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Uncover the world of Ballet and Dance with Balancing Pointe Podcast! Host Kimberly Falker interviews the world's top success stories in Ballet and Dance. From dancers, choreographers, writers, photographers and anyone who has "made it" in the world of Ballet and Dance, Kimberly shares their journey to the top and uncover's the secrets to their success.www.BalancingPointe.com

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Uncover the world of Ballet and Dance with Balancing Pointe Podcast! Host Kimberly Falker interviews the world's top success stories in Ballet and Dance. From dancers, choreographers, writers, photographers and anyone who has "made it" in the world of Ballet and Dance, Kimberly shares their journey to the top and uncover's the secrets to their success.www.BalancingPointe.com

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As the father of an aspiring ballerina, it is great to hear the stories of the pros.

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Thank you for shedding light in the world of Dance!

iTunes Ratings

85 Ratings
Average Ratings
82
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2
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1

Love these interviews

By SiberianApple - May 23 2015
Read more
As the father of an aspiring ballerina, it is great to hear the stories of the pros.

Kimberly is connecting a community!

By Ace92378 - Dec 09 2014
Read more
Thank you for shedding light in the world of Dance!
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Ballet Uncovered ~ Balancing Pointe Podcast

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Uncover the world of Ballet and Dance with Balancing Pointe Podcast! Host Kimberly Falker interviews the world's top success stories in Ballet and Dance. From dancers, choreographers, writers, photographers and anyone who has "made it" in the world of Ballet and Dance, Kimberly shares their journey to the top and uncover's the secrets to their success.www.BalancingPointe.com

Rank #1: 164 ~ Ask Megan! Why to dancers at New York City Ballet use paper towels in their pointe shoes rather than lambs wool?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Today’s question come from:

Nancy who wants to know why the dancers at NYCB use paper towels for padding in their pointe shoes rather than softer lamb's wool?

 
Megan really helps uncover this question thoroughly!

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Feb 02 2016

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Rank #2: VALENTINE'S DAY Special ~ Megan Fairchild & Andy Veyette, NYCB Principal Dancers

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Today's special episode of Balancing Pointe Podcast celebrates the holiday of Love as I interview one of ballet's most famous married couples, Megan Fairchild and Andy Veyette, both principal dancers with the New York City Ballet.  

Megan and Andy met when they were both rising stars at the New York City Ballet and were married in July 24, 2011 in the backyard of Crabtree’s Kittle House, in Chappaqua, N.Y.

When Andy first met Megan, he began to pursue her, but she knew of his “bad boy” reputation and did not immediately fall for him.

Eventually, however, his efforts paid off and now the couple are happily married living and working together as principal dancers with NYCB.

Their laughter filled interview make it apparent they are a perfect match!

Feb 14 2014

22mins

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Rank #3: 43 - Jillian Vanstone ~ Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada

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Jillian Vanstone was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia where at age six she began ballet studies at the Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts. Within two years she had already determined that dance was her life’s calling. In 1994 she passed the rigorous audition process to be accepted into Canada’s prestigious National Ballet School in Toronto where she later earned two coveted awards.

Following her graduation Vanstone entered the National Ballet of Canada in 1999, was promoted to second soloist in 2003, to first soloist three years later before being appointed a principal in 2011.

Jun 20 2014

49mins

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Rank #4: 26 - Barre Food Bar-Part Two

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The Barre Story

In 2010, professional ballet dancers Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley set out to create Barre Food, a health-minded snack bar that provides exceptional nutritional fortification specifically for the elite athleticism  and precision artistry of a dancer. As all professional dancers do, they experienced physically demanding rehearsals coupled with little time to eat. Dissatisfied with the energy bars on the market, Julia retreated to her own kitchen and developed an easy-to-consume, highly nutritious and great tasting bar. Marketing her creations to colleagues in the studio and students at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, they quickly developed a following. Julia knew she could fulfill a need in the market and enlisted the talent of her friend and business partner Aaron. Today, Barre produces and distributes health-minded snacks and performance products specially formulated to live up to the rigors of such a demanding artist-athlete lifestyle.

Barre is proud to donate a portion of its proceeds to arts education programs, to help increase access to art across all levels of society and give back to that which has been such an important part of their lives.

