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Welcome to the tribe of dance lovers! You have found the right place - a platform where we gather around the most epic dance stories out there. In this unique podcast we are getting to know dancers from all over there world, hear their incredible journies, learn from their experiences, and much more. The global dance community is a fantastic melting pot of styles, cultures, and scenes. In this show, Therese Sahlin aka T-zer interviews everyone from underground Hip-hop battlers to famous Bach ...
 
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ARTIST: Edyta Czagowiec COUNTRY: Poland (based also in Milan) 🇵🇱 STYLES: Salsa, Mambo, Lady styling PARTNER: Talal Benlahsen GROUP: Latin Soul Dancers Edyta Czagowiec is one of Poland's most fierce salsa artists. Teaching several ladies team, developing a long lasting partnership with her partner Talal and performing with Latin Soul Dancers - Edyta…
 
"You can be whatever and whoever you desire to be" Daniëlle de Jong lives in a small city in Friesland in the Netherlands. Growing up Daniëlle always loved dancing but her environment did not have much to offer. She was super driven from an early age and became one of the youngest business owners in her region. Never in a million year did she think…
 
ARTIST: E-Flex COUNTRY: Ghana 🇬🇭⁠ STYLE: Azonto⁠ FOUNDER: I am Azonto Dance 4 Change gh CREW: Humble Stars dc E-Flex grew up in Ghana and knew early that dance was his gift. Despite being homeless for five years, his love for dance made him fight all the way into Ghana's TV industry. When he got asked to start teaching dance at the university he kn…
 
Malcolm aka Mally, grew up with his mother in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. At the age of 12 he a dream came true when he got the chance to move to the USA. Since then he has lived in Zambia, Sweden, and now in the Netherlands. How did this young kid end up as a national TV host, a rapper, Zumba instructor, Hip-hop battler, and Kizomba artist? Time to g…
 
Patrick Williams is known as Twoface in the scene and is a dedicated tutting dancer from Germany. Born in München he was first noticed in the Hip-hop scene in Germany using his exceptional techniques in urban styles such as popping, tutting waving, etcetera. Following his ambition as a dancer, he started participating in dance battles. These contes…
 
Magda & Valeria is that kind of couple you simply fall in love with! Meet the bachata ladies from Italy/Poland who are crushing gender norms in the couple dancing scene, representing "a genderless art of expression" as they say it. We are super grateful here at Dance Specific TALKS to interview these lovely dancers and hear more about their unique …
 
Godriver aka River Flows was born in Tanzania, but raised in Norway. She loved dancing since childhood and started learning through YouTube. Growing up, her inspirations were women who represented courage, strength, passion, and ambition. From the age of 16, she started instructing a group of women in her community, through a charity organization c…
 
"I never would have thought everything was going to play out the way it did". ARTIST: Jorge aka ATACA COUNTRY: USA 🇺🇸 STYLE: Bachata & Salsa MUSIC ALBUM: It's Bachata Time A unique interview with the Bachata superstar Ataca from USA! Ataca and La Alemana have been touring the world for the last 13 years, making them one of the biggest name in the s…
 
"Injuries can come if you do not take care of your environment, your body, and technique". What are the most common injuries amongst dancers? What patterns can a physiotherapist see in the dance community? How can festivals take better care of dancers during their events? These are some of the questions we are going to ask Dr. Courtney Livingston, …
 
"You need the routine, power, strength, flexibility, coordination and everything comes together" Elianne Essaijan is one of the Netherlands best synchronized swimmer and in this episode, she explains everything about her sport. Starting out as a ballet dancer who loved swimming, Elianne's mother one day suggested her to start with synchronized swim…
 
"It is like a channel to let my out my feelings.. to change my energy from negative to positive. Music is chemistry, a powerful weapon" Are you ready a dancer and rapper? This next episode is with the one & only ➡ Indee from Spain! Indee is both a dancer and music artist from Spain. She has performed and taught in multiple styles around the world. …
 
“Find your purpose and your life will be fruitful” ARTIST: Orville Hall COUNTRY: Jamaica 🇯🇲 STYLE: Dancehall COMPANY: Dance Xpressionz Orville Hall aka the Dancehall professor is one of the most known names in dance and Dancehall in Jamaica. He is the artistic director for Theatre Xpressionz, the professional company that operates the popular dance…
 
"Stay humble, don’t think you as a dancer are the best and don’t need training" Selma Mylene comes from Algarve, Portugal but now lives and represents Lisbon! Originally from an Angolan family, Selma found her love from dancing and stuck with it. She started as a dancer in the clubs and is today one of the biggest AfroHouse & Kuduro names from Port…
 
"Never underestimate yourself, Never talk bad to yourself" This week's artist is originally from Gabon but lives in Ghana: Sinclair Gigga Boy aka Afro-Ninja. This versatile dancer and his crew Masters ID is striving to perform more and elevate the dance scene in Ghana. So plug in your headphones and enjoy this inside talk with Sinclair Gigga Boy! A…
 
