his roots with
“Transitions”: An Evening of Tap Dance
Sunday, November 4, 2012, at MLT
The 4:00pm performance is Sold Out!
But due to demand, we have added a second performance at 7:00pm!
Former Lexington resident Ryan P. Casey (bio) will return to his Bay State roots on Sunday, November 4, as director and choreographer of an evening of tap dance, “Transitions,” presented at Marblehead Little Theatre in Marblehead, MA, at 4:00 p.m.
The show, Casey’s first full-length endeavor, will feature original tap choreography – solo, duet, trio and ensemble work – set to a variety of music, from Dave Brubeck and Dinah Washington to Randy Newman and the theme song to the hit television show, “The Office.”
Poetry, cinematography, Vaudeville, hip hop and contemporary dance are also included in the program.
Some of the material has been previously presented at such venues as the Massachusetts Dance Festival, Dance for Life Boston, Monkeyhouse Dance’s “Against the Odds” Festival and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard.
Casey, 21, studied at The Dance Inn of Lexington and Arlington for 13 years, honing his tap skills under the tutelage of Director Thelma Goldberg and Kelly Kaleta while also training in other styles. During his time with the studio’s Legacy Dance Company, he performed at venues like Tap City: The New York City Tap Festival, Tappy Holidays!, and the Boston Center for the Arts’ (BCA) Artists’ Ball.
Additionally, he was the recipient of a YoungArts award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, appeared on an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” and was a student of the inaugural tap program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow.
Now on faculty with the Legacy Dancers, he continues to work both as a soloist and choreographer while also dancing for Bessie-award winner Michelle Dorrance in her New York City-based company, Dorrance Dance.
He is currently studying journalism and literature at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he will graduate in May 2013.
Current and former Legacy Dancers will also join him onstage for the show. Kaleta, a Boston native now living and teaching in New York City, will perform a series of duets with Casey that the two choreographed together.
“The show is entitled ‘Transitions’ because I created a lot of this work during, or as a result of, changes in my life and my career,” Casey said. “Some of it was inspired by my pilgrimage to New York City; some of it explores how I overcame the hindrances and self-consciousness caused by my unique body type; and the show overall represents a shift into my new-found roles as choreographer and director.”
Tickets ($25) will be available both at the door and online. More details can be found at www.ryanpcasey.com.