61 | #ThomasDeFrantz
On our fifth episode of Dance History month, your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview choreographer, performer and scholar Thomas DeFrantz. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about the performance group SLIPPAGE and how they support black futures and social possibilities, curatorial practices that support people vs. protecting art, how African Diaspora forms and ideologies shift the dance landscape, Tommy’s thoughts on social media, and three ways to be inclusive in your everyday life.
59 | #JonathanBurrows
On our third episode of Dance History month, your co-hosts Martheya and YeaJean interview Choreographer, Dancer, Author, and Associate Professor Jonathan Burrows. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about why and how he created A Choreographer’s Handbook, Jonathan’s personal experience within the history of digitizing dance works, his performing practice with composer Matteo Fargion, why their full length works are accessible online, and three tips for choreographers to consider.
56 | #TeamDBS - Somatics & Self-Care
On our final episode of Somatics month, your co-hosts Martheya, YeaJean, Azaria, and Reyna go behind the screen and talk about somatic practices, self-care, body image, imposter syndrome, and how they are staying positive and making space for growth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
54 | #JenniferDepaola - Doctors for Dancers
On our second episode of Somatics month, your co-host Martheya interviews the Creator of Doctors For Dancers, Jennifer DePaola. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about dance injuries and injury prevention, creating Doctors for Dancers, the database of dance specialists, career longevity and training, The Bridge Dance Project, and the benefit of seeing dance specific medical professionals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.