The Dance Podcast

Inspired by big dreams, big let downs and authentic conversations with some of North America's most successful dancers; the Dance Podcast is a series of interviews designed to inspire, share and connect dancers pursuing a career in the industry.
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Dec 19, 2018

Expectations, recognition and awareness. In this Season finale Lauren closes with personal relefections and exercise that will set up 2019 for a year of gratitude and clarity. 

Dec 12, 2018

Deirdre Barnes started her career performing in Las Vegas with world renowned entertainment company: Cirque du Soleil in their show Criss Angel “Believe” then went onto to tour the world with some of the most iconic pop stars, like Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. Deirdre opens up about what that initial transition into the professional world was like for her, what she learned from reowned choreographer Wade Robson, and the best thing she took away from both her stage and touring experiences. Since moving to Los Angeles Deirdre has worked extensively in film and TV. She has been featured on Dancing With The Stars, Disney: Descendants, the Ellen Show, Glee, Shake it Up, The Voice, Black Eyed Peas, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and multiple award shows. She has also danced alongside artists such as: Nicki MinajDavid GuettaNick JonasGwen StefaniBackstreet BoysIncubus, Pitbull, Jlo and Gloria Estefan. Deirdre has toured the globe alongside Justin Bieber and was featured in his “Believe” film and dance instructional DVD. Most recently, Deirdre completed a 2 year residency performing alongside Britney Spears in her hit show: “Piece Of Me.”

Dec 5, 2018

Are you hustling hard? Do you feel like there are a million thing to do, directions to go, things on your bucket list that are screaming at you to get done? Lauren knows all about the hustle of doing- and it hasn’t always felt great or worked well. This week, Lauren introduces the concept- Be more to Do more. 

Nov 28, 2018
Straight from a Casting Director's mouth! We discover the do's and don'ts in your dance training, in auditions, on set and working as an assistant. Amy Wright began her professional career in 1995 and has become one of Canada’s most in-demand Choreographers. Her work includes feature films, movies of the week, television series, reality TV, commercials and stage musicals, including Canada’s prestigious SHAW FESTIVAL. Currently, Amy is the Casting Director, Choreographer and Consulting Producer for FAMILY CHANNEL’S hit series “The Next Step”.
Amy’s choreography was featured on three episodes of So You Think You Can Dance Canada (Season one). Recent work includes: Crimson Peak with Tom Hiddleston, directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Feature Film), Global TV’s Working The Engles directed by Jason Priestly, Saving Hope (CTV), Lost Girl and Copper (Showcase), Defiance and 12 Monkeys (SyFy), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), Degrassi: TNG (CTV). Amy is proud of her work on Emmy and Golden Globe winner Grey Gardens (HBO) with stars Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. The IIFA Awards (2011) opening, a “flash mob” with over 200 dancers live onstage, remains Amy’s most-watched choreography with over 600 million viewers worldwide.
Nov 21, 2018

Mariah-Jane has been a dance educator for over 30 years, presenting around the world with conferences like IADMS, Healthy Dance Canada and Dance Science and Somatics Conference.  We cover topics like the Brain Gym and how it helps Mariah-Jane prime and ready dancers for more powerful learning. We explore how to come back from stress states to perform at our best and changing the state of your brain as you train.

Nov 14, 2018
From his 13 years in the dance and entertainment industry Clint recognised an absolute need for dance studio owners to become entrepreneurs and not simply technicians. He went on to create DSOA, the first online business school for dance studio owners. This online training course sees studio owners from across the globe engage in the program to transform their passion into a highly profitable business.
Whether you are an owner, independent contractor or the CEO of your life- we dive deep into communication, language, partnerships and what is takes to be the best version of yourself every day.
More on Clint 
Dance has been a part of his life for over 20 years. From starting dance classes at the age of 9 to creating and selling a dance studio at the age of 16 and currently helping other dance studio owners build their dream studios through our business growth programs and events, this has been my passion.

Aside from creating and selling 3 businesses by the time he was 28, he has also been a Senior Celebrity Agent for 5 years managing top media and television personalities as well as being the touring manager for the Tony Award Winning musical Jersey Boys. 

But at the end of the day, all roads lead me back to what he does best and what is my absolute passion in life...helping dance studio owners become more profitable and make a bigger impact in the lives of their staff and dance families.
Nov 7, 2018

He is back! As the most interviewed and only interviewer on the podcast! This week Calen and Lauren are all about the Teachers as Calen and Lauren open up some of their processes, approaches, and fails. Calen talks about the distinction between Contemporary and Lyrical, how he provides a space for play and where failing as a teacher is necessary. He also speaks to a flip in his leadership style that may inspire a new perspective for dance educators around the world!

