American Dance Machine Workshop to Feature Works by Michael Bennett, Susan Stroman, and More!


American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) will present a workshop presentation of four classic musical theater and film dance numbers on Thursday, June 28 at New York City Center, Studio 4 at 6 pm. Each piece has been coached by artists intimately involved in their original productions; numbers from Contact, A Chorus Line, Lovely to Look At and Jerome Robbins' Broadway will be presented. The evening will be directed by Artistic Director Margo Sappington and feature live music with musical direction by Tedd Firth. ADM21 is a new not-for-profit dance company founded by Executive Director Nikki Feirt Atkins, dedicated to creating a living and vibrant archive of classic and current notable musical theater choreography.

The June 28 workshop presentation will include “Simply Irresistible” from Contact, original choreography by Susan Stroman, staged by Tomé Cousins; “Music and the Mirror” from A Chorus Line, original choreography by Michael Bennett, coached by Donna McKechnie; “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” from the film, Lovely To Look At, original choreography by Hermes Pan, staged by Margo Sappington and coached by Marge Champion; and “Mr. Monotony” from Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, original choreography by Jerome Robbins, staged by Robert La Fosse.

Performers will include Charles Askegard, David Bushman, Jarrod Emick, Sean Ewing, Nina Goldman, Shannon Hammons, Derek Hanson, Angelique Ilo, Lauren Kadel, Naomi Kakuk, Fletcher McTaggart, Jeremy McQueen, Mayumi Miquel, Georgina Pazcoguin, Amar Ramasar, Rebecca Riker, Marcos Santana, Ariel Shepley, Jason Sparks, Matthew Steffens, Alex Wong and Amra-Faye Wright.

Nikki Feirt Atkins, Founder and Executive Director of ADM21 and Artistic Director, Margo Sappington, will continue the legacy of the late Lee Theodore, who established The American Dance Machine in 1976. Theodore created a “Living Archive” of Musical Theater Dance to address her belief that “many great choreographic works are lost with the musical they once embellished.” Of concern was that the artistry of each dance would vanish with the artists who created them. That was the impetus that drove The American Dance Machine from its pilot program in 1976 to its final days following the death of Lee Theodore in the late 1980’s.