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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.


[0:30] Martheya and Azaria introduce Brenda Dixon Gottschild


[2:19]Martheya asks: “Can you briefly walk us through your career path? Can you explain activist vs. hater?”

[9:35]Martheya asks: “Do you have advice on how to find supportive networks?”

[11:45]Azaria asks: “You are a truth teller, can you tell us about the backlash you have had?”

[19:00]Azaria asks: “It sounds like the common theme is allies?”

[19:18]Martheya asks: “How do you know what you want to focus on when writing your books?”


[26:19] Azaria asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

[26:50] Martheya asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • “When I was taken to the Apollo Theater….or Apache Dance”

[27:24] Azaria asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • BOTH

[27:33] Martheya asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Facebook

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