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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.

    (174) Michael Montgomery, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

    (174) Michael Montgomery, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

    This week on Conversations on Dance, we are joined by Michael Montgomery, dancer with Alonzo King LINES Ballet from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival. Michael was born in Long Beach, CA, trained at the Orange County High School of the Arts and studied at the Alvin Ailey School in the Certificate program. In 2011 he graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California. In 2010, he joined LINES Ballet and was named to the list of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2013. We talk with Michael about his origins in dance, the BFA program at Dominican University, what a typical day is like as a member of LINES, and what it is like working in the studio with Alonzo during his creation process.







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

    • 34 min
    (173) Pam Tanowitz, Choreographer

    (173) Pam Tanowitz, Choreographer

    This week we are happy to bring you our full conversation with celebrated Choreographer, Pam Tanowitz, from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival.  We spoke with Pam from a Live panel event at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center in episode 140 and we were thrilled to be able to get some time to speak with her more in depth about her career and work.  As a choreographer, Pam Tanowitz is known for her abstract treatment of classical and contemporary movement ideas. Her work is deeply rooted in formal structures, manipulated and abstracted by her until the viewer sees through to the heart of the dance.







    In 2000, Tanowitz founded Pam Tanowitz Dance (PTD) to explore dance-making with a consistent community of dancers and has since choreographed works for some of the world’s most renowned dance companies, including The Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and New York City Ballet. She has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail Dance Festival, and many other leading arts institutions.







    Today we talk with Pam about how she studied choreography, what inspires her, how she works in the studio, and about her work created for the Vail Dance Festival. This is  book Pam references towards the end of the episode: Pas de Deux: A Textbook on Partnering.







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

    • 44 min
    (172) Kate Penner, on Ballet’s Race Problem

    (172) Kate Penner, on Ballet’s Race Problem

    This week we are joined by our friend, Kate Penner. Kate received her early dance training from Arlington Center for Dance, now BalletNova, in Arlington, VA and participated in the Kennedy Center’s Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency Program and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.  She attended and graduated from Harvard University, where she worked with Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel, performing ballets such as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Serenade, and Who Cares?  Upon graduating, Kate has enjoyed a freelance career in the Boston area. Kate has taught ballet and math as a faculty member of both Boston Ballet School and Harvard’s Department of Mathematics, and has been a part of the Vail Dance Festival team since the start of Damian Woetzel’s tenure as Artistic Director in 2007.







    In this episode we discuss the article from the Guardian in November 2019 that asks, “Does ballet have a race problem?” Kate offers her thoughts and reactions to this topic that has been at the forefront of discussion in the ballet world over the past few months.







    Conversations on Dance is sponsored by Yumiko (yumiko.com) and The Veyette Virtual Ballet School (veyettevirtualballetschool.com).

    • 57 min
    (171) Jodie Gates, Director of USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (part two)

    (171) Jodie Gates, Director of USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (part two)

    Over the past few weeks we have been examining different college dance programs including Indiana University and St. Mary’s College’s LEAP Program. This week we are concluding our higher education series on Conversations on Dance, with an in depth look at the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. We are joined, for a second time, by the program’s vice dean and director, Jodie Gates.







    We first spoke with Jodie in episode 137, where we talk with her about her distinguished career dancing with Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and guesting with companies around the world. Today we have the opportunity to hear more about her work at USC Kaufman, her role in helping to found the program in 2012, what students can expect from the program, and where their graduates are now.







    For more information on USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance visit kaufman.usc.edu.







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

    • 36 min
    (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.







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

    • 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

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