(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

(147) Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Roderick Phifer, on ‘The Little Prince’

Today we are bringing you a live podcast recording from the Vail Dance Festival on the Vail premiere of “The Little Prince.”  We are joined by choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and BalletX dancer who dances the title role in the peice, Roderick Phifer.  This episode was recorded on July 29th, 2019, one day before the Read More

(121) Frances Chung, Principal with San Francisco Ballet

Today we are returning to our time at San Francisco Ballet last April for the company’s Unbound Festival.  This week we talk with Frances Chung, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet. Frances was born in Vancouver, Canada and received her training at Goh Ballet Academy.   She joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de Read More

(120) Alastair Macaulay on Marius Petipa

This week on Conversations On Dance, we are joined by the chief dance critic of the New York Times, and one of our most frequent guests, Alastair Macaulay. Alastair, an expert on dance history, has previously guided us through histories of Balanchine’s classic ballet ‘Serenade’ and the work of Frederic Ashton. This week he delves Read More

(118) Cameron Grant, New York City Ballet Pianist

This week on Conversations On Dance we are joined by one of the ballet world’s most celebrated pianists, Cameron Grant. Cameron joined the New York City Ballet in 1984, where he was appointed pianist of the New York City Ballet orchestra four years later. He has played nearly every major piano ballet in the repertoire, Read More

(112) LIVE from the Kennedy Center: Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet

This week’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’ was recorded live at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Our guest is former New York City Ballet principal and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Ballet, Helgi Tomasson. The San Francisco Ballet is performing at the Kennedy Center this week, from October 23 – 28, 2018. They Read More

(109) Daniel Applebaum, Soloist with the New York City Ballet

This week on Conversations On Dance, we talk to Daniel Applebaum, dancer with the New York City Ballet. Daniel joined the company in 2005, and quickly became one of the most depended upon dancers, regularly dancing triple bills, morphing into  varied choreographic styles, and keeping dozens of ballets ready to go in his mind and Read More

(104) Margaret Tracey, Director of Boston Ballet School

Summer is almost over and many of our listeners are getting ready to head back to school. To help ease us into that transition, we sat down with the director of the Boston Ballet School, Margaret Tracey. Margaret had an illustrious 16 year career as a principal at the New York City Ballet, dancing a Read More

Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: Merce Cunningham Centennial

Merce Cunningham is one of the greatest and most influential choreographers of the 20th century. In honor of the Merce Cunningham centennial, we were pleased to host Melissa Toogood, a dancer of his works and Abi Sebaly, a Cunningham scholar.  We discuss Merce’s work methods, collaborations with artists like John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, broad influence in the Read More

(86) Misty Copeland’s Clap Back & Ballet’s Chance for a Turning Point

It’s just Rebecca and Michael this week as they sit down to discuss some of the stories that have been making news recently.  We talk about Misty Copeland’s epic and graceful response to a Twitter troll last week (7:55) and discuss Avichai Scher’s article for the Huffington Post, “The Me Too Moment Is Ballet’s Chance for a Read More