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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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Now displaying: October, 2018
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.

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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, Dance.com 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.
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