Why Dance Matters

In a new podcast series, the Royal Academy of Dance asks remarkable people from the world of dance and beyond and all corners of the globe, why dance matters.

Why Dance Matters is a series of conversations with extraordinary people from the world of dance and beyond. It traces the impact of dance on their lives and asks why dance matters to them – and why it might matter to us all. The RAD inspires the world to dance, and we hope these insightful personal conversations – hosted by David Jays, editor of Dance Gazette, the RAD magazine – will delight and even surprise you.

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Series 1 guest lineup

  • Episode 1: Xander Parish, Principal Dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet, Wednesday 19 May
  • Episode 2: Gurinder Chadha OBE, director, producer and writer, Wednesday 26 May
  • Episode 3: Choreographer Cathy Marston, Wednesday 2 June
  • Episode 4: Victoria Trevino, RAD Teacher located in Mexico City, Wednesday 9 June
  • Episode 5: Phil Chan, activist, author and co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, Wednesday 16 June
  • Episode 6: Dr Guddi Singh, paediatrician, health campaigner and broadcaster, Wednesday 23 June
  • Episode 7: Céline Gittens, Principal Dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Wednesday 30 June
  • Episode 8: Luke Rittner CBE, Chief Executive of RAD, Wednesday 7 July

Previous episodes and shownotes

Episode 1: Xander Parish

Broadcast date: 19 May 2021. Xander Parish tells a story of snatching triumph from the jaws of frustration. After a great start – winning a…
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Episode 2: Gurinder Chadha

Broadcast date: 26 May 2021 Gurinder Chadha doesn't make dance films or musicals – but with the slightest nudge, films like Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and…
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Episode 3: Cathy Marston

Broadcast date: 2 June 2021. The choreographer Cathy Marston has a rare gift for telling stories in dance. Now a major player in leading ballet…
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Episode 4 - Victoria Trevino

Broadcast date: 9 June 2021 Dance, and especially ballet, can sometimes seem remote from people's lives. How do you bolt it into the heart of…
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