Dancing on Screens or Stages?

NBC’s “World of Dance” premiered at the end of May with an audience of 9.8 million viewers. “World of Dance” is the latest in an exciting string of dance-themed television shows that have cultivated and sustained impressive audience engagement. But what does this mean for the live performance, on-stage world of dance? Will its audience migrate from the theater to their couches? 

Here is a roundup of thoughts about the future of dance on stage and on screen.

Jodie Gates, Director and Vice Dean of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

We (at the USC GLorya Kaufman School of Dance) are very interested in creating hybrid artists and developing new art forms through dance education. We’ve reimaged how one looks at choreography and how choreography manifests in everything we do in life. We also look at choreography from a variety of different lenses, whether it be the viewer looking onto a stage or at any kind of a screen—mobile device, laptop, or cinema. In that case the products create new art forms and jobs.

Judy Morr, Executive Vice President of Segerstrom Center for the Arts 

I see the popularity of dance on TV as a good thing that’s happened. It raises the interest level and I’m happy about it. In fact, I suppose the number of young people taking dance lessons has increased because of the shows.

Daniil Simkin, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Co-Founder of Intensio

We live in very exciting times. My goal is to show that ballet can be done in a different way. I want to make some kind of spectacle. I think we can create something more than just dance. I can allow myself to say, “This is also possible. It doesn’t have to be only like it has been.”

What do you think? Let us know on twitter (@theworlddances) with #StageScreen.