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In this podcast Russell Maliphant, the critically acclaimed, award winning choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Russell Maliphant Dance Company, discusses his career and work that firmly places this artist as one of Britain’s most important choreographers creating work today. Next year, Russell Maliphant Dance Company is set to celebrate …
 
English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet former Artistic Director, former Royal Ballet Senior Principal Dancer and world renowned choreographer Wayne Eagling, talks to The Wonderful World of Dance about his dance career, training with Dame Ninette de Valois, working with Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Frederick Ashton, life at the famous Ro…
 
Viviana Durante is an international ballet star and former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala and K-Ballet. Hailed as one of the most dramatic dancers of her time, Viviana has forged an esteemed career as an Artistic Director, Producer, Coach, Judge and Author. In this podcast, Viviana talks about training at …
 
Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet Principal is not only a famous ballerina in the US, she has become a global household name following her uber successful live ballet classes #turnoutwithtiler, launched during the covid pandemic. In this podcast, Tiler gives an insight into her inspiration for starting the online classes and the incredible feedback …
 
Hofesh Shechter is an award winning, critically acclaimed choreographer, composer and artistic director of the ground-breaking and mind-blowing Hofesh Shechter Company. The renowned contemporary dance company presents work that is deeply visceral with performances that are spellbindingly raw, often raging, completely unexpected and a full assault o…
 
American Ballet Theatre Soloist, Gabe Stone Shayer talks in this podcast about his journey from Philadelphia to becoming the first African-American male graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the first in the 250 year history of this prestigious school. Gabe shares his experience of dancing and living in Moscow, touring with the Bolshoi Ballet and…
 
Akram Khan MBE is without doubt one of the most innovative and important choreographers of our time. He has created some of the most profound and moving works over the last 20 years of Akram Khan Company, a company he founded with Farooq Chaudry. In this podcast, Akram talks about his experience of lockdown that led to feelings of depression, cause…
 
Principal dancer Carlo di Lanno moved from San Francisco Ballet to Semperoper Ballett in Germany just as the coronavirus pandemic started to hit Europe. After arriving in the company’s home in the city of Dresden, Carlo immediately quarantined for two weeks before going into the studio to take company class and start rehearsals for the season that …
 
In this podcast, English National Ballet‘s Isabelle Brouwers gives us an insight into her lockdown experience that coincided with recovering from an injury; she also talks about how she prepared to return to the studio and what it’s like dancing with a mask. https://djwpodcasts.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/1wwwod/2Isabelle+Brouwers.mp3 It is an under…
 
In this podcast, National Ballet of Canada acclaimed Principal dancer and award winning Associate Choreographer Guillaume Côté talks about his 22 year career with the company that has fostered his drive to create roles and new ballets and perform across the world with companies including La Scala Theatre Ballet, English National Ballet, The Royal B…
 
In this podcast, Royal Ballet First Soloist Mayara Magri and Choreographer Ruth Mair Howard-Jones talk about creating the lockdown dance film ‘Sono Con Te’, which translates in English to ‘I Am With You’. Sono Con Te features 29 dancers from 18 countries and companies including Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Cape Town City Ballet, New Adventur…
 
In this podcast, Royal Ballet Artist Leticia Dias joins us from Rio where she has been staying with her family during lockdown. Listen to Leticia talk about growing up and studying ballet in Rio, winning a Prix de Lausanne scholarship that took her to the Royal Ballet Upper School at the age of 16. She describes her experience of adjusting to life …
 
Good news feels a little hard to come by these days. So it’s exciting to see the critically acclaimed, award winning BalletBoyz 20th anniversary celebrations continuing with an online presentation of Deluxe by Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Sadler’s Wells will showcase Deluxe as part of new Digital Stage – a free online performance platform, cre…
 
Christine Shevchenko, Principal, American Ballet Theatre shares her journey from Ukraine to the States, becoming the youngest recipient of the Princess Grace Award, rising through the ranks of ABT from corps de ballet to soloist and being promoted to principal. Listen to Christine talk about her love of ABT inspired by ballet greats Dame Alicia Mar…
 
In this podcast, Sir Richard Alston looks back over his 50-year career that included training with Merce Cunningham, leading Rambert as artistic director and establishing his own company Richard Alston Dance Company more than 25 years ago, building it into one of the most renowned contemporary dance companies and forging a critically acclaimed and …
 
In this podcast, British-born choreographer, performer and educator, Freddie Opoku-Addaie shares his journey from East London to studying at London’s top contemporary dance school and going on to create a successful freelance career working with renowned companies such as Clod Ensemble, Candoco Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Wayne McGregor’s Random Da…
 
In this podcast, Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispanico, choreographer and former principal dancer talks about his dance career, training with Martha Graham Company and The Alvin Ailey School, launching his own company and leading America’s leading Latino dance organisation. This year Ballet Hispanico celebrates their 50th An…
 
