I live).
How to navigate this site:
- The landing page of this site is a blog of current reviews, previews, and featured interviews in chronological order.
- You can search by category or key word by using the tools in the right sidebar.
- Accessing the original injury fact sheets is totally easy. Just click the “Learn” tab at the top of the site and fall into a rabbit hole of great content.
- The “Contact” tab has all sorts of ways to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns about this site.
- If in doubt about sharing or appropriating any content on this site (including blog posts, images, and fact pages), see this policy page, or contact me.