The Conversations on Dance Podcast: Edward Villella Part II

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Happy #ConversationsTuesday! DanceWear Corner is the proud sponsor of the “Conversations on Dance” podcast.  Most recently, we helped take the podcast hosts Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden to New York to conduct in-person interviews with the ballet world’s best and brightest.  In the coming weeks they will be posting this content, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

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To catch up on the first installment with Edward, tune into episode 47.


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  • DanceWear Corner - Conversations on Dance: Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director Miami City Ballet June 20, 2017 at 9:58 am

    […] you missed any of our previous episodes with Edward, please tune into episode 47 and episode 50 for parts 1 and […]

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