Where To Dance: Platform Updates, New Features, and Our Vision for the Future
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Where To Dance: Platform Updates, New Features, and Our Vision for the Future

Last modified on April 7th 2024, 11:28PM
Where To Dance - Where To Dance: Platform Updates, New Features, and Our Vision for the Future

Welcome Dancers,

We wanted to give you an update on our progress as well as discuss some of the things we have been doing on Where To Dance.

Let's start with a progress report.

We recently launched the Account Details feature. This is where you can now do things with your account like add your name, phone number, change your account password, and even update to another email address. I know this seems like pretty standard stuff, and it is. It's important to remember that we are not relying on an open-source CMS, so we are having to make everything from scratch.

You can now update your password without having to use the "forgot password" feature any longer.

Simply login and navigate to "My Account" from the dropdown menu. Choose "Account Settings" and this will give you access to the account details dashboard.

Ability to update your email has been added

With this feature, you can now migrate your email account to another email address. We believe in security at Where To Dance. You will be required to verify the new email address via a link sent to your inbox. Once completed, your email address will be updated. In addition, we will send an email to your old email address, and if in the unlikely scenario that someone is able to access your account and update the email, don't worry - you will get an email to your old email address with the option to click the link and revert it back to your previous email address. This prevents any unauthorized user from stealing your account. This link will remain active for 4 months, giving you plenty of time to restore your account. Also, don't forget that if someone is able to access your account and change your password, you can always use the login password reset to recover your password via your email account. So, in any case, even if someone was able to lock you out of your account by changing your email, you can get it returned to you via the revert email feature.

Social Media Links

You now have the option to input your social media links. This will be used throughout the platform, so you only have to enter them once. For instance, in the video submissions, it will auto-update your social media links for all your videos. No more having to enter them for each submission. This will save you time and get your videos working. We just finished this, so look for this feature in the coming days for video submissions.

Contributors Update

Contributors who create content on Where To Dance can now update their profile information easily from the front end of the website. This includes a bio, author name, display name, and an image, all right from the front end. Normal users won't benefit from these features at this time, but it will save time and streamline the process for contributors. A lot of attention has been focused on making sure the members of the dance community have a voice.

Dance Community Has a Voice on Where To Dance

It's still the early days of Where To Dance, but one of the things that's important to our mission is to make sure everybody in the dance community has a chance to make their voice heard. They can do this in two ways: first, via being a contributor, and second, via the live video channels. We feel this is important because we could have easily made the platform closed. We want Where To Dance to lie in the future of the dance community, and we empower them to shape the future of Where To Dance. So, if you wish to be an active member of the dance community, then please apply to be a contributor or submit your video.

What's Next for Where To Dance

Bringing a platform as big as we envision to life is a tall order. No one has yet brought a platform just for dancers to the forefront. Our vision is a dance platform that puts dancers and the dance community first. 

Exciting Features and Launches

We have many exciting features and launches coming up. Just bear in mind that we have developed this platform from scratch, and it takes time to launch a platform. We don't have hundreds of highly paid developers working on this project. But what we do have is something different - we have members who are passionate about dancing and want to let the world know how awesome it is. We also think about features and functions that would be important to dancers. We are a platform for dancers, created by dancers.

Platform Stability

One last thing we want to talk about is stability. We have been working to make the platform as stable and reliable as possible. To that effect, we have been working to make your experience on the platform as bug-free and error-free as possible. We have patched many problems and fixed many things. We are excited to say Where To Dance is the most stable and reliable it has ever been as far as coding is concerned.

With that, this concludes our update and report on development. Please keep in mind when visiting the website that this is still the very early stages, and we are missing some of the major features. Where To Dance is under active development.

If you're looking for where we are moving next in our development timeline, we are going to be focused on the dance teacher listings. Remember that the dance teacher listing will be using geolocation and will be nationally available, so this is a very tall order by itself. Also, stay tuned as we get ready to launch the dance teacher listing. Be sure to look for the beta program that will allow early testers lifetime memberships for free as part of the program. Check back under the News section for any and all updates.

Thank you,
The Where To Dance Team

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Samuel Newton

Co-founder of WhereToDance

Samuel Newton has gracefully moved to the rhythms of Salsa, Bachata, Swing, and Ballroom, cherishing every step and turn. His love for dance extends beyond the dance floor – it's in the laughter shared during a dance lesson, the applause after a performance, and the connections made in a dance hall.

Recognizing the vibrancy and potential of the dance community, Samuel, along with Sarah Hamilton, co-founded both WhereToDanceNashville.com and WhereToDance. Their vision was simple yet profound: to cultivate a platform where dancers, both novices and veterans, could connect, learn, and grow. Samuel's dedication is not just about mastering dance steps; it's about fostering a community where every dancer feels at home.

When he's not dancing or working on Where To Dance, Samuel can be found attending dance events, immersing himself in the ever-evolving world of dance, and continuously seeking avenues to help the dance community flourish.

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