DanceTabs: a new Magazine

by Bruce Marriott on January 18, 2012

This is the last thing I expected to be announcing – a new magazine called DanceTabs that will live at (nothing to see yet folks so no need to click!)

I think my post about Balletco going into Archive captured many of my feelings after 15½ years following through on many different aspects of what a ballet/dance website could be… and the sheer workload making it no longer possible or fun. But it was great fun when I started and over Christmas I thought much about what I am passionate about in dance and could I nudge things forward in a way that is both fun and productive.

Balletco started very much because I felt fans and the audience needed to have a place to talk about ballet and dance. That’s so much the case now wherever you look on the net. What drives me now and has this last year or two is providing a place for professional criticism and coverage of dance/ballet. It’s a shrinking world for pukka criticism and I really worry about the professional voice being lost in a sea of much social happiness.

DanceTabs is just going to be a magazine – no forum, no TodaysLinks (and its huge attendant database) – just Reviews, Galleries, Interviews  and News items. The contributors will largely be names you know already and to which I look to add -  I continue to want it to take a world view. It will use technology similar to the Balletco redesign but will be  hosted in specialist space I don’t have to worry so much about. The gallery area will be hosted differently. Time is short – the launch will be in early February and while I would like to do different designs I may just use the recent Balletco ones with a few light modifications.

None of this should impact on the work of the committee looking to take the community spirit of Balletco forward and which increasingly focuses on the forum aspects. It also does not change Balletco going into archive – that will still happen.

Some of you may think that this was all part of some grand strategy known at the outset – it wasn’t and I didn’t expect to do anything substantive again in dance. It will be interesting to see where this initiative gets to – it’s not a popular thing to do, to concentrate on professional views, instead of looking to be a big social cheese(!), but it’s something I’m passionate about and want to see done right by – or as right as I can make it.

I’ll say more later; in the meantime I hope you will celebrate with and for me and I wish you great dance in 2012 and beyond.

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Simonetta January 18, 2012 at 12:20

Sounds wonderful….can’t wait to see the first edition. All the best of luck with it Bruce! xx

John Mallinson January 18, 2012 at 12:48


Emilia & Linda January 18, 2012 at 12:48

Great news! We echo Sim’s words above: bring on edition 1!
Best of luck to the DanceTabs team,

webfoot January 18, 2012 at 12:51

This sounds great, Bruce. One of the things I’ve always loved about the Ballet co website and the people who post there, is that the discussion is generally intellectual, stimulating reading. The postings have generally been considered carefully before being written, and although dancers are often mentioned by name it is not personal criticism. This applies to all those who post, both professional and amateur.

Ian Macmillan January 18, 2012 at 13:35

Bruce: My very best wishes for this new venture, and it will be interesting to watch it find its place on the net. I’m assuming it will not be a daily but beyond that: weekly? monthly? or yet to be decided and probably dependant on what’s happening? Whatever the case, I very much look forward to seeing the first edition, and to seeing who you’ve lined up as contributors. And meanwhile, we’ll see what we can do in carrying forward “the spirit of Balletco”!

Marina Harss January 18, 2012 at 14:19

Great news. Am looking forward to it already!

Beryl January 18, 2012 at 14:42

Very pleased to hear this news, I wish the venture well and will definitely be reading your magazine online, so good that all the expert knowledge won’t be lost!

Fiz January 18, 2012 at 18:17

Best of luck ,

admin January 19, 2012 at 13:37

Thank you all so much for your kind words – very much appreciated.

There is much to do, but fun sorting it out. Although I call it a magazine it will operate like all sites do these days with new content added as it comes in. As with Balletco now (and for many years before) I might well gate the flow into monthly views which is a nice way to look back at things.

Thanks again

Nancy Dalva January 19, 2012 at 17:47

Marvelous! And while I am writing to you, thank you for those links–I was always delighted to find a piece of mine on the list–so generous of you to send your readers forth, and I very much appreciated it. I look forward to what you do next. Taking what is most important to you now and concentrating on it is a wonderful idea.

Eric Taub January 19, 2012 at 18:01

This is terrific news, Bruce. So, to where do I send my copy now?

Lynne Lobley January 20, 2012 at 17:03

Delighted to hear this and look forward to reading it very much.

Avril January 20, 2012 at 22:39

So pleased to read this Bruce and thank you

Caitlyn January 21, 2012 at 04:21

Delighted to read this news, Bruce, and fully support the decision to aim for quality content when there’s so much “social cheese” everywhere else. Both thumbs up!

Don Q Fan January 21, 2012 at 20:35

Sounds great Bruce and with you at the helm it will be! Can’t wait for February.

Rita Felciano January 26, 2012 at 06:05

fabulous idea. I hope you can enlist excellent writers from around the world. What a treasure that will be.

Best of luck,


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