We think there are many parallels. Don't people say that ballet is the best training for, well, almost anything?! Hard work, faith in oneself, dedication, a hunger to fulfill one’s potential…these are all things required for success in both careers.

Mar 14 2014

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Rank #5: 168 ~ Ask Megan! Vaganova versus Balanchine?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Today’s question come from:

Sonya who wants to know Megan's thoughts on the Vaganova method of ballet technique versus Balanchine's style?

The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951).

Balanchine's style has been described as neoclassic, a reaction to the Romantic anti-classicism, (which had turned into exaggerated theatricality) that was the prevailing style in Russian and European ballet when he had begun to dance. (excerpt from NYCB website)

NCYB on Balanchine

 
Megan dives in deep and educates us on both techniques - a GREAT educational episode!

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Feb 09 2016

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Rank #6: 29 - Melanie Atkins Varga, Boston Ballet - Part One

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Melanie Atkins Varga is a full time faculty member at the Boston Ballet School as well as the company's Childrens Ballet Mistress. Melanie's teaches dancers from the pre-professional division all the way through to the trainees.  Melanie trained at Walnut Hill School of the Arts after her family moved from England to Massachusetts. After graduating high school Melanie trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City before being chosen by Suzanne Farrell and Paul Mejia to join Mejia's company in Fort Worth Texas. After a few years of training and performing under this acclaimed master teacher, Melanie joined the Miami City Ballet where she quickly moved through the ranks to Principal. After many successful years with Miami City Ballet, Melanie moved to Alberta Canada to join Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen Within a few days of moving to Canada, Melanie learned that Mikko Nissinen was moving to Boston Ballet as their new Artistic Director. Mr. Nissinen asked Melanie to join him in Boston. While in Alberta Melanie met her husband Sabi Varga who was a soloist with the company. Fortunately for both of them, Mikko asked Sabi to join him in his move to Boston as well. After their move, Melanie enjoyed a successful ten years with Boston Ballet. After the birth of Sabi and Melanie's daughter, Melanie chose to retire from the rigors of being a company member and joined Boston Ballet as a full time Ballet Mistress for the Pre-Professional and Trainee program.

Apr 04 2014

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Rank #7: 133 ~ Ask Megan! What is a typical dancer's salary?

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ASK MEGAN is a weekly show hosted by New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild and brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast.

On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Each episode will feature an actual question submitted from someone like you!

Today's question come from:

Selena who wants to know how to survive in a big city on a dancer's salary.

Megan uncovers in detail what a corps de ballet member can expect in a professional dancer's salary.

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Nov 18 2015

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Rank #8: 180 ~ Rebecca King, Corps de Ballet - Miami City Ballet

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Rebecca King was born and raised in Northern California. She received her ballet training from former San Francisco Ballet School Director and ABT dancer Richard Cammack, former ABT and SFB dancer Zola Dishong, former NYCB dancer Charles Anderson and former Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Katarina Wester at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, Calif. King spent two summers studying at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, she moved to Miami to train at Miami City Ballet School.

King joined Miami City Ballet in 2007 as a company apprentice and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. I n 2010, she founded a dance blog, TendusUnderAPalmTree.com, which has enabled her to reach out to dancers and audience members from around the globe. 

Apr 01 2016

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Rank #9: 196 ~ Ashley Ellis ~ Principal Dancer, Boston Ballet & Founder of Rubia Wear

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On today's episode Kimberly interviews Ashley Ellis LIVE in a quaint garden in South Boston, adjacent to the Boston Ballet studios.  Ashley is not only a Principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, but the founder of Rubia Wear leg warmers, one of the hottest items for every dancer these days.  Be sure to check out Ashley's trendy and stylish leg warmers here:

Rubia Wear

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Jun 24 2016

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Rank #10: 16 - Olivia Boisson, Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet

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Olivia Boisson is a member of New York City Ballet's corps de ballet. She was born in Queens, New York, and began her dance training at the age of six at The Ballet Arts School of Forest Hills. She later studied at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2000 before enrolling as a full time student at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the fall of 2004. In August 2012, Ms. Boisson became an apprentice with NYCB, and the following December, she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

Dec 25 2013

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Rank #11: 238 ~Special Episode! The History Behind the Nutcracker!

