The Dance Podcast

The Dance Podcast


Inspired by big dreams, big let downs and authentic conversations with some of North America's most successful dancers; the Dance Podcast is a series of interviews designed to inspire, share and connect dancers pursuing a career in the industry.


#067 Emily Bufferd. The Young Choreographers Festival Producer. Joffrey Ballet School Teacher.  Broadway Dance Center Instructor.  

Let's talk about building an International festival, teaching dancer's with a new vocabulary and the debatable line between Bravery and Stupidity! Emily Bufferd talks about NYC show BUSINESS and PERFORMING arts. A Producer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Performer, Emily Produces The Young Choreographer’s Festival. She also teaches at Joffrey Ballet School and Broadway Dance Center in NYC where she takes fresh approaches on how to train, support and talk to dancers.  Emily has also been featured by Dance Spirit, Dance Informa, and Dance Mogul Magazine, as well as on the television show ‘Inside NYC Dance’.

#066 Kathryn McCormick. Dancer. Mentor. Inspirational Speaker.  

Kathryn McCormick is a world class dancer who is recognized for appearances on SYTYCD, as a competitor and all-star, Step Up Revolution, and Like Air. Beyond the stage, Kathryn mentors the next generation of dancers to navigate the dance world and know their worth. We talk about how she got her agent, what grounds her when self doubt and fear show up, and her most powerful performance ever!

#065 Mentorship: How to approach a Mentor and build a powerful relationship.  

Mentorship is a powerful way to receive guidance and advice from the people who you admire and respect. So many of us crave mentorship, but what how do you approach a mentor? What do you do when you have one? And do you need one? With 5 steps, Lauren dives deep into the strength, approach, and relationships with a Mentor. 

#064 Erica Sobol. Capezio Ace Award Winner. Gypsy Project. Dance Maker.  
Erica Sobol is an LA native, now working as an International choreographer, movement maker, and soul shaker. We talk about Dance in College (as she holds a BA in dance-theater from the illustrious Columbia University), her time in NYC, what's like to be doing Contemporary work in the Commercial Hub of LA, and what she looks for in dance for her projects. She is a Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious Capezio Ace Award & founder of collidEdance company, and creator of the GYPSY PROJECT, a creative intensive designed to support and nurture artists bodies and voices.   


#063 Casey Garvin. Broadway Boy. Miss Saigon. Bullets over Broadway.  

Casey Garvin is the ultimate Triple Threat - singing, acting and dancing on the Broadway stages. Currently in Miss Saigon, Casey shares his journey from the audition, to rehearsals, tech onstage and opening night! What do you do when you bomb an audition? What's is like to work with  comedy masters like Zach Braff? How do you maintain your body? What did he wish he would have known about NYC? Listen up as we take you from the studio to the stage on Broadway. 

#062 Linda & Glenn Sims. Alvin Ailey Pros. Dance & Life Partners. Body Masters.  

They have dance for over 20 Seasons with Alvin Ailey - and done it withmastery and grace. From Injury prevention, to what dancers and parents need to know- Glenn and Linda share how dancers create longevity and happiness within their career, Linda Celeste Sims began her dance training at Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. In addition to a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award, Mrs. Sims won Outstanding Performance at the 2014 New York Dance and Performance Awards (“The Bessies”).   Featured on the cover Dance Magazine, and in annual “Best of” lists, she has performed as a guest star on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and The Today Show. Glenn Allen Sims began his classical dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey. He attended The Juilliard School under the artistic guidance of Benjamin Harkarvy. In 2004, Mr. Sims was the youngest person to be inducted into the Long Branch High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He has been seen in several network television programs, including BET Honors, Dancing with the Stars, The Today Show, and So You Think You Can Dance. 

#061 Jo'Artis Ratti. KRUMP co-creator. Community leader. Label breaker.  

Born in LA and raised in a pivotal period of street culture, clowning and growing aggression, Jo'Artis Ratti is one of the original creators of Krump. We talk about what KRUMP means, how it grew into an international phenomena, documentaries and dancing on tour with Madonna. It's a conversation with history, reality, and inspiration for all dancers and the dance community!

#060 Lauren Ritchie. Host. Educator. Dream Builder.  

This episode is dedicated to the Evolution of You; the wandering, curious soul committed to big dreams and personal growth!

#059 Chris Hale. Dance Educator. Community Conversation Starter. Curiosity Butterfly.  

Chris Hale is Associate Director and Director of Education at Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance in NYC. He started out in the industry as a Triple Threat and at a young age,  established himself at one of the world's leading Dance Drop-In studios, Broadway Dance Centre. Chris talk about how he built up his classes in one of the largest dance communities in the world,  how his perceptive of a dancer's body and its functionality has evolved, and OF COURSE, we connect about Liz Gilbert and the act of following our Curiosity. 

#058 Paul Becker. Choreographer. Director. Producer.  

What is the key to booking the job? How do you differentiate yourself? What are the "dos" and "don'ts" of reels? Paul Becker answers all of these questions and more! By the age of 19, Paul choreographed his first commercial and by 21, his first feature film. It all propelled him to quickly become one of the worlds top choreographers. Considered to be a protégé; of the genius Kenny Ortega, Paul has worked alongside Mr.Ortega on several occasions, including recently when he choreographed the Ortega directed Jonas Brothers' concert World Tour as well as Disney's record breaking movie Descendants where they were nominated for a World Choreography Award in 2016.    Paul is now touring throughout Canada with workshops and auditions to educate and cast the next generation of dancers! 

