April 23, 2018
A4D'S KATE HARPOOTLIAN ON DANCE SPIRIT COVER
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What a thrill when we spotted A4D’s own Dancer To Watch Kate Harpootlian on the May-June 2018 cover of Dance Spirit magazine!

 

To know Kate is to love her. Even with considerable success, when we asked what led up to this great cover shot, she shared this unassuming reaction:

 

'Dance Spirit approached me earlier in the year about shooting a possible cover story. I think every young competition dancer grew up with that magazine, so it was such an incredible moment for my inner tween. So many people I have admired have been on the cover, so I was almost in disbelief that they had asked me.'

 

And through the cover story, we learned even more about Kate.

 

After graduating from high school early, Kate thought she had her future figured out when she booked a gig on a cruise ship. But after she moved to Virginia Beach to train with Denise Wall (yes, Travis’ mom) in preparation for that job, she decided to switch gears to keep training. Working with Denise was Kate’s top priority and it opened her eyes to more opportunities.

 

In 2014 at just 19, Kate moved to NYC where she found Answers4Dancers, made friends with fellow members, and worked at all sorts of dance jobs as she transitioned to her professional career. She also became a member of Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound company. Then in 2015 she was a contestant on Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance where she made it to the Top 14 and worked with choreographers like Brian Friedman, Spencer Liff, and even Travis Wall.

 

Recently, Kate has gained recognition for her choreography. In 2016, she won first runner-up at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards for her piece Dignity. But no matter where her dance travels take her, Kate remains humble as she shares her true heart: 

 

'Mentoring and teaching young students around the country is such a passion of mine, and ‘Dance Spirit’ gave me an incredible opportunity to connect with them. I am still so very grateful to everyone at 'Dance Spirit' for making this happen!'

 

We’re grateful too that Kate has been recognized for her accomplishments. It’s heartwarming to see great things happen for amazing people like Kate!



KATE'S DANCER TO WATCH PROFILE >

 
 


 

Don't miss this chance to audition for MSA in LOS ANGELES. Use image for more details.



Don't forget to go to the OPEN CASTING for Steven Spielberg's WEST SIDE STORY FILM.
AUDITION WILL BE HELD IN NEW YORK CITY on April 29 and ORLANDO on May 5.

DETAILS ON AUDITION CALENDAR.




ORLANDO - OPEN CALL - MAY 8 & 9, 2018

Spotlight Dance Center, 7751 Kingspointe Pkwy, Suite 102, Orlando, Florida

 

MAY 8: SINGERS WHO DANCE, Sign-In 9:30am, Start 10:00am

MAY 9: DANCERS WHO SING, Sign-In 9:30am, Start 10:00am

 

Carnival is recruiting Singers Who Dance and Dancers Who Sing for Playlist Productions Shows. Developed by top industry talent, these shows feature triple-threat performers who sing, dance, and act! Candidates must be at least 18 years old. For requirements, tracks and to get ready for this open call. CLICK HERE - Bring your resume and headshot.



CHICAGO OPEN CALL AUDITIONS • TUESDAY APRIL 24

Holland America Line Seeking Dancers and SIngers

 

Lou Conte Dance Studio, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 1147 Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL

 

Male and Female Dancers – Sign-in at 9:30am for a 10am start

Male and Female Singers –  Sign-in at 1:30pm for a 2pm start


Auditions Details Here




NEW YORK CITY OPEN CALL AUDITIONS • APRIL 25, 2018

Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave, FL 17, New York, NY

 

Dancers, Singer/Dancer, Singers

April 25th - 9:00am Open Principal Singers            

April 25th - 9:00am Dancers Open and Agent

 

April 26th - 9:00am Singer Callbacks • April 27th - 9:00am All Callbacks


NORWEGIAN CREATIVE STUDIOS

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA OPEN CALL AUDITIONS APRIL 23-24

Indiana University South Bend Northside Hall 1825 Northside Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 

APRIL 23 DANCERS
5:30PM Norwegian Info Q&A
Sign In: 6PM | Start: 6:15PM

APRIL 24 SINGERS
5:30PM Norwegian Info Q&A
Sign In: 6PM | Start: 6:15PM


THIS WEEK'S FEATURED ARTICLE
 
A4D is a dance family. We want you to meet some of your tribe who are making it all happen right here, right now. From SYTYCD to Broadway ... Hollywood to Regional Tours ... these dancers are living the dream. They're people just like you, who started out new and green, and stuck it through to create real careers. Want to know how? Let us take you behind the scenes to meet these vibrant, living examples of the success stories in the A4D community. Hearing their stories will help you write your own. Use this image to read more!

