A Performing Arts Academy week-long residency with professional dancers
Session Seven: August 22-26
Final Presentation: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:00pm
* Ticketed presentation through the Algonquin Arts Theatre Box Office, call 732.528.9211.
All Classes Meet Monday-Friday
Time: 9am to 4pm
Ages: 7 to 21
- Dancers will be assigned to one of two groups based on experience.
This year Shore Dance will be a study and celebration of theatre dance with Broadway Dancer, Choreographer and Dance Educator John Vincent Leggio. John's classes begin with a strong technical warm up, incorporating traditional Jazz, Ballet, and Modern techniques. Dancers are conditioned and warmed-up before learning choreography. John's style of choreography is a fusion of classical to contemporary styles of Theatre Dance and Jazz, along with a mix of Hip Hop and Tap.
John is a choreographer and teacher for The Jazz & Contemporary Program at Joffrey Ballet School, Marymount Manhattan College and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. John's inspiring story of how he made it to Broadway is a life lesson he enjoys sharing with students.
Due to the nature of the exercises and activities within the dance workshops, proper clothing and shoe attire is mandatory. It is suggested that students wear to each class: leotard and tights or t-shirts and leggings. 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 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; ballet slippers, jazz shoes and tap shoes* (*if experienced in tap).
Stretch & Strengthen exercises to increase strength, stamina and flexibility. Dancers are conditioned and warmed-up before learning choreography, incorporating traditional Jazz, Ballet, and Modern techniques.
Using popular music, this class will move across the floor to work on rhythm, upper body strength and footwork. Angelica's style is a mix of hip hop with a jazz funk fusion.
This class will help students further their technique, musicality and style by focusing on floor warm-ups, rhythm exercises, across the floor work, combinations and choreography.
This style of dance reflects the style of John's theatre dance choreography. Modern Jazz classes encompass components from jazz, modern, ballet and folk dancing.
Jazz & Theatre Dance
John's style of choreography is a fusion of classical to contemporary styles of Theatre Dance and Jazz, along with a mix of Hip Hop and Ballroom. John's inspiring story of how he made it to Broadway is a life lesson he enjoys sharing with students. That story is reflected in his class and work as a teacher and choreographer.
Meet the Talent:
John Vincent Leggio | Lead Teaching Artist & Choreographer
John made his Broadway debut in the musical CATS and continued to dance on Broadway and Broadway Tours for the next decade, with the revival of My Fair Lady, Show Boat, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Currently, John is a choreographer and teacher for the Joffrey Ballet Jazz/Contemporary School and Marymount Manhattan College. In the past year John has taught master classes for Ruth Eckerd Hall, That’s Entertainment Dance Convention, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dance Department. John is on this season’s dance faculty for the “Making It On Broadway” Intensive in NYC, sharing the platform with Broadway Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Annaleigh Ashford, along with Broadway stars Sierra Boggess and Natalie Weiss. John is proud to be teaching theatre dance and jazz at the world famous Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
John began his professional career at the age of sixteen, singing and dancing at the world premiere of the movie, "Six Weeks," starring Dudley Moore and Mary Tyler Moore. Barbra Streisand was a guest that evening as John sang the song, “Life is a Celebration.” In his home town of Kansas City, John worked with legendary Broadway composer, John Kander, in the musical, "The Happy Time," and as a dancer in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. John performed at the historic Starlight Theatre, in Kansas City, and went on to Opryland USA, Walt Disney World, numerous television specials, a European tour, and singing and dancing on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. John was featured a few times on The Rosie O’Donnell Show (choreography by Chris Gattelli), and was part of a CATS Broadway sketch on Saturday Night Live.
The second part of John’s career took him to Florida, where he joined the team at Disney to help stage the Epcot Millennium Parade at Walt Disney World. John went on to work as the assistant director and choreographer for the national tour of Cirque Dreams Holidaze and was the resident choreographer for the Jaeb Theatre in Tampa, where he was awarded the Weekly Planet’s “Best of the Bay” for his choreography and performance in an original production, “Swing, Swing, Swing.” His direction and choreography in the musical revue, “The Best of Jacque Brel,” was stated by one critic at the Tampa Times to be “possibly the best thing he had ever seen in a theatre.”
In 2001, John became the Artistic Director of The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, Florida where he was in charge of casting, directing, and choreographing more than fifteen productions. In 2004, John opened his own Broadway-style performing arts school, John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts, teaching dance, music, acting, and acrobatics. His students have performed on Broadway, The Rockettes, National Tours, Regional Theatres, Cruise Ships and Theme Parks around the U.S. and internationally.
Alicia Randazzo | Modern: Assistant Teaching
Alicia moved to New York City at age 18 to pursue a dance degree at Marymount Manhattan College. Alicia has performed for Disney, Royal Caribbean, and various theaters throughout the country. She has assisted in choreographing professional productions with mentors Broadway performer, John Vincent Leggio and former Rockette Dance Captain, Kelly King. Alicia is currently a study of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
Angelica Grullon | Hip Hop: Assistant Teaching
Angelica is currently studying Communication Arts at St. John’s University and leading the hip hop dance team Block Party in New York. Angelica’s style is a mix of hip hop with a jazz funk fusion. Angelica has studied all forms of dance since the age of three and has been assistant to John Leggio on numerous productions over the last few years. Angelica has also assisted choreographers Chris Judd, David Moore, Dave Scott, Brooke Lipton, Gil Duldulao, and Tessandra Chavez at The Pulse on Tour, and received multiple scholarships along the way. She just returned from LA where she studied under some of the top choreographers in the industry today.
Brandon Michael Woolridge | Tap: Assistant Teaching
Brandon received rave reviews at the young age of 14, when he played the role of Benjamin, youngest brother in the professional production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He recently received a full scholarship for the Joffrey Ballet Jazz/Contemporary program. Last summer Brandon was assistant teacher/choreographer for John Leggio in the Joffrey Summer Intensive in NYC. Brandon was a part of John Leggio's Company for five years and has assisted him for the past three years. Brandon has worked one on one with elite teachers and choreographers around the country, including Amos Mechanic, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and Joshua Bergasse, Broadway choreographer. One of the greatest achievements was receiving a full scholarship to the Pulse on Tour in NYC, where he was handpicked by hip hop specialist Dave Scott to dance in his finale.