February 2016 | Page Turners


Books of note (new and not)
1. Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks
2. Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image
3. Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations With Broadway Directors and Choreographers
4. Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance

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December 2015 | Make Mine Musical Theater

Front & Center for Performing Arts' students work on auditioning skills, etiquette, and musical theater techniques while preparing shows such as Shrek the Musical. Photo by Christine Rhunke Photography

Does your heart beat faster when taps start clacking a rapid staccato cadence on 42nd Street? Do you dream of waving a flag as leader of the student protests in the Paris Uprising of 1832? Do you hold your breath for the moment when Macavity the Mystery Cat makes (or doesn’t make) his appearance? If so, you’ve been bitten by the musical theater bug—just like students at Front & Center for Performing Arts. This school in Springfield, New Jersey, has catered to musical theater lovers ages 3 to adult for 14 years.

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November 2015 | Ballet on Broadway

The show gambled by including three extended ballet sequences. Photo by Angela Sterling

For decades, Broadway and ballet have shared a bloodline, if not exactly a blessed marriage. And a select number of ballet choreographers from George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, and Jerome Robbins onward have gained fame and felt equally at home on the Great White Way and on the ballet stage. But the recent artistic and box office success of the Tony Award–winning An American in Paris, choreographed by ballet’s prolific whiz kid, Christopher Wheeldon, has many wondering if Broadway has embraced a new type of musical essentially driven by ballet as a theatrical tool.

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October 2014 | Magic Touch

Think about the last time you saw a professional Broadway musical or dance concert. Did images appear and disappear right before your eyes? Not quite scenery, not exactly lighting, but pictures? Did they float and twist around as if by magic? Did these images transport you effortlessly from scene to scene?

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November 2009 | No, Your Other Left Foot

“I can’t dance.”
I get that disclaimer all the time, from nervous actors and singers trying their best to discourage me from putting them into dance sequences. It is, itself, a little dance. I enjoy it, but it doesn’t work on me. They’ll be dancing soon.

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