Based in LA, Taylor has built a dream Commercial dance career. We talk Personal Branding, the necessary Research at the start of your career and how to attract what you want to create...
From Cirque du Soleil, to Juilliard, to Dirty Dancing - Gillian shares her Audition experiences, the benefits of school & what she does to stay mentally fit.
From Rockettes, to Beyonce, to the Vegas strip, to Red Carpets! Keltie shares her NY memories, the transition to the West Coast scene that now has her interviewing the world's biggest celebrities.
She was the lead choreographer for Madonna's latest tour, is a renowned Seaweed Sisters & improv idol. We cover it all.. from Carbs, to Creativity to Choreo!
Christie Lee Manning
London, Baby! We talk the UK dance scene vs Vancouver, Canada. How she dealt with Type casting, working with agents, & her mission to spread Jazz dance and history.
Want the coles notes on a successful dance career? These are the consistent, magical messages that have been spoken about in every episode to date! Lauren breaks it down and makes it quick, simple & clear.
Alex candidly shares her journey in The Young Americans, the evolution of her teaching, starting her own Contemp company "Escape Artists" and the daily challenges of her eating disorder.
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He was a 19 year old volleyball player when he took his first dance class. Now, he has 4 consecutive National Hip Hop titles, and a youtube channel with over 2.8 million views.
He has just finished touring with Disney's Newsies, has danced with Shaping Sound and completed the EDGE PAC scholarship program. Stephen shareshow he transitioned from Ballet to MT.
From using a "stage name", to cruise ships, to working in the internationally renowned Moulin Rouge - Cara still has high hopes (and high kicks!) in her future.
One of TVs most recognizable assistants, Gia Martello gives us her take on TV dancing, what she wishes more people knew about Dance Moms and fun behind the scenes moments at with Abby Lee.
First introduced to Canada on SYTYCD Season 1, Kevin has danced with today's biggest names and how his dance journey has taken him from Cruise Ships, to Broadway, to World Tours with Cirque Du Soleil.
Kristina Eustace opens up about dance in the public education system, chronic pain & physical health that changed her dance career, and politics in dance and schools.
She was the Dance Captain on the Selena Gomez tour and has worked with ICONS. Liana shares her incredible story from Audition surprises, fun video shoots, and how to ask for what you truly want!
This Talent Agent shares it all! From Head shots, to Resumes, Reels, and Agent introductions- Melissa shares what you need to know about getting, and working with, an agent.
A renowned dance photographer with over 600k follows on instagram alone! David shares what makes a great photo shoot, and how experimenting and failing is the best thing you can do for your craft.
Season 1 Finale
A whole year has flown by! With so many stories and pieces of advice in Season 1, Lauren shares her top tips and takeaways from this Season's guests! Don't miss these coles notes!
Bree helps people move through their "what next" or stuck moments. She assists people to unfold their potential & shares a awesome amount of tools to help YOU achieve your best life & career.
He is one of the top film & tv choreographers! Paul shares the key to booking the job, how you differentiate yourself, & the "dos" and "don'ts" of reels.
Jo'Artis "Big Mijo" Ratti
One of the original creators of Krump. We talk about what KRUMP means, how it grew into an international phenomena, documentaries and dancing on tour with Madonna.
A Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious Capezio Ace Award, founder of collidEdancecompany, & creator of the GYPSY PROJECT, a creative intensive designed to support and nurture artists bodies and voices.
Emily Bufferd talks about NYC show BUSINESS and PERFORMING arts. A Producer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Performer, Emily Produces The Young Choreographer’s Festival (YCF).
Vancouver based Choreographer and Musical Theatre performer. He shares how he started at 19, broke into the MT industry, audition rituals, and the powerful lesson he learned from an injury.
.It's body talk with Physiotherapist and Pilates Dance Specialist, Dani. She offers loads of resources, tips for cross-training and techniques that will extend dancers into a long, healthy career.
Co-Director of Hit & Run Productions she blends her concert training with commercial work. How does she hire dancers? Her rules of communication? And the biggest lesson learned on a film set.
