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Daniel Rosas is a guitarist, music arranger, composer, and educator. He earned a Bachelor in Music from Universidad de las Américas Puebla. Daniel has worked in musical theater as a guitarist, translator and sheet music editor. He also has played in choreographies presented at Danza UDLAP’s showcases. He is a member of the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble and the Applied Music team, whose aim is to enhance the human quality through music. Currently, Daniel is a guitar and music composition teacher at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Puebla, and guitar player at the Dance Faculty at Universidad de las Américas
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53 | #Eric Franklin - Franklin Method
On our first episode of Somatics month, your co-host YeaJean interviews Swiss Dancer, Movement Educator, University Lecturer, Writer and Founder of the Franklin Method, Eric Franklin. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about imagery and dance, the Franklin Method, benefits of understanding your body, lifestyle recommendations for a long career, somatic product recommendations, protecting training methods/products/brand, and advice for the dance community during COVID-19.
52 | #TimWise- Social Injustice, Black Lives Matter & Dance Pt 2
On this episode of Social Injustice, Black Lives Matter & Dance Pt 2, your co-hosts Reyna and Martheya interview Anti-Racism Educator and Author, Tim Wise. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about learning from the targets of systemic oppression, white privilege, overcoming shame, how to take personal inventory of one's own life and work, accountability, the importance of humility, and Tim’s experience as a father of two dancers.
51 | #Paloma McGregor - Social Injustice, Black Lives Matter & Dance Pt 1
On this episode of Social Injustice, Black Lives Matter & Dance Pt 1, your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Director of Angela's Pulse and Dancing While Black, Paloma McGregor. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about centering black voices, inclusivity, how to turn energy toward the visions we want to manifest, dance lineage, liberation practices, and advice for companies and individuals who want to change.
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50 | #DBSRoundtable - COVID-19 & Dance
On our third episode of Dance Trends month, in celebration of our 50th episode of #dancebehindthescreen, your co-hosts Martheya, YeaJean, Azaria, and Reyna moderate a ‘COVID-19 & Dance’ roundtable with 11 of our Dance Behind the Screen (DBS) guests. We talk with the experts in creative thinking on what they have learned, how to prepare for reopenings, how to negotiate live and digital dance practices, what does the dance world look like post-pandemic, and much more.
DBS Guest Roundtable voices include;
Theresa Ruth Howard - MoBBallet, Sarah Gamblin - Texas Woman’s University & Texas Dance Improvisation Festival (TDIF), Ana Maria Alvarez - Contra Tiempo, Jill Homan Randall - Life as a Modern Dancer Blog & Shawl Anderson, Matthew Cumbie - Matthew Cumbie Projects, Yin Yue - YY Dance Company, Lynn Lane - Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, Matt Kent - Pilobolus, Jennifer DePaola - Doctors for Dancers, Jordan Fuchs - Texas Woman’s University & TDIF, and Jacob Jonas - Jacob Jonas The Company Jacob.
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.
47 | #ClareCroft
On our fourth episode of Pride Month, your co-host Martheya interviews dance historian, theorist, dramaturg, curator, and author, Clare Croft. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about Dancers as Diplomats (book), queerness in relation to LGBTQIA+ and ways of challenging normativity, tips for writing and avoiding writer’s block, different ways of seeing and making dance, the editing process of Queer Dance (book), and dramaturgy. Special thanks to Paty Lorena Solórzano for connecting us for this interview.
46 | #MatthewCumbie - Matthew Cumbie Projects
On our third episode of Pride Month, your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Washington, DC based collaborative dancemaker and artist educator, Matthew Cumbie. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about Matthew’s memories of dance and coming out, Matthew Cumbie Projects, his time at Dance Exchange, the value of intergenerational LGBTQIA+ art communities, dance as a social act, fear of failure and perfectionism, and how people connect.
45 | #ColbyCalhoun
On our second episode of Pride Month, your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview Colby Calhoun. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about queerness, creating the ‘1st Annual Gay Show’, the representation of the LGBTQIA+ community, profiting off marginalized demographics, using fear as a strategy to build support, and how to let people speak for themselves.
44 | #KeithHennessey - Circo Zero
On our first episode of Pride Month, your co-hosts Azaria and YeaJean interview Keith Hennessy the Creator and Artistic Director of Circo Zero. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about grant writing to help independent artists during COVID-19, receiving/giving with eye gaze vs. the camera, queerness as a way of thinking about LGBTQIA+ in relation to society at large, collaborating across lines of difference, is Contact Improvisation sexy, touch post-pandemic, and Keith’s current research interests.