Oct 31, 2018
Mentorship. Canada vs US. Female empowerment. Money. Magical mixes of motivation.  We cover it all with this incredible man. Jay T Schramek has a twenty year teaching career spanning Canada’s most prestigious post-secondary arts institutions and dozens of dance studios. A graduate of Ryerson University’s dance program and a former Mr. Dance of Canada, he has been a faculty member at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, George Brown College and Saint Lawrence College.As a performer, he continues to work in theatres across the continent. He has performed for The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Mirvish Productions, Capitol Theatre, Charlottetown Festival, Stage West, Drayton Entertainment, Clearchannel Entertainment and dozens more. Jay is one of North America’s most prolific talent adjudicators and has judged and hosted over 100 talent competitions, pageants and festivals across the globe. He is a member and contributor to the Professional Adjudicator Alliance manual, has written articles for The Agent’s Book and had a column in Dance Canada Quarterly. Jay is a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award and a Maud Whitmore Scholarship.

He recently became the exclusive Canadian distributor of Miller and Ben tap shoes. Check out Tap Shoes Canada to buy the world’s best tap dancing shoes!

Oct 24, 2018
Leslie is the founder of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance” (YPAD)  whose Mission is to build empowered dance communities through education and activism. We talk about Self & Identity, Social Media Literacy and Mental Health tools, curriculum and workshops for Dnacers. Leslie also shares her journey beholding shame resiliency and what propelled her into the advocacy of emotion, physical and sexual health for dancers across the world. 
After serving as Faculty at the Edge Performing Arts for 14 years and Millennium Dance Complex for 12 years, she chose to leave Hollywood in December of 2017 after 16 years and relocate to Colorado to be with family, raise her daughter in a calmer environment and continue developing services and curriculum that advocate for youth. She has been guest faculty on several conventions including The Pulse, Dance Olympus, Dance Teacher Web, One Family Festival and more and is represented by the agency McDonald Selznick Association (MSA) in Hollywood, California.
Oct 17, 2018
Choreographer Marinda Davis has a journey to share — not only about her company, marInspired, her work on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘World of Dance’ — but also about her personal health issues.
Marinda danced professionally with Sting, 98 Degrees, & was a founding & principal dancer for Anthony Morigerato's, AMDP, NY. Choreographing for the world's top studios & known as an inspiring, life changing teacher, you’ll  often find Marinda on the convention circuit inspiring countless dancers. She’s presented work at the Joyce, YCF, Club Jeté & The Giving Tree. In 2010, recognized her as a Top 10 Young American Choreographer 25 & Under. In 2012, she premiered marInspired’s first full length NY show, Breakable enjoying a sold out run at Salvatore Capezio Theater. This same year, Marinda received her 1st Capezio ACE Award nomination. Marinda is on faculty at EDGE, BDC, Peridance & WILD. She’s the choreographer for Starpower's Power Pak & resident choreographer for Marked Dance Project. She recently choreographed Frankie Z’s videos, Hello & Faith. Now based in LA, Marinda was nominated for her 2nd Capezio ACE Award in 2015 & received 2nd runner up & funding for UNbreakable, the company’s 2nd full length show. They previewed at Dancerpalooza & premiered their full show at the El Portal in 2016. In 2017, Marinda brought UNbreakable to NY’s Symphony Space. Marinda recently choreographed a piece for Dancing With The Stars' finale starring Julianne Hough. Marinda’s powerful story is the subject of the docuseries My Last Days premiering on the CW. 
Oct 10, 2018

When did you feel like you "made it"? That was a question asked to the world-class faculty in a Q&A this weekend at a convention. Lauren shares their answers and what she knows about the process and unpacking of "making it" in this industry. 

Oct 3, 2018
It's been a journey - from an outstanding performer & educator to exceptional talent as an Artistic Director, Sandi Croft has carved a path of diversity, curiosity, and love of the dance world. We talk about auditioning for Cats 6 times and what resilience looks, feels and sounds like in the industry, we talk about the 4 Agreements book and walks us through her AD interview process and how she transitioned from dancer to director.

