5:30pm - 7:00pm
Open Level

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Open Level

Offering a working professional's approach to the rich world of musical theatre dance. Pivotal American Musical choreography by such artists as Jerome Robbins,
Bob Fosse, Susan Stroman, and Kathleen
Marshall is taught. Particular attention
is paid to the impact these dances have
had upon the American theatre scene.

This session, along with classic American musicals
like West Side Story, Stephen has taught
actual choreography from current running
Broadway musicals like Hairspray,
Mama Mia, The Producers,
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 

Yes, sometimes you have to sing AND dance in this class, but hey, it's fun and -- it's
"Musical" Theatre!

Beginners will be extremely challenged
-- but are welcome at all times!


TEPHEN REED has appeared in six Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals including Once upon Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker & Jane Krakowski), How to Succeed in Business (starring Matthew Broderick), Crazy For You, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, 110 in the Shade, and Cats (as the wild rock-n-roller Rum-Tug-Tugger) and toured Nationally and Internationally in Broadway productions such as Ragtime, Crazy For You, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Evita, Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get Your Gun. Stephen was dance supervisor for the Broadway touring production of Minnelli On Minnelli (staring Liza Minnelli) and has danced in rock videos with Prince, Gloria Estefan, Peter Frampton and Steve Winwood. He can be seen on film in "The Making of Me" starring Martin Short, and as a tap dancing/gun-slingin' cowboy in PBS Presents Great Performances: Crazy For You! 

Stephen was a demi-soloist with the Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Jean-Paul Comelin and a principal company member of the legendary Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. While on Ballet scholarship at the University of Utah, Stephen studied Bene Arnold, Lous Christenson, and former Met. Opera ballet mistress Mattlyn Gavers. 

Stephen served as resident-choreographer and guest-Director of the Tri-Arts Theater in upstate NY / Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT., as Assistant Choreographer for New York Philharmonic's "PBS Presents:Candide!" (starring Patti Lupone & Kristin Chenoweth) and Hello Dolly at the Seattle 5th Avenue Theater. Most recently Stephen directed Donna McKechnie and Bebe Neuwirth in a one-night-only performance of "I Still Get Jealous" - Broadway Backwards 2019.

In addition to teaching, performing, directing, and choreographing, Stephen is owner and director of Ballet Arts Center for Dance, the longest-established continuously-operating dance studio in Manhattan. Originally located in Carnegie Hall and founded by dance pioneer Yeichi Nimura in 1937, the school is now located in the landmark New York City Center, 130 W. 56th St, NYC. Stephen continues the studio's  legacy of providing professional-level dance training to serious students from around the world. "When you're ready to get serious... we're ready for you".

Most significantly, Stephen’s work with theatrical legends such as Jerome Robbins, Susan Stroman, Frank Galati, Gillian Lyne, Michael Blakemore, Wayne Cillento, Fred Ebb, Gerald Gutierrez, Mike Ockrent, Tina Landau, and Kathleen Marshall, coupled with his own work as an SDC director/choreographer and owner/director of the historic Ballet Arts Center for Dance adds a wealth of knowledge to his teachings giving his students invaluable, professional insight into the grueling audition process and the strenuous requirements of being a professional performer in the American Theatre scene.


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