When I first began transitioning out of performing and into choreography, I knew there was a lot of knowledge I needed to gain to help bridge the gap. Coming from the world of ballet, it wasn't so much steps I needed to learn, but rather the craft of using movement to enhance and strengthen theatrical storytelling. I've been lucky enough to assist some incredible choreographers over the years (Josh Prince, Josh Rhodes, and Lorin Latarro among them), but in the in-between times, I would spend hours searching for additional sources of wisdom and advice, and would come up fairly empty handed.
How exactly does one become a choreographer? The answer can prove quite elusive. Our mission at Broadway Dance Lab is to nurture choreographers by providing them with the tools they need to practice their craft and test their ideas. Each Cycle, I am fortunate enough to witness new work coming to life from the minds of some of the greatest dance-makers currently working in the field. It occurred to me one day that these artists have clearly found their way along the path of "making it," and that their insights might prove extremely insightful for others on the journey. Out of this thought, In Step was born!
Each month, In Step features a new conversation with a choreographer discussing his/her own practice, and the steps they took to become a working professional. How did they get their name out there? What lessons have they learned along the way? What do they wish they'd known when they were first starting out? Since we launched the podcast last fall, we've had some incredible guests, such as Lorin Latarro, JoAnn M. Hunter, and Al Blackstone. It is my hope that the program will become a resource for aspiring choreographers of all ages and technical backgrounds.
Even though there's no right way to go about this profession, it can be encouraging to know that those we idolize were once dealing with their own doubts and questions. Many of our guests have choreographed multiple Broadway shows, and yet their process of searching and questioning remains ongoing. They share their experiences with me, not as a rulebook, but as the beginning of a dialogue; one that becomes ultimately more interior than exterior. The life of a choreographer can be extremely solitary. Whenever we get the chance, we might as well learn from each other!