This episode combines empowering words and lessons from public speaker and corporate trainer, Vital Germaine, world’s best male synchronized swimmer, Bill May, and international performer, Luis Salgado. These high achieving performers will empower you with tools to achieve your goals, incorporate a daily practice of commitment and perseverance, and listen to your heart’s desires to live a life full out.
This episode combines stories and life lessons from professional ballet dancers, Gabrielle Del Re Klug, Elizabeth Parkinson, and Melissa Sandvig. These inspiring artists share their journeys in discovering their passions for ballet, as well as, the obstacles they’ve faced in pursuing their dreams. This episode gifts you with an inside look at the world of ballet.
A medley of ways to live a functionally fit life:
This episode combines life lessons from personal trainer, Justin Martin, fitness expert, Holly Sharpe, and nutrition expert Rachel Fine, to guide you in living a functionally fit life. These health and wellness experts share their stories and provide tips on how to fuel your body to live your most optimal life on all levels of being.
Healing Your One Precious Body
A medley of healing actions we can take from these beautiful lightworkers Jane Mann, Minette Sanchez, and Michelle LynRay Dubh:
This episode combines the short stories and lessons from previous guests, Skin Expert, Jane Mann, Internal Energist, Minette Sanchez, and Master Body Worker Michelle LynRay Dubh. In a medley of healing words , actions, and empowerment, Each guest shares her journey in discovering her passion for healing, as well as, ways to heal our own body from the inside out. This episode provides tools and perspective on ways to live life full out, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Q & A Melissa Sandvig:
- When a dancer is going through that state of perfectionism, what is an exercise you can offer them to be able to let go and enjoy dance?
- What does “Living Life Full Out” mean to you?
- What is your perspective on going to college or not as a dancer?
Live from Planet Hollywood at Velocity Dance Convention Nationals, this episode of The Gina Pero Show introduces you to Melissa Sandvig, teacher at Velocity Dance Convention. In this episode, Melissa shares her story in allowing her passion for dance to guide her throughout her life. Melissa’s story will empower you to follow your dreams.
Melissa, originally from Orange County, began touring with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet while still in high school. After graduation she joined the Milwaukee Ballet and dance soloist roles for six years. Melissa’s credits include roles on Glee, DWTS, AGT, Mobbed, Hart of Dixie, The Young and the Restless and LXD. She has performed motion capture work for Shrek, Puss in Boots, and Madagascar 3. Melissa can be seen on Youtube channel DS2DIO and webshows EHOW and HealthyPower TV. Melissa performs with Helios Dance Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Los Angeles Contemporary Ballet, Luminaria Ballet, Motion Tribe, Body Traffic, Strange and Elegant Dancers, String Theory and the Los Angeles Opera.
Q & A: Interpersonal Effectiveness
Dr. Barbara Fritts: Interpersonal Effectiveness
Q & A : Mindfulness
1. What is mindfulness?
2. How can we include mindfulness in our daily life?
3. What are the benefits of a mindfulness practice ?
4. What are some children’s resources on this topic?
Empowering Words for Your Soul
Gina reminds us of what mindfulness is, the importance of it in our daily lives, and how to choose to be present. What would it feel like to live a life right now, right here, and in this moment everyday?
Dr. Barbara Fritts: Mindfulness
Dr. Barbara takes us through a mindfulness meditation, describes mindfulness, the benefits of it, and the causes of some dis-ease’s we have in our daily lives.
Q & A: Control
1. What is a way people can be aware that control is leading their life?
2. What is one way we can start making effective choices in our life?
3. What is one way we can start honoring our body?
Empowering Words for Your Soul
Gina replays the most important information you need to know about the topic of CONTROL. You will hear how to be aware of when you are trying to be in control and what you actually have control over. Learn how to express your feelings and the importance of them for your everyday health and well being.
Dr. Barbara Fritts: CONTROL
Dr. Barbara Fritts explains what control is, the symptoms and ways in which we choose control and solutions to live with more inner peace and joy. This episode gives examples, stories, and tangible ways to understand our inner chaos and turn it into joy and ease. Learn new choices you can make to live fully.