Once the AD for Cirque Du Soleil’s Vegas-based show “O”, Sandi's role has to maintain the artistic vision and focus of each show. As a performer she has been seen in such internationally famous productions as Celine Dion’s “A New Day”, Gloria Estefan’s “Unwrapped Concert”, Shania Twain “A touch of Broadway”, principal dancer with Tokyo Disneyland, soloist for Dance and Desire – a tribute to Bob Fosse and many, more.

As an instructor, choreographer and speaker, Sandi is in demand all over the world. It is no surprise that praise for her work as a Dance Educator parallels the praise she receives as a performer. She has been invited to teach in Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo, Sweden, and throughout North America. Her popularity as a teacher, choreographer/speaker led to a successful & unique role as the Asian Pacific Marketing Representative for Capezio Ballet Makers and for Jean Ann Ryan Productions assisting in the audition tours, casting and the development and creations for new International theatrical and musical shows.

Sandi’s enthusiasm and presentational style leaves professionals and young artists-to-be with a sense of confidence and achievement – she has been called the perfect role model.
Sep 26, 2018

Jess Spinner is a former professional ballet dancer turned Health Coach and founder of The Whole Dancer. She supports dancers in reaching their body goals through one on one coaching and her online course, The Dancers' Best Body Program. Dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and aspiring dancers from around the world have participated in individual coaching and group programs from The Whole Dancer. There are options to fit every need and budget and many resources are provided at no – charge in order to support as many dancers as possible to find balance and true happiness as you work towards your dance goals.

Sep 19, 2018
We have a dancing doctor, Dr. Tina Wang. Can you dance and go to med school? What is Performing Arts Medicine? Dr. Wang shares how you can bring dance and science together for a beautiful career. Tina Wang practices a unique blend of Functional Medicine & Regenerative Medicine at Tupelo Pointe. Her focus is not just about treating musculoskeletal ailments but also meeting the functional, nutritional, unique needs of the person looking to optimize wellness. At Tupelo Pointe, she practices bespoke medicine, customized to her patient's individualized needs. By recognizing that all her patients are unique, she is able to adeptly utilize healing techniques across many disciplines tailored to her patients' needs.
Sep 12, 2018

Anxiety. Finding your artistic voice. Stripping labels and connecting with humanity. We cover a broad spectrum with Juel D Lane.  Juel  is an American dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” With elite training from Tri-Cities High School and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Lane earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a focus on Contemporary Dance. Currently dancing with Bessie Award-winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Lane made history in 2012 as the first local and independent black choreographer to have his work commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet. From there, he participated in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab, and collaborated with dance legends across the United States. His dance films, "Just Another Day," "How to Kill a Ghost," and "When The Beat Drops," showcase the complexity, playfulness and creativity within this dynamic choreographer’s mind. 

Sep 5, 2018

Marjorie Goodson is breaking physical and creative boundaries with her luxurious, avant-garde coffee table book simply titled, MG. She is the daughter of Mark Goodson, the most popular game show creator and producer in the history of TV (Family Feud, The Price is Right, Match Game, To Tell The Truth, Beat the Clock)

Marjorie is a proud and active supporter of The Actors Fund's Career Transition for Dancers, and has been an avid dancer since childhood. For Marjorie, dancing is her need, her want, her strength, her desire, her pleasure, her energy and sometimes her pain. “It’s my purpose and my passion, and it feeds my soul,” said Marjorie.

With the release of MG, her book of photographic essays three years in the making, Marjorie most definitely pushes the artistic envelope to the pinnacle of creative performance.

The book includes 153 commanding and empowering images by noted Romanian born art and fashion photographer, Andreea Radutoiu. The life-long dancer is captured – in glorious color, dramatic black and white and stimulating sepia tones – the magnificent and glorious 55-year-old Goodson in multiple dance postures in her passionate pursuit of life that goes beyond age and into the stratosphere of the emotional and physical connection to one’s inner self. “I feel my time is now,” says Goodson. There’s always tomorrow – there’s always an opportunity,” she says. “It’s tapping into your youth and having the courage to be creative and to live in the body physical.”

MG is an artistic and visual collaboration between Goodson (concept and creative content), Radutoiu, and hair and makeup stylist, Torsten Witte (LaLa Land, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), set against some of Southern California’s most dramatic and historic locations including, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Milk Studios, the Dunes at Pismo and Zuma Beach.

Goodson has always loved using her body to express art and with this exquisite tome, she hopes to inspire other women by letting them know they, too, can find their passion and confidence at any age.

