49 | #JacobJonas - Jacob Jonas The Company
On our second episode of Dance Trends month, your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview choreographer, creative director and the Artistic Director of Jacob Jonas The Company, Jacob Jonas. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about family, curiosity, integrity, what it means to be a successful artist, protecting company image/brand and dancer’s, return on investment for dance degrees, cultural relevancy, tips for growing online communities, and advice for how to spend time creatively during COVID-19. Special thanks to Matt Kent of Pilobolus for connecting us for this interview.
48 | #JenniferWeber
On our first episode of Dance Trends month, your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview (pre-Covid) Lucille Lortel and Bessie-Award nominated choreographer, Jennifer Weber. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about Jennifer’s career as a physical storyteller, how to plug into the commercial dance world, rehearsal environments, female voices in hip hop, and her experiences creating for The Hip Hop Nutcracker, the new West End Musical &Juliet, and Disney’s Zombies 2 movie. Special thanks to LSG Public Relations for connecting us for this interview.
35 | #BettinaWagnerBergelt - Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
On our first episode kicking off World Dance month your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview Bettina Wagner-Bergelt the Intendant and Artistic Director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Bettina’s career negotiating abstract dance and contemporary storytelling, the meaning and process of Pina Bausch’s courageous, innovative, and provocative artistry, and what we can learn from the Coronavirus and social distancing.
32 | #RoxanaBarba
On our second episode in celebration of Women’s History Month your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Roxana Barba. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Roxana Baraba’s career as a dance choreographer, arts administrator, and filmmaker/producer/director. She shares her creative process for dance films, important tips to consider when working with collaborators, and the value of clarity in vision when creating work. Special thanks to Sandra Parks and the Women in Dance Leadership Conference for connecting us for this in-person interview.
28 | #McKinleyWillis
On our second episode in celebration of Black History Month your
co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview McKinley Willis. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about McKinley’s career as a professional dancer. She shares why pursuing a BFA in Modern Dance is a way of preparing for the future, the importance of considering location when picking a school, tips for creating your network, black female artists to follow, and how she thinks about body image.
24 | #ElijahGibson - Social Movement Contemporary Dance
On this episode your co-host Martheya interviews Elijah Alhadji Gibson the Founder and Artistic Director of Social Movement Contemporary Dance. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Elijah’s academic and professional career, the importance of preparedness and recognizing the source of things, his identity in relation to performance and choreography, and the human condition.
21 | #SandraParks - Women In Dance
On this episode your co-hosts Azaria and Martheya talk with the founder of the Women in Dance Leadership Conference, Sandra Parks. On this episode, we go behind the screen of the Women In Dance Leadership conference. We unpack Sandra Parks career path. We discuss her strategies for supporting female voices in the dance world across many platforms and redefining equality. She offers what to consider when curating a conference to create a space for all voices of dance in mediums of film, live performances, workshops, presentations, and more. Sandra offers transparency on the financial realities of creating a conference, how to ask for help, and her visions for the future of Women In Dance.
10 | #DatNguyen - MotionVivid
On this episode your host Martheya interviews Dat Nguyen the founder of MotionVivid. On this episode, we talk about how to stay “woke” in present times (the influence of spectacle on death, politics, and social media), important things to consider when naming your dance company in the digital age, deciding what to post and caption, supporting LGBTQIA+ artists, proactive tips for taking photos of dance, and using social media as a reflection resource.
8 | #ChristopherCollins
On this episode your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Dr. Christopher Collins, assistant professor in the department of communication at Missouri State University. On this episode, we talk about how objects around us influence who we are and what we do on an unconscious level, human vs. object, breaking boundaries, “arrest”, and breakdancing as an Olympic sport.
5 | #ChrisCoatesMitchell
On this episode your co-host Azaria interviews NYC based dancer, teacher, choreographer, and photographer, Chris Coates-Mitchell. On this episode we talk about tips for transitioning into the professional dance world, creating social media personas/branding, making money with dance photography, and how dancers are getting jobs based off of social media following.
3 | #CharlesSantos - TITAS Presents/Dance Unbound
On this episode your co-host Martheya interviews “Dance Visionary” (Austin Chronicle) Charles Santos. On this episode we talk about how social media influences the curatorial process for presenting organizations, how different generations engage with social media, hate mail and constructive criticism, supporting local arts communities, and companies to follow on social media.
34 | #ElizabethYntema - Dance Data Project
On our fourth episode in celebration of Women’s History Month your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Elizabeth ‘Liza’ Yntema the President and Founder of the Dance Data Project® (DDP). In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about the influence of Liza’s family on her career, how questioning the dominant paradigm led to creating DDP, her non-traditional approach to creating a non-profit, ballet as a business, the philanthropy spending down approach, and advice for women leaders.
30 | #DeniseSaundersThompson - IABD
On our fourth episode in celebration of Black History Month your co-host Azaria interviews Denise Saunders Thompson. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Denise Saunders Thomposon’s career as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). She shares her love for working behind the scenes merging business and performing arts, her career in arts administration, IABD programming and how to get involved, her thoughts on the future of IABD and dance inclusivity, and the importance of correcting the narrative of blacks in dance.
26 | #Yin Yue - YY Dance Company
On this episode your co-host YeaJean interviews Yin Yue the Artistic Director of YY Dance Company. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Yin Yue’s career as a choreographer. She shares how she gets inspired, tips for emerging choreographers, the difference in responsibilities between artistic director vs. choreographer, the importance of editing your social media, and how she developed a hybrid of contemporary dance language called FoCo Technique.
23 | #MattKent - Pilobolus
Kicking off season 2 your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Matt Kent one of the Artistic Directors of Pilobolus. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about the value of synchronicity and working collaboratively in the creative process, the challenge of managing logistics and creativity, ‘neural mirroring’, and a surprise contribution from Emily Kent, Pilobolus’ Education Director, on what Pilobolus looks for at company auditions.
19 | #LynnLane
On this episode your co-hosts Martheya and Reyna interview Lynn Lane. Lynn Lane is the founder/artistic director/sound artist of The Transitory Sound and Movement Collective (TSMC). On this episode, we go behind the screen of Lynn’s career discussing the goal of dance photography, light/shadow/movement, bad dance photography, tips and tricks for studying dance photography, the importance of a private creative process, how TSMC blurs the lines as an experimental sculpture that lives and converses in front of their audience, and how social media opens a global dialogue.
9 | #GretaSchoenberg - San Francisco Dance Film Festival
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview Greta Schoenberg the founder of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF). On this episode, we talk about developing a career in dance post graduation, starting the San Francisco Dance Film Festival/Dance Film SF, shifts in camera and film technology and distribution, evolution of art promotion, and how social media creates a larger field of artists which yields more risk taking and innovative art making.
7 | #MichaelWall - soundFORMovement
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview internationally recognized composer, performer, and educator Michael Wall of soundFORMovement. On this episode, we talk about what it is like to create music for dance, music licensing, the impact of social media on sharing music, and how to couch your innovation in the preexisting culture.
4 | #AbigailWoodMeczywor - Jacob's Pillow
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview Abigail Wood Meczywor the Director of Marketing and Communications for Jacob’s Pillow. On this episode we talk about investing time in creating quality content, the value of storytelling- showing the art making process through a personal lens, and the importance of consistency in the digital space.
2 | #JamieBenson
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview “Insightful & Irreverent” (LA Weekly) Jamie Benson. On this episode we talk about curating social media content, creating relationships in the digital space, running our own media agency, and strategies for crowdsourcing ideas for dancemaking.