15 episodes

Opening the doors to one of the world's most revered art forms, Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers Tom Rogers and Tyrone Singleton explore the world of ballet and beyond as they question the unanswered, delve into backstage life and discuss the pressures and pleasures of what they do.


All views expressed are the participants' own.

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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 18 Ratings

Opening the doors to one of the world's most revered art forms, Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers Tom Rogers and Tyrone Singleton explore the world of ballet and beyond as they question the unanswered, delve into backstage life and discuss the pressures and pleasures of what they do.


All views expressed are the participants' own.

    "Ballet is honest" with Tamara Rojo

    "Ballet is honest" with Tamara Rojo

    Tamara Rojo, acclaimed dancer and director of English National Ballet, joins Tom and Ty for this episode.


    After Tom finally pronounces her name right, Tamara discusses her work on the DCMS taskforce that is dealing with the covid-19 crisis and the responsibility she feels towards the dance world in making sure its voice is heard. Tamara's relentless dedication and work ethic is revealed as she discusses the honesty and meritocracy of ballet.


    As a director Tamara has been determinedly pushing the boundaries of classical ballet and the guys ask for her thoughts on how ballet can stay relevant in the modern age. On a lighter note, both Tom and Ty were keen to know who Tamara blames when the casting comes out... 

    • 43 min
    "Killing Eve; bypassing the brain and going straight to the heart" - with Luke Jennings

    "Killing Eve; bypassing the brain and going straight to the heart" - with Luke Jennings

    Luke Jennings shot to notoriety as the author and creator of Killing Eve, but what you may not know is that Luke was a highly respected dance critic for 13 years. After securing a much-coveted interview with Rudolph Nureyev his career took off. Throughout this episode Luke and the guys discuss the art of storytelling and how language, writing and dance are inextricably linked. British ballet's ability to tell a story is also up for debate before Killing Eve and its evolution becomes our focus. In true psychopathic assassin Villanelle-style Tom and Ty end the episode as beautiful corpses...

    • 37 min
    "From paying to play, to two meals a day." with Steph Houghton

    "From paying to play, to two meals a day." with Steph Houghton

    Tom and Ty talk to one of the world's most celebrated female football players, England and Man City captain Steph Houghton. Steph reveals the transformation within the women's game, from packed lunches and paying to play to being at one of the world's most elite football clubs. Misconceptions about who we are and what we do is up for discussion, as well as ballet dancing footballers and team banter.. As the guys discuss leadership on the pitch and in the changing rooms it is clear to see why Steph is such a well-respected leader in her profession.

    • 40 min
    "From Ballerina to Baroness" with Deborah Bull

    "From Ballerina to Baroness" with Deborah Bull

    In this latest episode Tom and Ty talk to former Royal Ballet star and crossbencher in the House of Lords Baroness Deborah Bull. Besides discussing the choreography of dancing through social distancing, the trio tackle the bigger issues facing the cultural sector within the UK. It is fair to say that the Baroness handles these topics in the kind of eloquent and articulate manner that the boys can only dream of! This episode will certainly leave you with food for thought and content in the knowledge that the arts has champions like Baroness Deborah Bull fighting their corner at the highest levels of British governance.

    • 36 min
    "Motivation, drive and dog collars..." with Steven McRae

    "Motivation, drive and dog collars..." with Steven McRae

    For this episode it's Tom's turn to reunite with an old school mate. Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet Steven McRae. Having recently undergone his fourth surgery in 18 months we discover the drive and dedication that took him to the top of the ballet world is still there as he recovers. We also step away from the injury upheaval to talk studying, the power of dance, and the pros and cons of life on social media. Tom and Steven also share a moment of reflection upon their graduation from the Royal Ballet Upper School.

    • 38 min
    "If I see the shot, I've missed it" with Karolina Kuras

    "If I see the shot, I've missed it" with Karolina Kuras

    In this episode Tom and Ty are joined by Karolina Kuras one of the world's most renowned dance photographers. Karolina's warmth and passion for her craft is evident throughout this episode as they discuss the need to be authentic to your artistic vision in an industry dominated by images of 'the perfect arabesque' (probably photoshopped). Karolina and Ty gain far too much enjoyment for Tom’s inability to use Instagram.


    Whilst the photographers in this trio, Karolina and Ty again, tell us how you know you've got 'the shot'.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

sleekfan ,

Always a great listen!

I love listening to this bright, relaxed and well informed pair with their top list of guests. Always interesting, always entertaining and a genuine friendship between the two. Love!

FHTori ,

Shining light on extraordinary worlds and people!!!

Drew McOnie’s episode fuelled with spirit, passion and optimism about the future of the arts!!

Closet ballet fan ,

LucyBr

Love these guys! They find a great balance between fun and serious I find myself laughing along and then engrossed in what theya re discussing. Really appreciate ther honesty and they have some greta guests too.

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