32 episodes

Why Dance Matters is a series of conversations with extraordinary people from the world of dance and beyond. It traces the impact of dance on their lives and asks why dance matters to them – and why it might matter to us all. The RAD inspires the world to dance, and we hope these insightful personal conversations – hosted by David Jays, editor of Dance Gazette, the RAD magazine – will delight and even surprise you. Find out more on our website > https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/
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Why Dance Matters Royal Academy of Dance

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Why Dance Matters is a series of conversations with extraordinary people from the world of dance and beyond. It traces the impact of dance on their lives and asks why dance matters to them – and why it might matter to us all. The RAD inspires the world to dance, and we hope these insightful personal conversations – hosted by David Jays, editor of Dance Gazette, the RAD magazine – will delight and even surprise you. Find out more on our website > https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/
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    Episode 1- Akram Khan

    Episode 1- Akram Khan

    The opening guest in the new series of Why Dance Matters is a star among contemporary dance artists. Akram Khan is a dancer, choreographer, director and dreamer, whose work has shaped the international landscape of dance. He came to attention early as a virtuoso in kathak, the Indian classical dance form, and at 13 appeared in Peter Brook’s landmark Mahabharata. His own work explores kathak, contemporary dance and increasingly classical ballet, driving deep roots into myth and his own personal story – and our conversation is heartfelt and thoughtful, spiralling off in unexpected directions.
     
    About Akram Khan
     
    Akram Khan is one of today’s most celebrated dance artists, his imaginative and highly accessible productions including XENOS, Until the Lions, DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees. A magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines, he has collaborated with the National Ballet of China, Juliette Binoche, Sylvie Guillem, Kylie Minogue, Florence and the Machine, visual artists Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney and Jocelyn Pook. He created a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and has developed a close collaboration with English National Ballet. He was awarded an MBE in 2005.
     
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    Explore Akram’s work and find where Jungle Book Reimagined and Outwitting the Devil are touring at https://www.akramkhancompany.net/whats-on/
     
    Creature premieres at the London Film Festival on 15 October and will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 24 February 2023. https://www.ballet.org.uk/onscreen/creature-film/

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    • 37 min
    Episode 2- Dame Monica Mason

    Episode 2- Dame Monica Mason

    Dame Monica Mason
     
    May you live in interesting times may be an ancient curse, but Monica Mason has voyaged through some very interesting times and places. She spent most of her career at The Royal Ballet, eventually as its artistic director – but was born in South Africa, moving to London in the 1950s to ignite her astonishing career. She later toured through segregated America, behind the Iron Curtain, and to Cuba and China. As a Vice-President at the RAD she was a key figure in realising its dream of a new home, so is perfectly placed to discuss what it means to a dancer to feel at home and far away.
     
    About Dame Monica Mason
     
    Dame Monica Mason is a Vice-President of the RAD. Born in Johannesburg, she came to England aged 14. She joined The Royal Ballet in 1958 and was promoted to Principal in 1968. She created the Chosen Maiden in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Rite of Spring and many other roles in her wide repertoire. She later became Assistant Director, Acting Director and then Director of The Royal Ballet, from 2002–12, leaving the Royal Opera House after 54 years. She was made a Dame Commander for her services to dance and received the Queen Elizabeth II Award from the RAD in 2011.
     
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    • 42 min
    Episode 3- Zack Frongillo

    Episode 3- Zack Frongillo

    Zack Frongillo
     
    The Savannah Bananas is not what you might expect from a US baseball team; players break off to twerk, or do a TikTok challenge, and the Entertainment Director, Zack Frongillo, is a trained classical dancer.
    We love seeing dance sneak into unexpected places. In this episode, we hear from Zack who tells us how the Savannah Bananas in Georgia are making a double play with dance and baseball, and bringing more fun to their fans in the process. If you thought the team might be a stranger to dance breaks and pirouettes, then think again. Let’s play ball…
     
    About Zack Frongillo
     
    Zack Frongillo, the Littleton, Colorado native, began his dance career at the age of 16 and continued his dance career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While in college, Zack took his studies overseas to the Korean National Sports University and trained with the Seoul National Ballet. Zack joined the Savannah Bananas after the spring series in 2021, and shortly thereafter joined full time during the 2021 CPL Season as the Director of Entertainment. Previously, Zack was a Stage Manager for the Vegas Golden Knights Entertainment Team before their Inaugural Season in 2017, until eventually moving to Savannah in 2021. Zack was also the Entertainment Director for UNLV Hockey and assisted in regional tournaments with organizations such as the Pac-12, Mountain West, and WAC.
     
