The DancePreneuring Studio

Annett Bone: Creative Strategist

The DancePreneuring Studio is the place where dance inspires life and business. Each session ties the art of dance with your life and business with stories, strategies and tactics from people who are not only dancers and/or choreographers, but also entrepreneurs. This podcast is for people that want to look at their lives and businesses from a different perspective, and specifically from the perspective of the dance world.

Start Here
The Creativity and Passion of Flamenco with David Gutierrez
13-04-2022
The Creativity and Passion of Flamenco with David Gutierrez
Welcome to The DancePreneuring Studio. My name is Annett Bone and this is the place that inspires dance, life and business. I get the joy and the privilege of sharing my journey back into the dance world after a 20 year hiatus, the lessons I've learned, the transformation I've experienced and the wonderful creatives I've met along the way who share their stories, their ideas, strategies and tactics that will help move your life and your business forward. My special guest today is world renowned flamenco dance artist and choreographer David Gutierrez of Barcelona Flamenco Ballet. I enjoyed our conversation on flamenco, creativity, the importance of self-care as an artist, and more as he prepares to bring his latest work called "Luxuria" to the United States. Bienvenido al podcast de dancepreneuring studio. Mi nombre es Annett Bone y este es el lugar que inspira la danza, la vida y los negocios. Tengo la alegría y el privilegio de compartir mi viaje de regreso al mundo de la danza después de una pausa de 20 años, las lecciones que aprendí, la transformación que experimenté y los maravillosos creativos que conocí en el camino que comparten sus historias. , sus ideas, estrategias y tácticas que le ayudarán a sacar adelante su vida y su negocio. Mi invitado especial de hoy es el coreógrafo y artista de baile flamenco de renombre mundial David Gutiérrez del Ballet Flamenco de Barcelona. Disfruté nuestra conversación sobre el flamenco, la creatividad, la importancia del cuidado personal como artista y más mientras se prepara para traer su último trabajo llamado "Luxuria" a los Estados Unidos.  A few takeaways from this session: Stay focused with passion and hard work. Traveling is an education in itself. Time alone doing other movement and activity is great for creativity and new ideas. Algunas conclusiones de esta sesión: Manténgase enfocado con pasión y trabajo duro. Viajar es una educación en sí mismo. El tiempo a solas haciendo otros movimientos y actividades es excelente para la creatividad y las nuevas ideas. Other episodes of interest: (#107 Fire Your Focus with Flamenco) (#145 What Flamenco Taught Me About Business) (#188 When Music Drives Movement) Links from this session: Gutierrez Website ( (Barcelona Flamenco Ballet) (Alex Theatre in Glendale) Photo above by Belen Codina Felip Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much! ¿Revisarías The DancePreneuring Studio? Le agradecería mucho que se suscribiera y dejara sus comentarios en Apple Podcasts o Spotify. Realmente ayuda si lo hace a través de la aplicación Apple Podcast nativa en su dispositivo inteligente. ¡Muchas gracias!
The Creativity and Passion of Flamenco with David Gutierrez
13-04-2022
The Creativity and Passion of Flamenco with David Gutierrez
Welcome to The DancePreneuring Studio. My name is Annett Bone and this is the place that inspires dance, life and business. I get the joy and the privilege of sharing my journey back into the dance world after a 20 year hiatus, the lessons I've learned, the transformation I've experienced and the wonderful creatives I've met along the way who share their stories, their ideas, strategies and tactics that will help move your life and your business forward. My special guest today is world renowned flamenco dance artist and choreographer David Gutierrez of Barcelona Flamenco Ballet. I enjoyed our conversation on flamenco, creativity, the importance of self-care as an artist, and more as he prepares to bring his latest work called "Luxuria" to the United States. Bienvenido al podcast de dancepreneuring studio. Mi nombre es Annett Bone y este es el lugar que inspira la danza, la vida y los negocios. Tengo la alegría y el privilegio de compartir mi viaje de regreso al mundo de la danza después de una pausa de 20 años, las lecciones que aprendí, la transformación que experimenté y los maravillosos creativos que conocí en el camino que comparten sus historias. , sus ideas, estrategias y tácticas que le ayudarán a sacar adelante su vida y su negocio. Mi invitado especial de hoy es el coreógrafo y artista de baile flamenco de renombre mundial David Gutiérrez del Ballet Flamenco de Barcelona. Disfruté nuestra conversación sobre el flamenco, la creatividad, la importancia del cuidado personal como artista y más mientras se prepara para traer su último trabajo llamado "Luxuria" a los Estados Unidos.  A few takeaways from this session: Stay focused with passion and hard work. Traveling is an education in itself. Time alone doing other movement and activity is great for creativity and new ideas. Algunas conclusiones de esta sesión: Manténgase enfocado con pasión y trabajo duro. Viajar es una educación en sí mismo. El tiempo a solas haciendo otros movimientos y actividades es excelente para la creatividad y las nuevas ideas. Other episodes of interest: (#107 Fire Your Focus with Flamenco) (#145 What Flamenco Taught Me About Business) (#188 When Music Drives Movement) Links from this session: Gutierrez Website ( (Barcelona Flamenco Ballet) (Alex Theatre in Glendale) Photo above by Belen Codina Felip Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much! ¿Revisarías The DancePreneuring Studio? Le agradecería mucho que se suscribiera y dejara sus comentarios en Apple Podcasts o Spotify. Realmente ayuda si lo hace a través de la aplicación Apple Podcast nativa en su dispositivo inteligente. ¡Muchas gracias!
