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Leadership looks different if we strive for equality. It requires a give and take – a balance. True leaders know when to lead and when to follow, allowing room for better communication and a more empathic understanding based in a genuine care for those we work with. Abdiel Jacobsen and Kristine Bendul know the importance of this nuanced exchange and its part in creating more inclusive and tolerant spaces on the dancefloor, in our workplaces and in society as a whole.

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VIDEO: Watch New Video from Nainnoh, Featuring Kristine Bendul and Abdiel Jacobsen!

by Stage Tube 

Dec. 9, 2020  


Georgian-born folk/indie artist Nainnoh has just released a new music video! Entitled "Run," the intimate video is a collaboration between Nainnoh and two dancers who perform with Twyla Tharp and Martha GrahamKristine Bendul and Abdiel Jacobsen.


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How Social Dance Can Benefit Your Training—and Your Humanity

Marissa Finkelstein

Oct 06, 2020

Photo by Christopher Jones

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing struggle with systemic racism have shaken the dance world. Now more than ever, connection, empathy, and activism must be cultivated in dance settings.

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The Color Iz – Dance, Creative Expression and Performance

by Grace A. Capobianco


(August 5, 2020)


Photo by Christopher Jones

Dance is a form of expression, brings people of color, gender, age, and ethnicity together....

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The Dance Enthusiast's Social Distance Dance Video Series: Abdiel Cedric Jacobsen and Kristine Bendul "2 of Us"
by Christine Jowers
(May 18, 2020)

Photo by Christopher Jones

Abdiel Cedric Jacobsen and Kristine Bendul's video, 2 of Us, shows the usually  ballroom glamour-clad couple stuck in opposite parts of the world (in their comfie pants) finding a way to dance together.  Radiating  with positivity, fun, and hope, despite the knowledge they can't be in the same room, this piece reminds us that even through the current COVID 19 obstacles, we can maintain bonds, continue to create, grow, and, yes, laugh.  Bill Withers' "Just The Two Of Us" performed  by artists Véronique Schotte & Louison Watrin provides the soundtrack for this short light-hearted piece.

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Dancesport Gender Equality by Patricia Villone
( Dec 30, 2019)


CTV News has followed the career of a local dancer over the years, as he made his way from the ballroom to principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Now he and his professional partner are trying to breakdown barriers in the world of dance. Patricia Villone reports.


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Abdiel Jacobsen and Kristine Bendul on Gender-Neutral Hustle and Competitive Ballroom Dancing
by Erin Bomboy
(September 30, 2019)

Photo by Christopher Jones

It’s been said that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did . . . but backward and in heels. Although that quip originated in a 1982 Frank and Ernest cartoon by Bob Thaves, the sentiment can resonate just as much today as it did yesterday.

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BWW Review: THE COLOR IZ Presented a Multifaceted Array of Dance and Disco at The Stonewall Inn 
by Cindy Sibilsky
Aug. 27, 2019  )

Photo by Cindy Sibilsky

As one ascended the staircase at the iconic Stonewall, a place that will be forever remembered as a landmark turning point in LGBT history from the riots that took place 50 years ago, they were greeted by two Adonis sculpted like Greek gods shimmering with gold glitter. 

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