I am excited to be coming back to the Broadway Workshop Teen Excel program! I will be teaching two classes on Monday, August 6. For more information please go to, http://www.broadwayworkshop.com/program/excel-teen-intensive/
I will be teaching at Broadway Dance Center's Musical Theater Weekend Intensive on Saturday, June 23. Class is from 9:00am-10:20am. I will then be doing a drop-in class from 10:30am-12:00pm. I hope to see you there!
To register for the Intensive, please go to, http://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/workshop/musical-theater-weekend-intensive
HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) will present the fourth annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards on October 16th at 8pm at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street.
Receiving the John Adams HERO Award for best Broadway debut is star of Wicked, Michael Campayno, and the 2017 HERO Partner Award will be presented to The Jed Foundation (JED) for protecting the emotional health of teens and young adults, helping them grow into healthy thriving adults.
This spectacular event will feature 15 original performances and a cast of over 30 stars from the worlds of Broadway and ballet including: (honorees) Rachelle Rak (Fosse, Sweet Charity, Broadway Hero Awardee), Michael Campayno (Wicked, John Adams HERO Awardee), ABT Principal and International ballet star, James Whiteside (Ballet Hero Awardee), Casey Trenary (ABT Soloist), Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Princess and the Frog), Michael Cusumano (All Shook Up, Chicago, American in Paris), Patrick Boyd (Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy, Touch: A Love Story), Sean Stewart (American Ballet Theatre), Alina Faye (American Ballet Theatre alumni), Jose Sebastian (American Ballet Theatre), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Morgan Stinnett (soloist with Connecticut Ballet, member of Ajkun Ballet Company), Cristy Candler (Rock of Ages, Chicago), Georgina Pazcoguin (New York City Ballet Soloist), Brandon Leffler (Wicked, On The Town, Cinderella), Chris Messina (Jersey Boys, A Bronx Tale), Jesse JP Johnson (Wicked), Neil Starkenberg (Mamma Mia), Travis Nesbitt (Alter Boys), Seeley Stephens (American Idol Finalist), Evan Lacombe (The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall), Gabrielle Salvatto (Ballet West Demi Soloist), special performances by principal dancers from Ballet West, Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics, Icaurs-Ioannis Melissananidis, The Boy Band Project, the dance department of Pace University with an opening number choreographed by Madeline Rodrigue, and more!
The show will be hosted by Matty Maggiacomo (Television Journalist and Brand Manager of Barry's Boot Camp), with technical direction from Tommy Mazza, produced by Stephen Leff. Sponsors include; Logo, NewNowNext.com, Biem- Biemteam.com (mobile phone STD care), DRA (Dancers Responding to AIDS), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Hugh Hysell- TheMenEvent.com. Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $100 for VIP Seated and are available at www.hivhero.org.
About Rachelle Rak: "Nicknamed "Sas", Rachelle began her dance training at the age of 2 under the direction of her mother, Rosalene, at the Rosalene Kenneth Professional Dance Studio in Pittsburgh. She is labeled a Triple Threat on Broadway for her immeasurable talent in dance, singing, and acting. Rachelle was presented with an award by Dance Educators of America for her contribution to the world of dance. She has had a huge impact on the Broadway Community. A few of her impressive credits, include leading roles in: "Fosse", "Sweet Charity", "Flashdance", "The Jack Cole Project", "Chicago", "A Chorus Line", "Catch Me If You Can"," Cats"," Starlight Express", "West Side Story", "Smokey Joe's Café", "Trip of Love", "Thou Shalt Not"," Oklahoma!", "The Look of Love", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", "Sessions", and "An Evening at the Carlyle." Choreography Credits Include: Norwegian Cruise Lines , Off Broadway: "An Evening at the Carlyle" and "Sessions"-Additional Choreography, Lifetime: "Dance Moms", Fringe Festive "Vote the Musical" Benefits: "Broadway Bares", Concerts: Staging for Cheyenne Jackson-Carnegie Hall. Her One-woman show "I'm In" Le Poisson Rouge, Nightclub shows "The Love Fest", "Splash Around The World", "VaVoom,"and web series on Broadway.com" I Love Rak n Roll".
About James Whiteside: James Whiteside joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2003 and became a second soloist in 2006. He was promoted to first soloist in 2008 and to principal dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009. Whiteside then joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in September 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in October 2013.
Whiteside's repertoire with Boston Ballet included Principal roles in George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Coppélia, Ballo della Regina, Rubies, The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Serenade, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony in 3, and La Valse; Maina Gielgud's Giselle; Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; John Cranko's Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet; Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III; Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies; Jirí Kylián's Bella Figura, Sarabande, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze; Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room; Mark Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. He created roles in Jorma Elo's Brake the Eyes, Plan to B, Carmen, Slice to Sharper, and In On Blue; Helen Pickett's Eventide and Etesian; and Mark Morris' Up & Down.
