Ouch. The COVID-19 PANDEMIC is changing our world!
Broadway theatres and Hollywood sound stages are on ‘lock down!’
Does that mean every pro in the biz isn’t working? Absolutely not. In spite of the challenges thrust upon us … smart dancers are using the ‘lock down’ as a growth opportunity. On the internet, they are polishing their communication tools in advance of the turnaround that will get them back on those stages again.
How do A4Ders polish the good stuff they already have?
First, they accept that there are ways to strengthen any asset, including demo reels, submission letters, and the ‘chops’ for serving the needs of every choreographer, director, and producer they hope to work with.
In other words, this is the time to stay home and become the communicator, caretaker, and team player that’s percolating inside you. Reach out online. Grab every new idea you find there. Become the performer that others love, welcome, and enjoy working with. The lock down we’re coping with may not be as bad as we think! – Grover Dale
A4D members collaborate around the table. Pictured left to right, Brandon Hudson, Emily Dann, Kim Ross, Holly Googe, NaTonia Monét, Sarah Perlman, Erik Clack, Gregory Osborne, and Grover Dale
Por La Noche Me Llaman/ Soloist/Deirdre Towers (Soaking WET, NY)
Southern Belle Stories/Sketch #1/ Soloist /Allyson Ross (Collective Thread, NY)
Salvation/Soloist/Guest Artist/Tracey Durbin (LBTP Showcase, SF)
The Returning Light/Featured Dancer/Gregory Dawson (DawsonDanceSF)
The Grotesquerie /Soloist/Ensemble/Maurya Kerr (tinypistol)
Replica in 4/Featured Dancer/Sidra Bell (Sidra Bell Dance New York)
UN Plaza Score/Ensemble/Joanna Haigood (Zaccho Dance Theater)
The Metropolis Within/Soloist/Kara Davis (Project Agora)
CHICAGO/Hunyak the Hungarian/ Oregon Cabaret Theater
Oklahoma!/Virgina/Featured Dancer/ Camelot Theater Company
CHICAGO/ June /Barnstormers Theater
Crazy For You/ Ensemble/Dancer/Rogue Music Theater
Crossing/ Lead Dancer/ Dir. Myray Reames
Free Body Project/ Supporting Dancer/Dir. Sydney Skov
My Training:Vim Vigor Dance Theater Workshop - Shannon Gillen and company members, 2017
Gaga Winter Workshop - Ohad Naharin, Bobbi Jean Smith, and company members, 2017
Bill T. Jones Company Workshop – Company members - New York Live Arts, 2017
Hofesh Shechter Company Intensive - Senior company members - The Banff Centre, 2015
LINES Ballet Training Program - Class of 2015 - Program Director: Karah Abiog
Teachers included - Alonzo King (Artistic Director), Laura Bernasconi, Christian Burns,
Sandrine Cassini, Sandra Chinn, Jon Ole Olstad, Arturo Fernandez, James Graham, Britt Juleen, Maurya
Kerr, Carmen Rozestraten, Kyle Abraham, Robert Sher-Machherndl, David Harvey, Iratxe Ansa
Ballet – Zvi Gotheiner, Deborah Wingert, Jason Davis
Tap – Steve Luker
Jazz – Tracey Durbin (Luigi-based), Byron Seddens (Theater/Jack Cole)
Voice – Cris Frisco, NAAP Chorus Member (Dr. Baayork Lee), Katherine Roberts (SF Opera)
Acting - Chris Harder
Special Skills:Choreography credits available upon request - piano (intermediate) - basic music sight-reading - quick study and natural musical ear - voice (mezzo-soprano) - archery - acting - adaptable - versatile - quick-learning – valid driver’s license and passport - knitting - sewing - piano (intermediate) - basic knowledge of sight-reading - quick study and natural musical ear - quick with languages and dialects - basic Spanish and Irish - obscure movie quotes, theme songs, and random trivia on demand.