For Episode 41 of DanceSpeak, we have taken some of our favorite never-heard-before clips from a variety of guests to create an insightful and hilarious DanceSpeak sampler platter. From professional tips for class, to a discussion on spirit animals, you can be sure to expect the unexpected on this one!
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Podcast 40 - Brittany Perry-Russell - Playing By Her Own Rules... Agents, Family, Faith, Multi-Booking, Industry Vet
Episode 40 delivers you with the powerful, incredibly humble, Brittany Perry-Russell (Chris Brown, P. Diddy, Lil' Wayne, Ciara, Honey 2, JLO and more). With years on years booking the most prestigious dance jobs in the commercial dance world (and acting world as well), Brittany opens up on her life as mentor, actress, model, role-model, dancer, and... well, we will let her other hats come as a surprise in the episode. Brittany speaks passionately about starting her professional dance training later than her peers, and the obstacles she overcame as she worked unbelievably hard to become a sought after dancer.
Highlights of this episode include, but are not limited to, Brittany's advice for new dancers booking their first jobs, maintaining a balanced relationship with her multiple agents, how to respectfully speak up on a job, the creation of Black Girl Magic, what a typical day in her life is like, and more!!! This episode delivers on a wealth of information for dancers and actors, and will give you a look at the bigger picture beyond career.
Podcast 39 - Clifford McGhee - 100% Cliff. Grown Folks Conversation... Diving Into The Taboo Topics... sTOURies, Audition Magic and More...
Cliff McGhee (dance credits including: Usher, Ginuwine, You Got Served, Beyonce and more…) is a powerful man who delivers a jaw-dropping interview from the heart in Episode 39 of DanceSpeak. This is one of the more explicit interviews I have had so far, and must tell you…this is not for delicate ears. But for those whom are ready, this will be one of the most enriching and eye-opening conversations in the recorded dance world, and I mean what I say. Cliff communicates with strength, soul, emotion, and has a wealth of experience that he generously pulls from.
We somehow managed to get through a dynamic and thorough list of topics including what had Cliff, as a short dancer, booking top jobs throughout his dance career, audition inspiration that will shake your world, tour stories, stage woes, advice from Ne-yo and Ginuwine, what most people don’t know about Beyonce, fatherhood, his successful transition into acting, and more. Enjoy, enjoy, your welcome, and enjoy!
Podcast 38 - Richard Kielar - Dance Producer, Artistic Adviser, And Long-time Dance Connoisseur Shares On His Journey To Creating Unforgettable Stage Shows
Episode 38 of DanceSpeak will take you to a whole different niche in the dance world as you meet Richard Keilar, Ballet & Dance Producer, Artistic Adviser, and Fundraising Consultant. Richard, who's experience in the arts world began with singing, fell in love with dance while at a technical college. Richard shares about his experiences watching everything from avant-garde downtown New York dance shows to the Royal Ballet and the choreographers whom inspire him the most.
This episode is excellent for those whom love live shows and especially for those whom want to create dance for the stage. Richard goes in depth on how aspiring dancers can develop themselves from the moment they chose dance as a possible career. We go into conversation about the blurred lines of what contemporary dance is, whether Hip-Hop can be used to express the classics, what exactly it is that Richard does in his professional life, and an overall beautiful retrospective of ballet, modern, and contemporary dance over the years. Grab your notepads, as we mention a lot of influential artists you will want to learn more about, and get ready to learn something new!
After 15 years of experience in the dance world, Galit has worked as Assistant Choreographer for Prince, danced in numerous music videos, including Pharrell Williams' "Happy", has been featured in two dance publications, and currently works as a dance instructor and conditioning specialist in Los Angeles and around the country.