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BC BEAT Features New Work by John Carrafa, Jon Rua, Patrick McCollum, Karla Garcia, Ephraim Sykes and More!

Patrick McCollum has had the privilege of working with choreographers and directors such as Steven Hoggett, Joe Mantello, Alex Timbers, Roger Rees, and Wayne Cilento among others. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from California State University, Long Beach. Credits: Broadway: WICKED (Dance Supervisor/Dance Captain/Swing), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Movement Associate). Others: ROCKY (Associate Fight Choreographer), WICKED (Los Angeles/Chicago), MYTHIC MONTANA (Carpenter Performing Arts Center), PLAYHING OUR SONGS (Westport Playhouse).

Ron Todorowski has had a diverse career in concert, musical theater & commercial dance. He recently closed the first national tour of COME FLY AWAY as the Resident Director along with playing two principle roles. Ron has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, The Parsons Dance Company, Mia Michaels Dance Company "RAW" among others. Broadway credits include COME FLY AWAY, THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN, MOVIN' OUT, WICKED, GUYS AND DOLLS and FOOTLOOSE. Ron starred in London's West End production of MOVIN' OUT as well as the First National tour where he received a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in a musical. Off Broadway and other theater credits include THE WILD PARTY, CHESS for the Actor's Fund with Josh Groban, COPACABANA, SPIRIT and CINDERELLA. Appearances on television include SNL, THE TODAY SHOW, THE VIEW, 3 appearances on the TONY AWARDS, and The VMA's. Ron was the Assistant Choreographer for the production of SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at the Lyric Theater in Oklahoma City as well as Celine Dion's, A NEW DAY in Las Vegas. He recently created a new ballet for Wayne State University and is happy to be sharing another new work with BC Beat.

Karla Garcia has most recently been filming the NBC series SMASH. She was also a top 7 female on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 5. A proud graduate of NYU's Tisch Dance Conservatory, she has been featured in works by Dwight Rhoden, Kyle Abraham, and Bridget Moore. Her stage credits include Broadway's WEST SIDE STORY and Hot Feet and the National Tours of WICKED and THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

Ephraim Sykes, a graduate of the Fordham University/Alvin Ailey BFA program, danced with Ailey II for two years before joining the Broadway casts of include NEWSIES (original cast), MEMPHIS (original cast), THE LITTLE MERMAID, and THE WIZ (Encores!). He also appeared in the off-Broadway production of RENT. TV and FILM credits include DANCE FLICK, LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR (Lead), 30 ROCK (Principal), NYC 2-2 (Principal) and SMASH.

Michael Mindlin is thrilled to choreograph for BC BEAT. As a choreographer: AWESOMER AND AWESOMER (The Triad, NYC), XANADU (Revision Theatre) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Northern Stage), EVITA, and A CHRISTMAS EVE WITH CHRISTMAS EVE, a BC/EFA benefit concert. As a performer, he has appeared on Broadway in BRING IT ON, MAMMA MIA, 9 TO 5 and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

Leading up to BC BEAT, Jennifer Jancuska worked with Frank Wildhorn, Jack Murphy, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Vincent Marini on ZELDA: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, re-staging original work and adding new choreography to the Flat Rock Playhouse production. Over the past year Jennifer has also worked as associate choreographer and associate director at The Royal George Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Merrimack Theatre; she was the lead flyer and assistant choreographer for Phish at Madison Square Garden, choreographed new work and taught master classes at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, performed with Beyonce, filmed a pilot for the new series DANCE MARATHON, and had the great pleasure of working with artists including Josh Prince, Lisa Shriver, Bradley Rapier, and Marcos Santana. Beyond the past year, Jennifer co-created Broadway Connection, a national and international performing arts education program and graduated from Cornell University.

Declan Bennett (DJ) experienced mainstream chart success in the UK by the age of 20, took on the lead role in the award-winning pop biography Taboo at 21, and extended his stay in America to star as Roger in Broadway's Rent and returned to Broadway to join the cast of Green Day's American Idiot. Declan's second full length album, An Innocent Evening of Drinking has been made into a multi-media based theatrical production which recently premiered at the Ars Nova's Ant Fest.


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