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Ballroom Chat

68 EpisodesProduced by Love.Live.Dance, LLCWebsite

Casual long-form interviews between Samantha, the owner of the ballroom dance studio Love.Live.Dance, and her weekly guests from around the dance world. Listen in for discussions regarding the history of different dance styles, interviews with dancesport athletes, judges and coaches, general dance i… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Dancing with Alec the Bard | Alec Lachman | Episode #67

June 28th, 2023


In Episode 67 of Ballroom Chat, Alec Lachman, aka Alec the Bard, explores the connection between ballroom dance and TTRPGs. Samantha and Alec discuss the process behind creating a mask or character, tips for …

Following the Universe's Timing | JT Thomas | Episode #66

May 17th, 2023


In Episode 66 of Ballroom Chat, JT Thomas discusses her dance career, from classically trained dancer to Smooth Champion to Country dancer. JT and Samantha reflect on how timing, in life as in dance is incredibly …

Preventing Dance Injury | Alisa Pravdo | Episode #65

February 15th, 2023


In Episode 65 of Ballroom Chat, Alisa Pravdo discusses dance injury prevention and recovery. Samantha and Alisa delve into the common causes of feet and ankle related injuries for dancers and answer some listener …

Inside the Ballroom Box | Duffy Betterton | Episode #64

December 7th, 2022


Duffy Betterton is the owner of Dance Dress Couture, and the Ballroom Box. Samantha and Duffy discuss her entrepreneurial projects and growth as a dance industry vendor. The pair also delve into her dance experience as …

SENtertainment | Noël | Episode #63

September 21st, 2022


SENtertainment's owner and founder, Noël, shares his journey from photographing cars as a hobby and passion to becoming a small business owner in the ballroom dance industry. Noël and Samantha discuss learning the ropes …

Hey Mambo! | Matt Bielli | Episode #62

September 7th, 2022


Matt Bielli talks about his background in dancing Latin social styles while growing up in Italy, his move to the US, and his choice to separate his 10 dance competitive experience from his passion for Mambo, Salsa and …

It Takes a Team | Todd Munson and Ricci-Lee Hotz | Episode #61

August 24th, 2022


Ricci-Lee Hotz and Todd Munson of TM Ballroom Dance Studio discuss how to balance ProAm and Professional competition, their mindset and philosophy when it comes to preparation for competitions and how they set goals and …

You Don't Know, What You Don't Know | Enio Cordoba and Terryl Jones | Episode #60

August 3rd, 2022


In part two of her conversation with Enio Cordoba and Terryl Jones, Samantha asks whether dancesport engages in gatekeeping, Enio discusses the …

A Different Approach | Enio Cordoba and Terryl Jones | Episode #59

July 27th, 2022


In part one of this two part conversation, Enio Cordoba and Terryl Jones sit down to reflect on their early dance careers, discuss the importance of mentorship, and their approach to dance education. The pair explore …

Politics and Purpose | Tony Nunez | Episode #58

July 13th, 2022


Tony Nunez returns to the Ballroom Chat podcast to explore the importance authenticity and inclusivity in ballroom dance. Tony and Samantha discuss …

International Dancing Minds | Martina Kornett | Episode #57

February 9th, 2022


Martina Kornett sit's down to talk about her background, going from ballet to ballroom to now doing counseling, advising and training through the International Dancing Minds. Martina explains her approach to a more …

Progress not Perfection | Jon Osborn | Episode #56

December 15th, 2021


Jon Osborn sit's down to talk about mindset going into performance and competitions and the difference between positive and negative self-talk. Jon …

Life of a Competition Organizer | Sid Pocius | Episode #55

October 27th, 2021


Sid Pocius sit's down to talk about his background in amateur dancesport and his take on the word dancesport itself. Sid and Samantha take an inside look on all of his competitions and discuss the behind the scenes …

State of the Podcast | Episode #54

September 29th, 2021


Samantha shares a quick update on the state of the podcast, future plans for guests and conversations, and answers some questions from the Ballroom Chat Instagram.

