DanceTalks

Stories about how people started dancing, what it means to them, their personal style and perspectives.  Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you listen to podcasts. New episodes weekly. Support our show by donating to Dance Houston.

Isidro Salas
October 5, 2020
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Maestro Isidro Salas tells his story of barriers and breakthroughs sharing Mexican culture through spectacular innovations in ballet folklorico. Follow his company Compania Folklorica Alegria Mexicana at https://www.facebook.com/Compa%C3%B1ia-Folklorica-Alegria-Mexicana-CFAM-150110105187444

Alex and Victoria Arizpe
September 28, 2020
Alex and Victoria Arizpe talk about how Alex, a street dancer with no formal training, became a choreographer and inspirational instructor. They share about their experiences working on a swing ballet commissioned by Ben Stevenson, performing in commercials, and teaching youth at Houston Ballet Academy, St. John’s School, The Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and Gateway Academy for adolescents with social and learning differences. Connect with them at https://www.facebook.com/alex.arizpe1 and https://www.facebook.com/victoria.arizpe.1.

Rivkah French
September 14, 2020
Rivkah French discusses her creative process as a modern dance choreographer, how the pandemic is helping focus on her true purpose, and how Patreon supports her work. She also advocates for the LGBTQ community in dance. Follow her at https://www.patreon.com/Rivkahfrenchhttps://www.instagram.com/rivkahfrenchchoreography/, and https://www.facebook.com/RivkahFrenchChoreography/. Check out her piece Concrete Flow at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8MdQ-8Kdd0.

Hindolo Bongay
August 31, 2020
Hindolo Bongay tells how he developed his natural gifts while earning college scholarships, a position in the modern dance company Urban Souls, and a teaching career. Follow him at https://www.facebook.com/hindolo and https://www.instagram.com/hindolobongay/. Visit http://urbansouls.org/ where you can see excerpts from “Blood on the Leaves”.

Raul Orlando Edwards
August 24, 2020
Raul Orlando Edwards explains the big difference between what people in Latin-American countries call dance and what ballroom dancers call Latin dance. He also settles the score about whether you should start on the 1 or the 2. Check him out at www.raulorlandoedwards.com. Follow him at https://www.facebook.com/raul.o.edwards and https://www.instagram.com/rauloedwards/ and his company Strictly Street Salsa at https://www.facebook.com/strictlystreetsalsa and https://www.instagram.com/strictlystreetsalsa/

Kristina Koutsoudas
August 17, 2020
Kristina talks about Middle Eastern dance and culture. This conversation is a follow-up to a previous episode published May 16, 2020. Learn more at http://www.divinedances.com.

Tina Bose Kumar
August 10, 2020
Tina Bose Kumar provides insight into what Bollywood dance is all about that may convince you that it is the most advanced of all dance forms. Find out how she makes magic onstage. Follow her at https://www.instagram.com/tinabose_infused/ and https://www.facebook.com/TinaK.Bose and her company Infused Performing Arts at https://www.instagram.com/infusedperformingarts/ and https://www.facebook.com/InfusedPerformingArts

Elijah Gibson
July 29, 2020
Elijah Gibson, Founder and Director of Social Movement Contemporary Dance, conveys messages through dance and storytelling. Hear him out and picture how he does it. Follow him at https://www.facebook.com/elijah.a.gibson, and his company at https://www.facebook.com/SMCDances and https://www.instagram.com/socialmovementdance/

LeAndre Douglas
July 22, 2020
LeAndre Douglas talks about why and how he learned to dance, black dance history, and his career as a freelance artist. Follow him at https://www.instagram.com/andredouglas2 and https://www.facebook.com/leandre.douglas.9.

Randall Flinn
July 8, 2020
Randall Flinn discusses his journey from disco champion to director of a modern dance company. Follow Randall at https://www.instagram.com/randall_flinn/, https://www.facebook.com/randall.flinn and https://www.addeumdance.org/.

