FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2010
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center presents
Musical Theatre Jazz Class
with Kyle Pleasant
Mondays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, beginning January 3, 2011
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center presents a Musical Theatre Jazz Class with accomplished choreographer Kyle Pleasant on Mondays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, beginning January 3, 2011 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street, NYC (between 10th and 11th). The cost of the class is $15 ($13 professional discount). Registration is available at www.manhattanmovement.com
The class will focus on choreography, strength and conditioning, perfecting dance fundamentals and finding the body’s individual, full breadth of expression and ability. The class offers much more than the physical movement, including audition techniques and a realistic look at the professional world.
Kyle Pleasant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. He worked extensively at the conservatory and around the Boston area choreographing for the school’s mainstage season and with the Boston Men’s Chorus. He has taught at Boston Ballet as well as giving master classes and workshops across the country. His performance work can be seen in the film “Across the Universe,” in the musical theater, and with dance companies in New York and across the country. His choreographic work includes A Chorus Line, City of Angels, Mack and Mable, Cabaret, Hair, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Apple Tree, The Pajama Game and he has also choreographed for the likes of Rosie O’Donnell and Cyndi Lauper. He currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan, Rosie’s Broadway Kids and the Professional Performing Arts School in New York. Well-versed in the repertoire of Bob Fosse and many other staples in the history of musical theatre choreography he stays committed to preserving their origins and passing it onto new generations. Alongside the dance, Kyle helps to instill all aspects of the musical theatre world including the relationship between song, dance and storytelling.
About Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center was developed by Rose Caiola as the home of the Manhattan Youth Ballet, a graded, pre-professional ballet academy and performance company. Ms. Caiola, a former dancer and actress, founded the academy in the fall of 1994 as Studio Maestro at 48 W. 68th Street, and serves today as the youth ballet’s executive artistic director.
The school is modeled after the European academies and adheres to the French School of classical ballet technique. Under the direction of Francois Perron, managing artistic director, the Manhattan Youth Ballet has acquired a reputation for excellent teaching in an intimate and individually supportive environment. The school’s graduates have danced professionally with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Nederland Dans Theater, Ballet de Espana, San Francisco Ballet and Complexions.
As the ballet academy grew, the search for a larger space inspired in Ms. Caiola a highly personal vision of a studio and theater complex that would encompass all aspects of dance education and performance.
mmac opened its doors in June 2008, occupying a dramatic bi-level space within The Element, a luxury high-rise condominium located to the southwest of Lincoln Center. In addition to the Manhattan Youth Ballet, mmac’s studios and theater host daily adult dance and fitness classes, the mmac Kids program, summer intensive programs, as well as an array of performances and special events.
For more information about mmac, visit www.manhattanmovement.com