 

ACTOR’S EQUITY LAUNCHES NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO RECOGNIZE CHORUS MEMBERS AT TONY AWARDS

Actors' Equity Association has announced the launch of a new national campaign to create two new Tony Award categories, Best Chorus in a Musical or Play and Best Ensemble in a Musical or Play. The inclusion of these categories would serve as recognition of all Equity performers who appear on a Broadway stage. The national campaign, which launched with the website EveryoneOnStage.com, will run through Tony Awards season asking theater enthusiasts to support recognition for chorus and ensemble performers through the signing of a petition. Actors' Equity defines a chorus as ‘a group in a musical or singing and/or dancing group that makes up part of a dramatic play (excluding extra and walk-on parts, and chorus roles where the members speak but do not sing or dance).’ Equity considers an ensemble to be ‘the entire cast of a musical or play, inclusive of all principal, featured, chorus, and swing roles.’ Equity sent its request in a letter to the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League requesting consideration of the new categories for the 2018-2019 Broadway season. The request follows a vote of Equity's National Council to request the new awards categories.

DANCING WITH THE STARS SPRING 2018 ALL ATHLETES CAST REVEALED

The brand new Dancing with the Stars cast will feature all professional (or retired) athletes which was revealed on Good Morning America. The four-week shortened cycle will be filled with amazing athletes like Adam Rippon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jennie Finch Daigle, and Josh Norman. Rounding out the list of ten athletes are Arike Ogunbowale, Chris Mazdzer, Johnny Damon, Mirai Nagasu, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and probably the most controversial contestant, ex-figure skater Tonya Harding. Social media is filled with posts from fans who vow to boycott the season for including Harding as a contestant considering her history with Nancy Kerrigan (who was a past contestant on DWTS). Lindsay Arnold is returning to defend her title after winning last season with musician Jordan Fisher. The professional dancers joining her are Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Alan Bersten, and Sasha Farber. Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli will be back at the judges’ table, and Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will return as hosts. DWTS favorites missing from the Pros on this season are the Chmerkovskiy brothers Val and Maks and Peta Murgatroyd Chmerkovskiy. 

TEAL WICKS, JARROD SPECTOR, EMILY SKINNER & MORE JOIN THE CHER SHOW

Multi-talented stage alum Teal Wicks (Wicked) and promising newcomer Micaela Diamond (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) have been announced to join Stephanie J. Block in the Broadway-bound musical The Cher Show! The three actresses will portray the iconic Oscar-winning star Cher in the highly anticipated musical based on her life. The trio is among an exciting full cast of The Cher Show, which will begin previews on November 1 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre, with an opening set for December 3. The musical will first play an out-of-town run at Chicago's Oriental Theatre beginning on June 12 for a five-week run through July 15. Featuring a book by Rick Elice, The Cher Show chronicles the life of the music legend to the score of hits like I Got You Babe, Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, and If I Could Turn Back Time. Tony nominee Jason Moore directs the tuner with Tony winner Christopher Gattelli as the choreographer.

TONY WINNER CADY HUFFMAN WILL RETURN TO BROADWAY IN CHICAGO

The Tony-winning super talent Cady Huffman will take on the role of Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in the long-running hit Chicago on April 23. She will succeed current star Valerie Simpson who will play her final performance as planned on April 22. Huffman is a Tony winner for The Producers whose Broadway credits also include The Nance, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, Steel Pier, The Will Rogers Follies, Big Dela, and La Cage aux Folles. The current cast of Chicago also includes Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Billy Flynn, Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Featuring a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb, Chicago is the longest-running American musical on Broadway as well as the longest-running revival.