#057 Taylor Ward. Strength Training. Functional Movement. Flexibility.  

Taylor Ward, of True Dance Potential, has been creating dancer-specific strength and conditioning programs to support a dancer's body and development. Taylor's passion for dance was first sparked during her years of rigorous training under a nationally ranked high kick team. Well known for their athletic ability and stunning technique, winning national champions in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. To take her love of dance to the next level, in 2013, Taylor auditioned for a world renowned TV show: "So You Think You Can Dance". She was highlighted as one of their favorites in Los Angeles but due to injury could not continue. In light of this event she co-founded an elite training program, True Dance Potential, in hopes of increasing the longevity of dancers' careers as artists and athletes.

#056 Sarah Dolan. Choreographer. Collaborator. Artistic Director.  

A sought after choreographer and the AD of 02 the dance company, Sarah Dolan opens up about what it's is like to navigate this unpredictable dance career. Sarah shares questions and answers to help all dancers find and build their artistic path. Listen no to hear Sarah's tips on your first steps entering a dance career, what inspires her choreography and what will make every job you do a great one.   More about Sarah- She has had the privilege of being part of numerous works and diverse dance shows. Sarah has had the honour of assisting Sean Cheesman on CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Fox America’s So You Think You Can Dance, BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance UK and CBC’s Over the Rainbow. She has enjoyed being a part of Art On Ice as a Dancer and Assistant Choreographer/Creative Director, working with musical artist such as Jessie J, The Jacksons, Nelly Furtado, Tom Odell, HURTS and skating champions such as Tessa and Scott, Meryl and Charlie, Kurt Browning and Joannie Rochette. Sarah Dolan has served as the Artistic Director of O2 the Dance Company since it's creation in 2010. Her commitment to the art and its artists provide a critical framework under which the contemporary company and its members thrive.

#055 Bree Melanson. Soul Trainer. Spirit Shaker. Movement Maker.  

Bree Melanson knows all about dancing in LA. I one job means you've made it, right?! After playing in industry, Bree shifted into her other energetic gifts like helping people move through their "what next" and "I feel stuck" moments.  She is continually assisting people to unfold their potential and this week she shares a crazy, awesome amount of tools to help YOU achieve your best life from a truly authentic place.  

#054 Brittany Perry Russell. Dancer. Actress. Mentor.  

The Texas native is known as the "It Girl" of music videos and tours, she has appeared alongside chart-topping artists, including: Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, and many more. Brittany speaks powerfully on what happens when you get fired, how to treated your fellow dancers, and the most effect way to build your career. Perry-Russell has made an incredible transition from lead dancer to actress and can now be seen in Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why! Listen now!

#053 Taylor James. Commercial Dancer. Photographer. Advocate.  

It's been 1 year since our first interview together and now Taylor James helps us kick off Season 2. Taylor speaks candidly about Body Image, Dancer Advocacy, living in Purpose and how all of these have shaped him and how he has experienced this career.   

#052 Season 1 Finale with lessons learned and how to keep moving forward in both dance & life.  

What a year! It's been full of stories, authenticity, advice, lessons learned and a lot of laughter. Lauren shares some of her takeaways from season 1 and what to look forward to in Season 2! 

#050 Vancouver and London dancer, Andrea Dvorak talks about her devastating eating disorder and how she has kept dance in her life through recovery.  

Andrea Dvorak was deep into her Ballet training when she started to struggle with identity, self worth and relationship with food. When she could no longer walk, she knew she needed help. We talk about she was able to deepen her artistry and compassion as she recovered and share some tidbits of wisdom to anyone working through their emotions.... which is all of us, right?!

#049 Sharkcookie, or David Hofman, shares how he has become one of the most popular dance photographers and entrepreneurs!  

David Hofmann, better known as 'Sharkcookie', is a renowned dance photographer with over 600k follows on instagram alone! David shares how he took his career from the movie industry into the dance community, what he believes makes a great photo shoot, and how experimenting and failing is the best thing you can do for your craft.

#048 Dancer & Chiropractor, Scott Maybank, shares the keys to physical success and longevity.  

The best kind of reunion - old duet partners!! Scott Maybank had a late start in his training, but that didn't let him shy away from pursuing the top Ballet schools across Canada. Over his ten year career Scott worked for Ballet British Columbia, West Australian Ballet and the Queensland Ballet, eventually retiring in his hometown of Edmonton after dancing with Alberta Ballet. With the help of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Scott is now a Chiropractor committed to helping Dancers feel healthy & work efficiently. From the worst thing you can do to your body, to best physical & mental practices- Scott shares his how to create a successful career with a lot of laughter! 

#047 Jeff Mortensen covers it all Disney's The Descendants to Cirque to SYTYCD!  

Jeff Mortensen is a multi-talented dancer, gymnast, assistant choreographer, and performer. Jeff shares his unique journey through So You Think You Can Dance, to Cirque Du Soleil, to performing and assisting on renowned productions like Disney's The Descendants and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Jeff gives quick and applicable advice on what you can use as inspiration in your career and solid tips when on set!

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