Why Dance Matters

In its 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.

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Episode 7: Benjamin Zephaniah

Broadcast date: 24 November 2022

In the last episode of this season of Why Dance Matters, we meet a poet – the resonant, rousing, heart-stopping Benjamin Zephaniah. Benjamin’s specific dance connection is that he’s recorded the narration for Rambert’s acclaimed new stage production based on Peaky Blinders, the cult period crime drama. As a celebrated performance poet, he’s used to making language, voice and physicality fuse in the most memorable of ways. His writing for young people as well as adults has been transforming, inspiring generations of readers. He will explore words and bodies, and the way that creativity can change a life.

Find out more about Benjamin below.

Series 4

Episode 1: Akram Khan

Broadcast date: 13 October 2022 The opening guest in the new series of Why Dance Matters is a star among contemporary dance artists. Akram Khan…
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Episode 2: Dame Monica Mason

Broadcast date: 20 October 2022 May you live in interesting times may be an ancient curse, but Monica Mason has voyaged through some very interesting…
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Episode 3: Zack Frongillo

Broadcast date: 27 October 2022 The Savannah Bananas is not what you might expect from a US baseball team; players break off to twerk or…
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Episode 4: Charlotte Edmonds

Broadcast date: 3 November 2022 Unusually, Charlotte Edmonds began her career as a professional choreographer while still a teenager. The RAD spotted her talent for…
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Episode 5: Jay Jay Revlon

Broadcast date: 10 November 2022 Ballroom culture was celebrated in the tv drama Pose, set in New York during the 1980s and 90s. It originated…
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Episode 6: Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel

Broadcast date: 17 November 2022 Why Dance Matters has benefited hugely from encouragement and inspiration from Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel in the Faculty of Education at the…
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Episode 7: Benjamin Zephaniah

Broadcast date: 24 November 2022 In the last episode of this season of Why Dance Matters, we meet a poet – the resonant, rousing, heart-stopping…
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Previous series

Series 1

May – July 2021. Interviews include Xander Parish, Cathy Marston, Phil Chan and Céline Gittens.
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Series 2

September – November 2021. Interviews include James Whiteside, Leanne Benjamin, Libby Clegg and Ralph Heimans.
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Series 3

February – April 2022. Interviews include Carlos Acosta, Joyce DiDonato, Hofesh Shechter and Harper Waters.
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