Podcast 145 - Violeta Galargaza. Spanish Harlem teen motherhood to dancing in 'In The Heights' (the film).
Welcome to episode 145 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Violeta Galagarza (In The Heights, Grand Theft Auto, the Latin Grammys). Violet is a forever dancer, choreographer, and founder of a non-profit dance company, KR3Ts, which plays a major role in the bridge between underground and industry dancers in New York City.
Violet and KR3Ts have come up in loads of episodes here (if you re-listen or go back into the library, you'll NOTICE), and it is long overdue to have the woman herself come on and tell it like it is. Get ready for a story that exceeds what fiction can ever do. Violet lives hip hop; she lives the melting pot that NYC is; she lives what it is to be a strong Latina woman... we laugh, we reminisce, and I get REEALLL INSPIRED. I can't wait for you to hear the full story for yourself!
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Podcast 144 - The Unknown Story Behind the Creator of DanceSpeak; Dana Wilson interviews Galit Friedlander
Welcome to episode 144 of the DanceSpeak podcast; this is the Fifth Year Anniversary episode! This episode is a switcheroo as the industry vet and 'Words That Move Me' host, Dana Wilson, interviews me, Galit, the creator and regularly scheduled host of DanceSpeak.
I let Dana know we can go DEEP and that nothing is off limits. We get into what prepared me for my journey to move and STAY in Los Angeles, what keeps me going in the face of failure... the life experiences that nearly took me out (in many ways). I share one of my favorite memories during my time working as Asst. Choreographer for Prince. I also learn some really surprising similarities that Dana and I have!
This episode lifts the veil as your host becomes the guest and I share to let you all know... you never know what one may go through to show up in the packaging - in the light - that they might show up in today.
Listen, enjoy, share, and thank you for these 5 years, we are only getting started!!!
Welcome to episode 143 of the DanceSpeak podcast with veteran dancer, choreographer and creative director, Chase Benz (Britney Spears, Rihanna, J Balvin, Florida Georgia Line and so many more!). Booking his first tour at age 15, Chase's career is an action-packed trajectory of growth and jaw-dropping work.
Chase, a family man, shares about how he finds balance between being a husband, father, and working creative. As we go into the 'tour files' Chase opens up about what can cause a severe emotional dip for so many touring dancers. We get into stories from the stage, why Britney Spears' Vegas residency was one of the most challenging jobs ever, and keys to thriving as a creative.
This interview is raw, packed with heart, and as enjoyable as it is educational (if I may say so myself). Listen, share, subscribe, and remember to listen to YOUR inner voice.
Podcast 142 - Gaining clarity when it's time to transition from dance, dealing w/ burnout, and reframing insecurity w/ Therapist John Sovec
Welcome to episode 142 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist John Sovec. First and foremost, let me clarify that John was a full-on working dancer for years and years before transitioning into being a phenom therapist. So... John GETS it!
Naturally, one of the first things we dive into is how John had clarity when it was time for him to transition out of dance and how he found being a therapist was his next step. Although I am all for dancing at all ages, the life of a professional dancer tends to be limited in years and there is a huge question of how and when we know when it's our time to transition to what's next.
Topics that we explore include: mental health and what to expect as we return to in-person classes during pandemic times (and afterwards) | how to reframe negative self-talk | best approaches in communicating with young dancers when it comes to body care | what made John a constant 'booker' in his dance days | how to advocate for your time off and way way more!
Listen, share, subscribe, enjoy, follow us on IG @dancespeakpodcast and let us know what you got from this episode.
Welcome to episode 141 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Brian 'Footwork' Green (A BONUS episode that follow's up on Brian's longer interview in 140). This interview moment is kind of the dream. We were wrapping up a conversation and Brian starts sharing GEMS, so I asked if I could record and he was cool with it and here is how our bonus episode came to be.
The originating question that spurred this episode had to do with what it is about dancing with certain people that Brian enjoys. This turns into Brian sharing about how to dance with the best of the best. Also, how one can constantly improve regardless of physical limitations. It goes a lot deeper than that, gets into dance contests, the history of dance being taken from places and commodified and so much more.
