Magazine article Dance Teacher

Broadway Belle

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Broadway Belle

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Dana Moore shares tunes for training triple threats. BY RACHEL ZAR

With razzle-dazzle dance moves, a stunning physique and a powerful voice, Dana Moore has left her mark on the Broadway stage. From Sheila in A Chorus Line to Hunyak ("Not Guilty") in Chicago, she has shimmied her way through some of our favorite musicals and even worked directly with Bob Fosse on Dancin' and the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity.

Now, Moore brings her Broadway experience to the next stars of the stage, teaching at Steps on Broadway in NYC, Jacob's Pillow and Marymount Manhattan College's musical theater department.

Moore rook time away from her busy class schedule to sift through her extensive music collection with DT, and she was barely able to choose just a few favorites to discuss. Spanning all eras and genres, her picks for class have a unifying theme: "All of the artists that I use are great storytellers through their music," Moore says, "and that is exactly what we should be doing with theater dance. We aren't just doing steps. We're doing steps with some life behind them, some story, some character."

Artist: Brian Stokes Mitchell

Album/Songs: Brian Stokes Mitchell, "Something's Coming" and "Life Is Sweet"

"I'm enamored with Brian Stokes Mitchell's new CD, and I use it for everything from warm-up to little steps to combinations. His version of 'Life Is Sweet' has an Ellington-era big band sound. 'Something's Coming' from West Side Story has a Latin groove, so you can really move to it."

Artist: Debbie Gravitte

Album: MGM Album

"I love Debbie Gravitte. …

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