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Dance industry icon Tony Selznick is excited to be partnering with Dance Informa on The Hollywood Dance Podcast. Created with dancers in mind, episodes will cover everything from the history of dance to social media’s impact on the industry and interviews with the legends of the Hollywood Dance Industry.

Tony Selznick, scion of the legendary Hollywood Selznick family, has been in the business of dance and choreography for more than 30 years. In his role as Founder and Senior Agent at McDonald Selznick Associates (established in 2000), Tony has been instrumental in the career development of some of the most sought-after film, television and stage choreographers in the world. Working with his partner Julie McDonald (who is the original pioneer agent in the dance world), together they have helped their clients bring movement to life in popular culture. In 2014 Tony and Julie made MSA Associate and director of the “on camera” department JC Gutierrez a partner in the agency. MSA is proud of the fact that many of their clients have transitioned from dancer to choreographer, to creative director/ stage director on shows like Cirque Du Soleil, and now to executive producer of some of televisions highest rated shows including American Idol, America’s Got Talent and NBC’s new dance show WORLD OF DANCE.

Tony’s first big break was as a dancer in the 1980 motion picture Xanadu starring the legendary dancer-choreographer Gene Kelly (choreographed by MSA client, Kenny Ortega and Russell Clark). After numerous appearances in music videos, television shows and feature films, he began choreographing and creating competitions and producing events such as Winners Dance Competition and the First Annual American Choreography Awards. In 2009 Tony was asked by his friend Simon Fuller to be the American Judge on Superstars of Dance, NBC’s first international dance competition. In 2014 Tony and Jason Galoob created DANCEAMATIC, a digital ecosystem designed to give the global dance community a vehicle for discovery. They not only created the first platform of its kind, but were able to sign the biggest influencers in the dance space. MSA now boasts the only dance “Influencer” client roster of its kind. In 2016 Tony created THE CAMP with MSA associate Shelli Margheritis, a summer program for the aspiring professional dancer with exclusive workshops and master classes with MSA’s established clients, documented by MSA’s roster of Youtube Directors. In 2017 Tony sold a scripted drama about the music industry to E! called THE FACTORY written by Alex Sabeti. Tony’s partners in this endeavour are MSA Client Jamie King and mega music producer, Randy Jackson. In 2018 E! bought a dance reality show (called DANCE DYNASTY) created by Tony, his associate Jennifer Proctor and client Mikey Minden. The show is co-produced by Randy Jackson and takes place in Las Vegas.

Tony has another pride and joy – his two beautiful daughters Violet Selznick and Scarlet Selznick.

Dance Informa presents Tony Selznick: The Hollywood Dance Podcast Dance Informa presents Tony Selznick: The Hollywood Dance Podcast

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Dance industry icon Tony Selznick is excited to be partnering with Dance Informa on The Hollywood Dance Podcast. Created with dancers in mind, episodes will cover everything from the history of dance to social media’s impact on the industry and interviews with the legends of the Hollywood Dance Industry.

Tony Selznick, scion of the legendary Hollywood Selznick family, has been in the business of dance and choreography for more than 30 years. In his role as Founder and Senior Agent at McDonald Selznick Associates (established in 2000), Tony has been instrumental in the career development of some of the most sought-after film, television and stage choreographers in the world. Working with his partner Julie McDonald (who is the original pioneer agent in the dance world), together they have helped their clients bring movement to life in popular culture. In 2014 Tony and Julie made MSA Associate and director of the “on camera” department JC Gutierrez a partner in the agency. MSA is proud of the fact that many of their clients have transitioned from dancer to choreographer, to creative director/ stage director on shows like Cirque Du Soleil, and now to executive producer of some of televisions highest rated shows including American Idol, America’s Got Talent and NBC’s new dance show WORLD OF DANCE.

