35 episodes

An upbeat show looking to have fun and meaningful conversations with influencers of the dance/entertainment industry with a slight focus on how dance has helped these artists achieve life goals, impact, and purpose. Our guests bring their personal stories of their professional achievements as well as their knowledge and humor to our show.

JAM Joe and Michelle's Dance Podcast Joe Nickel and Michelle Tolson

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

An upbeat show looking to have fun and meaningful conversations with influencers of the dance/entertainment industry with a slight focus on how dance has helped these artists achieve life goals, impact, and purpose. Our guests bring their personal stories of their professional achievements as well as their knowledge and humor to our show.

    JAM MInd, Body and Soul with Anna Meighan

    JAM MInd, Body and Soul with Anna Meighan

    Our first episode in the Mind, Body and Soul series features Anna Meighan!

    Anna is a licensed professional counselor in the state of PA and a recreational and competitive tap dance teacher at Donna's school of dance in Murrysville PA. She grew up dancing competitively at Rosalene Kenneth Professional School of dance, under direction of Rosalene Kenneth, Donna Denmark (deemark), Rachelle Rak, and Samantha Macklin. Anna is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical.
    Anna received her BA in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and her MS in counseling psychology from Chatham University. Her professional direction has led her to work with children and adolescents in therapeutic care. She is currently employed by a non profit agency to provide mental health services within school districts, easing the access of care for children K-12 with concerns related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-harm, suicidal thinking, identity exploration, LGBTQIA+, family conflict/dynamics, stress management, and mood liability. Anna is a trauma informed provider and brings this mindset with her into the dance studio, using a strengths-based, person-first mindset and language with the students in her dance classes.

    Thank you for listening to our first episode in the Mind, Body and Soul series!

    *The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

    • 48 min
    JAM presents Mind, Body and Soul

    JAM presents Mind, Body and Soul

    We have talked to so many great guests, and we find that a lot of our conversations on the podcast talk about wellness and health.  We have decided to start a series on JAM, focusing on the mind, body and soul.  No, we are not experts, but as long time dance educators, we feel that there is a need in the industry.  Our guests are professionals in their fields and we hope that you find them as educational and interesting as we did.

    Feel free to let us know what you would like to hear more of!

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    • 17 min
    JAM with Danscend Creators, Kristin Deiss and Michelle Loucadoux

    JAM with Danscend Creators, Kristin Deiss and Michelle Loucadoux

    A wonderful chat today with incredible educators, Kristin Deiss and Michelle Loucadoux

    Kristin Deiss and Michelle Loucadoux have a shared sixty years in the dance industry. Both have worked extensively as professional dancers and are well-versed and experienced in the realm of dance education.
    After working together in the education field for seven years, the idea of Danscend was born because of an overwhelming need that Deiss and Loucadoux observed in their students. No stranger to the need for mental health awareness, both creators wrestled with various issues in their professional dance careers as well.
    In Danscend, Deiss and Loucadoux have created a resource that they wish was available when they were beginning their dance careers, a resource that will benefit not only their students but also the dance industry as a whole.

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    • 54 min
    JAM with Brandon Kelly

    JAM with Brandon Kelly

    A wonderful talk with our friend, Brandon Kelly

    Brandon Kelly (he/him) is an NYC-based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He strives to cultivate teachings that combine dynamic movement, musicality, and engaging storytelling. He has created entertainment experiences for cruise ships, theme parks, and events around the world. Choreography credits include: Escape to Margaritaville (Ogunquit Playhouse), Sweet Charity, Rent (Wright State University), The Full Monty (West Virginia Public Theatre), RWS Entertainment Group, Holland America Line, Billboard, Kennywood, Postmodern Jukebox, Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Lines, and Carowinds. Brandon is currently the Asst. Choreographer with Come From Away. www.BrandonKellyCreative.com

    • 55 min
    JAM with Kenna Morris Garcia

    JAM with Kenna Morris Garcia

    We were so lucky to speak with the queen of precision dance, Kenna Morris Garcia!

    Kenna has had a performing and teaching career that has taken her all over the world. After graduating from the Youth Performing Arts School (Louisville, KY), she attended the University of Oklahoma where she studied modern dance and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Kenna continued her dance training in New York after being accepted to the Certificate Program of The Ailey School. Her diverse dance training in modern, jazz, musical theater, ballet, tap, and hip hop has allowed her to have a long and diverse performing career. She has performed with recording artists such as Missy Elliott, Pharrell, and Diddy. Her film and television credits include Saturday Night Live, MTV Video Music Awards, America’s Got Talent and feature films Idlewild, Bolden, and Sisters. Kenna has also performed in various Broadway national tours, Off- Broadway, and regional theater productions including the 1st National Tour of Memphis (Dance Captain/ Swing), The Wiz (City Center Encores), and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a Radio City Rockette. Most recently, she worked with the Verdon Fosse Legacy, LLC reconstructing and preserving the works of Bob Fosse. As an instructor, Kenna has been teaching various forms of dance for over 20 years in studios across the country, Japan, and Europe. She is currently on faculty at the Steps Conservatory in New York helping to train the next generation of professional dancers. Kenna has also held numerous residencies in New York City public schools and community programs, and serves as a mentor and coach to young aspiring dancers. 

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    • 50 min
    JAM with Hayley Podschun

    JAM with Hayley Podschun

    Hayley Podschun takes the mic as our guest this week!

    Hayley Podschun was last in Sacramento as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray ('08).  Broadway: Wicked (Glinda, National Tour), Hello, Dolly!, Something Rotten, Chaplin (Mildred Harris), Anything Goes, Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park..., Hairspray, The Sound of Music.  Film/TV: Hairspray (Tammy), Fleishman is in Trouble (FX on Hulu), The Blacklist (NBC), Louie  (FX).  Regional Favorites include:  Catch Me If You Can (Brenda-Arena Stage), Holiday Inn (Linda Mason-Paper Mill), Legally Blonde (Elle-Arvada Center), Peter Pan (Peter-ArtPark), Gypsy (Dainty June-MUNY), Royal Family of Broadway (Gwen-Barrington Stage) and more.  Hayley is also a Guest Host on QVC for Zodiac Shoes.  You can follow Hayley:  @hayley_podschun

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

DancerTiny36 ,

Fun and inspiring!

Love the unique artists who come on this show! Michelle and Joe are naturals as well. Keep up the good work!

J. Nickel ,

More Michelle!

Love the show. But you can't go wrong with more Michelle Tolson! 🤪

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