Jennifer Archibald, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Arch Dance Company, is set to premiere her new work for Nashville Ballet as part of their ‘Other Voices’ programme. Other Voices brings together four renowned choreographers to create new works that explore gender. Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling set 4 questions for the c…
 
In this podcast with Lizzie Gough – dancer, choreographer, TV dance judge and mentor – we discuss life of a freelance artist and her upcoming role in Kate Prince’s ‘A Message In A Bottle’. Lizzie gives us an insight into how she created a successful freelance street dance career in the UK and abroad, that has included exciting projects in dance, th…
 
In this podcast, Dwight Rhoden, Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-Founder, co-Artistic Director and Choreographer, talks about his dance career that kicked off at the late age of 17 and led him to become a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, before setting up his own company. Together with the legendary Desmond Richardson, th…
 
In this podcast former principal dancer and Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet, Ashley Wheater talks about his experience of leading the company for the last 13 years. Born in Scotland, Ashley was recently appointed MBE by the Queen for his exceptional service to dance in the UK. Ashley began his esteemed career training at The Royal Ballet Sc…
 
In this podcast, Precious Adams, English National Ballet, First Artist shares her journey from the US to training in Canada, Europe and Moscow, before moving to the UK to dance with the English National Ballet. Precious is a rising ballet star who is celebrated for her artistry, technique and her contributions to improving diversity in the dance in…
 
Alina Cojocaru is the much loved principal with the English National Ballet and guest artist with the Hamburg Ballet who has garnered adoring fans and numerous accolades throughout her illustrious career. We’re in for a real treat as Alina is presenting her own curated programme of classical and contemporary pieces at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, simply…
 
The critically acclaimed award-winning Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a choreographer that you need to know. A prolific artist, she has created dance works for over 60 top ballet and dance companies including: English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Black, Dance Theatre of Harlem and so many …
 
In this podcast we take a look at the life of one of the most visionary and influential choreographers in the world, Merce Cunnigham. The legendary dancer and choreographer’s journey from struggling artist to rejected and misunderstood creator and finally to becoming a celebrated icon, is told in a beautiful new 3D film simply titled ‘Cunningham’. …
 
The decision for any dancer or creator to move from their hometown to the big city, whether across the country or to the other side of the world, is often a daunting and exciting prospect. It’s not just the actual relocation or the unknown, but there’s also the challenge of finding a place and success within a new, larger dance scene. In this podca…
 
In this podcast, we’re joined by Subhash Gorania, a cutting-edge, British choreographer and dancer and Artistic Director of Morph Dance Company. Subhash creates works that blends Indian classical dance, hip-hop and contemporary dance and has a very unexpected dance story. At the age of 23, Subhash was stacking tins in the supermarket (after having …
 
In this podcast, we talk to principal dancer Mi Deng, who is one of the most famous and successful ballerinas from China. We discuss her role as the Princess in the innovative high- tech show, Sleeping Beauty Dreams. Mi Deng gives an insight into the stunning visuals created by the dancers who are hooked up to the technology; and she shares the cha…
 
In this podcast episode we discuss the important subject of dancer mental health and wellbeing, with former Royal Ballet dancer and dance counsellor Terry Hyde. Former Royal Ballet dancer and counsellor Terry Hyde We shine a light on the challenges faced by dancers, including depression, injury, rejection, confidence, and performance anxiety. Terry…
 
Dance creation is ever changing and evolving with the influence of new technologies on sound, lighting, staging, visualisations and performance. Critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer Tom Dale is an innovator in bringing these elements together to create new ways of experience and performing dance. Taking this tech approach to a new level, T…
 
Every so often you come across a personal story that must be told and shared. Cutting edge dance theatre creator and performance artist, Stuart Waters, tells his story of depression, addiction and destruction in a new autobiographical work Rock Bottom. In this podcast, Stuart candidly shares his deeply personal journey and talks with honesty about …
 
In this podcast, Australian born Rose Alice – ballet dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of the International Arts Collective – shares her experience of forging her own path as a successful and inspiring freelance artist. Trained at prestigious ballet schools that includes the École de Danse Classique in France and Basel Theatre Ballet Scho…
 
In this podcast we talk with Sadler’s Wells Young Associate Ruby Portus who is a dancer and choreographer using her voice to tackle sociopolitical issues in a playful way. Listen to Ruby talk about how the Sadler’s Wells Young Associates programme has helped develop her work, reach a wider audience and build her emerging choreographic career. Ruby …
 
In this podcast, we talk to Birmingham Royal Ballet First Artist and Choreographer Ruth Brill about her decision to hang up her pointe shoes to focus on a full-time choreographic career. Ruth talks about her distinguished ballet career that saw her dance with the English National Ballet for 5 years before heading to Birmingham Royal Ballet – a comp…
 
