Shore Dance: Broadway Meets Hollywood, Gotta Dance!
The 2013 Shore Dance Program is Generously Supported by The Puffin Foundation
Algonquin Arts Theatre is collaborating with Tony-nominated and Emmy-winning choreographer AC Ciulla and Broadway dancer and choreographer Serena Soffer to create a fantastic exhibition of dance selections
from both Broadway and the Silver Screen. Ciulla, who has most recently been seen on television as a guest choreographer on "So You Think You Can Dance," was nominated for a Best Choreography Tony Award for the Broadway
hit Footloose. Soffer - who assisted Ciulla on several projects including the original company of Footloose toured the world as a ballerina in Phantom of the Opera and has performed everywhere from Saturday Night Live to a "Foo Fighters" music video. Soffer also assisted choreographer Mia Michaels in Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise. The Broadway dancers performing alongside Ciulla and Soffer will be Darien Crago (42nd Street, White Christmas), Dennis O'Bannion (White Christmas) and Richard Riaz Yoder (White Christmas). This program will include the final performance from students participating in the Shore Dance Summer Stage intensive.
TAKE THE STAGE:
Spend a week studying with the professional dancers featured in this show: Shore Dance: Broadway Meets Hollywood is a week-long intensive starting August 19.
Please note that the choreographer and lead instructors for this program have changed as of July 15, 2013. We’d like to congratulate or original instructor, Sara Brians,
for being cast on Broadway, which necessitated this change! We are elated to be working with Serena & AC!
The Shore Dance program is a week-long musical theatre dance intensive, taught daily by professional Broadway dancers and choreographers, AC Ciulla and Serena Soffer. Students will be divided into two groups based on experience level. All skill levels are welcome to register.
This year, Shore Dance will be a study and celebration of Musical Theatre dance styles of the Golden Age of Hollywood movie musicals and Broadway shows. In addition to a daily warm-up, students will have technique classes in musical theatre, jazz, and will introduce forms of hip-hop and modern dance to support these theatre styles. The students will also learn and rehearse choreography in the style of Broadway dance and movie musical dance.
Due to the nature of the exercises and activities within the dance workshops, proper clothing and shoe attire is mandatory. All students should wear all black to each class: leotard and tights or t-shirts and leggings are most appropriate. Please make sure that your child is prepared for class in clothes that will allow them to move around freely. For safety and comfort, no skirts, dresses, loose jewelry,
flip-flops, crocs, nor Uggs. Students should wear clothes that will allow them to be comfortable in full range of motion. No loose fitting clothing. Proper footwear must be worn; flat jazz shoes, ballet slippers or jazz sneaker.
Meet the Instructors and Shore Dance Performers:
Shore Dance Director - Choreographer & Performer
EMMY Award winning choreographer AC Ciulla. Nominated for the TONY AWARD for Best Choreography for Broadway's Hit musical Footloose and has choreographed and/or directed numerous productions of the show
including the highly successful Japanese version starring the country's biggest pop stars.
Off-Broadway, AC choreographed The Last Smoker in America at the Westside Theater and was nominated for the prestigious Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on the production of
Lucky Guy by Willard Beckham. AC choreographed The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin starring LaChanze for Playwrights Horizons receiving a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography and the Theater Guild Award nominated show Ghetto Superstar starring Billy Porter and produced by George C. Wolf for the Public Theater.
AC choreographed the musical Chess at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles starring Matthew Morrison of Fox's hit show GLEE. Regional theater includes the new Steven Sondheim revue Being Alive at the Westport
Country Playhouse, Barrio Babies starring Sara Ramirez at the Denver Theater Center, The Yiddish Are Coming at the Denver Civic Arts and The Plexiglass Slipper at ASOLO Rep.
Ciulla co-created and choreographed the smash hit Toni Braxton-Revealed for the Flamingo Las Vegas as well as the six-time GRAMMY Award winning recording artist's celebrated 2006 LIBRA tour and live 2007 NBA All-star performance. Other recording artists include live shows for Eden’s Crush featuring Nicole Scherzinger and videos for Freedom Williams of the dance sensation C&C Music Factory and R&B vocalist Billy Porte.
As Creative Director/Choreographer, AC created a live touring show for the vocal band Duwende.
Film work includes choreography for Gray Matters starring Heather Graham, Bridget Moynahan, Tom Cavanaugh, Molly Shannon, Sissy Spacek and Alan Cumming as well as the film, PUPPET starring Rebecca Gayheart.
Ciulla won the 2003 EMMY Award for Outstanding Choreography of a Television Special for his innovative work with Olympic figure skating champions for the world renowned STARS ON ICE.
Other television credits include DGA Award winning musical event on the ABC soap opera One Life To Live and numerous episodes of Sesame Workshop's new version of The Electric Company (PBS) including the series'
opening credits. AC choreographed the entire 2nd Season of Viva Variety as well as a video for comedian Jeffrey Ross on Comedy Central and several musical comedy bits for Late Night with David Letterman.
AC directed and choreographed the 1-800-OK-CABLE "Move To Triple Play" dance commercial and has choreographed countless spots including the famous dancing Intel commercials, Dr. Pepper featuring Travis Wall, AT&T and the
Busby Berkeley style musical E*Trade spot which aired as one of the top five commercials during the Super Bowl.
For the past two seasons, AC has appeared as a guest choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance and recently made a surprise guest appearance on Lifetime's hit reality show Dance Moms.
