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Listen to Self-Proclaimed Bunhead Jennifer Garner on the Conversations on Dance Podcast

Jennifer Garner. Courtesy Conversations on Dance.

Ever since 2017, Jennifer Garner has been proving herself as ballet's biggest fangirl. From her incredible cameo backstage at American Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker to her insistence that she is the third Cindy, we've been here for all of it. This week, we finally got to the bottom of Garner's ballet obsession, thanks to the podcast Conversations on Dance.


Hosted by former Miami City Ballet dancers Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden, COD releases a new episode each Monday diving into the world of professional dance. Yesterday, Ferraro and Breeden published their interview with Garner, conducted in her Los Angeles home. The Golden Globe Award-winning actress shares how growing up dancing shaped her career, from the work ethic and sense of rigor it instilled in her to her penchant for physically challenging roles (like the epic Thriller dance scene from 13 Going on 30). Their hour-long conversation includes all kinds of gems, like which dancers Garner is currently stalking on Instagram, and how she used to chew gum behind her teacher's back in ballet class to get her friends to laugh.

Ferraro and Breeden end each episode with a lightning round of quick questions, and this time is no exception. Garner tells us her ballet dream role (the Waltz Girl in Serenade), her dream dance partner (James Whiteside... aka Cindy), and the person she'd most like to have dinner with (George Balanchine). This episode left us fangirling her right back. But don't take our word for it—COD's interview with Gardner is available on iTunes, Spotify and iHeartRadio.

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Roderick Phifer in Trey McIntyre's The Boogeyman . Bill Hebert, Courtesy BalletX.

This is one of a series of stories on recent graduates' on-campus experiences—and the connections they made that jump-started their dance careers. Roderick Phifer graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in dance in 2017.

While walking out of a technique class during the first semester of his senior year at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, Roderick Phifer was approached with an unexpected offer. BalletX needed a guest artist for an upcoming performance, and after seeing Phifer perform in one of his senior shows, a UArts alumnus dancing with the company had offered up his name. Phifer ran straight from his technique class to a company class with BalletX, and the troupe's artistic leadership quickly gave him the green light to perform. "It was so last-minute, that, I kid you not, I had three rehearsals," he says. He performed with BalletX as a guest artist that fall, auditioned for an open company position in the spring and had a contract by the end of his senior year.

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From left: Sarah Lapointe, Derek Dunn and Jeanette Kakareka. Courtesy The Rock School

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Enter Apolla Performance Wear, which is meeting ballet's physical demands with a line of compression footwear that is speeding up the recovery process for professional dancers by reducing inflammation and stabilizing the joints.

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