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Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast

"Movers and Shapers: A Dance Podcast" brings to you personal stories, experiences, and ideas from the people who "shape" the dance field. Hosted by Erin Carlisle Norton, Artistic Director of the NJ/NYC-based contemporary dance company The Moving Architects. New episodes available every other week.
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Now displaying: 2016
Dec 6, 2016

A special announcement from podcast host Erin Carlisle Norton about upcoming interviews (hint: see you in January!).

Nov 22, 2016

An interview with Diane Grumet, the Co-Artistic/Managing Director of Steps on Broadway in NYC, the world-renowned dance studio that has been training and supporting the professional dance community for almost 40 years.

Nov 8, 2016

An interview with Eva Yaa Asantewaa.  Eva --who writes the InfiniteBody arts blog-- is a New York City-based critic, educator and curator specializing in dance and performance.

Oct 25, 2016

An interview with Shannon Hummel, Artistic Director of The Cora Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which is home to her professional company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance and its pay-what-you-can dance school, Cora School for Dance.

Oct 11, 2016

Today is a special 2-part podcast episode which begins by featuring the founders and producers of the Your Move Modern Dance Festival in Jersey City, NJ: Morgan Hille Refakis and Meagan Woods.  Your Move is presented by Art House Productions  in partnership with DeBaun Performing Arts Center, and is the 2016 recipient of the Dance New Jersey Jete Award. Today's podcast guest is Heather Warfel Sandler.  Heather is a dancer, performance artist, and visual artist who currently runs the award winning dance program at County Prep High School in Jersey City, NJ.

Sep 27, 2016

An interview with Christian von Howard, a New York City dance artist and the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT.  Christian is a member of the teaching faculty at the Alvin Ailey School and is an Associate Professor of Performance and Choreography at Montclair State University.

Sep 13, 2016

An interview with Joanna Kotz, a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer, and teacher who is also recipient of the 2013 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. A former long-time dancer with Wally Cardona, her choreographic work has been shown in such NY theaters as Baryshnikov Arts Center and Danspace Project, with residencies around the globe including at The Bogliasco Foundation in Italy and The Carmargo Foundation in France.

Aug 30, 2016

An interview with Christine Jowers, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Dance Enthusiast, a vibrant, engaging digital news site, arts service organization, and extension of the non-profit company Moving Arts Projects based in NYC. Prior to this position Christine worked as a professional dancer, teacher, and producer, performing solo works and principal roles by the early masters of modern dance and in work created by contemporary choreographers and performance artists.

Aug 2, 2016

An interview with Crystal Michelle Perkins, a choreographer, dancer, and intermedia artist who currently serves as Associate Artistic Director of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) based in Dayton, Ohio.

Jul 19, 2016

An interview with Mitchell Rose, a professor of dance-filmmaking at The Ohio State University whose films have been viewed online over 5 million times.  Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell was a NYC-based choreographer who toured internationally for over 15 years.  His most recent dance film "Exquisite Corps" features 42 American contemporary choreographers linked together through a chain love letter to dance.

Jul 5, 2016

An interview with Amy Miller, dancer, choreographer, educator, advocate, and Associate Artistic Director and Company Co-Director of Gibney Dance Company based in New York City.  Prior to her positions at Gibney Dance, Amy spent a decade performing masterworks as a principal with Ohio Ballet and was a founding member and Associate Director of Cleveland's GroundWorks DanceTheater.

Jun 21, 2016

An interview with Tiffany Rea-Fisher, the newly appointed Artistic Director of the NYC-based dance company Elisa Monte Dance. Starting as a principal dancer with the company in 2004, Tiffany is also founder/director of  Inception to Exhibition (ITE), which supports NYC-based artists in the fields of Dance, Theater, Music and Film.

Jun 7, 2016

An interview with Dorian Wallace, a composer, improviser and pianist of contemporary classical music, new music, radical avant-garde, spontaneous improvisation, and music for dance.  He is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Tenth Intervention, a contemporary classical presenter in NYC.  Dorian is staff musician and composer for dance at Barnard College of Columbia University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Martha  Graham Dance Company, The Julliard School, Ballet Hispanico, Kat Wildish, and Doug Varone and Dancers.  Dorian has received commissions and performed and recorded for such dance artists as RIOULT Dance NY, 10 Hairy Legs, and Alison Cook Beatty Dance.

May 31, 2016

A special announcement from podcast host Erin Carlisle Norton about upcoming interviews.

