Calvin Royal III - Conversations on Dance - Vail Dance Festival

(238) Calvin Royal III, Principal with ABT, LIVE from Vail Dance Festival

LIVE from Vail Dance Festival, today we chat with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Vail Dance Festival Artist in Residence, Calvin Royal III. We hear from Calvin about his beginnings in dance, his promotion to principal, how he stayed inspired during the pandemic, and being artist in residence at this year’s festival. This episode Read More

Ashley Bouder - Lake Tahoe Dance Festival - Conversations on Dance

(232) Ashley Bouder on The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

This week we are joined by New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Ashley Bouder. It has been over 4 years since we last had Ashley on the pod, so we have a lot of catch up on. We talk about what this last year has been like for her, about her college courses and teaching Read More

Gavin Larsen - Being a Ballerina - Conversations on Dance

(225) ‘Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life’ with Gavin Larsen

Today we are re-joined by friend of the pod, Gavin Larsen, former principal dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre. We first spoke with Gavin in May 2020 in episode 185 about her career and the then timely topic, teaching ballet on Zoom. Today, Gavin returns to talk with us about her book that is officially being Read More

Jillian Vanstone - Conversations on Dance

(223) Jillian Vanstone, The National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer

This week we are joined by National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer, Jillian Vanstone. A native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Jillian trained at the Kirkwood Academy of the Performing Arts and Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011. We talk to Read More

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(221) Fantasy Ballet Company – with Evelyn Kocak

This week we are re-joined by our very special co-host and friend, Evelyn Kocak. Recently, there was an article in the New York Times surrounding “What is a ballet body?” We decided, that as these kinds of conversations continue about how to evolve our art form, we thought we would sit down and talk about Read More

Janie Taylor - Conversations on Dance

(202) Janie Taylor, L.A. Dance Project Dancer & former NYCB Principal

Our guest today is Janie Taylor, a former principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet, present day dancer with LA Dance Project, repetiteur for the works of Benjamin Millepied, costume designer, and creator of the art newspaper Quarter Marks. At the New York City Ballet, Janie amassed a broad rep that showcased the full depth Read More

Susan Jaffe - Artistic Director Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre - Conversations on Dance

(199) Susan Jaffe, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s New Artistic Director

Today we chat with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s newly appointed Artistic Director, Susan Jaffe. Susan was a Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 22 years, appearing prominently in the international dance scene and frequently dancing with Mikhail Baryshnikov. She retired from the stage in 2002 at age 40 and went on to serve as an 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

Tricia Albertson - Miami City Ballet - Conversations on Dance

(181) Tricia Albertson, Principal with Miami City Ballet

This week we are joined by our friend, Tricia Albertson, Principal dancer with Miami City Ballet. Raised in Santa Cruz, CA, she began her ballet training at The Studio School of Classical Ballet. She attended summer programs at San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (SAB) before joining SAB for the year-round Read More

Jovani Furlan - Conversations on Dance

(179) Jovani Furlan, Soloist New York City Ballet

This week we are joined by our friend, Jovani Furlan, soloist with New York City Ballet. Born in Joinville, Brazil, Jovani started dancing at the age of 11 at The Bolshoi Theater School in Brazil. In 2010 he participated in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and was offered a full scholarship to attend Read More