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(252) Wes Chapman, former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Chairman of the Jury for the Universal Ballet Competition

On today’s episode of Conversations On Dance we speak with Wes Chapman, former American Ballet Theatre principal, former director of Alabama Ballet, and sought after teacher and coach. Wes tells us about his illustrious career performing on the Met stage with ABT, how he came to direct Alabama Ballet, and how he now shepherds young Read More

Center Center by James Whiteside - Conversations on Dance

(247) James Whiteside on his new book, “Center Center,” from Vail Dance Festival

Today, we are chatting with friend of the pod and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, James Whiteside, from the 2021 Vail Dance Festival. James tells us all about his new (self-proclaimed) “almost-memoir” that just hit bookshelves called Center Center. We hear about how long he has dreamt of writing a book, how the idea came Read More

Justin Peck and Robbie Fairchild - Conversations on Dance - Vail Dance Festival

(246) Justin Peck and Robbie Fairchild, LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival

Today we are sharing with you our final LIVE event recording from the 2021 Vail Dance Festival. In this episode, we are joined by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer, Justin Peck, and dancer and actor, Robbie Fairchild. These two have been friends since they were students at the School of American Ballet, working together Read More

Esteban Hernandez - Conversations on Dance

(245) Esteban Hernandez, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet

Today we are joined by Esteban Hernandez, principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. Esteban talks to us about training with his father and siblings, moving abroad at a young age to study ballet, and how he found his dream company in San Francisco Ballet.  Esteban will be making his return to the stage on August Read More

Cameron Grant - Pianist - Conversations on Dance - Vail Dance Festival

(242) Cameron Grant, Pianist, LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival

In our next installment of LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, we are joined by New York City Ballet pianist, Cameron Grant. Cameron has played for the ballet for nearly 40 years, and shares with us some of his wealth of experiences and stories. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, This Read More

Jamar Roberts - Conversations on Dance - Vail Dance Festival

(241) Jamar Roberts, Resident Choreographer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, LIVE from Vail Dance Festival

We are joined today by Jamar Roberts, dancer and Resident Choreographer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival. We talk with Jamar about his origins in dance, his love for visual art, how he got into choreography, and about his world premiere coming to the Vail Dance Festival this year. Read More

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

Emily Meisner - Conversations on Dance - National Dance Institute

(235) Emily Meisner, Director of National Dance Institute Collaborative for Teaching & Learning

Today we are joined by Emily Meisner, the Director of National Dance Institute Collaborative for Teaching & Learning. We have a wonderful chat with Emily about the beginnings of National Dance Institute, founder Jacques d’Amboise’s vision for NDI, how she became involved in the organization, and the amazing work that NDI Collaborative is doing. NDI Read More

April Daly - Joffrey Ballet - Conversations on Dance

(234) Joffrey Ballet’s Company Artist Partner Program with April Daly and Annie Lyonswright

As we all know, over the past year businesses and organizations have had to get creative in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts organizations are no exception. Today we get to hear about how Joffrey Ballet found a unique way to get their dancers involved in the company’s day-to-day operations. We speak with Joffrey Read More

Jessica Tong - Conversations on Dance Podcast

(229) Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

This week we are joined by Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Jessica received her formal training at The Ballet School in Salt Lake City and University of Utah. Tong danced with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in New York, and Hubbard Street 2 before dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Read More