The Good Foot Podcast
Raw and Real Conversation for the Street Dance Communal Ideal
Em and Cue are back with an iconic elder in the street dance community, founder of Ladies of Hip-hop Festival, Michele Byrd. Discussions surround the street dance community's response to a blackface incident during a Russian twerk camp. How the street dance community should engage with acts of ignorance, who constitutes as an elder, and who was the first hip-hop company to win a Bessie award are all hot topics in this one, so come join us in the conversation!
- 1st Hip-hop Co. to win a Bessie: https://www.broadwayworld.com/shows/cast.php?showid=325393
- Elite Force Crew: http://www.eliteforcecrew.com/en/bio/
- "Largely New York" ft Mr. Wiggles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XQ_2ZHmNlA&app=desktop
Once again, in 2019, black and brown dance is used to degrade black and brown people. This time it was done in Russia during an all-white twerk competition. Certain leaders in the street dance community came together to write an important response letter. Cue delves into the letter to inquire about the state of the prime people (black and brown people)within the NYC street dance community.
For the first LIVE episode, Em and Cue dive headfirst into the role of females in street dance culture with special guest, Nubian Néné! What are the limitations females are placed within? How do they perpetuate those limitations and how do they breakdown/through them? How do gender relations and power dynamics show up in the street dance community? Important questions, this episode is just the beginning of the discussion. Join in the conversation!
This week, Cue and Em talk about their challenges to financially stabilize themselves through the profession and craft of dance. Questions of what is success in street dance, and how does academic education help or hinder one's success are all on the table this week. This podcast serves as an introduction to a new segment going forward, "The Poor Dancer," where we'll ask interviewees how they are defining and achieving their version of success through dance.
You need a keen ear for this one! We continue our conversation about "crabs in a barrel" mentality with a very special guest, NYC's own Michael "Wolf" Diaz! Join us as he reveals his love and respect for his craft...and listen as he drops some knowledge BOMBS that shed some serious light on NYC street dance history and culture. As always, WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
This episode, Cue and Em discuss the crab mentality-- a mindset of "if I can't have it then neither can you"-- within street dance culture. Discussions move through what is the crab mentality, how has it/can it/does it manifest in the street dance communities, and what the collective can do to move beyond this toxic way of thinking.
We continue our conversation surrounding battling and ego, with decorated battler and prominent practitioner - Virgil "Lil'O" Gadson! Lil' O shares his insight on what it means to be an active street dancer in the battle scene, how he views and values himself within his battling, how ego becomes necessary in a battle, and how (if ever) he thinks ego may "cross a line." Check out this insightful conversation, and as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts! Let's keep the conversation going!
Cue and Em leave the typical episode protocol aside to discuss controversial topics surrounding race, "the system," white fragility, and our options as we aim to move forward. This one gets deep! Let's keep this conversation going! Let us know your thoughts!
Time to BATTLE! What is battling? Does one need to battle in order to be a part of street dance cultures? How does battling test one's ego? When can a sense of ego take a battle too far? In this week's episode, Cue and Em discuss battle culture and it's role in the street dance communities.
The proposal for breakin' to be a sport in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games has just been approved by the International Olympic Committee. In this episode we discuss how the sport will be judged, how power and access will affect breakin' olympians, and how the breakin' community can fight against another potential exploitation era.
Taking the Raw and Real to the Page
Street dancers are more than dancers; we are multi-faceted and versatile artists. If you didn't know now you know! At #TGFPODCAST we work hard to keep our listeners informed about practitioners who are using street dances to elevate the communities to exciting new places! Check out our blog and gain insight to who these people are and what work that they are doing!
July 24, 2019- August 17, 2019
Venue: The Shed
Co-Directors: Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and Kaneza Schaal
Dancers: The D.R.E.A.M Ring and the FlexNYC program
Critic: Quilan “Cue” Arnold
Who Are We?
"The Good Foot Podcast is an educational platform for individuals motivated by the artists who pave their path through the street dance community. It serves as a hub for honest conversation about the diverse perspectives on the origins, dissemination, current state, and future of the culture."
Emily Pietruszka is a professional dancer and personal trainer (NASM) currently residing in NYC. A Colorado native, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Emily began her street styles training as a core member of Rennie Harris Grassroots Project in Denver, CO in 2015. She has since been teaching street styles in various contexts. These contexts range from guest lecturing at the Front Range Community College of Thornton, CO, to teaching full time through the NY Department of Education, as well as assistant teaching at the Ailey School.
Emily has had the honor of working as assistant to Rennie Harris for the Dallas Black Dance Theater and The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco). Most recently, she has been touring with Rennie Harris Puremovement, and continues training and performing in NYC under such names as Soo Missy Boogaloo and James "Cricket" Colter.