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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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    • 4.9 • 206 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.

    (239) Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director of BalletX, LIVE from Vail Dance Festival

    (239) Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director of BalletX, LIVE from Vail Dance Festival

    We are joined today by Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director of BalletX. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, where BalletX is the resident company. We chat with Christine about her career, founding the company, her ambitious programming, and her entrepreneurial approach to building the company from the ground up. This episode was recorded on August 1, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.







    Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.







    Conversations on Dance is proud to have YUMIKO as a continued partner in 2021. yumiko.com







    Thank you to Tom Boyd for producing this episode.

    • 57 min
    (238) Calvin Royal III, Principal with ABT, LIVE from Vail Dance Festival

    (238) Calvin Royal III, Principal with ABT, LIVE from Vail Dance Festival

    LIVE from Vail Dance Festival, today we chat with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Vail Dance Festival Artist in Residence, Calvin Royal III. We hear from Calvin about his beginnings in dance, his promotion to principal, how he stayed inspired during the pandemic, and being artist in residence at this year’s festival. This episode was recorded on July 31, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.







    Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.







    Conversations on Dance is proud to have YUMIKO as a continued partner in 2021. yumiko.com







    Thank you to Tom Boyd for producing this episode.







    Photo by Chris Kendig.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    (237) Jonathan Stafford, Artistic Director of NYCB, LIVE from Vail Dance Festival

    (237) Jonathan Stafford, Artistic Director of NYCB, LIVE from Vail Dance Festival

    Welcome to our first live podcast recording from the Vail Dance Festival. First up, we chat with New York City Ballet Artistic Director, Jonathan Stafford. We talk with Jon about his pathway to NYCB, some of the leadership roles he held while he was still dancing, the NYCB Interim Transition Team, his role as Artistic Director, leading the company through this past unprecedented year, and what comes next. This episode was recorded on July 30th, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.







    Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.







    Conversations on Dance is proud to have YUMIKO as a continued partner in 2021. yumiko.com







    Thank you to Tom Boyd for producing this episode.

    • 58 min
    (236) Rebecca and Michael catch up

    (236) Rebecca and Michael catch up

    We have been off this month, but on Thursday we head to Vail for the Vail Dance Festival. So we hopped on our last zoom before we are back together in person recording episodes and live podcast recordings at the festival, just for a check in.







    Links:







    Tickets for live events July 30 – August 10







    Master Classes August 2 & 3







    This episode is brought to you by Yumiko (yumiko.com).

    • 26 min
    Re-Release: Michael Langlois, Author and Former ABT Dancer

    Re-Release: Michael Langlois, Author and Former ABT Dancer

    We are off this week as we work to prepare for our live podcast events at the 2021 Vail Dance Festival later this month, so we are taking this opportunity to re-release an old episode. As we continue to highlight great summer dance reads, enjoy this chat with former American Ballet Theatre dancer and author Michael Langlois from May 2019. (Fortunately, as you will be able to tell, our technology and sound quality has improved over the past 2 years.)







    Today we are joined by Michael Langlois. Michael began studying ballet at the age of 10 and once he began getting more serious with his training, attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the School of American Ballet in New York. He was offered a job at American Ballet Theatre by Mikhail Baryshnikov the year he took over the company. In his 16 years as a professional dancer, he went on to dance with Feld Ballet and Ballet du Nord. In 2018 he wrote a memoir, “B Plus: Dancing for Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre,” where he gives an intimate look at the upper echelons of the dance world.







    In our conversation with Michael, we talk about his training at SAB, being hired into Baryshnikov’s ABT, the unique challenges of being in the corps de ballet, and he talks openly and honestly about struggling with an eating disorder.







    The Vail Dance Festival is returning to live performances and we will be there to cover all the action. From July 30 – August 9th, 2021, we will be conducting live podcast events with incredible festival artists, getting an inside look at their careers and the works they will be a part of during the festival. If you will be in Vail for the festival, we hope you will join us for these live events. Tickets are available now at valiance.org. If you will not be there in person, be sure to subscribe to Conversations on Dance through your favorite podcast app, and follow us on social media, so you don’t miss a moment from Vail.







    This episode is brought to you by Yumiko (yumiko.com).







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    • 50 min
    COD July Update + Come see us at Vail Dance Festival!

    COD July Update + Come see us at Vail Dance Festival!

    Rebecca pops in today to share some COD updates, including live events and master classes at Vail Dance Festival, and publishing schedule this month.







    Links:







    Live events: https://vaildance.org/festival-forums-2021/







    Master classes: https://vaildance.org/master-class-series-2021/







    Thank you to Yumiko for their continued support of COD. Shop online at Yumiko.com.







    Follow us on social media @conversationsondance

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

D.F. Pendrys ,

I've learned so much!

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!

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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