Conversations on Dance

(252) Wes Chapman, former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Chairman of the Jury for the Universal Ballet Competition

Posted by on 09.20.2021

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(251) Nicole Mitchell Mommen, NYCB Assistant Stage Manager, and Brandon Stirling Baker, Lighting Director and Lighting Designer of Boston Ballet

Posted by on 09.17.2021

https://media.blubrry.com/conversationsondancepod/p/tendusunderapalmtree.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NicoleandBrandon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS On this episode of Conversations on Dance, recorded at the 2021 Vail Dance Festival, we give you an inside look at two roles that are essential to every dance and ballet performance. Today we are joined by NYCB Assistant Stage Manager, Nicole Mitchell Mommen, and Lighting Director and Lighting Designer of Boston Ballet, Brandon Stirling Baker. Nicole was the stage manager at Miami City Ballet for many years while we danced there, Brandon is Justin...

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(250) Cleveland Ballet Artistic Director, Gladisa Guadalupe, and dancer, Marla Minadeo

Posted by on 09.13.2021

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(249) Nel Shelby, Dance Videographer

Posted by on 09.07.2021

https://media.blubrry.com/conversationsondancepod/p/tendusunderapalmtree.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NelShelby-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS 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...

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(248) Gretchen Smith, dancer with New York City Ballet

Posted by on 08.30.2021

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(247) James Whiteside on his new book, “Center Center”

Posted by on 08.23.2021

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