Behind the movie magic and clever choreography is a hard-working choreographer, navigating the challenges unique to actors with varying levels of skills in dance. Leading industry choreographers Chloé Arnold, Marguerite Derricks and Mandy Moore share their experiences on what it’s really like to create dances for the stars.
Dancer. Creative director. Rapper. Songwriter. Choreographer. Empire-building businesswoman. Charm La’Donna is all of those things, and she’s defined commercial dance from behind the scenes for years.
Dancer, Emmy-nominated TV and film choreographer, co-founder of the Syncopated Ladies, tap shoe designer – Chloé Arnold is having a moment, and she’s thriving in the spotlight.
Tap dance is a form of dance once dominated by men. However, today it is dominated by women.
I come from a lineage of survivors: African Americans who endured the brutality of slavery, Native Americans who survived forced genocidal migration, and my Jewish grandmother who escaped the Holocaust. My ancestors’ enduring spirits live inside of me, giving me an indelible foundation of strength and compassion. On the bookshelves my mom filled in our […]
At competitions, the people who are scoring you can be the biggest industry leaders in the room. But is there a way to network with them with these judges? Three top competition judges share their advice on how to do it in the most strategic way—and the pet peeves that turn them off. Mandy Moore—The […]
Every year, as soon as the Emmy Award nominations are announced, the first thing I do is scroll down (way, way, way down) to find the nominees for Best Choreography. Last week’s announcement was no different, and it was a delightful surprise to see tap queen Chloe Arnold become a first-time nominee for her work […]
Many people see dance and choreography as separate pursuits, or view choreography as a dance career’s second act. For some dancers, however, performing and choreographing inform one another. “That’s just the kind of choreographer I am. I feel things so deeply in my physicality. I have to do it to know it,” says Jodi Melnick, […]