Kean University to Welcome Aspiring Irish Dancers for Studio2Stage, 8/3
Kean University will welcome eighty-five aspiring musicians and Irish dancers to its campus as part of Studio2Stage, a whirlwind nine-day professional workshop and rehearsal process culminating in a public performance on August 3 at 8 p.m. According to promotional material for the event, Studio2Stage is "a performance experience and variety show that has gathered together young amateur musicians, singers and Irish dancers who want to break into the touring show industry. These selected performers from the U.S.A. and further afield will be brought together at Kean University in New Jersey on July 26 to August 3, 2014 for 9 days to learn, produce and stage a full professional 2-hour show on the final night which is open to the general public."
"Dancers and musicians will witness firsthand life as a professional performer, experience living away from home, immersing themselves in nine days of intense rehearsals and watching a full-scale show production come to life," stated a release from Studio2Stage's production team. "The S2S management team wanted to establish this venture to pass down the knowledge and experience that they learned over the years and assist amateur performers in getting closer to achieving their dreams of being a professional performer."
Studio2Stage's producers include Jim Murrihy, an original cast member of Michael Flatley's famed Lord of the Dance, and co-director of Dublin-based Damhsa Irish Dance Entertainment Ltd; Michelle Lee, founder of Dublin's esteemed Lee-Byrne Academy, which teaches and promotes Irish dance and culture; and choreographer Rachel Byrne, an original cast member of Riverdance and faculty member at Lee-Byrne. Ms. Byrne will share choreography duties with dancers Bobby Hodges, Chris Naish and Aidan Garvey.