"Everything shifts so how are you going to shift according to that?" Marie Poppins is a highly skilled popping dancer from France who made it all the way into America's commercial dance scene. She was the first French dancer to ever enter So You Think You Can Dance and has been dancing for artists like Madonna, Justin Bieber, Ne Yo, Busta Rhymes, a…
 
"I wish everyone knew about Love" Lamarre Michael aka Niako is a world-leading Hip-hop dancer from France who lives in Oslo, Norway. He has been winning some of the world's biggest battles and judged Juste Debout and many more competitions. Niako is a very loved teacher and is the founder of the crew Legion X. In this interview, we will also ask hi…
 
"We will be dancing and teaching until we are 90" For the more than 7 years of its existence, Kizomba Harmony, based in Houston, Texas, has been dedicated to training the best and most versatile dancers around, with awesome attitudes to match! Billy and Monica have traveled all over the world where they've taught or performed in 15 countries (and c…
 
"Whatever it is you want to do in life, hold on to it like it’s yours" Mr Youtube is one of the biggest Litefeet dancers in the world and has since years back taught, performed, and organized events. In this episode, you will get the chance to learn from the source and hear how the style of Litefeet appeared and how Mr Youtube himself has navigated…
 
"#Jantelagen it's an unwritten law which says you must not stand out and think that you are better than others in any way. In BALLROOM YOU WALK ALL OVER THAT" JacQueline N Sahlin aka Queline Miss Long Legs is a Swedish dancehall dancer and founder of Enough Dance Crew. She became Sweden's official dancehall queen in 2014 and has won the internation…
 
"We love each other regardless of how we look and where we come from, that is the message we want to push". Emilie Brooklyn is a Danish dancer who started battling early and after many trips to NYC fell in love with the style Litefeet. Xavier "X" Days grew up in NYC and has dedicated 14 years to the style Bonebreaking. This couple have already been…
 
"We want to inspire people who have never danced to believe in themselves" Nathan and Nancy met through their love of dance. Nathan is from the Philippines and Nancy is from Indonesia but today they both live in Jakarta where they teach Kizomba Fusion. Their dance journies are different from each other but when they got asked to perform together fo…
 
"The worst thing you can do, is to not do something that you want to do" Laurent Yìshù is one of the most world-known teachers within the kizomba scene. He is the founder of the inspiring Show Your Style Concept and the biggest kizomba competition called Olympiads of Kizomba. He has created his own company, Online Kizomba School, where he is provid…
 
"One of my biggest goals is to reach the heart of as many people as possible" Evee Smile is a French dancer who fell in love with dance at a young age. She later moved to Denmark for her studies, not knowing that she opened up a new chapter of her dance career. She has since then been running one of Europe's most profound Hip-hop dance educations a…
 
"It is the toughest, the most reliable, sensitive, hardworking people that burn out" André Grekhov, who is known as Drosha, was born and raised in Russia where he first found his love for the hip-hop culture. When he moved to the Netherlands in his teenage years, the journey as a b-boy took off and he has since then dived into researching, learning…
 
"There is not only one way to be, there is not only one way to dance" Macarena Paton is one of the Kizomba world's biggest names. With her own lady styling classes, women empowerment concept, and her own clothing brand this woman is not sitting still. During this pandemic, Macarena has already been organizing 12 online events, giving dancers global…
 
"I had to hit rock bottom first mentally to come back up and say: No way, I got to keep going!" Bianca Dijkhoffz aka BB Bad is born and raised in Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. Her love for dancing brought her to New York City where she started her commercial dance career. Through ups and downs, Bianca has managed to maneuver in an industry of danc…
 
"I really like to somebody who promotes new messages into the scene" Tarah-Stephanie is the founder of UrKiz, a kizomba team representing Montreal in Canada. When Tarah-Stephanie found dancing she grew from a shy teenager to a strong team leader. She has competed in Olympiads of Kizomba, organized her own festival in Montreal, and hosted her own TR…
 
"I want others to see the beauty in these dance styles" Shahin Damka is a waacker and voguer from the Netherlands. He has danced for the past ten years but has grown a lot as a person since he started. He fell in love with Waacking and started traveling to the USA to learn more and be able to help to build the community in the Netherlands. Sit back…
 
"With human movements, I found the ultimate game, because it is an infinite game" Nomad Slim is truly a world citizen that has found his passion - Movements! He has not only gone into dancing but also competed in several martial arts forms. When he discovered his passion for movements and mobility he quickly started to explore a community with like…
 
"I have to have my own relationship with my dance, the goal is to express myself" Anna Malmer aka Annosh is a Swedish dancer, originally from a small city outside Gothenburg. She grew up listening to Hip-hop from a very young age but did not find dancing until much later. Annosh has not only gone on an internal journey through dance but also achiev…
 
"The problem is that we are living in a time where everyone wants things now, and they can not wait" Stew, or DJ Stew as many people call him, was raised in Bobigny outside Paris, France. Stew's family comes from Martinique and therefore he grew up with a lot of different Caribbean music. He got interested in Popping in his teenager years and start…
 
"I used to go up at 6 am to train dancers before going to work at 10 am" Paul Muiruri is the artistic director of Artzone Events & Entertainment in Nairobi, Kenya. His dance career took off after he taught himself dance moves from music videos and nailed an audition for Safari Cuts. With this dance company, he performed almost daily for eight years…
 