How to Cultivate the Effective Habits of a Champion
19-02-2022
How to Cultivate the Effective Habits of a Champion
Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character. -T. Alan Armstrong- My accomplished guest today is no stranger to winning events. At the time of this recording, his most recent win is his 6th World Title from Freestyle Session. He holds the most titles in the history of this event, that happens worldwide featuring some of the best dancers in hip hop. His remarkable winning streak started early on, accumulating over 100 first place titles before the age of 25. He continued onto working with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera and The Black Eyed Peas to name a few, as well as being featured in movies, commercials and fulfilling a bucket list dream of being a main character on the Sony PlayStation Game Bboy. He is also the CEO and Founder of the Dance/Athletic/Lifestyle Brand called Sickstep Inc. and although based currently out of Atlanta, Georgia, he continues to be sought out from all over the world as a dancer, choreographer, educator and judge. If you’re in the Atlanta, Georgia area, go check out his breaking classes at Crumbs Dance Academy and if you’re not, I still recommend you check out more about him. :) A few takeaways from this session: Focus on the basics and foundation to build your craft Preparation and consistency in your habits Learning to work as a team while utilizing your individual skillsets Work ethic is critical Other episodes of interest: (#218 How To Effectively Lead Yourself and Others to More Success) (#217 Leadership Lessons from Freestyle Session) (#076 The Beautiful Struggle of Running a Dance Company) (#008 How Inspiration Leads to Opportunity) Links from this session: (Bboy Crumbs Website) (Bboy Crumbs on Soundcloud) (Style Elements Crew) (Killafornia Crew) (Groovaloos) (Freestyle Session) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
How to Optimize The Creative Mindset Inspired by Monet and Banksy
02-02-2022
How to Optimize The Creative Mindset Inspired by Monet and Banksy
"Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas." -Donatella Versace- If you compare two artists as different as Monet and Banksy, it would be no surprise that there would be opposing, conflicting opinions because of their artistic styles. Nonetheless, they are both creative and evoke a variety of emotions from their works.  In this session of The DancePreneuring Studio, I share 7 tips on how to optimize the creative mindset based on my wonderful experiences at the Monet Expo and Banksy exhibit in Los Angeles. 7 Takeaways from this session: How can you create your environment to serve you best? Minimal or lots of things around that inspire you and bring your joy? Some of your tastes might be informed by culture, a love for a certain person, place or thing. For example, a friend of mine loves flamingos, disco balls and pom poms, so she has those objects in her surroundings. Monet was warm with comforting colors and his art taking you to beautiful experiences and places. In contrast, Banksy was confrontational, dark and mysterious. How can you add value and find ways to engage in your business and personal relationships? Both Monet and Banksy exhibits included additional VIP experiences like the coloring and displaying our art on the wall, and the virtual reality tour, and a souvenir poster to commemorate our experience.  For business and personal might be a quick phone call or a handwritten note.  What can you let go of that will take weight off your shoulders? I am reminded of the Banksy piece of the girl with the heart balloon. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of even good things but are you sacrificing great for good. This takes time to discern and can be different for the various seasons in your life. Instead of being quick to judge how about being quick to think compassionately? Extending grace to others and to yourself. What are some therapeutic activities you can do? Not to overwhelm by adding more things but things that give you some relief. Easing into versus rushing into–knee jerk reaction vs strategic intention. For example, I appreciated the sense of calm and ease of entering the Monet exhibit first with the setting of the music, then his life and artwork simply hung on the walls. The Banksy exhibit was quite the opposite. The contrast between light and dark was abrupt, things were in your face all over the place. This was still strategic because that is what is representative of his art. Destroying things might make them better.  For example, destroying bad habits, brings room for creativity and more ideal habits. Erase, replace and embrace what moves you forward to be more creative. episodes of interest: (#209 Being Present and Honoring Your Path to Creativity) (#199 First Impressions and Expectations) (#178 Observations on Calm and Chaos) Links from this session: (FeverUp) (Monet) (Banksy) (Tickets to Retro Vibe Show February 11th, 2022) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Radio. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
Wisdom and Inspiration on Dance at The World Choreography Awards
09-01-2022
