(155) Rebecca & Michael Respond to COD Listener Survey

This week it’s just Rebecca and Michael.  We sit down to go through the responses from our listener survey.  We talk about some of the statistics that came to light from our questionnaire, go through some of the guest requests, talk about the ins and outs of creating the podcast, and go through your feed Read More

(153) Yumiko Takeshima, Founder of Yumiko

This week we are joined by Yumiko Takeshima, founder of dance wear company, Yumiko.  Yumiko began dancing at the age of four in Sapporo Japan.  At the age of 14, she moved to San Francisco to study at San Francisco Ballet School.  Yumiko went on to dance with various companies, before ultimately ending up at Read More

BONUS: Herman Cornejo of ABT From Vail Dance Festival

American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, Herman Cornejo, sits down with us from the Vail Dance Festival.  We talk about his year of dance since we last saw him in Vail, his 20th anniversary with ABT, and about what he is dancing this year at the festival.  You will want to listen to the end where he Read More

(125) Glenn Allen Sims of Alvin Ailey LIVE from the Kennedy Center

This week on Conversations on Dance we are bringing you a live podcast we recorded yesterday, February 4th, 2019 at the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center has wonderful Ballet and Contemporary Dance Class Series that offer advanced high school students the unique opportunity to learn from dancers from the nationally and internationally recognized companies that tour to the Kennedy Read More

(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

BONUS: Natasha Sheehan, Dancer with San Francisco Ballet

In today’s bonus episode we are continuing our coverage of San Francisco Ballet at the Kennedy Center as they showcase 6 works from the company’s Unbound: a festival of new works.  Today’s episode was recorded in April when we were in San Francisco as these works all premiered.  We talk with new corps member, Natasha Sheehan Read More

(87) Dancers’ Negativity and Perspective Post-Retirement

It’s just Rebecca and Michael this week, together from New York City, as they return to discuss some of the feedback received after last week’s episode.  They also discuss a recent article on dancers’ and negativity (10:30), and how a dancer’s perspective on their career changes post retirement (16:29).  They return to their interview format Read More

(83) Meg Booth, Director of Dance Programming at The Kennedy Center

This week we head back in our archives to our time at The Kennedy Center in October of 2017.  With this episode we are delighted to share an inside look into the world of arts administration.  We are speaking with Meg Booth, Director of Dance Programming at The Kennedy Center.  Meg attended the University of Read More

(80) Reid Bartelme and Jack Ferver, hosts of ‘What’s Going on With Dance and Stuff’

This week we are joined by Reid Bartelme and Jack Ferver, hosts of the podcast “What’s Going on With Dance and Stuff.”  We have had Reid on the podcast before to discuss his work as a costume designer, so tune into episode 21. Today we get to know Jack a little more when he tells Read More

(50) Part II: Edward Villella, Balanchine Dancer and Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director

Welcome to our second installment with Edward Villella, Balanchine Dancer and founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet.  Edward was hired into the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine in 1957 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1970.  Balanchine created many famous roles on Edward including Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Rubies section of Jewels, Tarentella, Read More