Teaching at the Nashville School for the Arts, she builds authentic artists every day. We talk powerful collaborations and answer the most asked questions from young dancers.
Do you feel burned out? Work multiple jobs and have your fingers in multiple projects? Lauren has a casual conversation with her friend Julianna about how to reset and reconnect with what energizes you.
A tap dancer, director, Emmy nominated Choreographer & founder of Operation Tap. Is tap dying? What do adjudicators look for? How do you train to give yourself edge? It's all here!
The Author of "The Business of Show", Adam offers advice on navigating NYC and the pro world of dance. Countless credits on Broadway and even the special moment where he recognizes he "made it".
DREAM JOB alert! This girl boss took her love of dance & turned it into an Emmy Award winning tv series capturing dance around the world. Self doubt, obstacles, milestones & expectations - we cover it all!
Jocelyn is a force in the Canadian dance scene, Credits include Janet Jackson, The Bodyguard, an NBA Los Angeles Laker Girl and continues to co-direct opening & closing ceremonies on the world stage!.
A beautiful blend of Dance Academics and Entrepreneurialism, Sarah has created an real impact with International Dance Teaching Standards and the areas of study she is endlessly curious about!
We talk NYC, Authenticity, Most Powerful moments on and off stage and knowing your worth (artistically and financially) with Emmy-nominated choreographer Stacey Tookey.
Entrepreneur extraordinaire and RyersonUniversity graduate, Sarah is the co-creator of Quick Ball Change Inc. and the Founder of 10 Talent Management, Canada’s newest talent agency!
Galit - DanceSpeak
Creator of DanceSpeak Podcast, Galit shares her LA perspective - from class videos, to working with Prince, to balancing side hustles and multiple passions as a working dancer and fitness advocate. .
Dr. Tina Wang
We have a dancing doctor, Dr. Tina Wang. Can you dance and go to med school? What is Performing Arts Medicine? Dr. Wang shares how you can bring dance and science together for a career.
When did you feel like you "made it"? That was a question asked to the world-class faculty in a Q&A this weekend at a convention. Lauren shares their answers and what she knows about the process and unpacking of "making it" in this industry.
Jay T Schramek
Mentorship. Canada vs US. Female empowerment. Money. Magical mixes of motivation. A graduate of Ryerson University’s dance program and renowned adjudicator, educator and performer
Mariah-Jane has been a dance educator for over 30 years, presenting around the world with conferences like IADMS, Healthy Dance Canada and Dance Science and Somatics Conference.
Deirdre has worked extensively in film and TV with some of the most iconic pop stars, like Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. She has been featured on Dancing With The Stars, Disney: Descendants, the Ellen Show, Glee, Shake it Up, The Voice, and many more!
At 12, toured with the Broadway hit Black and Blue, went on to the national tour of “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, now credits include Beyonce’, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Chris Martin, Taylor Swift.
One of the most successful Commerical dancers (Beyonce, Xtina, Chris Brown, Nick, Jonas, etc). Kim shares advice on Visas, Tours, Television, and more!
The wonderful Ashley Werhun shares her Contemporary Concert Dance journey as she now dances with Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal and works with the non-profit MindLeaps!
The Dance Royalty duo share MASSIVE amounts of audition info, the true hustle of the business and online presence that will boost your dance career.
Education Envy! We talk about Universities (he has his Masters & Undergrad in Dance) Conventions, competitions, Jazz History and the Kaufman School of Dance.
This Rockette gives us a sneak peek into the auditions, seasons, and working with MiaMichaels on the Summer Spectacular.
It's all about Acting! Gene has transformed hundreds of Dancers into deeper, more diverse Artists through his acting and Improv workshops. This is all about how acting can be a pivotal role in your career.
She graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre, hit the NYC scene and booked the first national tour of Legally Blonde! She made it, right? LIsten to hear about the twists and turns in every dance career.
She a a former Rockette, has hustled on the Vegas scene, and is now a Dance Coach dedicated to help dancers show up as their most authentic, confident self.
