Inside Dance Series Featured Musical Theatre Dancers and Choreographers

Dancers Responding to AIDS supporters got an inside, exclusive look at musical theatre choreography through a unique lineup of performances and an informative Q&A at Inside Dance Series: Broadway Dancemakers.

The January 22, 2019, evening began with Somebody, a moving piece dedicated to and honoring invincible women, choreographed by Hamilton‘s Karla Puno Garcia and performed by Arianne Meneses.

Then, Carousel‘s Leigh-Ann Esty shared an excerpt of “Louise’s Solo” from Carousel, which earned Justin Peck the 2018 Tony Award for his choreography.

The performances closed out with Billy Griffin’s Is That All There Is?, performed by Carousel‘s Ryan Steele. The piece premiered at the 2018 edition of Hudson Valley Dance Festival.

Afterward, Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford then joined the conversation for an illuminating Q&A about the magic of Broadway choreography.

The group shared their unique perspectives on the role of choreographers in the development process of a musical. Esty and Steele talked about working with Peck on Carousel and how the acclaimed ballet choreographer’s work translated to the Broadway stage. And Ashford spilled some insider stories of his experiences choreographing Thoroughly Modern Millie, which ultimately won him a Tony Award.

Inside Dance Series features intimate performances with acclaimed dance companies and choreographers. Each evening includes a Q&A with the artists and a cocktail reception.

Photos by Nina Wurtzel