His repertoire with the American Ballet Theatre includes Principal roles in La Bayadere, Cinderella, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, The Dream, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Raymonda Divertissements, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Sylvia, The Tempest, and Manon, as well as roles in Bach Partita, Gong, Theme and Variations, Duo Concertant, Fancy Free, Chamber Symphony, Sinfonietta, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room, With A Chance of Rain, and Symphony in C.
About Michael Campayno: A Pittsburgh native and recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Michael Campayno made his Broadway debut in Wicked in the role of Fiyero. He debuted on television as Rolf in NBC's live telecast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood, and can be heard on the cast recording. His stage credits include Carnegie Mellon University productions as well as productions at Pittsburgh CLO; he also played Lancelot opposite Robert Sean Leonard in Camelot. Film: Cheerleader.
About JED: JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults. JED partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. JED equips teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other and encourages community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health. Learn More at jedfoundation.com.
About HERO: HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) is a completely volunteer-based non-profit 501(3)(c) organization founded in 2009 by Michael Cavnaugh, former vice president of Event Presentation at Madison Square Garden. HERO helps people find the most pressing, up-to-date information available critical to their heath, including sharing extensive video coverage from current national and international AIDS conferences. HERO's websites, HIVhero.org and HEROnews.org, provide local, national, and international resources and interactive tools which provide assistance in: finding doctors, getting medication, mental health counseling, housing, financial assistance, medical insurance, and much more. It also serves as a portal site providing free content and video production, promoting the services, activities, and fundraising efforts of many community/partner organizations, including red carpet coverage of high profile events and one-on-one interviews. Seen throughout their video archive and messaging, HERO founded the #condomsarehot movement, with the help of stars such as Angela Lansbury, Matt Bomer, Mary Louise-Parker, Rosie Perez, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Blythe Daner, and many more to build more awareness for sexual health and STD prevention.
Hello Facebook friends. Tickets are on sale for the Broadway & Ballet Hero Awards. This is not only a spectacular show to attend, it also benefits a cause that needs your love and support. So, come out and Sas It Up™ with some of Broadway's best plus amazing ballet performances. Tickets, donations, and more information available at HIVhero.org and at the ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fourth-annual-broadway-and-ballet-hero-awards-tickets-37888651978?aff=es2
I am so excited to be the host for Shore Stop Dance Convention from September 1-3, 2017, in Wildwood, NJ. There will be so many amazing teachers to take class from and a showcase that will be amazing! For information and to register, please go to www.shorestopdance.com.
I am excited to be coming back to Broadway Workshop's Excel Teen Intensive from August 7-11. You will get hands on training in dance, acting, and singing.
Program Dates: Monday August 7-11, 2017
Program Times: 10AM-4:30PM (Daily)
Final Showcase: Friday August 11, 2017 at 5:30PM
When: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Where: Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave., 16th Floor, NYC
Sas Class Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLuZYv-zOfM
BROADWAY AND TV STAR – RACHELLE RAK is back for her signature SAS Class. Rachelle has been offering this incredible class at Broadway Workshop for the last 5 years, leaving parents and students raving. We see such amazing growth from students who are part of Rachelle’s classes we bring her back time after time. Students in this class will gain confidence in their dance abilities and work on putting their best self forward in the dance classes and auditions. Rachelle will truly challenge each student to work to their greatest potential in this workshop.
A true Broadway star, Rachelle has starred on Broadway in Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Look Of Love, Cats, Starlight Express, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Fosse, Thou Shalt Not and Oklahoma! as well as being featured in the documentary Every Little Step. Regionally Rachelle starred as Sheila in A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse and on tour in the musical Flashdance. Rachelle was presented with the award for outstanding achievement in the world of dance from Dance Educators of America. She has made a huge impact on the Broadway and musical theater community. Students will learn how to bring out their special spark in dance auditions from Broadway’s ultimate Gypsy. Rachelle appeared as a judge on the Lifetime TV show Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition as well as a guest teacher on Lifetime’s DANCE MOM’S. Rachelle will be back on more episodes of Dance Mom’s later this season!
THIS IS A INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL CLASS, students should have dance training in a studio setting.
This class will focus on:
Picking up combinations
Honing Dance Technique
Telling The Story
Bringing choreography to life
Mastering the movement callback
I am so happy to announce that I will be choreographing 13 The Musical for the Lower Valley Hudson Youth Chorus & Theater! The musical will be directed by Jared Rosenblum.
Auditions: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 2:00pm-6:30pm, Ages 10-16
Location: Green Meadow Waldorf School, Rose Hall, 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
Rehearsals: Saturdays from 9:30am-1:00pm
Performances: December 2-4, 2016
Register to audition at: www.lohudyouthchorus.com