Wisdom and Inspiration on Dance at The World Choreography Awards
To create one's own world takes courage -Georgia O'Keeffe It takes courage to create.  It takes courage to be vulnerable, to share your art with the world. Courageous is one word I would easily use to describe the artists in attendance at The World Choreography Awards that took place in December 2021 at The Globe Theater in Los Angeles. Wisdom and inspiration were abundant throughout my conversations with attendees and award nominees/winners that I am excited to share in this latest podcast session.   few takeaways from this session: It's important to honor and know dance history, and where dance forms originate from. Events like The World Choreography Awards are important to continue celebrating the work and creativity that goes into dance media. Taking care of mental health needs to continue being forefront in dance and other creative arts. Keep creating and supporting other creators and collaborators. The importance of mentorship and training the next generation will help the longevity and integrity of dance and art. Links from this session: (World Choreography Awards) (Manos Public Relations) (Katy Tate) (Kent Boyd) (Joya Kazi) (Saleema E. Knight) (Christian Vincent) (Chloe Arnold) (Marika Soderlund-Robison) (Christopher Scott) (Carmit Bachar) (Katherine Dunham) (Moncell Durden) (Classical Indian Dance) Other episodes of interest: (#087 How to Have Longevity in Your Dance Career (With Christian Vincent)) (#211 Thriving In The Betweens) (#212 Silver Linings in a Pandemic) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
How To Effectively Lead Yourself and Others to More Success
15-12-2021
How To Effectively Lead Yourself and Others to More Success
"The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you're not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special." -Bill Taylor My guest on this session is Emeroy Bernardo, dancer and CEO of Vision Paradox and Artistic Director/Founder of Temper Tantrum Dance Company.  He stands for something special and is special in the dance, creative and entrepreneurial world which is why he’s been able to accomplish many things and continues to do so. Our conversation on leadership started from a comment that I made about being reminded of his leadership journey, then referring to my leadership lessons episode on Session #217, then him expressing that he could say a lot about that topic. So, this episode came from that initial exchange and I am so glad to share his insights. He is a great example of how to effectively lead yourself and others to more success. He stood in the gap for me and his other students when I met him coming back to dance in 2014, taking his classes, being challenged but also being encouraged. That is a mark of a true leader. If you want to know his background, listen to my other episodes that are linked on the bottom and if you search for his name, Emeroy Bernardo, you will come across other interviews, his top selling dance courses on Udemy, as well as his channels on YouTube. A few takeaways from this session: Being an effective leader starts with leading yourself Be intentional with your self-care and a morning routine Enjoy your process Be the example Create a safe space for open communication and expression Stay curious and learn something new Don't be so attached to the outcome Strike a balance between being serious and having fun Be aware of your self-talk You have more control than you think over leading your own life Other episodes of interest: (Session #012 How To Communicate Effectively) (Session #035 Failure is Never Final) (Session #055 Leaving a Legacy While Empowering Others) (Session #123 Building A Company Culture with Creatives) (Session #217 Leadership Lessons from Freestyle Session) Links from this session: (Emeroy's Courses on Udemy) (Emeroy's YouTube Channel) (Vision Paradox Instagram) (Vision Paradox YouTube) (Temper Tantrum Instagram) (Temper Tantrum YouTube) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Radio. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
Leadership Lessons from Freestyle Session
01-12-2021
Leadership Lessons from Freestyle Session
Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker To be an effective leader for others, the most important person is to first lead yourself. This session covers the following leadership lessons I gleaned from attending Freestyle Session 2021 in Los Angeles, a yearly event going down for the past 25 years in over 40 countries worldwide, representing every element of Hip Hop and street dance. Leadership lessons from Freestyle Session: Timing is key with dance moves and with leadership. Leaders are sensitive to timing. “There is timing in everything. Timing in strategy cannot be mastered without a great deal of practice.” – Miyamoto Musashi  Teamwork: Even if you are not a leadership "position," you are part of a team and your example is still impactful. Support: Do you have a support system in the different areas of your life? If not, do you have a plan to seek some out? Leaders provide sustained support for their teams. Leaders also know how to ask for support. Strategy and Tactics: A leader is forward focused. A leader is mission driven and has a plan. Not perfection but progress. Confidence is contagious. Not arrogance. As a leader, you inspire with confidence. Seize the moment but also savor it. This goes back to timing. Also enjoying the present moment.  