Dancers take note: A bit of Broadway comes to Studio Dance ArtsFriday, August 16, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
STUDIO DANCE ARTS
Studio Dance Arts begins its 11th season with a valuable learning opportunity
SAULT STE. MARIE - Next week Studio Dance Arts will be hosting its extremely popular August competitive workshops with professional guest Broadway performers to work with the dancers.
All competitive level dancers are welcome to attend these workshops no matter where they are located.
Many visiting dancers come from across the region and the Upper Peninsula to learn from the special guest instructors.
The workshops run August 22 through August 25 at Studio Dance Arts.
These workshops provide a unique opportunity to educate dancers about what it is like to have a professional career in dance.
They will gain insight into what’s involved in a career on Broadway for example.
There are many other factors, besides dancing, that come into play when pursuing a professional career: getting an agent, having the right headshots and resumes, audition technique, professional etiquette, networking and more.
The curriculum for the workshops next week was custom designed to provide some valuable insight and information for all of these varying aspects for a career in dance.
“We are thrilled to be working with a New York team to produce a customized educational dance event says," Richard Kim, SDA studio director. “Normally we do typical dance technique classes at our workshop - ballet, jazz, lyrical, hiphop, etc. This year, I wanted to create an event where it was industry based and more educational all around. I wanted the dancers to have a glimpse of what the professional dance world looks like, not only from a performance perspective, but from the business perspective as well.”
The workshop will host classes in contemporary ballet, jazz, hiphop, musical theatre technique, fosse technique, rockette technique, contemporary improv, the difference between east coast and west coast professional dance, audition technique, options for dancers (college or straight to auditioning) and how to pursue a career in the U.S., including information on obtaining work visas.
The workshops will host four Broadway professional performers who will be working alongside the dancers at Studio Dance Arts include:
BROOKE WENDLE - Choreographer for Dancing With The Stars, Adam Lambert’s Glamnation world tour, America’s Got Talent, dance supervisor for Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium under Mia Michaels, dancer for Radio City Rockettes, Mia Michael’s contemporary dance company RAW, and Broadway shows Guys and Dolls, Aida and Wicked.
PETER CHURSIN - Graduate of the San Fransisco School of the Arts, attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, danced in the Nutcracker, Desmond Richard’s contemporary ballet Company Complexions, and Broadway shows Fame, West Side Story and Wicked.
SHANNON LEWIS - Attended Toronto’s Ryerson University, performed in eight Broadway shows including: Crazy For You, Damn Yankees, Contact, and Fosse, where she gained national attention for her performance of I Gotcha. Most recently she danced on the 2013 Tony Awards opening number Bigger with Neil Patrick Harris.
JEFFREY SCHECTER - Broadway shows include: A Chorus Line, The Pajama Game, Beauty and The Beast, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Ragtime and the Mambo Kings. However, most people may recognize Jeff from the documentary film, Every Little Step where he can be seen auditioning for the revival of A Chorus Line. Jeff ultimately won the role of Mike, (I Can Do That!) and went on to star in the revival for the entire run.
“We are so honored and privileged to have these amazing guest artists at the studio”, says Kim. “They’re taking time off from their very busy work schedules to visit us here in Sault Ste. Marie and to work with our young dancers. This is going to be a rare opportunity for them to work so closely with these faculty members.”
In addition to these workshops, SDA will also be hosting, from August 19-21, the company novice workshop for SDA’s new first-year competitive team dancers.
These young dancers will be studying ballet, jazz and tap with our SDA faulty in preparation for their first year experience in the competitive dance world.
SDA’s novice company workshop is also open to the public and is a try out period for potential new company dancers around the ages of 6-8 years.
Boys and girls welcome.
The August 22 - August 29 mini thru advanced workshop is also open to the public and requires some dance experience.
The studio will be open all next week, Monday through Sunday for 2013/2014 registration and dancewear days.
Visit the website for more information at www.studiodancearts.com or call the studio at: 705-253-0800