Magazine article Dance Magazine

A Dancer's Choreoarapher

Magazine article Dance Magazine

A Dancer's Choreoarapher

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What is it that makes someone the kind of choreographer dancers love to work with?

In the case of our cover star Joshua Bergasse, I'd place my bets on his uncanny ability to pull the best out of his dancers. The cast of Broadway's new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory can attest to how he challenges his performers--and himself--to push further than they thought possible. "My philosophy is, 'If it's something I can do, then I've probably already done it,'" he tells writer Sylviane Gold in our cover story. "So let me find something new on you. Or let me help you create something."

It doesn't hurt that Bergasse also seems to be the very definition of a nice guy: He's super-passionate, has no hint of an ego and is always quick to crack a joke. Add in savvy, on-his-feet thinking, and it's no surprise that he's racked up a string of high-profile shows on and off Broadway, plus a Tony nomination.

But as much as choreographers can help dancers stretch their limits, they also have to respect that some boundaries can't be crossed. …

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