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Today Dr. Klapper discusses the history behind the iconic Holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Dec 22 2017

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Rank #12: VALENTINE'S DAY Special ~Heather Ogden & Guillaume Côté ~ Principal Dancers, National Ballet of Canada

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Guillaume and Heather joined the National Ballet of Canada around the same time – in the late nineties, becoming Principal dancers in 2004 and 2005. And although they knew each other for years, it was not until many years later that they began dating.

They discovered a chemistry between each other when they were paired together but did not act on this discovery for quite some time.

Their chemistry was strong on stage, so Heather and Guilluame were paired for many lead roles and the audience loved what they saw.

Today, the couple look forward to spending time with family and enjoying each other in the studio.  Their friendship and energy as a couple is infectious and their interview together purely inspirational (not to mention fun).

Feb 15 2014

33mins

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Rank #13: 162 ~ Ask Megan! What advice does Megan give to her students when she teaches?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Today’s question come from:

Amy who is a Ballet Instructor.  She recalls many lessons learned from teachers she had as a young aspiring dancer.  She wonders what are Megan's most important pieces of advice she tries to pass on to her student's when she teaches.

 
Megan provides some solid and straightforward advice - you almost feel as if you took one of her classes!

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Jan 27 2016

8mins

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Rank #14: 30 - Melanie Atkins Varga, Boston Ballet - Part Two

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In Part Two of the interview, Melanie Atkins Varga talks about auditions.  As a frequent Summer Intensive Adjudicator, she provides us with a "behind the scenes" look into what the adjudicators look for in the auditioning dancers.  Melanie provides insight and advice on how to prepare and approach auditions and also shares with us the best outlook on auditions in general.  Her sage advice and inside look into auditions is a valuable tool for dancers and their parents at any stage of their dance career.

Apr 11 2014

23mins

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Rank #15: 170 - Ask Megan! How do shorter dancers lenghten their lines?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Today’s question come from:

Giuliana who asks Megan "As a fellow short dancer (I'm 5'1/'), I wonder what you do to lengthen your line. I love being compact and quick on my feet, but I have to admit that sometimes I'm disappointed when I watch myself dance in more adagio and lyrical combinations because the length just isn't there. How can I enjoy being a short dancer but still get some elegant length going as well?"

 
Megan's is able to answer this one from a personal perspective.

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Feb 16 2016

5mins

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Rank #16: 157 ~ Ask Megan! How do Principal roles get decided upon and distributed in NYCB?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Today’s question come from:

Noelle who wants to know how the Principal Roles get decided upon and distributed in New York City Ballet?

Megan's sheds some interesting light on life inside one of the world's most prestigious Ballet Companies.

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Jan 18 2016

6mins

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Rank #17: 20 - Laurel Keen, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

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Laurel Keen was a Principal dancer for nearly a decade with Alonzo King LINES, a contemporary ballet company based in San Francisco. In her years with the company, Laurel originated 21 roles, was featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine and earned the prestigious Princess Grace Award. In describing what makes her an exceptional artist, Alonzo King once said,"Her clarity is like calligraphy carved in steel...her faultless honesty and sincerity... her ability to be rather than do."

Laurel grew up in Minneapolis where she began her training at Minnesota Dance Theatre, studying there from the age of seven until she reached high school. During this time, she also received training from the School of American Ballet, Dance Aspen, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School (PNBS). She moved to Seattle and continued with PNBS as a professional division student. Laurel was able to perform and tour with the company, dancing in several Balanchine works.

Upon completing her training with PNBS, Laurel returned to Minneapolis and to the Minnesota Dance Theater as a company member. In 2002, she joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco.

In 2006, her fifth season with LINES, Laurel received a Princess Grace Award, one of only six dancers that year to receive the award. As an additional honor, the Dance Panel voted to recognize Laurel with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA's Chris Hellman Dance Award. This award, endowed by Prima Ballerina Chris Hellman and her husband, F. Warren Hellman, represents the panel's high regard for a dancer's work and dedication to dance.

Jan 24 2014

33mins

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Rank #18: 158 ~ Ask Megan! What happens to a professional dancer who is injured during the season? Do they still get paid?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Today’s question come from:

Carol who wants to know if a NYCB dancer is injured or otherwise unable to dance, what happens to them during the season while they are recovering? Are they still expected to come to work? Does the company provide them resources to help their recovery? And how can they still earn an income if they are unable to dance?

