Quarantine Guide for Ballet Dancers and Fans in the face of Coronavirus Pandemic - Conversations on Dance Podcast

(177) Rebecca and Michael: Quarantine Guide for Ballet Dancers and Fans

Today, Rebecca and Michael connect via Skype from quarantine. We discuss some options of ballet related content to consume while the world is social distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We list some online class options, resources for dancers who are out of work, and our favorite dance related books, movies, and much more. This list Read More

Michael Montgomery on Conversations on Dance. Photo by RJ Muna/Alonzo King LINES Ballet

(174) Michael Montgomery, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

This week on Conversations on Dance, we are joined by Michael Montgomery, dancer with Alonzo King LINES Ballet from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival. Michael was born in Long Beach, CA, trained at the Orange County High School of the Arts and studied at the Alvin Ailey School in the Certificate program. In 2011 he Read More

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(172) Kate Penner, on Ballet’s Race Problem

This week we are joined by our friend, Kate Penner. Kate received her early dance training from Arlington Center for Dance, now BalletNova, in Arlington, VA and participated in the Kennedy Center’s Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency Program and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.  She attended and graduated from Harvard University, where she worked with Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel, performing ballets such as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Serenade, and Who Cares?  Upon graduating, Kate Read More

Michael Sean Breeden and Rachel Quiner in The Nutcracker - Conversations on Dance Podcast

BONUS: Rebecca and Michael: Nutcracker Gigs, Part Deux

Last week, in episode 168, we talked about Michael’s coming out of retirement for Nutcracker guesting. Unfortunately due to scheduling, this episode was cut short, so in a BONUS episode this week, we are finishing that chat, and taking a few detours along the way! This episode is brought to you by Yumiko (yumiko.com) and Read More

Michael Sean Breeden and Rachel Quiner in The Nutcracker - Conversations on Dance Podcast

(168) Rebecca and Michael: Nutcracker Gigs

Nutcracker may be over, but this week Rebecca and Michael sit down to catch up and discuss Michael’s Nutcracker gigs. Rebecca asks Michael about coming out of retirement for his return to the Nutcracker this past December. We chat about how he prepared, what the rehearsal process was like, and we get nostalgic over other Read More

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(166) Joseph Gordon, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

This week we are joined from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival by Joseph Gordon, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer.  Joe was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and began his dance training at the age of five at The Phoenix Dance Academy. He began studying at the School of American Ballet during the 2006 summer course Read More

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(164) Christopher Grant, New York City Ballet Dancer

This week we are joined from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival this past summer, by Christopher Grant, New York City Ballet dancer.  Christopher was born in Jamaica, Queens. He began his dance training at the School of American Ballet (SAB) in 2002.  In August 2015, he became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as Read More

Erin Baiano - Dancer turned Photographer - Conversations on Dance Podcast

(162) Erin Baiano, Dancer Turned Photographer

This week on Conversations on Dance, we talk with dancer turned photographer, Erin Baiano from the Vail Dance Festival. If you follow Vail Dance Festival on social media, it is Erin’s beautiful photos that tell the story of the festival, from rehearsals to performances.  Erin grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Read More

Adji Cissoko - LINES Ballet - Conversations on Dance Podcast

(161) Adji Cissoko, Dancer With Alonzo King LINES Ballet

This week we are joined from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival by Adji Cissoko, dancer with Alonzo King LINES Ballet.  Adji grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at Ballet Academy Munich. She attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2014, Read More

Connor Walsh - Houston Ballet - Conversations on Dance Podcast

(158) Connor Walsh, Houston Ballet Principal Dancer

Today we are joined by Houston Ballet Principal Dancer, Connor Walsh. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Connor began his training at the age of seven under the direction of his mother Constance Walsh. He has trained at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. In 2004, Walsh joined Houston Read More