Leaders plan for progress but enjoy the journey. There were many magical moments at this event.  Check out the (Instagram profile) for some amazing shots. Practice in private doesn’t mean it’s less important or you’re less important because people don’t notice you. This was prevalent in the smaller cyphers of people practicing for practice sake. Absorbing the energy of the event to refine their craft. Leaders do things because they have a mission, regardless if others notice or not. Moments and pauses: Leaders, and that can include dancers, know that moments and pauses are important. Business is not all about business. Great leaders have reverence for humanity.  Being an example for the next generation. No doubt there are things leaders deal with behind the scenes but because it is required for a leader to keep the company going, the necessities get executed. An ode to honor for the people that paved the way: Leaders give reverence to people that were there before them.  Expression vs impression: As a leader, what is your mission? To express your message or impress because of ego? This can be interchangeable depending on the context, however, a leader that is focused on their mission and message is already impressive and doesn't need to try to be perceived as such. Other episodes of interest: (Session #017 5 Traits of an Effective Mentor) (Session #182 The Foundation and Future of Funk) (Session #210 How Watching a Live Performance Can Help You Achieve Your Heart's Desire) Links from this session: (Freestyle Session) (Freestyle Session Instagram) (Cros One Instagram) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App or Spotify App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
Healing Through Dance, Meditation and Movement
24-11-2021
Healing Through Dance, Meditation and Movement
"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” -Albert Einstein Even though we are coming out of this pandemic, seems like yesterday and it seems like a lifetime when things were shut down and we were navigating and figuring things out.  Regardless of circumstances, life requires us to navigate change and figure things out. As I’ve been navigating my journey coming back to dance in 2014 after two decades, it didn’t dawn on me that dance has been a huge component of my healing process in dealing with the negative relationship I had with myself and in turn how that affected my relationship with others. During the pandemic I had a delightful exchange with dancer, choreographer, somatic and creative recovery coach Morgyn Danae and I am happy to share this conversation that reminded me of the healing and meditative benefits of dance and movement.  3 Takeaways from this session: Dance and movement are meditation. Meditation comes in different forms and can be experienced in different ways. Trauma is stored in the body and there are methods to address and release trauma. Dance, movement and meditation go beyond the aesthetic and performative aspects. Dance is a healing art. Other episodes of interest: (Silver Linings in a Pandemic) (Thriving in The Betweens) (The Rise of Sensual Fitness) Links from this session: (MorgynDanae.com) (Dave Brubeck Quartet) (The Beatles) (Katherine Dunham) (Martha Graham) (Isadora Duncan) (Carmen Miranda) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Radio. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
How to Have a Better Relationship with Yourself and With Others
01-11-2021
How to Have a Better Relationship with Yourself and With Others
According to Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of juxtapose means to place (different things) side by side (as to compare them or contrast them or to create an interesting effect) Interesting is a mild word to describe the work of Jacob Jonas The Company. I would use engaging and fascinating, for examples. Juxtapose is the title of their recent work that I got to experience thanks to The Wallis and ROW DTLA.  This is the second time I’ve seen this company perform, the first time was at The Wallis back in 2019. I would’ve happily seen them at The Wallis again but this was an outdoor performance on the rooftop of ROW DTLA and I am so thankful I got to experience a new venue. This performance inspired the following ten tips on our relationship with ourselves and with others as I was watching the intriguing interactions between the dancers: Ask yourself if you are asleep or awake? Most people are asleep with their eyes open going through the motions, sometimes alone and sometimes together. Do you need a wake up call in some area of your life? Stop worrying excessively about what people might think of you. Most are so entrenched in their own affairs that they aren’t even thinking of you. Focus on what you can appreciate. I appreciate the athletic artistry of this company, knowing I will be engaged. I would’ve cut the beginning part shorter, and not put so much repetition in some of the sections. My personal trigger was my experience with contact improvisation. It was very prominent between the performers and it took me back to my first class years ago and trying to be intuitive and then someone telling me I wasn’t really doing it properly.  