Premier Dance Network is the only podcast that is one hundred percent dedicated to the world of dance. This growing network of shows provides the listener with a “one-stop shop” of online resources for all topics related to dance. In this blog, we will be highlighting just one of the many podcasts available for aspiring dancers to listen to and learn from.

Beyond The Barre

Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Margaret Mullin is the host of Beyond The Barre podcast.  On this show, Margaret shares insights and stories of the real people behind this incredible art form. Margaret is now in her second season of Beyond The Barre so it’s not too late to jump in.

This podcast is primarily an interview based podcast where Margaret Mullin takes the time to talk with a variety of dance professionals about different challenges and experiences that these dancers have faced in the dance world. Such professionals include, The incredible Theresa Ruth Howard, founder of MoBBallet; Diane Jacobowitz, Executive  and Artistic Director of DanceWave; Josh Spell, a former professional dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet who is now a Primary Therapist at the Eating Recovery Center of Washington. Margaret Mullin also talks with former PNB Soloist Kiyon Gaines, who now runs the Next Step program and Jonathan Porretta, one of the most beloved dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Margaret Mullin also talks with both professionals as well as students in the PNB Summer Intensive program about their intensive.

In the podcast, Margaret talks all about what it is really like behind the curtain and the topics discussed in the podcast include topics such as the challenge of diversity and inclusion in ballet.  

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A Little Bit About Margaret Mullin

Margaret Mullin is from Tucson, Arizona where she studied at Ballet Arts Tucson  on scholarship with Mary-Beth Cabana and at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She also attended summer courses at Ballet Tucson and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She also was the recipient of many awards and scholarships throughout her ballet experience. Such awards include the Thurber Scholarship Award, which she received in 2003 and  2004, the Founding Director Scholarship Award from Angela Whitehill of Burklyn Ballet in 2007, and in 2011 she was the Princess Grace Award recipient. Mullin then joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009 and soloist in 2013.

Margaret Mullin has also choreographed works for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase and NEXT STEP. She choreographed her first ballet, Lost in Light in 2012 for the Company. She has also choreographed works, performed as a guest artist (including a leading role in Antony Tudor’s Continuo), and served as a guest teacher for Ballet Tucson and Ballet Arts School in Tucson.

With her colorful career, Margaret Mullin’s podcast will prove to be entertaining and informative for all dancers and for anyone with a love of dance.


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