Getting a dance career off the ground isn't easy. But if you put in the hard work, the dividends can exceed your wildest expectations. A4D loves to feature stories about our members and they have one common thread… Their determination to succeed knows no bounds.
Michelle West, currently in the national tour of Aladdin, is one of the most determined dancers we’ve ever met. Did you know at the start of her career she commuted from Delaware to NYC for auditions? She woke up at 3 a.m. to catch the 4 a.m. bus for the long trip to NYC. She’d arrive by 7:30 a.m., audition until 6 p.m., buy a bus ticket home, get back at 11 p.m., and go to bed at midnight. Then back up at 3 a.m. to start all over again … five days a week! She began booking jobs, but imagine what she would have missed if she decided it was just too hard to get on that bus every day?
Member Brandon Hudson, who’s currently appearing on Broadway in Head Over Heels, didn’t even begin to dance until he was 20 years old. With such a late start and living in the Midwest, the odds of launching a successful career were not in his favor. But he worked hard in the studio, took some chances, and booked his first job at a theme park as a dancing Bugs Bunny. He went to Florida to attend Disney’s college program for more experience. And as he dreamed of becoming a dancer, who could have imagined his Broadway debut would be in Hamilton?
Another incredible member, Rachel Perlman, wasn’t a strong candidate for a successful dance career. She entered her first dance class at age two with pigeon-toes and turned in hips. But she loved to perform, worked hard, and went to college as a dance major where she discovered musical theatre. Rachel realized she needed to work on her singing voice, so she took voice lessons and trained even harder. She's traveled the world dancing in shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Grease, and Matilda.
Finally, Antonio Martinez, discovered Answers4Dancers and studied every corner of the site. After booking a cruise ship, he knew relocating to Los Angeles was the next step. He left his home in Oklahoma, signed with MSA, and has booked amazing jobs all over the world. His credits include the International Tour of West Side Story, national Dodge commercials with Will Farrell, and has been seen on TV shows like America’s Got Talent, Speechless, and appeared in a World of Dance promo with Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough. And he still trains hard to improve his skills as a dancer and aerialist.
These four members all share one trait … Their determination has no limit. They all reached for the stars and are living their dreams. It’s our hope that you’ll be inspired to follow in their footsteps and find where your dance adventure takes you!
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FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
As a dancer, model, and actress, A4D member Emily Dann spent lots of time in the makeup artist’s chair. Whether modeling for Capezio, shooting national commercials, or appearing on primetime TV, she quickly learned her fair complexion was a challenge as makeup artists struggled to match her skin tone. Determined to find a better way, Emily trained as a makeup artist and has been busy building a YouTube channel with tons of tips and tricks for dancers to apply audition makeup along with step-by-step videos. Members can use this image to read more.
DANCING WITH THE STARS PREMIERE RECAP: TWO-NIGHT PREMIERE TO MEET THE CONTESTANTS & FIRST ELIMINATION REVEALED ON NIGHT 2 This week’s premiere week of Dancing With The Stars gave the audience a chance to meet all the contestants with their pro partners. There were a few memorable routines, a few that were pretty good for Week 1, and a few that simply did not measure up. The highlights included high-scoring routines that looked more like mid-season numbers. One of the most memorable performances was given by Paralympic alpine skier, Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev who performed a fox trot. Umstead has earned three bronze medals in the Winter Paralympic Games with her husband, Rob who is her guide as she competes. What makes her remarkable is that she is the first-ever blind competitor on the show and her performance was very touching. Standout performances were given by retired NFL pro DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold with their cha cha that received 23 points. Sharing the top of the leaderboard were R&B singer Tinashe and brand new pro Brandon Armstrong who also received 23 points. On the second night of the competition, we met the cast of the upcoming Dancing With The Stars Juniors that will premiere on Sunday, October 7. The Juniors cast includes Miles Brown, Ariana Greenblatt, Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo Thompson’, Akash Vukoti, Sky Brown, Mandla Morris, Sophia Pippen, Hudson West, Mackenzie Ziegler, Tripp Palin, Addison Osta Smith, and Jason Maybaum. These kids range in age from 9 to 14 years old. And now to the elimination. The couples in the bottom: Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber; Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev; Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko; Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten; and Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy. And sadly, Nikki and Gleb were the first couple sent home this season.
SEASON FIVE OF LIFETIME CHANNEL’S BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA KICKS OFF The Balancing Act, the award-winning morning show on the Lifetime Channel, is excited to announce that it is in production for the fifth season of the popular series, Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America. This five-part miniseries takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the most beloved Broadway musicals touring the country, including Anastasia, School of Rock, Come From Away, Miss Saigon, and Cats. Broadway Balances America launched its first episode on September 24. It provides behind-the-scenes access and interviews highlighting shows featured on the Broadway Across America’s 2018-2019 Broadway series nationwide. The host, Amber Milt, will have the opportunity to meet with the casts, crews and creative teams for an in-depth look at what it’s like to bring these shows to life on the road. Be sure to mark your calendar for all the air dates for the fifth season Broadway Balances America that includes Anastasia: September 24, School of Rock: October 1, Come From Away: October 22, Cats: March 18, 2019, and Miss Saigon: March 25, 2019.