She co-owns Vancouver's Harbour Dance Centre & Directs the Intensive Training Program (ITP) all while choreographing for both Film & TV. Moe gives you the real talk around a professional career.
She is a Tony Award winner for her role as Ulla in The Producers. With over 33 years in "the biz" Cady talks about working with icons like Bob Fosse and advice for any performer.
An Emmy award winning choreographer and renowned instructor- Tyce talks about finding your VOICE as a dancer, how to have longevity andbecome a master of rejection!
A master Pilates instructor, Sharmila talks about how to train like an elite dancer, what cross function training can do to build healthier bodies and what we can do to build an even stronger community.
Menina was a commercial Dancer who now produces music videos, instructional dance dvds, and The Hollywood Summer Tour. Find our how to HUSTLE, what to do on set, and Audition tips.
A dance documentary capturing the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, who created a movement language "GAGA". Filmmaker, Tomer Heymann, shares the magic of this film and dance!
He is a multi-talented performer. Jeff shares his unique journey through SYTYCD, to Cirque Du Soleil, to performing and assisting on renowned productions like Disney's The Descendants.
Andrea shares her courageous journey recovering from a severe eating disorder and loss if identity. Now in the UK, Andrea shares her learnings of dancing in a new country and how she trains with a healthy way.
A 1 year catch up and kicking off Season 2, Taylor speaks candidly about Body Image, Dancer Advocacy, living in Purpose and how all of these have shaped his career.
Choreographer and the AD of 02 the dance company, Sarah tips on your first steps entering a dance career, what inspires her choreography and what will make every job you do a great one.
Chris talks about how he built up his classes in one of the largest dance communities in the world, how his perception of a dancer's body & its functionality has evolved, and following our Curiosity.
Glenn & Linda Sims
Over 20 Seasons with Alvin Ailey, we cover Injury prevention to what dancers and parents need to know. Glenn and Linda share how dancers create longevity and happiness within their career!
Mentorship. What do you do when you have one? And do you need one? With 5 steps, Lauren dives deep into the strength, approach, and relationships with a Mentor.
A gymnast and a Ballet boy, Jake talks about what it's like to be the only boy dancer at school, professional company work, and his approach on how he auditioned and booked a European dance company.
From Lady Gaga to Cats to FAME: the musical, Melissa describes her career changing shift, her greatest fear realized, and what she encourages dancers across the country to pay attention to!
Awarded "Dancer to Watch" and "Choreographer to Watch", Tilman open up about the European dance scene, mental & physical obstacles that dancers can break through, & what each dancer needs to hear.
Bradley & Felicia Taylor
The Directors of Dance Makers, Brad & Felicia Taylor talk about the business of dance, powerful pieces of success and what they wish more dance teachers would do.
From MT to Oprah to photography, Jonathan shares his biggest lesson learned from a career-ending injury and the truth about world class Talent and Technician crews. Author of Dance Across the USA.
He is a Convention legend, and Nuvo Director, Ray shares the truths about breaking into the business, his personal hardships, and how he dealt with SYTYCD pressures, comparisons and praise!
Luis Javier Fuentes
Small, but incredibly mighty, Luis speaks to his love of the Ballet world and how sacrifice and dedication shaped his childhood at the National Ballet of Cuba. We talk body, perfection & giving back.
Adulthood. It's a real thing - and Lauren shares her biggest adult surprises and she continues to navigate this dance industry. Have you "figured it out"? Are you grown up? Share your thoughts in instagram!
What roots Lauren's teaching & coaching? This beautiful manifesto written by Brene Brown has inspired her meditations, intentions and professional development. What is your manifesto?
Rory toured with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound on the show “After The Curtain.” After receiving a BFA in Modern Dance from SUNY Purchase (NY) Rory travelled around the world performing with Momix.
If you have a Big Dream, a Goal, or feel a pull to try something, this episode is for you. Big Dreams often meet Big Resistance, we dissect some tips and tools to help you go for it and get after it!
