Casual long-form interviews between Samantha, the owner of the ballroom dance studio Love.Live.Dance, and her weekly guests from around the dance world.
Listen in for discussions regarding the history of different dance styles, interviews with dancesport athletes, judges and coaches, general dance industry news, and even tips and tricks for dancers. A great source of dance industry information for beginners and professionals alike.
Communicating Effectively | Viktorija | Episode #50
Viktorija discusses her early career, finding her own expression, and defining how she and her partner Nick want themselves to be seen on the dance floor. She and Samantha also talk about navigating the different relationships and expectations in the dance world, along with tips for young professionals that are thinking about becoming dance instructors, and helpful tips for students trying to navigate their goals and expectations.
Entertaining and Connecting | Igor Litvinov | Episode #49
Igor Litvinov discusses his amateur career and his journey becoming a dancer. Samantha and Igor also breakdown his professional show dances for Ohio Star Ball and why choosing music and something that suits your personality is so important to connecting to the audience. The pair also talk a little bit about his decision to switch from competitor to competition organizer, and why he decided to launch the Boxstep app.
Dancing her Truth | Oxana Kashkina | Episode #48
Oxana Kashkina discusses her journey, from amateur dancer to English Educator to professional ballroom instructor. Oxana and Samantha delve deep into topics surrounding body image, cross-training, teaching methodology, and telling your story on the dance floor.
Oxana Kashkina was an Amateur 10-dancer prior to moving to the United States. She is currently an Open Professional 9-dance finalist, Mambo National Finalist, and took 2nd in the World Salsa Championships.
Teaching and Learning | Yuriy Kravets | Episode #47
Yuriy Kraveys discusses his journey from amateur to professional, from Ukraine to the United States and everything in between. Yuriy and Samantha analyze the structure of ballroom dance education in the US and in Europe, and chat about how instructors and pro-am students can approach the different levels of competitive dance.
Exploring SuperShag | Chris Johnston | Episode #46
Chris Johnston discusses his early dance career and how music and organizing parties became his passion in the industry. Chris and Samantha discuss the ups and downs of building a career in ballroom dance, the importance of recording and remembering our history, and where he sees the future of dancesport heading. Chris Johnston is the co-owner and founder of SuperShag dance studios and SuperShag video production.
Growing Pains: From Gymnast to Pro-dancer | Megan Rund | Episode #45
Megan Rund discusses her start in gymnastics, what happens when your plans suddenly change and your life has put on a completely different path, and the growing pains and culture shock of moving to Utah for college and for ballroom dance. Megan and Samantha also reflect on the interesting challenges of navigating the transition from amateur and student to professional and especially pro am instructor.
If you are a ballroom dancer of any type this podcast is a gem. The host has a wide variety of guests from all aspects of the social and competitve dance world and she takes the time to draw out her experts in a long format. I get the impression that Samantha is a very sincere and polite person and she brings out the best quailites in her guests. If you want to keep up or rekindle your involvement with dance this is the place to go esp. in these trying times.
Great interviews on all aspects of ballroom dance
Outstanding interviews! Samantha is extremely good at drawing the most interesting comments from her guests. She is intelligent and quick witted, but shows empathy with her guest which draw out honest discussions of every aspect of ballroom dance performances, the industry, and the community.