Shore Dance Director - Chorographer & Performer
Serena is a versatile dancer, choreographer, and yogi who has worked extensively all over the world. Her first inspiration was her loving and supportive mother, Eva, a performing contortionist in the German Circus.
Her professional performing career began at the young age of ten, where she began working with multiple legends, including Ray Bolger, Gregory Hines, and Donald O’Connor.
In her teens, she received a full scholarship to the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts and trained with the incomparable Alfredo Corvino of Juilliard. Her dance background ranges from classical ballet to jazz,
having studied with Frank Hatchett, Phil Black, David Howard and Charles Kelly. At the age of 21, she toured internationally for three years as a ballerina in Phantom of the Opera.
Serena returned to performing and the silver screen in 2011 in the Rock Of Ages movie, starring Tom Cruise and assisted the choreographer, Mia Michaels, the Emmy winning choreographer of "So You Think You Can Dance" fame.
She made her Broadway debut performing in the original cast of Footloose and assisting choreographer, AC Ciulla.
She has also been seen on MTV and in numerous national commercials, such as McDonalds, Intel and E-Trade. She appeared on ABC's "All My Children," as well as Saturday Night Live as a Weekend Update Dancer, The Late Night Show with
David Letterman and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. She was also honored as CNN's Spotlight Performer of the Week.
Her choreography credits are just as extensive. Her commercials include the Super Bowl Chevy Car Wash commercial, Dove (Starring Glee's Lea Michele), Snickers, Axe Body Spray, and the famous AT&T Grand Central station flash mob spot. Her choreography talents also took her to the concert stage creating a Rock and Roll Circus for the platinum selling band Panic! At The Disco.
Through the years Ms. Soffer became much more dedicated to her yoga practice. Meditation and the study of Yogic philosophy and intertwined the body, mind and spirit through her Asana practice in 1998. Serena spent an entire summer living at Ananda Ashram in upstate New York. Soon after she received her Yoga Teacher Training certification at Laughing Lotus in NYC, where she was a Senior Teacher for several years. She still continues to plug in at the Ashram frequently. Serena has just been announced as a lululemon Ambassador and is thrilled to be working with the trailblazing yoga company. Her goal is to inspire those she works with and hopefully leave a lasting impression on their hearts, minds and spirits.
DAILY WARM-UP, STRETCH AND STRENGTHEN:
This class will provide a perfect warm-up for young dancers in the morning. It will begin with a combination of technical jazz and ballet-based exercises to warm the cardiovascular system and strengthen the muscles.
It will also provide the body with a strong foundation for the day's work ahead. Stretching exercises will warm the body, lengthen the muscles, increase flexibility, and further increase stamina and strength.
MUSICAL THEATRE TECHNIQUE:
This class will cover the fundamentals of musical theatre dance in the warm-up and across the floor. Students will then use these technical foundations in application with a musical theatre jazz combination in the center. Musical theatre will utilize a foundation of jazz, modern, ballet and tap technique as well as clear storytelling that are inherent in musical theatre.
MUSICAL THEATRE REPERTOIRE:
This class will focus on choreography to popular musical theatre titles such as Footloose, Rock of Ages and more. Choreography learned in these classes will be applied for the performance culminating at the
end of the week's work. We will focus on aspects of storytelling, ensemble work and performance.
To register and for more information:
call Julie Nagy 732.528.9224
Payment is due in full at time of reservation. Payment plans can be arranged with Julie only through credit card. All reservations are final and no credits or refunds will be issued after the first day of camp.
Receive 10% off multiple classes registered. Discounts cannot be combined with any other offers.
Shore Dance Performers: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Darien Crago, Dancer
Darien Crago is excited to be sharing her love of classic movie-musicals with you! From Westerville, Ohio, Darien studied musical theatre at Wright State University and made the 'big move' to NYC last year. Recently, Darien performed in Paper Mill Playhouse's Thoroughly Modern Millie and spent the summer at Cape Cod doing Sweet Charity at the Cape Playhouse. Additional favorite credits include White Christmas (nat'l tour) and playing Peggy Sawyer in the John W. Engeman Theater's production of 42nd Street. www.DarienCrago.com
Dennis O'Bannion, Dancer
Recently seen playing Marcellus in The Music Man at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (2012 Carbonell nomination, Best Supporting Actor). On Broadway he was in Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Recent regional credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Gremio - Cape Playhouse), Hello Dolly!(Judge/Stanley - North Shore Music Theatre), Joseph (Levi - Maltz Jupiter) and Crazy For You (Mingo - Maltz Jupiter/Cape Playhouse). Other favorite regional credits include Meet Me in St. Louis (TUTS/Paper Mill Playhouse), White Christmas (Fox Theatre, Detroit) and Hello Dolly! (Paper Mill Playhouse) choreographed by Mia Michaels.
Richard Riaz Yoder, Dancer
St. Louis born performer that earned his degree from Oklahoma City University. He has performed on Broadway in Irving Berlin's White Christmas and toured around the country with the same show including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has also performed at some of the of the best regional theaters in the country including Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, The Muny, North Shore, and Kansas City Starlight.
Along with performing Richards other loves include teaching and fitness. He has taught and choreographed music theater dance and tap in NYC and around the country and recently started a fitness blog about different fitness programs. Follow him on his blog amifityetbroadway.blogspot.com or his website richardriazyoder.com.