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dancersFAQ is a podcast for artists, athletes and dancers - hosted by Alix Reigner - giving health information, keys for action and motivation, as well as tips for a successful career and awesome life.
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One giant intellectual orgy at Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet.

dancersFAQNov 04, 2021

One giant intellectual orgy at Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet.

One giant intellectual orgy at Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet.

Tony danced among Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet for many years and performed for Jan Fabre among others. He has been creating his own pieces and teaching ballet for decades.

His view of ballet is out of the ordinary and he brings passion and fullness to everything he does. I find Tony exceptionally inspiring and wanted to share with you a dash of his story and guidance.

Book your tickets for his new show @Frankfurt LAB
—> 13.11.2021, 19:30
—> 14.11.2021, 14:00 & 18:00

Nov 04, 202148:11
How did podcasting change your life?
Sep 28, 202150:19
From dancer to badass stunt woman?

From dancer to badass stunt woman?

Julia Schunevitsch is a dancer / martial artist / professional stunt woman. She keeps switching from one discipline to another, creating her unique path between the performing arts and art of fight and self-control.

In this episode, she shares how she ended up being the double of Hollywood stars, her travel to Indonesia and the search for her genuine style.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
Don’t forget to subscribe to dancersFAQ and leave a review if you like it.

Sep 22, 202142:41
How do you connect to the World's most fabulous operas?

How do you connect to the World's most fabulous operas?

Working as a souffleuse for an opera allows you to embody every single character of the piece and live the performance at its fullest, being connected to the singers, the musicians and the chef of the orchestra. Fabienne Jost has been working at the Komische Oper Berlin for the past 6 years after a career of 20 years as an opera singer through Germany and Europe.

Get to know about her job and her passion for text in this episode.

Mentioned in this episode:
• Komische Oper Berlin
• vocal coaching
• Oedipe
• Orphée
• Dialogues des Carmélites
• Régine Crespin
• Poulenc
• Le Chevalier à la rose

Jun 10, 202131:23
How did you end up drawing yoga poses for the family of an Indian guru?

How did you end up drawing yoga poses for the family of an Indian guru?

Fanny Rognone approaches asanas under her architect eye. While she was completing her teacher training, she launched a blog that became famous very fast and the family of B.K.S. Iyengar (an Indian guru) commissioned her to illustrate a book. A 3 years journey started...

Fanny is now teaching in Nice (South of France) in her yoga studio called Super Studio ( and online since the start of the pandemic.

Mentioned in this episode:
• Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga
• breathing techniques
• meditation
• postures (asanas)
• B.K.S. Iyengar
• Krishna Macharia
• alignment
• anatomy
• yoga teacher training
• compacity and concentric extension

May 19, 202124:56
How does the Pill shut down your brain?

How does the Pill shut down your brain?

The Pill and other hormonal contraceptives shut down your brain in order to avoid pregnancy.

With Jenny Koos aka Vulverine - a Justisse reproductive health practitioner and a faculty member of the Justisse College International - discover how hormonal contraception really works.

Disclaimer: this episode is not against the Pill. It gives information about hormonal contraceptives to encourage active choice making instead of passive acceptance.

I highly recommend that you checkout a previous episode called “What are the different phases of a menstrual cycle?” if you are not familiar with this topic.

• In 2010, Bayer made $1.5 billion from Yaz, then its second best-selling product.
• Today, 80% of women will take the birth control pill at some point during their lifetimes.
• 50% of women under age 25 use the pill in the US.
• 50% of women taking the pill say they want to regulate their periods and are prescribed the pill for this reason first.

Find Jenny on:

Mentioned in this episode:
• the Pill
• hormonal IUD, vaginal ring, hormonal implant
• hormonal glands
• Hypothalamus, pituitary gland, ovaries
• negative feedback loop
• menstrual cycle
• estrogen and progesterone
• Follicular phase and Luteal phase
• Progestin, ethinyl estradiol and gestogens
• ovulation
• menstruation
• withdrawal bleeding
• the boomerang effect
• uterus and Fallopian tubes
• ectopic pregnancy
• PMS and PCOS
• combined Pill, mini Pill
• going off the Pill
• endocrine disruptor
• Sweetening the Pill or how we got hooked on hormonal birth control, by Holly Grigg-Spall

May 12, 202147:12
How do you navigate the dance world with scoliosis?

