Backstage with Bloch

Commercial Dancer Jacqui Heeney

Bec sits down with Jacqui Heeney, Australian commercial dancer who's worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Rikki Martin, Samantha Jade, Baz Luhrmann, Jessica Mauboy, The Preachers and RÜFÜS! Learn how she got to where she is and what she's up to now in the this episode of Backstage with Bloch.

Running time 7.23 minutes Published Wednesday 8th August 2018

Bangarra Dancer Rikki Mason

Bec chats with Bangarra dancer Rikki Mason in the latest episode of Backstage with Bloch. Discover how Rikki got to where he is today in this candid conversation covering topics from his love of football and martial arts and how they led him to dance, to discovering and embracing his aboriginal heritage. Rikki opens up about what it’s like to work for Stephen Page OA, Bangarra’s artistic director.

Running time 11.14 minutes Published Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Shannon Holtzapffel

Commercial dancer, choreographer, Actor, Model and TV presenter Shannon Holtzapffel joins Bec on Backstage with Bloch to discuss where his career began, why he’s had such success to date, what it’s like to work with the Industry ‘Super Giants,’ as well as what Madonna taught him. Shannon also shares with us a “behind the scenes” look at the creative process involved with Choreographing and Staring in The Greatest Showman.

Running time 8.33 minutes Published Wednesday 7th March 2018

Marie Walton-Mahon

Presenter Rebecca delves into Marie's past life as a dancer and her transition into prominent dance teacher and educator around the globe. Marie shares her experience on what it takes to nurture young talent and how her program Progressing Ballet Technique teaches students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.

Running time 9.46 minutes Published Friday 8th December 2017

Taylor-Ferné Morris

Right before commercial photographer Taylor-Ferné Morris shot the 2017 Bloch Campaign with The Australian Ballet, 'Athletic Beauty', Bloch presenter Bec chatted to Taylor about her award-winning career thus far. Taylor shares with Bec advice on how to prepare for a dance photoshoot and how being a dancer can be your greatest asset.

Running time 9.07 minutes Published Tuesday 19th September 2017

Dusty Button

In the second episode of the second season, Bec Hennessy chats with the black sheep of ballet, Dusty Button. Currently touring Australia and New Zealand with International Ballet Workshops, Dusty talks about her impressive career, what sets her apart and reveals her tips on turning.

Running time 10.58 minutes Published Wednesday 18th July 2017

Tom Elphick

Our new presenter Bec Hennessy sits down with Tom Elphick. Tom talks about his dance career, the accident that changed his life, and the work he does with the Dancers' Directive. Hear how Tom has fought against the odds and made his inspirational recovery in our Season 2 première.

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Running time 9.06 minutes Published Wednesday 12th July 2017

Jonathan Fitzgerald

The tables have been turned on Jonathan Fitzgerald for the Season 1 Finale of Backstage with Bloch! Our new presenter, Bec Hennessy, talks to Jonathan about his life, working at Bloch and what new adventure he is embarking on this year away from Bloch.

Running time 8.05 minutes Published Wednesday 5th July 2017

Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD

In this episode, Jonathan is fortunate enough to sit down and talk to Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD, an icon in the Australian dance arena with a career spanning over six decades. She danced with The Borovansky Ballet (now The Australian Ballet), was a Principal dancer with Ballet Rambert in London and starred in Australian television. Audrey even has an award named after her; the Royal Academy of Dance Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD Grade Awards 2016 (VICTORIA). She is a ballerina, teacher, mentor, performer, mother, grandmother, and one truly exceptional woman.

Running time 7.28 minutes Published Thursday 6th June 2017

Shaun Andrews

Jonathan talks to Corps de Ballet dancer with The Australian Ballet, Shaun Andrews in episode five of ‘Backstage with Bloch’. On the steps of the Opera House’s South Foyer, the boys talk growing up as a male dancer while delving into Shaun’s life leading up to The Australian Ballet and beyond.

Running time 7.43 minutes Published Thursday 6th April 2017

Mia Michaels

During Mia Michaels' workshop tour in Australia, Jonathan caught up with the choreographer and director best known for her work on So You Think You Can Dance. The 3-time Emmy award winner spoke of her desire to bring dance to the masses and her admiration for Australian dancers. Her life has gone full circle from choreographer to teacher, find out how she keeps the balance in our latest episode.

Running time 13.10 minutes Published Monday 13th February 2017

Jemma Beckett

In our 3rd installment of Backstage with Bloch, Jonathan caught up with Bloch friend and Moulin Rouge dancer Jemma Beckett. Currently living in Paris, the 'City of Lights', Jemma has been performing as a soloist in the Moulin Rouge's show Feerie. Growing up with aspirations to be a professional ballet dancer find out how her career took a different turn and she become a part of the most iconic cabaret show in the world.

Running time 7.09 minutes Published Wednesday 21st December 2016

Rechelle Mansour

Jonathan is chatting (and hair flicking) with commercial dancer and model Rechelle Mansour. A graduate from Ettinghausens full time, this 20-year-old is set to conquer the world. Having toured internationally with Velvet and dancing with the likes of Redfoo, Ricky Martin and Jessica Mauboy, hear what she has to say about the challenges of the industry and the most difficult decision she has had to make in her career so far.

Running time 6.25 minutes Published Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Claudia Dean

In our pilot episode of ‘Backstage with Bloch’, presenter Jonathan sat down with past Genée Gold medal winner Claudia Dean­ to talk about her time at The Royal Ballet, her life now and her experience in the Genée.

Running time 15 minutes Published Tuesday 9th August 2016

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