Roman Mejia - Conversations on Dance From Vail Dance Festival

(101) Roman Mejia LIVE From Vail Dance Festival

Roman Mejia is one of the newest members of the New York City Ballet, having burst onto the scene at the Vail Dance Festival fresh out of the School of American Ballet. In just his first year at the company, he’s garnered critical acclaim for numerous solo roles, and is quickly gathering momentum as a 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

San Francisco Ballet in Trey McIntyre's Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem.© Erik Tomasson

BONUS: Choreographer Trey McIntyre from SFB’s Unbound Festival

This week on ‘Conversations On Dance’, we are joined by esteemed choreographer Trey McIntyre, whose second work for the San Francisco Ballet recently premiered in the company’s Unbound Festival. Trey’s rise to prominence as a choreographer began when Ben Stevenson, then director of the Houston Ballet, created the position of choreographic apprentice for him. He Read More

Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden of Conversations on Dance

(82) Michael and Rebecca on Retirement & Changes in the Ballet World

This week it is just Michael and Rebecca, taking some time to catch up.  Rebecca has a big announcement to make, we talk changes happening at New York City Ballet and what it means for ballet as a whole (30:10), and we discuss what is coming up for Conversations on Dance (44:07). This episode is Read More

Alastair Macaulay, Ashton and Balanchine: Parallel Lives with Alastair Macaulay

(77) Ashton and Balanchine: Parallel Lives with Alastair Macaulay

Today we have a wonderful bunhead episode in store, with one of our favorite guests, The Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times, Alastair Macaulay. Alastair and Michael are together in Michael’s New York City apartment, while I call in to join the conversation. Today we are focusing on two of the most important Read More

Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar, New York City Ballet Principals - Conversations on Dance podcast

(76) Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar, New York City Ballet Principals

Today we are bringing you another episode from Next Generation Ballet in Tampa.  We sit down with esteemed New York City Ballet Principals Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar who were performing as guest artists for NGB’s “Nutcracker” this past December.   Sara has been on the pod before, so if you haven’t heard our interview Read More

Philip Neal, Artistic Director of Next Generation Ballet

(74) Philip Neal, Artistic Director of Next Generation Ballet and Former New York City Ballet Principal

This week we continue our coverage of Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker by speaking with Philip Neal, Artistic Director of Next Generation Ballet.  Philip began his training at the age of 11 at the School of Richmond Ballet, where he was recognized by Edward Villella and offered a scholarship to the School of American Ballet.  He Read More

Ivonne Lemus Ballet mistress at Next Generation Ballet and former Soloist with National Ballet of Cuba

(73) Ivonne Lemus: Ballet Mistress at Next Generation Ballet & Former Soloist with National Ballet of Cuba

Today we talk with Ivonne Lemus: Ballet Mistress at Next Generation Ballet & Former Soloist with National Ballet of Cuba. We took a quick break over the holiday from our regularly scheduled programming, but while we were on our break, we went to Tampa to teach master classes, host a lecture, and record interviews with Read More

Next Generation Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

Bonus Episode: More from Next Generation Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

Welcome to a special episode of Conversations on Dance.  We are in Tampa, Florida this week covering Next Generation Ballet and their Nutcracker run at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.  In the coming weeks we will be releasing content with the staff including Director Philip Neal and Ballet Mistress Ivonne Lemus and their Read More