In 2020 we lost Tyrone Proctor as he departed for his eternal dance party. In memory and honor of Tyrone's epic journey and impact on the dance world as we know it, we are re-releasing this interview.
Tyrone 'the Bone' Proctor claimed his career on Soul Train after flying from Philly to LA with a declaration that he would make it. This episode of DanceSpeak takes a look at one of the most prominent Soul Train dancers and what happened behind the scenes of this iconic show.
Find out how Tyrone defines Waackin and the social climate that influenced the movement and the dancers of the time. Tyrone draws parallels between society, dance, and music in a way that will expand your knowledge and understanding of dance.
Welcome to episode 117 of DanceSpeak, oh how timely this is! On July 14, Doctors for Dancers put together a panel of medical professionals to answer burning questions around returning to dance as safely as possible during Covid-19.
The Panel Consists of:
Host: Galit (durrr)
Co-Host: Matty Googs (10 years old and he has a podcast on IG)
Dr. Iafrate, DO
Dr. Bluestein, MD
Dr. Meier, MD
Mr. Hyde, MA MBACP
Please note that this is a recording with the best information each medical professional could provide at the time AND that the information on Covid-19 is constantly changing. DanceSpeak itself does not provide medical advice and we encourage staying as physically distanced as possible at this time.
Welcome to episode 116 of DanceSpeak with Chrybaby Cozie. Whether you are an avid follower of the Lite Feet movement or need to Google it real quick, this episode gets into Chry's journey as he shares about growing up in Harlem, the trajectory of Lite Feet as it gained notoriety, and his personal relationship with dance. We also cover the intersection of sports culture and dance, how Chry got his name, and how much dance is born out of a time, place, and context.
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Podcast 115 - Women's Panel at KM w/ Parris Goebel, Laure Courtellemont, Cat Rendic, Kiira Harper, LARKE HASSTEDT, Eden Shabtai & Sienna Lyons
Episode 115 of the DanceSpeak and we are here with a recording from the KreavitMndz Dance Complex international women's day panel. You read it in the title: Parris Goebel, Laure Courtellemont, Cat Rendic, Kiira Harper, Larke Hasstedt, Eden Shabtai (Episode 13) and Sienna Lyons (Episode 45) sit down as open books in front of a live audience (pre-social distancing days) to discuss their experiences and advice as female powerhouses in the dance world.
The ladies don't hold back as we discuss how to assert yourself on a job, managing unwanted energies coming your way, financial advice, motherhood, how to keep progressing regardless of the amount of work you are booking, how to powerfully be yourself when auditioning for the job and more!
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Episode 114 of DanceSpeak is here. Hold on tight to those jazz slippers as we whisk you away to the origins of jazz dance. Not the ballet-based lyrical, not the thrash thrash to the Britney Spears, but the roots... the lesser known story.
You might have met Moncell on episode 103 as I interviewed him more broadly on his background as a professor of dance whos been on faculty at some of the top universities in the country. (Please know that he would probably cringe at my emphasizing his being a professor, he'd probably say something like "I'm just a person"). One of the ideas that we spoke about after was interviewing him on the origins of jazz dance.
I always wondered why I didn't learn jazz dance to jazz music. Where was there a disconnect? Did the two art forms happen to have the same name? These questions and more are answered here. In this episode we start digging into the past, honoring those who came before us... especially to my dancers, dance educators, and choreographers, let our appetites to learn who came before us be an insatiable one.
Podcast 113 - Lindsay Ducos - Training at an elite level. Finding your freedom. The 20's and the 30's.
Episode 113 - Lindsay Ducos (Chris Brown, P.Diddy, Beyonce, and more) is the second installment in a two-parter packed with knowledge, experience, things that might make you blush, and lessons that can be applied to any field.
Lindsay keeps it authentic as we talk about getting grown in the dance world (aka the transition from the 20's to the 30's), the box that women can be put into with professional work, balancing her dance career during her time as a student at UCLA, how to say no on the job, when and how to push yourself on the job, what training looks like for her at this point in her career, RECHARGING, navigating self-doubt, what P.Diddy taught his dancers about freedom, the creative process, and well... more!
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Podcast 112 - Lindsay Ducos PART I. Paris to Cali. Ice-skating to Dance. How to Stand Still In a Fast-Paced Scene.
We are surely starting off the year with a bang! Credits include a plethora of high-end work, including dancing with artists such as Chris Brown, Pharrell, Justin Bieber, Ciara, and so many more. She's a dancer's dancer, intellectual AF, and humble foreal foreal.
We had to do this as a two-parter as the content of our conversation was so rich and works through so many years of life. Part 1 covers Lindsay's multicultural background: moving from Paris to the U.S. and between NorCal and SoCal. Linsday opens up about her dynamic early years as an ice-skating, unstoppable child, and the choice she made to change focus as she entered her teen years.
Lindsay's confidence and vulnerability make her immediately easy to connect with. We talk about bullying, how to stay confident regardless of surrounding energies, how anxiety can have a silver lining, failing upwards, and a discussion around not shrinking yourself for others.
Listen, enjoy, rate, share. This podcast is intended to be an EXPERIENCE. Unfiltered, unapologetic, and loaded with LOVE.
Podcast 111 - Setting Your Rates. Breaking Through the 'Comparison Game'. Dealing w/ Insta-Bullying. Why Nicole the Pole says "age don't mean sh*t."
Nicole the Pole (Episode 105 guest and dancer for Cardi B., Bruno Mars, Snoop Dogg, and more...) and I sat down to share with you some real-time soulful conversations that put us both on the spot with the how we work through what can feel like the 'messier' side of life.
We created this one for you as the year was coming to its end and we wanted to give you (1) our truths of where we have struggled this year and (2) access to converting what can feel like a breakdown into a badass breakthrough.
Some of the areas we explore are the ways in which we compare ourselves and how to get out of demeaning oneself, letting go of needing to push 1000% all the time when you are tired, my own insecurities that I've dealt with around podcasting (yes, I just wrote that), setting our rates, where Nicole (who is also Nicole the 'Soul Coach') has made herself feel less than, confidence vs. arrogance, dealing with harsh communication on social media, and really truly getting to be your best self through it all.
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Kassy Francis, Texas West, Alexis Avila. Here are three dynamic dancers who have worked in the entertainment industry and also choose to give back using their artistry and leadership. We get into the depth of the WHY, as these women sit with me after a long-day of putting on an event for their organization Dream Complex.
We start by discussing Instagram feeds, authenticity in movement, community dance, a conversation on why dancers might not always speak up, professionalism, and then dive into who the women in the room are, balancing industry and non-profit, and motherhood (yes, THAT!).
Welcome to episode 109 of the DanceSpeak podcast with Taylor Thomas. Credits include Justin Timberlake, Pharell, Snoop Dogg, and more... way more.
Taylor sits down and opens the door to her experiences in the dance world as she discusses her 3 biggest breakthrough career moments so far, and one of the most heart-wrenching industry experiences that many go through but most don't discuss. It becomes immediately clear to me why Taylor thrives on and off the job and what keeps her working in this highly competitive field (once you listen, you'll understand).
We gush over industry and teaching veterans, connect on a human level, and I believe once you listen to this you will feel like you have gotten a unique insight into Taylor's mind and journey. You may even find yourself... deeply inspired.
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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.