Tony’s first big break was as a dancer in the 1980 motion picture Xanadu starring the legendary dancer-choreographer Gene Kelly (choreographed by MSA client, Kenny Ortega and Russell Clark). After numerous appearances in music videos, television shows and feature films, he began choreographing and creating competitions and producing events such as Winners Dance Competition and the First Annual American Choreography Awards. In 2009 Tony was asked by his friend Simon Fuller to be the American Judge on Superstars of Dance, NBC’s first international dance competition. In 2014 Tony and Jason Galoob created DANCEAMATIC, a digital ecosystem designed to give the global dance community a vehicle for discovery. They not only created the first platform of its kind, but were able to sign the biggest influencers in the dance space. MSA now boasts the only dance “Influencer” client roster of its kind. In 2016 Tony created THE CAMP with MSA associate Shelli Margheritis, a summer program for the aspiring professional dancer with exclusive workshops and master classes with MSA’s established clients, documented by MSA’s roster of Youtube Directors. In 2017 Tony sold a scripted drama about the music industry to E! called THE FACTORY written by Alex Sabeti. Tony’s partners in this endeavour are MSA Client Jamie King and mega music producer, Randy Jackson. In 2018 E! bought a dance reality show (called DANCE DYNASTY) created by Tony, his associate Jennifer Proctor and client Mikey Minden. The show is co-produced by Randy Jackson and takes place in Las Vegas.

Tony has another pride and joy – his two beautiful daughters Violet Selznick and Scarlet Selznick.

    Kevin Maher with Tony Selznick and Megan Hunt

    Kevin Maher with Tony Selznick and Megan Hunt

    In this episode of The Hollywood Dance Podcast, Tony Selznick invites Kevin Maher to speak about achieving career balance in the dance industry.

    Kevin Maher was born in Hollywood, California, and moved to New York at 18 to pursue his passion for the arts. He trained at Culture Shock NY, La Santa Luz Dance Company, Rhapsody the Company, Broadway Dance Center, Djoniba Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center.

    Maher's professional dance credits include working with artists such as Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez, and appearing in the movie You Got Served. He's taught in some of America's most prestigious studios, from Edge PAC and Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio to Millenium Dance Complex and Broadway Dance Center.

    Maher's performing and teaching success has also led to an incredible career in choreography. He's worked with artists such as Carly Rae Jepson, New Kids On The Block, Britney Spears, Justin Beiber, Mariah Carey, Big Time Rush, The Wanted, and Jason Derulo, and on primetime TV shows Dancing With The Stars, X-Factor and America’s Got Talent.

    Maher, Hunt, and Derricks spend this episode discussing achieving balance between your career and personal life in the dance industry – and what it's like working with some of the world's biggest stars!

    The Hollywood Dance Podcast is produced by Dance Informa and MSA Agency.

    Audio editing by Tidalwav Studios.

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    • 32 min
    Marguerite Derricks with Tony Selznick & Megan Hunt

    Marguerite Derricks with Tony Selznick & Megan Hunt

    In this episode of The Hollywood Dance Podcast, Tony Selznick invites Marguerite Derricks to speak about career longevity in the dance industry.

    Marguerite Derricks is one of the world's most respected working choreographers.  In addition to being the first and only choreographer to be awarded three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography, she is also the recipient of five MTV Movie Awards for Best Dance Sequence.

    Marguerite’s television credits include HBO's Westworld and True Blood, Showtime’s The Affair, Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix’s Glow, the Emmy Award-winning Behind The Candelabra, and FX’s American Horror Story. Her television episodic credits also include popular shows such as Dancing with the Stars, Will and Grace, Bunheads and more. Marguerite has also choreographed and worked on some of the most popular movies of the last 20 years. From Showgirls, Austin Powers and Charlie's Angels, to 13 Going on 30 and Bad Moms 2, Marguerite has been involved in some of Hollywood's greatest hits.

    Selznick, Hunt, and Derricks spend this episode discussing how longevity can be achieved in today's dance industry, and why attitude and presentation play a big role in how you're perceived as an artist.

    The Hollywood Dance Podcast is produced by Dance Informa and MSA Agency.

    Audio editing by Tidalwav Studios.

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    • 32 min
    Mark Meismer & Tessandra Chavez with Tony Selznick & Megan Hunt

    Mark Meismer & Tessandra Chavez with Tony Selznick & Megan Hunt

    In this episode of The Hollywood Dance Podcast, Tony Selznick invites Tessandra Chavez and Mark Meismer to speak about how teaching and education has changed in the commercial dance industry.                                                           

    Tessandra Chavez is an Emmy Award-winning choreographer, who has worked on shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, World of Dance, America’s Got Talent, and American Idol. In 2015 Chavez, along with Derek and Julianne Hough, won the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography for the season-finale routine on Dancing with the Stars to Sia’s “Elastic Heart.” Chavez has also worked with iconic band MUSE, Dancing with the Stars in China, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, D-Trix’s Dance Showdown, Disney’s Dance Crew and the film Heartbeats directed by Duane Adler. Chavez is a world-renowned teacher – for six years she was head of Jazz dance at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Chavez continues to work with a new generation of dancers, and believes in making them both great people and performers.

