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AUGUST 1, 2022


 LAST CHANCE FOR DISCOUNT FOR TAP BOOTCAMP IN NYC


Syncopated Ladies from Los Angeles, California was created by Emmy Award nominated tap dancer and choreographer, Chloe Arnold, protégé of Debbie Allen. Also known for their DC Tap Fest program, the Tap Bootcamp provides another opportunity to step up your tap game.
 
Syncopated Ladies have worked with Mega star Beyoncé, have been featured on So You Think You Can Dance as winners of the first dance crew battle, they’ve performed on Good Morning America, at the US Open, and also performed to sold-out audiences in their full-length concert, Syncopated Ladies: Live!

This amazing Tap Bootcamp is coming to New York City and Answers4dancers members and friends are invited to join in. Empowerment Bootcamp includes Tap Technique, Improv, Syncopated Ladies Choreography, AfroFunk, Hip Hop, Video Shoot, Mock Audition, and Building Self-Esteem.

Here’s all the info you need to register. Registration discount before August 1st:

Empowerment Bootcamp for Intermediate to Advanced Tappers:
Sunday, August 14 | 10am-3pm | In-Person Only
$125 before August 1, $150 After
154 Christopher Street #2B
New York, NY 10014

REGISTER HERE - https://www.syncopatedladies.com/bootcamp


Beginners Class also accepting registrations:
Sunday, August 14 | 10am-11am | In-Person
$20 before August 1, $25 After
154 Christopher Street #2B
New York, NY 10014
 

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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE DC TAP FEST >

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE FINAL SIX COMPETE & THREE DANCERS ARE SENT HOME
This week three dancers were sent home at the end of the night and the format changed again. Gone were the All Stars, and 3 head to head battles were coming. Whoever won the battle, based on studio audience votes, would advance to the semi finals. What? Sounds like the judges no longer have anything to do with who leaves and who stays? First up was a dance choreographed by Mel Charlot with a hip-hop number that took place in a hair salon. Essence had a moment. Then Beau, Carter, and Keaton performed a Broadway number choreographed by Dominque Kelley. Next Beau, Carter, and Ralyn danced in a contemporary piece choreographed by Chase Haley Bowden. Beau’s lack of technique was evident. Then Essence, Alexis, and Keaton performed a jazz number choreographed by Jonathan Redavid. For the first time in the show’s history, the dancers had to perform a solo that would be judged against one of their co-stars, with only one staying in the competition. First, Carter and bestie Alexis performed their solos. Buddies Essence and Ralyn battled it out next. The final couple was Keaton vs Beau. Leaving this brutal decision up to the audience seemed troublesome, but looks like they could see what we saw at home. The winning dancers advanced, sending Carter, Ralyn, and Beau out of the competition. Next week is the semi final round and then the week after is the finale when America’s Favorite Dancer will be crowned. Who will it be? Alexis, Keaton, or Essence?


GRAMMY & OSCAR WINNER H.E.R. TO STAR AS BELLE IN BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A 30TH CELEBRATION
Five-time Grammy winner H.E.R. will star as Belle in the Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration. Wicked film director Jon M. Chu will executive produce with Hamish Hamilton directing. The two-hour hybrid animated and live-action special will air on December 15 and be available the next day on Disney+. Songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman from the original animated movie will be performed in front of a live audience at Disney Studios. Alongside a screening of the film, it will include live, never-before-seen musical performances and feature brand-new sets and costumes inspired by the story. H.E.R. won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah and five Grammy Awards, including a win for the 2020 Song of the Year for I Can’t Breathe. She will make her feature acting debut in the upcoming The Color Purple film as Squeak. The Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast ran from 1994 through 2007 and garnered nine Tony nominations, including a nod for Best Musical and a win for Best Costume Design. A live-action film adaptation was released in 2017 and a prequel series, starring Josh Gad and Luke Evans, was in the works before being put on hold.

BRENNYN LARK, BRE JACKSON & KERI RENÉ FULLER TO JOIN SIX ON BROADWAY
The Tony-nominated Six will welcome back Keri René Fuller as Jane Seymour as well as Bre Jackson as Catherine of Aragon and Brennyn Lark as Catherine Parr. They will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on August 9. Joy Woods will play her final performance as Catherine Parr on July 31 and original Broadway cast members Adrianna Hicks and Abby Mueller will play their final performances on August 7. Fuller starred as Grizabella in the national tour of Cats and on Broadway in Jagged Little Pill and Waitress. Jackson appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple and The Book of Mormon. Lark’s credits include Les Misérables on Broadway and Dreamgirls in the West End. Ciccone-Burton and Conway both appeared in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway. Six is written by Tony winners Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, and directed by Moss and Jamie Armitage, with choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille.

