Podcast 151 - Finding purpose without having to choose 1 thing and affecting change in the dance world w/ Arnel Calvario
Welcome to episode 151 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Dr. Arnel Calvario (Culture Shock LA, Beat Freaks, Kinjaz, Fanny Pack, Kabba Modern, and MORE!). Arnel is an Occupational Therapist who simultaneously maintains his purpose and distinguished role in the dance world.
This episode explores who to make room for the things you love. Arnel's journey teaches us that you don't have to choose or be just one thing. Things we explore include the difference between the LA dance scene in the 90's/early 2000's and now, how to affect major change in large dance organizations, pacing yourself during the busy season, ways to give back to the dance world, and so much more!
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Welcome to Episode 150 of the DanceSpeak podcast where we lift the veil of podcasting and SHARE SHARE SHARE. Jojo Diggs (previous guest episodes 15 and 91), who is known in the dance world as a community leader and educator, is starting work on her own podcast: "Healing Shame." Jojo asks me to go in-depth on how I started DanceSpeak, the creative choices I have navigated, pitfalls, and wins.
Beneath it all, this episode is about making a new pathway in your life, career, and journey. Listen, enjoy, share, and subscribe!
Podcast 149 - Happy Hour - Polyamory v. Monogamy, Queer identity in romance, Gasms, and Gal talk w/ Jasmine Raphael and Alyssa Stamp
Welcome to episode 149 of the DanceSpeak podcast where we talk about love, s*x, romance, our own experiences and do not hold back. Dare I say more?
Jasmine Raphael and Alyssa Stamp sit down with me for a roundtable where we get into different types of relationship styles, benefits and drawbacks, our own identify, and things no one seems to talk about that go down in the bedroom.
This episode is an expansion of a conversation we had a little over two years on episode 104 where Jasmine, Alyssa, and Amy Morgan discussed experiences being fem. and queer in the dance world.
In the space of 2021 Jasmine and Alyssa share about what they've learned over these years and open up about navigating their own journeys in love, romance, and personal growth.
Welcome to a re-release of April 2018's episode 74 of DanceSpeak with Fresh Redding!! (Credits Include: Kendrick Lamar, Pharell, Justin Bieber, Will.I.Am, Busta Rhymes, America's Best Dance Crew, Nike, DWTS, Kia and more...) Fresh has proven himself to be an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and a true entrepreneur. With a clothing brand, event company, and management company, Fresh epitomizes what it can look like to do it all and be an artist.
Topics we explore include: What Fresh has learned from working with Kendrick Lamar, giving yourself a 'grace' period while preparing for a career in entertainment (and learning as much as possible in the process), when to work without monetary compensation, the many hats he wears and how he does it all, the significance of leaving his home environment to go to college, dealing with the loss of peers, branding for himself and others, his first experience working for Will.I.Am, what motivates Fresh, and much much more! We also have a segment where I ask fresh to give impromptu coaching to one of our team members in the room and it is AWESOME!
Welcome to episode 147 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Ray Basa. Ray is one of those unbelievably fly dancers who is equally as warm as he is talented. To keep it so real, this episode does one of the best jobs we've done so far at keeping the conversations as real AS IF it wasn't even being recorded. And that's what I LOVE.
We talk about everything from freeing up your freestyle, to choreographing on the spot, to finding love, our thoughts on cussing, finding fashion without having to buy new, and more and more. I feel strongly that this episode can apply to all creatives and beyond!
Welcome to Episode 146 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Kim Gingras (Madonna, Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Justin Timberlake... the list goes OOOON). I think it's impossible not to love Kim. She came from Montreal to Los Angeles with a dream and unstoppable work ethic, which paid off FOR SURE. On top of this, Kim emanates humility and kindness, with a clear passion for sharing as much as she can to contribute to others' journeys.
