50 episodes

Athlete Voices shines the spotlight on all things aesthetic sports. Through interviews with gymnasts, figure skaters, dancers, circus artists, and more, we aim to humanize athletes and de-stigmatize their struggles while inspiring and educating readers through their stories.

Athlete Voices Belicia Tang

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Athlete Voices shines the spotlight on all things aesthetic sports. Through interviews with gymnasts, figure skaters, dancers, circus artists, and more, we aim to humanize athletes and de-stigmatize their struggles while inspiring and educating readers through their stories.

    Ep. 47: Casey Hersch heals from trauma and illness through Latin ballroom dance

    Ep. 47: Casey Hersch heals from trauma and illness through Latin ballroom dance

    Casey Hersch is a licensed clinical social worker, animal advocate, Regent’s Scholar, health journalist, and avid Latin Ballroom dancer. She is the author of the mental health children’s book I Am Pawso: A Cat Teaches Kids Ways to Turn Around Difficult Situations. As a psychotherapist, Casey embraces integrative and holistic healing methods to help people overcome trauma and adverse childhood experiences, and to help people live quality lives with chronic illness. She believes in building resiliency from the inside out which includes movement and somatic resourcing at the core. 

    During a difficult time in Casey’s life, a community member gave her the opportunity to learn Balloom dance. The program, Paradise Dancers, inspired and transformed her so much that she studied the intricacies and used her observations to write her Social Work Master’s Thesis: Empowering Youth Voice. Casey has pursued Latin Ballroom Dance ever since. She considers the dancesport the greatest healing intervention of her life. Latin continues to help her live with Crohn’s disease and overcome past and present adversities.  Her cats, named Pawso and Samba, underscore her passion for the sport.

    Casey's website: caseyhersch.com

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 46: Team USA figure skater Pooja Kalyan continues her skating journey at Brown University

    Ep. 46: Team USA figure skater Pooja Kalyan continues her skating journey at Brown University

    Pooja Kalyan is a former Team USA figure skater and Junior at Brown University. She is a pre-med student studying neuroscience. She represented Team USA from 2016 - 2021 and is a two-time national medalist at the novice and junior level. She is also the first South Asian and first person from Arkansas to represent Team USA figure skating. Pooja is now co-captain of Brown's figure skating team and serves on the Board of Directors for USA Figure Skating. In her free time, Pooja enjoys yoga, baking and writing.



    Connect with Pooja: @poojamkalyan

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    • 37 min
    Ep. 45: Olympic artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez talks overcoming hurdles, body image, healthy performance mindset, and more

    Ep. 45: Olympic artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez talks overcoming hurdles, body image, healthy performance mindset, and more

    Anita Alvarez is a 27 year-old American artistic swimmer. She is a two-time Olympian, having competed at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, and is presently a 2024 Olympic hopeful. Anita is also a 6-time World Championship team member, 2-time World Championship medalist, and 4-time USA Artistic Swimming Athlete of the Year.



    Connect with Anita: ⁠@anitaaalvarez⁠

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    • 57 min
    Ep. 44: Tamar Greene shines as George Washington on Hamilton

    Ep. 44: Tamar Greene shines as George Washington on Hamilton

    Tamar Greene is the current George Washington in the Broadway company of Hamilton. Prior to joining the Broadway company, Tamar played the role of George Washington in the Chicago company of Hamilton for a year and a half through its closing. As a proud first-generation American, born of Jamaican and British parents, Tamar is a versatile artist whose musical passions mirror his eclectic background. As a writer, arranger, classical pianist and an opera singer, he combines much of his inspiration from Classical music, Reggae, Hip-Hop, R&B, Blues, and Jazz.



    Connect with Tamar: @tamar.greene



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    • 45 min
    Ep. 43: Darian Gemora talks all things hip hop and commercial dancing

    Ep. 43: Darian Gemora talks all things hip hop and commercial dancing

    Darian Gemora started his dance journey flash mobbing throughout San Francisco and got scouted by the competitive dance team called Funk Beyond Control that ignited his passion for dance. He later moved to a competition team that got second place in America’s Got Talent and was led by SYTYCD Choreographers Phoenix and Pharside. While competing on these teams they won World of Dance LA twice and World of Dance Bay Area. Darian has been signed to Rae Agency as a Professional dancer for the last 4 years and has been teaching adult classes in Industry Hip-Hop and Jazz Funk for the last 5 years. Darian specializes in choreography that celebrates inclusivity and challenges people of all ages to keep up with modern dance trends.



    Connect with Darian: @dariananthony_

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    • 39 min
    Ep. 42: World Champion Latin ballroom dancer Oxana Lebedew shares her story

    Ep. 42: World Champion Latin ballroom dancer Oxana Lebedew shares her story

    Oxana Lebedew is a 2-time World Champion Latin ballroom dancer, 8-time German Professional Latin Champion, and Blackpool Dance Festival finalist. In addition to achieving immense competitive success, Oxana has been a professional on the German version of Dancing With the Stars. Her illustrious ballroom dance career has led her to perform on the world's biggest stages and garner insights unique to artists who reach the highest levels in their craft. This is her story.



    Connect with Oxana: ⁠@oxana_lebedew⁠

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

ktalexander33 ,

Great Podcast!

As someone with no background in aesthetic sport, this podcast provides really interesting insights into what it’s like being involved in these sports! Belicia is a wonderful host that asks great questions and provides great insights, yet gives her guests space to discuss anything they’d like to throughout the interview.

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