Natalia Osipova has often been described as an enigma, as a dancer who keeps her audiences on the edge of their seats with pure but unpredictable performances, that makes you hold your breathe, as you never know what you’re about to experience until this star steps on stage. I had the privilege of being invited into Natasha’s (yes she prefers to be…
 
In this podcast, we explore the incredible photographic book released by dancer Marjorie Goodson titled ‘MG‘. The stunning hard cover coffee table style book features spectacular photos of Majorie Goodson photographed by Andreea Radutoiu. Majorie’s dance career spans three decades and this glossy book captures her in photos that are raw, gritty and…
 
In this podcast with Norwegian choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen, we discuss the work and company of one of the most important choreographers of the twentieth century, Pina Bausch. Alan Lucien Øyen is one of two choreographers (along with Dimitris Papaioannou) who has been given the honour of creating a new piece with the company Tanztheater Wuppertal…
 
Principal dancer Yolanda Correa was born in Cuba where she studied ballet before joining the National Ballet of Cuba. After only 5 years she was quickly promoted to Prima Ballerina and enjoyed a wonderful career performing in her home country. After 10 years with the company, she made the surprising decision to head to Europe to learn and push hers…
 
Royal Ballet principal dancer Thiago Soares is celebrating his 20 years ballet career and 14 years with this prestigious ballet company. Thiago was born in Rio de Janeiro, where surprisingly he first started dancing hip-hop before he discovered ballet, which was to change his life forever. In this podcast, Thiago shares the highlights and challenge…
 
Stephenie Herman is a former ballerina who has danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolph Nureyev and was a protégé of legendary choreographer George Balanchine. In this podcast episode Stephanie shares her memories of these ballet legends and gives us an insight from a ballerina’s unique point of view. Stephanie became a principal dancer at just …
 
In this podcast, we talk to former (Royal) New Zealand Ballet dancer Matthew Lawrence about his journey from the southern tip of the world to the northern end of the Scottish Shetland isles, where he’s created an important community dance school. The Shetland Community Ballet School is a great example of a local dance school providing opportunities…
 
Akram Khan is an extraordinary choreographer, whose work requires his dancers to adapt to his unique style of movement. In this podcast episode, we talk to two of Akram Khan Company dancers – Nicolas Ricchini and Dennis Alamanos – about what it feels like to perform Akram’s work. Nicolas and Dennis talk about their own journeys into the contemporar…
 
Royal Ballet First Soloist Beatriz Stix-Brunell gives us a unique insight into this famous company ahead of World Ballet Day, as she describes her typical day at the Royal Opera House, the company’s repertoire and the supportive and warm dancers that have become her dance family as she’s risen through the ranks over the last 8 years. Beatriz reflec…
 
American born Royal Ballet Soloist Tristan Dyer talks to us ahead of World Ballet Day (2 Oct), giving us an insight into life with the prestigious ballet company, his favourite roles, and how he prepares for the stage. Listen to Tristan talk about what he loves most about dancing, what inspired him to join The Royal Ballet and one of his favourite …
 
This is a story of love, creativity and passion. In this podcast we discover the story of two dancers and choreographers – Rae Piper and Paul Chantry – whose chance meeting changed the course of their lives, both as dancers and people. Listen to Rae and Paul talk about their remarkable 6 year journey that led them to creating Chantry Dance Company,…
 
The international dance sensation Carlos Acosta is celebrating his 30 year dance career by performing alongside his company Acosta Danza at London’s Royal Albert Hall, 2-5 October. In this podcast episode, Carlos Acosta shares his greatest moments from his dance career, his favourite roles that he’s danced, his experience of creating his own dance …
 
Argentinian-born Herman Cornejo joined the American Ballet Theatre almost two decades ago, rising through the ranks to principal dancer in 2003. His stellar career has seen him dance all the major roles, working with an impressive roster of choreographers and artists, receiving multiple nominations, awards and distinctions. And he’s just about to a…
 
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – the multi-award winning all-male, comedy ballet company – is set to tour UK/Ireland from September to October. Although a comic ballet company, the dancers are serious trained artists. In this podcast, Italian born ballet dancer Alberto Pretto gives us an insight into the life in this company that’s steeped i…
 
It is inspiring to see young dancers taking their futures into their own hands, creating their own companies and creating their own work. Australian born Briar Adams is one of those inspiring ballet dancers. She left her home country to embark on a dance career in London – one of the toughest dance centres in the world – and alongside a successful …
 
Katie McCann is a former ballet dancer, a performer and dance teacher. She is also the founder of the innovative dance company and dance event ‘Dance in the Parks‘, which presents dance in parks throughout the Chicago. Katie is committed to showcasing dance across Chicago and giving the community the chance to see professional dancers on stage in t…
 
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