Q & A: Being a Perfectionist
1. What is perfectionism?
2. What are general symptoms of being a perfectionist?
3. What are ways ”artists” become perfectionistic?
4. What is the effect of social media and perfectionism?
5. How does perfectionism show up in our relationships?
6. What is the cost of being a perfectionist?
Dr. Barbara Fritts talks about perfectionism and what it is and ways to understand yourself and this topic. An episode that will leave you with clarity, identity, and awareness.
Q & A: Dr. Barbara Fritts
1. What is a clinical psychologist?
2. What is mental health?
3. What is self talk?
4. What is a tool to start being aware of your mind?
Empowering Words for Your Soul
Gina shares Dr. Barbara Fritts’s key moments on the topic of mental health. Are you listening and honoring your body? Are you living a life in ease and grace? Are you aware of your self talk? Did you know it is possible to live without dis-ease in your body?
Dr. Barbara Fritts: Clinical psychologist
Dr. Barbara Fritts is a licensed clinical psychologist who works in private practice at Walpole Behavioral Healthcare in Walpole, Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2012 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, following a B.A. in Psychology, emphasis in Women’s Studies, from Elmira College in 2003. Her areas of clinical specialty include perinatal and postpartum mental health, LGBTQ issues, and trauma and abuse. Barb works from a feminist-multicultural lens, always striving to be mindful of the socio-cultural context of each individual.
In addition to her work as a therapist, Barb is a writer and values this modality as her voice for teaching and mentoring, helping people understand and have compassion for one another, and social justice advocacy. Barb is working to be published in children’s literature as well as in the opinion editorial sections of online publications
Q & A: Dorian Sanchez
1. What is healing?
2. What is a way we can receive “news?”
3. What is surrendering? How can we connect to our “source?”
4. What is a way people can heal who are in a vulnerable state and/or in the unknown?
Empowering Words for Your Soul
Gina shares Doriana Sanchez’s teachable moments and healing modalities through her journey with a brain tumor.
An episode that will remind you of the divine, signs the universe has for you, receiving, love, and the power of “Im Ok” and asking for help.
Doriana Sanchez: World Renowned Choreographer: Brain Tumor Survivor
Doriana Sanchez is an Emmy Award nominee, World Choreography Award Recipient for Cher D2K Tour. She received a TEA award for Outstanding achievement for the Crane Dance in Singapore Harbor, the largest animatronics and water spectacular in the world.
For Superstar Cher, she has Directed and Choreographed the D2K, Living Proof, Believe and Love Hurts, Emmy award winning Concert tours, as well as Cher’s 3 years sold out residency at Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas. She is creative consultant for the Classic Cher Show currently at the Park theatre in Las Vegas.
Stage credits include: Senor Discretion Himself, Arena Stage, Washington DC- Helen Hayes Award Nomination, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, Prince of Wales theatre London, Blade to the Heat, Mark Taper Forum.
Television credits include, the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, The Voice, DWTS, Divas Live, Euro VMAs, Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular, the Oprah Show, GMA, The Late show, Disney Channel and 11 Seasons on So You Think You Can Dance.
She is proud to be an Ambassador for the Global Dance Initiative, a producer for idance4aCURE benefiting pediatric cancer and brain tumor research. She is a member of the UCLA PFLAC, (Patients and family counsel) and is honored to be a UCLA Neurosurgery Courage Award recipient.
Q & A: Laurie Napoleone
1. What is important about family and faith?
2. What is one way that you move through the darkness?
3. How can we be a part of The Michael Napoleone Foundation and what is it?
4. What is the mark you want to leave this world with?
Laurie Napoleone: Mother affected by her son’s Cancer
Laurie Napoleone has a Bachelor of science degree in nursing from Niagara university, master of science in nursing university of Phoenix- worked many years in direct care of patients in hospital setting- 10 years of ER, then school nurse teacher for 9 years in Batavia at elementary school. She took a leave of absence when her son Michael became ill with cancer. Laurie returned for a year but it was difficult working with pediatric population after the loss of her son. For the past 6 years up to present, she has been a health careers instructor for Genesee valley educational.
