Getty Images

3 New Ballet Podcasts to Add to Your Queue

With the dance world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone's looking for new ways to connect. And what better way than podcasts? In the past few weeks, three new ballet podcasts have emerged to join the likes of Conversations on Dance, City Ballet The Podcast, Dance and Stuff and DanceMedia's very own The Dance Edit Podcast.

These three new finds—Blab Swans, A Seat at the Barre and Outsiders—are all carving out their own niche in the podcast universe, ranging from long-form interviews to friendly conversations to abstract discussion. So grab your headphones and head out on a socially distanced walk, all while connecting with virtual pals and learning something new.


Blab Swans

Blab Swans is the brand-new brainchild of Cloud and Victory founder Min and Bayerisches Staatsballett soloist Jeanette Kakareka. Longtime friends, the duo chat from across the world (Min is based in Singapore, while Kakareka is in Munich) about all things ballet. While the first episode, which dropped this week, focuses on coping in the time of coronavirus, the next few will cover body image, eating disorders and social media tips for dancers. And who better than Min, the creator of memes like this gem and this one, to give us social media advice!

Blab Swans is available on Spotify.

A Seat at the Barre

National Ballet of Canada principal Skylar Campbell was gearing up to present the inaugural season of his summer company, Skylar Campbell Dance Collective, when the pandemic hit. But he quickly switched gears, instead launching A Seat at the Barre, a new podcast where Campbell interviews the members of his troupe on all things dance and non-dance related. With seven episodes up so far, listeners can hear conversations with dancers including Greta Hodgkinson, Jillian Vanstone and Patrick Yocum.

A Seat at the Barre is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Buzzsprout.

American Contemporary Ballet - Outsiders

Los Angeles-based American Contemporary Ballet director Lincoln Jones is known for pushing boundaries. So it's no surprise that he's bringing that same sense of curiosity and creativity to his new podcast, Outsiders, co-hosted with ACB dancer Elise Filo. Jones and Filo dive into abstract questions related to the world of ballet, such as "what makes an art form classical," "what's wrong with ballet photography" and "why the placement of toilets are critical to ballet training." Outsiders will also occasionally bring in special guests from the L.A. dance scene.

Outsiders is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Latest Posts


Peter Mueller, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

2020 Stars of the Corps: 10 Dancers Making Strides In and Out of the Spotlight

The corps de ballet make up the backbone of every company. In our Fall 2020 issue, we highlighted 10 ensemble standouts to keep your eye on. Click on their names to learn more!

Dara Holmes, Joffrey Ballet

A male dancer catches a female dancer in his right arm as she wraps her left arm around his shoulder and executes a high arabesque on pointe. Both wear white costumes and dance in front of a blue backdrop onstage.

Dara Holmes and Edson Barbosa in Myles Thatcher's Body of Your Dreams

Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet

Wanyue Qiao, American Ballet Theatre

Wearing a powder blue tutu, cropped light yellow top and feather tiara, Wanyue Qiao does a piqu\u00e9 retir\u00e9 on pointe on her left leg and pulls her right arm in towards her.

Wanyue Qiao as an Odalisque in Konstantin Sergeyev's Le Corsaire

Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, Houston Ballet

Three male dancers in tight-fitting, multicolored costumes stand in positions of ascending height from left to right. All extend their right arms out in front of them.

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (far right) with Saul Newport and Austen Acevedo in Oliver Halkowich's Following

Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet

Leah McFadden, Colorado Ballet

Wearing a white pixie wig and a short light-pink tunic costume, a female ballet dancer poses in attitude front on pointe with her left arm bent across her ribs and her right hand held below her chin.

Leah McFadden as Amour in Colorado Ballet's production of Don Quixote

Mike Watson, Courtesy Colorado Ballet

Maria Coelho, Tulsa Ballet

Maria Coelho and Sasha Chernjavsky in Andy Blankenbuehler's Remember Our Song

Kate Lubar, Courtesy Tulsa Ballet

Alexander Reneff-Olson, San Francisco Ballet

A ballerina in a black feathered tutu stands triumphantly in sous-sus, holding the hand of a male dancer in a dark cloak with feathers underneath who raises his left hand in the air.

Alexander Reneff-Olson (right) as Von Rothbart with San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan in Swan Lake

Erik Tomasson, Courtesy SFB

India Bradley, New York City Ballet

Wearing a blue dance dress with rhinestone embellishments and a sparkly tiara, India Bradley finishes a move with her arms out to the side and hands slightly flexed.

India Bradley practices backstage before a performance of Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.

Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB

Bella Ureta, Cincinnati Ballet

Wearing a white dress with pink corset, Bella Ureta does a first arabesque on pointe in front of an onstage stone wall.

Bella Ureta performs the Act I Pas de Trois in Kirk Peterson's Swan Lake

Hiromi Platt, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

Alejándro Gonzales, Oklahoma City Ballet

Dressed in a green bell-boy costume and hat, Alejandro Gonz\u00e1lez does a saut\u00e9 with his left leg in retir\u00e9 and his arms in a long diagonal from right to left. Other dancers in late 19-century period costumes watch him around the stage.

Alejandro González in Michael Pink's Dracula at Oklahoma City Ballet.

Kate Luber, Courtesy Oklahoma City Ballet

Nina Fernandes, Miami City Ballet

Wearing a long white tutu and crown, Nina Fernandes does a saut de chat in front of a wintery backdrop as snow falls from the top of the stage.

Nina Fernandes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Miami City Ballet

Getty Images

Thinking About College Ballet Programs? Here's a Comprehensive Guide to the Application Process

Gone are the days when you had to skip college in order to have a successful ballet career. College ballet programs are better than ever before, providing students with the training, professional connections and performance experience they need to thrive in companies postgraduation. But given the number of elements involved in the application process, choosing the right program can feel daunting. We've broken the college application timeline down step by step to help you best approach each stage along the way.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
Evelyn Cisneros-Legate. Photo by Beau Pearson, Courtesy Ballet West

Ballet West Academy's New Director on Dream Building During COVID-19

Evelyn Cisneros-Legate is bringing her hard-earned expertise to Ballet West. The former San Francisco Ballet star is taking over all four campuses of The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy as the school's new director.

Cisneros-Legate, whose mother put her in ballet classes in an attempt to help her overcome her shyness, trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet as a full company member in 1977. She danced with the company for 23 years, breaking barriers as the first Mexican American to become a principal dancer in the U.S., and has graced the cover of Dance Magazine no fewer than three times.

As an educator, Cisneros-Legate has served as ballet coordinator at San Francisco Ballet, principal of Boston Ballet School's North Shore Studio and artistic director of after-school programming at the National Dance Institute (NDI). Dance Teacher spoke with her about her new position, her plans for the academy and leading in the time of COVID-19.

Keep reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks