Social Media Delivers Bigtime!
Dancers. Here’s what 20 minutes on FaceBook and Twitter revealed to us. These award-winning choreographers (Josh Bergasse, Andy Blankenbeuhler, Robert Schultz, Nick Kenkel, and Jaci Royal) talk about their work, their goals, and their commitments to the community. Pretty cool, right?!
We’re showing you these results to ‘stir things up’ around here. Wouldn’t it be smart to show up at one of the workshops mentioned? Performing for Mandy Moore, Josh Bergasse, or Nick Kenkel could lead to interesting situations. So can investing 5 minutes on any choreographer’s professional FB or Twitter page. C’mon, there are lots of choreographers we’d like to work with. We all have devices in our hands. Let’s make something good happen. – Grover Dale.
Read on for what was discovered on Facebook and how you can use this info to your best advantage:
POSTS ON JOSH BERGASSE'S FB PAGE
A. Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman and Jerry Mitchell, dir/choreo celebrated 15th Anniversary of ‘Hairspray.’
B. Mandy Moore’s master class at the ‘Edge’ was promoted.
C. Josh’s classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway are announced.
D. His friends include choreo Liz Imperio and manager Brian Gendece.
E. His post about leading a master class with Nick Kenkel was liked by Julie McDonald, founder of MSA.
CLICK HERE FOR JOSH BERGASSE'S PROFESSIONAL FB PAGE
POSTS ON ROBERT SCHULTZ'S FB PAGE
A. Robert announces he's donating class money to @petsalive to help pets from hurricane Harvey's devastation.
B. Several posts with a teaser to a concept video about LABELS and how they affect how people think of themselves.
C. He posts the DanceBlast 'Hot Story' where Answers4dancers featured his efforts to spread the word about suicide prevention.
D. He offers to donate money to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the wake of celebrity rock star suicide.
E. Regularly posts dates for his classes and master classes on his calendar.
POSTS ON NICK KENKEL'S FB PAGE
A. Nick promoted Mandy Moore's recent class at Edge in Los Angeles.
B. He was the Director for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for this year's production of Broadway Bares: Strip U.
C. He posted lots of videos of classes from Broadway Dance Center.
POSTS ON NICK KENKEL'S TWITTER FEED
A. Nick effectively posts updates on this year's Broadway Bares: Strip U beginning early in 2017 to bring awareness of this event to his followers.
POSTS ON ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER'S TWITTER FEED
A. He posted a link to a tremendous podcast on Broadwayworld.com. Be sure to listen to it. He tells the story of his dance career that began at age 3 and how he began to create choreography. This is a piece that really tells how he thinks and what motivates him.
B. He posted an article from the Los Angeles Times about Hamilton.
C. He posts about Bandstand currently running on Broadway for a total of three shows running simultaneously.
POSTS ON JACI ROYAL'S TWITTER FEED
A. She has been a featured choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance this season and she has been posting her amazing videos on her Twitter feed.
B. She has an impressive list of followers including Warren Carlyle, Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, and Maddie Ziegler.
C. Jaci regularly posts her classes at Edge.
The sky is the limit when you want the scoop on your favorite choreographers. Are they jazzed about a new project? A workshop? A performance style? A fresh look? An approach they've never seen before? Hey. A daily dose of FB, Twitter, and A4D can take you to amazing places!
Many of our members have had the opportunity to work with these choreographers in shows or in class. Here's what they have to share:
I loved my time working with Andy Blankenbuehler in Hamilton! It was such a treat to gain so much knowledge with every rehearsal. He's a true master of his craft; which is inspiring to all professional and soon to be artists out there. – Brandon Hudson, Dancer To Watch
It been years since I last stepped foot in a Mandy Moore master-class, but I of course expected to come out of the experience with nothing but satisfaction. We were quickly reminded that a strong technique and foundation holds great significance in our career but most importantly, Mandy evoked the joy within us. The beautiful yet challenging choreography left me feeling as though no one else was in the room. Mandy was so personable with each and every one of us. She is a truly humble and genius leader within our industry! – Frank Soares, Dancer To Watch
Watching Nick Kenkel during the past two Broadway Bares has reminded me that in this industry: generosity and kindness goes a long way. Nick's infectious energy and warmth pours out of his soul. You can tell how driven and hard working he is but most of all, he is collaborative and earns respect by gaining the respect of everyone in the room. Talent is extremely important in this business but Nick's direction has shown me that professionalism is most important. – Sarah Kaye, Dancer To Watch
I always love working with Nick Kenkel because not only is his style of choreo beautifully brilliant but he is a down to earth, genuine, brilliant and beautiful person. And that is hard to find in this industry. – NaTonia Monét, Dancer To Watch