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Dance Matters Podcast

A podcast exploring all things Dance. Interviews held with dancers, dance teachers and everyone involved in the dance industry. Let's bring the dance community together.

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A podcast exploring all things Dance. Interviews held with dancers, dance teachers and everyone involved in the dance industry. Let's bring the dance community together.

Episode 75-Matthew Gode, Dancer and Choreographer

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Matthew Gode is an artist renowned for his unique and creative choreography. Growing up Matthew struggled with the idea that he never quite fit into the predesigned model of what people thought a dancer should be. Instead of letting that defeat him he used it to his advantage. Through that experience he decided to embrace his individuality and create an iconic style. Heavily influenced by the world of fashion Gode’s choreography is cutting edge and always pushes the boundaries. We chat all about the challenges he faced and the person he became because of them. Matthew continues to choreograph for television , corporate functions, charity events, music videos and live performances both nationally and internationally. He works extensively in the fashion and performing arts industries and continues to bring his individual style to everything he works on.

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Mar 05 2021

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Episode 74-Mitchell Jackson, Dancer, Choreographer, Competition owner

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Mitchell Jackson grew up training in Ontario Canada in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. Within two years as a competitive dancer, he had won multiple awards. He then went on to train in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. As a dancer, he has appeared in multiple television shows and music videos by leading artists. In Los Angeles, he taught at the Millennium Dance Complex. His students have gone on to perform with music stars like Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber and appear on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Mitchell continues to work with dance studios and competitions across North America as a choreographer, teacher, and adjudicator. He has also created his own dance competition OTF – The Ultimate Dance Experience and is the director of Intrepid Dance Company. Mitchell works closely with Briar Nolet and even choreographed for her on World of Dance and when she toured with Jennifer Lopez. 

Feb 26 2021

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Episode 73- Holly Robinson, Dancer

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Holly Robinson is a dedicated and passionate young lady with the world at her feet. At ten years of age she already has a number of national and international titles to her name. Holly has been crowned Dancer of the year twice, won Get the Beat national champion  and Dancelife Unite national champion. She has also competed overseas and was awarded KAR Miss USA. Holly is an assistant for Rebecca Davies Radar Technique which has given her the opportunity to travel around the world. She has also been selected as a Bloch young artist and is an ambassador for a number of dance companies. This young hardworking dancer has many ambitions and is one to keep your eye out for in the future. 
Don’t forget to listen for the link to follow for your chance to win a Bloch Australia gift voucher. 

Feb 19 2021

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Episode 72- Jessica McGaugh and Roma Sur, Film Directors

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Jessica McGaugh and Roma Sur are two film makers who have been brought together through their mutual love of storytelling. 

Jessica McGaugh is an award-winning independent film director, cinematographer and editor. Her work has been screened internationally including the Mumbai International Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, NDTV and Rocky Mountain PBS. Jessica received an MFA in Film from Syracuse University and is currently teaching in the Film & Television Program at the University of Colorado Denver.

Roma Sur is a filmmaker and faculty member at the Film and Television program at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her feature documentary, "The Golden Hour" won the Best Documentary Award at the Indian Film Festival of Houston, 2013, and was broadcast nationally on NDTV, India in 2015. She recently completed co-editing her feature documentary titled Changing Tides about a paraplegic swimmer reclaiming his life.

Together they have created a new film celebrating the way people connect through the performing arts. Three Worlds, One Stage tells the story of three immigrant artists from three regions of the world who have made Colorado their second home. It captures their journey of staying connected with their roots via performing arts. The film is set to be released this month, February 2021.

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Feb 12 2021

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Episode 71- Monica Delehanty, Dancer, Model and Actress

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Growing up in New York City Monica Delehanty started training in dance at age 3. She danced competitively for a number of years winning numerous regional and national competitions. She was also named as Dancer's Inc.'s "Dancer of the Year". Monica also achieved Onstage New York's Top Scoring Senior Soloist for her solo where she was then scouted by an agency.

Monica went on to train at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC under their Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program. She danced at Broadway Dance Center and became a member of Team Capezio. From there she moved to Los Angeles to follow her career in Commercial Dance. She attended Studio School LA and has since been seen on Modern Family, Comedy Central, and Big Little Lies. Monica continues to dance, model, choreograph and teach.

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Feb 05 2021

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Episode 70- Amy Tasker, Owner of Groove Nation Australia

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Amy Tasker is the founder and owner of Groove Nation. Groove Nation is a company she founded to deliver quality, engaging dance programs to schools. 

A dancer all her life, Amy knew the benefits that dance could bring to every child if it was taught in the right manner. Growing up training in all styles, Amy completed full time ballet training before later going on to complete a bachelor of science majoring in psychology and nutrition. She also later completed a bachelor of primary teaching.