After years as a convention instructor (Nuvo, Jump, Dancerpalooza) Kim is dedicating her career to CHANGING the LIVES of young dancers and dance educators across the US.
Seen on Laurieann Gibson’s show “Beyond The Spotlight”, King Chris is speaks about videos in class, owning your body and artistry and how reality TV has impacted his career.
Once trained at NYC ballet, mid-life Marjorie came back to dance. At 55 years old, she has 2 dance photography books MG AND MG.2. In the best shape of her life, MG embodies passion at any age.
Jess Spinner is a former professional ballet dancer turned Health Coach and founder of The Whole Dancer. She supports dancers in reaching their body goals through coaching and her online course
Choreographer Marinda Davis has a journey to share — not only about her company, marInspired, her work on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘World of Dance’ — but also about her personal health issues
Calen talks about the distinction between Contemporary vs. Lyrical, how he provides a space for play and where failing as a teacher is necessary. Calen and Lauren open up some of their processes, approaches, and fails.
Straight from a Casting Director's mouth! We discover the do's and don'ts in your dance training, auditions, on set & working as an assistant. Amy Wright has become one of Canada’s top Choreographers.
Expectations, recognition and awareness. In this Season finale Lauren closes with personal reflections and exercise that will set up 2019 for a year of gratitude and clarity.
Dr. Matt Brown
He has a Ph.D. in counselling psychology, specializing with athletes. We talk mental health and how to TRAIN YOUR BRAIN for high performance success.
She is one of Canada's top dance influencers. Kelly shares Audition and gig best practices, money conversations and how to create business in the dance community.
Mel just finished touring with Janet Jackson! She shares her intimate audition experience, dancing with Justin Beiber and her transition into Yoga.
Rhianna, Eminem, the Jonas Brothers, Rita Ora, Demi Lovato - and those are just her Tours! Dani talks about the commercial world and how her Ballet training and mimicry has created huge success.
Maurice Brandon Curry
With over 35 years of performing, this NYC native is a renowned Ballet Director, choreographer, and teacher know how to put students in world-class companies and on Broadway.
She started at Oklahoma City Uni in the MT program then transitioned into the LA scene. From Katy Perry to Beyonce to JT - Rachael gives practical tips on how to audition for agents and survive in Cali.
Currently at PACE University, Logan has worked along side masters like Andy Blankenbuehler and Mia Michaels. We talk about building relationships and the importance of following up!
Lauren shares a coaching tool that can transform your performance or training experience in a moment. It's easy, accessible, and can provide clarity when you are feeling stuck or craving more.
Originally from Canada - Calen made his way to NYC (without a Visa!), built a dance company :pushing progress, created training programs built around Mindfulness. We talk goals and authenticity.
She is a Tony Award winner for her role as Ulla in The Producers. With over 33 years in "the biz" Cady talks about working with icons like Bob Fosse and advice for any performer.
The stories we tell about ourselves can launch you forward, or pull you back. So, what's your story? Lauren offers self-reflection moments to get you closer to your truest, boldest, most awesome self.
She choreographed Tate McCrae's SYTYCD audition solo, tours with Empire of the Sun and has danced with Selena Gomez. Michelle talks about her visa process and how she makes a long distance relationship work!
Lukas’ life took a drastic turn when he won the LONDON reality show Got To Dance. He opens up about his journey after the show, where his career is blooming with his company, Untitled Dance Co.
This Ballet boy dances with Alberta Ballet and shares laughs and wisdom about ballet auditions, perfection, his BIGGEST REGRET, and why you never want to be #58!
Dr. Scott Maybank
A ballet dancer for over ten years, Scott is now a Chiropractor helping Dancers stay healthy. From the best & worst things and dancer can do for the body - the Dr. is in to give you the truth!
Heather Laura Gray
Heather Laura Gray shares her insights as an adjudicator, what it's like to work as the only head female in a male dominated industry, and how she has made a long career grow and flourish in Canada.
Brittany Perry Russell
Brittany has appeared alongside almost every musical artist. She speaks powerfully on what happens when you get fired, how to treated your fellow dancers, and the most effect way to build your career.
