Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Stage One - From Fosse to Kelly

Kelly d'Amboise instructs Stage One students through
"Hot Honey Rag".
Following a delightful comedy workshop with Evan Casey, up next on the master class docket for Stage One this year was a dance intensive with the talented Kelly Crandall d'Amboise. Kelly trained at the School of American Ballet and the University of Michigan. She has performed on Broadway, on the road, in Hollywood and in Vegas. She was an original cast member of The Boy From Oz where she had the great pleasure of working with Hugh Jackman. Some of her performance credits include work as the lead dancer in the Disney film, A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, Chicago on Broadway and the National Tour, Susan Stroman’s A Christmas Carol, the National Tour of The Producers, the Broadway workshops of Dirty Dancing and Last Dance, The Most Happy Fella with NYC Opera, EFX at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Samson and Delilah with the LA Opera. She was a series regular on Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular and has appeared in numerous commercials, videos, on the Academy Awards and the Tony Awards. In addition, she has been the Associate Choreographer on numerous productions including those at Lincoln Center, South Coast Rep., Busch Gardens and Signature Theatre. Kelly’s teaching credits include work at Interlochen Arts Academy, Orange County Performing Arts High School and George Mason University.

Abby and Emma practice their Fosse walks.
Kelly's master class with the Stage One students yesterday focused on the choreographic style of Broadway legend Bob Fosse from the mid 50's to 80's. Some of Fosse's most well known shows and bits of choreography include The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Pippin and Chicago.

Bryan leans into warm ups with Kelly.
Throughout the short and intensive dance session Kelly and the students worked on choreography from "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago. It's amazing how quick the Stage One students took to Kelly's steps and how fast the number came together. Keep your eyes peeled for a video snippet of the song itself.

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