"As long as you are having fun, it does not matter what circumstances you come from" Natasha Markwick aka Ivory was born in the USA, moved to several countries, and grew up in the Danish countryside. She took on dance as a lifestyle in her teenage years and has never stopped since. She has battled, choreographed, and performed with many different s…
 
"When I moved to New York City, everyone hated southern music" Growing up with a dancing mother and a military father, Ausben Jordan aka King Aus started to be interested in different physical activities early. Martial arts and cheerleading set King Aus on a path, not knowing that those skills combined with dance would make him end up on the world'…
 
“What interests me is to make people’s eyes dance” Alexis “Bust” Stephens aka “Bust The Drip” is a French Hip-hop dancer and painting artist. His crew Fushwong has been seen in many battles represented their unique style. Next to battling and judging, Bust has also created his own signature painting style based out of movements. In this interview, …
 
"Dancers play such an important role... If we want to play these songs and enjoy this culture, then people have to understand that the dancers are an important aspect" Gloria Muñoz and Awa Ngom are the founders and creators of the Dancehall group Junction Crew from the Netherlands. They play a vital role to bring the right knowledge about the style…
 
”I have become a chameleon, I got used to change my colors and the way I am to the environment” World-famous Bboy Neguin comes from Paraná, Brazil, and has taken the planet by storm with his unique mix of capoeira, martial arts, and breakin’. Neguin is not only dancing but amongst other things also DJs - a mix of artistic expressions he calls Negui…
 
”I was so shy, I couldn’t watch people in their eyes”. Dance has been the majority part of Sara Panero’s entire life. She has not only been able to learn multiple styles but also completed three years at the Conservatory of Dance in Madrid within classical ballet. In this interview, we get the chance to ask Sara about her journey, her work ethic, a…
 
“I want the people I grew up with to also get these experiences” King Charles is one of the most global ambassadors for the style we today call Chicago Footwork which usually plays on around 160 beats per minute. Born and raised in southside Chicago, King Charles started to dedicate his life to this style from an early age which led him to book sev…
 
“Be humble, but when you’re working don’t be too humble” Judith Cordero is, together with her partner Korke, known worldwide as the creators of Bachata Sensual. With this title, Judith has been able to teach and perform internationally every weekend for years, a lifestyle that comes with both pros and cons. In this interview, we will talk about the…
 
“I came out stronger because I knew I had this force of determination” Kapela Marna aka Kapela is a member of the world-famous French crews Serial Stepperz and Wanted Posse. He specializes in Toprock and House Dance. Kapela innovates by mixing his parents' Senegalese roots of footwork from Sabar together with the power of Breakin’ into his renowned…
 
“It was the people who believed in me” Márcio Ratinho Salvador is a devoted dancer who found his love for the Hip Hop culture in Portugal. He has since then learned several styles and lived in multiple countries, taught all over the world, and won some of the biggest battles including several finalist spots at the world competition Juste Debout. In…
 
"They said I wouldn't be able to hold a regular pen in my hand. Well… I did, and now I’m writing my own story". Redouan Ait Chitt aka REDO, was born and raised in Gorinchem, a picturesque little city in the Netherlands. He is a professional b-boy (breakdance) and public speaker from the crew ILL-Abilities who has battled, judged, performed, and hel…
 
“Whatever you do, do it big.. Find out what makes you vibrate” Sabrine Ewies aka Sabou is a French-born dancer who followed her heart, quick her job, and is now one of Amsterdam’s top afro teachers. She has since two years back been running her own company and was fast to adapt to online teaching when the world stop due to COVID-19. On top of her l…
 
"I saw who I wanted to be" Kwesi Sakyi is the Kizomba dancer from Toronto, Canada who is running T.L.C. Kiz. He started his musicality journey with being a percussionist and later joined the dance scene through Stepping. Today the couple dance Kizomba is Kwesi's calling he is expressing a lot of his musicality through his style. In this interview, …
 
“You got to know your strengths” Tanja "La Alemana" Kensinger is one of the Bachata scene’s biggest stars and Chief Financial Officer in a 3-way partnership of Island Touch Dance Academy - a global dance company. She has been traveling on a weekly basis, with her fiancé and dance partner, to various events around the world to perform and teach for …
 
"The space is very important when I move, I'm drawing in this space"- Phax was born 1965 in Madagaskar and moved as a child with his family to France. From a very young age, Phax started to dance and do street shows, a way for him to start earning money on his passion. The love for dance has taken Phax around the world even before the internet was …
 
”Kizomba found me” - Teresa Jimenez switched over from being a violin musician to a dedicated dancer about nine years ago. Her journey took off with salsa and bachata but when Kizomba came into the picture it opened a new road. Teresa Jimenez started to compete and has since then been traveling all over the world teaching with different partners an…
 
"Dance is life at its most sensational moment" - Ahmed Salsa organized his first salsa and bachata festival 13 years ago in Dubai. He has since then created many successful events and also toured around the world as a host. In this interview, you get to look inside the mind of an organizer, how to deal with guests and hear real stories of incidents…
 
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