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Laurie Johnson hosts TALK RADIO FOR SMART DANCERS. These 15-minute interviews with dance industry veterans provide insight to what it takes to succeed, on and off the dance floor. The entertainment industry is an exciting one, and there's room for you to share your gifts. We're saving a spot for you. Listen now. Connect anytime @laurietalks. LIFE RULES: - define what you want - take intelligent risks - align behaviors with vision - limit contact with toxic people - find some peace-of-mind

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Michael Blake holds an MFA in dance from Purchase College, and a 2010 Besse Award for Dance and Performance. He began his dance career in the Murray Louis Dance Company where he danced from 1982-1984. In 1986 he joined the Jose Limon Dance Company, dancing principal roles until 1991. Michael danced with Donald Byrd/The Group from 1991-1998. He has also danced with PARADIGM Dance, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Shapiro and Smith, and Janis Brenner and Friends. He has appeared on stage at the Supper Club, NYC, national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, toured with Cab Calloway in Cab Calloway's Cotton Club Review, and danced in the films THE ADVENTURES OF CRI CRI (Murray Louis), and UNSETTLED DREAMS (Donald Byrd). He has taught numerous workshops both nationally and internationally. Michael is Director of the Jazz and Contemporary Program at the Joffrey Ballet School, NYC.
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Eliana Girard started dancing with the John Mullen's Performing Arts Studio, Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos High School of the Arts. She attended the American Ballet Theater and Joffrey Ballet's summer program two consecutive... more

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Clarice Ordaz answers questions from dancers on Instagram, and talks candidly about dealing with the "haters" who tweeted nasty things about her during her #sytycd, season 8 appearance. Clarice trained at West Coast School of the Arts... more

Your dance career really gets started when you bouce back from being knocked down a few times. Stacey Tookey is a multitalented, director, choreographer and dancer who has worked with Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Justin Timberlake, and... more

JESSICA CHEN, Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT, is an inspirational speaker, international teacher and a social entrepreneur. She has taught master classes, workshops and seminars across the globe including Semester at Sea,... more

At 18, and still a student in the Houston Ballet Academy, Brian Enos was invited to create his first work for The Houston Ballet. He has since gone on to create works for companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met,... more

Sean Chessman is internationally renowned and has worked with some of the world's top entertainers, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Carmen Electra, Tina Turner, Queen Latifah, and Britney Spears. Most... more

Over the past 33 years, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company has shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through the creation of over 140 works. Founded as a multicultural dance company, it is today recognized as one of the most... more

Danni Gee began dancing professionally with Philadanco at 15. She toured with Alvin Ailey as principal & soloist for 7 years. Then a career ending injury changed everything. Listen now as we discuss: recovery, pain, overeating, acting out, and... more
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