Steps on Broadway flies into a spring frenzy

Jack Cole Technique and Rep Workshop with Chet WalkerMay is here and Steps on Broadway in New York City is as busy as ever! This month, Steps will be offering a trio of special opportunities in addition to its exciting daily class schedule and intriguing Steps Beyond events and performances.


First up is the American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) Advanced/Intermediate Repertory Master Classes. The current one by Donna McKechnie is being presented this week (May 1-5) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. McKechnie will teach “Music and the Mirror” from A Chorus Line. She performed in Broadway’s A Chorus Line, as well as productions like How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On the Town and Sondheim – A Musical Tribute. For her role in State Fair, she received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer.


Also part of the ADM21 Master Class Series, international choreographer and director Margo Sappington will teach “Turkey Lurkey Time” from Promises, Promises on May 8-12 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Sappington once appeared on Broadway in Sweet Charity and Promises, Promises assisting Michael Bennett. She was featured with McKechnie in “Turkey Lurkey Time.”


The second exciting opportunity is a two-week Jack Cole Technique and Rep Workshop with Chet Walker, who is creating a musical about Cole’s life. Workshop participants will train in Cole technique and be part of the creative process for Walker’s upcoming stage musical. Intermediate and advanced dancers are welcome to attend the eight sessions, set for May 15-25 on Mondays from 2:30-4 pm and Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 2-4 pm.


Third, the Verdon Fosse Legacy Project is back again with Dana Moore, Mimi Quillin and Lloyd Culbreath. These three instructors will lead multi-day master classes in the classic Bob Fosse style. They’ll reconstruct Fosse repertory from works like Dancin’, All that Jazz and Sweet Charity.


Steps Co-Artistic Managing Director Diane Grumet said, “Steps on Broadway thrives on training dancers and cultivating the art form by sharing legacy, artistry and creativity. Our partnerships with the Verdon Fosse Legacy Foundation, American Dance Machine for the 21st Century and The Jack Cole Tech and Rep Workshops lead by Chet Walker offer dancers the opportunity to learn authentic choreography of great choreographers from stage, film and television, coupled with the expert direction and coaching of elite performers and directors…a challenge rich in styles, vocabulary and history.”


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