Lorin Latarro started rehearsals for her Broadway debut on a Monday, and that Friday, she took to the stage in Swing. As the substitute in the wickedly difficult principal role, she rehearsed with her dance partner just once, on the afternoon of their first performance. That was in 2000, and the lead dancer in […]
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I fell in love with Broadway musicals in the age of Jerome Robbins. West Side Story. Fiddler on the Roof. Gypsy. These were great stories that gave their characters great reasons to dance. Robbins was famous for seamlessly integrating dance and story. When he was director as well as choreographer, he created a theatrical unity […]
These days you can’t swing a sequined dress without hitting a dance reality TV show. Every major network has its angle on them: from contestants competing weekly in front of a live audience, to behind-the-scenes looks at the lives of commercial dancers trying to make the cut, to “celebrities” paired with professionals fox-trotting their way […]
SARAWANEE TANATANIT Even in the corps of American Ballet Theatre, Sarawanee Tanatanit stands out for her striking look and daring quality. In past City Center seasons, Tanatanit, 24, has reveled in such repertoire as Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison, where she sparkled in Ann Reinking’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and […]
It’s called “swingitis,” or “a swing moment.” And every swing has had one. It happens when a swing, or fill-in dancer in a Broadway musical, has a mental glitch and gets lost on stage. The audience may not even notice that something has gone wrong—swings think fast, and so do the other dancers.Â Everyone adjusts, […]