Conversations On Dance

Conversations On Dance Podcast hosts Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden, former Miami City Ballet Dancers, record in-depth discussions with artists throughout the Vail Dance Festival. They bring audiences an inside look into the world of professional dancers through discussions about ballet training, techniques, choreography, and conduct interviews with some of the dance world’s best and brightest. A limited number of tickets are sold to each Conversations On Dance Festival Forum during the Vail Dance Festival or listeners can tune in from anywhere! Read the listener testimonials HERE.

2021 Podcasts

Today we chat with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Russell Janzen, from the 2021 Vail Dance Festival. Russell was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and began his dance training at the age of six at The Rock School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enrolled as a full-time student at the School of American Ballet in the winter of 2005. In June 2008, he joined the New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to principal in February 2017.

We talk with Russell about his training, dealing with a myriad of injuries during his first few years in the company, about his fellowship at Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, and his love for writing.

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On today’s episode of Conversations On Dance, we are joined by Nel Shelby, dance videographer and founder of Nel Shelby Productions. Nel tells us about her dance training and aspirations, falling in love with film and how she’s blended these two passions together to become one of the industry’s most in demand video producers.

Nel also talks about the experience filming Lincoln Center’s 9/11 tribute ‘The Table of Silence Project’, which will be streaming on Saturday, September 11th beginning at 8AM, in partnership with Dance/NYC as part of their #RestartStages series. You can enjoy Nel’s digital content for Jacob’s Pillow from now until September 23rd at jacobspillow.org/whats-playing-now.

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Today we are joined by New York City Ballet dancer Gretchen Smith, from the 2021 Vail Dance Festival earlier this month. Gretchen was born in Evansville, Indiana, and began her dance training at the age of seven with Evansville Dance Theatre.

She began studying at the School of American Ballet during the 2003 summer course and enrolled as a full-time student that fall. She went on to join the New York City Ballet as an apprentice in October 2005, and in February 2006 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

We talk with Gretchen about her path to NYCB, dancing iconic repertoire, working with choreographers on new works, some of her takeaways from the pandemic, and her debut as Green Girl in Dances at a Gathering at the Vail Dance Festival.

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Today, we are chatting with friend of the pod and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, James Whiteside, from the 2021 Vail Dance Festival. James tells us all about his new (self-proclaimed) “almost-memoir” that just hit bookshelves called Center Center. We hear about how long he has dreamt of writing a book, how the idea came about, what the writing process was like, and what he hopes readers will take away. At the end of the episode he tells us a little bit about his newest ballet that he created for the Vail Dance Festival that was a part of the festival’s closing night performance.

