Dance on Camera

directing and festivals and films - oh my!


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How PERFECT is it that my first short film as a director, The Yellow Room, will have it's World Premiere at the Kerry Film Festival in Co. Kerry Ireland!!!!! The following month it will be screening at the Olympia Film Festival and hopefully more to come!

Happily I had some incredible collaborators on this project including Jim Doyle - my talented DP and co-producer, dancers Jessica Gadzinski and Junji Dezaki, composer Ali Helnwein, and editor Arielle Zakowski

For more details on production and upcoming screenings you can visit The Yellow Room 

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lost the plot

happy new year! flashing back to this beautiful piece i choreographed for director miles crawford and artist nicole turley of amoureux. working with reshma gajjar and hunter hamilton continues to be an enormous source of inspiration. i'm looking forward to creating more beautiful work this year!

ariana delawari - the ultimate collaborator

"Art is an investigation" - Twyla Tharp

"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control" - Julia Cameron

just wrapped production on ariana delawari's upcoming short entelechyariana led the way with grace, spirit and above all bravery. she gave us the freedom to discover real beauty in the moment. i'm so grateful to all of the dancers for their open hearts and unrelenting passion.

http://arianadelawari.com

 

our playground

our playground

the dancers

the dancers

nicole + kitty

nicole + kitty

ariana delawari

ariana delawari

austin westbay

austin westbay

sebastian mazur

sebastian mazur

ty wells

ty wells

kristina desjardins

kristina desjardins

paola gamache

paola gamache

naomi pacheco

annick chung

annick chung

baden silva

baden silva

jessica hiestand

jessica hiestand

lydia purves-ware

lydia purves-ware

hannah odgers

hannah odgers

talitha thurston

talitha thurston

jess steidler

jess steidler

legacy...alan johnson

i'd like to honor those who have paved the way for all of us working as choreographers today.

growing up in the country in Ohio the only access i had to dance was on TV.  i LOVED watching movies and escaping into an exhilarating world of fantasy. One of my favorite escapes was the mad genius of Mel Brooks and as i have learned the uber genius of

choreographer Alan Johnson

 

he is one to be honored, inspired by and cherished. Alan is an award winning choreographer, best known for his work on Mel Brooks films and for restaging Jerome Robbins' original choreography in live productions of West Side Story in the United States and internationally.  

Julie McDonald, best known for being the first dance agent, says about Alan

"I think Alan is a choreography genius.  It's hard to choreograph humor.  No one does it better. He got the most astounding performance out of Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles, singing "I'm Tired".   The Springtime for Hitler number from The Producers is iconic. How does one take such a sensitive topic (The Holocaust) and make it, well....hilarious?   He and Mel Brooks were on the same page.  The number he did for Ann Bancroft on a TV special showed off her extraordinary skills as a comedic actress through a dance number.  Alan's choreography is stylish and elegant."

an amazing resource for our community is dance historian Larry Billman...click on his name to access rarely seen dance on film/TV footage and images.

here is a montage of the highlights of choreographer Alan Johnson's amazing career. Created for his Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Choreography Awards, this short film features his choreography for Mel Brooks' films, his Emmy award winning appearances, as well as his stage and commercial work

 

for inspiration and pure joy revisit one of his films...his credits include:

As Choreographer

As Director