    Mark Meismer has been dancing and teaching professionally for more than twenty years, and has worked with artists like Madonna, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, and Paula Abdul. On screen, Meismer has worked on Austin Powers 2 and 3, Starsky and Hutch and A Time For Dancing. Meismer has also worked on several TV shows, including Dancing With The Stars, Scrubs, Will and Grace, The MTV Video Music Awards, The American Music Awards and The VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards. Mark is also an original member of Mia Michaels’ NYC dance company RAW, and worked as Michaels’ assistant choreographer on Celine Dion’s A New Day in Las Vegas. As well as running his own dance company, Evolution, Meismer teaches master classes and workshops across the USA and internationally.

    Selznick, Hunt, Chavez and Meismer spend this episode discussing how teaching and education has changed in the commercial dance industry, and how today’s choreography requires a phenomenally high standard of dance from the performers in the pieces. In many ways, choreography and teaching now go totally in tandem. 



    The Hollywood Dance Podcast is produced by Dance Informa and MSA Agency.

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    • 32 min
    Phillip Chbeeb with Tony Selznick and Megan Hunt: Using discomfort as a catalyst for creativity

    Phillip Chbeeb with Tony Selznick and Megan Hunt: Using discomfort as a catalyst for creativity

    In this episode of The Hollywood Dance Podcast, Tony Selznick invites Phillip Chbeeb onto the show to discuss using discomfort as a catalyst for creativity – a fascinating concept for performers and creatives.

    Chbeeb started dancing at the age of 15 and has since become one of the world’s most influential urban choreographers. Since his breakout performance as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance, season five, he has returned to choreograph on the show, as well as working on other high-profile television series, including World of Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. Alongside directing, choreographing and performing for music videos, feature films and live award shows, Chbeeb shares his artistry globally via social media and his YouTube channel.

    Selznick, co-host Megan Hunt and Chbeeb explore what it means to be uncomfortable at moments in your career and how to reconcile that with success. They acknowledge and build on the idea that when dancers are able to understand the power of discomfort, they will find success, even out of feelings of rejection or failure.

    The Hollywood Dance Podcast is produced by Dance Informa and MSA Agency.

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    • 29 min
    Director Brazil & Dejan Tubic with Tony Selznick & Megan Hunt: Social Media in the Commercial Dance World

    Director Brazil & Dejan Tubic with Tony Selznick & Megan Hunt: Social Media in the Commercial Dance World

    Tony Selznick and co-host Megan Hunt talk to Dejan Tubic and Director Brazil about the impact of social media on the commercial dance industry.

    Dejan Tubic regularly teaches master classes to professional dancers all over the world. Dejan has choreographed for America’s Got Talent under the direction of Brian Friedman, for the hit vocal group Pentatonix, and has also appeared in various television shows including X-Factor, Glee, and MTV’s The Electric Barbarellas. With over 100 million views online, and over a quarter of a million followers, Dejan has people like Ellen Degeneres, The New York Times, Fox News, and even Perez Hilton blogging about his “fierce” choreography. With an incredible presence online, Dejan has changed the way dance is perceived when it comes to social media. 

    Brazil - known as Director Brazil - runs Brazil Content Agency. He is a self-taught creative professional and a pioneer of YouTube content who has built a broad and deep body of work including large corporate clients (McDonalds, Playboy, Walgreens, Sprite) and major recording artists (Tyga, Tyrese, Diddy, Wiz Khalifa, Austin Mahone). Born to an artistic family of Ballet Masters, Brazil grew up in a world of creativity, excellence and show business. He finished high school at age 15 to start his own production company and has been traveling the world creating content ever since. Brazil’s mission is to make a significant impact on the world through creative projects that innovate and push boundaries. 



    The Hollywood Dance Podcast is produced by Dance Informa and MSA Agency.

    Audio editing by Tidalwav Studios.

     

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    • 34 min
    Julie McDonald with Tony Selznick & Megan Hunt

    Julie McDonald with Tony Selznick & Megan Hunt

    Tony Selznick and Megan Hunt speak with Julie McDonald of McDonald Selznick Associates about her experiences as the first person to represent dancers in the industry.

    The Hollywood Dance Podcast is produced by Dance Informa and MSA Agency. 

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    • 29 min

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