In this episode Kim speaks about her choice to move countries for career and how the parameters of being on work visa actually helped her in the long run. It becomes clear quite quickly that Kim is balancing wearing different hats and she shares how she makes it all work (there is actually a clear approach that is GOLDEN).
We talk about how to find your mentors at any stage of life, which celebrity she has worked with that has the most surprising (and fun) difference in personality on and offstage, and I somehow manage to elicit excellent dating advice (wooohooo!).
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Podcast 145 - Violeta Galargaza. Spanish Harlem teen motherhood to dancing in 'In The Heights' (the film).
Welcome to episode 145 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Violeta Galagarza (In The Heights, Grand Theft Auto, the Latin Grammys). Violet is a forever dancer, choreographer, and founder of a non-profit dance company, KR3Ts, which plays a major role in the bridge between underground and industry dancers in New York City.
Violet and KR3Ts have come up in loads of episodes here (if you re-listen or go back into the library, you'll NOTICE), and it is long overdue to have the woman herself come on and tell it like it is. Get ready for a story that exceeds what fiction can ever do. Violet lives hip hop; she lives the melting pot that NYC is; she lives what it is to be a strong Latina woman... we laugh, we reminisce, and I get REEALLL INSPIRED. I can't wait for you to hear the full story for yourself!
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Podcast 144 - The Unknown Story Behind the Creator of DanceSpeak; Dana Wilson interviews Galit Friedlander
Welcome to episode 144 of the DanceSpeak podcast; this is the Fifth Year Anniversary episode! This episode is a switcheroo as the industry vet and 'Words That Move Me' host, Dana Wilson, interviews me, Galit, the creator and regularly scheduled host of DanceSpeak.
I let Dana know we can go DEEP and that nothing is off limits. We get into what prepared me for my journey to move and STAY in Los Angeles, what keeps me going in the face of failure... the life experiences that nearly took me out (in many ways). I share one of my favorite memories during my time working as Asst. Choreographer for Prince. I also learn some really surprising similarities that Dana and I have!
This episode lifts the veil as your host becomes the guest and I share to let you all know... you never know what one may go through to show up in the packaging - in the light - that they might show up in today.
Listen, enjoy, share, and thank you for these 5 years, we are only getting started!!!
Welcome to episode 143 of the DanceSpeak podcast with veteran dancer, choreographer and creative director, Chase Benz (Britney Spears, Rihanna, J Balvin, Florida Georgia Line and so many more!). Booking his first tour at age 15, Chase's career is an action-packed trajectory of growth and jaw-dropping work.
Chase, a family man, shares about how he finds balance between being a husband, father, and working creative. As we go into the 'tour files' Chase opens up about what can cause a severe emotional dip for so many touring dancers. We get into stories from the stage, why Britney Spears' Vegas residency was one of the most challenging jobs ever, and keys to thriving as a creative.
This interview is raw, packed with heart, and as enjoyable as it is educational (if I may say so myself). Listen, share, subscribe, and remember to listen to YOUR inner voice.
Podcast 142 - Gaining clarity when it's time to transition from dance, dealing w/ burnout, and reframing insecurity w/ Therapist John Sovec
Welcome to episode 142 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist John Sovec. First and foremost, let me clarify that John was a full-on working dancer for years and years before transitioning into being a phenom therapist. So... John GETS it!
Naturally, one of the first things we dive into is how John had clarity when it was time for him to transition out of dance and how he found being a therapist was his next step. Although I am all for dancing at all ages, the life of a professional dancer tends to be limited in years and there is a huge question of how and when we know when it's our time to transition to what's next.
Topics that we explore include: mental health and what to expect as we return to in-person classes during pandemic times (and afterwards) | how to reframe negative self-talk | best approaches in communicating with young dancers when it comes to body care | what made John a constant 'booker' in his dance days | how to advocate for your time off and way way more!
Listen, share, subscribe, enjoy, follow us on IG @dancespeakpodcast and let us know what you got from this episode.
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.