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Welcome to Conversations on Dance, the top rated dance podcast on Apple Podcasts. Hosted by former Miami City Ballet Dancers, Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden, the Conversations on Dance podcast offers weekly chats with the dance world’s best and brightest. Enjoy engaging conversations about topics ranging from training, choreography, career advice, music, dance history, and much more. 

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Conversations on Dance Michael Sean Breeden & Rebecca King Ferraro

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Welcome to Conversations on Dance, the top rated dance podcast on Apple Podcasts. Hosted by former Miami City Ballet Dancers, Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden, the Conversations on Dance podcast offers weekly chats with the dance world’s best and brightest. Enjoy engaging conversations about topics ranging from training, choreography, career advice, music, dance history, and much more. 

Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.
Website: conversationsondancepod.com
Join our email list: https://bit.ly/mail-COD
YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/youtube-COD
Instagram: instagram.com/conversationsondance
Facebook: facebook.com/conversationsondance
Facebook Group:  facebook.com/groups/conversationsondancefriends
Twitter: twitter.com/convoondance

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    (374) The History of 'Giselle' with Alastair Macaulay

    (374) The History of 'Giselle' with Alastair Macaulay

    On today's episode of 'Conversations On Dance', we are joined by Alastair Macaulay, esteemed critic and historian for the performing arts. Alastair previously joined us for a deep dive into the history of Balanchine's classic 'Serenade'; today he returns for critical analysis of one of the oldest and most beloved full lengths in ballet history, 'Giselle'. Alastair will be presenting a seminar on the same subject at the New York Public Library Bruno Walter Auditorium on Friday, December 1st. Tickets are sold out, but a standby line will form 45 minutes before with available seats distributed on a first come first served basis. 
    Explore Alastair's dance musings on his website, alastairmacaulay.com.
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    • 57 min
    (373) Lar Lubovitch, internationally renowned choreographer

    (373) Lar Lubovitch, internationally renowned choreographer

    On today's episode of 'Conversations On Dance', we are joined by internationally renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch. We talk to Lar about his late start in dance, the benefits of creating works on his company and the differences in the creative process for the dozens of commissions he received over decades whether for the most respected ballet companies in the world, musical theater or ice dancing. If you're in the New York area, come celebrate Lar's career this December 3rd at the Guggenheim Works & Process presentation 'Lar Lubovitch at 80: Art of the Duet', which will feature duets Lar choreographed throughout his career. Tickets are available at guggenheim.org/initiatives/works-process.
    Complexions at the Joyce Nov. 14 - Nov 26: https://www.joyce.org/performances/complexions-contemporary-ballet
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    (372) Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West, on Willam Christensen's 'The Nutcracker'

    (372) Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West, on Willam Christensen's 'The Nutcracker'

    On today's episode of 'Conversations On Dance', we are joined by the Artistic Director of Ballet West, Adam Sklute. Adam sits down with us to tell us about his journey from dancer to director, the positive changes he's enacted since he took over the role of Artistic Director in 2007 and to give us a deep look into the company's production of Willam Christensen's 'Nutcracker', the very first full length production of the holiday classic ever performed in America. Ballet West will be performing 'The Nutcracker' at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC from Nov 22-26 and in Salt Lake City from Dec 8-27. Tickets for the Kennedy Center can be purchased at kennedy-center.org, while Ballet West's hometown performances can be found at balletwest.org. 
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    • 46 min
    (371) Julie Kent and Stanton Welch, Artistic Directors of Houston Ballet

    (371) Julie Kent and Stanton Welch, Artistic Directors of Houston Ballet

    On today's episode of 'Conversations On Dance', we are joined by Houston Ballet's Artistic Directors, Stanton Welch and Julie Kent. Stanton looks back on 20 years leading the Houston Ballet, while the two of them give us an inside look at what their shared leadership roles mean to both them and the organization at large, while also offering a glimpse into what audiences can expect from the company this season and into the future. If you are in the Houston area and would like to purchase tickets to Houston Ballet's 2023-24 season, visit houstonballet.org. 
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    • 54 min
    (370) Interview with Martha Graham

