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(138) Tegan Rich, Festival Ballet Providence

This week we are joined by Tegan Rich, a dancer with Festival Ballet Providence, who is currently recovering from a full rupture of her achilles tendon.  Originally from Stuart, Florida she began her training at the Dance Academy of Stuart and as a teenager, she later moved to Miami to train with the Miami City Read More

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(132) Miriam Miller, New York City Ballet Dancer

This week on Conversations on Dance, we are joined by New York City Ballet dancer, Miriam Miller from last summer’s Vail Dance Festival.  Miriam was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and began her dance training in 2001. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB) in 2011 and 2012, enrolling as a Read More

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(128) Rebecca & Michael: NYCB Directorship Announcement

Rebecca and Michael record an emergency podcast to discuss and react to the big news this week in the ballet world: the announcement of the appointment of Jonathan Stafford as artistic director and Wendy Whelan as associate artistic director of New York City Ballet.  Our sound quality isn’t our best, and for that we apologize, but we Read More

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(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

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(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

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(116) Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet

Today we are joined by Miami City Ballet Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, and our former boss.  Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami, Lopez began taking ballet lessons at the age of five and continued her training full time at the School of American Ballet when she was 14. George Balanchine chose her to 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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(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

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(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

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