Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

'Dancing Sondheim' Free App for iPhone Set for 9/1 Release

DANCING SONDHEIM -- a free App compiling 7 short dance movies by Richard Daniels using the music of Stephen Sondheim -- will be released September 1, 2014, it has been announced by Richard Daniels, DANCES FOR AN iPHONE creator and the app's principal choreographer. Dances for an iPhone comes in versions for the iPhone, and iPad and is available through iTunes. The free app will also soon be available for Android devices. For more, visit

DANCING SONDHEIM is the 4th installment from DANCES FOR AN iPHONE, which uses technology as a medium to transmit modern dance to the general public. To date, the free apps have been downloaded 15,000 times in over 100 countries.

Selections from Mr. Sondheim's celebrated Broadway musicals SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, INTO THE WOODS, SWEENEY TODD, PACIFIC OVERTURES set to various recordings -- by such musical artists including Cleo Laine, Maria Friedman, Macy Robinson, Patrick Mason and David Starobin -- are included in DANCING SONDHEIM.

The roster of dancers who perform in DANCING SONDHEIM include Janis Brenner, Carmen de Lavallade, Deborah Jowitt, Robert La Fosse, Brian McGinnis, Rebecca Rigert, Risa Steinberg, Jodie Toogood, Melissa Toogood and Megan Williams. Two more movies are scheduled to be added later in 2014 and will include a new movie duet for Carmen de Lavallade and Martine van Hamel, and a solo movie with Miki Orihara.

The 7 selections in DANCING SONDHEIM follow:

--"Children and Art" from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is performed by dancer Carmen de Lavallade; to a recording by singer Maria Friedman with Stephen Sondheim on piano. Choreographed by Richard Daniels. This is a re-release of a movie first in Volume 1, and has been reedited. It serves as the nascent inspiration for this volume with music by Sondheim.

--"Children Will Listen" from INTO THE WOODS is performed by dancers Risa Steinberg, Megan Williams and then 5-year old Ziva Etta Salan; to a recording by singer Macy Robinson. Choreographed by Richard Daniels.

--"Everyday a Little Death" will be performed and spoken by dancer Deborah Jowitt. Choreographed by Richard Daniels.

--"Finishing the Hat" from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is danced by Robert La Fosse, to a recording by guitarist David Starobin and singer Patrick Mason. Choreographed by Richard Daniels.

--"Moon in my Window" is danced by Rebecca Rigert and Brian McGinnis; the piece is performed to an instrumental variation of "Joanna" from SWEENEY TODD. Choreographed by Richard Daniels.

--"No One Is Alone" from INTO THE WOODS is danced by Janis Brenner to a recording by Cleo Laine. Choreographed by Richard Daniels with Janis Brenner.

--"Pacific Passages" is danced by sisters Jodie Toogood and Melissa Toogood; performed to an instrumental selection from PACIFIC OVERTURES. Choreographed by Christopher Caines, the first choreographer invited to collaborate with Mr. Daniels on a movie for DANCES FOR AN iPHONE.

Richard Daniels' DANCES FOR AN iPHONE Volume 1 debuted in 2010, with 6 dance movies created and choreographed by Richard Daniels. Created as an artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2009, these movies used an eclectic selection of music by Stephen Sondheim, Gerald Busby, Erwin Schulhoff, Amy Beach, Bill Conti, and text by Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas. Volume 2 (released in 2011, with 6 dance movies created and choreographed by Richard Daniels) uses an eclectic mix of music (Busby, Handel, Arvo Part Henry Purcell, and Alexander Scriabin, with text by Richard Daniels). A Scriabin Suite - Volume 3 (2012) from Dances for an iPhone -- uses music by Russian composer Alexander Scriabin as the score for 7 short dance movies.

A formally-trained dancer, Richard Daniels worked as an arts manager, consultant and producer in the 1980's with dance and theater companies across the U.S. The experience of living with HIV led to a rebirth and propelled him to reconnect with dance as an instrument of healing. After 15 years offstage, he resumed dance studies and since his debut in the 1995 Day Without Art Remember Project, he has since performed in numerous venues in the U.S. and Canada. His work has received support from the Bossak/Helibron Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. DANCES FOR AN iPHONE has been celebrated at the Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Talks at 92nd St. Y and Baryshnikov Arts Center.