Laurie has been married 34 years to her husband Mark, has 4 children and 2 granddaughters and a grandson on the way. “My family and faith are my number one priorities.” She and her family started the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation in honor of Michael and to pay forward all the good that was given to her through his illness in 2007. It is a non profit assisting families with the challenges of a pediatric cancer diagnosis. It also supports blood cancer research and assists with funding for youth activities.
We have helped over 300 families with $270,000 worth of support, donated $56,000 to research and 44,000 to youth activities. In addition, a $50,000 donation to the new Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester. We are celebrating our 10th year of the Foundation this year. www.michaelshope.org
Q & A: Karen Turnbull:Handling Cancer
1. What is a way that people can be affected of cancer but not become the effect of it?
2.What ways can you stay connected to God throughout any obstacle and/or cancer?
3. What are you most proud of in yourself ?
4. What can we pray for you and your family?
Empowering Word for Your Soul
Gina replays Karen Turnbull’s teachable moments. These words will empower you to take action on living a life full out. Learn the life skills necessary to live the life you want and be able to handle life’s challenges.
Karen Turnbull shares her story about her husbands cancer. She has found a new purpose behind her dance career as a teacher and choreographer. During the course, of what is currently a four year journey with her husband fighting aggressive Thyroid cancer that spread to his brain, Karen has been forced to rediscover the gift and true meaning of why she dances. Dance is more then movement to Karen it is a life force, an energy more powerful then fear, an escape form the pain that can be all to real. Battling against the destructive energy of cancer, battling for her husband’s life and for her family’s joy Karen has found a new gift in dance and in teaching. She embraces each day as the gift it is and instills that passion for life in each of her classes. Karen’s students enter her class knowing that each class is about that moment in time. Dance is storytelling, dance is emotion…raw and unfiltered emotion. Bring it all into the studio and onto stage. Life is hard and beautiful at the same time…just like dance!
Q & A: Alexa Blair Robertson: From Cancer to Pre Professional Dancer
1. What is one way people can immediately respond to pain?
2. What is “pushing “ mean to you?
3. What is an example of “redefining restrictions?”
4. What is a question you have for yourself deep within your heart?
Empowering Words for Your Soul
Gina replays Alexa Blair Robertson’s most touching words. From going all in to living and leading with your whole heart, this episode will quickly remind you of the freedom and power of choosing. The choice is always ours!
Alexa Blair Robertson: From Cancer to Pre -Professional Dancer
16 year old Alexa Blair Robertson is a pre-professional dancer and aspiring surgeon. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her parents, two sisters, and two puppies. At age 4, Robertson was diagnosed with a stage 4 Wilms Tumor in which she endured multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation to defeat. Following her battle with cancer, she moved to Raleigh where she began training with CC & Company Dance Complex under the direction of Christy Curtis. Robertson has been dancing competitively with “The Core” for eleven years. Now cancer free, Robertson has spent a decade working with and learning from the best choreographers in the business, and has now begun working professionally. She is equally dedicated when it comes to her academics. A junior at Heritage High School, Robertson obtains a top spot in her school and is involved in a variety of honor societies and clubs. Alexa aspires to pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon after achieving her commercial dance dreams. Alexa actively tries to give back to her community as much as possible by creating philanthropic fundraisers rooted within her dance studio (Operation Love & CC’s Toiletries) and by helping to teach special education classes at her high school. She also aims to raise awareness for childhood cancer by participating in national campaigns such as Dance Hope Cure. Currently, she is apart of the MVA+ program directed by Kyle Hanagami where she travels assisting and learning from the Velocity Dance Convention faculty. Alexa is immensely grateful for every opportunity she has to give back and to continue to grow in every aspect of life.
Q & A : Tony Testa : Artistic Director and Choreographer
1. What is one tool that people have to “jump in to life?”
2. What is one way you can move through needing the approval of others?
3.What is it like to work with the non-profits you are working with?
4. What is the mark you want to leave this world with?
Empowering Words for Your Soul
Gina replays Tony Testa’s most teachable moments. From listening to Gods clues, to jumping all in, celebrating success and failure, this episode will remind you in a quick flash of whats most important and ways to start living life full out.
