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.


#038 Pilates trainer, Sharmila Mitra shares her insights from working with some of Americas most recognizable dancers and instructors in Southern California.  
Sharmila Mitra has spent decades working with dancers in both Dance and Pilates studios. Her first Pilates certification was under the instruction of the late Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates, through the New York Pilates Guild.

In 2014, she completed a certification for dance medicine from the Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York, where she studied with physical therapists who oversee the health of the New York City Ballet and other prominent professional dance companies. She earned a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica, emphasizing in consciousness, health and healing; and dual bachelor degrees in dance and communications from California State University, Fullerton. We talk about how to train like an elite dancer, what cross function training can do to build healthier bodies and what we can do to build an even stronger community of dancers and artists!!!

#037 Currently on tour with Cirque du Soleil, Kevin Mylrea has danced and trained with today's biggest names.  

First introduced to Canada on SYTYCD Season 1, Kevin has danced with today's biggest names like Meghan Trainor, Paul McCartney, and Rasta Thomas. Kevin shares how his dance journey has taken him from Cruise Ships, to Broadway, to World Tours with Cirque Du Soleil. 

#036 The Power of Stories with Lauren  

Whether it is in your training or personal life - the stories we tell about ourselves can launch you forward, or pull you back. So, what's your story? Lauren talks about her own experience with stories and sparks some self-reflection moments to get you closer to your truest, boldest, most awesome self. 

#035 Tyce Diorio is an Emmy award-winning choreographer and director best known for his work on So You Think You Can Dance.  

EMMY Award Winner Tyce Diorio has been a powerful force in the entertainment industry since he was a teenager. Originally from Brooklyn, Diorio moved to Los Angeles to dance with legends like Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Mya, *NSYNC, Kelly Osbourne, Céline Dion and Toni Braxton. In addition to performing on numerous TV shows and films, Diorio also starred in the Tony Award winning Broadway hits Fosse and Chicago. We talk all about finding you VOICE as a dancer, how to have longevity and how to become a master of rejection!

#034 Gia Martello, best known for the hit TV show, Dance Moms - talks choreography, confidence, and dishes on the work behind-the-scenes.  

Gia Martello is one of the most recognizable Dance Assistance out there. She stars on the hit show Dance Moms as Abby Lee's right-hand girl. Gia shares how her training with Abby differs from what Maddie, Nia and Kahlani are exposed to. Gia opens up about why she chose to go to Point Park University and not attend the dance porgram as well as what she wishes more people knew about the show and her career.

#033 A prima ballerina for 17 years with American Ballet Theatre, Ashley Tuttle shares her legendary career from Baryshnikov, to ABT, to Twyla Tharp and Broadway!  

Ashley Tuttle was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre (A.B.T) at the age of 16. She was a prima ballerina with ABT for 17 years all while joining the acclaimed Twlya Tharp Dance Company in 2000. Ashely received both TONY Award and a Fred Astaire Dance Award nominations for her role with the hit Broadway show "Movin' Out". But what happens when a dancer's roles and contracts end? Ashley talks about transitions, school and humble moments in her journey as a dancer. 

#032 Tony Award winning Cady Huffman and her  iconic experiences in dance, on Broadway and on screen.  

What happens when you get a ballet dancer who sings opera? A Bob Fosse dancin, Tony Award winning wonder. Cady Huffman has over 30 years experience in "the biz" and shares her iconic stories. From working with Fosse to  agents to sabotage stories, Cady shares it all!!

#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!

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