Ouch. The COVID-19 PANDEMIC is changing our world!
Broadway theatres and Hollywood sound stages are on ‘lock down!’
Does that mean every pro in the biz isn’t working? Absolutely not. In spite of the challenges thrust upon us … smart dancers are using the ‘lock down’ as a growth opportunity. On the internet, they are polishing their communication tools in advance of the turnaround that will get them back on those stages again.
How do A4Ders polish the good stuff they already have?
First, they accept that there are ways to strengthen any asset, including demo reels, submission letters, and the ‘chops’ for serving the needs of every choreographer, director, and producer they hope to work with.
In other words, this is the time to stay home and become the communicator, caretaker, and team player that’s percolating inside you. Reach out online. Grab every new idea you find there. Become the performer that others love, welcome, and enjoy working with. The lock down we’re coping with may not be as bad as we think! – Grover Dale
A4D members collaborate around the table. Pictured left to right, Brandon Hudson, Emily Dann, Kim Ross, Holly Googe, NaTonia Monét, Sarah Perlman, Erik Clack, Gregory Osborne, and Grover Dale
Even puppies get celebrity reactions. Here's 4 of them about this video. youtu.be/PrWfpGQa2uA
David Winters: You have a wonderful way of telling a story...Even puppies get celebrity reactions. Here's 4 of them about this video. youtu.be/PrWfpGQa2uA
David Winters: You have a wonderful way of telling a story and making it entertaining !! You really should do a one man show,
Brian Gendece; Great story! Can't wait to read your book!
Julie McDonald: Love this story.
Bruce Vilanch; Time for a one-man show. Who’s writing it?
Nigel Lythgoe: Show more
Want to see Gregg Burge dazzle an audience? Watch this. youtu.be/-kimAWBistYLoading content, please wait.
Juicy tidbit heard last night. 'Musicals In Development' is coming online. A great opportunity for A4Ders, right? Especially for those of you who...Juicy tidbit heard last night. 'Musicals In Development' is coming online. A great opportunity for A4Ders, right? Especially for those of you who are developing shows. Stay tuned. Show more
‘The power that drives the engine is you,’ said the voice. ‘You not only own, manage, and create the vehicle…you ARE the vehicle. You step on the...‘The power that drives the engine is you,’ said the voice. ‘You not only own, manage, and create the vehicle…you ARE the vehicle. You step on the gas, you navigate the curves in the road, you find the shortcuts, you pick the destinations, and you design the map that’s going to get you there…’ Show moreLoading content, please wait.
Inside scoop: The amazing Nancy Dann has been bumped up to Leadership Status in our neck of the woods!
Wanna score at Brian's auditions? Watch 22 dancers do it.
DANCERS INCOME / Where is it today? How will it change with GOP Reform? At the high end: Bway musical performers net at least $100,000 per year...DANCERS INCOME / Where is it today? How will it change with GOP Reform? At the high end: Bway musical performers net at least $100,000 per year. ($1974 minimum per week thanks to Actors Equity) Close by: pop-tour dancers. Mid-range: Regional theatre-cruise ship-theme park dancers probably net $25-30,000 per year. These estimates reflect 52 weeks-a-year employment. Most dancers aren't that... Show more
Get ready, A4Ders! The Cher project sounds amazing! Auditions on Tuesday Dec 19. Check the Calendar!
Great location and behavior choices. If you guys collaborated on them, keep collaborating. You're good together.
Agent's NameCoaching & Artistic Direction: Julie MacDonald, MSA 323-957-6680
Agent's Phone:Performer: JC Gutierrez, MSA 323-957-6680
Work Experience:16 broadway musicals / 9 feature films / 100+ network TV shows
My Training:Met my dance angel in 1944 who treated me to my first tap class. After 7 crazy-wonderful years of dancing at the Lillian Jasper Studio in McKeesport PA, I relocated to NYC where I studied jazz with Matt Mattox and Peter Gennaro. Paid my rent with part-time jobs (selling hot dogs and donuts in Times Square and ushering at movie theatres that netted me $35 a week). After being cast as "Snowboy" in "West Side Story" I was making the spectacular salary of $165 a week. In 1957, broadway minimum was $85 a week. On the job, I was given two choices by Jerome Robbins. Take ballet classes or go back to McKeesport. I picked ballet.
Special Skills:I paid attention to the pros around me (Chita Rivera, Carol Lawrence, and Larry Kert) and watched how they worked the biz. I got an agent. By 1965, I lucked into working with legendary choreos like Michael Kidd, Jack Cole, Agnes de Mille, Herbert Ross, Tony Charmoli, Joe Layton, Onna White, Gillian Lynne, and Gene Kelly. Acting assignments came my way. While playing a British dandy in 'Half A Sixpence' every night, I was playing a dope dealer on a daytime soap by day (Secret Storm). By 1967, I was experiencing a full-out performing career in films that took me from New York to Hollywood, London, and Paris. In 1968, I started looking at options on the other side of the camera. A year later, my choreography for a rock musical on Broadway ("Billy") earned me a Drama Desk Award and a first Tony nomination. "Seesaw" "Rachel Lily Rosenbloom" and "Molly" followed and led to my first directing gig with a Bway smash that ran 5 years ("The Magic Show"). 1973 was a very good year for me...a Tony nod for directing and a marriage to dancer/actress Anita Morris that led to parenthood in 1978. My son James Badge Dale recently starred in the award-winning mini-series "The Pacific" and the Oscar-winning film 'The Departed.' During the 80's, my family relocated to LA and pursued more TV and film assignments. By 1990 I felt the urge to give back...and launched "Dance & Fitness Magazine"...often referred to as my "ruthless guide to dance employment." In 1999, it morphed into Answers4dancers. Today, I can honestly say working with my A4D family is the most rewarding job I've ever had. The next generation of working pros is so amazing!
Recent Job(s):TV: Performance coach during the callback auditions of SYTYCD in Las Vegas.
TV: CSI-Las Vegas. Faye Dunaway's dance partner in "Kiss-kiss-Bye-Bye" episode.