I appreciate this movement form and the performers executed well--it was just my own personal bias toward my experience that caught me off guard. Ask yourself how best to respond to someone else. The example of the stage flooring when the dancers landing throughout the choreography was loud and abrupt. How do you want the interactions in your relationships to land? Pay attention to relationship dynamics. Sometimes you are supporting, provoking,  or inspiring. Just as each duo was interacting with one another, there was a constant give and take, push and pull. Are you getting caught up in what the majority is doing? Are you going to extremes when it isn’t necessary? It is easy to get caught up in what the majority is doing, and that can be both “bad” and beautiful. There is power in one and there is power in many. You decide how you want to disperse your energy and efforts in relationships.  Sometimes you have to release to get more strength and sometimes you have to stand your ground. Know that even when you feel alone, you aren’t. There are others around you that can help or inspire you. You have to allow space for it. When you need space for yourself, acknowledge that. And let others know that you do. Remember that the most important is first the relationship and trust within yourself and that affects how you show up in other relationships. Juxtapose, this engaging performance by Jacob Jonas The Company that reminded me of the dynamics of relationships, how we can be ourselves and how we can stand together to support one another. Other episodes of interest (#210 How Watching a Live Performance Can Help You Achieve Your Heart’s Desire) (#194: How to Make a Powerful Impact in Dance, Life and Business) (#190 It’s Never too Late to Be Great) Links from this session: (Jacob Jonas The Company) (The Wallis) (ROWDTLA) (Contact Improvisation) Would you review
How To Be A Better Dance Artist
18-10-2021
How To Be A Better Dance Artist
Art is a political act. Dance is discipline and revolt. My body is my country. -Anabella Lenzu (Photo by Todd Carroll) 2019 seems so long ago, especially in light of this past year of coming out of the pandemic. Looking back at history of some notable events in 2019, included some fortunate and some not so fortunate such as the All Women Spacewalk, the Amazon Forest wildfires,  Trump’s Impeachment, and The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team winning its second consecutive championship. A remarkable experience I had in 2019 was the inspiring conversation I had with dancer, educator, choreographer and writer Anabella Lenzu. She directs her own company, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD), which since 2006 has presented 390 performances, created 14 choreographic works and performed at 100 venues, presenting thought provoking and historically conscious dance-theater in NYC. Full disclosure this interview was supposed to come out shortly after our conversation, so some of the references might not be applicable, however, the valuable insights that Anabella shares continue to be timely. I was excited to be reminded of some other resources I am researching based on her recommendations and also note that her 2nd book that she talks about is scheduled to come out sometime this year 2021 or later. A few takeaways from our conversation: How important it is to have a support system as an artist Being open to process in the choreography process Making movement meaningful as a full body experience versus just aesthetics Why dance history is relevant Other episodes of interest: (How Decisions Make Dreams Come True) (Thriving in The Betweens) Links from this session: (AnabellaLenzu.com) (Facebook) (Instagram) (Twitter) (2019 Events) (Ana Laguna) (Romeo Castelluci) (Jan Fabre) (Louise Bourgeois) (Ana Mendieta) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Radio. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
The Beautiful Blend of Indian Dance and More Through Blue13 Dance Company
07-09-2021
The Beautiful Blend of Indian Dance and More Through Blue13 Dance Company
Our work has always been rooted in unveiling inequity and celebrating with radical joy in the face of adversity. We are not any one thing to serve to satisfy white centered ideology. We are not inferior in our Bollywood, in our abstract work, on stage, or in a cypher. We are a brown and black global majority dance company, and our blood is blue. -Achinta S. McDaniel, Blue13 Dance CompanyIndian dance is not one thing. And Blue13 Dance Company based out of Los Angeles is an exemplary example of this through their beautiful blend of art, dance, movement and more. I had a wonderful conversation with critically acclaimed artist Achinta S. McDaniel, founder and artistic director of Blue13 Dance Company as she and her artists are in preparation for two events you don't want to miss if you are in the Greater Los Angeles area. One is a fun Bollywood experience