When I first started this blog, my personal objective was to understand the relationship between dance and the environment better. Through coming up with ideas for the content and primary research, I learnt more than just what I was hoping to.
First, it was learning about the real impacts of the wasteful habits in the dance community. My understanding of this deepened from “too much waste is being thrown away” to “the act of overconsumption generates large amounts of carbon footprint”. I feel that it is important to be able to draw the link between an action and its ultimate environmental impacts (almost like a life cycle assessment). Gathering different information also enabled me to compare which habits are more environmentally damaging than other habits. For example, I was surprised to find out that pointe shoes are used so liberally in the ballet community and they have such a big carbon footprint.
I also gained an insight into the general consensus of the attitude of the dance community. Despite the small sample size of the survey, I thought that the results gave a decent rough indication of how aware the dance community is on environmental issues and how willing they were to make a change. It was especially interesting to see dancers being self-aware of their wasteful habits and sharing their own environmentally-friendly habits. Having this information could be useful to educate dancers in the future.
Lastly, this blog helped me evaluate my own dance habits and pushed me to actively choose to abandon the wasteful dance habits I practise. I am also guilty of impulsively buying dancewear and comfort food after dance practices. Writing about the exact impacts that I am causing poked at my conscience, hence encouraged me to reduce these habits.
Overall, it has been enjoyable growing this blog. I hope you, the reader, have managed to gain something out of reading it too.