Aug 29, 2018

After 15 years of experience in the dance world, Galit has worked as Assistant Choreographer for Prince, danced in numerous music videos, including Pharrell Williams' "Happy", has been featured in two dance publications, and currently works as a dance instructor and conditioning specialist in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the creator and host of Dance Speak podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing conversations about the dancer's life in Los Angeles.

Aug 22, 2018
Mandy Yip is the creator of the Acrobatic Arts Certification Program and Syllabus, and considered an expert in the art of AcroDance. She currently manages the Acrobatic Arts program through thousands of dance studios following the curriculum throughout Canada, USA, Australia the UK and 13 other countries. 
As the past owner of a highly successful dance studio, she understands the demands for an exceptional product and a well trained dance teaching staff in the studio. A lifelong learner, Mandy has attended and achieved certification in countless courses, including anatomy, contortion, hand balancing, inclusive learning, ballet, gymnastics, and safe coaching, to name a few.  Mandy has taught thousands of dance teachers, and provided expert classes at Dance Teacher Summit NYC, Dance Teacher Web Live, Dance Teacher Summit LA, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, Calgary Dance Teacher Expo, Move It Dance Convention London and CLI Studios LA.  Highly sought for clinics and workshops across North America, Europe and Australia, Mandy is known for bringing passion, technique and in-depth practical knowledge to engaging classes.
Aug 15, 2018

You might have seen him on Laurieann Gibson’s show “Beyond The Spotlight” or as a dancer for Laurieann on “The Four".  King Chris has taken his technical background and transitioned into the LA commercial world. He heard a lot of "advice" and tried to fit in, but Chris shares his biggest lessons learned and what he wants the next generation of dancers to know. 

Aug 8, 2018
Sarah has been a highly motivated performer, choreographer, and teacher with over twenty-five years training in many disciplines. She is passionate about expanding her knowledge in the world of theatre and dance. For the past 10 years she has taught for the Travelling Stage to further arts education in the school system. She is the co-founder of Canada’s first and only Agency for Dance Educators: Quick Ball Change Inc. and the Founder of 10 Talent Management, Canada’s newest Talent Agency.
Sarah attended Ryerson University’s theatre dance program where she achieved her BFA. She is a qualified Tap and Jazz teacher under A.D.A.P.T., and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Aug 1, 2018
Emmy-winning choreographer Mia Michaels—best known as a mentor and judge on So You Think You Can Dance—didn’t get where she is today by following the rules. As she puts it: “I didn’t have a choice to blend in. I was too weird. Thank God.” 
That’s why Michaels wrote A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys: A Guide to Life for All the Exceptional, Excellent Misfits Out There. As her body developed, it was clear
she didn’t have a “dancer’s form.” For several dark years, she gave up on dance. In finding her way back she learned how important it is for all of us to stay true to ourselves, to let our unicorn horns shine.
From stage to screen, Mia Michaels has turned dance into unique works of
passion & beauty. This year will mark the highly anticipated release of Mia’s first book,
a venture that will propel this multi-Emmy winner to even further heights. Not only is
Mia one of the most sought-after innovators in the world of dance, but she is also a
figure of inspiration to women around the world. One of Mia’s strongest talents is
finding the beauty within herself and in others.
May 11, 2018

We are talking Body with Anna Vollmar. Anna’s passion for body awareness and biomechanics led her to study at the respected Kane School of Core Integration where she is fully certified in mat and equipment Pilates, and will now be a Teacher Trainer for the school.  Her training is specialized with information in anatomy, biomechanics, touch therapy, and experience with all populations of people in addition to dancers.Anna is proficient in contemporary, ballet, classic jazz technique, lyrical, and conditioning for dancers, and additional experience in pointe, musical theatre, tap, hip hop, modern. Her training in Pilates, Gyrokinesis, and yoga are fused into her warm-up and choreographic style. No matter what country Anna has visited, she has seen that the language of movement is universal and experiencing movement with others drives her passion for both teaching and for learning.

Apr 25, 2018

Chris Hale chats about his love for Ballet and the Body and getting to see the body in a new way will help every discipline of dance! 

Apr 20, 2018

Seats have swapped and Lauren is in the interview chair as Calen asks about her journey and why the Golden Threads are so close to her heart.

Apr 16, 2018

Get to know Calen Kurka and why he loves his class Contemporary Mechanics. He gives you a sneak peek for what to expect in his classes and why it is so close to his heart!

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