Join me for a #chidance tweet chat!

twitter-logoI’ve had the pleasure of hosting a workshop on press and PR for small dance companies at Outerspace Studios on Saturday mornings for the last couple of weeks. Several colleagues have said they wanted to come, but work five jobs and can’t make it on Saturday mornings.

Then one Saturday there was a big snow storm (shocking for Chicago in January, I know), and in lieu of a face-to-face meeting held the first ever #chidancechat on Twitter! We tweeted about best practices for social media marketing, and for some of our participants is was their very first Twitter chat.

I think that Twitter chats might be the way of the future. Others who chimed in were commuting to or from Saturday morning jobs (on trains, of course), or caught up with the feed after the fact. The point is, I want to try it again.

I’ll be attending the Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium in Ohio next weekend presenting some recent research, and from beautiful Bowling Green will be hosting another #chidancechat on Friday evening from 9-10pm CST. We’re going with Friday night because I’m presenting during the Saturday morning slot, and because maybe all the dancers teaching 3-year-olds on Saturday mornings would like to join me!

As a topic, we’re going to try: Previews, reviews, and butts in seats

The moderator will pose questions for you to answer, all related to press for dance and how it translates to ticket sales.

All you have to do is open Twitter, search for #chidancechat, and follow the stream.

P.S. Just because you’re not in or from Chicago doesn’t mean you shouldn’t join us! The perspective will be somewhat Chicago-centric, but maybe that’s why we need people from Boston, SF, NY, etc. to join!

See you then?!?

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance critic, contributing to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is senior editor of See Chicago Dance. Lauren covers dance across the Midwest and writes regularly for Dance Magazine and Pointe with additional bylines in Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Teacher. Forthcoming publications include essays on ballet training in Chicago (University of Illinois Press) and Shirley Mordine (University of Akron Press). In 2020, Lauren published an opinion piece on the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in the South African journal Agenda. Lauren holds degrees in dance and kinesiology and has presented research on dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Lauren teaches dance history and kinesiology for dancers, with part-time appointments at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University.