In this episode of The Vibe of the Tribe, Ashley sits down for a candid, one-on-one conversation with Boston Ballet soloist Isaac Akiba. Isaac began dancing at the Boston Ballet School when he was 9 years old and joined the main company in 2009. One of the two Jewish dancers in the Boston Ballet, Isaac has performed in the fantastic winter production The Nutcracker for 18 years.

Listen in as Ashley and Isaac discuss his Jewish journey, the summer he spent teaching dance in Israel, the lack of Jewish influence in classic ballet and what Jewish ballet they’d love to see made today.

Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.