Broadway Dance Coming to New Hampshire
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For students at The Dance Collective in West Lebanon, NH, it's going to feel like Broadway is coming to them. That's because Allyson Sawyer, head of The Dance Collective, will be bringing some of Broadway's best dancers to teach master classes to her students. And it's quite the roster of talent coming to NH.
Among the guest teachers are Skye Mattox, who was last seen in American Dance Machine at NYC’s Joyce Theater as a featured dancer and singer. Previous to that, she was in the Broadway revival of On The Town where she appeared onstage every night in the ensemble as well as understudying and performing the role of Ivy Smith. She made her Broadway debut in the revival of West Side Story when she was 18 years old, and has been in numerous shows at New York City Center’s Encores! series. She can also be seen in the second season of NBC’s TV series Smash.
Also coming to The Dance Collective is Ben Cameron, a sought after host, writer, teacher and performer in NYC. He has appeared on Broadway in Wicked original cast), Aida and Footloose (original cast). Ben has toured in productions of Sweet Charity (opposite Molly RIngwald), Footloose, Tommy, State Fair and Fame. As one of Broadway’s most beloved personalities Ben is the host of the long running Broadway Sessions, Mostly Sondheim, Broadway Con, Onstage NY and NYCDA, The Broken Leg Podcast, My Broadway Bar web series and countless industries events and benefits. As a choreographer and teacher Ben has served on the faculties of NYU’s CAP21 studio and Wagner College.
Other guest teachers include, Andrew Black, Jessica Dillon, Christopher Michael Bursley, Dante Adela, Callan Bergmann, Olivia Bergmann and Heather Parcells.
The program was also held last year and was quite successful. I had a chance to talk with the head of The Dance Collective, Allyson Sawyer, about not only the master class program but also The Dance Collective as a whole.
Last year's intensive seemed like it was a hit. What's new this year?
Last year was incredible! This year we doubled the opportunities! We are doing two weeks with some of the same people as last year and some new talent. Last year was one week.
How were you able to get so many amazing Broadway artists to participate this year?
I am so lucky to have some great friends who have reached out to their friends. This year some of the new people who are joining us are: Ben Cameron, Heather Parcells, Callan Bergmann, Olivia Bergmann, Andrew Black, and Christopher Michael Bursley.
What has been the reaction by the students to an event like this? What do you hope they get out of it?
The students at the studio were extremely excited and shocked at the talent that is coming this year. They get amazing classes from working professionals in these master classes. They form bonds with these professionals that are priceless.
What makes taking classes at the Dance Collective unique?
The Dance Collective really is a family. The students revel in each other's successes and are there for each other in times of need. We all learn more then just dance technique at the studio, we learn how to be good people and strong adults. These classes are open to all students internationally. I would love to see new faces that want this exceptional opportunity.
This certainly sounds like an amazing opportunity for all involved to get some get training and insight. For more info and registration visit, www.thedancecollectivenh.com/broadway-master-classes