Magazine article Dance Teacher

Joey Dowling

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Joey Dowling

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Talks about her dancing role on "Smash"

Joey Dowling has one long leg planted in the commercial world and the other in concert dance. The former Radio City Rockette has appeared in the films Chicago and Rock of Ages, performed on Broadway in the revival of Sweet Charity, choreographed for "So You Think You Can Dance" and was associate choreographer for the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. Dowling grew up competing at her mother's studio, The Dance Club in Orem, Utah, and she continues to be a role model for young dancers nationwide. On faculty at New York City Dance Alliance, she also choreographs for competition studios and designs dancewear for Jo+Jax, the apparel line she co-founded with her sister. "I've always liked being busy," she says about doing it all. "I freak out when I sit home and have nothing to do. It's just how I keep going-there's always something more."

This winter, Dowling adds another show to her credits-a dance role in the second season premiere of NBC's television musical drama, "Smash."

Dance Teacher: Can you tell us about your role on "Smash"?

Joey Dowling: I play a dancer playing a model in a Broadway show routine that Derek [Jack Davenport] the director and Karen [Katharine McPhee] go to see. It's a number about a black model (based on the famous Naomi Sims) who breaks out onto the scene. At first, you only see white models walking the catwalk, and all of a sudden, the Naomi Sims character, played by Jennifer Hudson, appears and starts singing to the effect of, "Get back. I'm coming down and I'm going to make my mark." We're all dressed in very couture houndstooth suits, and as she walks down the runway telling us off, she throws out her hair and takes off her dress to reveal a gold outfit. The other models jump onboard and it turns into a huge go-go dance party.

DT: What were the rehearsals like?

JD: We had about four days of rehearsal and then we shot the number in one day. …

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