11 episodes

The Immortal Icons of Dance Podcast celebrates dancers of the past. Each week we will interview a guest who worked with one of the great dancers of the 20th century. We collect oral histories of their experiences and memories so that future generations can continue to learn from the icons who have become immortal through the legacy they left behind.

Immortal Icons of Dance Lauryn Johnson

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The Immortal Icons of Dance Podcast celebrates dancers of the past. Each week we will interview a guest who worked with one of the great dancers of the 20th century. We collect oral histories of their experiences and memories so that future generations can continue to learn from the icons who have become immortal through the legacy they left behind.

    Ep. 10 Patricia Ward Kelly on Gene Kelly

    Ep. 10 Patricia Ward Kelly on Gene Kelly

    For the finale of the first season of Immortal Icons of Dance, we talked to Patricia Ward Kelly about her late husband, Gene Kelly. Star of stage and screen, we learn that Gene wanted to be remembered for his choreography and film direction. We also find out what dance sequences he was most proud of, and Patricia busts some myths that have circulated about Gene.

    Additional Resources:

    Reference Footage

    Singin' in the Rain

    Invitation to the Dance

    Gene Kelly Ultimate Pack

    ⁠Immortal Icons of Dance Books, Shirts, and Ornaments

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep. 09 Jacqulyn Buglisi on Martha Graham

    Ep. 09 Jacqulyn Buglisi on Martha Graham

    In this episode, Jacqulyn Buglisi, artistic director of Buglisi Dance Theatre, recounts her time as a student of Martha Graham and her 12 years as principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company. Martha Graham was a titan of 20th century dance, hailed by TIME magazine as "Dancer of the Century" in 1998. She choreographed 181 ballets during her lifetime—including "Tangled Night" which was created on Jacqulyn Buglisi.

    Additional Resources

    Reference Footage

    Blood Memory: An Autobiography by Martha Graham

    Deep Song: The Dance Story of Martha Graham

    Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern

    Immortal Icons of Dance Holiday Gifts

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    • 53 min
    Ep. 08 Dylis Croman on Ann Reinking

    Ep. 08 Dylis Croman on Ann Reinking

    In this episode, Dylis Croman tells us about being mentored by Ann Reinking throughout her career. Dylis was 14 when she first met Ann, and it was because of Ann that she made her Broadway debut in "Fosse" in her early twenties. Now Dylis carries Ann's legacy forward, especially anytime she steps on stage as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" on Broadway.

    Additional Resources:

    Reference Footage

    All That Jazz (1979)

    Annie (1982)

    Ann Reinking Shirt

    All That Jazz Sweatshirt



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    • 56 min
    Ep. 07 Elizabeth Ferrell on Agnes DeMille

    Ep. 07 Elizabeth Ferrell on Agnes DeMille

    In this episode, Elizabeth Farrell joins us to talk about her time dancing for Agnes DeMille. Elizabeth danced with American Ballet theater for 13 years and during that time was chosen by DeMille to dance in a number of her ballets, including the lead role in her masterpiece, 'Rodeo'.



    Additional Resources

    Reference Footage

    Agnes DeMille Website

    Autobiography: Dance to the Piper & Promenade Home

    Oklahoma!

    Podcast Merch



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    • 51 min
    Ep. 06 Professor Bird on Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quiñones

    Ep. 06 Professor Bird on Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quiñones

    Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quiñones was a dancer on Soul Train in the 70s, was one of the founding members of The Lockers, and was best known for his role of "Ozone" in the movies Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Guest, Professor Bird talks to us about his mentor, Shabba-Doo, what he learned from him and how he's learned to pass on hip hop culture to the next generation.

    Reference Footage

    Breakin' & Breakin' 2

    LA Times Article

    Podcast Merch

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    • 37 min
    Ep. 05 Shelby Kaufman on Dr. Harold "Stumpy" Cromer

    Ep. 05 Shelby Kaufman on Dr. Harold "Stumpy" Cromer

    In this episode of Immortal Icons of Dance, host Lauryn Johnson welcomes guest Shelby Kaufman to discuss her relationship with the legendary tap dancer Dr. Harold "Stumpy" Cromer. Shelby shares how their bond went beyond dance, teaching her valuable lessons and emphasizing the power of age- and race-defying friendships. Shelby also delves into Harold's incredible career, from his humble beginnings on the streets to performing on Broadway and becoming a mentor to the tap community.

    Additional Resources:

    Footage

    Interview with Harold Cromer

    New York Times Article

    Bio Source Info

    Podcast Merch

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    • 41 min

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Lauryn is both student and teacher, patron and artist. Her passion and precision combine to create a unique listening experience. It’s obvious that her curiosity drives her questions, and the reward belongs to us, her listeners. Brava, Lauryn.

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