I was so honored by your message to me a few years ago, reaching out to see if I would be interested in being part of collaboration project between a group of other writers of Dance. What made you decide to create a site with this kind of collaboration in mind, and with writers from all over the world?
I love being part of the social dance community, and I’m a journalist at heart. These two personal interests are the fuel that keeps the fire burning. Around 2013 I started seeking out Latin dance themed sites that I could hopefully join and contribute to. I was interest in learning more about the culture and influential dancers within the Latin dance community, and I wanted to share my findings with others. I found a few sites that contained interviews and blog posts. I was looking for a site that felt more like an online magazine and wasn’t aligned with any particular organization. I didn’t find one. I did, however, find one writer named Tasleem (smiles), who had produced wonderful, in-depth interviews with several influential dancers.
That is very sweet. Thank you so much. It really meant a lot to me. Sometimes, especially as a solo writer, I never really know who, if anyone, my pieces are actually reaching or resonate with. So your message to me helped to encourage me and remind me that what I am doing actually has a purpose.
Well, what you were doing was exactly what I wanted to do! I read several of your interviews, and during this time, I had a lightbulb moment: I got the idea to build my own website. So, I brushed up on my WordPress skills and started a site called DancePlanetDaily.com. My goal was to produce an online magazine catering to the interests of the Latin dance community. The site had a magazine style feel, but the content was from a single source (me) and lacked the community feel that I wanted.
Yes, I could tell, even from your initial message to me, that you are definitely a people person. I loved the way you obviously enjoy bringing people together, and I imagine you contributing greatly to the welcoming and friendly atmosphere to dance communities around you.
Thank you. Well, I knew that if I ever wanted to create a site with global appeal, that I would have to collaborate with others. I simply couldn’t do it all myself and accomplish my greater goal. This was the inspiration that led to SocialDanceCommunity.com (formerly LatinDanceCommunity.com). Continue reading