    (370) Interview with Martha Graham

    On today's episode of 'Conversations On Dance', we are joined by Michael Small, former reporter for People Magazine and the host of the podcast 'I Couldn't Throw It Out'. Michael tells us about a fascinating experience he had interviewing Martha Graham at age 95, an interview that Michael luckily held onto on cassette tape for nearly three decades because he, naturally, couldn't throw it out.
    We listen to the interview here, but for a deep dive on Michael's other interview subjects, including an upcoming with Tupac Shakur, check out his podcast on Apple Podcasts or at throwitoutpodcast.com. 
    Listen to the original episode of the Throw It Out Podcast here. The transcript of Martha's interview is available here.
    The interview with Martha starts around 33:00.
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    The Bard College Dance Program, located 90 miles north of New York City in the Hudson Valley and housed in the Frank Gehry designed Fisher Center, sees the pursuit of artistry and intellect as a single endeavor and the study of the body as a cognitive act, demanding both physical practice and exploration of the broader academic contexts in which the art form exists. Through intensive technique and composition courses, onstage performance, and production experience, dance students are prepared to understand and practice the art of choreography and performance. Since 2009, the Bard Dance Program has hosted an in-residence dance company or performing arts organization bringing professional technique and composition to the academic program in the form of teaching, educational licensing projects, master classes, full-Company production residencies, and public performances. Past partnerships have included Bill T Jones Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, American DanceFestival, and Gibney Dance. For more information please contact Program Director, Tara Lorenzen tlorenzen@bard.edu.
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    • 57 min
    (369) Marina Harss, on her new book 'The Boy From Kyiv: Alexei Ratmansky's Life in Ballet'

    (369) Marina Harss, on her new book 'The Boy From Kyiv: Alexei Ratmansky's Life in Ballet'

    On today's episode of 'Conversations On Dance', we are joined by Marina Harss, author of 'The Boy From Kyiv', the life story of the great choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. We talk to Marina about her own journey to writing dance, how she came to admire and love Ratmansky's work and what her process was researching and developing the book. You can purchase 'The Boy From Kyiv' at your local bookstore or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Ql3WMa.
    THIS EPISODE'S SPONSOR:
    The BFA Dance program at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University prepares students to be at the forefront of dance innovation through performance, choreographic and critical historical and theoretical exploration. Studying dance at Johns Hopkins, one of the world’s premier research institutions, gives students the opportunity to make connections between dance, science, technology, and the humanities. Submit your application by December 1st. Learn more at Peabody.jhu.edu/dancebfa
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

JerryfromGrandJunction ,

To learn about dance, this podcast is all you need!

I have enjoyed dance, especially ballet and modern for many years, but at a superficial level. My wife and I started going to the Vail Dance Festival about 8 years ago, initially one or two nights but more recently all of the performances. As a part of the Festival there were conversations with the dancers, and other artists associated with the event. Rebecca and Michael were the interviewers. Initially we went to just one or two but have recently been going to almost all. We have really enjoyed the deeper perspective on what we were seeing, what it took for the performers to get to this stage in their careers, how choreographers got into choreography, etc. This podcast is, for us, a continuation of our learning more about all elements of dance, and a bit more about the personalities of the dance world. The recent episode on an interview with Martha Graham done by Michael Small when she was 95. Michael and Rebecca do a wonderful job of interviewing Small, introducing his recording, and pausing the interview to reflect on what was being said. It was so funny to hear about how she told Mikhail Baryshnikov to move out of the way at one practice. And it was heartbreaking to hear her reflect on how much she still missed dancing at the end of the interview.

The thing is, this is just one of the many great interviews available at COD. If you are at all interested in ballet, this podcast is a must!

Viveca1 ,

Love it!

Both hosts are very talented and lively and well prepared. I really enjoy these interviews. Thank you for making a great show!!!

CatherineKBee ,

Best ballet podcast out there!

After one episode, you’ll want to hear the rest! Every interview is perfect and they feature so many incredible dancers/choreographers!

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