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,…

The Difference Between Good and Outstanding

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Session Summary: Three dance companies. One good performance. Two outstanding performances. With anything, especially art, the difference between good and outstanding is subjective. This session is a summary of my experiences at three different dance performances from Ate9 Dance Company, Malpaso Dance Company and Batsheva Dance Company .  Listen to this episode to find out the…

Balancing Between Life and Ballet

Session Summary:  Ballet. Balance. These two words clearly go together. Throw in life such as a family with a husband, two young sons, and juggling different responsibilities.  Where does balance come in now? I personally prefer the word harmony over balance but in this context, balance will work. John Lam, Principal Dancer at The Boston…

Diversity and Inclusivity in Dance

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Dance is for everyone.  Movement is for everyone.  Art is for everyone. Session Summary:  Ballet.  Michael Jackson. Bows. Solos. Companies. A few themes that were delightfully presented by performers from different abilities and demographics in Jerome Bel’s Gala at The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Diversity and inclusivity were illustrated with different interpretations of…

#202: 10 Constant Things in Dance, Life and Business [Podcast]

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. -Kakuzo Okakura- Session Summary:  The Only Constant performed by L.A. Contemporary Dance Company at The Odyssey provided thoughts on the following 10 constant things in dance. life and business: No matter how loudly or clearly you think you are communicating, not everyone will hear…

#201: Adventures in Hope, Healing and Happiness

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  “To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things you are against or one might believe that you support things you really do not.” ― Germany Kent Session Summary: Dancer. Educator. Yoga Instructor.  Certified Massage Therapist. Explorer. Advocate for change. Well accomplished academic. She’s the whole package and one of the nicest souls I’ve met.…

#200: Different Meanings for Maybe

  Maybe is a word that I always thought was lukewarm and non-committal…until I saw this production of Maybe at The Odyssey Theater in January 2019. This word now makes me think of patience, process and possibility.   Session Summary:  I love surprises–sometimes. Depends on what the surprises are. When it comes to dance and art, surprises are…

#199: First Impressions and Expectations [Podcast]

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Session Summary:  First impressions and expectations can be unpredictable. That was certainly the case with watching this collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance and Third Coast Percussion. Having dreamt for many years of seeing Hubbard Street live, I was expecting solely a jazz dance style in their show, but I witnessed much more. Third Coast Percussion…

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