May 16, 2017

Wendy Whalen, Prima Ballerina

You're about to meet and get to know one of ballet's most acclaimed dancers. The incomparable Wendy Whalen spent a record-setting 30 years dancing with the New York City Ballet. She's performed just about every major Balanchine role and worked closely with Jerome Robbins; has been a guest artist with the Royal and Kirov Ballets and has danced on nearly every major stage worldwide. Wendy's also the focus of the documentary "Restless Creature," that presents an intimate portrait of her 2014 departure from the NYCB. Simply put: you won't want to miss this conversation!

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Jan 17, 2017

Roz Mays, Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor, Pole Dancer

You're about to meet Roz Mays, a personal trainer/gym instructor who also happens to be an award-winning pole dancer. And.. describes herself this way, "I'm black, I'm plus size and I'm a woman - that's a triple threat in fitness. I'm the anti-Christ. I'm just missing being a lesbian Muslim and then everyone can hate me!" Sit back and enjoy this refreshingly open and honest conversation. You're gonna love her!

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Oct 25, 2016

Kristine Bendul, Dancer

Kristine Bendul's career has crossed over from ballet, to Broadway to dance companies, to music videos, film, television and teaching. Oh, she's also a published children's book author. Kristine's journey is a fascinating, heart wrenching and clearly rewarding one that she shares openly and honestly. Tune in for yet another no-holds barred conversation with a multi-dimensional, creative woman.

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Apr 5, 2016

Lillias White, Singer-Dancer-Actress

You're about to meet one helluva woman. Cabaret singer and actress, Lillias White has been described as a "one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star." Her Broadway credits include BarnumDream GirlsCats, Chicago, and The Life, which landed her a Tony award. Lillias is also the recipient of a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie and a daytime Emmy. She's sung at Carneige Hall, Lincoln Center as well as The Kennedy Center. She's also been on the big and small screen. Sit back and let Lillias entertain you.

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Mar 29, 2016

Diane Jacobowitz, Executive and Artistic Director at Dancewave

Dancer, choreographer, teacher, and arts administrator, Diane Jacobowitz' career is an impressive and distinguished one. She has taught dance to countless children and adults over 26 years...and ran her own dance company, Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theater for 15. It's her work as Executive and Artistic Director at Dancewave that has been her focus since 1995. She founded the non-profit to bring dance to a broad spectrum of New York City youth - especially those who lack the financial resources to afford pre-professional training. Get to know this upbeat, committed and passionate creative woman.

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Mar 8, 2016

Shonica Gooden

Shonica Gooden moves through life with talent, style and class. A passionate dancer, singer, actress who grew up in Atlanta, Shonica now calls the Big Apple home - performing on and off-Broadway. Her musical theater credits include the mega hit Hamilton, Bring it On: The Musical and Cinderella.  She's gone on the road with that show and Matilda, the Musical. Shonica's also performed with the American Dance Machine for the 21st Century.  She made her film debut in TED 2 in 2015. Shonica is warm, funny, and simply fabulous! 

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Feb 23, 2016

Nikki Feirt Atkins

Dancer and doctor. Not your typical career path. But it's the one taken by Nikki Feirt Atkins. Learn how this former professional dancer and Founder/Producing Artistic DIrector of the American Dance Theater for the 21st Century manages two seemingly different (although she doesn't think so) disciplines - art and science. Nikki's story - personal and professional - is a fascinating and empowering one.

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Jun 23, 2015

Mary John Frank

MaryJohn.jpgHouston native and New York-based artist Mary John Frank's creativity has taken her in several different directions. The choreographer and director has worked in film, on stage, music videos, fashion, multi-media and installation art. Her latest project - Debutaunt, is an inter-active dance-based show that explores the age old tradition of being presented to society. In her adapation, the audience is invited to attend a debutante ball and gets to know 5 VERY different debs. In a time when 'coming out' has taken on an entirely new meaning, the concept of a young woman being formally introduced to society is jarring. Oh, by the way, Mary John is a former deb herself.

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Mar 24, 2015

Carol Tandava Henning

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Get to know funny and talented Carol Tandava Henning, actress, stand up comedienne and now... belly dancer. Carol says belly dance lessons changed her life - helping her heal both physically and emotionally after undergoing emergency abdominal surgery. Through wit and humor, she describes that journey in her solo show Blood on the Veil, which explores the healing and transformative power of dance.
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Oct 1, 2013

Lisa Johnson-Willingham

Passion, talent, creativity, commitment...Lisa Johnson-Willingham has an abundant supply.

A member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1993-1999, she's also choreographed for a number of other companies, ran several dance programs, including Ailey Camp Chicago and is currently Director of the Ailey Extension which offers more than 80 classes a week in over 25 different dance and fitness techniques.
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