Christopher Wheeldon- Conversations on Dance

(93) Christopher Wheeldon, Choreographer

This week on the podcast, we are joined in San Francisco by one of the world’s most in demand choreographers, Christopher Wheeldon. Having trained at Royal Ballet, Wheeldon was taken into the company, but soon transferred to the New York City Ballet, where he rose to the rank of soloist. His choreographic talents were soon Read More

San Francisco Ballet Principal, Sofiane Sylve on the Conversations on Dance podcast.

(91) Sofiane Sylve, LIVE From SF MOMA

This week we are happy to be sharing with you a recording of our live event at SF MOMA last month.  We were pleased to be able to sit down and talk with San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer, Sofiane Sylve, as a part of a live lecture put together by the San Francisco Based organization, “Words on Read More

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(86) Misty Copeland’s Clap Back & Ballet’s Chance for a Turning Point

It’s just Rebecca and Michael this week as they sit down to discuss some of the stories that have been making news recently.  We talk about Misty Copeland’s epic and graceful response to a Twitter troll last week (7:55) and discuss Avichai Scher’s article for the Huffington Post, “The Me Too Moment Is Ballet’s Chance for a 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

Amy Brandt, Pointe Magazine Editor-in-Chief

(79) Amy Brandt, Pointe Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Today we are joined by Amy Brandt, Pointe Magazine Editor-in-Chief.  Amy invited us to the Pointe headquarters in New York City and gave us a tour of their beautiful offices before we sat down to chat.  Amy dance professionally with Milwaukee Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet among others.  During her ballet career, she pursued 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

Conversations on Dance podcast on Balanchine's Jewels

(72) Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ with Bob Gottlieb: author, editor, and dance critic

  As our final episode of 2017, we are saluting this year’s biggest ballet celebration, 50 years of George Balanchine’s “Jewels.”  Today we take an in depth look at Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ with Bob Gottlieb: author, editor, and dance critic.  Bob has been editor-and-chief of Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and the New Yorker.   Read More

Lauren Lovette, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

(70) Lauren Lovette, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

This week we are heading into our vault from our time at the Vail Dance Festival this past summer, where we spoke with many of the festival’s amazing and talented artists.  Today we talk with Lauren Lovette, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer who was not only dancing at the festival, but also choreographing a new Read More