 

BEN CRAWFORD IS THE NEW STAR OF BROADWAY’S THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Power-voiced stage alum Ben Crawford began his run in Broadway's longest-running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, on April 16. He took on the title role in the musical directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. He replaced Peter Jöback who gave his final performance on March 31. Crawford was most recently seen on Broadway as Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His other Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century, Big Fish, Shrek The Musical, and Les Misérables. Jay Armstrong Johnson will take on the role of Raoul beginning on April 30. Johnson will succeed Rodney Ingram who will play his final performance on April 28. Johnson's Broadway credits include On the Town, Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, and Hair. He appeared in the national touring production of A Chorus Line.

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER TO RECEIVE OFF-BROADWAY REVIVAL
Off-Broadway's Irish Repertory Theatre has announced a new mounting of Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner's beloved musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Charlotte Moore will direct the revival and Barry McNabb is the choreographer. The production is
 set to star Tony nominee Melissa Errico as Daisy Gamble / Melinda Welles and Tony nominee Stephen Bogardus as Dr. Mark Bruckner. Previews will begin on June 15 with an opening set for June 28. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever centers on Daisy Gamble (Errico), a woman who has extrasensory talents—she sings and flowers bloom, and she always knows where you’ve placed your keys—but it’s her smoking habit that leads her to Dr. Mark Bruckner (Bogardus), a psychiatrist who will attempt to hypnotize her addiction away. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever will play a limited run through August 12.

JELANI REMY, ALYSAH UMPHRESS, KYLE TAYLOR PARKER TO LEAD SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE REVIVAL

A talent-packed cast has been announced to lead the first major New York revival of the 1995 Tony-nominated musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe. The hit compilation of songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller will begin performances at off-Broadway venue Stage 42 on July 6 with an opening slated for July 22. Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse will direct and choreograph the production. Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases 39 pop standards, including rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues songs composed by Leiber and Stoller including Hound Dog, Kansas City, Don Juan, and the hit title number. The original Broadway production of Smokey Joe's Cafe, directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Joey McKneely, earned seven Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. The show played 2,036 performances at the Virginia Theatre. Prior to the New York production, Smokey Joe's Cafe will play an engagement at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse from May 16 through June 9.

DONALD MCKAYLE, GROUNDBREAKING DIRECTOR & CHOROGRAPHER OF RAISIN & MORE, DIES AT 87

Donald McKayle, a modern dance choreographer who made history as the first black male director and choreographer of a Broadway musical, passed away on April 6. He was 87. McKayle made his Broadway debut as a dancer in Bless You All (1950), and appeared in House of Flowers (1954), and Copper and Brass (1957). He soon served as associate choreographer to Bob Fosse on Redhead (1959). The acclaimed musical adaptation of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy (1964) marked McKayle's first Broadway credit as a choreographer, earning him a Tony nomination for his work. In 1973, McKayle became the first black man to direct and choreograph a Broadway musical with the debut of Raisin, an adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. McKayle earned two Tony nominations for the show, which took home the Tony for Best Musical. McKayle returned to Broadway as director and choreographer of Doctor Jazz (1975) and choreographer of Sophisticated Ladies (1981), earning Tony nominations for both productions.

 

       

 

The Tony Awards have announced that singer, songwriter and Tony nominee Sara Bareilles and Tony Award-nominated actor, singer and songwriter Josh Groban will co-host the 72nd Annual Tony Awards live from Radio City Music Hall on June 10 at 8:00pm. The Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS… Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote an Oscar-nominated song for Disney’s animated film Moana and will appear in the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, has joined the voice cast of the new DuckTales series debuting this summer on Disney XD. Miranda will make his debut as Duckburg hero Gizmoduck in a new episode set to air on May 11…




 


Broadway veteran John Stamos and his wife, Caitlin McHugh, have announced the birth a son, named Billy... Following the tragic events in at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February, the Broadway community has shown an outpouring of support for the unstoppable students. As a show of support, Broadway and Glee star Lea Michele led her costars from Spring Awakening down to Florida to work on their production of the same show… B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill, a musical venue in the heart of the theatre district, has announced it will close its 42nd Street location on April 29. The club is currently trying to move to a new NYC location…

 
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