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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.

    (234) Joffrey Ballet’s Company Artist Partner Program with April Daly and Annie Lyonswright

    (234) Joffrey Ballet’s Company Artist Partner Program with April Daly and Annie Lyonswright

    As we all know, over the past year businesses and organizations have had to get creative in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts organizations are no exception. Today we get to hear about how Joffrey Ballet found a unique way to get their dancers involved in the company’s day-to-day operations. We speak with Joffrey Company Artist, April Daly, and Annie Lyonswright, Joffrey’s Director of Annual Giving about their new initiative, Company Artist Partner Program. Annie spearheaded this program, working closely with April. We chat with the pair about what the last year was like from the artist side and the administration side, and about how they all came together for a common goal.







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    • 41 min
    (233) Jose Sebastian, dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Director of ABT Incubator

    (233) Jose Sebastian, dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Director of ABT Incubator

    This week we are joined by Jose Sebastian, dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Director of ABT Incubator. Jose, a native of New York City, started his dance training at age 8 with the School of American Ballet and continued training there for nearly 10 years. He joined ABT Studio Company in 2006 and American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2009 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2010. In 2020, Sebastian was appointed director of ABT Incubator, ABT’s choreographic workshop program for inspiring the creation of new work.







    To learn more about ABT Incubator, visit abt.org, and to watch some of the films from this year’s program, visit American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube Channel.







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    • 32 min
    (232) Ashley Bouder on The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

    (232) Ashley Bouder on The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

    This week we are joined by New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Ashley Bouder. It has been over 4 years since we last had Ashley on the pod, so we have a lot of catch up on. We talk about what this last year has been like for her, about her college courses and teaching career, her advocacy efforts including her association with “Dancers Amplified,” and what she will be performing at this year’s Lake Tahoe Dance Festival.







    The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival returns to in person performances this July 27 – 30. See Ashley and other world-renowned dancers, including friend of the pod, Christopher Charles McDaniel of Dance Theatre of Harlem, onstage in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Tickets and more information available here: https://bit.ly/3mGM51U.







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    We will be returning to the Vail Dance Festival this year. From July 30th – August 9th we will be conducting nine live events with festival artists, recording bonus interviews, and teaching master classes. If you are planning on being in Vail for the festival, tickets for our live events go on sale on June 16th, 2021 at 11am Mountain Time.







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    • 36 min
    (231) Eugenia Zinovieva, Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project Co-Director and dancer with Festival Ballet Providence

    (231) Eugenia Zinovieva, Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project Co-Director and dancer with Festival Ballet Providence

    This week we are joined by Eugenia Zinovieva, Co-Director of Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project and dancer with Festival Ballet Providence. Born in Moscow, Russia, Eugenia moved to the United States at a young age and began her classical ballet training at the Boston Ballet School while also competing as a rhythmic gymnast. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school program under the artistic direction of Ethan Stiefel. She spent a year coaching with SLK Ballet in New York City before coming to Festival Ballet Providence. Eugenia got her start in choreography through a unique program, which she now co-directs called, Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project or RIWCP.







    RIWCP returns on June 26st, 2021. This year’s digital production features six short dance films by up-and-coming women choreographers from New England and beyond. Enjoy inspired works filmed in settings such as mountains, sand dunes, a city apartment, and more. Each dance creator has also had the opportunity to connect with a personal mentor to deepen her creative process this year.  For more information on the project and for tickets for their virtual event on June 26th, visit: riwomenschoreographyproject.com.







    Eugenia got in touch with us after listening to episode 221, where we discussed our fantasy ballet company. She let us know about RIWCP, so we knew we had to have her on to share her work with our listeners.







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    • 33 min
    (230) Alastair Macaulay on new installments of New York City Center’s ‘Studio 5’

    (230) Alastair Macaulay on new installments of New York City Center’s ‘Studio 5’

    Listener favorite and former Chief Dance Critic at the New York Times, Alastair Macaulay returns to the podcast this week. We realize that we have never asked Alastair his origin story in dance, so he gives us background on how the love affair began. We take a few detours to discuss the late Jacques d’Amboise, ‘Dances at a Gathering’, Anthony Tudor, and stories of Balanchine Ballerinas.







    Then, Alastair talks with us about the virtual return of City Center’s ‘Studio 5’ series that he hosts. This year, with ‘Studio 5 | Dancing Across Continents’ New York City Center brings us an intimate look at rare pairings of exceptional dance artists from around the world. To watch the films already available, and to be notified when new content goes live, subscribe to City Center’s YouTube Channel, or click here: https://bit.ly/3vqqZrZ. Read Alastair’s recent essays on dance on his website, alastairmacauly.com.







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    • 47 min
    (229) Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

    (229) Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

    This week we are joined by Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Jessica received her formal training at The Ballet School in Salt Lake City and University of Utah. Tong danced with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in New York, and Hubbard Street 2 before dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for 11 years.Jessica was named one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2009. After retiring from the stage, she went on to become rehearsal director at Hubbard Street before recently being promoted to Associate Artistic Director.







    We talk with Jessica about her career, her work ethic, making the unexpected transition to being in front of the studio, what Hubbard Street has been doing in this past year of COVID, and how she got involved in Final Bow For Yellow Face’s “10,000 Dreams: Virtual Choreography Festival.” More information at yellowface.org.







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    • 59 min

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Hearing the stories week to week from the guests has been such a fascinating experience about their journey through dance. It's just an amazing podcast. The hosts know just what to ask to bring out so much information!

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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!

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