// In alphabetical order. //
// Our master collaborators. //
1. The masters that offer their brilliance in short, sweet doses, graciously contributing their experitise on a piece-by-piece basis.
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LAUREN CHAPMAN KILLEEN
Director, Choreographer, Performer // Lauren on Facebook
Lauren is a veteran professional performer in NYC and currently works for Disney Theatrical Group as a managing teaching artist. In addition to her full-time job at Disney, she continues to create art with kids and young adults around the country as a freelance choreographer and director.
Her constant dedication and enthusiasm for art and live performance has inspired her fellow gigsters since this projects' inception. Her collaborative contribution to GIG's performance at a TEDx Youth in Rochester, NY as a singer and co-director allowed the talk to be unique and ring true to all those listening and watching.
Photograph by David A. Beloff
Performer & Choreographer // dannyjgardner.com
Danny is a unique talent, probably known most for his incredible wit and clean taps and clever rhythms. He is always a joy onstage and has an incredible resume, showcasing his extreme range and ability as a triple threat that everyone loves to work alongside.
He has be a part of national tours, featured in countless regional musical productions, and works frequently with Parallel Exit, the preeminent physical theatre company in New York City.
Danny became a part of GIG when he choreographed a tap piece to Caleb Hawley's song, "Do I Wanna Live Forever" (his actual taps are featured on Caleb's album recording.) He performed his unforgettable piece alongside gigster, Jordan Fife Hunt, at the Highline Ballroom in our premiere full-scale performance of GIG w/ Caleb Hawley in March 2011.
RACHEL M. HETTINGER
Choreographer // Rachel on Broadway Dance Center's Site
Rachel M. Hettinger, originally from Pennsylvania, started on the stage doing musical theater, performing in Fame: The Musical (Iris), Oliver! (Bet), Bus Stop (Cherie), and Pinocchio (as Pinocchio).
Rachel moved to NYC to study as an intern at the Broadway Dance Center under names such as Ginger Cox, Joshua Pelatzky, Calen J, Kurka, Chris Hale, Jeff Amsden, Sheila Barker, and Brice Mousset, where she found her true passion for dance. Soon after, Rachel decided to continue her studies focusing on contemporary ballet movement and anatomy with :pushing progress's Contemporary Training Program under the direction of Calen J. Kurka and Chris Hale.
During her few years in NYC Rachel has had the privilege of performing for various artists at many venues around the city, some of which include: Brice Mousset, Ashley Carter, Calen J. Kurka, Chris Hale, Jim Cooney, Cara Goodwin, and Catherine Gallant. She has also performed at MMAC, Webster Hall, Rhapsody James' Sirens After Dark at BLVD, Peridance Salvatore Capezio Theater, Glamour Magazine, Office Max Elf Yourself, Alvin Ailey Theatre, Hunter College, Symphony Space, and for Derek Mitchell at the Los Angeles Carnival, and the Capezio ACE Awards.
Recently, Rachel danced alongside Wendy Williams in a new television promo for the up-and-coming season of her show. Currently, she works with Broadway Dance Center's Children and Teen Program, and she dances and choreographs with solWEST Dance Collaborative, a contemporary dance company. They have featured work on several stages in NYC, as well as in California at the sjDANCEco Choreo Project at San Jose state where she won an Audience Favorite Award for choreography. Rachel’s work has also been performed at Galapagos ArtSpace in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Rachel's artistic passion is the exploration of movement, and the therapeutic practice of centering the mind and finding awareness within the body, producing honest and genuine dancers and performers. Dance is how we tell our story, let's join together, collaborate, and be heard.
Whitney G-Bowley reached out to Rachel after seeing one of her captivating pieces featured at her sister, Leeanne G-Bowley's, annual In-sight Dance Summer Suite Festival in Queens, NY. They had coffee. They hit it off. And then Rachel killed it in the studio working on her debut piece to Jenna Nicholls' song, "All the While."
Choreographer // Dana on IBDB.com
A Broadway veteran, Dana was last seen on Broadway playing Hunyak ("Not Guilty") in Chicago. Also, she was featured in Fosse (now on DVD). Other outstanding Broadway credits include, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Bob Fosse's Dancin', On Your Toes, The Will Rogers Follies, How to Succeed...., Singin' in the Rain, Dangerous Games, Sugar Babies and Copperfield. She has toured with Chicago and Falsettos and appeared in the films, The Producers: The Movie Musical and Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You.
In New York City, Dana teaches Theatre Dance at Steps on Broadway and is a musical theater faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College. She conducts master classes in cities across the USA and internationally, recently working as teacher and choreographer for the International Dance Intensive in Cyprus, Bardar Dance Institute in Oslo, Tapage Dance Company in Toulouse and the Jazz Musical Theatre Program at Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts. Ms. Moore is also a founding company member of Chet Walker's Walker Dance Company.
The gigsters have always relished in taking Dana's class at Steps on Broadway in NYC, but she officially became a part of GIG when she graciously agreed to choreograph a piece in the style of Bob Fosse to Caleb Hawley's song, "We All Got Problems" as well as a contemporary duet to Chrissi Poland's soulful ballad, "What Have I Become." Her latest work was an original duet to Jenna Nicholls' song, "Sweet Talkin' Ladies Man." Dana's dances are always fan favorites and irreplaceable highlights of each show in which she takes part.