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This episode is brought to you by Yumiko (yumiko.com) and the Town of Vail. This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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Today we are sharing with you our final LIVE event recording from the 2021 Vail Dance Festival. In this episode, we are joined by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer, Justin Peck, and dancer and actor, Robbie Fairchild. These two have been friends since they were students at the School of American Ballet, working together throughout their time with New York City Ballet. They talk about how they first became inspired by the theatre, their aspirations for Broadway, and their forays into film. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival on August 7, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Please note, we did have some technical difficulties with the sound on one of the microphones during this recording. We apologize in advance.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings. This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, we are joined by choreographer, Cleo Parker Robinson. Cleo is the found of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. She gives us background on her career, coming, and her choreography. She also tells us about the work that she created for the 2021 Vail Dance Festival. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, This episode was recorded on August 8, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Experience the Vail Dance Festival from wherever you are. Enjoy a live-streamed event of the festival’s closing evening: NOW Premieres, which we discuss in this episode. Access will be available for one week on VDF’s YouTube Channel. More information on VDF’s social media channels.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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In our next installment of LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, we are joined by New York City Ballet principal dancer, Lauren Lovette, and Memphis Jookin star, Lil Buck. We chat with the pair about what this past year has been like for them, how they continued to find inspiration, about their friendship, and their new work they have created just for the festival. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, This episode was recorded on August 9, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Experience the Vail Dance Festival from wherever you are this Monday, August 9th, 2021. Enjoy a live-streamed event of the festival’s closing evening: NOW Premieres, which we discuss in this episode. Access will be available for one week on VDF’s YouTube Channel. More information on VDF’s social media channels.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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In our next installment of LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, we are joined by New York City Ballet pianist, Cameron Grant. Cameron has played for the ballet for nearly 40 years, and shares with us some of his wealth of experiences and stories. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, This episode was recorded on August 6, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Experience the Vail Dance Festival from wherever you are this Monday, August 9th, 2021. Enjoy a live-streamed event of the festival’s closing evening: NOW Premieres, which we discuss in this episode. Access will be available for one week on VDF’s YouTube Channel. More information on VDF’s social media channels.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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We are joined today by Jamar Roberts, dancer and Resident Choreographer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival. We talk with Jamar about his origins in dance, his love for visual art, how he got into choreography, and about his world premiere coming to the Vail Dance Festival this year. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, This episode was recorded on August 5, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Experience the Vail Dance Festival from wherever you are this Monday, August 9th, 2021. Enjoy a live-streamed event of the festival’s closing evening: NOW Premieres, which we discuss in this episode. Access will be available for one week on VDF’s YouTube Channel. More information on VDF’s social media channels.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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We are joined today by Tiler Peck, principal dancer with New York City Ballet and Herman Cornejo, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. The pair tell us about their partnership here at the festival and Justin Peck’s newest work. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, This episode was recorded on August 4, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Experience the Vail Dance Festival from wherever you are this Monday, August 9th, 2021. Enjoy a live-streamed event of the festival’s closing evening: NOW Premieres, which we discuss in this episode. Access will be available for one week on VDF’s YouTube Channel. More information on VDF’s social media channels.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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Today we are joined by Kate Penner, social media manager for the Vail Dance Festival. Kate tells us how her role has evolved since her first year at the festival, how the marketing team works with photographers and videographers, and we delve into how rights and permissions work. Then she announces that the NOW Premieres performance on August 9th will be available to livestream for FREE on Vail Dance Festival’s YouTube channel. Be sure to follow VDF on social media for more information.

This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge. Special thanks to Bruce Wilson for his generous support of our new sound equipment.

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We are joined today by Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director of BalletX. This episode was recorded LIVE from the Vail Dance Festival, where BalletX is the resident company. We chat with Christine about her career, founding the company, her ambitious programming, and her entrepreneurial approach to building the company from the ground up. This episode was recorded on August 1, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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LIVE from Vail Dance Festival, today we chat with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Vail Dance Festival Artist in Residence, Calvin Royal III. We hear from Calvin about his beginnings in dance, his promotion to principal, how he stayed inspired during the pandemic, and being artist in residence at this year’s festival. This episode was recorded on July 31, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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Welcome to our first live podcast recording from the Vail Dance Festival. First up, we chat with New York City Ballet Artistic Director, Jonathan Stafford. We talk with Jon about his pathway to NYCB, some of the leadership roles he held while he was still dancing, the NYCB Interim Transition Team, his role as Artistic Director, leading the company through this past unprecedented year, and what comes next. This episode was recorded on July 30th, 2021 at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Special thanks to the Town of Vail for their support of the Vail Dance Festival and Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings.  This episode was recorded at the Manor Vail Lodge.

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Rebecca pops in today to share some COD updates, including live events and master classes at Vail Dance Festival, and publishing schedule this month.

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2019 & 2020 Podcasts

Today, on the Conversations on Dance podcast, we are sharing our chat with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancers, Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside, that was recorded as a part of the 2020 Vail Dance Festival: Digital Edition. Through August 15th, you can watch our Zoom chat with James and Bella on the Vail Dance Festival Facebook page or on their YouTube Channel. While you are there, we encourage you to explore the incredible 8 evenings of content that truly highlights what makes this festival so special!

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Today we chat with Vail Dance Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel to get a preview of what is in store for their eight night digital festival, July 31 – August 7, 2020. Damian tells us what it was like to have to decide to cancel the in person festival and move to a digital format, how they have chosen what the audience will get to see, offers us some previews of different pieces, and shares what he hopes audiences will take away from these incredible eight evenings of VDF content.

