Conversations on Dance

Conversations on Dance

Weekly chats with the dance and ballet world’s best and brightest. Hosted by former Miami City Ballet dancers Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden. Instagram: instagram.com/conversationsondance Facebook: facebook.com/conversationsondance Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/conversationsondancefriends Twitter: twitter.com/convoondance

Episodes

February 1, 2023 38 min

On today’s episode of Conversations On Dance, we are joined by Kati Hanlon Mayo, Associate Director of Charlotte Ballet Academy. We talk to Kati about how she reoriented her career goals as a teenager, working with Patricia McBride on Balanchine classics, her beginnings as a teacher while still having a demanding performing career and how she sets short and long term goals for her students as individuals and entire classes. For mor...

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Today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’ is a live podcast from the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series. We explore the creation of a new dance driven music theater production ‘The Night Falls’, which is set to run February 9th through 12th at Montclair State University. ‘The Night Falls’ is a new myth for our fractured era, depicting the metamorphosis of atomized individuals into a true community, with choreography that dra...

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On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’, we are joined by New York City Ballet soloist Mira Nadon. Mira joins us for a special bonus episode discussing her role as the central ballerina in Justin Peck’s upcoming premiere ‘Copland Dance Episodes’. She gives us an inside view of NYCB’s first non-narrative full length premiere since George Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’, discussing the creative process, her character’s emotional arc and...

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On today’s episode of Conversations On Dance, we are joined by principal ballerina with the Royal Danish Ballet, Holly Dorger. Holly shares her experience growing up as a highland dancer, accepting a contract with Royal Danish straight out of SAB, the change in style and technique that accompanied her new job and how she continues to grow and adapt in full length roles she revisits. If you are in the Copenhagen area, you can catch ...

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Our friend, Kate Penner, returns to the pod this week as our special guest host to talk all things Summer Intensives. We talk about our personal stories with summer training, how to choose the school that’s right for you, why you should cast a wide net, and some tips and tricks for auditioning.

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On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’, we are joined by choreographer and incoming Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) Robert Garland. Robert began his dance training in Philadelphia where he first saw DTH perform as a child. He continued his training at Juilliard before joining DTH as a company member. He eventually reached the rank of principal and began work in various leadership roles as a teacher and ch...

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It’s just us this week for our annual year-end wrap up. What a year 2022 has been! We list our favorite episodes from this year, our favorite performances we saw, our FOMO list of what we didn’t get to see but wished we had, and we share what we learned this year.

Check out our COD Reading List for some last minute gift ideas for the dance lover in your life: https://conversationsondancepod.com/cod-reading-list/

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Today on Conversations on Dance we are delving into the research and advocacy of the Dance Data Project. We are joined by DDP President and Founder, Elizabeth Yntema, and Senior Research Consultant, Junyla Silmon. The pair tell us about DDP and it’s mission, they break down their recent Artistic Director/Executive Director Compensation report, tell us about their First Look report that came out this month, and the research they h...

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On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’ we are joined by author, Jennifer Homans. Jennifer received critical acclaim for her 2011 book ‘Apollo’s Angels’, a historical documentation of ballet from its creation to the present day. She has spent the past ten years working on ‘Mr. B’, a biography of George Balanchine that was published this November. We talk to Jennifer about the research process, her most fascinating finds and ...

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On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’, we are joined by choreographer, visual artist and experimental theater director Dimitris Papaioannou. Dimitris’ life as an artist began with a natural gift for visual arts at a very young age before eventually venturing into theater and dance. He founded his own company, Edofos Dance Theatre, leading to critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase. Dimitris talks to us about how his experie...

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You know her as @laurynjohnson20 on Instagram. On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’, our guest is Lauryn Johnson, a dancer and New York City Ballet usher who has captivated the dance world with her documentation of historic NYCB photography via her social media. We talk to Lauryn about how she fell in love with the company, grew her collection of dance books to nearly 1,000, where she sources her incredible images of ...

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This week on ‘Conversations On Dance’ we are joined by Viki Bromberg Psihoyos, former New York City Ballet dancer and repetiteur with the Balanchine Trust. Viki takes us on a journey through her experiences working with Balanchine from her childhood to her professional career, how she became a repetiteur and what it is like working in companies who have never previously danced Balanchine’s work.

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This week on ‘Conversations On Dance’ we are joined by Mai Lê Hô, the founder of LayeRhythm Productions a NYC-based non-profit dedicated to highlighting freestyle voices in performance art. Mai Lê takes us through her artistic journey of falling in love with house music and dance while growing up in France, the emotional release she discovered in shared dance experiences, her exploration of how musicians and dancers can interact wi...

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On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’ we are joined by choreographer Jodi Melnick. (Listen to our most recent conversation with Jodi in episode 300). Jodi has been featured on the podcast several times to explore the range of her experiences as both choreographer and dancer, but today we focus  specifically on how Jodi defines and explores the collaborative process. Jodi’s latest creative output, a work for American Ballet...

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Today we are joined by Michele Byrd-McPhee, founder of Ladies of Hip-Hop. Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective is an all female intergenerational dance collective that creates dance works illuminating the strength, power and diversity of women in Hip-Hop. Michele founded the company in 2004 and continues to lead the organization.

On November 3rd, join Ladies of Hip-Hop for “The Black Dancing Bodies Project” in the Clark Stud...

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Today we are joined by global artist, Stefanie Batten Bland, founder of Company SBB. Child of a jazz composer/producer father and writer mother, and raised in Soho, Stefanie was clearly destined for a future in the arts. She situates her work at the intersection of dance-theatre, film, and installation, with a focus on the interrogation of contemporary and historical culture. This November 1-5, Stefanie’s ‘Embarqued: Stories of ...

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It’s just us this week on Conversations on Dance. Michael is in Denmark setting a ballet for choreographer Justin Peck at Royal Danish Ballet, so he fills us in on how it’s going, 3 weeks in. Rebecca fills us in on how everything is going with her new baby.

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On today’s episode, we are joined by former ballerina and incoming artist director of American Ballet Theatre Susan Jaffe. Susan has previously appeared on the podcast in an interview that covered her rapid rise to stardom at ABT, the accompanying self doubts during this success, and how working through those moments affects her present day work as a coach and director. (Listen here: https://conversationsondancepod.com/2020/08/31/s...

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Today we are joined by Yaron Lifschitz, Artistic Director and CEO of ‘Circa.’ Yaron is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, and National Institute of Dramatic Arts, where he was the youngest director ever accepted into its prestigious graduate director’s course. Since graduating, Yaron has directed over 60 productions including large-scale events, opera, theatre, physical theatre, and circus. ...

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On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’ we are joined by choreographer Arthur Pita. Arthur’s choreography has been featured across a broad spectrum of art forms including opera, ballet, film, and musical theatre, never shying away from artistic risks like tackling Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ or creating to the music of Bjork. Today we talk to Arthur about his surprising early inspirations, finding his own choreographic voice and...

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