Dana Solimando - Choreographer
Described by the Chicago Tribune as “Exceptional” and “Razor Sharp” Dana Solimando’s work as a choreographer, director, performerchoreographer, director,, and teacher has run the gamut from Broadway to TV and film.
As director/choreographer, Dana’s awards include three LA Stage Alliance Ovation awards for Swing!(2004 & 2006 Best Choreography/ 2002 Best Ensemble), NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Sebastian Bach and the late Carl Anderson (Best Choreography) and a two time Stage Scene LA award winner (Best Choreographer 2010-11 and Choreographer of the Year 2009-10).
2013 kept Dana busy choreographing productions of: Little Miss Scrooge with design team John Caird, Sam Caird and Paul Gordon for the Rubicon Theatre Company (world premiere), Miss Saigon at the Macau International Music Festival (LA Ovation nomination for the same production at La Mirada Theatre 2012). as well as Spring Awakening- La Mirada ONSTAGE Series Premier, Wizard Of Oz- California Musical Theatre- Sacramento, and the critically acclaimed production of Parade- 3D Theatricals (Ovation Nomination 2013)
In 2014 look forward to seeing Dana’s choreography in productions of Les Miserables ( La Mirada/McCoy Rigby), Damn Yankees ( 3D Theatricals), Les Miserables ( La Mirada/McCoy Rigby), La Cage Au Folles ( California Music Theatre- Sacramento) as well as Ragtime ( 3D Theatricals) to name a few.
Other choreography credits include the premier of South Street at the Pasadena Playhouse, All Shook Up, Little Shop of Horrors, South Street, Buddy, Oliver, Hairspray, Grease, as well as the . Also a director/choreographer for Crystal Cruises she has two shows currently running: Route 66 and Maestro. Before her professional career, Dana was a dance instructor for Phil Black/Dance Central Station prior to their move to the renowned Broadway Dance Center, as well as for American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC. Dana conducts master classes for various universities nationwide.
As a performer Dana’s Broadway credits include Cats as “Rumpleteazer”, Swing! as the Country Swing girl and Peter Pan as “Tiger Lily”. She has also performed in numerous other national tours, regional, and international theatre productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Grease, Sugar Babies, Gypsy, Oklahoma! and Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular NYC. Dana has also performed with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Daphne Rubin Vega and Sheryl Crow and has been seen on The Today show, VH-1, MTV, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. She can also be seen as “Tiger Lily” on the A&E film adaptation of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigbyand in 1999 was recognized as Dance Spirit Magazine’s Rising Star as well as Playbill’s Star Of The Month.