In short, dance matters. But why? That's what the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has been exploring in a series of podcasts, where international figures, directly and indirectly connected with dance, talk about what it means to them and how their lives have been affected by dance.
The third season of the increasingly popular podcasts, Why Dance Matters, hosted by the excellent interviewer David Jays, has just launched, featuring Carlos Acosta. His life, of course, was entirely shaped and changed by ballet, which took him from petty delinquency in the streets of the Cuban capital, Havana, to stardom on the biggest international stages; and since his semi-retirement to a number of influential positions, including as artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and director of his own Havana-based Acosta Danza.
This podcast was launched on Wednesday 23 February. You can listen to it here:
Episodes will be released weekly, and feature the likes of American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, choreographer Hofesh Shechter and former Royal Ballet principal dancer and now president of the RAD Dame Darcey Bussell.
Dame Darcey Bussell. Photo: Eliott Franks
Here's the full list of podcasts in Series 3 of Why Dance Matters:
• Episode 1: Carlos Acosta CBE, director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Wednesday 23 February
• Episode 2: Joyce DiDonato, American mezzo-soprano, Wednesday 2 March
• Episode 3: Barbara Peters, RAD teacher and former examiner, Wednesday 9 March
• Episode 4: Kathryn Morgan, ballet dancer, Wednesday 16 March
• Episode 5: Hofesh Shechter, choreographer, Wednesday 23 March
• Episode 6: Jordan Thomas, US lawyer, writer, speaker and media commentator, Wednesday 30 March
• Episode 7: Harper Watters, soloist with the Houston Ballet (pictured top), Wednesday 6 April
• Episode 8: Dame Darcey Bussell, RAD President, Wednesday 13 April
All podcasts are available on the main platforms: Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube
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