Podcast 69 - Cat Cogliandro - Conversations Around body, teacher responsibilities with youth, protecting yourself and the art
Episode 69 of DanceSpeak with Cat Cogliandro blows the lid off surface talk and goes straight for the soul of what one might go through in this industry. As Cat says: "I was not put on this earth to keep my mouth shut.”
Here are some of the topics we go through in this episode:
- How Cat defines the genre of contemporary dance
- Cat’s lesser known influences
- How Cat takes care of her body
- Controversial social media moments
- What YPAD is and why we need to know about it
- Knowing WHO is teaching young dancers
- Body image and body shaming
- Why she needs to be aligned with her agency representation
- Showing your body vs. objectification
- How dancers are conditioned to keep their heads down
- Age shaming
- Sacrifices she makes to be where she is
- What inspires Cat
*This episode does have potentially triggering conversations around eating disorders, which we want you to know before choosing to listen (we also make note at times when the conversations 'go there.')
Lastly, this episode was made with a lot of love for what we do. I chose to leave many of the more vulnerable moments in hopes that it can ultimately create more space for the conversations that we need to have.
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Podcast 68 - Codie Wiggins - You Saw Him Dancing Next To Justin Timberlake At The Superbowl Halftime Show
When I saw Codie Wiggins 'killing it' next to Justin Timberlake during the most recent Superbowl Halftime Show... I thought to myself: we NEED to re-release his story. Episode 68 of DanceSpeak highlights these snippets from his original 2016 interview: How hard his parents worked and the seeds it planted for Codie, choreographing for Usher while working at Dunkin Donuts, how Codie got into dance, how Codie trains for tour, and what he wants to be remembered for.
PLEASE NOTE: The original interview was taken during the time of Codie's dancing for the Bad Boy Reunion Tour, so when we speak about Codie's physical regimen, it is part of a longer conversation around his current work at the time.
AND: If you enjoyed this episode, go ahead and listen to the FULL INTERVIEW, which is episode 6!
At last, we have reached the much-anticipated episode 67 of DanceSpeak with Nicole Kirkland (Prince, Iggy Azalea, Kehlani, Cee-lo Green). Here we are in the 'wild west' of social media where class videos and 'influencer' clout has become the center of both praise and controversy. I know that the heartache surrounding the negative impacts of social media on dance class culture and the art have been heavily discussed on prior episodes of DanceSpeak, but as a member of the dance community, I know that there are more sides of social media impact and discourse to explore to have a FULLER conversation... What I've been wanting to know forever, and what we cover in this episode are:
- What it is like to be on the 'other side' of having a large social media following (the bad, the good, the great, the ugly) and why having a platform might be even more important than one can imagine
- A fresh perspective on the 'lesser represented'
- What one of Nicole's classes are actually like
- How Nicole has come to deal with negative commentary
- Building one's social media
- Nicole's larger purpose
- The power of collaboration
- Industry work and who has taught Nicole some of her most valuable lessons
As I interviewed Nicole, it was obvious to me that she has so many layers, that I would be saddened to know others might miss out on. Listen up, take notes, and enjoy!
Welcome to episode 66 of the DanceSpeak podcast! After receiving such positive feedback on the group episode with Derrell, Andye J, and Hollywood, we decided to deliver to you the last segment of this recorded time we had together. We first focus on the idea of support and really GET INTO IT. What does support look like? What kind of problems can lack of support in the dance community cause? What if you don't give support in the way that others want to receive it? This one seriously shifted my perspective majorly.
The other gems we get into I will leave to the listener to discover, as this episode is concise and POWERFUL!
Episode 65 of DanceSpeak takes us into the new year with solid steps on how to approach goal-setting and intentionally causing movement in your life. We start off with a conversation around Tia Rivera's path as a motivational speaker and coach (in addition to her role as dancer/choreographer). Then we delve into how you can bring your goals into reality in a way that is feasible and easily-applied.
Tia will be releasing a worksheet for goal-setting on her website TiaRivera.com, available (for FREE!) on January 19th.
Debbie Reynolds: drdancestudio.com/lee-daniel
I had a ball co-hosting this episode with Derrell Bullock where we follow our 'Happy Hour' format (thank you Derrell) as we get into nitty gritty dance topics with Jose "Hollywood" Ramos and Andye Jamieson. We forget the mic is there and get into conversations that cover a wide range from when to give and take critique, to the teachers' journeys to becoming household names... agency talk (even on getting dropped), the idea of authenticity when creating for a job, and much much more.
Jose "Hollywood" Ramos
Chris Dupré is the quintessential dancer, choreographer...CREATIVE being. With credits that include Janet Jackson, Prince, and Diana Ross (literally, that's just a SLIVER of his resume...) and decades of experience under his belt, Chris is one of the most knowledgeable people on and in the dance industry.
Chris shares on-the-job experiences from his professional career that started while in Middle School, what gets a person rehired... or fired, insights from auditioning dancers, his work as a director, the journey of him once being part owner in a production house, the whispered-about topic of dating within the dance world, how he faces challenges on the job, a different approach to networked... and well... even more!!!
Chris is warmth, he is soul, and he is... as he puts, a conduit of creativity!!!
The Movement Talent: movement-agency.com/chris-dupre
I was going to jokingly dub this episode 1000 f--kin questions, as Derrell Bullock (credits incl Madonna, Madonna, Madonna) and I were discussing the universal (I think) post-class time where students gather around and start asking questions. Now, first, please know how much I/We LOVE students/people/humans/aliens/dancers asking questions. However, there is one vital question around improvement that Derrell points out as being approached all wrong. I was able to capture this audio during a meeting turned into impromptu interview, and now it is available for everyone's benefit! I also believe this can be taken into a larger scope outside of the dance world. Enjoy!
Besides having very cool names, Brazil Siqueira and Kalyne Leonhardt are a power couple with a lot to offer the world. In this short-and-sweet interview, the two co-founders/presidents of Brazil-Lionheart Entertainment, share the do's and don't of entering a business relationship with a close friend or romantic partner. Additionally, we talk about how to balance personal life with business, the type of contract you want, and how to know when it's the right person to partner up with. Enjoy!
Kalyne Insta: www.instagram.com/kalynelionheart/
Brazil Insta: www.instagram.com/brazilinspires/
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.