in (Downtown Los Angeles at The Music Center) on Friday, September 10th from 7pm-11pm, and the second one is an audience immersive, site specific, outdoor Contemporary and Bollywood Dance spectacular called Shaadi (Hindi for wedding) that is sure to be one of the most memorable events that you can attend. Shaadi is happening on Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th at the Heritage Square Museum. More about Achinta S. McDaniel:New Girl, Speechless with Minnie Driver, DJ Snake, The Amazing Race. Walt Disney World, Heineken, and Snapple to name a few. Household names and they all have something in common. The creative work of my guest today, Achinta McDaniel. In addition, the following words further describe this acclaimed artist: words Prolific. Powerful. A pioneer. Achinta S. McDaniel, choreographer, performer, educator and artistic director of Blue13 Dance Company based out of Los Angeles. She draws from techniques including Bhangra, Kathak, and Bollywood, Hip Hop, ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance, to create spectacular and theatrical dance. She is known for her experimentation with international styles and for inventive staging of her signature contemporary Indian forms. Her choreography is highly dramatic and a real reflection of her upbringing: Eastern and Western, exotic, mysterious, wild, rebellious and unconventional. McDaniel’s work is fearless and inventive, ever-exploring the boundaries of contemporary dance as a first-generation Indian woman. A few takeaways from our conversation:Defining that dance, movement and certain forms don't have to fit into the stereotypical European standards that have been heavily emphasized Not only honoring process in our creative works, but the importance of the people involved Cultivating a brave space for exploration and expression so that it can also be a safe space Self-evaluation for your mission and asking the difficult questions of how you represent yourself and your artistry Other episodes of interest: (How An Experiment Became and Experience: The Rise of The Leela Dance Collective) (Being Present and Honoring Your Path to Creativity) (Silver Linings in a Pandemic) Links from this session: (Blue13 Dance Company) (Dance DTLA) (Heritage Square Museum Event Details) (The Wallis) (KUSC Radio Interview with Achinta S. McDaniel) (Alvin Ailey)...
Thriving in The Betweens
01-01-2021
Thriving in The Betweens
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. -Albert EinsteinTo describe this time as difficult is an understatement for most, yet within it lies a surplus of serendipities and loads of lessons. I am grateful to experience this firsthand learning from artists that I would not have access to if it weren't for the pandemic. Two of these awesome artists are Spenser Theberge and Jermaine Spivey. The Betweens was a fantastic and engaging work created by Spenser Theberge and Jermaine Spivey for L.A. Dance Project based on the current condition of this world because of COVID, the political climate and more. I am excited to share this rich conversation as we discuss creating this wonderful work, navigating through the unpredictable and the what has inspired them as people and as artists. Some key takeaways from Spenser and Jermaine: Discovering and working with dancers as people first Being flexible with the twists and turns of COVID that affected the creation and timing of their work Conflict resolution can be approached differently but still arrive at a common place. Dance and technique are not separate. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Links from this session: (Spenser Theberge ) (Jermaine Spivey Instagram) (Los Angeles Dance Project) (Kidd Pivot) (Nederlands Dans Theater) (The Forsythe Company) (Julliard) (Cal Arts) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio?I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Radio. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
How Watching A Live Performance Can Help You Achieve Your Heart's Desire
19-11-2019
How Watching A Live Performance Can Help You Achieve Your Heart's Desire
I have attended many live performances in the last few years thanks to podcasting. Not only am I entertained and moved, but I glean many lessons that apply to dance, life and business. The following thoughts are a summary of my experiences at various productions from the last few months. With all of the fantastic and not so fantastic experiences that have gone in my life these past months, I didn\'t realize how much time had passed with some of these experiences. Nonetheless, these 16 perspectives from watching a live performance can help you achieve your heart\'s desire. : ) Once you\'ve made a decision, act quickly. Are you tribute worthy? Did you make your day tribute worthy? How could you end the day excellently? Let your work speak for itself. How does it make you feel? To know in your heart that you will do what you say you\'re going to do to the best of your ability does amazing things for your self-confidence. What is your preparation time like? Not always about quantity but also quality. Can you highlight someone else in your work besides yourself? Do you have a generous