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(154) Christine Shevchenko, Principal with American Ballet Theatre

This week we are joined by Christine Shevchenko, Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.  Christine was born in Ukraine, where she was chosen to train in rhythmic gymnastics and ballet at an Olympic school.  At eight years of age, she moved with her family to the United States where she trained for nine years at Pennsylvania Read More

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(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

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(145) Agnes De Mille’s ‘The Other’ at Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

This week we have the pleasure of diving into one of the works that will be presented this year at the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, Agnes De Mille’s ‘The Other.’  We speak with dancers Stephen Hanna (formerly of NYCB) and Abi Stafford (Principal at NYCB) who will be performing this work at the festival. We 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: Alastair Macaulay on his departure from the New York Times

This week on ‘Conversations On Dance’, we are bringing you a special bonus episode, with one of of most frequent guests, Alastair Macaulay. Today, Alastair has announced his decision to step down from his post as chief dance critic of the New York Times. In his years writing for the Times, Alastair’s reviews became events unto 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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Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: Damian Woetzel and Claudia Schreier

Join us for another live Festival Forum panel discussion with Damian Woetzel and Claudia Schreier.  Damian Woetzel is the Artistic Director of The Vail Dance Festival and Claudia Schreier is back creating work at the festival for a third time.  We talk about Damian’s beginnings at the festival and how he developed it’s mission.  We Read More

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(100) Rebecca & Michael celebrate 100 episodes!

This week it’s just Rebecca and Michael to celebrate our 100th episode.  We take the time to reflect on the past two years of Conversations on Dance by counting down our top 10 favorite episodes.  We have had so many incredible guests that it was hard to narrow it down, so a few other favorite Read More

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(99) Michael Novak, Artistic Director Designate of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation

This we we are delighted to welcome Michael Novak,  the Artistic Director Designate of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation. Raised in Rolling Meadows, IL, Michael began studying dance at age ten.  In 2001, he was offered a Presidential Scholarship to attend The University of the Arts in Philadelphia to pursue training in jazz and ballet. The following 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