Welcome to episode 156 of the DanceSpeak podcast with special guest Taja Riley (Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, the list goes ON). Taja, a dance prodigy, has been working professionally for years and is now using her platform to stand UP for dancer’s rights by breaking the myth of the “replaceable dancer”. This is a must-listen episode for dancers and I would say for anyone who appreciates dance too.
Taja bravely shares some of her personal experiences on the job, including on-set treatment of the dance artists that was not up to par. We also discuss how gratitude is not an invitation to be any less respected, navigatong how to get needs met on set, injury talk, mental health in the audition space, MONEY, and what we can do as members of the dance community to break the viscous cycle of low pay and mistreatment.
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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.