Tony Testa: Artistic Director and Choreographer
Since moving to LA in 2005, Testa has been an Artistic Director for THE VOICE UK, NICKI MINAJ (AMA’s), ONE DIRECTION (SNL), KYLIE MINOGUE’s “APHRODITE” World Tour, Kpop’s “EXO” Lost Planet World Tour, & 2 Installations for the LACMA MUSEUM. He has Choreographed for JANET JACKSON, JLO, ARIANA GRANDE, BRITNEY SPEARS, DEMI LOVATO, VERSACE, 2 shows for FRANCO DRAGONE, & with MJ on his final project, THIS IS IT. Most recently he Co – Choreographed both the remake of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and DESCENDANTS 2 (in post-production) with mentor & director Kenny Ortega.
Aside from his work in the Pop Industry, Testa’s Creative Activism to has lead him to Direct a documentary for MOVE THE WORLD & to stand behind non-profits such as CREATIVE VISIONS, THE WOODEN FLOOR, THE PAINTED TURTLE, & CREATIVITY HEALS. He was a Guest Speaker for TEDx Palisades, where he used dance to raise awareness about the effects of over-fishing.
Tony Testa grew up training in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Partnering, Break-Dance, & Hip-Hop in his hometown of Fort Collins, CO.
Q & A: Mario Spinetti
1. How can people be a part of getting their souls on your music?
2. What is your definition of “hearts contents?”
3. What is a tool where people can begin engaging their heart?
4. What is an example of your own marriage in heart and mind and how can we do this?
Empowering Words for Your Soul
Gina replays the inspirational lessons from Mario Spinetti’s episode on Monday.
From awareness of your voice, its tone, and the way we communicate , to connecting to your hearts contents and living an inner purpose with intention in each step. It is possible to live a meaningful and happy life everyday.
Mario Spinetti: Singer/Songwriter, Founder at Voxology
Mario Spinetti is especially passionate about singers and singing.
He has spent the last 15 years or so working to develop the artistry of solo vocalists.
Last year, two of his first clients won their first Grammys, and a method of learning that he created was patented in the United States. He also got back into making his own records and published a series of performances on outlets like iTunes and Spotify.
Mario is currently working to develop and produce his first television show — a talk show with a one-of-a-kind, beautiful, and soulful host, focused on the arts. This year and next he will also introduce his patented learning method to a performing arts high school in New York City with talks of building a first-of-its-kind program for young artists.
Mario continues to develop the sound of intentional solo vocalists on a daily basis, and lives modestly in a beautiful landmarked building on the upper west side of Manhattan.
Q & A: Robert Contreras
1. How do you yourself know what to bring into your student’s lives?
2. What work do you choose to do yourself to prepare yourself as a teacher?
3. What is a daily tool that other teachers can use that can benefit their students?
4. What do you hope for our dance industry and dance studios for our future?
Empowering Ways to Live Full Out
Gina replays Robert Contreras’s most teachable moments. Listen to ways you can impact a child’s life and begin to know, see, and be yourself.
Robert Contreras: Alignment based Dance Teacher and Choreographer
Starting dance at the age of 12 he was trained in ballet, jazz, tap & acrobatics by Georgia Lynn Bowden and Jenny Lynn Hashim. He then went on to win such titles as Mr. Teen Dance Educators of America, Mr. Dance Olympus & Mr. Dance Educators runner-up. His professional highlights include: Jean Ann Ryan dancer, Siegfried & Roy, Tokyo Disneyland where he was Aladdin, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines & EFX starring Rick Springfield. He was a back up dancer for Martha Walsh, Mandalay Bay & opening gala for the Wynn Resort. Robert has worked with such choreographers as Jerry Mitchell, Michael Chambers, Missy Cochran & Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega. He has worked for UNLV Rebel Girls & Treasure Island Resort as co-choreographer of the New Years Celebration show. His work has won national awards such as New York City Dance Alliance’s Senior Critics Choice Award 2013, 2014 Teen Best Performance at The Dance Awards. His dancers have performed in shows such as Sonya Tayeh Dance Company, Stacey Tookey’s “Moments Defined”, & Travis Wall’s “Shaping Sound” . Robert has taught for such conventions as JUMP, Shake & Break NYC, Dance Educators of America and Dance Olympus. Robert’s teaching method derives from Pilates, Franklin Method, Gyro-tonics & Feldenkrias “Awareness Through Movement.” He currently teaches at Bunker Dance Center in Las Vegas.