An athlete and a dancer, Taylor has created dancer-specific strength and conditioning programs to support a dancer's body and development with True Dance Potential.
This episode is dedicated to the Evolution of You; the wandering, curious soul committed to big dreams and personal growth. Feeling confused? Maybe tired and wanting to give up? This is for you.
A triple threat, singing, acting and dancing on the Broadway stages. Currently in Miss Saigon, Casey shares his journey from the audition, to rehearsals, tech onstage and opening night!
Recognized for appearances on SYTYCD as a competitor and all-star, Kathryn talks about what grounds her when self doubt and fear show up, mentorship and her most powerful performance ever!
Lisa La Touche
Lisa has performed in Shuffle Along on Broadway, Stomp off-Broadway and educates around the world. We talk about how she made Tap her career, Plan A vs Plan B career strategy & how to create opportunities.
With pink heels and a whole lot of sass, this Houston Ballet dancer has changed the way dancers show their authenticity and heart on social media. Harper also talks about the misconceptions about being a pro.
From Kinky Boots to building his own company, Just Music In Dance, Justin talks about the pros & cons of Broadway, and how to use your talents and entrepreneurial to fuel a side hustle.
Don't fit the norm? Lost your dance mojo? Oreet transitioned from a Contemp dancer to a fitness & Belly Dance entrepreneur. From NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN - she is sharing her love of dance with the world.
The process is imperfect. This career can be unpredictable and uncertain. Lauren shares some of the twists and turns in the career path and gives an exercise to help ease the way.
Casting Specialist for Celebrity Cruises Productions, Stephanie shares what makes dancers stand out? And answers if social media matter to casting and why cruise ships do weigh-ins.
Are you sure you want to send that?! Timely, professional, kind, effective communication is key in a relationship based industry - so Lauren speaks to communication etiquette.
Co-founder of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and a professor of Dance at U of C, Michele shares her endless curiosity, body health and artistic guidance to those entering into a career.
Inspired by the Bell Let's Talk campaign, Lauren speaks to the conversations and feelings associated with a dance career and ups & downs with mental health. As a community, let's talk and let's spread kindness .
Lauren shares her favourite podcasts, books, speakers and authours to fill up your inspiration bucket! From Living Your Best Life, to Business brilliance and nutrition gurus, let's share what we love!
If it doesn't exist- you can create it. You can create your job. You can create your community. You can create the spaces that will hold all of your favourite people and deepest passions..
Multiple Emmyawards and renowned for her choreography, Mia speak about finding your own uniqueness and becoming a Unicorn in a World of Donkeys.
Creator of Acrobatic Arts Program & Syllabus, Mandy is an expert in Acro dance. He was also the owner successful dance studio, and shares her journey of balancing family, education and entrepreneurialism.
Juel D Lane
Anxiety. Finding your artistic voice. Stripping labels and connecting with humanity. Juel shares his story and how working with Alvin Ailey II and Atlana Ballet have enriched his artistry and teaching.
Sandi auditioned for Cats 6 times and knows what resilience looks, feels and sounds like. She shares her experience with Celine Dion’s Vegas residency , her years at “O” and with Cirque du Soleil.
Leslie is the founder of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance” (YPAD) whose Mission is to build empowered dance communities. We talk about Self & Identity, Social Media Literacy and Mental Health tools, curriculum and workshops for Dancers
From his 13 years in the dance and entertainment industry Clint recognized an absolute need for dance studio owners to become entrepreneurs and not simply technicians. He went on to create DSOA, the first online business school for dance studio owners
Are you hustling? Do you feel like there are a million thing to do, directions to go, things on your bucket list that are screaming at you to get done? Lauren introduces the concept- Be more to Do more.
Cirque, STYTCD, Mia Michaels assistant and acro expert. Joey Arrigo is a dancer, aerialist and choreographer who hsa years of commercial, concert and circus experience. He opens about physical, mental and emotional health through his professional journey.