Performer & Choreographer // Noah on IBDB.com
Noah Racey is a New York based performer, director, choreographer and educator who made his Broadway debut in the 2001 revival of Follies, and has since appeared in the original casts of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Associate Choreographer), Never Gonna Dance and Curtains.
Last year Noah celebrated 10 years with the critically acclaimed Broadway By The Year series at New York’s Town Hall where he also directed Brooklyn to Hollywood, starring Tovah Feldshuh, and the 2008 Nightlife Awards. Also at Town Hall, he directed and choreographed the world premier of All Singin', All Dancin'.
Noah choreographed the world premier of Turn of the Century (Chicago’s Goodman Theatre) directed by Tommy Tune, starring Jeff Daniels and Rachel York. He also choreographed the 2008-09 White Christmas national tour and was Associate Director for Jeff Calhoun’s High School Musical, High School Musical 2 (Fox, Atlanta) and Shenandoah (Ford’s Theatre DC, starring Scott Bakula).
Noah recently won his second Connecticut Critic Circle award, this for Outstanding Choreography inAnnie Get Your Gun, the first for playing Charley in Where’s Charley, both at the Goodspeed Operahouse. Look for his choreography this season in Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre’s Guys and Dolls as well as Goodspeed Operahouse’s Show Boat. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed New York Song & Dance Company, appearing in Bahrain in March. Noah is a product of - and strong proponent for - arts funding in public schools.
Noah became a part of GIG when he co-choreographed the official music video for Suzanna Choffel's original song, "Raincloud," with GIG creator, Whitney G-Bowley. He also performs alongside Suzanna in the Brooklyn-based film noir style video that is slated to be released in the Fall of 2014.
He is an undeniable force of classic grace and of-the-moment excitement, embodying the spirit of Getting.It.Good in everything he does.
Choreographer, Movement Coach, Teacher & Fitness Expert // erikashannon.com
"To put it simply, I’m a movement coach. I help you connect to movement so it makes sense to you, and I teach you to move your body with confidence, regardless of your skill level. I work with dancers of all levels, professional singers and models, new moms, and fitness enthusiasts. My signature online program, Don’t Dodge the Dance Call, has been featured in both Back Stage and Playbill, and you can find me teaching at SoulCycle in both Manhattan and New Jersey.
I have a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan, and danced professionally for over 20 years before turning my attention to
teaching, choreography, fitness, and eventually motherhood. Each new skill complimented the previous one, and now, whether I’m working online, on stage, or on camera, I take a well-rounded approach with my clients, building strength, endurance, connection, and confidence in our constant state of forward motion.
I work mostly online with my clients (trust me, it works!) so you can learn in the comfort of your home or studio. I also do live workshops and seminars in the NY/NJ area, so if you’re interested in that, contact me and let’s talk!
Warner Music Group (WMG)
“Ugly Betty” (ABC)
“The Tyra Banks Show”
Whitney G-Bowley had been a student and admirer of Erika for years. Since 2011, she had been looking for an opportunity for Erika to collaborate on a GIG project so her incredible energy could be shared with the gigsters and help fuel the project as it travels to new heights. The moment finally arrived when Jenna Nicholls' song "Diary of an Insomniac" was in need of a choreographer -- Erika entered the room with her natural grace and inspired determination, bringing the dancers and music together in a fresh, exciting way.
The University of Michigan
New York University
Signature Theatre Overtures
Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theatre
ALDC (home of Dance Moms)
ECA World Fitness
Choreographer // bretshuford.com
"I'm Bret Shuford and I was raised in South East Texas but am a New Yorker through and through. I grew up with 3 brothers (the oldest diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, and the youngest being my Twin Brother) which taught me a lot about Human Relations. As a child I had one dream on my mind: to be on Broadway. I spent most of my childhood in Community Theatre, doing shows 5 times a year to keep myself busy. I would also compete in dance competitions, choir competitions, and represent Texas on the International Thespian Society State Board. I came out as gay to my family at 17 which was very scary for young South-East-Texas-Man to do. In time my family has grown into healthy and supportive system. In 2011 I married the love of my life, NYCB Principal Dancer and Actor Stephen Hanna, and we happily live in NYC pursuing a family of our own.
After attending the University of Oklahoma and graduating from Wagner College, I made my Broadway debut in the ensemble of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. However the road to that goal was filled with many struggles took a lot of hard work.
Since then I've been in many other Broadway shows, National Tours, and played principal roles in Feature Films, including Martin Scorcese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Besides performing, directing and choreographing for organizations such as Royal Caribbean International I've established myself as a leader in the Entertainment Industry.
As a Certified Life and Career Coach I hope to help others find their path to self-fulfillment in the Industry. If you are interested in knowing more about how Coaching works make sure to click on the Coaching tab at the top of this page."
Bret became a part of GIG through his alma mater connection to two original gigsters, Whitney G-Bowley & Brad Landers. After starring on Broadway and getting well known for his gorgeous voice (and charming good looks) he was willing to contribute his talent as a choreographer for the original piece, "Porchswing Serenade" featured in GIG w/ Jenna Nicholls: Call & Response. His spirit and support have been a gift to the project and helped the show truly shine.