Tracie Jackson
June 29, 2020
Tracie Jackson talks about West African dances as reflections of every day village life that adapted and transitioned through slavery to provide powerful experiences of release and healing. Follow Tracie at https://www.facebook.com/tracie.jackson.336 and her company Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture at https://www.facebook.com/Intuitiveafricandance and https://www.instagram.com/intuitiveafricandance/

Chris Thomas
June 22, 2020
Chris Thomas talks about the essence of house dance, and how it has propelled his desire to travel the world. Follow him at https://www.instagram.com/yungchrishk/ and https://www.facebook.com/Yungchris-237174069787799

Dwight Baxter
JUNE 15, 2020
Four decades dancing for Broadway and Hollywood, Dwight Baxter’s career involved constant preparation and teamwork. See him at https://youtu.be/xre5z9IPfI8 and follow him at https://www.facebook.com/dwight.baxter.

Sheldon Williams
JUNE 8, 2020
Sheldon Williams discusses the history and essence of hip hop dance. Follow Sheldon at https://www.instagram.com/tribe_don/ and https://www.facebook.com/GhostCrew2010, and his crew iLL TRiBE Dance Crew at https://www.instagram.com/_illtribe/. Sheldon references this Ghost Crew video: https://youtu.be/H5OiD13Ldk.

Alde Lewis
MAY 31, 2020
Alde Lewis shares how he made his dreams come true by applying himself and one simple piece of advice. Follow him at https://www.facebook.com/aldelewis/, https://www.instagram.com/aldelewis/, http://bingenow.com/video?vidid=2024, https://www.alefficacymovement.org/.

Joel Aguilera
MAY 24, 2020
Joel Aguilera talks about how he came to be a choreographer who blends bboying with Latin jazz music. Follow him at https://www.facebook.com/joel.aguilera.7 and https://www.instagram.com/aguilera_joel.

Kristina Kousoudas
MAY 16, 2020
Kristina talks about Middle Eastern dance and culture. Learn more at http://www.divinedances.com.

Marissa Cantu-Harkless
MAY 13, 2020
Marissa Cantu-Harkless talks about college life as a Texas Strutter, her career directing drill teams for public high schools, and her hopes for this summer’s virtual programming. Follow her at http://www.facebook.com/marissa.cantuharkless and http://www.instagram.com/@Harkless_dances.

Michael Whitmire
MAY 5, 2020
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Michael Whitmire talks about sharing culture as a way to make friendships and memories. Follow him at https://www.facebook.com/mwhitmire and SALSA GRANDE at https://www.facebook.com/BiggerBetterSalsa. Micheal references this video during the discussion: https://youtu.be/r15MeG9P2g4.

Jeffrey Louis
APR 27, 2020
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Jeffrey talks about being a sponsored athlete for Monster Energy and his new online training program FitBreak. Follow Jeffrey at https://www.instagram.com/jeffrorad and https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.louis.90. Follow FitBreak at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPZZ9nUb6E7rZe9lxdNVuJg, https://www.instagram.com/fitbreakgym, and https://www.facebook.com/fitbreakworkout.

Rathna Kumar
APR 22, 2020
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Rathna talks about Indian dance history and how it’s significance has changed throughout time. Follow her at https://www.instagram.com/rathnapapa and https://www.facebook.com/rathna.kumar.313.

Shamond Powell
APR 21, 2020
Published April 21, 2020 on DanceTalks
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Transcription
Shamond talks about health and positivity. Follow him at https://www.instagram.com/shayminking and https://www.facebook.com/shamond.powell.

Samantha Taborda
APR 21, 2020
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Samantha talks about what contemporary dance is and how she does it. Follow her at https://www.instagram.com/sammy_sossaa and https://www.facebook.com/samantha.taborda.

Maria Fernanda Urbaez
APR 21, 2020
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Maria talks about overcoming a physical disability and loss on her path to doing what she loves. Follow her work at https://www.facebook.com/DANMAR.ACADEMY, http://www.instagram.com/danmarstudio, and https://www.youtube.com/umf83.

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