Amy now spends her time sharing her passion of dance through her groove nation company. A company designed to support teachers, foster student diversity and inspire creativity and confidence.

If you are looking for a way to engage and inspire children through dance make sure you head to https://www.groovenation.com.au/ to check them out. 

Feb 02 2021

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Episode 69- Michaeljon Slinger, Professional Dancer, Choreography and Director

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Growing up in Queensland, Michaeljon headed over to the United States after winning the Australian dancer of the year and a full scholarship to attend American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school. From there he became the first Australian to be accepted into the prestigious Juilliard school in New York. 

In 2009 MJ made his debut on Broadway as the dance captain on West Side story. He continued working on Broadway in productions such as Billy Elliot, How to Succeed in Business without really Trying, Evita, Matilda and Hello Dolly.

During that time he performed with people such as; Daniel Radcliffe, Ricky Martin and Bette Midler. 

Since shifting his career to focus on choreography MJ has worked on many successful Broadway shows including Mrs Doubtfire.

Listen in to discover what it is truly like to work on Broadway in New York. Don’t forget to check out our profile of MJ in episode 4 of Chatting with Charlie. 

Jan 29 2021

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Chatting with Charlie Episode 4- Chatting with MichaelJon Slinger

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Michaeljon Slinger has had a phenomenal career. He was the first Australian to be accepted into the prestigious Julliard School in New York. From there he performed in many Broadway hits before moving into directing and choreographing for shows on Broadway. Throughout his time living and working in New York he has worked with some amazing performers including; Ricky Martin, Daniel Radcliffe and Bette Midler. 
Get to know the man behind this amazing career as Charlie asks the tough questions such as who is your favourite singer and what is your favourite food. 
Find out more about this amazing Australian before his full interview is released on Saturday. 

Jan 26 2021

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Episode 68-Paris Cavanagh, Professional Dancer and Choreographer

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Starting out as a young gymnast who just wanted to dance with her friends. Paris Cavanagh quickly found that her true passion lied in dance. At 13 she headed off to the talent development high school at Brent street where she trained extensively.

Since graduating Paris has become a highly sought after choreographer. She has worked with Guy Sebastian, Samantha Jade, Delta Goodrem, TLC, Little Mix, Jessie J just to name a few.

Paris is highly sought after for her teaching and choreography and has recently been named as the choreographer for the Dream Dance Companies 2021 show. Join us to find out what inspires and motivates one of Australia’s most highly sought after young dancers. 

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Jan 22 2021

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Chatting with Charlie Episode 3- Chatting with Alex Dunlop and Billie

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Alex Dunlop  is a Professional Dancer who started when she was only 2 years old. Throughout her childhood she trained in all dance styles and competed Nationally and Internationally.  Alex went on to have contracts with Opera Australia and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  Now Alex enjoys choreographing, teaching and being a mum. 
You can check out Alex's full interview on episode 46 of Dance Matters Podcast. 
This episode was recorded live at Shire Dance Workshops.
In this interview our youngest guest ever makes a cameo appearance. Charlie chats with gorgeous 15 month old Billie and asks mum Alex the tough questions. Find out her favourite food and what children's song sends her loopy. 
Don't miss gorgeous Billie sharing her favourite shape and colour. 

Jan 20 2021

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Episode 67- Locky Brownlie, Professional Dancer

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Growing up as a young boy in a small town in launceston Tasmania Locky followed his sisters into the dance studio and never looked back. Despite years of traumatic teasing by the local boys Locky knew dancing was what made him happiest and so he peservered. Moving to Sydney to train at Brent St studios Locky completed his full time training and moved straight into a role in Wicked the musical. But after a long stint in the show he knew there was other opportunities out there that he wanted to pursue. LA was calling him and despite a few hiccups along the road Locky made it to LA. Since then he has gone onto dance on television shows such as Glee and perform around the world with numerous musical artists. Katy perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears just to name a few.
Now Locky is gearing up to run Tasmania Dance Expo and bring people from all around the world to dance in Australia.
Join us as we explore the highs, the lows and the many lessons learnt along the way. 

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Jan 15 2021

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Chatting with Charlie Episode 2- Chatting with Locky Brownlie

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Locky Brownlie is an Aussie Dancer living in LA. He has danced for many amazing dancers including; Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears. 
In this preview of our full interview, to be released Saturday, Charlie asks the tough questions. From what he would cook her for dinner to his go to singing song in the shower. Join us for a hilarious insight into this incredible dancer. 

