Al Blackstone - Choreographer
Al Blackstone is a New York-based choreographer, performer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence. Dance Magazine has called his work “sweet, silly, sly... infectious.” While working mostly in musical theatre, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling. In July of 2012 he directed, and choreographed the dance narrative Happy We'll Be at the legendary Roseland Ballroom. Other original works include; The Blues a Little for University of the Arts, Hello Dolly for Dancers Responding to Aids’ Dance From the Heart, the solos performed on So You Think You Can Dance by season 8 finalist Jess LeProtto, and an original piece for Broadway Bares 2013. Theatrical credits include directing and choreographing the opening number of Easter Bonnet 2013 (featuring Marin Mazzie) and Sweet Charity at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island (choreographer). Most recently Al has been working as the Associate Choreographer to Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe, San Diego) and Kung Fu (Signature Theater, NYC). Favorite performing credits include: Wicked (Broadway and 1st National Tour), Carousel (Barrington Stages, Josh Bergasse chor.), the upcoming feature film A Winter’s Tale, NBC’s American Dreams and Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh. He is on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Pace University, and Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and currently tours internationally with JUMP dance convention.