About the dancers:

--Janis Brenner - has had long associations with Meredith Monk, Alwin Nikolai and Murray LewisJuilliard School dance faculty member since 2009

--Carmen de Lavallade - original Broadway production HOUSE OF FLOWERS with a 60-year career dating back to her early collaborations with Alvin Ailey

--Deborah Jowitt - dancer wrote about dance for 40 years for Village Voice

--Robert LaFosse - was a principal dancer for many years with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. He appeared on Broaway in Bob Fosse's DANCIN' and JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY

--Rebecca Rigert - partnered with Baryshnikov for White Oak Dance Project and has danced with Lar Lubovitch, Elisa Monte and Trisler Danscompany

--Risa Steinberg - former soloist with Jose Limon Dance Company and associate director of Juilliard Dance Division

--Jodie Toogood - founding member, Austinmer Dance Theatre in Australia

--Melissa Toogood - former member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company

--Megan Williams - 10 years with Mark Morris Dance Group

DANCES FOR AN iPHONE has been made possible in part through The Field's Sponsored Artist Program. App developer is Mallow Technologies; web master is Mainstreet Hosts; choreography by Richard Daniels; "Pacific Passages" choreography by Christopher Caines.

The selections of DANCING SONDHEIM were filmed at Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn; Gibney Dance Center and Joyce Soho in NYC.

For more information about DANCING SONDHEIM, visit, and also at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Related Stories
How SWEENEY TODD Led to Lansbury & Sondheims GLASS ONION Cameos Photo
While Broadway alums Leslie Odom Jr. and Daniel Craig may be the stars of Glass Onion, the followup to Knives Out, the film also features appearances by two of Broadway's biggest icons: Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury. Read how Rian Johnson's love of Sweeney Todd led to their cameos and what it was like working on their final film appearances!

Interview: Author D.T. Max Talks Conversations With Sondheim Photo
Read BroadwayWorld's interview with longtime New Yorker staff writer-and author of the New York Times bestseller Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story-D.T. Max on his new book FINALE: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim.

VIDEO: Bernadette Peters Describes Her First Time Meeting Sondheim Photo
Bernadette Peters sat down with Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa this morning to discuss her upoming Broadway Barks event. During the interview, Peters discussed her performance of 'Children Will Listen' at the 75th Annual Tony Awards honoring the late Stephen Sondheim. Peters also revealed the first time that she had met Sondheim.

BWW Album Review: SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED - VOL. TWO is Glorious Photo
Released on what would have been Stephen Sondheim's 92nd birthday - March 22, 2022 - Yellow Sound Label’s SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED: THE NYC SESSIONS - VOLUME TWO is the glorious middle chapter of an epic trilogy of beloved Sondheim showtunes sung by musical theater luminaries. Like the previous entry, this collection is chock full of talented artists skillfully performing hits from Sondheim’s complex yet accessible catalog with glorious dexterity.

More Hot Stories For You

Diablo Ballet Presents SWAN LAKE SUITE Next MonthDiablo Ballet Presents SWAN LAKE SUITE Next Month
January 30, 2023

The magic and artistry of the legendary ballet, Swan Lake comes to Diablo Ballet audiences February 10 – 11, 2023 at the Lesher Center. Swan Lake Suite features highlights from Act 1, White Swan and Black Swan Pas de Deux, First Act Pas de trois, czardas, variations and grande finale featuring the entire company, accompanied by the legendary score by Tchaikovsky.

Wright State Theatre Presents THE LARAMIE PROJECTWright State Theatre Presents THE LARAMIE PROJECT
January 27, 2023

Wright State Theatre presents the true-life drama, THE LARAMIE PROJECT from February 17-26th in the intimate Herbst Theatre.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Cultural Awareness Highlights World Premieres and Timeless Classics by Master ChoreographersDallas Black Dance Theatre's Cultural Awareness Highlights World Premieres and Timeless Classics by Master Choreographers
January 27, 2023

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) celebrates Black History Month by performing works that share slices of life, culture, and history in its Cultural Awareness Performance Series. The performances feature two world premieres by Gregory Dolbashian and Sean J. Smith and two modern dance classics by master choreographers Donald McKayle and Matthew Rushing.

NYC Dance Alliance Gala Will Feature ABT, Martha Graham Dance Co, and MoreNYC Dance Alliance Gala Will Feature ABT, Martha Graham Dance Co, and More
January 27, 2023

On Jan. 30 at 7:30pm, The Joyce Theater will be home to Destiny Rising, an evening of dance to benefit the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation's college scholarship program, which to date, has awarded $4.5 million to over 400 talented teenage dancers all over the US, currently represented in 40+ of the most prestigious dance programs across the country.

DREAM WITH ME is Up Next in the Sunday Morning Music Series Presented By BroadStageDREAM WITH ME is Up Next in the Sunday Morning Music Series Presented By BroadStage
January 26, 2023

BroadStage is inaugurating a new and engaging chamber music series Sunday Morning Music / Santa Monica curated by award-winning cellist and longtime BroadStage collaborator Antonio Lysy, musical director of the annual Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy that he founded in 1989.