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BONUS: Natasha Sheehan, Dancer with San Francisco Ballet

In today’s bonus episode we are continuing our coverage of San Francisco Ballet at the Kennedy Center as they showcase 6 works from the company’s Unbound: a festival of new works.  Today’s episode was recorded in April when we were in San Francisco as these works all premiered.  We talk with new corps member, Natasha Sheehan Read More

The Conversations on Dance podcast

(87) Dancers’ Negativity and Perspective Post-Retirement

It’s just Rebecca and Michael this week, together from New York City, as they return to discuss some of the feedback received after last week’s episode.  They also discuss a recent article on dancers’ and negativity (10:30), and how a dancer’s perspective on their career changes post retirement (16:29).  They return to their interview format Read More

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(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

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(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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(50) Part II: Edward Villella, Balanchine Dancer and Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director

Welcome to our second installment with Edward Villella, Balanchine Dancer and founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet.  Edward was hired into the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine in 1957 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1970.  Balanchine created many famous roles on Edward including Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Rubies section of Jewels, Tarentella, Read More

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(45) Karolina Kuras, National Ballet of Canada Photographer

This week we are joined by Karolina Kuras, Photographer for the National Ballet of Canada. Karolina was born in Poland where she spent her early years before her family moved to a small town outside of Toronto.  As a child, Karolina was always surrounded by art, as her mother is a painter, and her father Read More

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(43) Rebecca & Michael: A Dancer Dies Twice

This week Rebecca and Michael wanted to take an opportunity to discuss retirement from the stage.  On April 9th Michael performed for the last time on a Miami City Ballet stage, closing out a more than decade long career with the company.  Today Rebecca catches up with Michael to talk about how he made his Read More

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(39) Ashley Bouder, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet

This week we are joined by Ashley Bouder, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Ashley began her training at age 6 at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary.  In 1999 she moved to New York City to attending the School of American Ballet full time.  She was named an apprentice the Read More