spirit? Being a generous person is more than just about money. Everybody can make someone else feel better. It isn\'t always about what you say but how you make them feel. Create a life that is important to you. Always be looking to add value. Can you implement the extra mile principal; How can I make it just a little bit better? Sometimes you don\'t need to know all the behind the scenes. If you aren\'t directly involved, why do you need to focus on the negative? Write things down while they are fresh in your memory. The faintest ink is better than the best memory. Little things matter. You can focus on a few things and put quality into them for things to stand out. And it doesn\'t always require a huge monetary expense. Sometimes it takes more than once to appreciate something. Kindness always goes a long way. Don\'t be afraid of showing things in progress. Some people want things to be \"perfect\" before they launch or release. Sometimes it\'s more important to have connection over content. Find your authentic tribe. Not everyone is going to vibe with your work. Be aware of overwhelm. Strive for simplicity. The energy you bring into a collaboration can make or break it. It\'s not so much whether things are positive or negative. although that is one component of it as opposed to are the energies complementary or life giving--Does the collaboration help you move forward to the end result? Links from this session:Complexions Contemporary Ballet Carpenter Center Jacob Jonas The Company American Contemporary Ballet Ate9 Dance Company A Noise Within Theatre Ruby Street LA Contemporary Dance Whyteberg Brockus Project Dance Rennie Harris Versastyles Ford Theaters Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio?I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Radio. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!
Being Present and Honoring Your Path to Creativity
17-10-2019
Being Present and Honoring Your Path to Creativity
One thing in life is certain. And that is life is unpredictable.  You don’t always know what will happen next. Does that trigger fear? And what is fear to you?  Anxiety? The unknown? Or, can you approach fear in a different way, as an acronym that stands for feeling excited and ready? I thought about this after my conversation with the insightful Louise Reichlin of Louise Reichlin & Dancers, also known as Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers on the topic of the unknown and not being afraid of failure. We had a wonderful conversation about her longevity with her dance company celebrating 40 years this year, with performances on October 19th and 20th at The Barnsdall Gallery Theater. We also discussed her paths to purpose, different learning styles, the importance of being present and more.  I was so excited to interview her in person, in her home, in a room that was full of fascinating dance history and making art. Links from this session: (Get tickets to October 19th Performances) (Get tickets to October 20th Performances) (Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers) (Barnsdall Art Gallery) (Al Desio) (San Pedro Festival of the Arts) (Ford Theaters) (Lincoln Center) (UC Irvine) (Bennington College) (USC) (Labanotation) (Eugene Loring) (Donald McKayle) (Meredith Monk) (Twyla Tharp) (Jerome Robbins) Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Radio. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!   The post (Being Present and Honoring Your Path to Creativity) appeared first on (Annett Bone).
How an Experiment Became an Experience: The Rise of The Leela Dance Collective
12-08-2019
How an Experiment Became an Experience: The Rise of The Leela Dance Collective
() What started as an experiment to carry on a legacy, has turned into a successful dance company, The Leela Dance Collective.  They have provided incredible experiences to audiences all over the world. Their latest work, Son of The Wind,  will be presented soon at one of my favorite venues, The Ford Theaters in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 8:00pm. I had the pleasure of having an in-person conversation recently with the lovely Rina Mehta, co-artistic director, at Soho Dance LA Studio, where Rina teaches. I was so excited to observe her class and learn more about (kathak dance), a classical dance form that originates from Northern India. It is engaging, percussive and a joy to watch. ()Susan Gordon, my awesome publicist contact, Rina Mehta and me at Soho DanceLA ()Such a delightful and insightful time I had talking with Rina Mehta () Links from this session: (The Leela Dance Collective) (Ford Theaters) (Soho Dance LA Studio) Son of the Wind Trailer – ( Mehta in Son of the Wind – ( Mehta in a Traditional Kathak Solo ( above courtesy of Rina Mehta and The Leela Dance Collective Would you review The DancePreneuring Studio? I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe and leave your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Radio. It really helps if you do it through the native Apple Podcast App on your smart device. Thanks so much!   The post (How an Experiment Became an Experience: The Rise of The Leela Dance Collective) appeared first on (Annett Bone).