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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

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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.

    (170) Stephanie Miller, the Associate Director at St. Mary’s College’s LEAP Program

    (170) Stephanie Miller, the Associate Director at St. Mary’s College’s LEAP Program

    This week we are continuing our higher education series on Conversations on Dance by introducing you to an incredibly unique program.  Today we chat with Stephanie Miller, the Associate Director at St. Mary’s College’s LEAP Program.  Stephanie began dancing at the age of three, and received her BA in Dance from Saint Mary’s College, as well as an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College.  She danced primarily with Paufve Dance from 2002-2011, and has performed with several other Bay Area dance companies. In July 2017, she returned to her alma mater to step into the role of Associate Director for the LEAP Program or Liberal Education for Arts Professionals. LEAP is a program that brings higher education to current or former professional dancers with 2 or more years experience, in a way that works with students’ busy schedules.  Stephanie tells us about her personal experience in dance, how the LEAP program came about, her role in the program, and how the program is looking to expand in order to serve more professional artists.  For more information visit https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/leap.







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    • 34 min
    BONUS: Rebecca and Michael: Nutcracker Gigs, Part Deux

    BONUS: Rebecca and Michael: Nutcracker Gigs, Part Deux

    Last week, in episode 168, we talked about Michael’s coming out of retirement for Nutcracker guesting. Unfortunately due to scheduling, this episode was cut short, so in a BONUS episode this week, we are finishing that chat, and taking a few detours along the way!

    • 29 min
    (169) Carla Körbes, Associate Professor of Music in Ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

    (169) Carla Körbes, Associate Professor of Music in Ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

    Welcome to the Conversations on Dance higher education series.  Over the next few weeks, we will be talking with individuals from different college  dance programs across the country.  This week we are joined by Carla Körbes, former Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer and Associate Professor of Music in ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Carla was born in Brazil and in 2000, she joined the New York City Ballet as a member of the corps.  In 2005 she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet where she would dance as a Principal Dancer until her retirement in 2015.  Since retiring, she worked as associate artistic director for LA Dance Project, before accepting her position at Indiana University. We talk with Carla from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival about her position at the University, what the students’ curriculum and daily life is like, and how these dancers are uniquely set up for company life.  For more information on the program, visit music.indiana.edu.  Listen to our last chat with Carla about her career from 2017 in episode 55. 







    This episode is brought to you by Yumiko (yumiko.com), The Town of Vail, and The Veyette Virtual Ballet School (veyettevirtualballetschool.com).

    • 30 min
    (168) Rebecca and Michael: Nutcracker Gigs

    (168) Rebecca and Michael: Nutcracker Gigs

    Nutcracker may be over, but this week Rebecca and Michael sit down to catch up and discuss Michael’s Nutcracker gigs. Rebecca asks Michael about coming out of retirement for his return to the Nutcracker this past December. We chat about how he prepared, what the rehearsal process was like, and we get nostalgic over other Nutcracker memories from years past.







    This week we are happy to welcome a new sponsor, Veyette Virtual Ballet School. Be sure to check them out: veyettevirtualballetschool.com. As always, thank you to Yumiko for their continued support of COD: yumiko.com.

    • 27 min
    (167) Hope Boykin, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Dancer

    (167) Hope Boykin, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Dancer

    We are back from our break and want to wish everyone a happy new year!  We have a lot of exciting things coming up that we can’t wait to share with you.  Please subscribe to this podcast through your favorite podcast app to stay up to date on all our newest episodes.







    This week, for our first episode of 2020, we are joined by Hope Boykin, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Dancer, from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival.  Hope is from Durham North Carolina, and attended Howard University.  She was a student and intern at the Ailey School before going on the join the company.  She was an original member of Complexions, was a member of Philadanco, and received a New York Dance and Performance Award, or Bessie Award. We talk with Hope about her journey with dance as a youth, the challenges she faced, her now 20 years with Ailey, her work as a choreographer, and her personal podcast.  Hope brings such light and optimism to this chat, and we can’t wait to share her with you!







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    • 42 min
    (166) Joseph Gordon, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

    (166) Joseph Gordon, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

    This week we are joined from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival by Joseph Gordon, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer.  Joe was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and began his dance training at the age of five at The Phoenix Dance Academy. He began studying at the School of American Ballet during the 2006 summer course and enrolled as a full-time student that fall. In August of 2011, Mr. Gordon became an apprentice with NYCB.  He worked his way through the ranks for the next 7 years and in October 2018, he was promoted to principal dancer.  We talk with Joe about how his job at New York City Ballet came about, some of his first opportunities, his 6 years in Vail, and some of his favorite memories from the festival.

    This is our final episode of 2019.  Thank you to all of our listeners for your continued support during our 3rd year of Conversations on Dance.  We will be on a break over the holidays and will return with an all new episode on January 6th.  See you in 2020.



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    • 37 min

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