Fall 2015 BC Beat Choreographer

Al Blackstone is an NYC-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.  He was recently featured as a Broadway choreographer on Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance.  In July of 2012 he directed, and choreographed the original dance narrative Happy We'll Be at the legendary Roseland Ballroom.   Currently he is directing and choreographing three new shows for Holland America Cruise Lines including an original musical written by Kooman and Dimond.  Al has created work for; Broadway Cares, Dancers Responding to Aids, Pace University, University of the Arts, Julliard, and Marymount Manhattan College.  Theatrical credits include directing and choreographing the opening number of Easter Bonnet 2013 and 2104 and Sweet Charity at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island (choreographer). As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside the great Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre, NYC), Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and The Wild Party (City Center).  He is the director of Marquee at Dancerpalooza and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC. He tours with JUMP Dance Convention and loves coffee and old-fashioned jukeboxes.  www.alblackstone.net