Your Guide to The Latest Ballet Podcasts
Barry Kerollis, Photo by Matthew Murphy.
The popularity of podcasts has exploded in the past few years. But did you know that there are podcasts made just for dancers? Podcasts are the new way performers are connecting with the audiences, experts are giving advice to dancers of all levels and conversations about dance are being made accessible to everyone. Which should you be listening to?
First things first—if you're interested in dance podcasts, Premier Dance Network is your go-to resource. The recently-launched network pools together dance-related podcasts, so you can easily get your ballet buzz in one place. Most recently added to the mix is Pas de Chat: Talking Dance, hosted by Barry Kerollis and just released on Friday. Kerollis, former PNB dancer and current blogger and freelancer will chat about everything from emotional health to choosing a dance show.
You may already know Ask Megan!, where New York City Ballet principal Megan Fairchild takes questions from fans and aspiring dancers, and answers her favorites every week. But do you know Becoming Ballet, another top pick for up-and-coming ballerinas? The podcast follows an early-career dancer throughout their day as they grapple with life in a second company, the pressures of an apprenticeship or landing that first company contract.
Megan Fairchild. Photo by Paul Kolnik.
Balancing Pointe targets a broader audience, interviewing various dance professionals about the role they play in making ballets come to life. And then there's a whole host of other options that aren't included in Premier Dance Network, like company-specific podcasts. (I recommend San Francisco Ballet's!) All of them can be found on iTunes or the Podcast app. So get downloading! Podcasts are a great way to expand your mind during downtime like your commute—or your pre-class stretch!
Just hearing the word "improvisation" is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it's a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions.
She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve improvised swing dancing with an unexpected partner in front of a panel of judges. (Check her out in action below.) While sustaining her ballet career, over the past four years Pianetta has quickly risen from novice to champion level on the WCS international competition circuit.
Sean Dorsey was always going to be an activist. Growing up in a politically engaged, progressive family in Vancouver, British Columbia, "it was my heart's desire to create change in the world," he says. Far less certain was his future as a dancer.
Like many dancers, Dorsey fell in love with movement as a toddler. However, he didn't identify strongly with any particular gender growing up. Dorsey, who now identifies as trans, says, "I didn't see a single person like me anywhere in the modern dance world." The lack of trans role models and teachers, let alone all-gender studio facilities where he could feel safe and welcome, "meant that even in my wildest dreams, there was no room for that possibility."
It's hour three of an intense rehearsal, you're feeling mentally foggy and exhausted, and your stomach hurts. Did you know the culprit could be something as simple as dehydration?
Proper hydration helps maintain physical and mental function while you're dancing, and keeps your energy levels high. But with so many products on the market promising to help you rehydrate more effectively, how do you know when it's time to reach for more than water?