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    Find out more about the Savannah Bananas: https://thesavannahbananas.com

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    • 36 min
    Episode 4- Charlotte Edmonds

    Episode 4- Charlotte Edmonds

    Charlotte Edmonds
     
    Unusually, Charlotte Edmonds began her career as a professional choreographer while still a teenager. The RAD spotted her talent for making dance when she was just 18: she was Commissioned Choreographer for the RAD’s Genée International Ballet Competition (now named The Fonteyn) in 2015, and also became The Royal Ballet’s inaugural young choreographer. She continues to navigate a varied freelance career, often making her own creative opportunities.
     
    About Charlotte Edmonds
     
    Charlotte Edmonds is a choreographer, dancer and filmmaker. In 2013 she received her first choreographic commission from the Yorke Dance Project and The Royal Ballet and has an impressive number of choreographies to her name. She studied at the Royal Ballet School and Rambert, and was The Royal Ballet’s Inaugural Young Choreographer. She has also worked with Dutch National Ballet Junior Company, Studio Wayne McGregor and Ballet Cymru, and was Commissioned Choreographer for the RAD’s Genée International Ballet Competition (now The Fonteyn). She founded Cameo, a series of dialogues with female and non-binary dance makers; and drawing on her own experience, co-founded Move Beyond Words, to amplify the voices of artists with dyslexia.
    Find out more about the work of the RAD
     
    Find out more about The Fonteyn competition
     
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    Move Beyond Words: https://www.movebeyondwords.co.uk/
     

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    • 39 min
    Episode 5- Jay Jay Revlon

    Episode 5- Jay Jay Revlon

    Jay Jay Revlon
     
    Ballroom culture was celebrated in the tv drama Pose, set in New York during the 1980s and 90s. It originated in Harlem, where queer people of colour came together in act of self-expression and resistance, and is now international. A key figure in London’s scene is DJ, community activist and impresario, Jay Jay Revlon. Jay Jay has serious dance training, and found a home for his talents in ballroom – often with his mother on the door at his events! As father of the House of Revlon, Jay Jay looks after the people who work and perform with him. He’s the perfect guide to ballroom culture.
     
    About Jay Jay Revlon
     
    Born and raised in Peckham, South London, Jay Jay has many hats. His focus is curating events, DJing, Ballroom (voguing) and mentoring. Listed in Time Out’s ‘One to Watch’, he is a committed community activist, dedicated to creating safe spaces and conversations for QPOC and LGBTQ+. He does this through his own club night ‘Let’s Have a Kiki #theparty’ and as a volunteer peer to peer mentor at Stonewall Housing. A devoted influence on the London Ballroom scene, as Father of the ‘UK House of Revlon’, Jay Jay is a leading authority of Ballroom in the UK.
     
     
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    Jay Jay’s website is https://www.justjayjay.com/ and you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter @jayjayrevlon

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    • 40 min
    Episode 6 - Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel

    Episode 6 - Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel

    Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel
     
    Why Dance Matters has benefited hugely from encouragement and inspiration from Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel in the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, so it’s high time she was a guest. Born in Malta, Kathrina has been with the Faculty since 2005, and her books include Princess Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta and co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet, a brilliant survey of choreographers shaping the art of ballet. Dance education isn’t just a job to Kathrina, it’s a passion: how did she discover that this was where she wanted to spend her working life?
     
     
    About Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel
     
     
    Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel is Head of Research and Lead Academic Integrity Officer at the RAD’s Faculty of Education. A graduate of the RAD, the Universities of Durham and Surrey and London Metropolitan University, she took up the position of Lecturer in Dance Studies at the Faculty of Education in 2005, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014. She is editor of Focus on Education, has authored a book on the legacy of Princess Nathalie Poutiatine and co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet. She also set up and managed the dance company, three-fortyone dances, from 2003–07, and coaches gifted and talented students in a local ballet school in Surrey.
     
    Find out more about RAD’ Faculty of Education.
     
    Explore the Faculty’s Guest Lecture Series.
     
    Find out more about the RAD’s Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project.
     
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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ME4521 ,

Totally engaging and inspiring

I’ve listened to several interviews with Xander Parish, but somehow David Jays seemed to bring out something new for me. I can’t wait for the next episodes. I felt a message of: do your best, never give up and above all enjoy and have fun. We all need to be reminded of this; dancers and people who think they can’t dance - because we all can. Thank you!

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