This episode exemplifies how a conversation can be converted into action which can lead to improvement. Listen, and it'll make sense!
Welcome to Episode 140 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Brian 'Footwork' Green. Brian is that teacher, that mentor, that dancer, that does not need an introduction within most dance spaces. He is the teacher to teachers, and the one that can back it up with a level of dancing that has most of us asking ourselves 'do I even know how to dance?'
Brian shares about civil rights and how it interweaves with dancer rights. How parenting and teaching had a shift in the 90's. We get a peek into Brian's early years as a dancer and how the landscape of New York influenced his movement. Brian shares about the dancers and teachers that he loves dancing with, the difference between mixing dance and fusion, the source of his confidence and so much more.
I recommend listening with open ears and an open heart. Brian is one of the most brilliant people I have met and I do not use this lightly. The episode is layered, is best accompanied with a paper and pen, and inspired me to re-ignite my own training in dance after interviewing Brian.
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TW: This episode deals with sensitive topics including references to drug use, violence, and pedophilia.
Welcome to episode 139 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Maleek Washington (Camille A.Brown & Dancers, Sleep No More, Abraham.In.Motion, Sia, Rihanna, and more). I met Maleek at LaGuardia H.S. of the Performance Arts when we were students there 200 years ago (that wasn't a typo). He ALWAYS booked work, and continued to always work and still continues... So naturally, I wanted to learn about how Maleek approaches career. Not only has he performed in many notable companies, but he has also been teaching for years at famous institutions such as Jacob's Pillow and Broadway Dance Center.
As Maleek shares his philosophies and tips on navigating work, he provides poignant clarity on how he knows when something is within his purpose or not. Within this, we learn about Maleek's near-death experience that nearly paralyzed him, how he has navigated difficult decisions, how higher education for dance has changed in the last decade, and much more!
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Sitting with Anissa Williams (Straight Outta Compton, Missy Elliot, 2Pac, Nike etc.) brings the HUMAN side from casting to our ears. Anissa shares about her journey from graduating school to getting into casting and how she earned he seat at the elite level that we so venerate. Anissa and I talk about everything from working on In Living Color, to the importance of work-life balance.
The thing I'm most hyped about here: I have forever been curious about the perspective of the casting director. Casting can seem like an elusive, mysterious, all-powerful entity that determines our fates. We thank casting when we are booked, we (don't hate me) blame casting when we don't get it (or maybe that's just me) but it is an INTEGRAL part of the performer's journey.
This episode will teach you, potentially challenge your perspective, and also warm your hearts as you hear about Anissa's deep-rooted connection to social justice and what inclusion can look like in this time.
Podcast 137 - Kara Mack on creating choreo for coming 2 America plus bringing african dance to tv and film.
Welcome to episode 137 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Kara Mack (Coming 2 America, Kendrick Lamar, Africa in America) Let me just say Kara Mack. Is. The. One. I promise you will fall in love with her in this week's episode of the podcast. We go through it all, including:
- The beginning of her journey studying African and African diasporic movement
- Bringing African diasporic movement and studies to universities
- Working with the one and only Fatima Robinson
- Being involved in casting and choreography for "Coming 2 America"
- Creating for Kendrick Lamar
- Everything else under the sun
This episode is like a cup of tea for the heart, mind, and soul. Be sure to share with your friends, follow us on IG, rate, review, and check out our library of 137 (and growing) episodes!
Podcast 136 - Teresa Espinosa - How to do your best on stage w/ one of the biggest artists in the world. Evolving Through the Pandemic.
Here we are! Episode 136 with are three-peat Teresa Espinosa has arrived. I finally got to indulge and ask for juicy tidbits from dancing on the legendary Velvet Rope Tour. Then we talked about navigating through a pandemic with a world-famous studio that is between homes (and how it's still going) and... high-performance coaching.
This episode answers the question: what can life look like after pursuing dance professionally?
Episode 136 of Dancespeak Podcast is LIVE on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
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.