Austin Hartel - Oklahoma International Dance Festival - Conversations on Dance

(190) Austin Hartel, Oklahoma International Dance Festival Artistic Director

Today we speak with Austin Hartel, Oklahoma International Dance Festival Artistic Director. Austin was a soloist and co-choreographer with Pilobolus Dance Theater, making appearances worldwide and on television. After his dance career, he joined the faculty of University of Oklahoma’s School of Dance where he has coordinated the Modern Dance Program for nearly 20 years. Read More

Eduardo Vilaro - Ballet Hispanico - Noche Unidos

(189) Eduardo Vilaro on Ballet Hispánico’s ‘Noche Unidos’

Today we check in with Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. We last spoke with Eduardo in November 2019 in episode 160 about his career and his directorship at Ballet Hispánico. If you want to listen to that episode, you can find the link in the description of this episode. Today we Read More

Damien Johnson - Conversations on Dance Podcast

(188) Damien Johnson, Faculty Member at The Washington School of Ballet

This week we are joined by our friend, Damien Johnson, faculty member of the Washington School of Ballet. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Damien started dancing at 13, eventually going on to study at The Rock School and The School of American Ballet. As a professional dancer, Damien has been a member of American Repertory Ballet, Read More

Patricia Delgado - Conversations on Dance

(187) Patricia Delgado on Teaching via Zoom

This week, friend of the pod Patricia Delgado, makes another appearance on Conversations on Dance, to discuss Zoom ballet class. Patricia is a former Principal Dancer with Miami City Ballet and is now a faculty member of the Juilliard Dance Division. Join us for a chat about what it’s like to teach dance digitally, troubleshooting Read More

Phil Chan - Conversations on Dance

(186) Phil Chan, co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface

Today we are joined by Phil Chan, a co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface. Phil is a graduate of Carleton College and an alumnus of the Ailey School and is now an arts administrator and educator. Phil was the founding General Manager of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, and was the General Manager for Read More

Gavin Larsen - Conversations on Dance

(185) Gavin Larsen on Teaching Online

This week we are continuing our conversation about teaching ballet classes online during the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk with Gavin Larsen, a former principal dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre, now living in Asheville, NC, where she teaches and writes about dance. After training at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, she Read More

Mikko Nissinen - Conversations on Dance

(183) Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet Artistic Director

This week, we are joined by Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet Artistic Director. Born in Helsinki, Mikko began his dance training at age ten with The Finnish National Ballet School, and launched his professional dance career at age 15 with The Finnish National Ballet.  He went on to continue his dance training at The Kirov Ballet Read More

Balanchine Masterworks Tournament Bracket - Conversations on Dance

(182) Rebecca and Michael: Balanchine Masterworks Tournament Bracket

This week on the pod, Rebecca and Michael fill out a Balanchine masterwork tournament bracket to crown the ultimate Balanchine ballet. In March, two students at Indiana University sent us an email: they were missing March Madness and decided to create a bracket for Balanchine Masterworks as a fun activity for the dance department. They Read More

Mira Nadon - Conversations on Dance Podcast

(180) Mira Nadon, New York City Ballet Corps de Ballet dancer

This week we are joined by Mira Nadon, New York City Ballet Corps de Ballet dancer. Mira began her ballet training at the age of six at the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Montclair, California. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), in 2014 and 2015, before entering SAB full-time for Read More

Alicia Graf Mack - Conversations on Dance - Juilliard School

(178) Alicia Graf Mack, Director, Dance Division at the Juilliard School

In January and February we put together a higher education series to explore dance programs in schools across the country. Today we are adding to this distinguished list of programs as we talk with the Juilliard School’s Director of the Dance Division, Alicia Graf Mack. Alicia enjoyed a distinguished career as a leading dancer of Read More