We have entered the final phase of the DANCE QUEENS Dance Awards for 2012 (The Cutie Awards). All of the details are documented on the page for the awards. This note is not about the details, rather it is about the perspective I am developing as we go through this.
Of all the things that DANCE QUEENS has done, none comes even close to the level of interest and intensity of interest that the Cutie Awards have generated. I am having many conversations about the Awards of which at least ten a day are about concerns with the awards. Let me call them issues.
Issues have been raised about every aspect of the awards. These are things like whether to have them at all, how the nominations are done, the inconsistencies of documentation, the nominations committee members, the selection process for the final list of candidates, to "why was my performance not on the list" and on and on. All of these issues are real and legitimate.
For the first time DANCE QUEENS is moving from just sharing of information to recognition of performance excellence. I think all of us to some degree are proud of the dance work we do and to put this into any type of competitive environment causes all sorts of emotions to flow.
Many of the issues raised are aimed at the fairness of the Cutie Awards process. I have concluded that the process is imperfect even unfair in some ways. I designed the process and outlined it last November. Of course, my intent was not to have an unfair process. Each of you had an opportunity to comment on the process, but as is often the case, there were not many comments. Since this is the first time we have done anything like this, there are some things I did not anticipate. In a sense we are learning as we go along.
Although the design of the process may have elements that make us uncomfortable, I can say that the process has been operated pretty much as designed.
One person described this as the 'beta' Cutie Awards. That made me laugh because I think it's a good description of this first effort. Imperfection it is. BUT, there are some really significant pluses that are coming out of this in terms of enthusiasm, awareness of other's performances, development of the dance community and recognition of excellence.
I know that some of you are quite frustrated and a few even angry. Please, channel that energy into the effort that will follow the 2012 Awards Ceremony of improving the process. I don't think we will reach perfection ever, but we have started.