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(251) Nicole Mitchell Mommen, NYCB Assistant Stage Manager, and Brandon Stirling Baker, Lighting Director and Lighting Designer of Boston Ballet

On this episode of Conversations on Dance, recorded at the 2021 Vail Dance Festival, we give you an inside look at two roles that are essential to every dance and ballet performance. Today we are joined by NYCB Assistant Stage Manager, Nicole Mitchell Mommen, and Lighting Director and Lighting Designer of Boston Ballet, Brandon Stirling Read More

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(248) Gretchen Smith, dancer with New York City Ballet from Vail Dance Festival

Today we are joined by New York City Ballet dancer Gretchen Smith, from the 2021 Vail Dance Festival earlier this month. Gretchen was born in Evansville, Indiana, and began her dance training at the age of seven with Evansville Dance Theatre. She began studying at the School of American Ballet during the 2003 summer course Read More

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(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

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(240) Tiler Peck and Herman Cornejo, LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival

We are joined today by Tiler Peck, principal dancer with New York City Ballet and Herman Cornejo, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. The pair tell us about their partnership here at the festival and Justin Peck’s newest work. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, This episode was recorded on August Read More

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(218) Craig Hall, New York City Ballet Repertory Director

This week we are joined by Craig Hall, New York City Ballet Repertory Director. Craig was born in Maywood, Illinois. At age 14, he began studying at the Chicago Academy of the Arts and entered the School of American Ballet full time in the fall of 1997. In October 1999, Craig became an apprentice with Read More

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(158) Connor Walsh, Houston Ballet Principal Dancer

Today we are joined by Houston Ballet Principal Dancer, Connor Walsh. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Connor began his training at the age of seven under the direction of his mother Constance Walsh. He has trained at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. In 2004, Walsh joined Houston Read More

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(133) Rebecca & Michael: Becoming a Repetiteur

This episode was recorded in February, when Rebecca & Michael were at the Kennedy Center to cover American Ballet Theatre’s tour to Washington, D.C.  We sit down to finally catch up on Michael’s experience setting a ballet for the very first time.  Michael spent about a month in Phoenix with the wonderful dancers of Ballet Arizona 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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(124) Patricia Delgado and Jared Angle

This week we head back into our vault from our time at the Vail Dance Festival last summer.  Today we speak with former Miami City Ballet Principal dancer, Patricia Delgado, and New York City Ballet Principal, Jared Angle.  Even though they have never danced in the same company, many gigs have brought them to dance 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