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Face to Face: Jerry Mitchell

March 1, 2011 by

The hardest working choreographer on Broadway

Jerry Mitchell has not once, but twice, had three shows running simultaneously on Broadway. His skills as both a choreographer and director are in high demand. His stylized choreography gave … Continue reading

Armed for Tap

February 1, 2011 by

Effective upper body use in tap
Ray Hesselink’s tap dancing is full-bodied expression: Fluid arms and polished hands finish the picture his fast-flying feet begin. But that wasn’t always the case. “When I started tap dancing, … Continue reading

Face to Face: Bebe Neuwirth

April 2, 2010 by

With her wry sense of humor, distinctive voice, legendary legs and inimitable movement quality, Bebe Neuwirth has carved her own niche among musical theater’s most famous dames. From her first gig as Sheila in A … Continue reading

Rhapsody in Rhythm

April 1, 2010 by


In a packed studio at BroadwayDance Center, Rhapsody James (known simply as Rhapsody) pulses to the beat of a hip-hop groove. She demonstrates a swaying rock step that blends into a fluid slide and ends … Continue reading

It’s a Stretch…

February 8, 2010 by

Dancers are known for extreme flexibility, and students yearn to fulfill that image. But without your guidance, stiff students won’t know how to stretch in productive ways—and on the other end of the spectrum, dancers … Continue reading

Gwen Verdon

June 15, 2009 by

As I walked into a class during my final week of the 2000 Broadway Theatre Project, I realized they had saved the best for last. To my left, a TV was playing the quirky “Who’s … Continue reading