Magazine article Dance Magazine

Yes, Captain: Kendra Moore Helps Keep the Lion King's Choreography Tight

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Yes, Captain: Kendra Moore Helps Keep the Lion King's Choreography Tight

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If you're a member of the corps de ballet it would be unusual--and probably awkward--to get notes after a performance from the swan behind you. But that's exactly what Kendra Moore does as one of two dance captains for The Lion King's long-running North American tour. "The resident dance supervisor is out front and there are things he'll notice," says Moore, "but we are his eyes and ears onstage."

Moore joined a touring cast of The Lion King in 2003 after dancing for Ballet Austin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. Her first two years with The Lion King--one long run in Chicago, followed by another in San Francisco--were relatively simple, performing in the zebra track. But in February 2005, her tour's dance captain left the show. Moore wasted no time seizing the opportunity. "I immediately e-mailed the higher-ups to let them know I was interested," she says. She landed the dance captain job, along with a pay raise.

On top of her onstage duties--she performs 11 different combinations of female characters as one of the production's swings--Moore is responsible for knowing each part of the 52-member cast. She keeps everything straight with a mini library of spiral-bound books of index cards. Each logs a role's choreography and cues, and includes blocking diagrams for song numbers. She's always watching the show when she's not in a scene and writes down corrections and questions between costume changes. "Otherwise I'll forget," she says, laughing, "and I hate that feeling of getting through three notes and thinking, 'I just know there was a fourth thing . …

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