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Resolutions. (Starting Here).

Makeovers are tricky things; they are alluring and provocative because they're something new, and at the same time somehow disquieting because they're something new. Psychologists tell us that change, however welcome, is also unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Whenever, for example, you get a new haircut or style, a new dance coach, a new personal training regimen, or a new baby, you start looking at your general health and diet, your stamina and breathing capacity, your character, heart, coping skills, and staying power. Revitalization on the outside, it seems, is similarly reflected on the inside. It's not so different for a magazine.

You see, we're not just pretty faces with efficient, limber limbs; we are creatures of substance and integrity. And sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that fact, ask ourselves hard questions, and clearly define ourselves with the answers. Who are we? What image do we project? Where are we going? What is most important? It's not so different for a magazine.

I say we, because we are active members of an elaborate global community of dance that informs, inspires, and supports each other. We are strivers and perpetual learners. As participants in our community we have certain commitments and obligations to honesty and authenticity, to order and chaos and beauty and timeliness. And we can expect those in return from our colleagues. It's no different for a magazine.

Keep your eye on twenty-five members of this international community, selected in the best judgment of correspondents around the world. Be aware of the work they are producing; pass the word along. Share the knowledge; partner on projects; be a mentor; remember our history. Take pride in what we do. Play together. It's no different for our magazine.

We have come to know Homer Avila (above, with K.C.) better since his months of self-discovery and redefinition paralleled our own somewhat. Homer states firmly that because he lost a leg, he didn't stop being an artist. As capabilities and opportunities unfold before him, he is dazzled by the bounty of the universe and our community. He is not a disabled dancer; he is an artist with some advantages and some disadvantages. Aren't we all! He is certainly one to watch this year. So are Mikko Nissinen and the staff of the new Boston Ballet. And so is the new DANCE MAGAZINE.

K.C. Patrick, Editor in Chief
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Title Annotation:what is important to Dance Magazine
Author:Patrick, K.C.
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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