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.


#031 We Can-Can this week with Cara Lee and her Moulin Rouge adventures.  

From Cruise ships to the Can-Can, Cara Lee has created a career that includes hip hop commercial work, show girl spectacles, and tv series. This episode includes everything from changing your name for the industry, to how to prepare for auditions, to what it's like to learn an entirely new style of dance in a brand new country!

#030 Calen Kurka is a NYC Choreographer and Company creator who teaches mindfulness within a Dancer's training and career path.  

Raised in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, Calen Kurka started his training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Modern. He moved to NY with big dreams, but few plans or job prospects! Calen shares how his career, and life, have evolved in ways he couldn't have anticipated. He is the founder and Artistic Director of :pushing progress a company, and inspires Dancers at every stage of their career to take a mindful approach to bring their most authentic self into their work and life. 

#029 Moe Brody is the co-owner of Vancouver's top rated dance studio, and mentors young artists and professionals on how to build community, a positive reputation and have a great time along the way!  

Moe Brody is at the Hub of Vancouver's dance scene. She has a successful commercial dance career, co-owns Harbour Dance Centre and directs one of the best training programs in the city. Lauren and Moe talk about what your first big move away from home can look like, what it's like getting back into dancing, after taking time away from it, and how you can build a community and reputation that support a fulfilling career.

#028 From Ballet to Contemporary to Musical Theatre, Stephen Hernandez shares his dance journey across the country.  

Touring with Disney's Newsies, dancing with Shaping Sound, training in the Edge PAC scholarship program- Stephen Hernandez has had an incredible career. Curious about living on tour? Making ends meet as you start out? Listen up!  

#027 A power tool to get you moving closer to your ideal outcomes!  

Lauren shares a coaching tool that can transform your performance or training experience in a moment. It's easy, accessible and can provide clarity when you are feeling stuck or are simply craving MORE! This is one for Dancers, dance teachers, and parents!

#026 Coach Gina Pero talks about transitions, identity and how to be your own CEO.  

With twelve years of experience performing around the globe, teaching dance worldwide, and coaching exceptional talent, Gina helps dancers and the dance community recognize that they can be seen, heard, and loved for who they are and what they love to do. From being your own CEO to transitioning with purpose, Gina helps us exude happiness from the inside out! 

#025 Carlo Atienza talks Hip Hop, Authenticity, and Spice Girls...wait! What?! Yup.  

With 4 consecutive National Championship Titles with HHI, Carlo Atienza is undoubtedly one of Canada's dance leaders. Starting his dance journey at 19 years of age, Carlo shares how his career has grown into teaching Internationally, a YouTube channel with almost 2.8 million views, and  the progression of his Artistry as he came into true authenticity. 

#024 Logan Epstein on Dance Programs, Broadway Workshops and the magic of relationships.  

Side by side with names like Andy Blankenbuehler and Mia Michaels, Logan Epstein shares how she builds relationships, why she chose PACE University, and practical things to do while creating your dance career. 

#023 The Barretender is in! Liberty Cogen shares her her journey from University to Legally Blonde to The Dance Network.  

She graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre, then hit the NYC audition scene where she booked the first national tour of Legally Blonde. Liberty Cogen had made it! Right? Maybe not. Her dance journey took a few twists, moves and restarts. Listen to find out how Liberty came to be the Barretender podcast host on The Dance Network! 

#022 What makes a successful Dance photo shoot, with the renowned Dance Photographer Chris Reilly.  

Dancers need a portfolio to showcase their work and sell themselves to Directors, Agents and Industry leaders. Renowned dance photographer, Chris Reilly, shares his insights from the behind the camera of a successful dance shoot. We also take a moment to remember and pay respects to the legendary Doug Caldwell. 

#021 From Auditioning for an agency to building confidence in LA - Rachael Markarian shares her wisdom.  

Rachael received her training in Boston and New York City. After attending Oklahoma City University as a Dance & Theatre Major, she moved to Los Angeles and has enjoyed a versatile and non-stop dance career for over 13yrs. Rachael has toured and danced for RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BEYONCE, PINK, KANYE WEST, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, CHAYANNE, THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS, ALEXANDRA BURKE, and more. She now preps us on how to Audition for a Casting agency and build confidence and community in LA! 

#020 Take your dancing & artistry to a whole new level, with Gene Gabriel.  

Gene Gabriel may not be a trained dancer, but he has transformed hundreds of Dancers into deeper, more diverse, Artists through his acting and improv workshops. With a resume ranging from Broadway to Film to TV - Gene shares how he creates special experiences for Dancers and why Acting can play a pivotal role in a Dancer's career.

#019 Alex Little opens up about creating a dance career inspired by mental and physical health.  

From the Young Americans to being a Faculty member on renowned National Dance Conventions - Alex Little shares her struggles with an Eating Disorder and how her mental and physical health has inspired her work. She is also a fellow Podcaster, recently launching The Yankee and Dandy Show with her British fiancé!

#018 From Ballet to Broadway, Maurice Brandon Curry offers his words of wisdom for a long and successful career.  

With over 35 years of experience as a dancer, choreographer, director, and arts executive, Maurice Brandon Curry brings inspiration and perspective on what makes a successful dancer.

#017 Rocking out with our Rockette, Kristin Jantzie  

Kristin Jantzie has been a Radio City Rockette since 2005 and is currently spending her summer performing the New York Spectacular choereographed by Mia Michaels! Krstin shares her fun Audition story, what it's like being an identical twin in the industry and how to prepare to be a Rockette!

#016 The Golden threads of success with Lauren  

Have you been hearing it too?! There are some magical, consistent, messages from all of the interviewees that are at the heart of what makes this career (and life!) amazing & successful.

#015 Dani Vitale- the #danceBoss  

Every crushed every goal she set for herself in the Commercial dance world and is only 25! Dani Vitale gets real about the hustle & hard work it takes to work with artists like Katy Perry, the Jonas Brothers,  and Rhianna. Listen up - then getting working on your 30 minute dance challenge!!! 

#014 A true Master - the incredible Christian Vincent dishes up major Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer inspiration!  

Christian Vincent is a master teacher and dancer who recently joined the USC Gloria Kaufman School of Dance faculty. He holds a B.F.A from Butler University where he graduated with highest honours, cum laude and a MFA in dance from the University of California. Whether he is dancing for Madonna, or sitting behind the adjudicators table, Christian's powerful presence and wealth of knowledge is not to be missed!

#013 London, Baby! Christie Lee Manning shares her jump from Vancouver to the Uk!  

The London dance scene is full of opportunities in commercial, musical theatre and contemporary work - but it looks and runs differently than in North America. Christie Lee is diving deep into the community and sharing all of her insights and tips for London living that she has learned along the way. Speaking from honesty and authenticity, this powerhouse creator and innovator will leave you inspired and ready for ACTION!

#012 Melanie Mah shares her journey through the Janet Jackson world tour!  

Melanie Mah gives a sneak peak into the Janet Jackson world tour as well as the magic that Yoga can bring into a Dancer's life. Starting her amazing dance journey by being mentored by Blake McGrath, Melanie has experienced the dancers life through adventures with Glee, Disney, Justin Beiber and Alicia Keys!

Video player is in betaClose