Welcome to Dance Cast! Dance Cast is a podcast dedicated to critical conversations around all genres of dance. It’s for dance insiders, dance lovers, and the dance curious. ODC Writer in Residence Sima Belmar talks with choreographers, dancers, educators, designers, presenters, bodyworkers, journalists and scholars about dance theories and practices of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
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Dance Cast Episodes
- S1 E1: Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada
- S1 E3: The TikTok Episode
Still unclear what TikTok is and how it functions? You’re not alone (but you’re probably not a teenager). Today we talk with host Sima Belmar’s 14-year-old daughter, Lucia Capezzuto, and Edgar Mendez, ODC’s Digital Marketing Manager, to talk about the platform and its intimate relationship with dance.
- S1 E4: Antoine Hunter (Purple Fire Crow)
Sima Belmar speakrs with Antoine Hunter (Purple Fire Crow), an award-winning African American, Indigenous, Deaf, Disabled, Two Spirit producer, choreographer, film/theater actor, dancer, dance instructor, model, poet, speaker, mentor, and Deaf advocate. He teaches dance and ASL in both Hearing and Deaf communities and is the founder and artistic director of Urban Jazz Dance Company. Hunter has performed with many Bay Area dance companies, including Savage Jazz Dance Company, Nuba Dance Theater, Alayo Dance Company, Robert Moses’ KIN, Man Dance, Sins Invalid, Amara Tabor-Smith, Kim Epifano, PUSH Dance Company, Flyaway Productions, Joanna Haigood, OET theater, and the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. He has been producing the acclaimed Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival since 2013.
- S1 E5: The 2021 ODC Theater Opportunity Fund Artists: Jeremy Bannon-Neches, Nicole Maria Hoffschneider, and Noah Wang
In response to COVID-19 and the dance industry’s pivot to dance for camera, the 2021 Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater helped underwrite the costs of producing a five-minute dance film for three artists: Jeremy Bannon-Neches, Nicole Maria Hoffschneider, and Noah Wang. The Fund subsidizes roughly 65% of the activity costs, which include film production, a mentorship series, and individual consultation for these young artists who participate in dance for camera training and feedback sessions in a 15-week process. The three films premiered in ODC Theater’s 2021 Summer festival Kick-Off on June 3.
- S1 E6: Johnnie Cruise Mercer & Benedict Nguyen
I met Benedict Nguyen at The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron), where we were both inaugural Low Res Writing Lab fellows. Benedict then introduced me to Johnnie Cruise Mercer. They are both multi-talented, multidisciplinary, millennial, New York-based artists, and our conversation meandered through dance training, institutional funding, dance in higher ed, and more.
- S1 E7: From Sunu to Smurf: Back to the Root with Latanya d. Tigner
Today, I’m talking with Latanya d. Tigner. Latanya has performed professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater since 1986. She directs Dimensions Dance Theater Youth Company and she’s a Lecturer UC Berkeley in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, along with moi, yours truly.
In her 30-plus-year dance career, she has created commissioned works for Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Choreographers Festival, Robert Moses’ Kin, UC Berkeley, Mills College, and has presented work in the SF Ethnic Dance Festival, CubaCaribe, and Mabina Dance Festival in Congo Brazzaville.