meet your instructor…
EDMOND KRESLEY- Director/Choreographer
Edmond began his Broadway career as one of Jerome Robbin’s Dancers in “West Side Story”. His second show, “Bye Bye Birdie” began an associated with Gower Champion that led to assisting him on “Hello Dolly!”. Formerly, supervising archivist and Associate Director of “The American Dance Machine” – He recreated many Broadway Dance Classics for the repertoire and occasionally appeared with the company.
His Choreography is seen in several major MTV videos, the 1985 hit movie “Rappin”, “The Hot Shoe Show” on BBC-TV, “Dash!” in London’s West End. He has directed Musical Theater throughout the USA, England, Italy, Japan, and Israel. In France, he also conducted TheaterDance seminars at the Bridge Festival in Béziers with Alan Jay Lemer, Betty Comden, Adolph green, Phyllis Newman and Honi Coles.
As a soloist, he was featured in the star-studded “The Best of Broadway” with Chtia Rivera on PBS and performed Morton Gould’s “The Tap Concerto” with the Helinki Philharmonic Orchestra at Filandia Hall. Critics across the country praised his Choreography in “Bye Bye Birdie” starring Tommy Tune. Ed is currently on the faculty’s of Marymont Manhattan College, NYU, Cap21, Tisch Corporation and The New York Performing Arts Academy.
BROADWAY JAZZ: This class explores Jazz Techniques and Styles based on 100’s of years of Broadway Musicals. Many famous Choreographers began their Careers in Musical Theater, including: Astaire, Balanchine, Jack Cole, Agnes DeMille, Jerome Robbins all who brought their own styles of Theater Dance to Broadway.
This class introduces the performer to the ROOTS of what we call Modern Jazz Dance, today.
BROADWAY TAP: Tap Dance is the true American Folk Dance, beginning with the earliest Broadway Revues, Tap Dance continues to return to Great White Way, decade after decade. “The essence of rhythm, is Tap Dance!” (G. Hines)
GUIDELINES FOR DANCE THEATER DANCE CLASSES:
- Proper attire consists of Leotards, Tights, Jazz Pants, Dance Belts & T-Shirts (for men), Leg Warmers & Sweats may be worn ONLY during warm-ups and on cold days!
- SHOES: Ballet slippers, Jazz Shoes, Tap Shoes
- HAIR: Pulled back and off the face
- ALL Jewelry is to be removed (watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, etc)
ALSO PLEASE RESPECT THE FOLLOWING RULES AT ALL TIMES:
- NO baggy t-shirts, baggy shorts, leather/pleather/rubber pants
- NO baseball caps or hats of any kind
- NO GUM!
- Restrooms should be used BEFORE class! Leaving during class is strongly discouraged.
ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION:
Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes. If a student is unable to participate physically due to injury or related circumstances, it is expected that the student will continue to be present in class to watch and make necessary notes on all the new material.
TARDINESS OR ABSENCE:
Being LATE for Rehearsal or a Performance is UNFORGIVABLE!!! Why be LATE for a class? Please present your instructor with a dated note explaining your situation, as soon as possible.
Class time is valuable, and will be be spent re-teaching material to an absentee — please catch-up on all missed classes.