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We are pleased to welcome you to the Conversations on Dance podcast, hosted by former Miami City Ballet Dancers, Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden. With each episode, we bring our audience an inside look into the world of professional dancers, choreographers, and behind-the-scenes players. We discuss ballet training, techniques, choreography, and conduct interviews with some of the dance and ballet world's best and brightest. We hope you will join us on this adventure and delve deeper into the beautiful world of dance.



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Conversations on Dance Rebecca King Ferraro & Michael Sean Breeden

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    • 4.9 • 229 Ratings

We are pleased to welcome you to the Conversations on Dance podcast, hosted by former Miami City Ballet Dancers, Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden. With each episode, we bring our audience an inside look into the world of professional dancers, choreographers, and behind-the-scenes players. We discuss ballet training, techniques, choreography, and conduct interviews with some of the dance and ballet world's best and brightest. We hope you will join us on this adventure and delve deeper into the beautiful world of dance.



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    (315) Viki Bromberg Psihoyos, Balanchine Trust Repetiteur

    (315) Viki Bromberg Psihoyos, Balanchine Trust Repetiteur

    This week on ‘Conversations On Dance’ we are joined by Viki Bromberg Psihoyos, former New York City Ballet dancer and repetiteur with the Balanchine Trust. Viki takes us on a journey through her experiences working with Balanchine from her childhood to her professional career, how she became a repetiteur and what it is like working in companies who have never previously danced Balanchine’s work.







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    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. Peabody students take courses in Modern Dance, African Expressions, Ballet, somatic approaches to movement, choreography, and dance as social justice; perform in a pre-professional student dance company, and collaborate with world-renowned guest artists. From the first year, students have the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces. At Peabody, we welcome a broad range of creative voices and prepare student artists for success in the real world.  Submit your application by December 1st. Learn more at Peabody.jhu.edu/dancebfa







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    (314) Mai Lê Hô, founder of LayeRhythm Productions

    (314) Mai Lê Hô, founder of LayeRhythm Productions

    This week on ‘Conversations On Dance’ we are joined by Mai Lê Hô, the founder of LayeRhythm Productions a NYC-based non-profit dedicated to highlighting freestyle voices in performance art. Mai Lê takes us through her artistic journey of falling in love with house music and dance while growing up in France, the emotional release she discovered in shared dance experiences, her exploration of how musicians and dancers can interact with one another in live performance and how she has built LayeRhythm’s reputation and performance schedule since its founding. Presented by the Guggenheim Works & Process and the 92nd St Y, LayeRhythm will be performing at Gibney Dance Center November 17th (tickets) and the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center on December 15 (tickets), both at 7:30 PM. 







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    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. Peabody students take courses in Modern Dance, African Expressions, Ballet, somatic approaches to movement, choreography, and dance as social justice; perform in a pre-professional student dance company, and collaborate with world-renowned guest artists. From the first year, students have the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces. At Peabody, we welcome a broad range of creative voices and prepare student artists for success in the real world.  Submit your application by December 1st. Learn more at Peabody.jhu.edu/dancebfa







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    • 36 min
    (313) Choreographer Jodi Melnick, on Art Bath NYC

    (313) Choreographer Jodi Melnick, on Art Bath NYC

    On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’ we are joined by choreographer Jodi Melnick. (Listen to our most recent conversation with Jodi in episode 300). Jodi has been featured on the podcast several times to explore the range of her experiences as both choreographer and dancer, but today we focus  specifically on how Jodi defines and explores the collaborative process. Jodi’s latest creative output, a work for American Ballet Theatre principal, Devon Teuscher will be featured at Art Bath in New York City on November 12th. Tickets are available at artbathnyc.com. 







    See Jodi in her collaboration with Maya Lee-Parritz at Weiss Acres, Sunday Dec 11th.







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    • 52 min
    (312) Michele Byrd-McPhee, founder of Ladies of Hip-Hop

    (312) Michele Byrd-McPhee, founder of Ladies of Hip-Hop

    Today we are joined by Michele Byrd-McPhee, founder of Ladies of Hip-Hop. Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective is an all female intergenerational dance collective that creates dance works illuminating the strength, power and diversity of women in Hip-Hop. Michele founded the company in 2004 and continues to lead the organization.







    On November 3rd, join Ladies of Hip-Hop for “The Black Dancing Bodies Project” in the Clark Studio Theater in Lincoln Center as part of Works & Process at Lincoln Center. An ongoing performance and documentary effort to represent Black women in street and club dance culture, this session highlights the choreopoem. Led by Michele, new writing, poetry by Ursula Rucker, and music and dance of street, club and African culture come together in this show-and-tell, culminating the Ladies of Hip-Hop’s Works & Process LaunchPAD residency at the Catskill Mountain Foundation. Tickets on sale now at lincolncenter.org.







    Photo: Ladies of Hip-Hop. March 29, 2021. Works & Process at the Guggenheim.















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    • 43 min
    (311) Stefanie Batten Bland, Founder of Company SBB, on ‘Embarqued: Stories of Soil’ at BAM

    (311) Stefanie Batten Bland, Founder of Company SBB, on ‘Embarqued: Stories of Soil’ at BAM

    Today we are joined by global artist, Stefanie Batten Bland, founder of Company SBB. Child of a jazz composer/producer father and writer mother, and raised in Soho, Stefanie was clearly destined for a future in the arts. She situates her work at the intersection of dance-theatre, film, and installation, with a focus on the interrogation of contemporary and historical culture. This November 1-5, Stefanie’s ‘Embarqued: Stories of Soil’ takes the stage at BAM. This new dance-theater work is an excavation of self and country, created in textiles, skin tones, labor, land, humor, and moving bodies. 







    Stefanie talks with us about how she got her start in the arts, founding Company SBB, her creative process, and the impetus for ‘Embarqued.’ Tickets for ‘Embarqued’ are available at https://www.bam.org/embarqued.







    More information on Company BB: https://www.companysbb.org.







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    • 31 min
    (310) Michael & Rebecca: catching up from Copenhagen

    (310) Michael & Rebecca: catching up from Copenhagen

    It’s just us this week on Conversations on Dance. Michael is in Denmark setting a ballet for choreographer Justin Peck at Royal Danish Ballet, so he fills us in on how it’s going, 3 weeks in. Rebecca fills us in on how everything is going with her new baby.







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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

ILovetheTheater ,

Excellent podcast for dance lovers

The best podcast for dance lovers I know! Michael and Rebecca have many diverse guests from the dance world, especially ballet, and they are skilled and delightful interviewers.

VPaksie ,

Fun

At their most interesting on ballet and ballet topics. Fun just talking to each other. Some of their non ballet guests have been pretty pretentious!

FacebookUser ,

Good content

The content is good, but frequently hard to listen to due to mouth noises from Michael. A vocal coach may be helpful.
Aspen series sound quality sometimes horrible. Explain/apologize at the top to say the whole recording isn’t like the beginning. Please edit the bad portions out or ditch the entire episode. I skip to the better audible portions, but losing patience, but I did delete an entire episode. I am not the sound editor.

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