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(86) Misty Copeland’s Clap Back & Ballet’s Chance for a Turning Point

It’s just Rebecca and Michael this week as they sit down to discuss some of the stories that have been making news recently.  We talk about Misty Copeland’s epic and graceful response to a Twitter troll last week (7:55) and discuss Avichai Scher’s article for the Huffington Post, “The Me Too Moment Is Ballet’s Chance for a Read More

Caitlin Trainor- Conversations on Dance

(85) Caitlin Trainor, Artistic Director of Trainor Dance and Founder of Dancio

This week we welcome Caitlin Trainor, Artistic Director of Trainor Dance and Founder of Dancio.  Named one of the 25 to watch in 2016 by Dance Magazine, Caitlin is a performer, choreographer, and a member of the faculty at Barnard College.  Caitlin fell in love with dance and choreography during her time in college at Read More

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(84) Reid and Harriet on their Works & Process at the Guggenheim

This week we welcome back costume designer duo, Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung.  We first had them on the pod in 2016 in episode 21, where we talk with them about how they became interested in fashion, how they met each other, and about their work.  This time we met up with them in person back in January at Read More

Tiler Peck and Amar Ramasar - The Kennedy Center, photo by Matt Karas

(83) Meg Booth, Director of Dance Programming at The Kennedy Center

This week we head back in our archives to our time at The Kennedy Center in October of 2017.  With this episode we are delighted to share an inside look into the world of arts administration.  We are speaking with Meg Booth, Director of Dance Programming at The Kennedy Center.  Meg attended the University of Read More

Matthew Neenan- Conversations on Dance

(81) Matthew Neenan, PA Ballet Choreographer in Residence & Co-founder of BalletX

This week we are presenting our final episode recorded from the Vail Dance Festival in August 2017.  Today we sit down with Matthew Neenan, PA Ballet Choreographer in Residence & Co-founder of BalletX.  Matthew began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School, later continuing his studies at the School of American Ballet.  From 1994-2007 Neenan Read More

Reid Bartelme and Jack Ferver on Conversations on Dance

(80) Reid Bartelme and Jack Ferver, hosts of ‘What’s Going on With Dance and Stuff’

This week we are joined by Reid Bartelme and Jack Ferver, hosts of the podcast “What’s Going on With Dance and Stuff.”  We have had Reid on the podcast before to discuss his work as a costume designer, so tune into episode 21. Today we get to know Jack a little more when he tells Read More

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(78) Renan Cerdeiro, MCB Principal, & Patricia Delgado, Former MCB Principal

Today we are joined by two of our close friends, former Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer, Patricia Delgado, and current MCB Principal, Renan Cerdeiro.  Patricia has been on our podcast quite a few times in the past, so to hear more from Pat, visit our past catalog of episodes.  Renan was born in Rio de Read More

Alastair Macaulay, Ashton and Balanchine: Parallel Lives with Alastair Macaulay

(77) Ashton and Balanchine: Parallel Lives with Alastair Macaulay

Today we have a wonderful bunhead episode in store, with one of our favorite guests, The Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times, Alastair Macaulay. Alastair and Michael are together in Michael’s New York City apartment, while I call in to join the conversation. Today we are focusing on two of the most important Read More

Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar, New York City Ballet Principals - Conversations on Dance podcast

(76) Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar, New York City Ballet Principals

Today we are bringing you another episode from Next Generation Ballet in Tampa.  We sit down with esteemed New York City Ballet Principals Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar who were performing as guest artists for NGB’s “Nutcracker” this past December.   Sara has been on the pod before, so if you haven’t heard our interview Read More

Elizabeth Claire Walker, Conversations on Dance

(75) Elizabeth Claire Walker, Los Angeles Ballet Soloist and Harvard Graduate

This week on the podcast we are tackling a subject that we find of immense interest to students and parents in our travels to schools across the country: does having a career in ballet mean forgoing college?  Our guest this week is a Harvard Graduate and an Los Angeles Ballet Soloist who shows that it’s Read More