DanceTabs is closing and will stop adding new articles early next month – February 2022. We’ve had a terrific 10 years covering dance and ballet from the smallest theatres to the largest, and we hope you have enjoyed reading, and importantly, seeing our coverage – we’ve always looked to do great things with pictures. All up we’ve published about 3,500 articles.
It would be nice to carry on, but age takes its toll on us all, and running a website on this scale takes much time and energy. But it’s also a time of huge change in dance and the way it is covered (as in society generally) and I increasingly feel it’s for a new generation to propel things forward and for writers, and those who love the art, to cover it in new and vibrant ways, including on social media. That and what you might call the traditional reviews we have specialised in. It continues to be a pain that on the web nobody looks to pay for anything.
Although DanceTabs is closing to new contributions, it is not closing as a website. The site will remain for at least three years and at some point go into archive that may look different but should ensure the availability of articles for far longer. Archiving a site is easy to talk about but not so easy in practice, but it’s what I want to do for DanceTabs and Balletco, the original site I started in 1996 (and was on the net until 2015), and which I’ve long wanted to do justice to.
I dearly thank all the writers and photographers who have been involved in DanceTabs – we’ve all done a cracking job of covering dance and ballet and that’s really cause for enormous celebration.
Bruce Marriott, Editor.