About

Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you’re perfectly free.
-Rumi

Dancing Perfectly Free (DPF) was created in October 2007 as a way to share original criticism, ideas, reviews, previews, and commentary about dance and the arts in New York City. DPF strives to enrich dance culture by engaging the dance community and cultivating new audiences. Reader participation is encouraged and welcome.

Evan Namerow
Co-founder, Head Writer

Evan started dancing when she was three.  She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2007, where she studied ballet, modern, movement analysis, dance history and criticism, and dance culture in NYC. Evan has a certificate in arts management from NYU and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from The New School.  When not working, studying, or writing about dance, she can be found running outdoors, attending performances, or hiking and kayaking in the Adirondacks.

Allison Slater
Co-founder, Former Contributor

Allison grew up in Northern California. She was a competitive gymnast for eight years before she began studying ballet, jazz, and theater. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in May of 2007 with a concentration in biology and psychology. In college she spent a year studying at Columbia University, where she danced with Orchesis dance group and studied for five months in Vienna, Austria, where she taught dance and English classes at the Vienna Bilingual School. After living in New York for five years, Allison moved to California in June 2008. She currently lives in San Francisco.

14 Responses to About

  1. HI Allison and Evan. I studied in New York many years ago. I look forward to more on your blog. Cheers, Dianne

  2. Evan says:

    Hi, Dianne! Thanks for visiting our blog. We love hearing from readers and hope you visit often. -Evan

  3. Melanie says:

    I just found your web site & truly enjoyed it. I loved the photos and commentary on your home page, and this poem by Rumi, which I’d never read before is fantastic.

    I am also a dancer and think you might enjoy my work. I have quite a few sites, not all about dance but more about dancing with your soul.

  4. Sharron Eisenthal says:

    Evan, hi, it’s Sharron.
    I love your blog. The photos are superb and your writing is clear and without the pretense that characterizes so much criticism in other places.
    How fabulous that you’re doing this. Bravo!

  5. Amy K. says:

    Hey, fellow Barnard Woman! I found your blog while searching for the Grand Central Freeze video for a pal o’ mine. I’m also old enough to be your mom, but howdy anyway!

  6. Gina says:

    Wonderful blog. As a fellow dancer, and NYC arts enthusiast, this provides such a wonderful common place for all things passionate. Grazie!

  7. nonplainjane says:

    The dance world needs a blog like this. Thanks!

  8. Although far away from New York, I have visited and sketched at Paul Taylor’s dance rehearsals and this is what I did with the sketches:
    http://www.jkunzle.com/3b_CoDance-Orig.html

    Very interesting and inspiring website,
    kia manuia from Rarotonga,
    Judith

  9. Christina says:

    Hi Evan, thanks for your contribution to our community. I just discovered your blog and was inspired by the story about healing in Israel. I just started a blog following my dance career and about events in the dance community (www.christinailisije.wordpress.com) and am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future!

  10. Ashley says:

    I love your honesty and grace as you review the works.

  11. Hi,

    I am a dancer from The Netherlands, working and living in London since 2006 as a freelance dancer/choreographer. I just started my own website/blog:

    http://www.sarahlinstra.com

    About my life as a freelance dance artist, the projects that I am currently working on and write ups on past productions. I am slowly getting into the community of dance bloggers. I think it’s so important to share experiences, thoughts, comments, tips etc. as being a freelance dance artist these days (especially in the UK at the moment) can be pretty tough. Thank you for your lovely blog I really enjoy reading it and it’s great to see what happening on the other side of the big ocean!

    Sarah

  12. Ryan Wenzel says:

    Very cool blog! I just started my own dance blog (http://www.bodiesneverlie.com) a few months ago. Looks like we’re interested in the same kinds of dance (I also happen to work at Henry Street Settlement/the Abrons Arts Center).

  13. Wernher says:

    Hi Evan, thanks for your contribution to our community. I just discovered your blog and was inspired by the story about healing in Israel. I just started a blog following my dance career and about events in the dance community (www.christinailisije.wordpress.com) and am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future!
    +1

  14. dancejustj says:

    loving this blog!

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