Podcast 24 - Marja Lankinen - Mind Body Spirit, Paying It Forward, And Knowing When To Follow Your Gut
In Episode 24 of DanceSpeak, you will get a fresh perspective on breaking barriers and realizing dreams from the Founder of Yoga for Dancers, Marja Lankinen. I first met Marja while we were on separate tours (as dancers) in China. I remember when she stopped in Los Angeles on the way back and never turned back. Since then, Marja has grown her following as a teacher at Movement Lifestyle, the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program, Hot 8 Yoga, Sony Pictures, and Equinox (among other clients).
Marja shares about her awe inspiring creation: Micro Loans for Dancers, giving back to the community, the challenges that grew her as a person, and the life changes that she boldly made over time to get to where she is now. One of my favorite themes we explore is how to know when to follow your instinct. We also learn why Marja LOVES Beyonce, visiting the White House, and... a crash course on how neuroscience and its findings on brain patterns. Grab a green tea, open your mind, and enjoy!
In Episode 23 of DanceSpeak, you will meet choreographer and mega teacher, Antoine Troupe. Quickly, one learns that Antoine goes beyond the dance realm and is not-so-secretly a motivational force. But what is the path that lead to the Antoine, the leader, the social media maven, being the person we recognize him as today? Our conversation sheds light on his journey from the Bay Area, through reality television and to the challenges and and successes experienced in Los Angeles. You'll find out about the unintended process that had Antoine working for Prince, and the exciting stories behind the making of a Prince music video and subsequent work. Antoine openly shares advice that he has for professional dancers, teachers, and choreographers looking to break into the industry. Learn what to do and not to do on set, the unknown history to Antoine's infamous movement style and what is next for this mogul in the making.
Podcast 22 - Randi Fleckenstine - Training Like a Champion, The Dance Fight, and Becoming a Beat Freak
From the underground battle world, to member of the acclaimed Beat Freaks, Randi's force and skill level as a dancer is undeniable. In Episode 22 of DanceSpeak we talk training, entering the industry, and leaving a positive impact on the scene. Randi speaks on The Dance Fight, a beloved dance event that she co-created in Los Angeles, what it took for her to transition into professionally dancing, and a topic that is not always easily brought to light: being a female in a male-dominated field (yes, we go there). The conversation you here is honest, no holds barred, and filled with inspiration.
DanceSpeak Episode 21 is a game-changer because at last, we begin to unlock the world of the Agent. Within the professional dance world, agencies and their agents bridge a gap between dancer and opportunity. While people have many thoughts and ideas as to what the agent does and is supposed to do, the reality can grateful differ.
Andrew Jacobs spent 11 years total (2004-2015) at the reputable, world-renowned MSA Agency in Los Angeles. The information he gives us in this interview is well-worded, though out, and jam-packed. We go through the gambit of topics including: How dancers can tell is this industry is for them, the teaching industry, how to obtain information before reaching out to agencies, how dancers and choreographers can best invest in themselves, negotiating rates, effectively communicating with your agent, factors that go into an agent choosing his/her client, and more...and more...
Dancers, Choreographers, and Teachers, this is for YOU.
Podcast 20 - Leo Moctezuma - A Piece Of Pop Culture History: Tour Stories, Industry Lessons, And Perspective
At the pinnacle of pop's reemergence, with artists such as Britney Spears and Chrstina Aguilera at the forefront, there were a select few dancers who traveled the world on their major tours, and at front/center, was Leo Moctezuma. DanceSpeak's 20th episode gives us an intimate look at Leo, the ultimate dancer, whom began his career in his teens with artists such as Ricky Martin. Leo continued his success working tour to tour, with major names including Pink, the Spice Girls, and more recently, Cirque du Soleil.
Leo humbly and openly takes us through many of his life experiences. We learn the processes required to book his noted work, the emotions of each job, and what he has learned that he can share with dancers. Some of the topics we explore include audition advice, professionalism, shifts in the industry, working as Assistant Choreographer for Madonna, life in between gigs, and more...and more...
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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.