43 | #KathleenMcGuireGaines - Minding the Gap
On our fourth episode of Dance Wellness month your co-host Martheya interviews the founder of Minding the Gap, Kathleen McGuire Gaines. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about all things mental health. We unpack what resources to add to your toolbox, her viral Dance Magazine article ‘Why are we still so bad at addressing dancers' mental health?’, speaking to yourself with kindness, and Minding the Gap’s plans for developing a mental health program for dancers.
42 | #RachelFine - To The Pointe Nutrition
On our third episode of Dance Wellness month your co-hosts Azaria and Martheya interview Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Certified Counselor of Intuitive Eating, and founder of To The Pointe Nutrition, Rachel Fine, MS RD CSSD. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about healthy eating, the effects of food on physical, mental, and emotional health, disordered eating vs. eating disorders, common mistakes with food, and how to use the free resources Rachel shares to look at your relationship with food.
41 | #JoanBreibart - PhysicalMind Institute
On our second episode of Dance Wellness month your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview inventor, author, and Founder of the PhysicalMind Institute, Joan Breibart. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about diet and exercise, the four health words everyone should know, dance injuries, harsh realities to consider if you want to build your own fitness business, and the marketing facade in the wellness industry.
40 | #AlessiaLugoboni - Lazy Dancer Tips
On our first episode of Dance Wellness month your co-hosts YeaJean and Azaria interview ballerina Alessia Lugoboni the co-founder of Lazy Dancer Tips and Lazy Dancer Studio. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about how the Lazy Dancer Tips community helped shape Lazy Dancer Studio, Alessia’s tips for dealing with mental health and body image, owning who you are, acknowledging limitations, and using social media to change the world for the better.
38 | #AnaMariaAlvarez - CONTRA-TIEMPO
On our fourth episode of World Dance month your co-host Reyna interviews Ana Maria Alvarez the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of CONTRA-TIEMPO. In this episode we go behind the screen in celebration of CONTRA-TIEMPO’s 15th anniversary and talk about Ana Maria’s career rooted in politics and dance, advice and questions to consider for starting a dance company, collaboration and crediting dancers, using Patreon to facilitate a deeper level of connection with the company, and practices for nourishing oneself and manifesting ideas.
36 | #JudithSánchezRuíz- JSR Company
On our second episode of World Dance month your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Judith Sánchez Ruíz (CU-US-GE) Director of JSR Company. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Judith’s labyrinth of a career path across Cuba, America, and Europe. She shares the impact of dancing for Trisha Brown Dance Company, why organizing a company was a practical solution for acquiring funds and researching with collaborators, the value of framing learning outcomes for classes, and strategies for following your artistic voice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 | #TeamDBS - Season 1 Wrap Up
On this episode your co-hosts Martheya, YeaJean, Azaria, and Reyna wrap up 2019 and season 1 of Dance Behind the Screen Podcast. On this episode we have an open conversation between the co-hosts sharing what we think about social media and its influence on the dance world, what we have learned from our conversations, we define digital dance company, and what our audience can expect for season 2 in 2020.
20 | #TDIF2019
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview artists, teachers, performers, and attendees at the annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival (TDIF). On this episode, we go behind the screen of TDIF facilitating a roundtable discussion with Blake Nellis, Chrissy Nelson, and Lily Sloan of Big Rig Dance Collective. We uncover their varied career paths and relationship to dance and improvisation. We discuss and define improvisation in relation to processes, practice, and transferable skills. We share conversations on how the current issues of consent in relation to the #metoo movement affect the culture of improvisation. We unpack the evolution and offerings of TDIF.
18 | #JillHomanRandall - Life as a Modern Dancer Blog
On this episode your co-host Martheya interviews Jill Homan Randall. On this episode, we go behind the screen of Jill’s career as a modern dancer discussing how to start a blog, her step-by-step process for creating content, tips and advice on how to ask for contributions, strategies for driving an audience to your platform, Artistic Director responsibilities for a non-profit organization, and how the power of social media lies in sharing.
16 | #JordanFuchs
On this episode your co-hosts Martheya and Reyna interview Jordan Fuchs. On this episode, we talk about starting an improvisation festival for dance, leveraging resources you have, how to create dance culture as a space for exchange, strategies for staying connected to the dance world, using Facebook groups in dance-making process for integrating documentation and communication, curating publicity content for a university dance department, and new ways of learning dance in the digital world.
14 | #TamishaGuy - A.I.M
On this episode your co-host Martheya interviews Kyle Abraham’s Abraham In Motion, Dancer and Rehearsal Director Tamisha Guy. On this episode, we talk about auditions, using social media as a platform to offer encouragement, podcast recommendations, scheduling tips, saying ‘No’ to avoid burnout, going behind the screen of Merce Cunningham Night of 100 Solos Facebook Livestream, and using the digital space to create more of an audience for dance.