Jan 13 2021

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Chatting with Charlie Episode 1- Let's Chat

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The baby of Dance Matters Podcast where host Charlie delivers a short, sharp, quirky and funny profile of some of your favourite people in the dance and performing arts industry. Charlie will preview our feature length interview by asking those questions you’ve always wanted to know about your favourite dancers. Find out their favourite foods, places to travel and movies. 
Check out this episode to find out more of what you can expect from Chatting with Charlie and a little more about host Charlie.
Looking forward to sharing these quick fire interviews with you. 

Jan 12 2021

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Season 2 Preview

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Season One of Dance Matters Podcast was massive. Now we are back with a bang for Season Two. Join us for a preview of what you can expect to hear in what is destined to be an epic season. 
In this preview we reveal our first guest for Season Two. 

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Jan 11 2021

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Episode 66- New Years Episode- Reset, Refocus, Results

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As 2020 comes to a close and we sit on the edge of a new year  it’s time to reflect, refocus and achieve results. Every year people set new years resolutions in the hope of changing something about their lives but most people don’t have the tools to set up goals that they may actually achieve. Did you know that 95% of New Years resolutions are never actually achieved.
Don’t be one of the statistics. Check out this episode to find practical and realistic ways to set goals that are not going to gather dust in the cupboard but that are actually going to form the cornerstone of your road map for 2021.
There are many simple actions you can take to make your goals a reality.
Join with me and take back control of 2021. 
Most importantly remember success is a journey not a destination.

Dec 30 2020

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Episode 65- Holly Doyle, Professional Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher

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You won’t find a more dedicated and hardworking dancer then the incredible Holly Doyle. Since staring dancing at the age of 3 she has never looked back. Attending Newtown Performing Arts High School, Holly took out first in the state for classical ballet during her HSC and was also awarded the prestigious dedication to dance award. From there Holly threw herself into chasing her performance dreams. She worked hard in open classes where she was noticed by Rafael from Sydney Dance Company. From there Holly spent 7 years dancing all around the world with Sydney dance company. Despite some serious injuries Holly continued to dance on. You can now find Holly working on choreographic pieces all over Australia. 

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Dec 25 2020

31mins

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Episode 64- Katie Ortencio, Professional Dancer and Actress

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Katie Ortencio is a Professional dancer and actress. She is best known for her role as Lilly in The Next Step. Beginning dancing at the age of 4, it wasn't long until Katie found herself in the compeition team. She danced competitively for years, winning numerous awards . Katie is trained in all styles of dance and continues to further her training in both dance and acting. We talk all things The Next Step including behind the scenes information. Katie shares her training, experience and knowledge with us as well as her dreams for the future. 

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Dec 18 2020

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Episode 63- Meg Cartwright, Holistic Nutritionist

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It’s no secret that it takes years of hardwork and determination to become a successful dancer. However, we often overlook the role that good nutrition plays in  supporting that journey and in helping dancers achieve their goals. We chat with Holistic Nutritionist and Professional Dancer, Meg Cartwright to find out how to best fuel our bodies. Meg grew up dancing competitively and gave it away when her struggle with body image and food outweighed the joy dance brought. Determined to create a better educated relationship with food and herself, Meg became a qualified holistic nutritionist. Once she had developed that knowledge her connection with her body improved and she once again found her love for dance. Meg now works as a Holistic Nutritionist supporting dancers in particular. Once again dancing and working as a professional dancer, Mindfully Meg (as she is known to her Instagram followers) is passionate about helping young dancers develop their knowledge around nutrition. We delve into what fuels dancers bodies best and ways they can best meet their nutritional requirements.

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Dec 11 2020

50mins

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Episode 62-Ben Zammit, Professional Dancer

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Ben Zammit has the world at his feet. He is a talented dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a young dancer he was extremely successful winning national titles and even a scholarship to train at Broadway Dance Centre in New York. After completing full time training at Ev and Bow, Ben went on to perform as part of the Dream Dance Company. He has also worked with Opera Australia and danced on the Australian leg of the Hugh Jackman tour. In this episode we talk all things performance, choreography and dance teaching. 

Dec 04 2020

23mins

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Episode 61- Will Sanchez, Professional Dancer

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Will Sanchez is proof that dance can be so much more than a hobby or sport. By his admission it is dance and the people who brought it into his life that changed his pathway dramatically and saved him from the slippery slope he was on.

Growing up in the Bronx he discovered dance through his mentor the legendary Crazy Legs. Under his guidance Will managed to travel the world dancing at festivals and competitions. Will has travelled the world as a professional break dancer representing the USA Breakdancers and has performed on Broadway as well as countless movies, music videos and TV shows in the US. Having worked with international artists like Kanye West, Ciara, Neyo and Twister, he brings a wealth of industry moves, knowledge and experience to Australia where he continues to dance, model and now pursue his other love of cooking.

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Dec 01 2020

20mins

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