Holly Sharp: Fitness and Health Expert
Holly Sharpe has 25 years of professional fitness and gymnastic coaching experience through the YMCA and as the fitness manager at the Biggest Loser Resort Niagara. Her passion is a healthy life for everyone, and that every person can be as healthy as they desire. Her interest in fitness began as a gymnast and continued to grow as an adult which she strived to become an ACSM certified personal trainer and a nationally recognized trainer for other YMCA fitness professionals. She now owns and operates Sharpe Training, LLC. “Everyone can have a healthy life.”
Iman Gatti: Grief Recovery Specialist, Life Coach, Speaker
Iman Gatti is a life coach, speaker, writer and grief recovery specialist. She helps people heal past trauma and increase their confidence, self-love, quality of life and income.
Empowering Words for the Soul
Gina Pero empowers you through the key points from Minette Sanchez, internal emerges, healer, author’s episode. “There is only one you.”
Q & A: Jessika Maja
1. What are a couple questions you can ask yourself to start living a life in purpose?
2. How do you make a decision?
3. How can you start to listen to spirit?
4. What is your new book “Shine Your Light” about?
Teachable moments taken from Adam Cates interview to uplift, uplevel, and inspire your day.
YOU have a gift, are you using it?
Vital Germaine’s teachable moments he brings into the world. Be open to a change in direction;Be Authentic, Step into your truth;Show up Fully;Its not Where you start, its that you start;Believe in yourself not your circumstance;Look for ways to grow;Invest in yourself.
Q & A: Rockettes
1. What is work week like?
2. What is a tool for mental strength?
3. What is a step to trusting yourself?
4. How do you handle the rest of your life while performing as a Rockette?
Our host Gina Pero, a former 3 year Radio City Rockette and Gabrielle Del Re Klug, a former 18 year Radio City Rockette take you through their life lessons on and off the Great Stage.
Gina is interviewed by Grace Dale, an aspired Radio City Rockette on her very own experience on and off the stage.
Q & A: Karen Turnbull
1. What has been the key in your relationship with Mike?
2. How has dance continued to enlighten you today?
3. What are 3 things you do daily to stay positive?
4. If you can have any gift right now, What do you want this holiday season?
Gina speaks to us about what is most important right now in our lives. Taking information from Karen and Mike’s episode on Monday, Gina reminds us what living life full out is and how our past has prepared us for where we are today. Allow this episode to remind you of your values, what you love, and to love and hug those most dear to you.
Karen Turnbull is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, where she began her dance training. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Dance Education from Towson University in Maryland. Before moving to Las Vegas in 2002, Karen lived and worked in New York City, where she performed in numerous musical theatre productions. Karen also had the great opportunity to travel much of the world performing on a world cruise. Her dance training has allowed her to study with choreographers such as Donald Byrd, Mark Dendy, Maureen Fleming, Ellen Stokes Shadle, Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and Urban Bush Women. Karen is also a nationally certified massage therapist and Pilates mat instructor. She joined the full time dance faculty at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in 2005. Karen’s passion for dance is best seen in the studio where she finds herself surrounded by young artists hungry with the desire to discover their own creativity. Her classes emphasize proper alignment and technique, while also incorporating her desire to honor the inner voice of each dancer.
Michael Turnbull was born in New York and grew up in Colorado. He attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. While there, he was a member of several Downbeat award winning ensembles as well as the Walt Disney World All-American College Band. Mike has been fortunate enough to travel to over 100 countries as a musician. He has done Broadway tours, USO tours and cruise ships. He toured and recorded with Tom Jones for nine years and Donny and Marie for five years. He has also performed with Elton John, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Carole King, Bernadette Peters, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Cab Calloway, Mercer Ellington, The Temptations, The O’Jays and others too numerous to mention. Mike has appeared on several TV shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Rachael Ray, Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, Live with Regis and Kelly and The View.
