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12 | #RayEliotSchwartz

On this episode your co-host YeaJean interviews dance artist, scholar, and educator, Ray Eliot Schwartz, based in Puebla, Mexico. On this episode, we talk about social media as the economy for attention, pros/cons of internet based technologies in the classroom, an inside look at the hiring process for university dance programs, using the digital space to create an international dance forum, and using a somatic-model to inform dance making.


[1:40] YeaJean introduces Ray Eliot Schwartz


[3:14]YeaJean asks: “How would you describe your career?

[3:59]YeaJean asks: “How has the UDLAP dance program evolved from 2008 till now 2019?”

[8:19]YeaJean asks: “Do you see an influence in the evolution of technology on the dance courses?”

[11:07]YeaJean asks: “How do you use twitter for your in class assignments?”

[16:29]YeaJean asks: “Can you talk about the selection process for deciding who the visiting professor/ guest artists are? Do you consider an artist/teacher social media presence as part of the selection process?”

[18:18]YeaJean asks: “Could you tell us about why you started Performática?”

[22:19]YeaJean asks: “Can you talk about how you use social media to support this international and intercultural exchange?”

[26:40]YeaJean asks: “Could you explain how the somatically-influenced model affects dance making?”

[32:06]YeaJean asks: “How does somatic experience affect the choreographer’s practice in terms of making aesthetic choices?”

[35:57]YeaJean asks: “How do students change after taking a somatic class?”

[39:20]YeaJean asks: “Have you seen a shift in how people consume dance with the evolution of social media?”

[41:04]YeaJean asks: “How has social media influenced your career?” ​

[43:51] YeaJean asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Israeli Folk Dances, “the sense of a group the dances provided”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • BOTH

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • “I don’t really like any of them”

  • Facebook

  • Twitter, “I used for the assignments we talked about”

#RayEliotSchwartz Recommended Resources

Connect with Ray Eliot Schwartz:

Instagram- @Performática

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