DanceLand Founder Clyde F. Smith to Move on to Other Projects

Aloha by bibianagonzalez, image of Aloha created by shells on the beach with additional heart sign

Aloha by bibianagonzalez via Pixabay

So it’s time to put DanceLand on the backburner. I will occasionally post and have a few more planned. But I have been focused on this relaunched version, in addition to a full-time job, for the last year or so and I’m not seeing the response I need to see to keep going. Instead I will be focusing on my own art and writing including many projects I put aside for DanceLand.

My experience posting at DanceLand and creating a few resources has been mostly positive. But I just can’t capture the interest of enough people to justify taking the chance on putting in more time on new initiatives in hopes of finding what startups call product/market fit. The reality is a good idea is not always enough even if reasonably well-executed.

As Aaron Dinin put it:
“The real competition is the status quo.”

To a large degree the dance world seems either satisfied by what they currently work with online or are just too overloaded to consider any alternatives. I get that and I know if DanceLand was a must have rather than a nice to have it would get the attention necessary for me to continue.

But that’s not the case. And though I post a lot of writing on DanceLand I don’t really write much. Plus, I started working on my first digital art pieces last year and want to focus on improving my work and sharing it in relevant spaces. Not only that, I need to do more dancing myself!

That said, I will keep the site active at least until this fairly expensive domain comes up for renewal in early 2021 at which point I will find some way to at least archive the original posts from guests and move some resources to another domain.

If you’re interested in being involved with archiving some of the posts or would like to do something with the site yourself, let me know. Also, feel free to keep┬áin touch:

Till next time!

Clyde F. Smith
DanceLand Founder

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a PhD in Cultural Studies from OSU and performs improvisational dance in Working Sessions.