Welcome to the World of Dance at the LaGuardia High School
Of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Video by Sidari Burgos
This year the Dance Department at LaGuardia High School, the Fame School, was thrilled to work with the Verdon/Fosse Estate on an exciting project to recreate Bob Fosse's 1978 hit Sing, Sing, Sing from the Tony Award winning Broadway show Dancin'. Lloyd Culbreath, who danced in the original production, reconstructed the work along with his assistant Alyssa Epstein. Greg Sinacori, faculty member at LaGuardia, directed the production which included 14 talented young dancers from the Dance Department along with LaGuardia's 22 member Jazz band performing live under the musical direction of Kevin Blancq. The piece also included a massive stage set on which the band and dancers performed. Lighting design was by Brian Sciarra (BAM) and costuming by Keiko Voltaire. This project was made possible through generous donations from the parents at Laguardia. Michelle Mathesius, Director of Dance at Laguardia, oversaw the production along with Mary Callahan, project manager of the Verdon/Fosse Legacy LLC. Recently Nicole Fosse, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's only child, showed up at the rehearsal to offer the dancers insight into the history and legacy of her parents and the intricacies of taking this work to the next level. She was excited for the students, at such a young age, to be able to perform her father's work in such an authentic setting. Fosse's Sing, Sing, Sing closed the concert which included many other thrilling works by notable choreographers such as, Arthur Mitchell (PA Alumnus and founder of DTH), Blakeley White-McGuire (Principal Dancer with The Martha Graham Company), Darshan Bhuller (London Contemporary), Joey Smith (Faculty Member and Dancer with Elliot Feld) and Chanel DaSilva (Faculty Member and Dancer with The Trey McIntyre Project). This performance took place May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd.
At the request of her parents, the Dance Department established a scholarship in memory of Desiree Keras, the junior dance major whose tragic death saddened us all. The scholarship is presented to a deserving dance student annually at our Senior Awards ceremony. Please help us insure that Desiree will be remembered for years to come. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, make out your check to LaGuardia Alumni and Friends, and give it to or mail it to Ms. Mathesius. All contributions are tax-deductible. A list of donors is sent to the Keras family. … .