Every Broadway dancer knows that ballet class is essential to their craft. Many of the most successful Broadway shows — such as An American in Paris, West Side Story and Billy Elliott — are based in the language of ballet.
Lydia Johnson Dance in South Orange has long recognized that connection with classes taught by Broadway dancers (see Village Green’s story on Jamie LaVerdiere here). It’s also the choice of many local parents who perform on Broadway for the dance education of their children.
Beginning Tuesday, October 20, Master Teacher Tammi Shamblin will teach a 5-week workshop at LJD melding ballet and freestyle phrases set to the soundtracks of iconic shows like the above-names shows — and more. Students will learn phrases from the shows while also creating their own movement based upon improvisation. The final class will culminate with an in-class showing of student choreography based on the show and music of their choosing.
This workshop is for 3rd-10th graders and runs Tuesdays from 6-7 beginning Oct 20th (10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17). For more information and to sign up, visit www.lydiajohnsondance.