How To Be A Better Dance Artist

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Art is a political act. Dance is discipline and revolt. My body is my country. -Anabella Lenzu (Photo by Todd Carroll) 2019 seems so long ago, especially in light of this past year of coming out of the pandemic. Looking back at history of some notable events in 2019, included some fortunate and some not…

The Beautiful Blend of Indian Dance and More Through Blue13 Dance Company

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Our work has always been rooted in unveiling inequity and celebrating with radical joy in the face of adversity. We are not any one thing to serve to satisfy white centered ideology. We are not inferior in our Bollywood, in our abstract work, on stage, or in a cypher. We are a brown and black…

Silver Linings in a Pandemic

The play “UnRavelled” and the project “Dance 4 Democracy” are two of several silver linings that Melissa Greenspan (actor, voice over artist, former dancer) and I talk about in this latest session.

Thriving in The Betweens

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. -Albert Einstein To describe this time as difficult is an understatement for most, yet within it lies a surplus of serendipities and loads of lessons. I am grateful to experience this firsthand learning from artists that I would not have…

How Watching A Live Performance Can Help You Achieve Your Heart’s Desire

I have attended many live performances in the last few years thanks to podcasting. Not only am I entertained and moved, but I glean many lessons that apply to dance, life and business. The following thoughts are a summary of my experiences at various productions from the last few months. With all of the fantastic…

Being Present and Honoring Your Path to Creativity

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One thing in life is certain. And that is life is unpredictable.  You don’t always know what will happen next. Does that trigger fear? And what is fear to you?  Anxiety? The unknown? Or, can you approach fear in a different way, as an acronym that stands for feeling excited and ready? I thought about…

How Decisions Make Dreams Come True

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What do you do when you are hospitalized in a foreign country and you don’t speak the language? When doctors tell you that you won’t live past age 25? If you’re Hal Banfield, you press through despite these odds. And you know that doctors are NOT God.  Former professional dancer turned award winning journalist and…

How an Experiment Became an Experience: The Rise of The Leela Dance Collective

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What started as an experiment to carry on a legacy, has turned into a successful dance company, The Leela Dance Collective.  They have provided incredible experiences to audiences all over the world. Their latest work, Son of The Wind,  will be presented soon at one of my favorite venues, The Ford Theaters in Los Angeles on Saturday,…

Self-Growth and The Human Experience

Life. Death. And everything in between. The human experience. Reaction. Response. So many aspects of the human experience in this fantastic production entitled “Drift” by Micaela Taylor and her company The TL Collective, presented at one of my favorite venues, The Ford Theaters in Los Angeles. Links from this session: Our sponsor Fuse Movement Long…

The Journey of Being Brave and Fearless

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Session Summary: They say that third time’s a charm, but in the case of dancer and author Renee Harris, every time is a charm when she’s been on the podcast. This bonus session is brought to you to promote the July 6, 2019 event for Developing Next Artist at 626 Night Market in Arcadia California,…

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