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!
Welcome to episode 135 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Jonte' (Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Tamar Braxton, and more). We talk about everything from auditioning for years without results and then booking Janet Jackson's infamous Super Bowl performance to being a celebrity in Japan! We also cover topics including what it looks like to put your foot down and chase your dreams, navigating homophobia, and tips on taking classes above your level.
Jonte' brings such a raw and unique voice, and I PROMISE you don't want to miss out! Subscribe, share, care, and don't be afraid to express your flare.
Podcast 134 - Noel Bajandas from dancing at home to booking movies. Learning to trust yourself and be your own artist.
Welcome to Episode 134 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Noel Bajandas. Noel is a dancer and choreographer with decades in the industry and credits that include the upcoming movie “In The Heights”, LA LA Land, Circue Du Soleil’s Delirium, Madonna and Toni Braxton.
This is the most perfect time for Noel's episode to be released as his story is inspiring, fun, and he keeps it REAL. Noel shares about how he started his professional career in dance at the age of 18 with little formal training. The genres that Noel has spanned are numerous and we get to the core of how he has managed to jump into the variety of projects that he has.
This episode dives into one of our foundational styles of episode: the journey of the dancer from humble beginnings to great successes... what works, and how to get there.
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Welcome to episode 133 of the DanceSpeak podcast. In this unprecedented year, one of the major guiding factors I've experienced is having our guests share how they have been navigating Covid times. After nearly a year of physically distanced interviews from around the country (and Paris too), I have been bursting with information to share, because there are some major things in common that our thriving guests have.
This episode distills this year into 6 major lessons and key ways to navigate this time. While opening up about my own journey as a solopreneur, multi-passionate business owner, and dance teacher-student-choregrapher-podcaster, I refer to lessons that our recent guests have taught us and deliver them with the intention of inspiring actionable steps and clarity for what we can do when so much has been limited.
Some of the topics include boosting your work from home, navigating the often triggering social media landscape, and managing burnout. This episode as a whole speaks to how one can make the most out of any time in life where there might be a major industry slow down or rough patch that requires one to change their approach.
Enjoy this episode and remember to be kind to yourself!
Podcast 132 - PT for Alvin Ailey dancers, Marissa T. Schaeffer, on cross-training for dance, Staying dance-ready from home, and insights for dancers wanting to become a PT.
Welcome to episode 132 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Marissa T. Schaeffer (Licensed Physical Therapist and NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). Marissa has worked with dancers from Broadway to ballet serving companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, José Limón Dance Company, and Doug Varone. She has also written and contributed to dance articles in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, and Dance Studio Life.
Marissa and I talk about her journey from a conservatory dancer who was on a professional track to her becoming a personal trainer and eventually a physical therapist. Of course, I just had to ask about her experience giving cross-training and treatments for Ailey dancers. Marissa shares about her approach when working with dancers, gives tips on how to stay dance-ready while at home (when many of us, well at least, I have become more... couch-ified... is that a word?). We talk about what to do if you need a PT from home, go on a few fun tangents, and learn about what Marissa and her colleagues have created to get us moving without overdoing it as we enter the new year.
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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.