12 | #RayEliotSchwartz
On this episode your co-host YeaJean interviews dance artist, scholar, and educator, Ray Eliot Schwartz, based in Puebla, Mexico. On this episode, we talk about social media as the economy for attention, pros/cons of internet based technologies in the classroom, an inside look at the hiring process for university dance programs, using the digital space to create an international dance forum, and using a somatic-model to inform dance making.
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.
6 | #XinYing - Martha Graham Dance Company
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview Principal dance of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Xin Ying. On this episode we talk about what it is like to be a principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company, connecting with human emotions, how to handle post show feedback via social media, and negotiating negative comments in the digital space.
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.
39 | #JesúsMarioLozano
On our fifth episode of World Dance month your co-host YeaJean interviews colleague Dr. Jesús Mario Lozano the Academic Director of the Art Department (Director Académico Departamento de Artes) UDLAP. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Jesús Mario’s filmmaking and academic career, using language barriers to reinvent yourself when studying internationally, the pros/cons of teaching art in a university setting, dramaturgy in theater and dance, and how social media and video streaming affects filmmaking and the viewer experience.
37 | #KibbutzContemporaryDanceCompany - KCD
On our third episode of World Dance month your co-hosts Reyna and Martheya interview Yoni Avital the International Director of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC). In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about and the history of Israel and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, the International Dance Village, KCDC programming, innovative and primal work of Artistic Director Rami Be’er, and advice for emerging artists interested in auditing for the summer programs or KCDC.
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.
33 | #SusanMcGreevyNichols - NDEO
On our third episode in celebration of Women’s History Month your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Susan McGreevy-Nichols the Executive Director of the Nation Dance Education Organization. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Susan’s career and expertise as strategic planner. She shares tips for bringing the dance sectors together to improve dance education for all, her experience with royalties and state adoptions for dance textbooks, NDEO services and membership breakdowns, and leadership strategies grounded in listening and grit.
31 | Na-yeKim - Na-ye Kim Movement Collective
On our first episode in celebration of Women’s History Month your co-host YeaJean interviews Na-ye Kim. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Na-ye Kim’s career as a professional; dancer for Trisha Brown Dance Company and Mikhail Baryshnikov among others, choreographer, and international educator. She shares advice for emerging artists using social media, learning how to take rejection, understanding the ecology of a country when working internationally, and the importance of having an artistic voice in order to survive.
29 | #TheresaRuthHoward - MoBBallet
On our third episode in celebration of Black History Month your co-host Azaria interviews Theresa Ruth Howard of MoBBallet. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Theresa Ruth Howard’s beginnings with Dance Theatre of Harlem, the creation of MoBBallet/interactive digital resource for educators, roll call, her viral article ‘Is Instagram Changing the Dance World’s Value System’, and strategies for navigating the world in a black body.
27 | #BrendaDixonGottschild
On our first episode in celebration of Black History Month your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Brenda Dixon Gottschild. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s career as creator, author, scholar, educator, and leader in the dance world. She shares what it was like growing up in the revolutionary community of Harlem, New York through the 1930’s-1960’s, the difference between activist vs. hater, the importance of having a supportive network of people as your allies, and tips for writing and staying present in the moment. Special thanks to Sandra Parks and the Women in Dance Leadership Conference for connecting us for this in-person interview.
25 | #MiguelGutierrez
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview Miguel Gutierrez. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Miguel’s approach to creating and performing, advantages / disadvantages of social media, the audience as a group of individuals who are ready for an experience, creative process tips for tricking yourself into different mental states, and teaching practices. Special thanks to the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival on connecting us for this in-person interview.
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.
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.
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.
17 | #LelaAishaJones - FlyGround
On this episode your co-host Azaria interviews Dr. Lela Aisha Jones. On this episode, we talk about Jones’ creative process and her work that lead to a Bessie nomination, Black and African diasporic performance, how to locate your activist self, identity and spiritual wholeness, creating a system of online connections, and useful tips on how to balance the challenges of being a freelance artist.
15 | #Shate'Edwards - The Working Dancer
On this episode your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Shate’ L. Edwards. On this episode, we talk about dance career resources, navigating a positive mindset, tips to avoid burnout, the importance of investing in yourself, how employers use social media for hiring, creating content, and using social media as a personal brand.
13 | #OjeyaCurzBanks
On this episode your co-host Azaria interviews dance teacher, choreographer, ethnographer, and filmmaker with a focus on dances of the African diaspora, Dr. Ojeya Cruz Banks. On this episode, we talk about what Black dance signifies, the importance of cultural context and dance world view, research via social media conversations, and how dance is represented and conceptualized in the media.
11 | #DavidDingess
On this episode your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Georgia based musician and composer David Dingess. On this episode, we talk about negotiating the dancer/musician relationship, stealing from the past-self, pros and cons of globalizing art, the cycle of success for students who experience arts in education, and the dichotomy of following artists who inspire you on social media.
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.
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.
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