We are pleased to welcome you to TENDUS’ first podcast series, Conversations on Dance with Rebecca King and Michael Sean Breeden. With each episode, we plan to bring our audience an inside look into the world of professional dancers. We will discuss ballet training, techniques, choreography, and conduct interviews with some of the ballet world’s best and brightest. We hope you will join us on our new adventure and delve deeper into the beautiful world of ballet.
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About the Conversations on Dance moderators
Rebecca King was born and raised in Northern California. Ms. King received her ballet training from former San Francisco Ballet School Director and ABT dancer Richard Cammack, former ABT and SFB dancer Zola Dishong, former NYCB dancer Charles Anderson, and former Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Katarina Wester at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, CA. Ms. King spent two summers studying at The San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of former Balanchine ballerina, Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, Ms. King moved to Miami to train at the Miami City Ballet School. Ms. King joined Miami City Ballet under Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella in 2007 as a Company Apprentice and was promoted to Corps De Ballet in 2008.
Since then, Ms. King has worked with many of today’s most sought after choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, and Justin Peck. Ms. King has danced in the majority of Miami City Ballet’s Balanchine repertoire, as well as classical full length ballets and contemporary works on stages across the country and around the world. Since 2010, Ms. King has served as a Company Representative on behalf of the dancers. By founding a dance blog, TendusUnderAPalmTree.com, in 2010, Ms. King has been able to reach out to dancers and audience members from across the globe. Ms. King has been dedicating herself to teaching the next generation’s dancers during time off from Miami City Ballet’s busy seasons. She has taught in California, and in Florida at the Dancers Studio and Dance Academy of Stuart.
Michael Sean Breeden was born in Lexington, KY, where he began training at the Lexington Ballet at the age of 7. He began attending the School of American Ballet on scholarship in 2002, with additional training completed at San Francisco Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Vostrikov’s Academy of Dance. While a student at the School of American Ballet, Mr. Breeden performed ‘Tarantella’ at Symphony Space’s Wall-to-Wall Balanchine centennial event, as introduced by Lourdes Lopez and Edward Villella.
Mr. Breeden joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2006 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2008. Since joining the company, he has performed in the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett. Mr. Breeden has joined Miami City Ballet on acclaimed tours to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris.