What do Power Rangers, ballroom champions, and giant lobster goggles have in common? They all happen to be topics of discussion on the dance world's latest and greatest dive into podcasting, "The Dance Room."
Launched just last month on PodcastOne, the show is hosted by Heather Morris (who casually danced backup for Beyoncé before playing Brittany, our favorite cheerleader on "Glee") and Ava Bernstine-Mitchell (the bonafide hip-hop queen who's danced with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus). The show has already garnered an impressive following affectionately referred to as "roomies," and we at Dance Spirit are part of the crew.
"I'd kept my eye on the podcast world, and noticed there weren't many dancer podcasts for me to listen to," Morris says. "There are so many sports recap shows, and it got me thinking about the lack of recap for all of the dance shows currently on air.
Having been on both "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing With the Stars" herself, Morris is the perfect gal to fill this gap. Each week, she and Ava unpack the most popular dance shows (like "SYT," and, soon, "DWTS") and offer their often-hilarious, always spot-on analysis.
But "The Dance Room" doesn't just handle recaps. Drawing on their own crazy career experiences, Heather and Ava dish on what it's really like to be a dancer in the real industry. From wearing ridiculous costumes to navigating sets and stages, no topic is off limits, including the serious stuff. "We talk about psychological health in the dance world, dancing with your period, and other topics that can be harder to discuss for dancers," Morris says. "We have a segment at the end where we ask our viewers to send in questions on Instagram or the PodcastOne website, and we love to answer them."
The podcast's star-studded guest list includes Lauren Gottlieb, Hannahlei Cabanilla, and Amanda LaCount (all former DS cover models!), as well as Val and Jenna Chmerkovskiy and Nico Greetham."We just had Maddie Ziegler in the studio recording, and we're hoping to interview Harry Shum Jr. (Morris' "Glee" co-star) and Shelby Rabara soon," Morris says. "Personally, my dream guest would be Carmen Electra. I want to know all about when she was a dancer and working, even before me."