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Weekly chats with the dance and ballet world's best and brightest. Hosted by former Miami City Ballet dancers Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden.

Conversations on Danc‪e‬ Rebecca King Ferraro & Michael Sean Breeden

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 202 Ratings

Weekly chats with the dance and ballet world's best and brightest. Hosted by former Miami City Ballet dancers Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden.

    (219) Rebecca and Michael, a check in

    (219) Rebecca and Michael, a check in

    It’s just Rebecca and Michael this week on the pod. We do a check in on what we have been up to (Michael got the vaccine!), we take a couple detours, then share a few books we are looking forward to getting our hands on. Thank you to Yumiko for their continued support of the pod. Shop online at Yumiko.com and connect with them on Instagem: @yumiko.







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    • 32 min
    (218) Craig Hall, New York City Ballet Repertory Director

    (218) Craig Hall, New York City Ballet Repertory Director

    This week we are joined by Craig Hall, New York City Ballet Repertory Director. Craig was born in Maywood, Illinois. At age 14, he began studying at the Chicago Academy of the Arts and entered the School of American Ballet full time in the fall of 1997. In October 1999, Craig became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2000. In 2007, he was promoted to soloist.







    Craig is currently NYCB Repertory Director and assistant to world renowned New York City Ballet Resident-Choreographer Justin Peck. He’s also a guest teacher at Manhattan Movements Arts Center, coach, and has given master classes and seminars across the U.S.







    We talk with Craig about his career, reminisce on some important advice from teachers, talk about his transition to becoming a repetiteur (his first gig was with us at Miami City Ballet), and the work he is doing now.







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    • 1 hr 16 min
    (217) Adriana Pierce, Freelance Dancer and Choreographer

    (217) Adriana Pierce, Freelance Dancer and Choreographer

    Today we chat with our friend and former Miami City Ballet dancer, Adriana Pierce. We last spoke with Adriana in episode 44 from May 2017. Since that episode, she has since left Miami City Ballet and is now a freelance dancer and choreographer in New York City. She tells us about some of the projects she has been a part of since moving, what the pandemic has been like as a freelance artist, and about her new project with two American Ballet Theatre dancers, #QueerTheBallet, recently featured in the Guardian.







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    • 43 min
    (216) Kurt Froman, Celebrity Ballet Coach and Former NYCB Dancer

    (216) Kurt Froman, Celebrity Ballet Coach and Former NYCB Dancer

    This week we are joined by celebrity ballet coach and former NYCB dancer, Kurt Froman. Kurt danced senior corps de ballet and soloist parts for over seven years at the New York City Ballet before venturing off to Broadway when he was cast in the leading role of James in the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel show, Movin’ Out.  He amassed numerous Broadway credits before being presented with the opportunity to be Associate Choreographer for the film, Black Swan, where he was the responsible for training and coaching Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and overseeing the Corps de Ballet. Since then, he has created a niche for himself as a celebrity ballet coach working on various projects. As a self-proclaimed bun-head, Kurt is a must follow on Instagram, where he shares incredible and rare videos of NYCB dancers and repertoire from his personal collection. Follow him now @kurtfroman or click the link in the description of this episode: https://www.instagram.com/kurtfroman.







    Join us for this wonderful chat with Kurt as we go through his expansive and varied career, including wonderful stories of working with celebrities including Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence.







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    • 1 hr 34 min
    (215) Lorenzo Pagano, Soloist with Martha Graham Dance Company

    (215) Lorenzo Pagano, Soloist with Martha Graham Dance Company

    Today on the Conversations on Dance podcast, we are joined by Lorenzo Pagano, Soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company. A native of Torino, Italy, Lorenzo moved to the US as a teenager and trained as a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and The Martha Graham School. He joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2012 and dances lead roles in a broad range of the company’s repertoire. We chat with Lorenzo about his beginnings in dance, coming to New York, his early years in the company dancing alongside dancers who had danced for Martha, and how things have changed for him since COVID hit.







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    • 46 min
    (214) ‘Isolation to Creation’ Docuseries from Works & Process at the Guggenheim

    (214) ‘Isolation to Creation’ Docuseries from Works & Process at the Guggenheim

    This week we are pleased to bring you a special behind the scenes look at some of the Works & Process creation that has been happening safely throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today we are joined by Ephrat Asherie, New York City-based b-girl, and Duke Dang, General Manager of Works & Process. We hear about Ephrat’s career and her recent work developed at a Works and Process Bubble Residency called, ‘UnderScored.’ Duke offers us an inside view into the arts administration side of this pandemic and how he and his team worked to get dancers and choreographers back to creating.







    A four-part docuseries called Isolation to Creation, follows the path of artists who participated in bubble residencies this summer as a part of Works & Process, including Ephrat. The series will stream nationwide on January 27, 2021, and February 3, 10, and 17, at 8pm ET. Access is free on the ALL ARTS app, available at allarts.org, and also will air in the New York metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel. You won’t want to miss this fascinating look at how dance persevered during this monumental moment in history.







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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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202 Ratings

202 Ratings

Cudbeisb ,

Absolute best podcast

This is my favorite podcast! I love love love the Balanchine focus. Love the interviews so much. I have become so much more educated about ballet and especially American/Balanchine ballet from this podcast. Listened for a few years and have loved every episode! Some of my favorite episodes are: Georgina Pazcoguin, Margaret Tracey, Sara Mearns, first time you interviewed Peter Boal, India Bradley, Megan LeCrone, Susan Jaffe.... and I love the episodes where Rebecca and Michael chat just the two of them! Especially loooooved nerding our with you on the March Madness Balanchine bracket episode 💓 Thank you, Rebecca and Michael!

arc8191991 ,

The best ballet podcast!

Rebecca and Michael are so knowledgeable and insightful, each episode exudes their love and passion for the art form. Having a array of guests and touching on everything from ballet history, role origins, different legacies, and up and coming exciting things happening in the dance world, this is must listen for any ballet/dance lover.

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A wide range of interviews with some of the biggest names in dance, with charming hosts

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