BDL Choreography Intensive Launches Today
Broadway Dance Lab will launch its first summer Choreography Intensive today, welcoming 10 young choreographers, ages 18-29, for a one-week immersion in the art of theatre dance-making. The faculty roster includes BDL Artistic Director Josh Prince, Jeff Calhoun, JoAnn M. Hunter, Al Blackstone, Marc Bruni, and more. The program will run through August 5 at Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Participants in the Intensive will study and create choreography in various styles, attend repertory dance classes, and engage in Q&A's with agents, designers, and casting directors. A special event is planned at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, during which students will have the opportunity to speak with Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, about his work on the current revival of My Fair Lady. With the support of director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, BDL is also providing free tickets to a preview performance of the new Broadway musical, Pretty Woman.
"Programs like this one focusing exclusively on theatre choreography don't currently exist in New York City," Prince said. "Even schools that offer composition classes, don't necessarily discuss the business side of it, or present real-world strategies a choreographer can use when collaborating with directors and designers. We're trying to build something all-encompassing. I think it's going to be a very special week for these young people."The new Choreography Intensive rounds out BDL's education initiatives which included the launch of their new mentorship program, BDL Connect, earlier this year. To learn more about all of the company's programs, or to apply, visit www.broadwaydancelab.org.
Broadway Dance Lab is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Broadway choreographer, Josh Prince (Beautiful, Shrek), and serves as a choreography incubator designed to promote the use of dance in musical theatre. The company provides free rehearsal time and a company of professional dancers to choreographers of all technical backgrounds, so that they may grow their ideas and collaborate more effectively with colleagues in the field.