Podcast 37 - Kachi Alcazar & Gordon Watkins - Hanging With The New Generation, A Snapshot Of What It's Like To Be 22 In The Dance Industry
Episode 37 gives you a refreshing shift in viewpoint as I sit down with Gordon & Kachi, a couple of very talented professional dancers... whom are a couple... and are appropriately 22 years old. In many of the previous episodes, the topic of this 'upcoming generation' is brought up, as they have the strongest social media presence and also are met with criticism. This episode, 'goes there.' We speak about what it's like to be on the receiving end of critiques and how they want to support all the generations of dancers.
For those whom might what to know how to connect with this generation of dancers, this episode will be very informative. Topics that we explore include (but are not limited to) how Gordon and Kachi each got their foot in the door, challenges that might arise with success, the cathartic quality of dance, being a dance couple, and a heated debate on Hip-Hop! Open up your minds and ears, this episode delivers on unabashed REAL TALK.
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Podcast 36 - Erin Marino - How Aspiring Dancers Can Prepare For the Industry, Connecting Generations, and Creating The Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program
Episode 26 of DanceSpeak introduces you to Erin Marino, founder of the Debbie Reynold's Scholarship Program, professional dancer, and choreographer. Erin discusses her path that spans entrepreneurship, giving back to the world world, and working in the dance industry. We find out what prepared Erin to create a program, as well as what got her 'foot in the door' at the world renowned Debbie Reynold's Studio. This opens up a greater discussion for dance teachers who want to connect to their dream studios and the idea of a greater purpose.
Erin speaks on the legacy of Debbie Reynolds as a performer, powerful woman, and business owner. One of my favorite aspects of this interview is diving into how the pre-professional and professional dancer can train for their dream career and how to not get attached to short-term roadblocks. Enjoy the education, heart, and soul of this episode!
Podcast 35 - Anthony 'Kanec' Carr - A Modern Day Fred Astaire, Gregory Hines... On Taking Care Of Your Body, Creativity On A Budget, And Lessons From Tour
Welcome to Episode 35 of DanceSpeak with Anthony ‘Kanec’ Carr. With credits including Missy Elliott, Usher, Chris Brown, and TLC, you might not know that Anthony was originally groomed to be a professional ballet dancer. Anthony shares about how he found hip-hop and his choice to pursue the commercial side of the dance industry. With his well-rounded background, we dive into his inspirations & aspirations, what he has learned from the greats, and how he recommends that dancers take care of their bodies for longevity. Other topics we explore are choreography retention on demanding jobs, what Anthony learned while working around an injury on tour, how to stay active in producing content, and more! Get ready to take notes, learn, grow, and be sure to subscribe!
Podcast 34 - Carmit Bachar - Transitioning Between Dancing And Singing... On Family, Touring, And Wearing Different Hats In Entertainment
For Episode 34 of DanceSpeak we take you into the world of Carmit Bachar. You might remember her as the red-head from the original line-up of the Pussycat Dolls, or from dancing with artists such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Beyonce, and Gwen Stefani (to name a few). What I will forever associate Carmit with is her sweet nature and undeniable drive.
We discuss Carmit's transition from back-up dancer to being in the forefront in a major pop group. We get into Carmit's earlier years in gymnastics and the theme of self-care while being in an active field. Carmit shares on being a mother, finding love while on tour, the differences between being in the spot light as a dancer versus being a singer, and loads of advice for the upcoming generation.
With a new single coming out, a dance web-series premiering, and working with other dancers and singers, Carmit's interview is guaranteed to motivate and inspire.
Podcast 33 - Helton 'Brazil' Siqueira - The Entrepreneur That Inspires... On Starting His Career In His Early Teens And How To Get What You Want
It is only appropriate that we kick off the new year with Brazil. You might know him from his record-breaking videos with Willdabeast, his work as a Motivational Speaker with Burn the Boats, his title as Co-Founder and Director at Buildabeast... OR... his resume with artists such as P.Diddy, Tyrese and Tyga. Impressed yet? I am. I mean, he did break into the entertainment industry at the age of 14 and has been unstoppable from what seems like day 1.
In episode 33 of DanceSpeak, Brazil shares with us his influences, efficient ways of developing yourself and keys to moving forward towards you goals. He gives both broad and specific advice in getting where you want in life and strategically investing in your path. Some of my favorite highlights are when Brazil shares on how he puts himself in the right state to be productive, his view on going over the 'fundamentals,' how he booked a tour with Tyga within his first month of living in Los Angeles, and his overall view on work-life balance and how to set yourself up powerfully for the upcoming year.
Grab a pen, take your notes, and be ready to grow!
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.