Q & A with a Dance Critic

Fri 16 Nov 2018
11:45 - 12:45
Free. RSVP to: reception@danceireland.ie

Whether you're and emerging or established dance artist or choreographer, a dance critic has most likely had an impact on you at some point.
As you shift in your thoughts between the production, the review and the process of reading the review, you may find a few questions begin to form in you.

This is your opportunity to have those questions answered. After morning class, Irish Times dance critic, Christie Seaver will join us for an informal conversation answering questions you may have related to the work of a dance critic. 

This session will be followed by a skills development session, led by Christie, Writing Press Releases on Friday 30 November

About Christie Seaver 

Christie Seaver trained with Nanette Glushak and Michel Rahn at Fort Worth School of Ballet, and then danced with that company under Paul Mejia. She also studied with Anna-Marie Holmes at Boston Ballet School and with Margot Parsons at Boston University.

Following a degree in communications and journalism from BU, she worked as a full-time dance critic for the Boston Herald and freelanced for publications internationally including the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, DanceMagazine and many others. While writing she has also taught dance criticism, including workshops at Houston Ballet Academy and as a writer-in-residence at the Menil Collection in Houston.

In 2004 Christie qualified as a Pilates instructor, and that same year received a New York Times/National Endowment for the Arts fellowship to study criticism at Duke University, where she met her Irish husband and subsequently moved to Dublin.

Since then she has worked as the ballet critic for The Irish Times and has also freelanced for the Sunday Times, Cara magazine and others. In addition to writing about dance, Christie runs D4 Pilates where she has created a movement form called Ballet-lates® that mixes Pilates-based exercises with real ballet steps to classical music, guided by her experience as a dance critic.

For further information:

  • Telephone: +353 1 855 8800