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Heartsoles Foundation | Deborah Holmes and Stefan Badea | Episode #53

August 18th, 2021


Deborah Holmes and Stefan Badea sit down to discuss their non-profit foundation, the HeartSoles Foundation and its mission. The pair also explore how …

Argentine Tango | Koichiro Suzuki and Yulia Zhukoff | Episode #52

July 14th, 2021


Koichiro ("Chewy") Suzuki and Yulia Zhukoffsit down and talk about their love of music, the history of Tango and why the connection and embrace of …

Being the Best You | Christian Alva | Episode #51

June 23rd, 2021


Christian Alva discusses his early career, life lessons that he's learned along the way and his particular approach to teaching and friendship. …

Communicating Effectively | Viktorija | Episode #50

June 9th, 2021


Viktorija discusses her early career, finding her own expression, and defining how she and her partner Nick want themselves to be seen on the dance floor. She and Samantha also talk about navigating the different …

Entertaining and Connecting | Igor Litvinov | Episode #49

May 5th, 2021


Igor Litvinov discusses his amateur career and his journey becoming a dancer. Samantha and Igor also breakdown his professional show dances for Ohio Star Ball and why choosing music and something that suits your …

Dancing her Truth | Oxana Kashkina | Episode #48

April 28th, 2021


Oxana Kashkina discusses her journey, from amateur dancer to English Educator to professional ballroom instructor. Oxana and Samantha delve deep into …

Teaching and Learning | Yuriy Kravets | Episode #47

April 21st, 2021


Yuriy Kravets discusses his journey from amateur to professional, from Ukraine to the United States and everything in between. Yuriy and Samantha analyze the structure of ballroom dance education in the US and in …

Exploring SuperShag | Chris Johnston | Episode #46

April 7th, 2021


Chris Johnston discusses his early dance career and how music and organizing parties became his passion in the industry. Chris and Samantha discuss the ups and downs of building a career in ballroom dance, the …

Growing Pains: From Gymnast to Pro-dancer | Megan Rund | Episode #45

March 31st, 2021


Megan Rund discusses her start in gymnastics, what happens when your plans suddenly change and your life has put on a completely different path, and …

From the Rink to the Ballroom | Jessica Mancini | Episode #44

March 24th, 2021


Jessica Mancini chats about growing up in the figure skating world, making the transition to ballroom dancing. Jessica and Samantha also discuss how …

Raising the Bar | Christine Bar Noël | Episode #43

March 17th, 2021


Christine Bar Noël discusses taking up the challenge of finding her own path to success in the ballroom dance industry. Christine and Samantha chat about dance entrepreneurship, and finding life-work balance. The two …

Dance and the Creative Couple | Sophia D'Angelo | Episode #42

March 10th, 2021


Sophia D'Angelo discusses finding herself in ballroom dance and the intersectionality between navigating relationships in ballroom dance and in the real world. Sophia and Samantha discuss her book, Dance and the …

Creating Ballroom Hair & Make-up | Boyko Ivanov | Episode #41

March 3rd, 2021


Boyko Ivanov is a former youth 10-dancer, who started creating hair and make-up looks for ballroom dancers after moving to the United States. 15 years later, the name Boyko & Co. is synonomous with some of the top …

Building the Las Vegas Dance Community | Tristen Sosa | Episode #40

February 17th, 2021


Tristen Sosa discusses growing up in a dancing family in Utah, and his dance journey in both competitive ballroom and the performance industry. Tristen and Samantha debate the longevity of virtual dance instruction, and …

Living in the Moment | Natalie Crandall | Episode #39

February 10th, 2021


Natalie Crandall discusses the importance of positive reinforcement and grounding techniques for dancers at all levels, but especially in the competitive arena. Natalie and Samantha chat about the transition from Pro-Am …

Instinctive Perception | Luca Baricchi | Episode #38

February 3rd, 2021


Luca Baricchi discusses the mission of The Baricchi Institute of Movement and Art and what he means by instinctive perception. He and Samantha …

Framework | Ikaika Dowsett | Episode #37

January 27th, 2021


Ikaika Dowsett chats with Samantha about his dance journey and his experiences hosting a dance podcast. The pair compare the struggles of finding a dance partner, having tough conversations in the ballroom dance …

Clarity is Power | Izabella Lewandowski | Episode #36

January 20th, 2021


Izabella Lewandowski sits down with Samantha to discuss why intention and mindset are so crucial to success in business and dancesport. She reflects on overcoming self-doubt, her love of the Latin dance style, and the …

All Things Dance Vision | Wayne Eng | Episode #35

January 13th, 2021


In the first episode of Season 2 of Ballroom Chat, Samantha sits down with Dance Vision founder, Wayne Eng to discuss the growth and future of his company. Wayne talks about his personal dance journey from student, to …

