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80 | A Response to ‘Ballet Body’ with “Beyond the Barre” podcast & Margaret Mullin

On this episode, Martheya interviews Margaret Mullin to talk about her podcast “Beyond the Barre”. Martheya goes behind the screen to talk more about the making of the podcast, taking off the rose colored glasses of certain aspects in the dance profession, and deconstructing the article “What is Ballet Body” by Gia Kourlas. Get ready to hear from an amazing woman who is ready to shake up the ballet world and be honest about body image and empathy in the profession. (59:59)


[0:34] The Team says welcome back and introduces this month’s theme dance podcasts. Martheya introduces Margaret Mullin and her podcast “Beyond the Barre”.


[2:20] Topic: The Makings of “Beyond the Barre” Podcast

  • [2:20] Martheya asks: “Can you talk about why you created Beyond the Barre podcast?”

  • [6:27] Martheya asks: “ Can you talk more about how you created that goal [the purpose of revealing aspects of the dance world] and why you think it’s important?”

[13:16] Topic: Taking Off the Rose Colored Glasses

  • [13:16] Martheya asks: “What do you think are some of the most complicated issues related to dance?”

  • [22:24] Martheya asks: “How long was your recovery process?”

[36:50] Topic: A Response to ‘What is Ballet Body’

  • [36:24] Martheya asks: “Did you read ‘What is Ballet Body’ by Gia Kourlas? Could you share your responses or thoughts on this article and how it relates to your own experiences?”

  • [43:42] Martheya asks: “What would you tell our listeners right now who have either had that experience or think about it by themselves? What do you say to that person right now?

  • [49:48] Martheya asks: “Can you talk about how you see leadership in dance? What do you think are some of the best leadership characteristics?”

[54:57] Martheya asks:

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

[55:26] Martheya asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Margaret: Coppélia

[55:33] Martheya asks:

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

  • Margaret: More yes than no, but still a little no.

[55:46] Martheya asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Margaret: Instagram

Recommended Resources

Connect with Margaret Mullin & Beyond the Barre Podcast

Facebook- /MargaretMullin

Instagram- @margaretmullin

LinkedIn- Margaret Mullin


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