EP0030 MINDLEAPS | GLOBAL

Mission MindLeaps uses dance to develop the cognitive skills and social-emotional learning of at-risk youth to ensure that they can succeed in school, enter the workplace and leap forward in life. About MindLeaps Founded in 2005 (as RDDC: Rebecca Davis Dance Company) by social entrepreneur Rebecca Davis, the company was originally based in Philadelphia with the goal of building awareness of social justice issues through … Continue reading EP0030 MINDLEAPS | GLOBAL

EP0029 TIM PODESTA | AUSTRALIA

Deeply rooted in the creative community, we hold our values dearly. Inclusiveness, diversity, purpose and authenticity are beliefs that drive us to go beyond. Projection Dance uses dance to make a difference, inspire change and be a fearless voice and active advocate for innovation and dialogue surrounding the development of arts at this time. We share a natural affinity with expressive movement; like all strong … Continue reading EP0029 TIM PODESTA | AUSTRALIA

EP0026 CASEY HERD | BALLET RISING

Welcome to this special interview with Jozef Varga (Principal Het Nationale Ballet) and Casey Herd (Founder of Ballet Rising). We have heard many stories from dancers around the world, but what about the story of our own Casey? “when dancers stop dancing, they have to re-invent themselves” Learn in this interview how Casey started from difficult beginnings to go on to shine as Principal at … Continue reading EP0026 CASEY HERD | BALLET RISING

FASCINATING INTERVIEWS & A BETTER INTERNET

We’re capping off our grant period from the Grant For The Web with three fascinating interviews about ballet around the world. We’re joined by world renowned Syrian dancer Ahamd Joudeh, Lebanese ballerina Janine Younes, and Dutch National Ballet principal dancer Jozef Varga interviews Casey Herd about how he started Ballet Rising, all filmed in person, in Amsterdam. The films are available now for Coil subscribers … Continue reading FASCINATING INTERVIEWS & A BETTER INTERNET

EP0020 BRIANA + GREG | WEB MONETIZATION

In this interview Ballet Rising director Casey Herd discuss with fellow grantees, Briana Stuart and Greg Hannam, what is web monetization, how it works, and why it’s important for people in the dance industry to understand it as we shift into the digital world. We finish off with an introductory to the Grant For The Web and encourage our colleagues and fans to take a … Continue reading EP0020 BRIANA + GREG | WEB MONETIZATION

BEHIND BALLET RISING

A former principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, Casey fell in love with travel during his years on the road as a ballet dancer. Following his retirement from the stage in 2016, he embarked on a new project that combines his love for ballet with his love for learning about the world. Here he describes the inspiration behind Ballet Rising. Continue reading BEHIND BALLET RISING

UNITED WORLD OF BALLET

SUPPORTING BALLET ABROAD BOOSTS BALLET AT HOME By Lindsay Alissa King In the epilogue to her 2010 book Apollo’s Angels, Jennifer Homans wrote, “We are watching ballet go, documenting its past and its passing before it fades altogether.” Homans’ opinion, one that was perhaps not uncommon at the time, was that ballet was experiencing a slow and inevitable decline. In the decade preceding the publication … Continue reading UNITED WORLD OF BALLET