Reflecting on 2020 | Amanda Wolf | Episode #34

December 30th, 2020


Amanda Wolf returns to commiserate and reflect on the unexpected challenges the dance industry faced in 2020. She and Samantha discuss the potential …

College Elective turned Professional Career | Jesse Goodnight | Episode #33

December 16th, 2020


Jesse Goodnight and Samantha catch-up and reflect on how their college ballroom career set them on the path to becoming Professional Ballroom …

Lead with Enthusiasm and Joy | Anna Shahbazyan | Episode #32

December 2nd, 2020


Anna Shahbazyan discusses how psychology and dance are intertwined and her philosophy for following joy. Anna and Samantha chat about working with …

The Man behind the Ohio Star Ball | Sam Sodano | Episode #31

November 18th, 2020


Sam Sodano discusses the origins of the Ohio Star Ball and the adjustments being made to keep it a safe event during the pandemic. Sam and Samantha delve into his own dance journey beginning at Arthur Murray, striving …

Just have Fun | Jago Ayllon | Episode #30

November 11th, 2020


Jago Ayllon is the man behind Utah Salsa and has been a member of the Salt Lake Salsa and Bachata community for over 15 years. Jago and Samantha discuss the intricacies of the Salsa style of dancing, how it differs in …

When in Doubt, Focus Out | Marisa Hamamoto | Episode #29

November 4th, 2020


Marisa Hamamoto shares her journey and the struggles she overcame, from being an Asian American ballet dancer, sexual assault and rape in her teens …

She's Got Rhythm | Ksenia Stavrica | Episode #28

October 28th, 2020


Ksenia Stavrica is a current Professional Rhythm Finalist. She discusses her journey from dancing as a 10-dance Amateur in Russia to a Professional Rhythm competitor in the States. Ksenia and Samantha discuss the …

Finding her way back to dance | Donna Edelstein | Episode #27

October 21st, 2020


Donna Edelstein discusses her journey from ballet to ballroom, and how she found success as an adult in the sport. Donna and Samantha also discuss …

The Girl with the Tree Tattoo | Katie Flashner | Episode #26

October 14th, 2020


Katie Flashner discusses her experiences as a Pro-Am Smooth competitor and her blog, "The Girl with the Tree Tattoo". Katie and Samantha discuss the …

Preventing Dance Injuries | Maria Hansen | Episode #25

October 7th, 2020


Maria Hansen and Samantha discuss the importance of understanding movement and alignment for ballroom dancers and dance instructors. Maria explains how her training through the CHEK Institute and the Baricchi Institute …

More Than Just Shoes | Ilia Kolosov | Episode #24

September 30th, 2020


Ilia Kolosov is the major distributor for the Aida Dancewear Brand in the United States. He discusses how he became "the shoe guy", what sets Aida …

NBC Dance | Nick Bloxsom-Carter | Episode #23

September 23rd, 2020


Nick discusses his dance experience from Cotillion to SYTYCD. Nick breaks down the behind the scenes differences between the production of the different commercial dance TV shows he has been a part of, his experience …

Capturing the Dance | Ryan Kenner | Episode #22

September 16th, 2020


Ryan Kenner discusses his process for capturing the perfect dance moment, tips for ballroom dancers to increase their chance of getting the ideal photo, and how his competitive experience makes him a better photographer.

Treu Dancing | Casey and Kayci Treu | Episode #21

September 9th, 2020


Casey and Kayci discuss meeting and competing as part of the BYU Latin and Ballroom Tour Team, why they are passionate about 10-Dance, their plans for remaining Amateurs or making the move to Professional, and their …

He's Got Rhythm - Aaron Pierce - Episode 20

September 2nd, 2020


Aaron Pierce and Samantha discuss the culture shock of moving from the East Coast to Utah, the challenges Aaron faced when becoming a member of the …

The Ballroom Music Man - Brent Mills - Episode 19

August 26th, 2020


Brent Mills talks about music, dance, musicality, theatre, choreography, artistry, performance and so much more! Brent shares his thoughts on how music and dance are intertwined, how he approaches choreography …

Talking with a Titan - Ron Montez - Episode 18

August 20th, 2020


Ron Montez is a former 7-time undefeated US Professional Latin Champion, the recipient of numerous awards and honors, judge, adjudicator, and co-organizer of both the Aloha Ball and Las Vegas Lights Dance Challenge. We …

Episode #17 with guests Jason and Sveta Daly

August 12th, 2020


We talk with Jason and Sveta Daly. Jason and Sveta are former National and World Professional Rhythm Finalists, owners of Dance Daly Ballroom, and co-organizers of the San Antonio Classic. Jason and Sveta discuss their …

Episode #16 with guest Max Sinitsa

August 5th, 2020


In episode #16 of Love.Live.Dance's podcast, Ballroom Chat, we talk with Max Sinitsa. Max is a former 3-time US Amateur Smooth Champion, US Professional American Smooth Vice-Champion, World Professional American Smooth …

Episode #15 with guests Marzena Stachura and Slawek Sochacki

July 29th, 2020


In episode #15 of Love.Live.Dance's podcast, Ballroom Chat, we talk with Marzena Stachura and Slawek Sochacki. Marzena and Slawek are 4-time undefeated US and World American Smooth Champions, Owners of Dance United …

Episode #14 with guest Tony Nunez

July 22nd, 2020


In episode #14 of Love.Live.Dance's podcast, Ballroom Chat, we talk with American 9-Dance competitor and instructor Tony Nunez about his dancesport experiences.

Samantha and Tony discuss his experiences as a …

Episode #13 with guest Anthony Chen

July 15th, 2020


In episode #13 of Love.Live.Dance's podcast, Ballroom Chat, we talk with competitor and instructor Anthony Chen about his preferred dance style: Lindy Hop.

We discuss the history of Lindy Hop, how the competitive …

Episode #12 with guest Cesar Rojas

July 8th, 2020


In episode #12 of the Ballroom Chat podcast, we talk with Cesar Rojas about Casino Rueda. We discuss the history of the Casino Rueda dance style, how this social dance is opening doors for people to learn more about …

Episode #11 with guest Hope Jackson

July 1st, 2020


In episode #11 of the Ballroom Chat podcast, we talk with Hope Jackson about her start in the dancesport industry, becoming a Brand Ambassador for Aida Dancewear, balancing modeling, dancing, and hair and make-up, …

Episode #10 with guest Michael Johnson

June 24th, 2020


Michael Johnson is a US Professional Ten Dance Finalist, coach and Dancesport adjudicator, owner of Dance Majic Dance Studio, published author, and host of the Majic for Life Podcast.

We talk about his start in the …

Episode #9 with guest Ian Gillett

June 10th, 2020


Ian Gillett is a US Pro-Am National Champion in Smooth and Standard, a World Masters Pro-Am Champion in Smooth and Standard, World Pro-Am Champion in …

Episode # 8 with guest Kimberley Mitchell

June 3rd, 2020


A conversation between Samantha from Love.Live.Dance and guest Kimberley Mitchell, 2 Time US Professional Latin Champion, coach, judge and adjudicator. We talk about the importance of getting kids to dance, using your …

Episode #7 with guest Molly King

May 27th, 2020


A conversation between Samantha from Love.Live.Dance and guest Molly King, West Coast competitor, instructor, published writer, podcaster, tiny home …

Episode #6 with guest Rozana Sweeney

May 24th, 2020


A conversation between Samantha from Love.Live.Dance and guest Rozana Sweeney from Art & Style Dance Studio. We talk about how the current situation is affecting dance studios and competitions, potential ways this …

Episode #5 with guest Martin Skupinski

May 17th, 2020


A conversation between Samantha from Love.Live.Dance and guest Martin Skupinski from BallroomUtah. We talk about Martin's start internationally, coming to Canada and the US, getting a start in teaching at Fred Astaire …

Episode #4 with guest Krista Treu Derington

May 7th, 2020


A conversation between Samantha from Love.Live.Dance and guest Krista Treu Derington. We talk about growing up in a ballroom dancing family, balancing family and competing, the benefits of SeneGence, and all about …

Episode #3 with guest Marcos Martinez

May 1st, 2020


In this episode, Samantha from Love.Live.Dance sits down to talk to guest Marcos Martinez, owner of MMD. We talk about the custom dancewear industry, Marcos' process for creating unique garments for his clients, and …

Episode #2 with guest James Cook

April 26th, 2020


In this episode, Samantha from Love.Live.Dance sits down to talk to West Coast Swing dancer, instructor, and competitor James Cook. We talk about the differences between Ballroom Dance and West Coast Swing, navigating …

Episode #1 with guest Amanda Wolf

April 16th, 2020


In this episode, Samantha from Love.Live.Dance sits down to talk to friend and mentor Amanda Wolf. Amanda is the owner of Studio 101 and Pittsburgh …

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