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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.


[1:19] Martheya introduces Xin Ying


[2:32] YeaJean asks: “Could you break down a day in the life on Ying for our audience?”

[3:55] Martheya asks: “ What is it like to share such intimate thoughts about your connection to Martha’s work on social media?”

[6:12] YeaJean asks: “Would you tell us about your process of creating content? What is it like to take dance videos in public spaces?”

[7:39 ] Martheya asks: “We noticed you have many comments from people on your instagram post show praising you for your performance. What is it like to have immediate feedback from the audience on social media?”

[9:30] Martheya asks: “How does it make you feel when you read feedback on social media?”

[10:40 ] YeaJean asks: “We love seeing the behind the scenes videos of the Martha Graham Dance Company from rehearsals, pre/post shows, classes, and just hanging out. Why do you think it’s important to share with your followers?”

[14:02] Martheya asks: “What is the process like to create Lamentation variation for dance film? Why make it available through YouTube?”

[17:26] Martheya asks: “If you could articulate one thing you learned from the Martha Graham Dance Company as a principal dancer what would it be?”

[21:47]: YeaJean asks: “How does social media influence your career? What is 1 piece of advice you can share?

[23:37] YeaJean asks:

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

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Chinese Folk Dance, Domba Yonga

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

  • YES

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram

#XinYing Recommended Resources

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