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Beyond the Barre

By Margaret Mullin
Beyond the Barre shares insights and stories of the real people behind this incredible art form. This show is for anyone with a love of dance.
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32 - Jennifer Turner
On this week's episode, our guest is Jennifer Turner, former dancer and founder of Gemini, a branding studio and educational platform for female entrepreneurs that marries voice and visuals, writing and design, for more meaningful, memorable brands. Jennifer’s story starts with an ending: an injury that put a stop to her dream of dancing professionally. So, she jetéd from ballet to university, where writing became her creative outlet and eventually, her career. She’s written the copy for over 150 websites and collaborated on more than 200 brands, from as far as Tanzania and the Caribbean to her own backyard on the West Coast of Canada. Join us to hear about Jennifer’s transition from dance to becoming her own boss as an entrepreneur and business owner! For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: http://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-32-jennifer-turner Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Jennifer Turner and Gemini: https://geminibranding.ca/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/  Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/  http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:04:51
October 14, 2020
31 - Darius Barnes
On this week's episode, our guest is acclaimed Broadway performer Darius Barnes, former dancer with the New York City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem! In addition to performing in Mean Girls on Broadway, Darius has appeared in the 2019 Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate, made his Broadway & Principal debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, Memphis, and has been seen in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, to name a few. Darius is an accomplished choreographer—currently assistant choreographer on the Michael Jackson Musical developmental labs--and alumnus of the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2010, he was invited to choreograph a piece for the New York City Ballet. On top of his impressive resume of experience within the classical ballet community, and his credits in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, Darius has also branched out into working as a producer. We are so thrilled to have him on the show today to discuss his journey from Baltimore School of the Arts, to SAB, NYCB, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, DTH, Broadway, and beyond! For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: http://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-31-darius-barnes Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Darius Barnes: http://www.dariusbarnes.com/ https://www.instagram.com/dblexicon/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/  Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/  http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:59:21
September 30, 2020
30 - Matthew Renko
On this week's episode, our guest is Matthew Renko, former soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet and former member of New York City Ballet and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet! The New York Times described his dancing as “the single most exhilarating moment of the seven ballets in this weeklong season”, but his road has been anything but easy. In this extended episode today, Margaret and Matthew go deep into the good, the bad, and the ugly of a career in ballet. Join us to hear Margaret and Matthew talk about: the decision to go to NCSA and then the School of American Ballet dancing for NYCB and Suzanne Farrell coming to PNB from New York being an explosive dancer: how it wins you acclaim but also impacts longevity dealing with long periods of injury and being an advocate for yourself For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: http://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-30-matthew-renko/ Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Matthew Renko: https://www.instagram.com/renks_mcgee/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/  Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/  http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
02:39:04
September 16, 2020
29 - Zippora Karz and Romy Karz Rapoport
On this week's episode, we welcome back one of our most popular guests and listener favorite--Zippora Karz, this time joined on the show by her sister, Romy Karz Rapoport! Join us to hear about their new mentoring program and YouTube show: Romy & Zippora Turn Out, Tune In where they are sharing their wealth of wisdom and experience as former professional dancers with the New York City Ballet, and current ballet teachers and yoga instructors, to offer compassionate guidance to dancers of all levels and ages. —  For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode:  http://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-29-zippora-and-romy Follow Beyond The Barre:  https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/  Romy & Zippora Turn Out, Tune In: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsYzOjmLnWo3uw60La-_GRA Host: Margaret Mullin  http://www.margaretmullin.com/  https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/  Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez  http://www.sarenafishman.com/  http://instagram.com/sarenafishman  Music: William Lin-Yee  https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:34:18
September 02, 2020
28 - DeMarcus Akeem Suggs on Arts Advocacy
On this week’s episode our guest is dance artist, educator and administrator DeMarcus Akeem Suggs! DeMarcus Akeem Suggs is a graduate of Belhaven University’s dance program (BFA), and his professional experience includes performing with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), Dayton Ballet, Neos Dance Theatre, Verb Ballets, as well as collaborating with various project-based choreographers. He has held positions as Program Director at The Victory Project (Dayton, OH); Coordinator of Education & Engagement at Victoria Theatre Association (Dayton, OH); as well as Director of Education & Outreach for Neos Dance Theatre. DeMarcus has also served on review panels for Ohio Arts Council and Dance/USA where he was a 2018 Institute for Leadership Training cohort fellow. His current work includes serving as Grants Consultant for Alternate ROOTS and Residency Assistant for The National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (NCCAkron) where he is simultaneously pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Arts Administration. — For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: http://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-28-demarcus-akeem-suggs Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:42:23
August 19, 2020
27 - Megan Fairchild
On this week’s episode, join us for a conversation with Megan Fairchild, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet! Tune in to hear Margaret and Megan talk about: Megan’s meteoric rise through the ranks of the NYCB Some advice from Megan for young dancers thinking about moving away from home to train Broadway dance “culture” versus ballet world “culture” The event that Megan perceived as her “biggest failure” and how she moved past it Getting her undergraduate degree from Fordham while dancing as a principal at NYCB and going on to get her Master’s of Business Administration at NYU - - - For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-27-megan-fairchild Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Megan Fairchild: https://www.instagram.com/mfairchild17/ https://www.nycballet.com/discover/meet-our-dancers/principal-dancers/megan-fairchild/ Megan’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_WNxLiIEESXCpqGdUGiJw Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:33:59
August 05, 2020
26 - Connor Holloway
On this week’s episode (recorded July 14th, 2020), join us for a conversation with Connor Holloway, company dancer with American Ballet Theatre! Shortly after becoming a company member, Connor was appointed to run the dancer-created Instagram account, @abtofficial.  In the four years that Connor has managed the account, it has tripled its following; making it the most followed ballet company on Instagram. This role led Connor to becoming a full-time Marketing team member in addition to full-time dancer with ABT. On a personal note, Connor, who is gender non-conforming, is passionate about breaking down gender barriers and constructs in the work place— as of this last season, American Ballet Theatre had stripped the titles of it’s gender-labeled morning classes to promote inclusivity. - - - For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-26-connor-holloway Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Connor Holloway: https://www.instagram.com/conholl/ American Ballet Theatre: https://www.instagram.com/abtofficial/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:29:27
July 29, 2020
25 - Wendy Whelan
For our 25th episode (recorded May 26th, 2020), we are thrilled to have as our guest Wendy Whelan: former principal dancer and current associate artistic director of the New York City Ballet, widely considered one of the world’s leading dancers of her generation. During her 30 years at the New York City Ballet—23 of them as a principal dancer—Wendy danced virtually all the major roles in the company’s repertoire and also developed a reputation for being a choreographer’s muse, creating many original roles with the foremost dancemakers of our time. A documentary, entitled Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, was released across the country in 2017, and is now available on iTunes and Amazon. The film recently won the Chita Rivera Award for Best Dance Documentary. Join us for this conversation to hear Margaret and Wendy talk about: The formative years Wendy spent in treatment for severe scoliosis and how that experience transformed her attitude toward challenges What it was like joining NYCB shortly after Balanchine’s death How Wendy’s mother, a college basketball coach, instilled in her an interest in and appreciation for sports psychology and how psychotherapy helped her in her career at NYCB Two unexpected qualities Wendy believes dancers can tap into in order to become better artists Words of wisdom from Wendy (can we make that a thing if it isn’t already??) on working in the studio with choreographers on new creations and how bringing authenticity and a spirit of play to the process helped build her reputation as being a muse for choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky The connection between the mind and the body being in conversation when it comes to growth, change, and injury Exploring the parallels between two times of heavy transition for NYCB: when Wendy first joined the company after Balanchine’s death, and last year when she assumed the position of NYCB’s associate artistic director We couldn’t have made it to 25 episodes with you all—so thanks for listening and supporting the show, and here’s to many more episodes to come! - - - For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-25-wendy-whelan Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Wendy Whelan: https://www.instagram.com/wendyw/ https://www.wendywhelan.org/about/ https://www.nycballet.com/ Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (documentary film): https://www.restlesscreaturefilm.com/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:03:49
July 23, 2020
24 - Eric Trope
Our guest this week is Eric Trope of the Miami City Ballet. Join us for a conversation about Eric’s journey, his choreography, and about Buddy System: an organization Eric cofounded in response to his community’s immense need during the COVID-19 pandemic, which helps to get free groceries to the most vulnerable populations in Miami. From not starting ballet until he was in high school, to finishing his training with three years at the School of American Ballet, to developing more fully as an artist at MCB, Eric’s life and success is a testament to the fact that a great career in dance does not necessarily depend on hitting those checkpoints (“Company contract at 18!” or “Principal by 23!”) we often place as we map out our futures. Eric and Margaret also talk about the lesser known and certainly less glamorous challenges of being a professional choreographer: learning to talk about your work, creating commissioned work within set limitations, balancing artistic integrity with pragmatism. Finally, Eric shares how Buddy System came to be, how he found himself helping to run it, and about his newfound sense of fulfillment and energy since getting personally involved in bringing about positive change and helping others within his community. --- For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-24-eric-trope Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Eric Trope: https://www.instagram.com/tropechoreo www.erictrope.com www.buddysystemmia.com Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:22:03
July 15, 2020
23 - Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz
On this week’s episode (recorded May 20th 2020) -- husband and wife power couple Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz, current and former principal dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet! Join us for this light-hearted, inspiring conversation full of wisdom (plus lots of laughs) from two seasoned professionals and long-time audience favorites at PNB, and hear Lindsi and Karel talk with Margaret about: Lindsi’s path from “competition studio kid” to principal dancer at a major company, and how the challenges she faced in returning to the stage as a new mother reaffirmed her love of dance; Karel’s incredible journey from Cuba to PNB – and how he persevered when he had to go from being a principal back to a student overnight when he first came to the States; Their working relationship and how they help each other grow; Some surprising insights about what their biggest struggles have been and how they overcame them; The validity of the dance college route as a viable path to a career (Karel is on faculty at University of Oklahoma’s dance program, and who wouldn’t want to be coached by him every day?) Lindsi and Karel also answer some questions which you, our listeners, sent in! --- For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-23-lindsi-and-karel Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz: www.lindsiandkarel.com www.wearsolu.com https://www.instagram.com/lindsiandkarel https://www.instagram.com/wearsolu/ https://www.instagram.com/besolu_ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:10:49
July 08, 2020
22 - Jess Spinner, founder of The Whole Dancer
On this week’s episode (recorded May 27th 2020), we welcome Jess Spinner, former professional ballet dancer turned Health Coach and founder of The Whole Dancer. She supports dancers in reaching their body goals through one on one coaching and her online course, The Dancers' Best Body Program. Tune in to hear Margaret and Jess discuss: · The concept of “bioindividuality” and the dangers of a “one-diet-fits-all” approach to nutrition · Audition season tips and how adopting more of a “business mentality” can help you manage stress and improve your performance · The benefits of being less negative and critical of others and of yourself, and how you can retrain yourself to maintain this better attitude and improved internal monologue As we look ahead to (hopefully soon!) getting back into the studio to continue pursuing whatever our individual dancing goals may be, it’s a comfort to know that resources like Jess and The Whole Dancer are now available like never before to dancers who want to improve their mental and physical resilience, better their self-talk, and reach their fullest potential as artists and people. --- For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-22-the-whole-dancer Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Jess Spinner and The Whole Dancer: https://www.thewholedancer.com/ https://www.instagram.com/thewholedancer Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:20:09
July 01, 2020
21 - Tamisha Guy
On this week’s episode, recorded April 21st 2020, we are pleased to welcome Tamisha Guy. Tamisha is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, and came with her family to the United States when she was eight years old. She was named one of Dance Europe’s Best Dancers of the Year in 2017, was featured in the segment “Spotlight on Success” in Dance Informa Magazine, and in 2016 she made Dance Magazine’ Top 25 To Watch list as well as winning the 2016 Princess Grace Award. Tamisha has danced for the Martha Graham Dance Company and is currently a member of Kyle Abraham’s company Abraham In Motion. She is one of the most exciting, acclaimed contemporary dancers working today and we are so excited to have her on the show to talk about: Why she took a gap year before going to SUNY Purchase (and how she used her time away from dance) The importance of managing your personal finances and not getting bogged down by the “starving artist mentality” The joys of collaborating with choreographers to create meaningful, fulfilling work --- For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-21-tamisha-guy Tamisha Guy: https://www.tamishaguy.com/ https://www.instagram.com/tamishaguy Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:01:42
June 24, 2020
20 - Kathleen McGuire Gaines, Founder of Minding the Gap
On this week’s episode (recorded May 5th, 2020), we’re pleased to welcome Kathleen McGuire Gaines—former dancer, and since 2014 a contributing writer to Dance Magazine. Over the last 10 years, Kathleen has written more than 100 articles on dance for Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Spirit, and Dance Teacher magazines, including Why are we still so bad at addressing dancers' mental health, which went viral in 2017. Kathleen is the founder of Minding the Gap, whose mission it is to disrupt dancer culture to value the importance of mental health through advocacy, research, and eventually, resources and solutions. Her ambition is to enact a movement which results in mental health being regarded with the same seriousness as physical health in dance culture. Join us for this latest in an ongoing series on dancer mental health and hear Margaret and Kathleen discuss, among other topics: the results of a survey on dancer's top mental health concerns (eating disorders aren't even in the top three!)   why it's in the dance world's best interest to change its culture around mental health for the better, including some interesting statistics about just who it is that makes up the majority of dance audiences ways that dance companies and management can better serve their artists' mental health needs without breaking their budgets --- For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-20-mcguire-gaines Follow Kathleen McGuire Gaines and Minding the Gap: https://www.instagram.com/we.are.minding Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:07:52
June 17, 2020
19 - Theresa Ruth Howard calls the ballet world to action for diversity
I am pleased to welcome Theresa Ruth Howard back to the show for the fourth time and thank her for her contribution during this time. Ms. Howard is a DEI expert, working closely with ballet companies nationally and internationally to make the future of ballet a more equitable one. She has dedicated many years of her life to this work and always speaks directly from her heart. Theresa is the founder and curator of the Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet and is a contributing editor for Dance Magazine. --- For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode19-theresa-ruth-howard Theresa Ruth Howard: https://www.instagram.com/mybodymyimage https://www.instagram.com/mobballet Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:31:16
June 10, 2020
18 - Josh Spell: Mental Health and Self-Discovery During Crisis
On this week’s episode, join us for another discussion about dancer mental health with Josh Spell—former dancer (Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kansas City Ballet), licensed social worker, and Primary Therapist with Opal Food + Body Wisdom in Seattle, WA.  As we tackle another week of learning to navigate this “new normal” of the world in varying stages of lockdown, Margaret invites Josh onto the show as a professional in the field of mental health to shares some wisdom about: · ways of looking at one’s at-home dance class and fitness regimens that avoid guilt and shame (hint: you’re not a bad person if you don’t feel like taking class today…) · how we can stay centered using the “art of non-productivity” · how to be at peace with your body as it changes · how to open yourself up to the possibility of self-discovery by acknowledging pain, rather than resisting it · finding ways to “cross-train” our brain and take care of our mental health, just as we strengthen the other muscles of our body --- For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-18-josh-spell Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:13:25
May 27, 2020
17 - Zippora Karz: Coping during COVID-19
On this week’s episode, we welcome back Zippora Karz, former soloist with the New York City Ballet, who offers some advice to dancers on navigating the stress and uncertainty of quarantine and COVID-19. Maggie and Zippora discuss ways dancers can take care of the things that are in their control during this time in order to best support their health--both physical and psychological--without slipping into obsessive thought patterns. For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/episode-17-zippora-karz Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Follow Zippora Karz: https://zipporakarz.com/ https://www.instagram.com/zipporakarz/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:14:32
May 20, 2020
16 - Zippora Karz
In this episode of Beyond the Barre, host Margaret Mullin introduces her mentor and soon to be regular guest Zippora Karz! Zippora is a former New York City Ballet Soloist turned author, teacher and motivational speaker. Author of The Sugarless Plum and Ballerina Dreams, she is a spokesperson and educator for major diabetes conferences and organizations worldwide. Zippora serves as a teacher and repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and is a guest faculty member for the Colburn Dance Academy and the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Get to know Zippora in this first of many episodes to come! For more information, as well as any links, see the blog post for this episode: https://www.margaretmullin.com/episodes/zippora-karz Follow Beyond The Barre: https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebarrepodcast/ Follow Zippora Karz: https://zipporakarz.com/ https://www.instagram.com/zipporakarz/ Host: Margaret Mullin http://www.margaretmullin.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margaretmullin/ Producer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez http://www.sarenafishman.com/ http://instagram.com/sarenafishman Music: William Lin-Yee https://soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
01:21:38
May 13, 2020
15 ~ Ana Maria Lucaciu
In this episode of Beyond the Barre, Margaret Mullin speaks with freelance choreographer and performing artist Ana Maria Lucaciu. They discuss her dance journey, from how she discovered her love for contemporary movement and dance, as well as what she has learned from working alongside some of the worlds most prolific contemporary choreographers.
01:17:30
April 10, 2020
14 - In Conversation with Christopher Hernandez
In this episode of Beyond the Barre, Margaret Mullin speaks with dancer Christopher Hernandez. A Miami native with a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance, he has had a diverse and exciting career, including time spent performing with Ballet Hispanico, Sleep No More, and the cast of Broadway’s ON YOUR FEET! Christopher was a performer in Lincoln Center’s great American Dance series featuring Ballet Hispanico which premiered internationally in theatres in 2016, and on television as part of PBS’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in 2017. He has been seen dancing alongside recording artists such as Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee, and Marc Anthony in televised performances and concerts. Christopher most recently finished touring internationally with Kidd Pivot, led by Director and Choreographer Crystal Pite.       
01:38:08
May 10, 2019
13 - Dance Writer Theresa Ruth Howard - For the Third Time!
On this episode host Margaret Mullin welcomes back diversity and inclusion expert and noted dance writer Theresa Ruth Howard for the third time! They discuss Theresa’s impactful article for Dance Magazine, Is Instagram Changing The Dance World’s Value System.  https://www.dancemagazine.com/instagram-dance-2585216791.html 
57:18
January 18, 2019
12 - "Move the Vote" with Rachel Neville
On this episode of Beyond the Barre, host Margaret Mullin interviews famed New York City- based dance photographer Rachel Neville about her business, her love of dancers, and her exciting campaign Move the Vote.
01:36:29
November 05, 2018
11- In Conversation with Ming Luke
In this episode of Beyond the Barre host Margaret Mullin has an in depth conversation with internationally celebrated conductor Ming Luke.  He is a highly lauded, greatly coveted conductor invited to symphonic, choral, and classical ballet music around the world.
01:33:15
October 12, 2018
10 -Positive Body Image with Josh Spell
In this episode of Beyond the Barre host Margaret Mullin discusses positive body image with Josh Spell, a former professional dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet who is now a Primary Therapist at the Eating Recovery Center of Washington.   
01:17:30
February 02, 2018
09 - Interview with Theresa Ruth Howard Ep 2
On today's episode Margaret Mullin welcomes back to her show Theresa Ruth Howard who is a leader and expert in the subject of diversity and inclusion in ballet and is the founder of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet. An online initiative that is documenting and preserving the history of black ballet artists. Today Theresa is on the show speaking about the launch of a new and exciting web docuseries, "And Still They Rose, the Legacy of Black Philadelphian's in Ballet". The series premieres online on October 22nd on MOBBallet.org. It highlights the careers of Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne, and Judith Jamison, three black Philadelphian dancers who were trained in classical ballet. For more information please connect with Theresa Ruth Howard here MOBBallet.   For more information please connect with Theresa Ruth Howard here MOBBallet
01:00:33
October 11, 2017
08 - Interview with Diane Jacobowitz
As Executive/Artistic Director of Dancewave for the past 20 years, Diane Jacobowitz has developed innovative programming to capture the talents and imagination of young dancers. Some of the programs she has developed, in addition to the Dancewave Company model, include Dancing Through College and Beyond, the Dance Career Symposium and the Kids Cafe Festival. Under her leadership, Dancewave currently reaches over 3,000 young people citywide through programs both at the Dancewave School and in partnership with over ten New York City public schools. She is currently leading the campaign for Dancewave's capital project - the opening/launch of a brand new dance center in downtown Brooklyn in 2019. Dancewave's annual event Dancing Through College & Beyond is back at the 92nd Street Y October 7th–October 8th. For two days, young dancers will meet with representatives of dance programs for over 50 colleges and universities from around the country. Attendees will have access to workshops, and be able to network with students and alumni from the dance departments of attending colleges and universities. Students will also be able to audition for admission and scholarships at participating universities. Last year 300 students attended and more than $1 million in scholarships were awarded by select attending colleges. The event is free for students and parents to attend, this being an extension of Dancewave's mission to make dance accessible to all.  http://dancewave.org/DTCB    Premier Dance Network MOBBallet website
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September 28, 2017
07 - Season Two ~ Interview with Theresa Ruth Howard
Today Margaret kicks off her second season of Beyond the Barre with an interview with the incredible Theresa Ruth Howard. Founder of MoBBallet, Theresa is an expert and advocate on the issue of diversity in Ballet. She has sat on panels for Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance at Duke University, and collaborated with International Association of Blacks in Dance in the planning and facilitation of the first Ballet Audition for female ballet dancers of color. A former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Armitage Gone! Dance, Howard has worked extensively with choreographer Donald Byrd, and was a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. As a contributor to Pointe, Expressions (Italy), Tanz (Germany) and dance media publications, Howard has emerged as a clear and defining voice on topics such as body image and race. She holds more than 17 years of experience as a dance educator including Ballet Faculty at the Ailey School. Premier Dance Network MOBBallet website
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May 04, 2017
06 ~ Roslyn Anderson, Premier Stager for Jiri Kylian
In this episode, Magaret chats with the renowned Roslyn Anderson, the Premier stager for Jirí Kylian's works worldwide. She is one of the most well respected figures in dance. Premier Dance Network 
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November 10, 2016
05 - Conversation with Former PNB Soloist Kiyon Gaines
A conversation with former PNB Soloist Kiyon Gaines, who now runs the Next Step program. Talking all things Next Step and choreography related.    
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October 06, 2016
04 - Interview with Jonathan Porretta, PNB Principal Dancer
Jonathan Porretta is one of the most beloved dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet. But his journey to principal dancer wasn’t easy: he grew up different: gay, lonely, and teased in a small New Jersey town, following a dream that those around him couldn’t understand. Award-winning arts journalist Marcie Sillman chronicles the dancer’s tale in a new, all-ages coffee-table book called Out There: Jonathan Porretta’s Life in Dance.  The book’s message—“Be yourself and people will love you for who you are”—comes through clearly in Sillman’s crisp, engaging prose. Family snapshots and exquisite dance photography by Angela Sterling show key moments in Porretta’s career thus far. Out There is an expanded version of the 2,000-word article Sillman published on KUOW.org in January 2016. In addition to Sillman’s 5,000-word essay, Out There includes a list of Porretta’s lead roles (plus 10 favorites highlighted with personal commentary by Porretta), a selected bibliography of articles about Porretta, and a timeline.
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September 08, 2016
03 ~ Premier Episode Part Two
On this episode Margaret talks with both professionals as well as student in the PNB Summer Intensive program. Premier Dance Network website Pacific Northwest Ballet website Beyond the Barre Instagram Margaret Mullin Instagram Margaret Mullin Facebook
37:30
August 12, 2016
02 ~ Premier Episode Part One
On this episode Margaret talks with both professionals as well as student in the PNB Summer Intensive program. Premier Dance Network website Pacific Northwest Ballet website Beyond the Barre Instagram Margaret Mullin Instagram Margaret Mullin Facebook
34:40
August 11, 2016
01 ~ Introducing the Host of Behind the Barre Podcast
On today's episode, host Margaret Mullin, soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) shares what to expect with her show.   Premier Dance Network website Pacific Northwest Ballet website Beyond the Barre Instagram Margaret Mullin Instagram Margaret Mullin Facebook
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August 10, 2016