Dance – it’s something you do in your kitchen, on the dance floor or something you show off to your friends, right?! But what if we told you that dance influences the world and how we fundamentally live our lives. The ‘D’ Word Podcast speaks with non-dancers and how dance has completely transformed their lives in ways you would never guess. The ‘D’ Word is crafted to expose the ways in which the world is affected by dance and movement, in order to highlight how fundamental it is in our lives.
The impact of music on babies with Laura Cirelli
On Episode Four of Season 3 of The ‘D’ Word, Aria Evans discusses the impact of music on babies with Laura Cirelli. Laura Cirelli is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie in infant development; music perception and cognition across infancy and childhood; rhythm-perception; pro-social development; and mother-infant song. Download…
Dance for Parkinson’s Disease with David Leventhal
On Episode Three of Season 3 of The ‘D’ Word, Aria Evans discusses the Dance for PD program at the Mark Morris Dance Group, and what dance can provide for folks with Parkinson’s Disease. David Leventhal is the director and a founding teacher of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program. Founded in…
Shifting trauma through movement with Snjezana Pruginic
On Episode Two of Season 3 of The ‘D’ Word, Aria Evans discusses shifting trauma through movement with Snjezana Pruginic. Snjezana Pruginic is the founder of Circle Point Wellness, a business dedicated to contributing to social growth by elevating and prioritizing the well-being of people and systems. She is trained in body-based therapy, community justice…
The 'D' Word - Season 3
On Episode One of Season 3 of The ‘D’ Word, Aria Evans discusses curiosity with Perry Zurn and Dani S. Bassett, authors of Curious Minds: The Power of Connection and what their research can mean for dance artists. Dani S. Bassett is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, with appointments in the departments of bioengineering,…
The 'D' Word Season 3 Trailer
Hosted by Aria Evans, the artistic director of Political Movement, Season 3 of The ‘D’ Word is all about science and the mind. This season we will be exploring how ideas like curiosity, embodied physics, and shifting trauma through movement influence and interact with dance artists.
Bonus Episode: Danah Rosales
We have a surprise bonus episode to end our second season, hosted by Aria Evans. This week Aria talks with Danah Rosales. Danah Rosales (She/Her/Siya) is a Toronto based cis-queer millennial; second-generation Canadian-Filipinx; a daughter; a dawta; a sister; a sis; a mother of two little humans; a mutha of a kiki house; and an…