Dancers Called to Action

Dancers Called to Action

By April Maclean
Join us for an honest look at the how, why, and what of the dancer’s journey. From inspirational stories to practical tips, host April Maclean takes you into the mindset of the adult dancer and how dance changes and challenges both the dancer and the world around us.
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30. Here’s how you get through this
As the world continues to hurt and grieve, here is how to reclaim your power.
17:17
March 25, 2020
29. Fit for the Storm
Coronavirus is ripping through our world...but we can do hard things. 
06:57
March 18, 2020
28. What happens when you no longer believe in yourself?
A raw story about a long season of unraveling the narrative about not being "good enough" to dance...a sad, long, dark season where I actively planned out who to give my classes and studio to so that I could walk away from dance forever. 
23:19
March 11, 2020
27. Does your car improv kick @ss?
Whenever I’m in my car listening to my favorite playlist, the improv in my head is just amazing. My instincts and creative flow are magic. So, why the heck can’t I get my actual improv to match?!
34:31
March 4, 2020
26. Reimagining Dance with Brandon Son- Part Two
Until this episode, I had no idea that the phrase "stuck in my head" was so universal. Brandon and I talk about watching our dancers get stuck, how to calibrate dancer's expectations, whether dancers should learn the history of their genres and more. 
20:35
February 26, 2020
25. Reimagining Dance with Brandon Son- Part One
Ah, I am so excited for you to meet Brandon! Since day one, we've had a great connection over dance that developed into an irreplaceable friendship. In this episode, Brandon and I start exploring a question that seems to sit below the surface of every conversation we have-- what does it mean to reimagine dance? How is our current state of dance hurting us and preventing us from experiencing possibility?  
23:47
February 19, 2020
24. Questions for the Competition World
Last year I decided to never compete again. The world of competition dance seems like an oxymoron. H
14:18
February 5, 2020
23. Are you laughing? Crying? Paying attention?
The body knows. It knows and it doesn't forget, no matter how much we pretend...
10:24
January 29, 2020
22. Dancers Deserve More.
I tried a thing-- a thing that failed. But it led to a discovery: the way we've been learning dance is a relic of the past.
14:00
January 22, 2020
21. Is "Ultimate Fulfillment" suffocating us?
We're obsessed.  Obsessed with fulfillment, passion, and chasing dreams. How is that working for us? Since when did enjoying something mandate we take it to extremes? And what, WHAT, do you really want from dance?
14:36
January 15, 2020
20. My fat, squishy 5th grade body
Ugh. The body and mind is a messy little game.  Why do we constantly confuse our own spirit?
12:58
January 8, 2020
19. Setting goals for 2020? Will you be my partner?
If you're looking to make some changes in 2020, I'm with you. Rather than talk theory, I decided to open up about my number one dance goal and work through the most effective way to conquer it in 2020. Partner up with me on this one...I could use the help. 
18:54
December 18, 2019
18. Before you ever dance again...
Before we do one more step, project, or take one more class, let's do this: return to a natural state of being. The one that found that 98% of five-year-olds can be labeled "genius" while only applying to 2% of adults. Your inner five-year-old genius is waiting for you to come home.
15:16
December 11, 2019
17. Back to Basics with Dance Junkie's Training
I remember watching my little brother get coached in baseball. Whenever he was struggling, the coach would say "let's get back to basics", and sure enough, as they revisited the fundamentals...something was off. It's so easy to forget the basics because we put those on autopilot while we move on to the shiner things. In today's episode, I am sharing a single part of the Dance Junkie's Training. Hold onto it for dear life while everyone is trying to stuff your face with cookies and stress you out with holiday plans.
28:43
December 4, 2019
16. Meet Mark
In 2005, I met a man who forever changed me. We all have a Mark. Here's mine...
24:47
November 20, 2019
15. Do you really want to get paid to dance?
"Do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." It's a nice notion, but when what you love is such a personal form of expression, how do we stop our greatest passion from becoming our greatest stressor? Well...maybe it's not your greatest passion...
12:58
November 13, 2019
14. Your Creative Calling: Get Crackin!
The dancers who pioneered our world did so because they refused to let the white noise of conformity take the lead role. You are just as brilliant as they are. Now get off yer keister and do something about it. 
16:53
November 6, 2019
13. Reality check: my life behind the curtain
While we may know social media isn’t reality, after so little exposure to truth, we do lose perspective. Here’s an open look at the pitfalls of a career a dance.
12:27
October 30, 2019
12. Dancers, please don’t “leave it at the door”.
Let’s talk about the way we disconnect body from mind and go to war in the studio as we explore the link between dance and mental health.
19:48
October 23, 2019
11. Muscle memory madness
The science, the art, the skill of picking up movement more quickly.
14:18
October 16, 2019
10. Build your own home studio.
A logistical run down of options to create a space at home where you can escape and boogie down.
15:21
October 9, 2019
9. Body Awareness changes everything.
Body awareness is step one to stronger performance, less injury, and greater muscle memory. But what the heck is it and how do we get it?
15:59
October 2, 2019
8. A dance chat with Amanda LaCount
I loved spending time with Amanda. She’s fearless, full of energy, and giving hope to more dancers than she’s aware of. She’s just turned 18 years old and not letting any toxic standards hold her back. Take note.
19:04
August 29, 2019
7. Seven ways to become a better dancer.
We all want better, so here are seven immediately implementable tools to move you forward. This episode is about execution.
12:58
August 22, 2019
6. Dance Lessons- The Deeper Kind.
There are five memorable and poignant moments in my life where dance “came for me”. Like a loving but brutally honest friend, my best dance lessons have nothing to do with a studio or class.
15:01
August 14, 2019
5. Inspiration is for amateurs.
Feeling uninspired, stuck, or stagnant is inevitable, but it is how the dancer moves through these seasons that can tell us what they’re really made of. You can be a creative professional or a frustrated amateur, no matter what your skill set is.
16:03
August 6, 2019
4. Let us entertain you. Or piss you off. PT 2
Ever heard of intention fallacy? Ever spoken crappy French to people for no good reason? In this episode we dive into this weird little thing so many of us have been taught, and are asked to make a decision about who we make things for.
19:28
July 31, 2019
3. Let us entertain you. Or piss you off. PT 1
Is it possible that as artists, we’ve completely made up rules and definitions just to create division? In this episode we walk about one subject that divides us and continuously gets in the way of our mission.
16:39
July 24, 2019
2. A dance chat with Danyel Moulton
Dancers, Danyel Moulton is someone I absolutely adore and consider a friend. She came to teach a workshop, so I grabbed a camera and recorded our conversation as we chatted about her journey rising through the ranks of the hip-hop competition world to take first place at World of Dance this year. The audio is pretty low production value, as I wasn’t actually recording for podcast purposes, so you will have to listen with a forgiving ear, but if you’re interested in hearing the process of an award-winning choreographer and an all-around warrior spirit, this one is for you. Note: I reference a moment of her set in the intro of this episode, if you want to see the magic for yourself, head to YouTube and check out VMO Maxt Out 2018
29:46
July 22, 2019
1. Sonder: No dancer is an exception.
In episode one we talk about Sonder and the way it follows us: in and out of the studio, into our creative work, into the way we see others.
14:19
July 17, 2019
Welcome to Dancers Called to Action
In this intro episode, you’ll meet our host, April Maclean, and get a glimpse into the inspiration and promise of a podcast created build and nurture a tribe of empowered dancers.
15:25
July 9, 2019