DanceTabs is now closed, but remains on the net as a free resource for the foreseeable future. Between 2012 and January 2022 DanceTabs covered the dance world in 3,500 reviews/ interviews/ features and presented over 11,000 original dance pictures. We dearly thank all involved. Here are details about the closure and the reaction to it. What follows are the original About Us words that explain what we looked to do.
DanceTabs looks to cover dance with writers and critics of experience. It’s a shrinking world for pukka criticism and we worry about knowledgeable voices being lost in a sea of much social and blog happiness. We look to cast a sharp eye over what is happening and tell it like it is in happiness or sorrow, both here and via social media. If you don’t agree with what we say then I am sure you will let us know in your various ways.
DanceTabs opened for business in February 2012 and was started by Bruce Marriott who ran the Balletco website for over 15 years. Balletco (now in archive) was one of the first dance sites on the net and was very much about giving the audience a place to talk and exchange views – both seriously and playfully. From 1997 Balletco ran a net magazine and over the years this steadily became more professional and it is that aspect which we look to enhance and grow further. We hope fans and the audience generally will appreciate and value our realism and candour. Incidentally the forum aspects of what Balletco did have been taken forward by a community of users at www.balletcoforum.com
We are based in London but cover dance elsewhere in the world and want to cover much more. If you like what we are about and want to help us do more then please contact us. Thank you.
For those who wonder: the Tabs in our name comes from the idea of keeping tabs on something (“to watch a person or a situation carefully so that you always know what they are doing or what is happening”) and Tabs as in part of a stage – the curtains down the side that stop the audience seeing into the wings.
Finally from time to time we publish items about DanceTabs in the News area of the site (along with real news!). This link brings up the relevant DanceTabs articles: