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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 


"A Good Student is One Who Will Teach You Something."

Mo Brady

by Hanifa Jackson-Adderly 

Part of The Ensemblist's "What I Teach" Series

Hanifa Jackson Adderly

Hanifa Jackson Adderly

My teaching journey has always been a stagnant one, being that I was often performing. Balancing my schedule between a dance company and a musical production made it difficult to dive in completely like I envisioned. The last few years I have been doing less on stage performing and more in studio teaching and have a great passion for both. I have had the opportunity to teach different techniques including Ballet, Horton, Contemporary and Barre fitness.

I teach students from outreach programs, local dance studios, competition conventions and major Universities. Every class level will require a different version of you as the head of the class. That to me is one of the most rewarding sides. Getting to relate to different artists at different phases of their dance journey. Passing on the knowledge that I have been afforded, and seeing the appreciation and light when a student is locked in and absorbing it into their bodies.

Nothing makes me more happy and satisfied than leaving class knowing we are now more physical, knowledgeable and inspired than when we started. It’s a beautiful marriage between student, teacher and music.