Megan's sheds some interesting light on this great question.

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Jan 19 2016

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Rank #19: 11 - Allison DeBona, Soloist Ballet West - TV show Breaking Pointe

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Allison DeBona is a Soloist with Ballet West of Salt Lake City, Utah and a featured cast member on CW's hit reality television series Breaking Pointe. By design, her role as the latter has catapulted her dancing and her life as a ballerina into public prominence. After witnessing declining ticket sales and slashed budgets at Ballet West, (as well as other companies world-wide) she readily participated in the reality series in hopes of bringing ballet to a more mainstream and modern audience. As such, she has successfully created a social media audience of more than ten thousand followers. Among them, naturally, are thousands of aspiring dancers of every genre looking up to her, watching her, and wondering how they could be her. So, given how her goals meshed with those of our podcast, naturally we wanted to tell her story.

It may surprise some that Allison's journey has not been typical for a dancer. In fact, Allison quit dancing at 13 and did not start again until she was 16. Later she decided to pursue the college route before becoming an apprentice to Ballet West in her early 20s. Forthright and determined, Allison succeeded in getting a start  with Ballet West and is now a soloist dancing great roles and great choreography.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she trained with The Parou Ballet Company under Debbie Parou, followed by the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet under Jean Gedeon. Allison then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ballet from Indiana University.

She joined Ballet West in 2007 and was promoted to Demi-Soloist in 2011. The success of the television show has translated to success for ballet, bringing larger audiences for Ballet West at home and abroad. The popularity of the series can also be seen as the inspiration for other reality based productions about ballet companies around the world.

Dec 13 2013

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Rank #20: 151 ~ Ask Megan! How to make a stage smile look genuine?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Today’s question come from:

A listener who wants to know how to present a "real" smile on stage when you are nervous.

Megan provides great pointers for this question.

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Dec 23 2015

4mins

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245 ~ Soviet Dancers defect to the U.S.

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This episode explores the wave of Soviet dancers who defected to the United States and the West during the Cold War.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Jan 15 2020

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244 ~ The Dance boom in the United States

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This episode is about the dance boom in the United States that lasted from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Jun 30 2019

25mins

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243 - Early History of American Ballet Pt 2

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This is the second of two episodes exploring the early history of American ballet.  This episode covers some important developments at the beginning of the twentieth century that set up the growth of ballet in America.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

Jan 23 2019

15mins

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242 - Early History of American Ballet Pt 1

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Today is the first of two episodes about the early history of ballet in America.  It covers the colonial period through the late nineteenth century.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

Sep 17 2018

15mins

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241 - Pirouettes from the Past. Ballet in the Movies

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On today's episode of Pirouettes from the Past, Dr. Klapper explores the history of ballet in the movies. 

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

May 23 2018

18mins

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240 ~ Pirouettes from the Past. Ballet in Children's Books

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Today Dr. Klapper discusses the Ballet in children's books.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Feb 09 2018

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239 ~ Where Are They Now? Bald Ballerina ~ Maggie Kudirka

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Balancing Pointe Podcast's new mini series is called "Where are they now?".  On this series some of the earliest and most popular guests to were asked to send an update on what is gong on in their lives right now.

On this episode of "Where are they now?", previous Balancing Pointe guest Maggie Kudirka, otherwise known as the Bald Ballerina shares with us her amazing life updates.  Maggie was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer when she was only 23.  At that time, the statistics were not in her favor as the life expectancy of a person with her diagnosis was only three years.  We are all so thrilled to learn that Maggie recently celebrated her 3 year anniversary of survival after her difficult diagnosis.  Maggie's passion for dance, education and spreading the word about metastatic is inspirational to all!  Maggie certainly is an example on living life to the fullest!   If you would like to show your support for Maggie, please stop by her website at:  

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Jan 10 2018

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238 ~Special Episode! The History Behind the Nutcracker!

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Today Dr. Klapper discusses the history behind the iconic Holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Dec 22 2017

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237 ~Where Are They Now? Lauren Fadeley Veyette

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Balancing Pointe Podcast's new mini series is called "Where are they now?".  On this series some of the earliest and most popular guests to were asked to send an update on what is gong on in their lives right now.

