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(114) Arthur Pita, Choreographer

This week on Conversations On Dance, we are joined by choreographer Arthur Pita. Pita graduated with a master’s degree from London Contemporary Dance School, and has choreographed internationally in many different formats, including works for opera, musical theatre, plays and film. He has garnered attention for his imaginative and personal re-interpretations of classic narratives like Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ Read More

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(113) Sasha De Sola, Principal San Francisco Ballet

This week we are joined by San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer, Sasha De Sola.  Born in Winter Park, Florida, Sasha trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. on a full merit scholarship.  In 2004, Ms. De Sola received a scholarship for studies at the Paris Opera Ballet School.  At the age of Read More

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BONUS: Natasha Sheehan, Dancer with San Francisco Ballet

In today’s bonus episode we are continuing our coverage of San Francisco Ballet at the Kennedy Center as they showcase 6 works from the company’s Unbound: a festival of new works.  Today’s episode was recorded in April when we were in San Francisco as these works all premiered.  We talk with new corps member, Natasha Sheehan Read More

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(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

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(111) Sarah Van Patten, San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer

This week we are joined by Sarah Van Patten, Principal with  San Francisco Ballet.  Sarah trained at Ballet Workshop of New England, and danced with Massachusetts Youth Ballet. In 2000 at age 15, she joined the Royal Danish Ballet as an apprentice where John Neumeier cast her as Juliet in his Romeo and Juliet. Soon after, Read More

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(107) Misa Kuranaga, Boston Ballet Principal

On this week’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’, we are joined by Boston Ballet principal Misa Kuranaga. A native of Japan, Misa first came to dance professionally in America with the San Francisco Ballet, before additional training at the School of American Ballet. In 2003, she joined Boston Ballet, where was quickly handed major soloist Read More

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(98) Stanton Welch, Artistic Director Houston Ballet and Choreographer

This week on Conversations On Dance, our guest is Houston Ballet Artistic Director and acclaimed choreographer Stanton Welch. Born in Australia to two prominent ballet dancers, Welch expressed an interest in choreography almost immediately after beginning his dance training. Soon after joining the Australian Ballet as a dancer he received his first choreographic commission, and Read More

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(97) Ana Sophia Scheller, San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer

This week we are joined by Ana Sophia Scheller, San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer. The Argentinian-born dancer moved to New York at the age of 13 to study at the School of American Ballet, and later joined NYCB as a corps member in 2004 after a brief time with ABT’s Studio company. In her 13 Read More

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(96) Dwight Rhoden, Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Today on Conversations On Dance, we speak with Dwight Rhoden, founding artistic director and resident choreographer of Complexions Dance Company. Despite a late start in dance, Rhoden danced for numerous major companies, including as a principal with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Partnering with acclaimed performer Desmond Richardson, Rhoden co-founded Complexions in 1994, a company Read More

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(95) Mathilde Froustey, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet

This week we are joined by Mathilde Froustey, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet.  Mathilde started dancing at the age of 9 in the South of France before going on to study at the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1999.  In 2002 she joined The Paris Opera Ballet where she would dance numerous Principal roles Read More