Q & A: Francisco Gella: Master Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Artistic Director
1. How do you define ballet in your own terms?
2. What 3 things do you believe have helped you get you where you are today?
3. What are signs to keep going as a performing artist?
4. Why do you do what you do?
This episode will empower you and your loved ones to take action on becoming self aware and live a life in truth. Reminding us all of what Francisco Gella shared on Monday’s episode, Gina talks us through the life lessons and tools that will inspired encourage us to live a life full out everyday. There is nothing that stops us from being our best selves except our mind. Learn, discover , and awaken your heart to life.
Francisco’s personal journey has shaped his approach to teaching and dancemaking. He got a late start and didn’t take his first dance class until age nineteen. Fighting through more than his share of obstacles and told ‘no’ more times than he can count, he’s moved on to a successful career. The struggle has motivated him to use a highly refined pedagogy with astounding results, transforming hardworking young adults into remarkable young artists regardless of body type or background, and instilling a belief in them that anything is possible with hard work, a sense of purpose, and a willingness to take risks.
Q & A: Don Mirault
1. What is most important in deciding whether or not to perform professionally ?
2. How can parents get information for their children who love to perform?
3. What is difference between dance degree and your school?
4. How can you apply for your school?
Gina takes us through the key components of Don’s interview from Monday. Learn the business of dance, how to throw away your excuses, get real information on becoming the CEO of your business as a performing artist, and get empowered from the inside out.
He appeared on Broadway as Zach in “A Chorus Line”, he played Fred
Casely in Bob Fosse’s “Chicago” and you’ve seen him in the Equity
production of “Baby”. He performed the lead adagio in the “Folies
Bergere” in Las Vegas. Don has worked in every dance medium from
Cruise Lines to MTV. He has helped hundreds of dancers launch their
dance careers with his book “Dancing…For A Living”. Don has created
three instructional videos “Lifts…For Your Choreography”, “Lifts…For
Kids and Advanced Lifts and Partner Work.” He conducts adagio classes
across the country specializing in helping male dancers and partners. A
keynote speaker at colleges and universities, Don continues to educate
dancers and teachers on the business of dance and how to become a
professional. A master class teacher and national judge for numerous
competition/conventions including Joe Tremaine, Starpower, Encore,
Rainbow Connection, Talent on Parade, Al Gilbert and many more. He is
the Executive Producer for Doucette Entertainment in Las Vegas.
Entering it’s 10th year, Don is the Producer/Director of GoPro Seminars
and KIDZ ROC a full production theatrical show for kids in Branson,
Mo. He is the owner of Theater Arts Preparatory School in Las Vegas.
It is possible to love thy self at age 16. Vision is an important part of self confidence. Learn what wholeness is. Relationships transform us on all levels. self care tools. The power of coaching for teenagers.
Drew Stanley is 16 and from Las Vegas. She attends boarding school in NJ. She is self motivated, uniquely gifted, and has a heart of gold. She shares her story, her perspective on life, and how she handles current situations. She is family and faith oriented always giving her best in all she chooses. Get ready to hear insightful information from this beautiful 16 year old woman.
Q & A: Neil Haskell, Hamilton on Broadway
1. How do you stay motivated as a Broadway performer?
2. What kinds of things do you to stay in your best shape in your body and your voice?
3. What are tips for auditioning in NYC?
4. Why do you do what you do Neil?
Audition tips, what it is like being in Hamilton, how to stay true to yourself, getting through obstacles such as injuries, and stability.
Neil Haskell is currently performing the role of Charles Lee in Hamilton on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include Bring It On, Tuck Everlasting, Cinderella, 9 to 5 and The Times They Are A-Changin’. Neil was also an All Star and a 3rd place finisher on So You Think You Can Dance. On screen, Neil has been a featured performer in the films Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys, and The American Mall as well as being a guest star on the TV show Glee.
