Ever wonder what it is like to be on the creative team for Usher? Or how a dancer stays at peak performance condition and ready to book a 90 minute show? The difference between dancing/creating for an artist versus film? Codie Wiggins (Usher, Beyonce, "Get On Up," "Pitch Perfect 2," Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, and more...) has been building his epic career since being 'discovered' as a teenager in Atlanta's underground dance scene. From his no holds barred story of his youth, to the lessons that he has learned along the way, this episode gives you an intimate look at what the journey of Codie looked like through now, and the work ethic and practices that have kept him working with the best over the years and currently.
Debbie Reynolds: www.drdancestudio.com/faculty/codie-wiggins
In this second part of the Ade Chike interview we get a very honest and sobering look at the reality that many dancers face with negotiating contracts for their jobs. From transitioning out of the SYTYCD limelight into the world of FELA, Ade generously shares some of his most difficult industry moments and the performance that almost cost him is Broadway debut.
Learn how Ade stays ready for major dance jobs, what had him choose to move across the country, and what it looks like to play hardball in what is known to be a sometimes unforgiving industry.
Jungle Love Choreo: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSwCoYeVfcQ
Podcast 4 - Ebonee Arielle - On Being A Working Dancer, Mother, Business Owner, And How To Listen To Your Own Truth
Imagine being a working dancer without auditioning... while running a thriving business, traveling the world, and being an involved mother and wife. Sounds too good to be true? In this week's episode of DanceSpeak, I sit down with Ebonee Arielle (founder of Show Off Dance, America's Best Dance Crew Alum, and more...), who has managed all of the above, and we find out what has taken to all work out. From being an 'unknown' who booked Nicki Minaj's Tour, to breaking down the taboo of growing a family while in the dance industry, this episode will give you insight on balance, taking the road less traveled, and having it all. Stay tuned till the very end for a bonus clip from Ade Chike Torbert!
In this episode of DanceSpeak, So You Think You Can Dance alum, Ade Chike Torbert, shares the stories before, in between, and behind the string of success he has experienced over the years. Adechike begins painting a powerful picture of the difficult early lessons that molded his unstoppable work ethic, and all of the times he persevered through unimaginable circumstances. The interview I had with Adechike was so epic that we decided to create two episodes from this. In part 1 you will learn what prepared the dancer for reality television life, the seed that was planted for his run with FELA! the musical, and a retrospective on a career that started before Adechike had reached the age of 10. Get ready to be inspired.
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.