Our first glimpse of Eye on Dance took place on January 1, 1981. It came in under the radar, with far less limelight than the big television broadcasts—“Live From Lincoln Center” and “Dance in America”—events that brought the 1970s dance boom into living rooms around the country. Eye on Dance was grass roots and intimate, inside scuttlebutt and ahead of the curve, historical, radical, and wildly diverse. It was also weekly and live, which meant the enterprise had an anything-can-happen wit and grit.
Celia Ipiotis, its creator, producer, and host, had been an aspiring dancer in her youth, but by the time she got to grad school in New York City she was possessed by another vision: she believed dance and video were a pas de deux waiting to happen and she would be the choreographer. Jeff Bush, the man who was her professor at the New School and then became her husband, believed in that vision too. One more thing. They didn’t want to just see dancers, they wanted to hear them.