On this episode of "Where are they now?", previous Balancing Pointe guest AND Premier Dance Network host Lauren Fadeley Veyette shares with us some updates in her life as a Principal dancer with Miami City Ballet.  Following her update, you will her the original interview with Lauren and her husband Francis.  This was such a vibrant interview and one filled with golden nuggets of advice!

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Dec 15 2017

1hr 25mins

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236 ~ Dance Competitions in the U.S. ~ Part Two

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Today Dr. Klapper discusses the second of two episodes on the history of dance competitions in the US.  The first episode dealt with dance competitions more generally; this episode focuses on ballet competitions specifically.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Dec 01 2017

18mins

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235 ~ Where are they now? Jenelle Figgins

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Balancing Pointe Podcast's new mini series is called "Where are they now?".  On this series some of the earliest and most popular guests to were asked to send an update on what is gong on in their lives right now.  On today's episode we catch up with Jenelle Figgins. 

Since we last spoke with Jenelle, she has not only won the Princess Grace award but was also featured in numerous magazines.  Jenelle has also made a shift from Dance Theatre of Harlem, leaving the city of NYC to now dance with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, where she lives and dances with nature.

For more episodes and more dance related shows, visit the Premier Dance Network:

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JENELLE FIGGINS: TRANSITION

Nov 16 2017

1hr 19mins

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234 ~ Where are they now? Dylan Gutierrez

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Balancing Pointe Podcast's new mini series is called "Where are they now?".  On this series some of the earliest and most popular guests to were asked to send an update on what is gong on in their lives right now.  Today, Balancing Pointe is so excited to bring you the VERY FIRST guest on Balancing Pointe podcast from December 2013!  Balancing Pointe's first guest is Dylan Gutierrez with the Joffrey Ballet.  Dylan  still holds such a special place with the podcast as he literally kicked off the the launch of the show.  Kimberly admits to being VERY nervous!  But as you’ll hear in the interview – Dylan was incredible. 

For more episodes and more dance related shows, visit the Premier Dance Network:

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Nov 08 2017

1hr 1min

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233 ~ Where are they now? Alexa Maxwell

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On this mini series, host Kimberly Falker provides an update on some of her most popular Balancing Pointe guests. On today's episode, she shares New York City Ballet corps member Alexa Maxwell's latest life update and then re-publishes Lexi's amazingly inspirational interview from three years ago.

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Today's show was sponsored by:

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Nov 01 2017

56mins

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232~ Pirouettes from the Past: Dance Competitions in America Part One

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On this first of a two part series, Dr. Klapper discusses dance competitions in the United States. Today's episode focuses more generally on competitions as a whole while next month's episode will focus specifically on ballet competitions.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Oct 06 2017

18mins

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231 - Pirouettes from the Past - History of Dance Recitals

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This episode of Pirouettes from the Past looks at the history of dance recitals, which have been part of ballet class in America for a long time.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Sep 11 2017

16mins

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230 - Pirouettes from the Past - Relationships - Ballet vs. Modern Dance

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On this episode Dr. Klapper explores the contentious history of the early relationship between ballet and modern dance. 

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Aug 18 2017

19mins

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229 - Pirouettes from the Past - The History of Leotards, Tights, and Tutus

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In this episode of Pirouettes form the Past, Dr. Klapper continues the theme of exploring the history of dancewear.  The episode traces the history of leotards, tights, and tutus.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Jul 21 2017

15mins

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228 ~ Pirouettes from the Past - The History of Pointe Shoes

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On this episode Dr. Klapper shares with us the history of pointe shoes.  Pointe shoes are taken for granted as an integral part of ballet, but they are actually a somewhat recent development within the context of many centuries of ballet history.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Jun 23 2017

17mins

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227 ~ Pirouettes from the Past ~ Race and Diversity Part Two

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This episode continues the discussion of the history of race, diversity, and ballet in America.  The focus in this episode is on the obstacles within the world of professional ballet that African American dancers faced throughout the twentieth century and continue to deal with today.

May 19 2017

20mins

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226 ~ Pirouettes from the Past - Chapter 13 - The History of Race, Diversity, and Ballet in America.

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This chapter of Pirouettes from the Past features discusses the history of race, diversity, and ballet in America.  The focus in this episode is on African American children's difficulties in gaining access to ballet class and the segregated studios where most of them had to go for training.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Apr 14 2017

15mins

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