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BDL – MEET THE DANCERS

Posted October 18, 2012 by in Broadway Dance Lab

VALERIE SALGADO was the assistant choreographer for the first season of the NBC series “SMASH” produced by Steven Spielberg. She has worked closely as the assistant to Emmy award winning choreographer, Joshua Bergasse, for several years. With Bergasse, she has worked as assistant choreographer for BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year opening number, associate choreographer for Bright Lights Big City (Marymount Manhattan College), has assisted with pre-production for numerous regional shows, and assisted with Bergasse’s Musical Theater Performance Project. Valerie was the original choreographer for the musical Helen on 86th St at the Chernuchin Theatre. She has also had her work shown at Dance Theatre Workshop with Motion Dance+Theatre, Band of Gypsies Choreographer Showcase, and has choreographed for the Rutgers Dance Team. Valerie received her classical dance training at Le Studio in Pasadena, California, under the direction of Philip and Charles Fuller, and earned her B.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine. She has performed with contemporary dance companies in LA and NY as well as regional theatre across the country. West Side Story, Ticket to Ride, (David Marquez), I’ll Be Damned, At the Vineyard Theatre (Luis Salgado). Workshops: The Great White Way, James and the Giant Peach (with Pilobolus).

VANESSA RUSSO: BILLY ELLIOT, First National Tour (Swing I Asst. Dance Captain); WEST SIDE STORY, Asian I European Tour (ANYBODYS I JET GIRL); OKLAHOMA!, First National Tour (Sally Skidmore) FILM: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (Featured Dancer); GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow) OTHER: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Ensemble Dancer); Ballroom Dancesport National Latin Champion. Proud Member of ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION

DEANNA DOYLE danced with the Kansas City Ballet for eight years, dancing numerous principal and soloist roles in ballets choreographed by legends such as Agnes de Mille, Donald McKayle, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor. She studied tap and jazz with her mother and trained at the School of American Ballet and performed with the New York City Ballet. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in psychology. Her equal training in ballet, tap, jazz, and theater has landed her roles in shows such as “42nd Street,” “All Shook Up,” and “Oklahoma,” as well as the lead role of Vera in “On Your Toes.” Deanna has also appeared in national commercials such as Tide and Twix. She is the fourth generation in her family to be a professional dancer/singer/actress, beginning with her two great-great- aunts who had a sister act on the vaudeville circuit.

TOMMY SCRIVENS is a Florida native, where he trained at New Tampa Dance Theatre. Tommy graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in dance performance in 2005. He has performed with Columbus Dance Theater contemporary ballet company, in the United Kingdom tour of Tap Fusion, as a guest artist with BalletMet, Columbus, Collide, and Parsons Dance. He is currently dancing with dre.dance, Nicholas Andre Dance and marInspired. In addition to company work Tommy has been featured in several movies, musicals and tv shows. Most recently, The Big Gay Musical movie, City Center Encores’ production of “Where’s Charley?” and the premier of the Rosie Show.

ALEX DeLEO is thrilled to be a part of Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab. Alex is an actor in New York and has training from The Walnut Hill School, CCM, Pace. Professional credits: St. Louis Muny, North Shore Music Theatre, Boston Children’s Theatre, Atlanta’s Fox, and Carnegie Hall. Tv/film credits include: MTI’s Educational videos (dance capt.), HDTV commercials, lil iguana safety pilot, McGraw-Hill textbook series. Thanks to my loving family, friends, Avalon Artists and to Josh for bringing this amazing group of people together for this project.

MINDY UPIN is originally from the Chicagoland area and received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently Rehearsal Director and member of The Steps on Broadway Ensemble, and also dances with Nathan Trice/Rituals, Grace Courvoisier Dance Company, and Trainor Dance. Mindy has choreographed Off-Broadway plays, musicals, and original works as well as been a guest teaching artist in New York, Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina, and even South Africa. Along with her choreographic partner, Lindsey Kelley, Mindy choreographed, produced, and danced in her own show “The Ratio of Mindsey to Kelpin” shown in both Chicago, IL and Asheville, North Carolina. Mindy was recognized by Dance Magazine with an ENews exclusive interview and has been showcased as a style model. Currently, Mindy is teaching contemporary modern at Steps on Broadway, and at the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics, where she teaches children with special needs. Please visit www.mindyupin.com to learn more.

KHORI R. PETINAUD began dancing at the age of 13 after seeing her first ballet of Firebired by Dance Theater of Harlem and has never looked back. She studied at North Carolina School of the Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin ailey and Russel’s School of Ballet in Northern VA. She received her BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch school of the arts and has just recently finished the national tour of The Color Purple. She is currently a member of the Steps Repertory Ensemble and is so happy to have this opportunity to work with the wonderfully talented Josh Prince! Jeremiah 29:11

GIOVANNI BONAVENTURA is thrilled to be a part of the Broadway Dance Lab. Credits: Pippin, Workshop (A.R.T.), A Chorus Line (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Damn Yankees (Paper Mill Playhouse). CCM Graduate. Thank you Josh for this incredible opportunity!

JESSY SMITH grew up dancing in woodsy Hudson, Ohio and went on to receive a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She choreographs and performs with The Good to Go Girls, a bubbly trio of classically trained dancers whose skits toy with physical comedy and burlesque.  Their work, coined “surprisingly professional” by the New York Times, has been presented by numerous venues including Joe’s Pub, DTW, The Box NYC, Le Poisson Rouge and The Triad Theater.

BILLY GRIFFIN:  Performing credits include the 1st national tours of the musicals “Mary Poppins”, “Young Frankenstein” and “White Christmas”.  Company member of Jeff Amsden’s “A Few Good Men Dancin’ “.   Many regional theater productions and industrials, working with the likes of Spike Lee, Debra Messing and Jerry Seinfeld.  T.V shows: “SMASH” and “The Electric Company”.  Animated Billy on the video game “Dance On Broadway” for Nintendo Wii.  Choreographer of the Miss Connecticut Pageant for the Miss America Organization.  BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (CAP 21).  Proud AEA and SAG-AFTRA member.  Thanks to Josh for this awesome experience.

NICK KEPLEY:  Born in Asheville, NC, Nick Kepley trained with Sandra Miller and spent summers at the School of American Ballet and The Juilliard School. He has danced professionally with Ballet Austin and Kansas City Ballet performing works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and Jose Limon, among others. In his theatre career, Nick served as dance captain in McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol and appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins (Neleus, Valentine) and in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2008. He also performed on “The Celebrity Apprentice” and NBC’s new series, “SMASH.”  Nick is Founder and Artistic Director of MOTION Dance+Theatre, a summer dance company and choreographic laboratory based in Asheville, NC www.motiondt.com.

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