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Published October 13th 2013
Get out of your comfort zone and tap into Broadway Choreography.
Have you always wanted to be in a musical theatre? Well, here's your chance. Every so often, NIDA runs an 8 week adult short courses in Musical Theatre for people like me who are not quite professional dancers (in fact, nowhere near it), but cannot sit still and always itching to do something different.
I just completed NIDA's 8 week Broadway Choreography course and it was one of the most enjoyable dance courses I've ever enrolled in. Not only did we have a lot of laughs in class, it was also a challenging and exhilarating journey of learning. Using props such as hats, chairs and our hidden personalities, we learned dance choreography across a canon of Broadway numbers such as 'All that Jazz' from Chicago, Liza Minnelli's 'Life is a Cabaret', as well as the 1920s 'Birth of the Blues', a song that was later revived in 1965 by legendary crooners, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy David Jr and Johnny Carson.
These musical numbers originated well before I was born but there is something about Broadway music that strikes a chord within the soul, rippling an electrifying wave of energy that makes you want to get up and dance. We learned not only dance choreography, but also to act the part, which in the case of Chicago, to rouge our knees, and roll our stockings down, and all that jazz…
It helps if you have some exposure to dance lessons like jazz (or bollywood in my case) before you try this course, but it's not really essential provided you are keen as you will readily pick up the choreography. Our NIDA instructor, Katie Kermond was instrumental in ensuring this was the case as she was one of those rare dance teachers that can break down dance steps to enable students pick up a routine quickly. In fact, Katie's professionalism in teaching, patience and good humour enabled us to learn three musical numbers in 8 weeks, in which we ended performing in front of family and friends during the last class.
NIDA's Broadway Choreography course was held each Tuesday evening for three hours - I didn't even notice time went by because we had that much fun. Wearing comfortable clothing, jazz shoes and bringing a water bottle is recommended, as you will sweat and get a good workout.
NIDA runs other Musical Theatre adult short courses like 'Triple Threat', taking Broadway Choreography to another level, integrating three skills required to perform musical theatre: acting, singing and dancing.
NIDA's Broadway Choreography left me 'razzled-dazzled', and wanting more. So for my next challenge, I've enrolled into 'Triple Threat', starting this week.