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Dancer, choreographer, executive director of Urban Artistry and of Next Level

Junious Brickhouse is a dancer, choreographer, and executive director of two cultural organizations—Urban Artistry and Next Level. He’s a powerhouse who is on a mission to teach and preserve urban dance traditions. There’s no question that urban dance is a vibrant and creative art form, and it’s one that’s deeply rooted in community. It is extremely democratic allowing people to tell their own stories through dance. Brickhouse sees hip-hop as modern folk art, and he is clear about its connection to the blues. As he says, like the blues, hip hop ”is rooted in our communities about things that makes us laugh and things that make us cry.” His realization of that connection brought Brickhouse to NEA Heritage Fellow and Piedmont Blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins. And he is now also dancing to the blues as part of Wiggins’ House Party. I spoke with Brickhouse backstage at an urban dance competition that he was hosting. It was a perfect setting for a dynamic conversation about urban dance both in community and around the world, his own experiences as a dancer, and his dedication to documenting hip hop’s deep value to American culture.

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Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

Herman Cornejo is about to celebrate 20 years with American Ballet Theatre—spending 15 of those years as a principal dancer. You could say the Argentina-born Cornejo practically grew up at ABT. He came to the company as an apprentice at the age of 17; yet, he was already considered a prodigy. The previous year, he had won the Gold Medal at the prestigious International Moscow Competition becoming the youngest dancer ever to do so. Over the past twenty years, Herman has developed a repertoire of more than 90 classical, contemporary and modern ballets—working with some of today’s greatest choreographers including Justin Peck and Alexei Ratmansky. Herman Cornejo is also as charming as he is talented. In this podcast, he talks about becoming a dancer in Argentina, joining ABT—his dream company, the secret sauce to a good partnership, and the process of learning a dance that a choreographer “makes on him.”

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Dancer and Choreographer

Creating a cultural mosaic of dance

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Deviated Theatre’s co-founder, artistic director and choreographer.

Creating a new language of dance.

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Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer

The Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts uses dance to create a community of young men

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Creator and Host of the television series Bare Feet

As host of the Emmy Award-winning series, Mickela Mallozzi travels the world learning the traditional dances and music of each place she visits.

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Documentary Filmmaker and NEA Grantee

Black Ballerina looks at different generations of dancers, but is it the same story?

Choreographer and founder of the Victory Dance Project

Founding her company after a near-fatal accident, Amy’s work is an exuberant affirmation.

Author of The Artist’s Compass and President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles

In her new book, Rachel Moore gives practical advice and strategic insight for creating a career in the performing arts.

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Lakota Flute-player, Hoop-dancer, and 1990 National Heritage Fellow

By performing and teaching Lakota flute and dance, Kevin Locke brings the past and the future together.

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