In the last weeks, life was a roller coaster. I neglected writing for the blog, the newsletter and promoting the new podcast episodes. Despite not promoting them, I recorded and published. As life is getting a little bit more stable again, meet the Tanzcafé episodes 2-5 with the amazing Olivia, Sina, Jaekwon and Chris Cross.
Over the weekend, I worked on the Red Bull BC One World Final 2020 as part of the editorial team. Here is a list of the stuff we wrote about the event and the winners. (some stories are not linked as they are not yet published)
- Event Recap and Winner Announcement (written by me)
- The judge’s Verdict on Red Bull BC One 2020 (written by Manny)
- Interview with Kastet, the first dancer ever to win twice in a row (written by Tracy)
- One Year in the Life of double Red Bull BC One champion Kastet (by Manny)
- Interview with Shigekix, the youngest Red Bull BC One World Champion (written by Manny)
- How to win the judges of the Red Bull BC One World Final 2020 (written by Manny)
My favorite quotes from the weekend
My secret is I am not afraid to lose. I am just in the moment and want to represent myself in the best way, the true way.Kastet
As long as we love dancing and music, we are happy, you know. […] We can do in 2021 for sure. So just stay strong and see you in 2021.Shigekix
Watch the Replay of the Red Bull BC One 2020
Last year, I wrote a little bit about the 2019 Red Bull BC One World Final in India if you want to check on that.
In episode #2 of Dance Espresso, I talk about the necessity to make it easy for fans to support our work online. People are eager to support, but they are used to easy means to an end.
How to make it easy for people to support you online?
- Have your art and services available online to purchase?
- If you teach, have some of your classes online. It’s Covid-safe and you can reach people that live abroad who would not be able to join regular classes.
- If you want to accept donations, have Paypal, Ko-Fi, Patreon or something similar (if you prefer, let it be onlyfans.com) set up to receive them.
How to support artists and culture in times of a Lockdown?
I launched a new Instagram series called Dance Espresso. It is an ultra-short video format where I present ideas, concepts or methods that should inspire growth in your personal dance, dance business or another artistic journey.
I try to keep every episode as short as possible as it forces me to get straight to the point and practise my skills in communicating clearly. The idea is to give it the vibe of a short chat while grabbing an Espresso at the cafe of your choice.
For now, check out episode 1 below:
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Read the caption for more details! Many countries are either sliding directly into Covid-19 lockdown #2 or are already locked down. This hits artists and people working in culture extra hard. While there are some government support and public funding, most people are on their own. Here are 3 possibilities to support your fellow artists during the lockdown, when shows are canceled and culture venues closed. I wrote a longer post about the topic on my blog, which you can find via my bio link. As one integral part of helping artists make it through the lockdown is sharing their work to have more eyeballs on it and potentially show it to new fans >> tag your artist friends in the comments and add a hashtag for their main discipline. I will do this as well, but can only tag 20 people. If I miss someone, please add them to your comment. Peace #sharingiscaring #danceespresso #artistssupportartists
Finally “Dance Smart: Dance Concepts for all Hip-Hop Styles” is available. From Dec 23 to Dec 29, you can grab it at a discounted introductory price of 1 Euro for the ebook and 10 Euro for the paperback. Exact prices will vary due to your local VAT rate.
Here are some first reaction from early readers:
A very well written ragbag of how to improve your dancing! For me a dancer’s must-read!Stuggi
Very useful tool-kit for everybody who wants to level up their dance!Vanny
I also received very valuable feedback on how to improve my writing and presentation of the concepts, that will, for sure, find its way into an updated version later down the road.
Thanks everyone for the support.
Today I sent in the last papers for my application to the austrian artists social insurance fund. It pays a part of your social insurance if your work is considered art.
Before 2016 the rules were pretty strict and it was very hard to get accepted. In the beginning of 2016 the rules have been renewed so that you can also apply with work that is teaching art and promoting art.
Therefore I highly encourage you to check if you are within in the rules that qualify you to receive funding from there. The KSVF supports freelance artists that live and work in Austria.
More Info on the Homepage of the KSVF (in german language).