NICK CORDERO IN KENNEDY CENTER’S STAR-PACKED LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Tony nominee Nick Cordero has signed on to play Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. in the Kennedy Center's new staging of Little Shop of Horrors. Mark Brokaw will direct the production for seven performances from October 24-28. Cordero is a Tony nominee for Bullets Over Broadway who recently concluded a hit run in A Bronx Tale The Musical. His other stage credits include Rock of Ages, Waitress, Brooklynite, and The Toxic Avenger. The Kennedy Center's Little Shop will also feature Amber Iman (Shuffle Along), Amma Osei (Rock of Ages), and Allison Semmes (Motown The Musical). Two-time Emmy-nominated Spencer Liff (So You Think You Can Dance, Head Over Heels) is the choreographer. They join headliners Josh Radnor, Megan Hilty, James Monroe Iglehart, and Tony nominee Lee Wilkof.
COME FROM AWAY, PRETTY WOMAN AMONG LINEUP FOR BROADWAYCON 2019 BroadwayCon has announced the initial MainStage lineup, including sold-out sensation Be More Chill, Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away, The Prom, and Pretty Woman. As part of MainStage programming, panels will feature members of the cast and creative teams from all four shows. BroadwayCon is theatre's answer to Comic-Con, tailor made for fans. From January 11-13, 2019, some of Broadway's biggest fans, performers, and creators from classic and current shows will gather at the Hilton Midtown to perform, discuss, debate, and celebrate theatre. BroadwayCon2019 will feature panels, performances, interviews, workshops, singalongs, and more, all packed into an epic three-day weekend. BroadwayCon is produced by Mischief Management.
LUCIE ARNAZ & ROBERT KLEIN TO RETURN TO THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG FOR ACTORS FUND BENEFIT Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein, the original stars of the 1979 Tony-nominated musical comedy They're Playing Our Song, will reunite this winter in a one-night 40th-anniversary concert of the beloved show. Chet Walker will direct and Larry Blank will musical-direct the benefit for The Actors Fund, taking place at Broadway's Music Box Theatre on February 11, 2019. Featuring a book by three-time Tony winner Neil Simon and a score by Oscar winners Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, They’re Playing Our Song is based on the real-life relationship between Hamlisch and Sager.
America’s Got Talent season champion, Shin Lim, who will soon make his Broadway debut in The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays, is coming to Broadway. The talented star wowed TV audiences, winning season 13 of America's Got Talent… In a recent interview, Andrew Lloyd Webber spilled the beans—kind of—on which role Taylor Swift will portray in Tom Hooper's highly anticipated motion picture Cats. Webber went on to say Swift will play one or the other of the Macavity girls (but he’s not sure which one). It has already been revealed that Jennifer Hudson will play Grizabella… Congratulations to former Anastasia star Derek Klena on his wedding to Elycia Scriven on September 22. The two were married on the coast in Gualala, California…
ALMOST FAMOUS IS BEING MADE INTO A BROADWAY MUSICAL The acclaimed 2000 film Almost Famous will soon sing out onstage. The film’s Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Cameron Crowe is adapting his iconic work into a main-stem musical. The musical will feature a book by Crowe and music by Pulitzer and Tony winner Tom Kitt (Nextto Normal), with lyrics by Kitt and Crowe, and direction by Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall Parts One & Two). The 1973-set film chronicles the coming of age of unabashed 15-year-old music fan William who lands a job with Rolling Stone to interview up-and-coming band Stillwater and he heads out on tour with the band. The cast of the film Almost Famous included Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Lee, Frances McDormand, and Zooey Deschanel.
MEGAN HILTY WILL STAR IN LIFETIME CHANNEL HOLIDAY FILM, SANTA’S BOOTS Lifetime has announced the network's It's a Wonderful Lifetime lineup, which features 14 all-new original movies and nine acquired films. Starring in these films includes Broadway stars such as Megan Hilty, Marrisa Jaret Winokur, and Jane Alexander. Megan Hilty stars alongside Noah Mills and June Squibb in Santa's Boots, airing on December 8th. When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas expecting it to be the same as any other year, she's blindsided to learn her family's store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa's Helper and meets the surprisingly young and handsome Santa, Nick (Noah Mills). When ‘Santa’ suddenly disappears, the only clue Holly has to locate him is his misplaced black boot.
TONY WINNER JUDY KAYE IS NEW DOWAGER EMPRESS OF BROADWAY’S ANASTASIA Judy Kaye, the legendary two-time Tony winner, will join the company of Anastasia as the Dowager Empress on September 28. Kaye will replace original cast member Mary Beth Peil, who concluded her Tony-nominated run on September 23. Kaye earned Tony Awards for her performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her other Broadway credits include Tony-nommed turns in Mamma Mia! and Souvenir, with additional turns in On the Twentieth Century, Grease, Ragtime, Wicked, Sweeney Todd, and Cinderella. Anastasia features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Anastasia is directed by Darko Tresnjak and choreographed by Stephen Flaherty.
Tony-winning Hamilton director Thomas Kail's production company Old 320 Sycamore has optioned a TV adaptation of We Were the Lucky Ones, a bestselling novel by Georgia Hunter. Kail, whose TV work includes the hit musical presentation Grease: Live, will direct the project. We Were the Lucky Ones tells the story of a Jewish family separated at the beginning of World War II and hoping to reunite. Hunter and Kail are longtime friends for whom this will mark their first major collaboration…
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