How do you navigate the dance world with scoliosis?

Yukie has a double curve S-shaped-scoliosis. She was bullied as a kid, told by her doctor that she would be in a wheelchair by the age of 16, told by the director of her dance academy that she would never be a dancer but she chose to travel from the Netherlands to America to make her dream come true.

Today, she has to navigate the dance world with its "being straight" standard, face the ignorance of many people and the emotional challenges of being a dancer but she wouldn't trade that life for anything.

Mentioned in this episode:
• The National Ballet Academy of Amsterdam
• corset / brace
• Pilates, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis
• rods (implanted to treat scoliosis)
• Yuko Giannakis
• Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance
• Codarts
• The Ailey School
• Amala Dianor
• trigger point therapy

Yukie gives Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis classes in Amsterdam at Full Circle Studio and online. You can contact her at

May 04, 202136:52
What is it like to be followed for years for a documentary?

What is it like to be followed for years for a documentary?

Weronika Frodyma was followed by the director Aneta Popiel-Machnicka and her husband, Michał Popiel-Machnicki for the documentary called "Sometimes I dream I'm flying" released in 2013. During 6 years, from the Warsaw Ballet School to the Berlin Staatsballett, the two Polish cinematographers got to film her professional and private life, in the dance studio, on stage, at home, in hospital and more.

Get to know Weronika's impressions on this experience and how this chapter of her life - approached from the angle of frustration, loneliness and pain - made her grow and blossom.

Mentioned in this episode:
• Aneta Popiel-Machnicka
• Michał Popiel-Machnicki
• Warsaw Ballet School
National Opera in Warsaw
Vaganova Academy
American Ballet Theatre
• Carmen de Robles Dance Academy in Las Palmas, Anatol Yanowsky and Carmen Robles
Berlin Staatsballett
Polina Semionova
• knee injury (patella)
• rehabilitation and physiotherapy
Xenia Wiest

The documentary is available on Youtube:

Apr 28, 202146:52
What's your story - David Zambrano?

What's your story - David Zambrano?

The inventor of Flying low and the founder of TIC TAC art center started dancing in clubs in Venezuela with his sister before moving to New York and setting the dance floor on fire with disco dance. In night clubs, he met good dancers and invited them to explore movement in a studio he rented.

It's only later that David Zambrano met the floor ; after an injury. What started with rolls then developed into a worldwide language known as Flying low before Passing through and couple dance came along. After more than thirty years of travelling, David decided to take a 10 years "rock star" break in Brussels and build his temple ; TIC TAC.

Discover his full story in this episode.

Mentioned in this episode:
• couple dance
• disco dance
• Flying low
• Passing through
Impuls Tanz
• improvisation
• floor work
P.A.R.T.S, Rosas
• Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus
• Simone Forti
• Anna Halprin
• Mat Voorter
ZOO/Thomas Hauert
• nano movements
Deltebre dansa

Find David Zambrano in TIC TIC art centre:

Mar 30, 202139:59
How is your movement vocabulary built?
Mar 16, 202137:39
Do you pamper your psoas?
Mar 09, 202122:00
What's the Moulin Rouge's story?
Mar 02, 202126:44
What are the different phases of a menstrual cycle?
Feb 23, 202127:13
How was Graham dance born and how is it going today?
Feb 17, 202153:02
What's your story - Amanda Chapman?

What's your story - Amanda Chapman?

Amanda has been dancing at the Moulin Rouge for 14 years.
In this episode, she tells us about her story.

Mentioned in this episode:
• French Cancan
• Australia
• soloist dancer
• becoming a mother

Feb 09, 202124:50
What is the Sardana?

What is the Sardana?

Summer festivals with traditional dances are a great opportunity to gather and share beautiful moments. But behind this fun and relaxed facette, there are some tough training and high standards. This is the case for Sardana, a traditional dance from Catalunya (in Spain and France).

Béatrice Marty - a former competition dancer - introduces us to this style and its rules.

Mentioned in this episode:
• contrepas
• espadrilles
• cap de colla
• faixa
• cobla
• Collioure

Feb 02, 202111:27
How did you prepare yourself for your orgasmic births?
Jan 26, 202127:35
What is it like to be the dance captain at the Moulin Rouge?

What is it like to be the dance captain at the Moulin Rouge?

Dive into the world of the Moulin Rouge! This is the first episode of a series about this famous Parisian cabaret.

Today, discover what it is like to be the dance captain of a renown show with Aurore Houet who stayed at this position for 14 years before retiring 3 years ago.

Enjoy the Féérie!

Jan 19, 202121:15
What's your story - Frey Faust?
Jan 12, 202145:04
Who is your host on dancerFAQ?

Who is your host on dancerFAQ?

In this episode, I share the reasons why I started this podcast and my feelings about this first season :) Enjoy.

Dec 12, 202007:01
How can professional dancers prepare themselves for birthing their babies?
Nov 24, 202026:21
What does it look like when a b-boy explores alternative ways of doing ballet?
Nov 17, 202019:13
What is contact improvisation?
Nov 10, 202028:25
Repetition, the mother of knowledge?
Nov 03, 202025:39
How can a man make his ballerina dreams come true?

How can a man make his ballerina dreams come true?

Most of us grew up in a world where Barbie dolls and pink toys were for girls and plastic swords and blue toys were for boys. This binary way of thinking has been affecting the classical dance industry for decades.

Here is the story of Yeric Valentino, a professional ballet dancer that was trained to perform Princes and who wanted to be a Princess. Last year (2019), he made his dreams come true by joining the company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, dancing on pointes with a tutu on. After interpreting male roles, he had to face the choice of what was right and what was easy. He listened back to his inner self and lately became the one he always wanted to be.

This episode is for the ones that love the idea of not being what people expect them to be, and any curious listener.

Mentioned in this episode:
• Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo,
• Infectious Stardust - Youtube Channel,

Find Yeric on Instagram

Oct 27, 202028:38
Why is it important to put your heels down when you jump?
Oct 20, 202020:57
How to become a drag queen?
Oct 01, 202027:12
What is it like to be a dancer in Las Vegas?
Sep 09, 202026:55
How to deal with loneliness, competitivity and heavy hierarchy in castings and companies?

How to deal with loneliness, competitivity and heavy hierarchy in castings and companies?

Diane Mesnier, a psychologist, yoga teacher and former model shares her past experiences in the modeling industry. You'll hear about loneliness, competitivity and heavy hierarchy in castings and dance companies. How could we improve the performing arts and fashion industries? What are the responsibilities agents, choreographers and production teams need to take? How could we create a healthier working atmosphere? 

Find Diane Mesnier on ARTEMIS.

Aug 28, 202019:24
What's your story - Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang?

What's your story - Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang?

What's your story, a dancersfaq program where amazing people share their story.

Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang started jazz and modern in Norway. He is now a contemporary dancer in Asia (performing in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and more) and THE ambassador of Voguing  in Thailand.

Mentioned in this episode:

Debbie Bazoo
Javier, House of Ninja 
Icon mother Leiomy Maldonado (
• Kiki House of Sun



The 3 styles of Voguing: Old Way (using shapes and poses), New Way (using acrobatics and poses requiring high flexibility) and Vogue Femme (very dramatic and feminine moves and faces).

Vogue Femme is built around five elements: catwalk, duckwalks, hand performances, floor performances and spins & dips.

Some of the ball's competition categories: sex siren, bizarre, faces, voguing and runway.

Aug 20, 202049:47
Where do professional dancers perform in Africa?

Where do professional dancers perform in Africa?

Where do professional dancers perform in Africa? is the question that Claire Nini answers in this episode. Claire is a journalist and a specialist in African dance and art. She launched with Jean Boog, in December 2019, a non-profit organization called SHOW BIS that aims to send to Africa obsolete technical equipment from European theaters.

Listen and learn more about her project and the situation in 2020 in Western and Central Africa regarding the performing arts.

Mentioned in this episode:

• Kettly Noël, Donko Seko and Dense Bamako Danse (Bamako, Mali)
• Salia Sanou, La Termintière (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
• Serge Tsakap, Tiéwé Art (Batoufam, Cameroun)
• Faustin Linyekula, Studios Kabako (Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo)
• Germaine Acogny, Ecole des sables (Toubab Dialaw, Senegal)
• La danse, l'art de la rencontre, Dominique Hervieu (available on
• Movement (R)evolution Africa, Joan Frosch and Alla Kovgan
• Mon élue noire, Olivier Dubois (with Germaine Acogny)

Aug 13, 202031:00
Breath, cold and commitment, the recipe for a healthy and creative life?
Jul 05, 202031:05
What is Hypnobirthing?

What is Hypnobirthing?

Shari Lyon, 5 x award-winning Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner from Belly2birth is answering the question “What is Hypnobirthing?” 

I have to say, Hypnobirthing is not only for pregnant women but for EVERYONE! It is a way of understanding women’s body and realizing that childbirth can be a fearless and positive experience (not the way it is usually shown in movies nowadays). I personally learned sooo much preparing this interview.

In this episode, you will discover (or learn more about) Hypnobirthing, a technique mixing self-hypnosis, meditation, deep relaxation, massage, acupressure, mental preparation and much more in order to create and maintain a positive mindset through pregnancy and delivery. You will also learn about birth hormones, mind/body connection, as well as causes of fear and how it affects labour.

Mentioned in this episode:

- “Knowledge is for the mind, and experiences for the body” Dr Joe Dispenza 

- Dr Sarah Buckley's book "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering"

- Shari's Natural Home Birth using Hypnobirthing Techniques

- Nurture Hub Podcast, with Shari Lyon and Nicola Laye

May 26, 202035:10
How can I allow my success?

How can I allow my success?

It’s not always easy to be confronted to negative feedbacks from your audience, your fans or those close to you BUT there is a way of being prepared for it and not letting yourself be destabilized.

Terez Firewoman Hartmann is sharing on dancersFAQ her experience, her expertise and her personal tips to allow your success and live your life on fire. 


Mentioned in this episode:

Allowing your success, by Terez Firewoman Hartmann (2012) Beautiful, Wild & Free (2020 Tiger King Remix) Good Vibe Fire Tribe Channel Deepak Chopra The Secret, by Drew Heriot / Rhonda Byrne Abraham Hicks
May 05, 202041:45
The Symptothermal Method - Bonus track 01

The Symptothermal Method - Bonus track 01

A bonus track on the Symptothermal Method from the second episode of dancersFAQ with Jessie Brebner from Fertility Charting available here.

The Symptothermal Method is a natural method of contraception. It is based on observing physical changes throughout your menstrual cycle in order to know when you are fertile or not. The most important signs are the change in your cervical mucus and cervix (sympto) as well as your basal body temperature (thermal).

Its efficacy can rise up to 99,6% if well used BUT in opposition to a hormonal contraception “its success relies upon you.” (Jessie Bebner). You must be very dedicated in order to reach a high effectiveness.

Charting your cycle will open a new level of self-awareness, no matter your sexual activity.

THIS IS NOT the Ogino Knaus “rhythm” method where you “calculate” your fertile days based on your previous cycle lengths.


Mentioned in this episode:

Taking charge of your fertility by Tony Weschler The Rhythm Method was created by the gynecologists Ogina (Japan) and Knaus (Austria) in the 1930s. They both discovered that the ovulation occurs between 12 and 16 days before the next period

Find Jessie Brebner on

Apr 23, 202009:52
What is this sticky, creamy, watery thing in my undies?

What is this sticky, creamy, watery thing in my undies?

What is this sticky, creamy, watery thing in my undies? Jessie Brebner from Fertility Charting is answering this question. 

On social media, I came across the story of a young woman whose mother stopped washing her underwear when she found some vaginal discharge at the bottom of it. If you don’t already know it: every single woman having a healthy menstrual cycle (not taking any hormonal contraception for example) has this sticky/creamy/watery thing at certain times of her menstrual cycle called cervical mucus.

I am very proud of this episode since cervical mucus is something every woman should know about and feel no shame talking about it ; but I know from my personal experience that we’re not there yet.

A big big thank to Jessie for her time and beautiful energy. Follow her on instagram @fertilitycharting and go to her website You will find a bunch of information on Fertility Awareness Methods, recommendation for apps or devices as well as cervical mucus and cervix photo galleries.

Hope you will enjoy the podcast. Leave a comment and follow us @dancersfaq.

Apr 21, 202017:28