As a part of the festival, you can catch three full evenings of Conversations on Dance. On August 3rd, we chat with Lil Buck, August 5th with James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston of American Ballet Theatre, and on August 6th with Calvin Royal III, the festival’s Artist in Residence for 2020 and 2021. Don’t miss a moment of the action. For more information on these free digital events, visit vaildance.org and be sure to connect with them on social media.

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This week we are sharing with you a live podcast recording from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival. Here we speak with Visual Artist Kenneth Parris III and dancer Melissa Toogood on Tuesday July 30th, 2019.   Kenneth had many of his Merce Cunningham paintings and drawings featured throughout the festival this year, and many of these pieces feature Cunningham dancer and his wife, Melissa Toogood. We sit down to chat with this duo about their artistic partnership and their relationship to the works of Merce Cunningham.

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Today we are bringing you a live podcast recording from the Vail Dance Festival with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Lauren Lovette.  We catch up on what she has been up to since we saw her last summer, talk about her choreography, and her position of Artist in Residence this year at the festival.  Unfortunately, we again had a technology glitch during this episode and are bringing you an iphone audio recording of the event.  As you know, this audio is not up to our usual quality, but Lauren’s chat with us was just too good not to bring to the masses.  Thank you for your understanding.  This episode was recorded live on August 4th, 2019. 

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Today we are bringing you a live podcast recording from the Vail Dance Festival with Jookin superstar, Lil Buck.   Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is an dancer, actor and model from Memphis, Tennessee who specializes in a style of street dance called jookin. He gained popularity after director Spike Jonze used his cell phone to record an interpretive performance of “The Dying Swan” by Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma.  Li’ Buck has been a long time favorite of the festival since 2011.  Lil Buck is the founder of Movement Art Is, an organization focused on using movement artistry to inspire change in the world.  This episode was recorded live on July 31st, 2019. 

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Today we are bringing you a live podcast recording from the Vail Dance Festival with Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel and Janet Eilber, Martha Graham Dance Company Artistic Director. The pair talks with us about the Graham legacy, their roles as artistic directors of their respective organizations, and what audiences can expect to see from the Martha Graham Dance Company this year in Vail.  This episode was recorded live on August 8th, 2019. 

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Today we are bringing you a live podcast recording from the Vail Dance Festival with New York City Ballet Principal Tiler Peck. In her 11th year at the Vail Dance Festival, Tiler continues to explore her work as a choreographer with a revival of last year’s premiere ‘Lincoln Square’ and new premiere to Caroline Shaw’s ‘Thousandth Orange’. We talk to her about her choreographic inspirations, and the thought process behind her latest work. This episode was recorded on August 6, 2019.

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Today we sit down with choreographer Pam Tanowitz from the Vail Dance Festival.  We spoke with Pam from a Live event at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center in episode 140 and today we get to chat with her about her new creation for Vail.  This is a small excerpt of a longer conversation on her work that we will be publishing in the coming weeks.  In this bonus episode, Pam gives us some insight into her new piece she is creating here at Vail Dance Festival that will premiere on Monday August 5, 2019 for NOW Premieres.

This is the book Pam references Pas de Deux: A Textbook on Partnering.

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New York City Ballet up-and-coming corps member, Roman Mejia, sits down with us from the Vail Dance Festival.  We talk about his year of dance since we last saw him in Vail, working with Edward Villella, and on performing Alexei Ratmansky’s ‘Fandango’ here at Vail Dance Festival on August 2nd, 2019.

This episode is brought to you by Yumiko and the Town of Vail.  This episode was recorded at Manor Vail Lodge.

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American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, Herman Cornejo, sits down with us from the Vail Dance Festival.  We talk about his year of dance since we last saw him in Vail, his 20th anniversary with ABT, and about what he is dancing this year at the festival.  You will want to listen to the end where he shares some BIG news with us!

This episode is brought to you by Yumiko and the Town of Vail.   Listen to our previous episode with Herman here.

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Today we are bringing you a live podcast recording from the Vail Dance Festival with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, James Whiteside.  This episode was recorded on July 27th, the morning before the premiere of his newest work, “New American Dream.”  Unfortunately, we did come up against some technical difficulties, so we are sharing this episode from a backup file, with a little lower quality than we are used to.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we felt that this conversation with James was too enjoyable for our audience to miss.  Enjoy. 

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