NEW MUSICAL ABOUT THE LIFE OF FRIDA KAHLO IN THE WORKS
A new musical about the life of celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is in the works. Frida, The Musical will feature music by popular Mexican composer Jaime Lozano and lyrics by Obie Award-winning playwright Neena Beber. A first workshop is slated for 2023. Kahlo’s life has been the subject of fascination for biographers, art historians, feminists, and dramatists for decades. Now Frida reveals new, rarely explored layers of this most complex—and ardently Mexican—genius as it follows her journey from Mexico City to Paris and New York, and finally back home for one final professional triumph. Grounded by the rollercoaster romance between the artist and her great love, Diego Rivera, Frida, The Musical will be a celebration of Kahlo’s joyous spirit of creativity and her unmatched gift for transforming physical and emotional pain into breathtaking beauty.

NAOMI RODGERS & ZURIN VILLANUEVA TO STAR IN TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL’S NATIONAL TOUR

Casting has been announced for the Tina: The Tina Turner Musical North American tour. The production will launch at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on September 11 and is set to play 30 cities in its first year. The cast is led by Naomi Rodgers and Zurin Villanueva, who will evenly share the role of Tina Turner, each playing four out of eight performances a week. Rodgers was previously seen on the national tour of Frozen. Villanueva’s Broadway credits include Mean Girls, Shuffle Along, and The Lion King. Tina will also feature Garrett Turner as Ike Turner, Roz White as Zelma Bullock, Ann Nesby as Gran Georgeanna, and Lael Van Keuren as Rhonda. Tina features a book by Katori Hall and direction by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast.

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Tony-nominated actor Paul Sorvino, known for screen roles in Goodfellas and Law & Order, has died at the age of 83. Sorvino attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and made his Broadway debut in Bajour. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for his leading role in That Championship Season. His daughter is actress and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino

YIDDISH-LANGUAGE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF SETS OFF-BROADWAY RETURN
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s Yiddish-language production of Fiddler on the Roof will return to off-Broadway’s New World Stages November 13 to January 1, 2023. The production is directed by Joel Grey. Steven Skybell will reprise his performance as Tevye. The off-Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof played its final performance on January 5, 2020. This production’s choreography is by Jerome Robbins with musical staging and new choreography by Staś Kmieć. Fiddler on the Roof features a book by Joseph Stein based on stories by Sholem Aleichem, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick with Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman. The original 1964 Broadway production, produced by Harold Prince and directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF TO LEAD JAGGED LITTLE PILL NATIONAL TOUR
Heidi Blickenstaff will reprise her turn as Mary Jane Healy in Jagged Little Pill for its national tour. Blickenstaff first played the role when she joined the Broadway production for its reopening. The touring production begins performances in September in Las Vegas. Blickenstaff’s Broadway credits include Something Rotten!, The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid, and The Full Monty. She appeared in the stage and film adaptation of new musical Freaky Friday. Featuring the songs of Grammy winner Alanis Morissette and a book by Tony winner Diablo Cody, Jagged Little Pill is directed by Diane Paulus. It is inspired by Morissette’s Grammy-winning album featuring Ironic, You Oughta Know, and Hand in My Pocket. Jagged Little Pill opened on Broadway on December 2019 and received 15 Tony nominations, including a nod for Best Musical. The musical also took home the prize for Best Musical Theater Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

BROADWAY ALUMS RETURN TO DAMES AT SEA STARRING LESLI MARGHERITA
Stage fave Lesli Margherita, director / choreographer Randy Skinner, set designer Anna Louizos, and costume designer David C. Woolard will recreate their work for the Broadway revival of Dames at Sea when the dance-centric musical plays Bucks County Playhouse from August 12 through September 11. Opening night will be August 13. Olivier Award winner Margherita will lead the cast alongside Daisy Wright. The revival of the 1966 musical ran from September 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016 at The Hayes Theater and tells the story of Ruby (Wright), who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. Hours before the opening curtain is set to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship.

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David McDonald, a Broadway alum whose careers spans over four decades, died on July 13. He was 63. McDonald’s acting career included six Broadway credits. He appeared in the original casts of Side Show and Memphis as well as Mamma Mia!, the 2009 Bye, Bye Birdie revival, Les Misérables, and Doctor Zhivago. His other stage credits include the national tours of Kinky Boots and Les Misérables

         
       
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