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Beginning Musical Theatre Dance

by Diana Dart Harris

112 pages; $39.99

Introduce your dancers to musical theater with this book, which breaks down the basics. The text comes with a web resource that offers video clips, a glossary, prompts for e-journaling and links to further study and assignments.

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Photo by Jeremy Davis, courtesy of Al Blackstone

Shifting between hard-hitting jazz and gooey contemporary movement, borrowing modern dance's bare feet and layering character portrayals as bold as those found on Broadway, Al Blackstone's choreography samples several techniques. “I always like to tell the story that my mom, dad and sister were truly my teachers because they surrounded me with the different styles of the dance world," says Blackstone, who literally grew up at his mother's Denise Daniele Dance Studio, then attached to their house in New Jersey. “My mother would take me to see a Broadway show, my dad taught me ballroom and my sister was training at Ailey."

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