Q & A: Doug Penikas: Professional Dancer, Actor, Writer, Filmmaker
1. What is one thing you can contribute to your success?
2. How do you handle transitions in your life?
3. What tool do you use to make decisions?
4. Why is Back to 1 a movie that all ages need to watch?
Doug Penikas is a professional dancer/actor turned filmmaker, writer/director. His
credits include Disneyʼs High School Musical 2 & 3, Glee, Eli Stone, How I Met
Your Mother, Elton Johnʼs Red Piano Tour, and Paula Abdulʼs Check Yourself.
He produced, wrote, acted and directed his first feature film, Blood Type:
Unknown with his production company More Brandy Productions which became
an official selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 and secured
worldwide distribution on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Playstation, Vudu and
YouTube in all English speaking territories. As a writer he has placed in the top
ten for the Burbank Writerʼs Store: Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition
twice. BACK TO 1 is his second feature film.
Q & A: Rachel Fine: Nutrition Expert for Dancers
1. What is a first step to fueling my life?
2. How important is creating a conscious relationship with food in choosing to be a performing artist?
3. What are your 3 favorite snacks?
4. What can I do mentally start this journey with food?
Rachel, the founder of To The Pointe Nutrition, provides top quality nutrition counseling to a vast audience from children and trainees to professional dancers and adult fitness enthusiasts alike.
As a dancer and performing artist, Rachel intertwines her passion for ballet and medical nutrition therapy in order to deliver the most attainable, yet scientifically sound, information to her clients. This unique combination of skills provides Rachel with uncommon insight into the human body and its many capacities. Her deep familiarity with anatomy and kinesiology as well as her medical background in nutrition therapy combine to provide her clients with the most accessible, yet scientifically based, information.
Q & A: Scott Levin: Dance Dad, News Anchor, Faith is #1
1. What is most important to you right now as a dance dad?
2. What lights you up the most?
3. How do you keep up financially, mentally, spiritually with being a dance dad?
4. What are 3 questions you would advise other dad’s to ask their daughters daily?
Life Lessons from Scott Levin: Dance Dad, News Anchor, Man of Faith
Father and Daughter Relationship: Relationship with God: Dance: Support: Family: Daily Tools to live a life full out
Scott Levin: Dance Dad, News Anchor, Emmy Award Winner
Scott Levin joined WGRZ-TV Buffalo, NY in the Fall of 1998 as the 5, 6, 10 & 11 o’clock evening news anchor. Scott grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Wayland, H.S. and then received his B.S. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. After graduating Skidmore, Scott had a successful ten year business career in Virginia and New York City before he launched his journalism career.
1. What keeps you going in the field of dance?
2. What do you see as a difference in the dance industry today from when you started?
3. What do you think the difference is between training and social media?
4. What are some tools to continue to educate your self and expand your dance and life knowledge?
5. Extra words from the Dana Wilson!
Life Tools from Dana Wilson: Top Performing Artist/Choreographer
Finding the way you naturally move. Her journey into Hip Hop. Being and becoming visible. The importance of habit and ritual. Tracking progress. Social Media. Turning your passion into a profession. Saying “No” and saying “Yes.” Education. Celebrating failure and success.
Dana Wilson: Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Chief Director of the Bureau of Non Verbal Communication
Luis Salgado is an international performer, director and choreographer, with an acclaimed career on Broadway, film, television, and stages around the world.
Luis is currently performing in his fourth Broadway musical On Your Feet and is credited as co-choreographer for the remake of “Dirty Dancing”, other film and television credits include choreographing 2 animated films for Dora’s Explorer Girls, and music videos for Wonka Inc. and McDonalds’ LR1 single Maña y Corazón. As a performer other Broadway credits include, Rocky the Musical, Women on the Verge… and In the Heights.
Michelle LynRay Dubh’s journey into the body began with Structural Integration in 1993 when she received a 10 session series. It was such a profound life-changing experience and education of the Body/Mind relationship that she wanted to share the work with others. She became a certified practitioner of the Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration in 1997, and received her Advanced Practitioner Certification for Structural Integration in 2015.