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(29) Patricia McBride, Beloved Balanchine Ballerina

This week we have the distinct pleasure of welcoming Patricia McBride, beloved Balanchine Ballerina.  Patricia McBride is one of the most treasured ballerinas of the 20th century. In a career that spanned nearly 3 decades, she performed dozens of leading roles in the repertoire of the New York City Ballet. In 1961, she was promoted to Read More

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(28) Francis Veyette on Summer Intensive Auditions

Francis Veyette danced with Pennsylvania Ballet for 17 years, retiring in 2016. He performed a repertoire that ranged from the lead in Balanchine roles like ‘Square Dance’ and ‘Theme and Variations’, to Siegfried in ‘Swan Lake’, to many original works by resident choreographer Matthew Neenan. While still dancing with the company, Francis was asked to Read More

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(27) Brandon Stirling Baker, Lighting Designer

This week we are joined by Brandon Stirling Baker, an american lighting designer for ballet, opera, and theater. His lighting can be seen in the repertory of New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Paul Taylor, and many others. Mr. Baker’s designs have been presented by major theaters internationally including Read More

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(25) Sara & Leigh-Ann Esty of ‘An American in Paris’ Broadway Tour

Today we are joined by Sara & Leigh-Ann Esty of ‘An American in Paris’ Broadway Tour.  Sara danced with Miami City Ballet for 10 years before leaving in 2013 to join the original cast of ‘An American in Paris’ on Broadway.  During the show’s run in New York, Sara was an ensemble member, and the alternate Read More

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(24) Sara Mearns, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet

Today we are joined by Sara Mearns, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Ms. Mearns entered the School of American Ballet in 2001, became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet in 2003 and by 2008 she was a Principal.  Sara is one of today’s most celebrated classical ballerinas.  She has an extensive rep Read More

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(23) PNB’s Doug Fullington, Examining The History Behind The Nutcracker

This week we are joined by Doug Fullington, assistant to the artistic director at Pacific Northwest Ballet and their education program’s manager. Mr. Fullington is a lauded dance historian, capable of reading Stepanov notation, a classical ballet notation system developed in Russia. He’s contributed to the reconstruction of many 19th century works, including ‘The Daughter Read More

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(20) Sarah Hay, Actress and Ballerina

This week we are pleased to welcome Sarah Hay, Actress and Ballerina.  She is a former dancer with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden and the star of the Starz mini series “Flesh and Bone.”  Ms. Hay was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics choice award, and a winner of a Satellite award for Read More

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(19) Carling Talcott-Steenstra, Royal Danish Ballet

This week we welcome Carling Talcott-Steenstra of the Royal Danish Ballet.  After starting her career at Miami City Ballet, Carling set her sights on Europe.  After transitioning to life overseas, she joined the cast of the Starz limited series, “Flesh and Bone.”  Ms. Talcott-Steenstra has been very open in past years about her struggles with anorexia and Read More

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(18) Nicole Mitchell, New York City Ballet Assistant Stage Manager

Nicole Mitchell, New York City Ballet Assistant Stage Manager, joins Rebecca and Michael this week to bring you closer to another aspect of theater: the happenings backstage.  As she says, “If you do your job well, no one knows you did it at all.  But if you make a mistake you run the risk of taking the Read More

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(16) Allison DeBona of Ballet West and Breaking Pointe

Allison DeBona, first soloist with Ballet West, first came on the national stage in 2012 as a star on the CW’s reality show, ‘Breaking Pointe.’  Allison chats with us about her journey to the world of professional ballet, how she built her brand, and how ballet is portrayed in the mainstream media. The post (16) Read More