May 16, 2016

An interview with Kat Wildish, a multi-level ballet and pointe technique teacher of teachers, mentor, and coach for professionals and students of all ages and levels, based in NYC.  Kat is one of those rare ballerinas who appeared with both New York City Ballet (under Balanchine) and American Ballet Theatre (under Baryshnikov), as well as with such companies as Zurich Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet and The Eglevsky Ballet (under Edward Villella).  

May 3, 2016

Tiffany Mills is a choreographer and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based Tiffany Mills Company, a visceral and emotionally-charged dance company celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season at NYC's La MaMa, May 12-15, 2016.

Apr 19, 2016

An interview with Wendy Osserman.  Wendy is the Artistic Director of Wendy Osserman Dance Company which celebrates its 40th anniversary season this year.  Before forming the company in 1976, Wendy performed with Kei Takei, Frances Alenikoff, and Valerie Bettis. For four decades the company has toured and performed in New York City and internationally, creating performances and workshops for all ages and collaborating with a wide range of artists and utilizing alternative spaces for performance.  The company celebrates its 40th Anniversary season with performances at Theater for the New City April 20-23, 2016.

Apr 5, 2016

An interview with Samuel Pott.  Samuel Founded Nimbus Dance Works and the School of Nimbus Dance Works based in Jersey City, outside of NYC.  He has toured internationally as a soloist for the Martha Graham Dance Company and has performed as a lead dancer in many ballet and jazz dance companies.  This interview is part of the special 5-part series "Starring New Jersey" that features interviews with prominent "shapers" in the dance field who call NJ home.  The series is made possible by a grant from New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Mar 22, 2016

An interview with Sharron Miller.  Sharron is a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal dancer and veteran of seven Broadway shows who is currently the Founder/Director of Sharron Miller's Academy of the Performing Arts (SMAPA) in Montclair, NJ located 15-miles outside of NYC.  This interview is part of the special 5-part series "Starring New Jersey" that features interviews by prominent dance "shapers" in the dance field who call NJ home.  The series is made possible by a grant from New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mar 9, 2016

An interview with Maxine Lyle, a choreographer, teaching artist, dancer, and producer, specializing in African-American step dance. Maxine founded the step company Soul Steps in 2005 in NJ/NY, with the mission to expand the presence of stepping throughout the world while creating avenues for cultural exchange and awareness among diverse communities. Soul Steps brings step everywhere - from school workshops in Brooklyn, to partnerships with U.S. Embassies throughout the world, to Paris Fashion Week, they embrace every opportunity to expose diverse communities to the magnetism and dynamic power of step.

Feb 24, 2016

An interview with Jeff Friedman.  Jeff is a dancer, choreographer, and scholar at the Dance Department at Rutgers University-New Brunswick as Associate Professor of Dance Studies, and as Graduate Director will launch the new MFA in Dance program this coming academic year.  Jeff danced in NYC with Twyla Tharp, as well as for nearly a decade with Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC), touring nationally and internationally.  Jeff created Legacy, an oral history project for the San Francisco Bay Area performing arts communities in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and launched his doctoral research into the theories, methods and practices of oral history interviews as they intersect with dance and other embodied practices.  Jeff has a Ph.D in Dance History and Theater and publishes his works regularly.

Feb 9, 2016

An interview with Doug Post, Gallery Artist Representative and Office Manager at Pentacle, an artist service organization based in New York.  He has served as president of Beyondance Inc.'s Board of Directors, was founding member of Freespace Dance's Board, and is on the Advisory Board of ACF Dance, Reverb Dance, and the Brooklyn Dance Festival.  Doug curates Dixon Places's (NYC) Under Exposed and Moving Men series.  He publishes a weekly newsletter of performances, auditions, and other items of interest to the dance community. This interview is part of the special 5-part series "Starring New Jersey" that features interviews by prominent dance "shapers" in the dance field who call NJ home. The series is made possible from a grant from New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Feb 2, 2016

A special announcement from podcast host Erin Carlisle Norton about upcoming interviews.

Jan 18, 2016

A native of Québec, Canada, today's guest Helen Simoneau is director of Helen Simoneau Danse, a North Carolina based dance company with strong New York City ties and acclaimed international presence.  Her work has been presented at notable venues such as Dance Place (DC), New York Live Arts, Joyce Soho (NYC), Tangente (Montréal), The Aayama Round Theatre (Tokyo), Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Stage (MA), the L.I.G Art Hall Busan (South Korea), and Athens International Dance Festival (Greece).

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