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The Dance Your Heart On Fire Podcast

Inspiring podcasts for dancers around the world!

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011: How Important Are The Basics In Kizomba?

In this episode with my special guest, Laurent Yishu, and I talk about the basics of "traditional/authentic" kizomba and "urban/neo" kizomba and their similarities and differences. 

1hr

15 Jun 2016

Rank #1

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004: What It Means To Follow Like A Boss With Laura Riva

In this episode, my special guest, Laura Riva and I delve in the the complexities of being a light follow, inequality between male and female dance instructors, and active versus passive following.

43mins

20 Apr 2016

Rank #2

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007: Interview with Ronie Saleh

In this episode we will hear the story of international kizomba instructor Ronie Saleh. Hear his story through kizomba, life, and dance!

48mins

11 May 2016

Rank #3

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008: 11 Kizomba Pet Peeves with Emily Bartholomew

In this episode, with my special guest Emily Bartholomew, we talk about kizomba pet peeves in a positive light to help increase awareness of things that have a tendency to go unsaid.

58mins

18 May 2016

Rank #4

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012: How To Level Up Your Social Dance Experience

In this episode with my special guest Rachel Cassandra we cover some awesome social dance tips for newbies and veterans alike to make your next social a happier one. We cover topics such as hygiene, welcoming new people, feedback on the dance floor, floor craft and more!

46mins

22 Jun 2016

Rank #5

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042: Interview with Wojtek Pazur

In this episode, my special guest Wojtek Pazur, an 18 year old kizomba instructor from Poland, talk about his kizomba journey thus far early in his kizomba career.

30mins

22 Feb 2017

Rank #6

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005: Interview with P. Lowe

In the episode our featured guest is P. Loweand American singer, songwriter, and talented saxophonist who loveskizomba!

34mins

27 Apr 2016

Rank #7

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41: The Shift Of Gender Roles In Today's Dance Scene

In this episode, my special guest Caitlin Ferguson and I discuss a little of the history of gender roles here in the U.S. and also the current state and trends of gender roles in today's dance scene.

49mins

15 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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043: When Should Dancers Transistion Into Being Teachers?

In this episode, my special guest Rachel Cassandra and I talk about multiple motives for dancers to being to start teaching.

42mins

16 Mar 2017

Rank #9

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009: Interview with Kwenda Lima

In this episode with my special guest, Kwenda Lima walks us through is early inspirations of dance, his Cape Verdean culture, and inspirations of art in the world of dance.

1hr 2mins

26 May 2016

Rank #10

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006: Interview with Laurent Yishu

In this episode with interviewthe internationally acclaimed kizomba instructor, Laurent Yishufrom Paris, France!

44mins

4 May 2016

Rank #11

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040: How Dance Challenges our ideas of male platonic touch in our society?

In this episode, my special guest, Emily Bartholomew and I discuss the pressures males faces when it comes to touching other people in our society.

50mins

8 Feb 2017

Rank #12

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010: Interview with Allen Pires aka DJ Lefty

In this episode with my special guest, Allen Pires aka DJ Lefty takes through his journey of learning to DJ, his Cape Verdean culture, and his hip hop career.

1hr 4mins

8 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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064: #NEOKIZFEST2019 Official Recap

In this episode, my special guest Sarah Linsenman, joins me to discuss the highlights and to give thanks to the many people who made this year's festival a great success!

1hr 2mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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063: What is Brazilian Zouk? With Laura Riva

In this episode, my returning guest Laura Riva, joins me to help breakdown an intro of Brazilian zouk, lambada, Brazilian zouk timing, Brazilian zouk styles, history, Caribbean zouk, jack & jills, and more!

58mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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062: Interview with Samy Vez & Shawndel Fraser

In this episode we interview Samy Vez & Shawndel Frazer from Dallas, TX as they share their story of how Samy lives has taken a drastic turn and how the dance community has supported him so far.

1hr 27mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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061: What is Fusion Dancing?

In the episode, my special guest Vanessa Yxcea Corpuz, and I discuss what is fusion dancing, what is the culture, negative stereotypes, our TexFX experience, and future goals for the fusion scene. 

1hr 6mins

28 Nov 2018

Rank #17

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Is Kizomba A Bad Addiction or Healthy Nourishment?

In this episode, I join Anna Anderson, to talk about the addictive and nourishing qualities of dancing kizomba. 

43mins

24 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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059: Interview with Manuel Kanza

In this episode, we interview Manuel Kanza of Inspiradanza. We hear about his story of become a professional afro house dancer and instructor.

40mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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058: Interview with Modze Zero

In the episode, I interview one of Europe's most popular taxi teams, Mode Zero.

1hr 19mins

9 May 2018

Rank #20