Friday, January 27, 2012

All That Jazz

There is nothing better than unwinding to jazz music after a busy day, grooving to Motown, or rejoicing with Gospel music. What’s even better? Experiencing a show that has all that and more, Jazz Moves Columbus at BalletMet!

Everyone here is preparing for the opening of BalletMet’s next performance, Jazz Moves Columbus. The show features dance from jazz to ballet with music ranging from jazz to Motown. BalletMet, along with the Jazz Arts Group, celebrates the 200th birthday of Columbus by honoring the original Jazz Moves (which won the Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artistic Excellence Award) by showcasing the past, present, and future of Columbus life through dance.

The show features pieces choreographed by local and Tony nominated talent. Last week, I had the honor of watching the company rehearse a piece by Dan Knechtges, Tony nominated for his work in Xanadu. Not only has Dan choreographed numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, but his work is also seen in movies and music videos. His piece in Jazz Moves samples all your favorite oldies, such as The Temptations “My Girl”.

A quick look at the other choreographers in Jazz Moves:

-Lynne Taylor Corbett: Lynne was nominated for 2 Tony awards and some of her work can be seen in the original “Footloose” film.

-Randy Duncan: Randy was the three-time winner of Chicago’s prestigious Ruth Page Award for the Outstanding Choreographer of the Year and was nominated for the American Choreography Award for his work in the movie Save the Last Dance, featuring Julia Stiles.

-Stella Kane: Stella was the founding Artistic Director of BalletMet’s JazzMet and was a featured dancer in the national tour of Bob Fosse’s Broadway hit, Dancin’.

-Harrison McEldowney: Harrison has worked with multiple ballet companies and his work was featured in the closing ceremonies of the ’92 Olympics in Barcelona.

-Darrell Moultrie: Darrell is both a choreographer and performer; he starred opposite Toni Braxton on Broadway in Aida and danced in the original Broadway productions of Hairspray, The Color Purple and Billy Elliott.

After a sneak peek of just one of the pieces, I am so excited to see Jazz Moves! The performance opens February 2 and runs through February 12 at the Capitol Theatre. For more information on show times and tickets, visit Hope to see you all for Jazz Moves Columbus :)


For a sneak peek, check out this video!

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